Where to Eat in Santa Rosa: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Nobuko Falco

Santa Rosa is a city in and the county seat of Guadalupe County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 2,848 at the 2010 census. It lies between Albuquerque and Tucumcari, situated on the Pecos River at the intersection of Interstate 40, U.S. Route 54, and U.S. Route 84. The city is located west of, but not within, the Llano Estacado or "staked plains" of eastern New Mexico and west Texas.
Things to do in Santa Rosa

1. Comet II Drive-In Restaurant

217 Parker Ave., Santa Rosa, NM 88435-2348 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, American, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 505-472-3663
Excellent
43%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 306 reviews

Comet II Drive-In Restaurant

Reviewed By OldOldBob - Gallatin, Tennessee

This is a classic New Mexico diner. Well maintained and managed; a blast from Route 66 past.
The salsa was nice and available for sale. They were nearly full on a Wednesday. It was both Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. Salmon Patties are a New Mexico tradition on the first day of Lent. We also tried a routine sandwich on rye which was fine. Glad we stopped there.

2. Dairy Queen

3500 Historic Route 66, Santa Rosa, NM 88435-2755 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 575-472-5576
Excellent
34%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
9%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 53 reviews

Dairy Queen

Reviewed By Weather_Guru - Luverne, MN

Decided to have a quick stop on our way to Arizona for some dessert. Everyone had some variety of ice cream and everyone loved it. Service was okay -- nothing special.

3. Silver Moon Cafe

Will Rogers Drive, Santa Rosa, NM 88435 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Mexican, American, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 505-472-3162
Excellent
32%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
9%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 419 reviews

Silver Moon Cafe

Reviewed By ChefJ_11 - Clovis, New Mexico

Have been frequenting the Siver Moon for years and have never been disappointed. They’re always busy w locals and travelers. We both had their special of Santa Fe enchiladas. Blue corn tortillas stuffed w house cooked chicken, topped w a spicy, delicious green Chile sauce and not overwhelmed with cheese. Served with beans and posole. My only criticism would be that the beans were a bit dry and the hominy pretty salty, but both had a good flavor. Excellent service. Our bill, with my husband’s beer, was about $25. Definitely recommend and plan to return.

4. Joseph's Bar and Grill

1775 Historic Route 66, Santa Rosa, NM 88435-2769 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, American, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 575-472-3361
Excellent
22%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
9%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 421 reviews

Joseph's Bar and Grill

Reviewed By ltdinaz - Sedona, Arizona

We have eaten at Joseph's several times over the past few years as we were passing through there area. In the past we were very pleased with the quality and service. The Mexican food had great New Mexico style red and green sauces. We recently ate there on Feb 28, 2018 and were extremely disappointed. We waited to get seated for over 10 minutes even though there were many open open table. Service was slow once we got seated. The enchiladas were cold, the beans were tasteless and starchy, and the red enchilada sauce was a complete disappointment. We told the checkout lady our experience and she said they were very busy that evening. That was all that was said, not even "we are sorry"! All in all we were very disappointed and will never stop there again. It is sad, that were a great place to eat, but not any more.

5. Annie's Restaurant

2483 Historic Route 66, Santa Rosa, NM 88435-2725 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 575-472-5000
Excellent
19%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
5%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 140 reviews

Annie's Restaurant

Reviewed By COGuest - Colorado

Dinner here recently. First time here. Free parking in lot. Not at all crowded. Small menu, few choices. Menu itself was very dirty and had food on it. Party of 3 had 3 different entrees. All were sub-par. Burgers dry and unpleasant. Greasy fries. Turkey dinner had ancient funky mashed potatoes and off-tasting dressing. Would not return.

6. Santa Fe Grill

Historic Route 66, Santa Rosa, NM 88435 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Mexican, American, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +1 575-472-5568
Excellent
22%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
11%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 279 reviews

Santa Fe Grill

Reviewed By huffman1215

Very good food and very good service! The restaurant is gorgeous with a very nice atmosphere and decor. They were open on new year's day for breakfast which we were very grateful for. Fluffier omelet I've ever had. The restaurant also has a nice little gift shop with Route 66 gifts and very good prices

7. Sun & Sand

2050 Historic Route 66, Santa Rosa, NM 88435-2768 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, American, Southwestern Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 575-472-3092
Excellent
38%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
9%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 93 reviews

Sun & Sand

Reviewed By 645franzm - Basel, Switzerland

we stoped in Santa Rosa to get Gas and found this very good Restaurant . We had at 11.50am Breakfast and it was the good old way Home cooking

8. Diego's Pizza

1775 Historic Route 66, Santa Rosa, NM 88435-2769 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television Pizza, Italian Dinner +1 575-472-7575
Excellent
48%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 54 reviews

Diego's Pizza

Reviewed By Debbie M - Red Oak, Texas

Located in the back of Joseph's restaurant. Nice bar with very good pizza. Loved the crust and the toppings wer fresh..

9. Route 66 Restaurant

Route 66, Santa Rosa, NM Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, American, Spanish, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner 575-472-9925
Excellent
23%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
9%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 209 reviews

Route 66 Restaurant

Contact: Patricia Velasquez<br>Phone: 575-472 9925

Reviewed By Br0ssac - Dublin, Ireland

Good basic food, don't expect cordon bleu but it does the job if you are hungry. Place was clean and the service good.

10. Lake City Diner

101 S 4th St, at the corner of Main Street, Santa Rosa, NM 88435-2320 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 575-472-5253
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 31 reviews

Lake City Diner

New owners. I was impressed. Not much good food in this town. Try 575-472-5253

Reviewed By icejavacold - Chicago, Illinois

My goodness. We found this place by accidentally while traveling to Surprise Az. We wanted to stop somewhere between Amarillo Tx and Albuquerque No because we were to tired to travel another 113 miles. So we found Santa Roma NM.
Now where to eat? Trip advisor had nothing. So I went to my next favorite Y like help with a Y.
This town of 2673 residents looks like a ghost town and the motel hotel are decent well lite and safe. I guess this town has fallen on some hard times.
The restaurant was a bank built in 1906 the interior was finished by the new owner and the bank vault door is still present and the entry to the kitchen.
The food is excellent and the cook has a home style cooking technique. The country fried chicken with mashed potatoes with green chilies sauce has to be be the best I have eaten in 65 years. There is a lot to be said when this hometown chef comes out and asks you if everything is fine.
You get a great good meal that you will love and you be glad you stopped for the rest and great meal. Be sure sample the green chilies sauce and if you are like me you will have on everything. I wish the place luck for the people there seem to be the most friendly. Price $$ not bad.

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