Two grand pleasures — great food and splendid views — are as celebrated and abundant here as the Northern New Mexico sunshine. And in Taos, there is no shortage of either.
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Adobe Bar and Doc Martin’s Restaurant at The Historic Taos Inn
Hearty Adobe Bar fare includes tacos, chile rellenos, burgers, salads, green chile stew and their famous nachos. The Taos Inn has been a popular respite, watering hole, entertainment venue and nosh option for decades. And since the patio is located at the inn’s entrance, there is a surplus of people-watching fun. For a more secluded and fine-dining experience, head inside to award-winning Doc Martin’s and be seated in the back patio.
125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos
Look for the thunderbird neon sign. Less than two blocks from Taos Plaza.
Open daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Alley Cantina
A little bit of everything is on the menu from sandwiches, burgers, fish and shrimp to New Mexican specialties. The Alley, where the locals go, is the oldest building in town. The patio faces a pedestrian-only, brick mall that connects with the John Dunn House Shops and Taos Plaza.
Teresina Lane, Taos
Located in the northwest corner of Taos Plaza next door to kids’ haven Twirl.
Open Mon.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-midnight
Bent Street Café & Deli
Breakfast comfort food and specialty sandwiches for lunch in a country-style spot along Historic Bent Street in the John Dunn House Shops. Mature trees, notable buildings, charming shops and fragrant flowers make this a great place to eat outdoors.
120 Bent Street, Taos
Open Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
An inspired, locally sourced menu changes with the chef’s take on Taos’s three seasons: “monsoon, first winter and second winter.” The alluring and utilitarian hearth that brightly burns New Mexican pecan wood is an interior centerpiece. All bread is made in house. Wood-fired pizzas and flatbreads are available year-round. A bonus is the breathtaking view of Taos Mountain.
88 State Road 150, El Prado
On the road to Taos Ski Valley next to Quail Ridge.
Open daily noon-9 p.m.
Farmhouse Café and Bakery
Gluten-free, vegan, local grass-fed beef and bison burgers, salads and sweets to die for are made with love. Organic ingredients are sourced from more than 20 local farms and ranches. The property boasts an on-site garden, koi pond, market, incredible pasture and mountain views, and a plot full of wind sculptures.
1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado
Just 3 miles north of Taos Plaza in the Overland Ranch complex.
Open daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Gorge Bar & Grill
From burgers and pasta to salmon and Oysters Rockefeller, everyone will find something to savor. Located right on Taos Plaza, the large upper patio gives a full view of the historic square and beyond.
103 East Plaza, Taos
Open daily at 11 a.m.
Lambert’s of Taos
Elegant dining under old trees and festive lights serving such delights as lobster risotto, filet mignon and rack of lamb for dinner. Lunch options include sandwiches such as Apple Wood Smoked Brisket and Lambert’s Tequila Chicken and Southwestern blue corn enchiladas.
123 Bent Street, Taos
Open for lunch daily 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; dinner 5:30 p.m.-close; Sunday brunch
Dive into a great pizza pie with a grand view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. “Two guys from Utica, New York” put their signature “Taos twist on pizza.” Also on the menu are hot “Tunnel” sandwiches, salads, pastas and deli-style sandwiches.
23 State Road 150, El Prado
On the road to Taos Ski Valley just past the intersection of State Roads 150 and 522.
Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Translated from Spanish as “delicious,” Sabroso is fine American and global cuisine from wood-fired steaks and rack of lamb to house specialities such as liver and onions, mussels, homemade chicken pot pie and hickory-smoked baby back ribs. Sabroso’s patio is roomy and has its own bar. During the summer, live music is a frequent food accompaniment. Sabroso is housed in a 150-year-old adobe that sits near an acequia amongst towering cottonwoods.
470 State Road 150, Arroyo Seco
Five miles from the intersection of U.S. Highway 64 and State Road 150 toward Taos Ski Valley, just outside the Village of Arroyo Seco.
Open daily 4 p.m., except Tuesdays
Stray Dog Cantina
Casual all-day hangout with a chile-heavy menu of New Mexican eats, brews and cocktails, plus a killer patio beside the Río Hondo with views of the European-esque Village of Taos Ski Valley and, of course, those incredible mountains.
105 Sutton Place, Taos Ski Valley
Open daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.