HOURS OF OPERATION
Wednesday: 11am- 7pm
Thursday: 11am- 7pm
Friday: 11am- 7pm
Saturday: 11am- 7pm
Sunday: 11am- 5pm
CLOSED DATES 2024:
March 31: Easter Sunday
April 10 - 16: Spring Cleaning & Maintenance
July 3 - 4: Independence Day & Gola Fest
November 28: Thanksgiving
December 24 - January 7: Holiday Break
IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE:
Please call if you ahead to make reservations if you have a group of 4 or more. We are a small diner with capacity of 32 indoors and sometimes groups of 10 or more show up unannounced and have to wait until seating opens up.
If you are traveling far to eat here, please give us a call ahead of time to ensure everything is running smoothly and just so we can prepare. We are sometimes surprised with power outages, extreme winds, risky road conditions, pipe bursts, all sorts of fun stuff, etc. that cause technical difficulties.
Note; that we often run out of specials or certain menu items on Sundays (our last day of the week). Please call ahead if you are traveling to eat here to make sure we can accommodate your group and to ensure we have menu items available.
There are many factors that affect our hours of operation having a restaurant in the middle of nowhere. We are in every form a mom n' pop shop, owned and operated by a husband and wife team. We are a small team and are trying our best! We take great pride in our product, service, and restaurant. Thanks for understanding and we look forward to serving you!
Address: 1408 First Street (Highway 60 West) . Magdalena, NM 87825
Please call or text number above during hours of operation. If we do not pick up the first time, send us a text and we will get back to you as soon as we can. For parties of 4 or more please contact us to make sure we can accommodate your group.
We are open for limited indoor dining, outdoor dining, and take out. We also offer the following services; catering for events (weddings, retreats, fundraisers), private chef services for retreats and outfitters, boxed meals, you name it. If you have a dietary restriction, let us know and we will do our best to meet your needs.
We recently received our liquor license and will be serving beer, wine, and cider this coming fall. Note that customers will no longer be able to carry firearms into the establishment. There will also be house policies on drink limits so we can legally stay within the 40% drink 60% food ratio.
Update as of February 8, 2024: We are in the process of upgrading our liquor license to a Restaurant A+ license where we can carry locally made distilled spirits from New Mexico. Stay tuned.
Photo by Kate Russell
Tumbleweeds Diner is located on the west end of town in Magdalena, New Mexico, off historic Highway 60. The building was originally the Big Bear Cafe, but remained unoccupied for over a decade. In January 2020 husband and wife; Michal Gola and Osiris Navarro took a road trip to southwest and passed by the abandoned building on their way back home to the Pacific Northwest. In February 2020 covid19 turned everyones lives upside down and Osiris and Michal had to close their thriving catering and event planning business back home due to a years worth of event cancellations. In April 2020, the couple remembered the abandoned cafe and visualized an alternate future, and did their due diligence on acquiring the building. By July 2020 the Golas moved to Magdalena, NM and got straight to work in revamping the abandoned diner. Through the help and support of family, friends, and neighbors, Tumbleweeds Diner was able to open by March 2021.
The diner offers an authentic southwest high country experience with sweeping views of the mountains and desert, crisp blue skies, and fiery sunsets. The decor of the diner honors the culture and history of Magdalena featuring odds and ends from locals such as taxidermy heads from hunters, dusty saddles and worn out cowboy hats from ranchers, paintings and dreamcatchers from Navajo artisans of the Alamo reservation, ristras from chile farmers, etc. During spring and summer months the diner opens up their acreage to vendors for flea markets, and musicians for an open circle jam session.
Tumbleweeds Diner is a casual eatery featuring homemade food from; green chile cheeseburgers, spicy buttermilk fried chicken, smothered rice bowls with chile, hearty salads, soups, and more. Tumbleweeds grinds their own burger patties fresh every morning, makes all their own sauces, dressings and pickles from scratch. When available, they have specials featuring local ingredients from neighboring ranches and farms such as The Good Steward Beef and Dunhill Ranch. They even procure recipes from the elders of the village to fully embody the roots of the land. You can expect a nice selection of natural and organic wines from PM Wines Distributors out of Santa Fe and local brews from Santa Fe Brewing, Bosque, and Sandia Cider.