315 offers a truly French experience in a city overflowing with Southwestern restaurants. Chef Louis Moskow's classically prepared cuisine is given a ... More
315 Restaurant & Wine Bar
315 offers a truly French experience in a city overflowing with Southwestern restaurants. Chef Louis Moskow's classically prepared cuisine is given a contemporary twist as a result of his commitment to using only the freshest ingredients. Although customer favorites remain on the menu year-round (including seared duck breast, French onion soup and country pate), Moskow offers an extensive daily menu of beautifully executed dishes such as steamed grouper with baby bok choy, house-cured salmon and lobster ravioli, as well as soft shell crabs and squash blossom beignets, in season. Desserts including lemon crepes, chocolate pot de creme and profiteroles are alone worth a visit. The wine bar, one of the largest and most well-conceived in the region, includes more than 250 seasonally-driven selections from the finest vineyards in the world. Located on the historic Old Santa Fe Trail, 315 is housed in a beautifully renovated southwestern residence. The outdoor patio is open June-October.
This restaurant was a welcome oasis of fine wine, delicious food, delightful atmosphere, and the friendliest staff that my husband I encountered in all of Santa Fe. I will make a point of dropping in every time I'm in Santa Fe.
Located between the Plaza and Canyon Road, 315 sits within easy walking distance from most downtown hotels. On the night we visited, most people wanted to eat outside so there was a wait for those tables. We walked into the wine bar which looked like fun but was hotter than heck. We decided to go inside the restaurant, and were given our choice of two nice tables. It was hard to tell if the restaurant was going for French Country casual or something more elegant. Our server wore jeans and a denim shirt under his white apron, while others were dressed more formally, as were the diners. The white tablecloths and well-lit paintings seemed to point towards elegant, but then there were the campy, badly-made red sunflower curtains (I know, I know… they’re trying to remind us of Provence…) and the server station piled up with junk in the hallway. Also, the rump-numbing narrow reed-seated wooden chairs successfully cut off any circulation to our legs. Once we got into the food and wine, though, our mood improved. We started with a bottle of Cuvaison Chardonnay (Carneros) recommended by our server. The choice was refreshing on a hot evening. I ordered one of the special salads of the evening – baby arugula, baby asparagus, and goat cheese truffles with candied beets. I ate every bite. My husband went with the French onion soup - “Good.” As for the main course, the halibut’s lightly crispy exterior gave way to a tender, perfectly cooked inside. Fingerling potatoes sautéed in duck fat along with thinly sliced leeks formed a succulent bed for the fish. Steak au poivre with a mountain of frites came out cooked perfectly to order. The meal with a $50 bottle of wine totaled $133.
Softshell crabs are offered in season and prepared to prefection. Other choices are just as well prepared. Good food and the outside dining experience make for an enjoyable meal in Santa Fe that can be counted on for consistency.