Eclectic 1950s is the best way to describe Zia Diner, this long-time favorite of local Santa Fe business people. If you thought mom's meatloaf was the ... More
Eclectic 1950s is the best way to describe Zia Diner, this long-time favorite of local Santa Fe business people. If you thought mom's meatloaf was the best, try the green chile and pinon nut meatloaf and a new champion will reign. You will not find freeze-dried mashed potatoes here. They serve only the real thing alongside one of the tastiest chicken fried steaks around. A full bar complements the authentic soda fountain, and makes for some interesting combinations of potent potables.
The food was good--it's basically American cuisine, but with a nice little twist. There were a lot of interesting meals on the menu, and it didn't cost too much. The service was good; everyone was friendly, and it was close to a lot of nice stores.
My family and I had eaten at Zia Diner many times over the years. Guarantee this is the last. Service was lackluster. Menu hasn't changed in years. We ordered meatloaf and chicken fried chicken. Both came with mashed potatoes that purportedly are homemade--if they were, it wasn't by human hands. Not smooth and creamy at all. Gravy came in a small bowl on the side. Could understand why. Thick and tasteless--even salt and pepper added at the table couldn't help. Strange taste no one could identify. The child with us was not offered a children's menu although kids at other tables were--seated by different people may have been the difference. He didn't complain about his meal, but he didn't finish it either. We didn't try the milkshakes this time, but in the past they have been a drawing point. We learned that the owner lobbied strenuously against a fair wage law passed by City Council. Didn't give us a good feeling about her attitude towards help and made us wonder if it extends beyond the customer's pocketbook.
We ate at Zia twice in the same week. On the first visit I was very impressed. The soup of the day (corn chowder) was excellent and the lasagna and portobello mushroom sandwich were both very good. Service was prompt and friendly. On the second visit it was more crowded and our server seemed to be having a bad day. The portobello mushroom pizza was overwhelmingly garlicky. The fajitas were good. On both visits I ordered hot tea, the first time I was brought a selection of tea to choose from, on the second visit I was asked what kind I wanted without being given a list to choose from.
Great comfort food in a coffee house type setting at very reasonable prices , this is what typifies the Zia Diner. Stayed in SF for a Week in late april 06 and ate at many of the places that were reccomended to us for New Mexican food, we enjoyed them all but with one day left we were told by a local to goto the Zia Diner we did and WOW it was great! I had the Roast Beef Sandwich with onion rings & my wife had the Scallops/mahi mahi kabobs with mango salsa. The Roast beef was the best I've ever had ( better than Beyond Bread in Tucson Az. ) and my Wifes kabobs were Excellent also. We finished off the lunch with a piece of Banana Creme Pie, not that mystery banana foam stuff , made with real creme pudding and fresh bananas on a terrific homemade crust. What a way to finish off a great trip to america's most beautiful & unique city.
We are Santa Fe residents. The last 3 meals at Zia Diner have been horrible, food quality terrible, service very poor. Today I ordered something simple: a tuna salad sandwich and chicken tortilla soup. The bread was dry, hard and not toasted; the tuna was slapped on the bread; no lettuce; no onion as I ordered. I asked the server for some mayo to 'wet' up the sandwich and it never came. We also ordered a side order that also never came. They were not busy and the air conditioning was not functioning properly and it was hot inside eating area. Zia has been part of Santa Fe for many years, and it is disappointing to see such an awful decline. Not worth spending any money on this place if going out to eat. In a time that all eateries are struggling, this restaurant has taken the route of just being mediocre to terrible. DO NOT RECOMMEND.
Went to Zia's since we had seen it on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. Just because your on a TV show that does not guarentee the food is good. The diner has a cool look but the food was not so great. Little to chose from and overpriced for what they offer. I had the spicy lental soup...over spicy couldnt even finish it. They served us water and offered no ice or lemon. do not recommend...stay away!!!
Stopped in for lunch recently during a short trip to Santa Fe. The coffee wasn't very good, but the carrot ginger soup I started with was decent.
For a main, went with the cobb salad that a travel guide described as the best in town, or something to that effect. I asked to have the salad tossed in just olive oil for dietary reasons, rather than the raspberry vinaigrette they usually use, which I don't think really goes with a cobb salad anyway. The waitress began hemming and hawing, saying that to do so the kitchen staff would have to wash out an extra bowl and that would require extra labor. Wow, I've never heard that before in a restaurant! I always thought a big part of what I was paying for WAS labor. I didn't feel like arguing, and she said she'd see what she could do.
Well, apparently they were able to partly accommodate my request: the salad was tossed, but the olive oil was on the side, which greatly reduced the benefits of the tossing. Also, bizarrely, they added olives atop the salad, which really didn't go with the rest of the salad. And worst of all, the olives were NOT PITTED, and I was given no warning. I literally almost broke a tooth. The salad itself was rather small, and was served without avocado, though it was clearly listed as an ingredient on the menu!
Hard to believe this place was recommended in any of the guidebooks I had read. The service was poor, and the fact that they couldn't accommodate a minor request and stiffed me on the avocado is simply inexcusable. Seriously, avoid this place.
We ate lunch there in early November and the atmosphere was very pleasant. Our vegetarian lasagna was delicious and our server was terrific; she was very warm, friendly & attentive. The manager was also very friendly.
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