The Compound Restaurant Santa Fe New Mexico

About the Compound

 

The Compound Restaurant renowned for its distinctive style and elegance has distinguished itself as the cornerstone of the culinary landscape in Santa Fe. The restaurant maintains a loyal following of locals and travelers alike with its inspired locally sourced menu and an award-winning global wine list. The Compound’s seasonally contemporary American menu focuses on Mediterranean influences highlighting available regional ingredients and local sourcing making the restaurant truly farm-to-table. Equally impressive are the wine program, cozy bar, and attentive staff. Much like its dynamic menu, The Compound’s wine-sourcing vision looks globally beyond France and California to Baja, South America, Australia, and Greece and features over 400 selections. Owned and operated by Chef Mark Kiffin, winner of the James Beard award for Best Chef of the Southwest 2005, celebrates his 23rd anniversary of ownership in 2023. In 2022, Michelin-trained Executive Chef, Weston Ludeke, joined the team to lead The Compound into the future. Chef Weston will continue Kiffin’s legacy of bringing the bounty of the farmers market to the table and pairing it with the same French technique and philosophy for which The Compound is known. Such seasonal menus offer hearty braised dishes like Osso Buco with pear in the fall and winter while in spring and summer feature fresh local vegetables such as ripe heirloom tomatoes and peaches along with naturally raised organic lamb and duck. The New York Times, Gourmet magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Wine Spectator have all selected the Compound as Santa Fe’s favorite.

About the Compound

The Compound Restaurant renowned for its distinctive style and elegance has distinguished itself as the cornerstone of the culinary landscape in Santa Fe. The restaurant maintains a loyal following of locals and travelers alike with its inspired locally sourced menu and an award-winning global wine list. The Compound’s seasonally contemporary American menu focuses on Mediterranean influences highlighting available regional ingredients and local sourcing making the restaurant truly farm-to-table. Equally impressive are the wine program, cozy bar, and attentive staff. Much like its dynamic menu, The Compound’s wine-sourcing vision looks globally beyond France and California to Baja, South America, Australia, and Greece and features over 400 selections. Owned and operated by Chef Mark Kiffin, winner of the James Beard award for Best Chef of the Southwest 2005, celebrates his 23rd anniversary of ownership in 2023. In 2022, Michelin-trained Executive Chef, Weston Ludeke, joined the team to lead The Compound into the future. Chef Weston will continue Kiffin’s legacy of bringing the bounty of the farmers market to the table and pairing it with the same French technique and philosophy for which The Compound is known. Such seasonal menus offer hearty braised dishes like Osso Buco with pear in the fall and winter while in spring and summer feature fresh local vegetables such as ripe heirloom tomatoes and peaches along with naturally raised organic lamb and duck. The New York Times, Gourmet magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Wine Spectator have all selected the Compound as Santa Fe’s favorite.
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ALEXANDER GIRARD, ART & THE COMPOUND RESTAURANT

The Compound Restaurant has a heritage rich in history and regional influences. The land surrounding The Compound Restaurant has been inhabited for centuries. Native Americans farmed the land and then Spanish settlers took it over and established a large sheep ranch along the acequia that runs to this day behind the restaurant. The Compound Restaurant began as the main house in a walled compound of houses and was known as the Macomb Compound. Parts of the building are over 250 years old.

In the 1930s and 1940s The Compound was a retreat for famous guests filming or painting in the area. Georgia O’Keefe, John Wayne, and Errol Flynn all stayed in the main house. The Hooton Family purchased the property and Mrs. Hooton, an avid art collector, called her friend Alexander Girard and asked if he would come to Santa Fe to help her turn the main house into Santa Fe’s first fine dining restaurant. Girard had never been to Santa Fe before and he loved it so much, he stayed and spent the rest of his life here. You can find over 160,000 pieces of folk art he donated to establish the Folk Art Museum of Santa Fe. Girard’s whimsical, fun, and artistic hand is well-represented throughout the restaurant.

