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Rio Chama Steakhouse

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$$ - $$$
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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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Houston, Texas
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

My daughter and I stopped in for lunch while running errands in Santa Fe. We live in a small town an hour away with few dining choices and were craving a big juicy steak but there is no steak available during lunchtime. Other than that huge disappointment the atmosphere is lovely though better suited for couples. A little pricey considering... More 

3 Thank cyncov
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

For a different dining experience here try the fondue. It's a multi-cheese mixture that comes with bread and veggies. This, and one of their excellent salads makes a great, different dinner for 2.

Thank Jill Roger G
Santa Fe
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We ate at the bar on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It's a very nice rustic room with multiple flat screens to watch sports events. House pinot noir was very pricy at $14 and $16 per glass. Our shared fried calamari appetized was very good. Burgers start at $12 - $14 dollars, but they have an additional charge for every topping... More 

4 Thank SantaFeRich
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

The turkey dinner was excellent. The manager, Brian, and Missy, the bartender, provided great service during the very busy holiday meal.

Thank Wentthere10
Austin, Texas
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We had a terrific dinner here and I would go back just for the prime rib. The restaurant is large but separated into smaller dining rooms. The decor was warm and service was attentive. Both of us had the prime rib and it was as good as we have had anywhere. The side dishes were good and the drinks hit... More 

Thank Peter N
RioChamaManager, General Manager at Rio Chama Steakhouse, responded to this review

We are so happy you had a great experience. Thank you for the kind words! More 

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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

A great bar area in the back of the restaurant to have great good in a casual setting. Had the fried chicken which was excellent! Drinks could be stronger, but all else was excellent.

Thank Sflocal1
RioChamaManager, General Manager at Rio Chama Steakhouse, responded to this review

We utterly appreciate you taking the time to voice your praise. The executive chef has gone to painstaking lengths to perfect fried chicken. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Houston, Texas
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118 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This is such a lovely place and I want to like it, but I just can't. I've never been completely pleased, and with so many places in Santa Fe where I AM completely pleased time after time, it's a shame that Rio Chama can't seem to hit the mark for me. On my most recent visit, I ordered the omelet... More 

3 Thank vanenglish
RioChamaManager, General Manager at Rio Chama Steakhouse, responded to this review

Consistency is the name of the game in any restaurant concept. It is something we strive for with food items, service and overall guest experience. It appears that your recent visits to Rio Chama have not rendered you consistent experiences. And for that I am truly sorry. We strive to show our guests grace and appreciation every time they visit... More 

Oakland, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

For the prices they charge they still use low quality meats... so so disappointed and would love to eat there more but we all found other places to go . Hope they catch up with the times we seek out quality food

3 Thank kimalix
RioChamaManager, Manager at Rio Chama Steakhouse, responded to this review

Kimalix, We appreciate your feedback, and are always keen on finding room to improve, so thank you for taking time to voice your concerns. When possible, we source from New Mexico farms and ranches, as is the case with our braised short rib. In other cases, we look to regionally-sourced products, like the buffalo burger - bison from South Dakota.... More 

New York City, New York
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

I had better meals at McDonald's. Food is horrible, greasy, unhealthy. Not one item on menu is healthy. Service is slow and not attentive. Waiter was almost ignorant. Once you get your table, you feel trapped. I would never eat there again if it was last restaurant on earth.

3 Thank Kevinton
Bangor, Maine
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

After a long day traveling Route 4 from Albuquerque to see the Jemez Mountains, we came down the other side through Los Alamos and into Santa Fe. We were extremely tired and oh, so hungry looking for a good steak. We found it at Rio Chama! As we walked in the door we were greeted by Cheryl who could see... More 

2 Thank Leslie B
RioChamaManager, Manager at Rio Chama Steakhouse, responded to this review

Leslie, I'm glad you had a good time! Your experience is what we aim for, and Cheryl is emblematic of that spirit. It sounds like you did it up right. I hope your adventures in New Mexico treated you well and we look forward to seeing you again, should you find yourself in our part of the world. Sincerely, Jeffrey... More 

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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, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?