Vicky's Of Santa Fe
An Indian Wells Dining and Entertainment Icon
By Pamela Bieri
For more than 20 years, Vicky's of Santa Fe has been known for its exceptional food, generous portions and high energy live entertainment. Opened in 1989 with an original five entrée menu, Vicky’s has grown to over 20 entrée items plus an unbeatable bar menu and nightly specials.
The menu covers all the bases — Prime Steaks, Seafood, Rack of Lamb, Veal and Pork Chops, Rotisserie Chicken, Burgers and more, plus nightly specials such as Lamb Shank, Meatloaf, Prime Rib, and Chilean Sea Bass — choices that delight all the senses.
With a rich, classic look, Vicky’s comfortable dark wood chairs cozy up to tables polished to a shimmering patina. Hand cut copper lights drop from the wood ceiling adding to the warm inviting glow.
The walk in 4,000 bottle wine cellar features California wines from well known winemakers to exclusive boutique vintners. Diners can also choose handcrafted cocktails, martini concoctions or favorite labels from Vicky’s inviting center bar, just inside the dramatic double door entrance.
Many guests enjoy their meal at the bar while keeping an eye on the comings and goings of this popular night spot.
The lounge area beckons with live music nightly, plus two sessions on Sunday including the popular jazz ensemble from 2-5 p.m. The renowned Doug Montgomery performs in season Wednesday through Saturday; Linda Peterson on the nine-foot concert grand piano Sundays; and Pat Rizzo & All That Jazz Band rounds out the regular entertainment lineup.
Don't miss Vicky’s Jazz Dinner Concert series whose performers have included Debby Boone, Roger Kellaway, and Sally Kellerman.
A lively crowd of locals, country club regulars, hotel and convention guests gathers daily for happy hour 4:30-6:30 p.m. Vicky’s also accommodates private dining up to 100 guests. In season, dinner is from 5:30 p.m. nightly. Reservations are recommended.
Vicky’s of Santa Fe
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Vicky Laliberte, the namesake of Vicky’s of Santa Fe, with her nephew, owner Marc Laliberte.
Romance and celebration are always in style at Vicky’s of Santa Fe with a menu to match. Shown here in the foreground is the succulent 10 ounce grilled Pork Chop served with glazed apples and sautéed green beans. In the background are the Iceberg Wedge topped with chunks of crisp bacon, chopped tomatoes and drizzled with sharp blue cheese dressing or the Gold and Red Beet Salad over field greens with blue cheese crumbles. Suggested wine is Forest Glen, Merlot, 2009.
Doug Montgomery entertains in front of the concert grand piano at Vicky’s. For the past 20 years, music lovers around the world agree with what the Chicago-Sun Times has stated, “There is only one Doug Montgomery.” Montgomery’s fans have known this for a very long time. His unforgettable live performances reveal the vast talent of this world-class musician, and prove the appeal is surely not only the music, but also the man himself. In Season, Vicky’s of Santa Fe features live music 7 nights a week and twice on Sundays. The lounge is home to world-class musicians and the occasional celebrity drop-in. Along with Doug; also see the Desert Cities Jazz Band with a critically acclaimed guest each and every Sunday and Pat Rizzo’s Band on weeknights.
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