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El Meze Restaurant

1017 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, Taos, NM 87571
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Ranked #2 of 105 restaurants in Taos
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hail Creek
Description: We are located in the El Torreon Hacienda built in 1847 which reflects our philosophy, our food and the historical influences of Taos. From June - September we have patio seating under a tent with twinkle lights and the most incredible view of Taos Mountain.
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90% Recommend
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English first
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This is the second time I dined at El Meze and both of my experiences were outstanding. The restaurant is small and cozy. The herb frites are delicious! I went with friends and we shared this course. I was sure there was going to be some wrestling for the last few bites. We tried four different entrees, all very good.... More

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Texas City, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Hands down our most favorite meal on our trip. The atmosphere, service, and food were all superb. Excellent wine selection and desserts were the icing on the cake.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I am a vegetarian and it can be difficult to find great places to dine. My husband and I were staying at Ojo Caliente resort and made a day trip to Taos. I read the reviews on trip finder and made a reservation. The food, staff and ambiance was awesome. I love the eclectic style and the views of the... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Currently visiting Taos from London. Checked out restaurants via Tripadvidor. Kerb appeal not great, but food was absolutely delicious. Server was helpful and guided us through the menu. Coming from London - excellent value for money. We loved it all: food, decor, ambience. If we have time, we'll definitely go for a return visit.

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Pueblo, Colorado
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125 reviews 125 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Treat yourself. You'll be glad you did. Cosy, colorful restaurant with staff who care and enjoy working there. Good wine guidance and food that's spectacular. From appetizers to salads and entrees to desserts, you're going to love it. Try the grilled hearts of romaine, the beans and the pasta. Mmmmmm. Save room for dessert; numerous delicious offerings. We'll be back... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We went El Meze for a 7:30pm reservation made by our resort concierge. We arrived at 7:28pm and were told to step outside for 10 minutes and come back in as the our table was not available. We came back inside 10 minutes later and waited at the front. We were pointedly ignored by the hostess as she worked to... More

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elmezeowner, Owner at El Meze Restaurant, responded to this review

I have been waiting for this review. I have to sort of smile at the title “Entitled” since that is exactly what I would have characterized you and your family’s behavior. Yes, you had a 7:30 and yes, your table was not available when you arrived. I try to seat all my reservations within 15 minutes of their scheduled reservation.... More

Long Beach, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

After a month in Taos we finally made it to El Meze, food and service were excellent, Harley our server did a great job with wine selection and service. All of the staff were attentive and the decor was very cozy Southwest. We will dine here again next year.

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Toronto, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Tamales were delicious: spicy, but not too much. Good service, and excellent wine advice. Deserts were not as delicious as the main course, but then again, our server had kind of hinted at this...

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Trophy Club, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Last trip to Taos, I did not try this restaurant. So many restaurants, so little time. This is Restaurant Week in Taos. The curb appeal of El Meze is, to say the least, lacking. Do not judge the book by its cover. I chose the fixed price menu that included selections from the regular menu. Everything was excellent. It is... More

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Lubbock, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

If you come during the summer they'll sit you in a covered patio area that looks out to the mountains. We came for dinner and the atmosphere was great. While it was a bit pricey, the food was delicious. I had the roasted chicken and my girlfriend had the tamale.

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