Eat what you bring, bring what you want
Bounty from the land
Share a bite with your fellow travelers
When dining out is just the ticket
We’re lucky to have several restaurants nearby. It’s a good idea to use the phone on the Cliff House portal to call before you go to be sure they’re open. Here are some favorites:
Serving the best northern New Mexican cooking. Award winning green chile dishes. A teeny tiny place well worth the beautiful 9 mile drive to the village of El Rito. Cash or check only! Read the Yelp reviews here.
An oasis of civilization! Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Has a wine bar.
In Ojo Caliente, just 3.5 miles away.
A Trip Advisor reviewer wrote “authentic New Mexico,” describing the Mesa Vista in a nutshell. Must-see decor, friendly staff, tasty meals. On 285 on the way into Ojo Caliente, 3 miles from Cliff River Springs.
Pizza, baked goods, coffee, yum. Complimentary wifi, too. Call ahead to have sandwiches ready to take with you on a day trip or hike. Check out the menu. Red Mountain is in Ojo, on the same side of 285 as the turn to the Springs and just a bit north of it. Closed Tuesdays.
Make the quick trip into Ojo and you’ll spot the Taos Trail Inn Steakhouse on your left just before the turnoff to the Springs. Steak, ribs, bbq + vegetarian dishes. Great brews on tap. Currently Thurs – Sat 5 – 9 pm.
In Penasco on the scenic High Road to Taos, Sugar Nymphs is a destination well worth the trip for lunch or dinner. It’s a featured stop on our 3-day itinerary.
In Taos, we’re partial to dining in the pretty garden patio at Lamberts of Taos (123 Bent Street, 575-758-1009). Arrive early enough to enjoy a libation upstairs at The TreeHouse Bar & Lounge where happy hour begins at the civilized hour of 2:30 pm seven days a week.
Heading to Santa Fe? You’re in for a treat. So many great restaurants to choose from. Ask us for recommendations!