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El Meze Restaurant

1017 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, Taos, NM 87571
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Ranked #1 of 107 Restaurants in Taos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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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English first
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We sampled several appetizers including the frites, beans and pork belly Andalusian style. All were delicious and enough for the four of us. The salads, a special of heirloom tomatoes and a grilled Romaine, were fresh and beautifully presented. The service was helpful and efficient.

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La Grange, Texas, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

If you spend time in Taos be sure to set aside an evening (and money) for a very special treat. The food and service here is outstanding. Very nice wine list. New Mexican food. Save room for desert. But be sure to make reservations. And make sure they're open because they sometimes close for several weeks.

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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Locals had told us to book in El Meze and we were not steered wrong. A delightful meal, a Spanish wine list, with many samples to pick just the right one AND we were too full for dessert, and this has never happened to me in all my years of dining, the server brought me a piece of flourless cake... More

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Denver, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This is the best food in New Mexico bar none! Next trip I'm skipping Santa Fe, saving money, and having the most excellent and easy atmosphere meal here. I eat all over the country and want to come back here more than any other place! Pricing is deceptively low for this quality.

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Denver, Colorado
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

On the way to Santa Fe, we decided to try El Meze. We were glad we stopped. If you want fresh, creative and palate pleasing flavors then EL Meze is a great choice. We had outstanding service from Michael who suggested an appetizer of heirloom tomatoes that were locally grown.Michael also suggested an outstanding wine. His recommendation was spot on!... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

A James Beard 2014 Awards runner up, El Meze is a charming adobe style nuevo-comida choice. We had the posole which is nothing like the posole in red chile sauce in Santa Fe. A very nice wine list and great deserts await. Just finished the beautiful grilled rib eye with gralic aoli and rubbed red chiles. Highly recommended.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

My girlfriend and I decided to get married after living in sin for eight years and, tongue and groove, we joined our spectral fates in a church wedding in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. With too little time for a proper honeymoon in Paris, we relocated to El Meze to celebrate our good fortune. It was a glorious Taos weekend. Cottonwoods standing... More

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Mount Airy, Maryland
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66 reviews 66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

When my husband viewed the menu for el Mese long after I had made reservations, he agreed to go with much reluctance due to the limited menu. Happy to say: our dining experience here was the highlight of our weekend in Taos! Delicious salads, amazing trout dish, tasty buffalo tamale, excellent almond semifreddo!! Rich tasting coffee! A definite MUST when... More

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Rochester, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We chose El Meze from reading reviews on Trip Advisor, Fodors, etc. We were rewarded with one of the best meals on our recent trip. The food was imaginative and exceptionally well done. Harley was our waiter, he was knowledgeable about what wine would complement our choices and was spot on with his recommendation of chicharrones for a tapas plate.... More

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

With a name such as El Meze we wrongly assumed they would offer some sort of New Mexican / Mexican fare. This place was overpriced for the very limited and quite ordinary food. I believe there were about five main entrees and less salad offerings. Once we said we weren't interested in ordering very expensive wine pairings our waitress was... More

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

Pretentious and limited – I going to flip this around and use the same descriptors on you as a diner. From other reviews that you have written, you enjoy chain restaurants and cheap eats which include fast food and diner style spots so I am still trying to figure out why you came to my restaurant. If you had done... More

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