It began with a kernel of an idea...
“How can we create a menu and dining experience as exciting, rich and diverse as Santa Fe itself?”
The answer was Maize.
At Maize, traditional meets modern...
...centuries-old cultures blend and meld together, and the relaxed local vibe is brought to life through our unforgettable food, atmosphere, and service.
Maize Restaurant earns its namesake from the formal name for corn, which has held a special significance to Native Americans, Mayans and Aztecs for millennia. In its many colors and varieties, maize is considered the essence of life by the Native American Pueblo people, who introduced maize to the Southwest some thousand years ago.
Corn was and continues to be the staple food of the Americas – and throughout the region, many ancient cultures have worshipped corn deities and passed stories about the origin, growing and harvesting of corn through generations. In tribal ceremonies, cornmeal was often scattered as an offering to the gods to celebrate birth and death, sunrise and sunset.
Today, as it has for hundreds of years, corn features as a core ingredient in many traditional Southwestern dishes, along with beans and squash (together, they’re known as The Three Sisters, and they make a special appearance on the Maize menu). The diversity and fusion of cultures in Santa Fe are represented in the local cuisine - and this carries through to the experience you can expect when you dine at Maize.
Every dish at Maize captures the essence of the Southwest, with a bold and modern twist.
From our Smokin’ Nachos to the coffee-seared Bison Tenderloin, and from our Tongue ‘N’ Cheek Tacos to the Prickly Pear Sorbet, you’ll be sure to find your new favorite flavor at Maize.
The Maize manifesto...
Maize Restaurant is a place for celebration.
- We celebrate great food, good company, and the power of community
- We celebrate the big moments in life & the smaller ones that are just as special
- We celebrate creativity & experimentation, while honoring tradition & heritage
- We celebrate sustainability, balance of work and life, and the important work of our local environmental and charitable organizations
And, most importantly: we celebrate you. No matter the occasion, there’s always a place for you at Maize.