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    Dining Room

    The Palace Restaurant and Saloon’s numerous dining environments allow you to find the perfect atmosphere, whether you’re planning an intimate meal, an impromptu nosh, a multi-course feast, a glamorous private event or anything and everything in between

    The Grand Dining Room is an elegant, minimal affair with roomy seating, plush booths and big tables below sparkling chandeliers. You can be the center of attention, or ensconce yourself in a private corner, depending on your mood. It’s a great place to see and/or be seen.




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    The Palace Saloon is the best surviving representation of the era and atmosphere in which the infamous La Doña Tules held court, and both the powerful and proletariat came to play.

    There are many stories, truths, half-truths and myths about the powerful and inspirational Doña Maria Gertrudis Barceló, called “La Doña Tules” (tules can refer to a woman’s sheer veil, or a thin reed which could have described her willowy frame). What is certain is that she ran a very successful gambling establishment (and, perhaps, offered more intimate diversions upstairs) on or near the site of The Palace during the 1840s and early 1850s. La Doña personally presided over late night hands of Spanish Monte and her clients came from every walk of life. She is said to have had close ties to Manuel Armillo, the last governor of New Mexico under the Mexican Republic, and Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy.

    La Doña was a fiercely independent woman, unusual for the time. She controlled her property and wealth directly without the encumbrance of a husband or guardian. As one of the wealthiest people in Santa Fe, it is said she helped finance the Archbishop and the incoming army garrison.

    No photo or painting of La Doña exists. Some parts of the historical record describe her as plain in appearance while others describe her as handsome. We have imagined her as a beauty who could turn the head of governors, garrison commanders and archbishops.

    Mystique and history seep from the flocked wallpaper and deep walnut of the Saloon. It’s the right spot for quick, affordable-but-inventive small plates and for exploring the creative cocktail list, the full bar, or the carefully selected wine list while you ponder the legend of La Doña Tules among good friends and intriguing strangers.

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    Our historic Palace Avenue Portal is the perfect, cozy spot to escape the elements while still enjoying the beauty of the Santa Fe streetscape and the inescapable character of New Mexico’s capital city.

    Outdoor dining is at its best in the interior courtyard. Traditional brick pavers and plaster create a secret spot where its easy to enjoy a quiet lunch or a romantic meal.

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    If you’re looking to host a private banquet for friends, family or business associates, the Private Dining Room is a behind-closed-doors area where your discussions and celebrations can remain discrete as our professional staff attends to your needs.

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    The exceptional culinary staff at The Palace Restaurant and Saloon delivers American cuisine with character on a spectacular menu that ranges from pure innovation to classic comfort food. Bar and lunch fare is affordable while dinner prices reflecting the care and preparation of each item, as well as the quality of the ingredients. Pastas, breads and crackers are made fresh in house each day and the menu changes with both local and global seasons for choice ingredients.
    Chef Evan Doughty:

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