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Old House Restaurant

309 W. San Francisco St. Send to Phone
505-995-4530 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Upscale New American dining downtown.
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Old House Restaurant, Santa Fe, NM

Old House Restaurant Restaurant Review

: While Santa Fe is famously casual, there is something about Old House that inspires patrons to dress up for the occasion. Perhaps it's the professional tie-clad servers, or the eclectic Southwestern décor, or just the anticipation of sophisticated New American cuisine. At the restaurant’s entrance, you can see the signature rib-eye steaks undergoing a month-long dry-aging process, producing tender meat with concentrated flavor. The other signature menu item, a pair of dense lump crab cakes atop celery root slaw, is billed as a starter but could easily double as an entrée. For a lighter option, the pan-roasted salmon is cooked impeccably and boasts a crispy exterior and a lovely succulence inside. It's topped with a sweet Southwestern tomato jam, and accompanied by succotash and fingerling potatoes that pair surprisingly well with the black bean emulsion. The wine list is impressive, but if you don't want to commit to a bottle, the bar offers nearly two dozen selections by the glass.

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Old House - A Far From Impeccable Experience
by GreenAcresWV on Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:20 pm
The food was fabulous, the service was mediocre.

Our party of 3 arrived on a Friday evening about 8:00; no reservations, but no problem, the restaurant was not crowded. We were promptly seated.

After several minutes, a bus person offered us water, but we had not seen our server. There was a large group in the next room.

We waited.

Finally, our server, Jesus, approached the table, asking if we'd like something from the bar. I asked for a vodka and soda... rail vodka. When my drink arrived, it was VERY GOOD-TASTING vodka, and I was pleased. Later, I learned it was so good that it cost $10. (Am I whining? Isn't $10 a little high for rail? Or have I just been away from the Big City too long?)

Ok, we get our beverages and order. And we wait. And wait. No Jesus. No basket of bread or munchies. Nothin'.

At last, my meal, the seared tuna, and one friend's meal, the Scottish Salmon, arrive, followed a few minutes later by the third item, the Seafood Trio. We also ordered the mac and cheese and grilled asparagus.

Beyond midway through the meal, Jesus reappeared, asking if we needed anything. At that point we asked for the bread basket, just on principal.

Yes, two of us ordered Appetizers as Entrees, but that was what we thought looked good. I was pleased with my tuna; my companion who ordered the Trio loved the crab cake, but felt he'd had better lobster bisque and the scallops were just o.k.; my other companion thought the salmon was very good, but not extraordinary. We all loved the lavender rice cake that accompanied the salmon. The asparagus was perfect. The mac and cheese was, well, mac and cheese.

The environment was beautiful. The food was, overall, very good. But the poor service was such a disappointment, I think it colored our whole perception. I might come back again the next time in Santa Fe. Might not.
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