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Chili Line Depot

38429 Highway 285, Tres Piedras, NM 87577
+1 575-758-1701
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“homemade pies” (5 reviews)
“chilli” (41 reviews)
“potato salad” (5 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Hours
American, Southwestern, Cafe
38429 Highway 285, Tres Piedras, NM 87577
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here at lunch time on a long driving day, in part because there is nothing else for 30 miles around and we were getting hungry. We were glad we stopped! The owner/waitress/cook is very outgoing and friendly. She mentioned that they grow their...More

Thank Margaret428
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had just left the Rio Grande Gorge Rim Trail and were headed for Bloomfield. But we needed food! We decided to give Chili Line Depot a try. Fingers crossed. Well ---- I had the BEST green chile that I have ever had! Oh my!...More

Thank AmyNorthCarolina
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Usually when you have a flat tire in the middle of nowhere, it’s never going to turn out well... but I was blessed to turn into the parking lot of the Chili Line Depot with my flat tire. The owner is Miss Deb and she...More

Thank Paul B
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Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

We travel between Denver and Albuquerque frequently and always take the “long route” to fit in a stop at The Chile Line Depot. The food is amazing and fresh but it’s the warm hospitality that keeps us coming back. It’s not just the owner and...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

To be honest, we only visited this place because my grandparents ran a dance hall out of this place in the late 60's. The food was very good, prices were great and Debbie the current owner was a delight. Before she even knew who we...More

Thank SD_Eddie_V
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Great place! A friendly roadside cafe, family run. This is a welcome road stop with a sprinkling of locals. There is not another place like this one on the planet. I am giving this a 5, if you are looking for fancy keep driving, if...More

Thank Tim H
Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

Four of us stopped when we saw so many cars parked at this park unassuming little cafe. We all had excellent meals though the service was a little challenged. Do get a side of the red chili. Honestly it’s the best we had ever had...More

Thank Ananda-Bindy
Reviewed 10 January 2018

As I was returning to Albuquerque NM from Pagosa Springs CO, I decide to stop by this place that looked like a Swiss Chalet built by western pioneers in a town no bigger than a stamp, and warm up the 24 deg weather (I'm not...More

Thank Devan B
Reviewed 3 January 2018

A surprise; Tres Piedras is not the happeningest place around, but this café is homey, friendly, and the food is very good. I enjoyed a green chili cheeseburger; what else? As we frequently drive between Santa Fe and Alamosa, this makes a great stop for...More

Thank ggold113
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Just about our favorite stopping spot between Gunnison, CO and Silver City, NM. They have a green chili cheeseburger that simply can’t be beat, but we’ve had other things there, too, and all were good. Last March my husband and I and our dog Noche...More

Thank Patricia S
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4 January 2015|
Response from railroadgulch | Reviewed this property |
Yes, 8:30 to 6:30. You'll love this place!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
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American, Southwestern, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38429 Highway 285, Tres Piedras, NM 87577
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Taos County  >  Tres Piedras
  • Phone Number: +1 575-758-1701
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We're the only game in town...in fact, the only food and lodging for many miles. We try hard to be the best. We raise our own beef, pork, and eggs on our ranch. We have a greenhouse and grow many of the vegetables served in the restaurant. Farm to Table fare. How 'bout it? We, now, have beer, wine, margaritas, and Bloody Marias, too. Tres Piedras is surrounded by Carson National Forest with GREAT biking, hiking and horseback riding trails, fishing, camping, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and elk hunting. March 2013, President Obama signed a proclamation designating The Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument adjacent to our little village of Tres Piedras. This large historic (Chili Line Depot)building was the bar and dancehall for the old Chili Line Railroad with 3500 sq ft of hardwood flooring (and incidentally a roller skating rink and movie theater in it's former life), so we decided that it was time to establish an eatery and lodging in this unique place. In addition to the restaurant, we have a large (upstairs) bunkroom for groups and a couple of downstairs rooms for guests. Of course, we provide meals, a pool table, and Direct TV in the rooms.
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