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Rio Chama Steakhouse

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414 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2770
+1 505-955-0765
11:00 - 22:00
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Essex, Massachusetts
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73 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Fe. The have a marvelous chili, great bar beverages, and cozy ambiance. I've had steak, fresh salmon, and even Thanksgiving dinner here: it's all great!

Thank KarinG720
Santa Barbara, Ca
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283 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With friends, nice atmosphere, good service. Several of us had the Asian spare ribs which were done with Hoisen sauce. The half portion was more than enough for a main course. Others had the chicken & the smaller steak. All were excellent. Good Margaritas. Would recommend.

Thank Linda B
cambridgeshire, uk
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72 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We were in town for 2 nights at the end of February and came here on the second night (myself, husband and our 21 year old daughter). We opted to have the cheese fondue to start with an oh my goodness we should have just stopped there. It was gorgeous, lovely cheese fondue and plenty of bread and vegetables to... More 

Thank wilderspin
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

If you like prime rib you NEED to visit this place. Best prime rib ever. Also recommend the fondu appetizer.

Thank TJ R
RioChamaManager, General Manager at Rio Chama Steakhouse, responded to this review

Thank you for the remarks! These are two of our signatures. More 

Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
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76 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We wanted to try Rio Chama before we rented a room for a meeting. Our host sat us promptly and our waiter was attentive. The wine list is very extensive, but also a little expensive unless you would like t join the wine club. We ordered a bottle and it was very good. The Prime Rib and Filet were very... More 

Thank Edward M
RioChamaManager, General Manager at Rio Chama Steakhouse, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to express the kind words. We look forward to providing another great experience! More 

Northbridge, Massachusetts
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112 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Dinner for two on a Thursday night. Restaurant was not crowded. We had the filet and the prime rib, both wonderful with enjoyable sides. Server was quite good. This restaurant is very close to the State Capitol, which was a slight drawback, as there was a younger man with an ID badge at a nearby table, who was loud, on... More 

Thank Matthew F
RioChamaManager, General Manager at Rio Chama Steakhouse, responded to this review

We very much appreciate the kind words. Sometime the NM legislative session can take unsuspecting patrons by surprise, but not to fret it ends on March 17th. More 

2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is one of Santa Fe's institutions - being that it's next door to the NM State Capitol Building and owned by the Santa Fe Godfather - but it really isn't that good. In fact, my personal experience has been about 50/50. And when a place like this is bad, it makes me angry because they have no excuse. Tonight... More 

8 Thank jbG9882ZG
RioChamaManager, General Manager at Rio Chama Steakhouse, responded to this review

I would like to commend you for these comments. There are many legitimate concerns here that I have taken to heart. We pride ourselves offering consistent service and food to all that walk through our doors, regardless of any kind of status. I think it's why we've built such a strong local following. The fact that you have not felt... More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Made a reservation for Valentine's Day several weeks in advance. I was assured by the woman who took my reservation that while the restaurant was busy that night I would have a small booth in the corner of the restaurant. However when we arrived we were told our table was downstairs. I asked if that were a "good thing" but... More 

6 Thank upescapee
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level Contributor
20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We had a great meal at a reasonable price. Prime rib was cooked to perfection, the au jus was especially nice, The chocolate cup was outstanding. I was expecting slow service, but was very pleasantly surprised.

Thank Richard J
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177 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Several at our table this time had beef dishes....no surprise. One prime rib eater loved his while the other declared his "too salty." Probably because they brine the meet as indicated in the menu. I broke out of the beef-eaters mold, however, having the Duck Leg Cassoulet. Not as good as that in southern France, but a damn good facsimile!... More 

Thank JayJayLoudonTN

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$35
American, Steakhouse, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 414 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2770
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 505-955-0765

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?