The High Country Restaurant

2289 S, NM-17, Chama
(575) 756-2384

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This is a bar with live music and a separate dining room. While we were served right away there were three tables that were there before us who had not been served. One table left, the others were finally served but were arguing with the owner about the service. We enjoyed all of our meals although one of us ordered a burger medium rare and it was well done. The server was cheerful, polite and efficient.


Rude service. Had to walk out before ordering. Very few people in restaurant to start with so I should have known.


We stopped for lunch because so many bikers were in front we thought people =good. The inside is very authentic but the lady is alone to do the service..,. The burgers were supposed to be good when reading the advices but the meat is not very good. . She is not very happy when you pay cash ...!


We had a large group of people, and the waitress and helpers took great pride in serving a large party well. Most importantly, the food was excellent, with a wide variety of choices. Definitely worth the visitor you’re in Chama!


After eating simply nachos and wings, my husband and I had digestive issues which was unusual. Maybe it was just coincidence, but we will not return to this restaurant v

Karen B.

Just had fantastic burgers with the dozens and a very friendly waitress, Mallory! She offered suggestions and checked to be sure we were doing ok, several times!


of a Western Saloon. We stopped here for drinks and a bite to eat our first day in Chama. We entered the venue and were greeted by the super friendly bartender/waitress who explained the layout. We could stay at the bar and eat and drink there or move to the left and sit at tables in front of the fireplace. And help ourselves to the peanuts offered in a metal trash can. There were several buckets for peanuts and the floor covered almost by peanut shells. This section had an old-timey juke box. My wife played several tunes at 3 for $ 1. The drinks are reasonable priced and the appetizer tasted great.

philip onyirimba

My wife and I went to Hi Country (the bar area) for an evening night out (on Friday) to see one of our friends perform and what we experienced was beyond imaginable. The waitress and manager were rude and disrespectful. It began when the waitress asked for my DL when I gave it to her she looked at it then gave it back then asked for it again and walked off with my DL. When she returned I asked her why she took my DL she said “I went to do a Math with to figure if you’re at least 21.” I was shocked because I have never heard of a waitress or bartender that had take an ID, walk off with it to do a “MATH” to figure out a person’s age that was born in the 80’s and especially when the exact DOB is displayed on the DL. When I asked to speak with the manager, she was even worse. She did not offer a reasonable explanation why her waitress took my DL to the back instead she asked me to leave when I tried to get an explanation of what’s going on. She also refused to serve my wife any drinks because she had a temporary DL that was issued to her same day with her picture on it too. Honestly I felt like this place is not a place for African Americans to go to because what they displayed there was discriminatory maybe due to racial bias or something. I believe the waiter didn’t believe I was who my ID said I am that’s why she took my DL to the back and am not sure what she did with it back their. My wife and I are definitely not going there again until a new management take over and fixes this practice. It was truly sad and horrible experience for my wife and I. If it’s possible to give this place a Zero star I will.

Jay S.

We enjoyed High Country. Seemed like ownership and management was going through some changes. We called, because we travel with our dog and need pet friendly patios. They were happy to accommodate us. Their open air area has wood chips on the ground, a stage for music(on weekends), and the smoker and all it's glorious smells were right there! Service was awesome and they truly went above and beyond. The only problem was a menu error that this place needs to rectify or like an earlier review will cause further complaints. I ordered the burger named True Grit. Pricey at $18, but it was supposed to have everything including the kitchen sink. Stated on the burger was Sausage, Brisket, Pulled Pork, Coleslaw! Pricey but I had to try it! Out came a double patty with a split link of sausage! No Brisket or Pulled Pork or the Coleslaw! I complained and the waiter stated from the owner that this $18 burger comes with a choice of only ONE of those meats! Not what it said and I said "That's Bullshit". After I finished my incorrect burger, the waiter saved it and brought me out brisket and pulled pork to go! Nice place, but folks get your menu right!


We went into the saloon - not into the highly frequented restaurant - just for a light dinner with a starter and a salad, but waited far too long. After 3/4 hrs we asked for our plates, while the service has assured us 20 minutes ago that it'll be ready soon. Now she gave us some bad excuse, claimed for this and that reason and offered us some chips and dip, but could not or would not tell, how long it might take from now. So we cancelled our order which she accepted a little too fast to be taken as a professional server. There's more to the eye outside this place than happening inside!

Travis N.

Fries were good. Burger was great, although the burgers ordered was not what was served. Salas was filling but average. The prices we crazy expensive for what was served. The burger was good but only an $8 dish. The service was the issue. Great staff but clearly overworked. I has to ask three people to pay, and even the had to way 20 minutes to close out my bill. Did was slow, place was packed. Clearly some management issues.

Susan Givens

Best rib eye steak, called Ponderosa, anywhere in the US! Wow! The cook has been here for about a month and he is awesome!! Big portions. The High Noon Nacho's were enough to serve 6 people. Worth the drive!!

Kermit Frosch

A little pricey but definitely the best bbq you will find this far from Texas. Friendly staff and fast kitchen.

Frank Marshall

Closes at 9:00 PM but very loud music continues beyond closing and disturbing the local peace, in my case, two blocks away.


A group of 24 of us visited the High Country Restaurant and Saloon the night before we rode the Cumbres & Toltec steam train. We had our own room with two long tables. Several servers were assigned to our group and they performed effortlessly. Drink orders were promptly taken and delivered. My wife ordered the nachos which had spicy pulled pork on them. They were delicious and very generous! She had to get a to-go box! I ordered the pulled pork which came with fries. The pulled pork was delicious and the serving size was generous.The ambiance in this place is perfect for northern New Mexico! We'll go back!

Janice P

This restaurant recommended by several locals and it was as advertised. Large old west atmosphere with red checked tablecloths and train memorabilia since Cumbres and Toltec Train nearby.

Henk B.

Food was very good but we were too late for the brisket and pulled pork. A good place to go, and great service

Brad Burgwardt

Waited an hour and a half for just for the appetizer. When the meals came out at 10-15 minutes later the food was mediocre and multiple orders were wrong.

Muriel E

The burger was terrific and the service was great! There were lots of menu choices with a New Mexico flair.

NetuserLC NetuserLC

Food was okay. Service was terrible. Even though it was not busy, the server was rushed, inattentive, pushy... Just terrible. It felt like she was trying to get rid of us. ,😫

The High Country Restaurant

2289 S, NM-17, Chama, NM 87520