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Trading Post Cafe

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4179 State Road 68, Ranchos De Taos, Taos, NM 87557-8763
+1 575-758-5089
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Phoenix, Arizona
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257 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

Do not let the western sounding name of this restaurant or the very large ITALIAN RESTAURANT sign on the outside put you off. There is a real chef here cooking outstanding Italian cuisine and the decor itself is delightful with rod iron furniture and white tablecloths. We had 2 of the lunch specials. One was pasta with seafood in a... More 

2 Thank Sandy817
New York
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

We had lunch outside on the back patio for my father's birthday. It was a beautiful day, and even though the patio wasn't officially open, they set up a table for us. Our pastas were delicious, and everyone we dealt with was gracious and welcoming. The interior is atmospheric, the patio is lovely if the weather is nice. Highly recommended.

1 Thank LBfromNYC
Elbert, Colorado
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

Hubby and I went Tuesday Feb. 23, and had the Tues.- Thurs. $12 3 course special which we shared and he ordered a BOWL of Chicken noodle soup - WOW! This giant hand-thrown bowl arrived and looked like a still life of food. Color, texture, aroma, taste of the gorgeous veggies and plenty of succulent chicken meat made it a... More 

1 Thank Nancy G
Denver, Colorado
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298 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

Lots of history in the building and area, thick adobe walls and a great atmosphere. More parking around back if you come during busy hours. Have eaten here a few times, enjoyed the pork and beef dishes more than the chicken for what it's worth (bird was a little bland).

Thank Nate H
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336 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016 via mobile

Over last 3-years, dined here several times when visiting Taos 3-4/year. By far the best Italian food in an area that has otherwise poor Italian options. Other non-Italian offerings are very good too. Their bread-basket is great (most restaurants are poor in this area), w/tasty dipping options on your table. They even re-fill your basket cheerfully as often as you... More 

1 Thank ggrodhaus
United States
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310 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 461 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

Just as you enter Taos from the south is a nondescript building with a lettered sign proclaiming "italian food". You can easily miss it if not looking. Inside the building is a bar, cozy fireplace and several dining rooms with an eclectic design. Choose to sit in the main room if you can. The menu is extensive and features mainly... More 

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San Diego, California
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101 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2015

We've been coming to the Trading Post Cafe for over 20 years now to enjoy satisfying Italian comfort food. The owner-chef is legendary, as others have described, but that's literally ancient history when compared to the high quality, freshly made dishes available on any given day. Highly recommend stopping by on your way into town.

1 Thank JimdagOG
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015

We have a small second home in the north part of Taos, so although we have passed this Italian restaurant many times on the way into Taos from the South, we had not eaten there. That will change! Started out with the normal bread basket - except it was not normal. So good we purchased a loaf as we left.... More 

1 Thank Coleman T
Mora, New Mexico
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

This is a place that I have been going for years. The food was very good as usual. The service left a little to be desired but over all it was s perfectly satisfactory experience.

1 Thank Robin T
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

My friend and I came in late (after watching a political TV debate) on night so slow night that the owner/chef had let all but a few staff go home and turned off the overs. However, not only did she offer us a selection of items from the menu that she could still prepare, but she made us feel totally... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, American, Cafe, International, Contemporary, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4179 State Road 68, Ranchos De Taos, Taos, NM 87557-8763
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Taos County  >  Taos  >  Ranchos De Taos
  • Phone Number: +1 575-758-5089

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?