Restaurants

(This is not a complete listing of restaurants in Taos. If you would like your restaurant listed, email editorial@taosmagazine.com.)

TAOS

BREAKFAST / LUNCH

Michael’s Kitchen Restaurant and Bakery
304-C Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, 575-758-4178
Michael’s Kitchen has been in business since 1974, and some original staff members remain. At this legendary Taos icon, the authentic Northern New Mexican cuisine is prepared from scratch. It’s the place of choice for locals and tourists alike. They also have a bakery with fresh from the oven treats. michaelskitchen.com

Taos Diner I and II
908 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, 575-758-2374 or
216 B Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, 575-751-1989
The Taos Diner is a local favorite no matter which location you choose. The restaurant serves up a great breakfast that is easy on the wallet and features New Mexican flavors such as the chile cheese home fries or the Southwestern breakfast—both smothered in chile sauce. Try the “Christmas” style, (both red and green chiles) for a real taste treat. Open every day 7:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. taosdiner.com

Bearclaw Bakery & Cafe
228-A Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, 575-758-1332
Hand-crafted baked goods and delicious, quality food in a relaxed environment. Breakfast is served all day and lunch from 11 A.M. to close. Baked goods, and all menu items, can be purchased to go and party trays are available for special events, or just a special treat. Hours are 6:30 A.M. to around 3 P.M., Wednesday through Saturday. Sunday brunch, 8 A.M. to 3 P.M. taosbearclaw.wix.com


LUNCH / DINNER

The Gorge Bar & Grill
103 E. Plaza, Taos, 575-758-8866
This popular restaurant overlooks historic Taos Plaza. Guests nestle fireside while enjoying plaza lights and the finest home-made, hand-shaken, premium tequila margaritas in Taos. They also have a mean green chile cheeseburger! Kiva Room is open for special occasions. Open daily – 11 A.M. – 10 P.M. thegorgebarandgrill.com

Lamberts of Taos
123 Bent Street, Taos, 575-758-1009
Known as one of the finest dining establishments in Taos since 1985, Lamberts is the place to enjoy the culinary creations of chef James Crowther III while sipping wine from an excellent wine list. And leave room for the sumptuous desserts created by pastry chef, Michelle, who also bakes their bread fresh every morning. The atmosphere is refined and the ambiance is lovely at this Taos classic. Open for lunch and dinner daily 11:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. and 5:30 –9 P.M. for dinner. Brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
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Martyr’s Steakhouse
146 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, 575-751-3020
A glimpse of the 1920s greets guests at this distinguished restaurant where an attentive staff oversees an incomparable fine dining experience. Steaks and chops highlight a menu featuring a variety of tantalizing entrees, a superb wine list, select beers, and freshly infused cocktails. Open daily for lunch and dinner. martyrs-steakhouse.com

Taos Mesa Brewing
#20 ABC Mesa Road, El Prado, 575-758-1900
You may think that Taos Mesa Brewing is all about the beers, and they do have some fine brews, but they also have a brand new menu featuring light and tasty pub food. Grab a plate of tacos or basket of sweet fries while checking out a local (or touring) band, or just people watching. Open noon on daily. taosmesabrewing.com

Trading Post Café
4179 State Road 68, Ranchos De Taos, 575-758-5089
If you love Italian food and are planning to dine in Taos, look no further. Right up the hill from the famous San Francisco de Asís Church in Ranchos de Taos is the historic Trading Post building, now housing the Trading Post Café, a local favorite. From the fettuccine alla carbonara to the piccata Milanese come enjoy the wonderful cuisine of chef Rene. Open for lunch and dinner
Tuesday through Saturday. tradingpostcafe.com

The Terrace at Taos Country Club
54 Golf Course Drive, Ranchos de Taos, 575-758-7300
With 360-degree views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Taos Valley, the Terrace Bar & Grill is quickly becoming one of Taos’s best restaurants. Breakfast and lunch are served from 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. daily, and the restaurant is open from 4 to 8:30 P.M., Wednesday through Sunday. Sunday brunch is from 9 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. and features fresh blueberry muffins, lobster bisque, french toast, pancakes, omelets, burgers and much more. The Terrace also features outstanding sandwiches, soups, and salads, along with green chile and authentic New Mexico cuisine. Cold beers on tap and margaritas are available after a long day on the course, or any time you want to escape from town. taoscountryclub.com

Bella’s Mexican Grill
122 Dona Luz, Taos,  575-751-3130
Bella’s specializes in simple, delicious Mexican cuisine served in a warm comfortable atmosphere. With fresh ingredients and a friendly wait staff, they are dedicated to making sure you don’t go home hungry. Conveniently located less than a block from the Plaza, they serve up a variety of tasty Mexican dishes such as enchiladas, chili rellenos, fajitas and more. In the summer you can dine outside on a lovely terrace. Open noon to 9 P.M. summer hours. bellasmexican.comcastbiz.net


BREAKFAST / LUNCH / DINNER

Doc Martin’s Restaurant
At the Historic Taos Inn, 125 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, 575-758-1977
Casual fine dining in the heart of the historic district. New world cuisine features innovative Southwestern dishes. Recipient of Wine Spectator’s “Best Of” wine list award since 1982. Creative desserts prepared daily. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Saturday and Sunday brunch. Reservations recommended. taosinn.com


TRES PIEDRAS

The Chili Line Depot
On U.S. Highway 285 in Tres Piedras just north of Highway 64,  575-758-1701
Tres Piedras is a very small community at the crossroads of two U.S. highways. Until three years ago when Gil and Deb Graves opened the Chili Line Depot, it was little more than a whistle stop. All that changed when this classic country diner came to town. Whether you are craving a down-home American breakfast or one of their New Mexican specialties, the diner will satisfy your needs, often with farm-fresh ingredients. And don’t forget dessert. They have great home-baked pies, cookies, and cupcakes, beer and wine. Open Daily 8 A.M. to 7 P.M.