From Our Editors
Executive Chef Eric DiStefano draws culinary inspiration from Santa Fe, a city known for its love of Mexican food and its liberal use of red and green chile. His inventive tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas serenade palates with piquant spices and uncommon meats, such as monkfish, wild boar, and veal. The innovative chef also takes a Tex-Mex approach to American favorites, infusing burgers with hatch green chiles and showering meatloaf in spicy chorizo gravy. DiStefano’s housemade salsa charmed reporters of SideDish with its alluring blend of tomatillos and creamy avocado slices.
In Ocho’s dining hall, guests awaiting their meals recline on sleek red chairs as they nibble on warm tortilla chips. Above their heads, fellow diners chat in the upstairs lounge, where warm lights illuminate rows of cushy leather couches and deep-red walls speckled with modern artwork. Mixologists stationed behind the bar blend more than 50 different types of tequila into a variety of imaginative drinks, including a tequila and green-chile-powder concoction that was praised by reporters of Thrillist. Out on the balcony, visitors lounge on soft patio furniture beneath the open sky or an automatic retractable roof, which shields plates from rainy days and hungry weather balloons. A magic 8 ball at every patio table also helps diners answer questions like "Should I order another taco?"