Where to Eat in Roswell: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Enedina Augsburger

Known mostly through myths about aliens and UFOs, there's more to Roswell than mystery and innuendo. No matter what your interests: archaeological and historical sites, special and sporting events, museums, arts and culture, Roswell is a great place for a weekend jaunt. More than anything, the area offers a multitude of outdoor activities, from bird watching and fishing at the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge to swimming and boating at Bottomless Lakes State Park. Families will love the Spring River Park and Zoo, which features a special fishing lake for children, exotic animals and an antique carousel. There's plenty to do inside as well. The Roswell Museum and Art Center will appeal to anyone with an interest in Southwestern painters like Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth. History enthusiasts will enjoy the Historical Center of Southeast New Mexico, a grand house filled with area antiques, artifacts and a changing gallery of historical exhibits. Of course a visit to Roswell would not be complete without a stop at the International UFO Museum and Research Center, where you can find out what really happened when "something" crashed near Roswell in 1947 or maybe not.
Things to do in Roswell

1. Classic's Frozen Custard

3009 N Main St, Roswell, NM 88201-6675 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 575-623-3110
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

Classic's Frozen Custard

Reviewed By Falcon164016 - Anchorage, Alaska

We stopped here on a road trip down to Carlsbad, and we were glad we did. The frozen custard was excellent, and there were really nice tables and benches to sit at. The staff was super friendly. The manager (possibly the owner) took the time...MoreI DO remember you guys with the Alaska plates. I'm really glad you like our place. Lots of people from all over New Mexico tell me they plan their trips around our hours! See you again I hope.

2. Chef Toddzilla's Gourmet Burgers & Mobile Cuisine

107 Twin Diamond Rd, Roswell, NM 88201-6799 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Fast Food, Street Food, Southwestern Lunch SGD 10 - SGD 17 +1 575-755-3663
Excellent
90%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 213 reviews

Chef Toddzilla's Gourmet Burgers & Mobile Cuisine

Home of the Burger with the bacon built in!! Chef Toddzilla's Gourmet Burgers uses a special blend of angus and bacon to create their unique burger patty. Keeping with a New Mexico tradition, Chef Toddzilla's green Chile cheeseburger is out of this world but don't just limit yourself to green Chile. The new Christmas Burger features both green and red Chile. The house-made Chorizo Burger features red Chile from Roswell's own Graves Farm and Garden. The patty is a special blend of pork loin, bacon and red Chile guaranteed to add spice to your life. Chef Toddzilla's Gourmet Burgers is a hole in the wall of greatness. Tucked off Main Street in a old school burger house, Chef Toddzilla's has an outdoor patio and drive thru.

Reviewed By AptosAmy - aptos

Chef Toddzilla's Gourmet Burgers & Mobile Cuisine on
107 Twin Diamond Rd in Roswell was CLOSED even Though the Sign Said it was Open.

3. Stellar Coffee Co

315 N Main St, Roswell, NM 88201-4724 Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Healthy, American, Cafe, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 16 +1 575-623-3711
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Stellar Coffee Co

Reviewed By Trickstersawpix - Lubbock

Friendly counter personnel, very good latte and pastry. Caught the last of some acoustic music which was nice. A very nice break on the road from TX to Ruidoso.

4. Big D's Downtown Dive

505 N Main St, Roswell, NM 88201-4728 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 575-627-0776
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 613 reviews

Big D's Downtown Dive

Reviewed By Angie V - Oklahoma

My daughter and I ate here while visiting Roswell. She got the chicken flatbread and fries, I got the angry hippie sandwich because I don’t eat beef or pork. The party was made of potato and black beans. It was pretty good. The garlic fries are also very good, but very garlicky. My daughter wanted to go back.

5. Cowboy Cafe

1120 E 2nd St, Roswell, NM 88201-7312 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 575-622-6363
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 258 reviews

Cowboy Cafe

Reviewed By BillM551 - Midland, Texas

This is a great little cafe to get away from chain restaurants. Breakfast service was friendly and attentive. Portions were substantial. The only issue was that I asked for a breakfast burrito with eggs and bacon but no potatoes; it was served with potatoes. We will return when driving through Roswell.

6. Los Cerritos

2103 N Main St, Roswell, NM 88201-6448 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 575-622-4919
Excellent
48%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 308 reviews

Los Cerritos

Reviewed By lizlubee - Boston, MA

On our way through Roswell we decided to give Los Cerritos a try. It was a Friday night and a bit busy but we were soon seated.

The service was friendly and efficient and the prices very reasonable.The veggie fajitas and Chile relleno were quite large and pretty good. They even offered a local "Alien Amber" since we missed seeing the real deal.

7. Cattle Baron Steak & Seafood on Main

1113 N Main St, #a, Roswell, NM 88201-5009 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 575-622-2465
Excellent
46%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 548 reviews

Cattle Baron Steak & Seafood on Main

Reviewed By matthewsrick - New Braunfels, Texas

Traveling, and spending the night in Roswell, saw the Cattle Barron and had to stop on. As expected, Excelent! The staff was well trained, courteous, efficient and friendly. Ordered the Filet (requested no bacon) got it! Cooked to perfection, very flavorful. Next time I'm in town I'll see them again.

8. Peppers Grill & Bar

500 N Main St, Roswell, NM 88201-4729 Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Mexican, American, Southwestern, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 575-623-1700
Excellent
46%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 416 reviews

Peppers Grill & Bar

Peppers Grill & Bar, known to the locals as "Peppers," has been operating for nearly 30 years. We have built a solid reputation on our outstanding guest service standards, our fresh handmade food, and our friendly atmosphere.

Reviewed By cm1998 - Austin, Texas

Wow. Excellent food, staff, and overall experience. Ribeye (Verde Style with grilled green chili and verde salsa) was out of this world. Diablo Chicken was very moist and delicious. Beef Fajitas seasoned well and tender. If you are in Roswell, you do not want to miss eating at Peppers!

9. Taste of Thai

1303 W 2nd St, Roswell, NM 88201-2011 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 575-622-2412
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 105 reviews

Taste of Thai

Reviewed By ChefJ_11 - Clovis, New Mexico

In mood for Asian food and already tried two other places in Roswell. This was the best! Enjoyed spring rolls with a glass of plum wine while waiting for my entree. Had a form of beef with broccoli that was excellent. Asked for medium spiciness - might do mild next time. Wonderful sauce that wasn't a thick, salty mixture so many places serve. Ordered sticky rice ($3 extra for that or brown rice). Visited w owner/chef who is delightful. Would definitely recommend and will return when in area.

10. Martin's Capitol Cafe

110 W 4th St, Roswell, NM 88201-4710 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast +1 575-624-2111
Excellent
48%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 167 reviews

Martin's Capitol Cafe

http://www.yelp.com/biz/martins-capitol-cafe-roswell

Reviewed By TCGage - Tesuque, New Mexico

Stopped for breakfast. 4th or 5th visit to Martin's. Food was just OK. It came quickly. We remembered it much better. Service after food drop was poor. Asked for refill of coffee twice, both times was told OK, never happened. She was too busy at the back of the room wrapping napkins around silverware. Too bad. Other table across the room had same issue. The ladies bathroom was dirty.... not cluttered... dirty. Floors, walls, sink, toilet. Can't comment on the men's. The bill came at same time as food so we paid cash and split. Other places in Roswell.... we'll try those before going back to Martin's.

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