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Dapples pavilion preview dinner buffet

Opera Dining


Add to your experience with a variety of pre-opera dinners, tailgate picnics and opening night dinners!

Preview Dinners

Enjoy an opera-themed buffet dinner at our open-air cantina on the beautifully landscaped grounds. During dessert, a speaker will offer a brief introduction to the evening’s opera.

At $79 per person, a Preview Dinner is a great way to kick off your night at the opera. Wine will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.

Dinner times begin as follows: July 1 – 29 at 6:00 PM; July 31 – August 26 at 5:30 PM.

Preview Dinners

Tailgate Picnics

Experience the fun of this Santa Fe Opera tradition! You are welcome to bring your own or enjoy one of our delicious Tailgate Picnics. Choose from a range of Sampler Tailgate Boxes and Dinner Tailgate Boxes.

Tailgate Picnics must be ordered by 3 PM two days in advance. Due to seasonality of fresh ingredients, menus vary slightly. Not offered on  August 13 and 20.

Seating availability on Twomey Terrace (adjacent to the Box Office) is limited and non-reserved. Tailgate picnics are prepared and presented by Masterpiece Cuisine.

Tailgate Picnics

Opening Night Dinners

Join members of the creative team and other special guests for dinner at the Santa Fe Opera, curated by Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado. $275 per person, per dinner. Performances are not included.

July 15 at 5:30 PM – Pelléas et Mélisande
July 22 at 5:30 PM – Rusalka
July 29 at 5:30 PM – Orfeo

Buy Tickets to July 15

Buy Tickets to July 22

Buy Tickets to July 29


Desserts, snacks, wine, mixed drinks and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at several bars located throughout the opera before the performance and at intermission.

Twomey Terrace (adjacent to the Box Office) offers a wider selection of food and beverages, including espresso, cappuccino and latte.

Theater roofline at night with stars

A Truly Immersive Opera Experience

Expand your festivities through our special events. Celebrate with us and experience the magic that everyone is talking about.

Special Events