50 East San Francisco Street, Santa Fe NM 87501
Phone | (505) 982-2044
As delicious as New Mexican food is, it’s nice to be able to go somewhere that offers a revival of good ole American fare without going far from the heart of Santa Fe. The San Francisco Street Bar and Grill is the ideal retreat. Tucked at the top of the stairs at the corner of San Francisco Street and Don Gaspar Avenue, it is a bright, friendly and unpretentious 5000 square foot open space overlooking two of Santa Fe’s most classic street scenes.
Although it always seems full and lively, you’ll probably never have to wait to get a table, the menu is easy and delicious, and the old mesquite wooden full bar area that resembles Santa Fe at the turn of the century is comfortable and sociable and packs a generous happy hour. Their wine-by-the-glass program has excellent value-priced wines, they offer six premium draft beers that feature locally-crafted microbrews, and their spirit list and signature cocktails represent their distinct character.
You’ll find a few excellent Southwestern dishes here for those who just like being in the atmosphere of the San Francisco Street Bar and Grill, but their hamburger has been proclaimed by Esquire Magazine as the “best of Santa Fe,” and there are other notable non-Southwest temptations like their version of grilled classic cheese sandwich with an exceptional pesto, the apple-chutney T-bone pork chop and NY strip steak with balsamic onion marmalade are prodigious and brimming the plate with carefully-considered preparation. Though, at the time of this writing, there hasn’t been any award given to their Mediterranean plate, it truly is the best in Santa Fe, and it would be an easy leap of faith to declare it the best in the state!
A plate can barely contain this colorful culinary adventure — a generous mound of greens topped with bittersweet red-chile hummus surrounded by Israeli couscous, bright stuffed grape leaves, grilled eggplant, marinated red peppers, piquant feta, salty niçoise olives, and warm pita triangles. There’s a lot more flavor to choose from on the menu to satisfy any craving, including pasta dishes and American standards like hot fresh wings, a big and bold chile dog with a kaleidoscope of toppings, and a roast beef sandwich with juicy beef, jack, pistou aioli, and pickled onions.
Owners Beau Bellett and David Yniguez are the two magnanimous big guys you’ll see strutting throughout the San Francisco Street Bar and Grill, and seem to spend most of their time listening to customers and making sure everyone’s experience is that of feeling well-fed and happy. They both worked at the restaurant before they owned it, and they make their dedication obvious. The raves on Trip Advisor support our glowing opinion! Definitely put the San Francisco Street Bar and Grill on the top of your list of foodie destinations in Santa Fe.