Girard designed the restaurant with sanded white walls and used the Mexican Cotton fabrics left over from his Braniff Airlines job to line the ceiling of the restaurant.  Known as the inventor of the conversation pit, Girard designed the first-of-its-kind sunken bar to be an intimate place to foster conversation, and just like the restaurant, the Compound bar is its own Santa Fe institution. Thoroughly loved and made popular by locals and travelers alike. Many original Girard pieces can be found throughout starting at the entrance with a large heart titled “14 Languages of Love”. The American flag that hangs across from the iconic rainbow in the middle room, was woven by Navajo Indians in 1966, there are also two curio windows with Garard’s recognizable Folk Art aesthetic. The snake, sun, moon, wavy popcorn ceiling, and the parquet wooden door in the back portion of the restaurant are all original Girard works. Even the pillows on the bancos are a reproduction of his fabric collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.

Girard is not the only artist represented at the Compound. There are also works from Dan Namingha and his family, all prominent Native American artists of today and they dine at the restaurant regularly. The sculptures in the Garden Patio and Bar Patio were made by Allan Houser, one of the most renowned Native American painters and Modernist sculptors of the 20th century. Both of their works are represented at The Museum of Indian Art and Culture.

the Restaurant

EXPERIENCE THE COMPOUND WITH OUR VIRTUAL TOUR

ALEXANDER GIRARD, ART & THE COMPOUND RESTAURANT

The Compound Restaurant has a heritage rich in history and regional influences. The land surrounding The Compound Restaurant has been inhabited for centuries. Native Americans farmed the land and then Spanish settlers took it over and established a large sheep ranch along the acequia that runs to this day behind the restaurant. The Compound Restaurant began as the main house in a walled compound of houses and was known as the Macomb Compound. Parts of the building are over 250 years old.

In the 1930s and 1940s The Compound was a retreat for famous guests filming or painting in the area. Georgia O’Keefe, John Wayne, and Errol Flynn all stayed in the main house. The Hooton Family purchased the property and Mrs. Hooton, an avid art collector, called her friend Alexander Girard and asked if he would come to Santa Fe to help her turn the main house into Santa Fe’s first fine dining restaurant. Girard had never been to Santa Fe before and he loved it so much, he stayed and spent the rest of his life here. You can find over 160,000 pieces of folk art he donated to establish the Folk Art Museum of Santa Fe. Girard’s whimsical, fun, and artistic hand is well-represented throughout the restaurant.

Girard designed the restaurant with sanded white walls and used the Mexican Cotton fabrics left over from his Braniff Airlines job to line the ceiling of the restaurant.  Known as the inventor of the conversation pit, Girard designed the first-of-its-kind sunken bar to be an intimate place to foster conversation, and just like the restaurant, the Compound bar is its own Santa Fe institution. Thoroughly loved and made popular by locals and travelers alike. Many original Girard pieces can be found throughout starting at the entrance with a large heart titled “14 Languages of Love”. The American flag that hangs across from the iconic rainbow in the middle room, was woven by Navajo Indians in 1966, there are also two curio windows with Garard’s recognizable Folk Art aesthetic. The snake, sun, moon, wavy popcorn ceiling, and the parquet wooden door in the back portion of the restaurant are all original Girard works. Even the pillows on the bancos are a reproduction of his fabric collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.

Girard is not the only artist represented at the Compound. There are also works from Dan Namingha and his family, all prominent Native American artists of today and they dine at the restaurant regularly. The sculptures in the Garden Patio and Bar Patio were made by Allan Houser, one of the most renowned Native American painters and Modernist sculptors of the 20th century. Both of their works are represented at The Museum of Indian Art and Culture.

 

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the Compound Restaurant
653 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico
505-982-4353

Email address for inquires regarding existing reservations.
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Reservations are not accepted through email.
reservations@compoundrestaurant.com

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the compound

653 Canyon Rd Santa Fe, NM 87501
505-982-4353

Tuesday - Saturday
Lunch 12 pm - 2 pm, Walk-ins Welcome
Dinner 5 pm - 8:00 pm, Walk-ins Welcome
Closed Sunday and Monday

James Beard Award
James Beard Award
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James Beard Award
James Beard Award
James Beard Award
James Beard Award

the compound

653 Canyon Rd Santa Fe, NM 87501
505-982-4353
Tuesday - Saturday
Lunch 12 pm - 2 pm
Dinner 5 pm - 8:30 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday until further Notice

Would you like to place an order to go?

Please call to order: 505-982-4353
Lunch - order before 1:30
Dinner - order before 7:30

James Beard Award