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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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Santa Fe
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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112 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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3 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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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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.

2 Thank Kevinton
Bangor, Maine
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 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 

1 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 

Bristol, Virginia
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144 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We chose Rio Chama as our special night out on our vacation and it lived up to our expectations. We both had wine, prime rib with vegetables and mashed potatoes, and side salads with blue cheese vinaigrette dressing. Our salads were generous, and the blue cheese vinaigrette was unusual--a peppery vinaigrette with chunks of blue cheese--an interesting and tasty combination.... More 

1 Thank valibrn
RioChamaManager, Manager at Rio Chama Steakhouse, responded to this review

Valibrn, Thank you for taking the time to drop us a note. We are pleased to know that we hit the mark! You chose some of our well-loved items and we're very happy that you had a good time. We welcome your visit anytime you find yourself in our fair city. Sincerely, Jeffrey Allen and the Rio Chama Team More 

Yorktown, Virginia
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249 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Had lunch with a group. Sat on the patio, very pleasant. Nice churascho complete with salad wit good service. Very nice lunch. Nice setting for a meal.

1 Thank Alan C
RioChamaManager, Manager at Rio Chama Steakhouse, responded to this review

Alan, Thank you for the nice letter, and thank you more so for stopping in for lunch. And the patio...let's just say we can't wait for it to get warm enough to open back up for the season! In the meantime, come see us anytime you want to warm up inside by the fireplace. Cheers, Jeffrey Allen and the Rio... 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
USD 15 - USD 35
American, Steakhouse, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, 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?