Dining Out Winter/Spring 2021
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During normal times, Aceq owner and Sommelier Michael (“Red”) Wagener, spends as much time on the slopes as he does in his very popular restaurant in Arroyo Seco. And regulars on the slopes can usually be found at Aceq once the sun goes down.

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The restaurant scenes all over the world have been riding the pandemic rollercoaster along with us since March 2020. Those eateries whose doors remain open for business are a tenacious bunch with great menus, superb customer service, and a desire to serve the community with familiar food and provide a respite from the challenges of 2020.

Here are a few of the restaurants. All have pivoted to take out only and remained open and willing to ride the tides of change we’ve all been navigating to serve you the finest food anywhere.

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Housed in what was once the Placitas Chapel, a little Catholic Church built during the 1800’s, The Love Apple is the brainchild of Jen Hart, who grew up here in Taos and cut her restaurateur teeth, managing the highly acclaimed Joseph’s Table, before opening this gem.

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Orlando’s New Mexican Café, at 1114 Don Juan Valdez Lane, opened just short of 25 years ago. Over the years the Taos favorite has served thousands of blue corn enchiladas, chile rellenos, burritos and other culinary delights.

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Career restauranteur Bob Gontram came up with the name for his Taos burger joint 5 Star as a play on words on the coveted stars assigned by judges in the world of fine dining.

A graduate of Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration majoring in food service, Gontram has navigated the trials of the hospitality industry, landing in Taos over a decade ago for golf, hiking and skiing.

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It’s not as easy as it used to be to treat yourself to a good meal.  With the ups and downs of the virus and the 24-hour newsfeed, where to dine out and how seems to be changing rapidly. One relative constant has been the patio. Al fresco dining has proven the safest alternative for getting your foodie fix at your favorite restaurant.

There may be 2,000 miles separating Taos from New York City but there’s an easy way to transport yourself there in spirit, your nose following an aroma redolent of the finest Italian restaurants that the city and Long Island have to offer. And it’s right here in the heart of town.

If you are looking for an elegant and delicious way to warm up, stop by Donabe Asian Kitchen in downtown Taos. The curries and other delights are spicy and sweet enough to heat up the body and soul on a cold winter night.

Taos Diner is a must-do weekly, or more, for locals and sometimes a daily stop during visitors’ stays. This longtime Taos staple has a family atmosphere that welcomes all comers with open arms and “howdy neighbor” camaraderie.

Clad in a perfectly white, traditional chef’s coat and built to breathe black-and-white checkered pants, Executive Chef John Lamendola begins his day in the spotless kitchen at Old Martina’s Hall in between 7:30 and 8 a.m. He sets off on a walk-through to see what he needs to catch up on, what he needs to improve, organize the coolers and keep things fresh. It's a long day. It ends at about 9:30 to 10 p.m., except for being closed on Mondays and the half-day brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m…

Connoisseurs of a well-made drink and a comfortable setting look no further. The Lounge by Rolling Still Distillery takes its craft seriously and Taos has quickly noticed.  The Lounge is …

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Summertime in Taos means outdoor adventures, concerts in the park and fresh, local and unique fare not found everywhere.

Palettes is a casual hotel restaurant with a Northern New Mexico flair. The 92-seat restaurant is located in the newly renovated and reopened Hotel Don Fernando.

The Bavarian Restaurant in the Taos Ski Valley is a destination for skiers, summer and winter hikers and those who appreciate a cold stein of beer with schnitzel, Spätzle and gravy, and pommes (fries) all served in an authentic European style dining atmosphere.


Best of Taos 2020 

Better Beef • Better Burgers 


Full Menu Available 

Pickup at Drive Thru Window 

11 am - 8 pm, open daily 

Happy Hour 4pm - 6pm 


Indoor Seating Available

Check out AceqRestaurant.com for current menu items

Takeout Available

Open 5-9pm every day of the week


480 NM 150 Arroyo Seco

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