Santa Fe Retaurant Midtown Bistro, American Cuisine Meets Southwest Flavor

Welcome to Sunday brunch at Midtown Bistro. Pass through the elegantly appointed restaurant and out to the welcoming patio area, you hear a mingling of pleasant sounds: bubbling fountains, happy voices, occasional clink of fork against plate, crystal goblet toasting and the strumming of acoustic guitar. This lovely, tucked-away garden environment is only matched by the delicious food created in the kitchen.

This peaceful outdoor setting is the ideal place to enjoy an amazing meal and a superior glass of perfectly paired wine. The shady patio, which includes lovely umbrellas, as well as one of the oldest and most beautiful Russian olive trees in Santa Fe, is a wonderful choice for sharing a meal with friends or family. Heaters dotting the seating area extend the season for dining “al fresco” from May through October, weather permitting.

Midtown Bistro is a collaboration between owners Edmund Catanach and Angel Estrada. Here, you’ll find amazing culinary creations served in a beautiful and elegantly comfortable setting. You are welcomed with friendliness and the smell of the chef’s exquisite creations.

Estrada met Catanach while both were working at one of Santa Fe’s longstanding fine dining establishments. Catanach was the general manager and Estrada was the executive sous chef, and then executive chef. Later, both had moved on and were looking for their next restaurant adventure. Estrada contacted Catanach and suggested they open their own place. After many discussions, they decided to go for it, and Midtown Bistro opened in December of 2012.

White linen tablecloths and fresh flowers, often English roses, add touches of elegance. The wait staff, several of whom have worked with the two owners for years, is professional, friendly and extremely knowledgeable of the menu and wine list. If you spend any time here, it’s obvious the waiters know many of the clients who return again and again. One diner, Dr. Robert Bell, has been to Midtown Bistro dozens of times and says, “We love everything on the menu.”

The menu at Midtown Bistro is described by Estrada as, “American cuisine, with a Southwest flavor.” But this doesn’t begin to describe the delectable selections offered, whether you go for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. You might start with crispy calamari with citrus chipotle aioli and habanero pineapple sauces, or yellowfin tuna tartar with fried wontons, miso, wasabi and soy. Salads include a fresh cobb salad with baby spinach, chicken breast, bacon, hard boiled eggs, avocado, tomatoes and gorgonzola cheese dressing…amazing!

For a dinner entree, you might try the grilled New Zealand rack of lamb with Rosemary-Risotto, Collard Greens and Chardonay Mint Jelly, or the Achiote Marinated Grilled Scottish Salmon with Assorted Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Sautéed Broccolini and Tabiko Caviar Beurre Blanc. Both are prepared with the highest quality ingredients and attention to detail.

The entire menu is extraordinary, delicious and wonderful. And what’s more, it changes throughout the year. Estrada says he puts together the menus based on what is fresh and seasonal. There’s plenty of local and organic ingredients as well as many gluten-free options. They serve Sterling Silver brand beef and the goat they use is procured from Talus Wind Heritage Meats in nearby Galisteo, New Mexico. Catanach says of himself and Estrada, “We’re just two guys who love the business and love what we’re doing.” This love of restaurants and food is obvious in every aspect of Midtown Bistro. 

Midtown Bistro
901 West San Mateo Suite A,
Santa Fe NM 87505
Phone | (505) 820-3121