Palettes restaurant in Hotel Don Fernando

Chef Ky Quintanilla serves a plate of Colorado lamb chops with a red wine demi glace at Palettes restaurant in the Hotel Don Fernando. Morgan Timms

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 Taos News recently reported that the hotel received its Hilton credentials and will operate as one of the chain’s 11 Tapestry Collection hotels worldwide.

Palettes is open for breakfast with an array of egg plates ranging from the classic Benedict to the regional huevos rancheros. Meat lovers will find big breakfast options, such as country fried steak and pork chops.

"The Palettes menu is American contemporary cuisine, so we have a variety of options. All of our meats are domestic,” Quintanilla said, while serving a crisp beet salad and a sumptuous plate of Colorado lamb chops with a red wine demi glace.

Palettes restaurant offers its dining guests with seasonal menus.

The fall/winter dinner menu includes entrées, such as bacon-wrapped filet mignon, an apricot-glazed duck breast, and veal osso buco, among many other hearty dishes.

Joshua Herrera, director of sales at the Hotel Don Fernando, said his favorite dish is the ribeye steak because “it’s cooked perfectly” and served with Chimayó red chile butter, chicharron baked beans, and sautéed calabacitas. He compares the calabacitas to his grandmother’s.

Palettes has a warm and welcoming feel. Copper cups and bowls provide a traditional Northern New Mexican touch. The works of local artists, such as paintings, weavings, and photography, adorn the walls. Soft lighting adds a touch of elegance.

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