Where to Eat in Chama: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Roseanne Arnett

Chama is a village in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 1,022 at the 2010 census. The village is located in the Rocky Mountains about 7 miles (11 km) south of the Colorado-New Mexico border.

1. BoxCar Cafe

425 Terrace Ave, Chama, NM 87520 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Southwestern, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 575-756-2706
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 294 reviews

BoxCar Cafe

Reviewed By Keabu - Alamogordo, New Mexico

We stopped here because it was recommended by our hotel and Trip Advisor reviews. It was very good food, but nothing to get excited about. i.e. I wouldn't go out of my way for it. Don't get me wrong...it was good...just not great. Our service was lacking a bit. Our server seemed preoccupied with dinner prep (making salads, etc). I had to flag her down several times for drink refills etc. She was friendly and took care of what we asked, I just didn't like having to get her attention all the time vs. her stopping by to ask how things were going. The morning we left town we stopped again specifically for their cinnamon rolls as we heard they were outstanding. One hour after opening they were out of rolls. That's unacceptable. They've been in business long enough not to run out of a popular item. That was a huge disappointment for my wife. We didn't stay.

2. Fina's Diner

2298 New Mexico 17, Chama, NM 87520 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Southwestern, Diner, Mexican Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 575-756-9195
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Fina's Diner

Reviewed By chaco - Tijeras, New Mexico

Highly recommend breakfast. Nice local atmosphere. Quick service and nicely prepared basic breakfasts.

3. High Country Restaurant and Saloon

Intersection of US 84 / 64 and NM 17, Chama, NM Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible American, Southwestern, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 575-756-2384
Excellent
33%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 475 reviews

High Country Restaurant and Saloon

Reviewed By Triaero - Denton, Texas

Confused service staff couldn’t decide which table to seat our party of four. We waited for five minutes, looking at an empty dining room while they ignored us and figured it out. Finally seated, We ordered enchiladas. They got it completely wrong. The waitress told us the kitchen didn’t give her what we ordered and what she wrote down; telling us it was the kitchens fault, not her fault. We didn’t care whose “fault” it was, we just wanted what we ordered. She finally took it back. When she finally brought our food it was terrible: cold cheese enchiladas, cold chicken enchiladas (made with ground canned chicken)
This was truly the worst restaurant meal I’ve had in years.

4. Elk Horn Cafe

2663 S 84-64 Hwy, Chama, NM 87520 Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 9 - SGD 29 +1 575-756-2229
Excellent
48%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 112 reviews

Elk Horn Cafe

The Elkhorn Cafe is a restaurant located in scenic Chama New Mexico featuring New Mexican and American Cuisine. Rustic, great food and friendly Service!!

Reviewed By shirleykerwin - Magnolia, Texas

We walked over next door to hotel it was busy but girl who was by herself gave the very best service ever. our coffee cup was never empty. Generous servings toast was homemade bread yummy. Food was great and service even better wish all restaurants were this good. Price was good too. If your in area stop here.

5. Precilianos Home Run Pizza

1201 Hwy 17, Chama, NM 87520 Takeout, Seating Pizza, Italian Lunch, Dinner +1 575-756-1008
Excellent
36%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Precilianos Home Run Pizza

Reviewed By Brenden P - Bisbee, Arizona

Small little restaurant along the highway, north of the junction. We were the only group there while we were eating. There's a nice little wood stove keeping the place warm. The food isn't fancy or gourmet, but it's filling. Our chips were chewy and stale and I don't think the oil was hot enough when they fried the tortilla for my taco salad because it was not as crispy as expected. Otherwise, it's inexpensive.

6. Foster's Hotel Bar Restaurant

393 S Terrace Ave, Chama, NM 87520 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +1 575-756-2296
Excellent
20%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
10%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 102 reviews

Foster's Hotel Bar Restaurant

Reviewed By Dan F - Winchester, KY, United States

This restaurant is in a small, charming, old hotel dining room. The staff was superb in recommendations, friendliness, and service. I ate there at lunch. I ordered the tacos. They were made in the large flour griddle baked variety of tortilla with good filling and fresh toppings. Salsas were good, too. With the meal came 2 large sopapillas with honey. Very good. One of the best Southwestern meals on my trip to New Mexico.

7. Subway

2202 State Road 12, Chama, NM 87520 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner SGD 4 - SGD 13 +1 575-756-1200
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

Subway

Reviewed By David B - Coral Gables, Florida

Drove into charming Chama on the way to Durango. This subway sits back off the highway in a free standing building and has a good amount of parking, tables and seating. The food was good, the place was clean, the restrooms were clean and the sandwich shop seemed busy. Next time you find yourself in Chama give the Subway a try.

8. Cliffview Restaurant & Bar

723 Highway 512, Chama, NM 87520 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff American Dinner +1 575-588-7842
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Cliffview Restaurant & Bar

Reviewed By ozarklandman - Yellville, Arkansas

Cliffview has one of the better steaks I have had recently. The restaurant is located at the base of Brazos Cliffs in an old log structure. Lots of charm. The food was excellent including the Razelberry pie with a huge helping of ice cream. I will be back!!!
The restaurant is only open Thursday through Saturday evenings and just in the summer

9. JV's Place

1851 Hwy 17, Chama, NM Takeout, Seating Mexican, Southwestern Breakfast, Lunch +1 575-756-2387
Excellent
45%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

This hole-in-the-wall place has AMAZING green chili burgers!

Reviewed By RL B - Chama, New Mexico

Best burger in town. Old fashioned, mouth watering. Also green chili and beans if you like really hot.

10. Sonny's Cafe

2000 Hwy 17, Chama, NM 87520 Seating, Waitstaff Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 575-756-1064
Excellent
44%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Reviewed By Michael D - Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico

Small family run restaurant. We found the food good and the staff and service excellant. All the kids were happy with their meals as we were

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