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El Meze Restaurant

1017 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, Taos, NM 87571
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Ranked #1 of 108 Restaurants in Taos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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English first
Sarasota, Florida
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Restaurant was pretty and had amazing views, but food was tasteless and missing flavor. Not good at all.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Visited El Meze again this past week while in Taos with my wife. Chef Muller knoced it out of ghe park...again. This place is always soooo good.A recent James Beard award for the chef is much deserved.Food is outstanding and the servers are knowledgable and efficient.Make sure to get a reservation on the weekend because the place fills up fast.

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Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We ate here during a visit to Taos a couple of years ago and were really looking forward to our dinner. The view remains exquisite and the service was great (included hiking tips!). The food was quite good, though perhaps not as good as we’d remembered. I had the buffalo tamale and my husband the bison short ribs and pozole.... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

When you pull up to El Meze our initial thought was, hummmmm? Boy were we surprised. Once we checked in we were seated on the patio with an outstanding view of Taos Mountain. The patio also houses the herb garden for this fine dining establishment. And lets be clear, if you are looking for New Mexican food, keep going. This... More

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Oklahoma City, OK
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I've had the patio dining experience twice in the summer of 2014 and both times have been outstanding considering both the food and the surrondings. The food selection was unigue, presented well, and the service was attentive but not intrusive. The prices were what one would expect in Taos; high, but consisent with the market. A minor complaint is that... More

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Topeka, Kansas, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is our first time to Taos and so naturally we want authentic local cuisine. I went on trip adviser and urban spoon to see the comments and to see if they had similar results. They did, this restaurant was at the top of each of their lists. We were first there for dinner and were seated immediately with an... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I'll start by saying the location is quaint. The outdoor patio has a very nice view of the mountains. All in all the place is a bit run down, the inside small and no nonsense so if weather permits I'd choose the outdoor seating. Service was very good, server attentive and personable. I do appreciate that El Meze uses local... More

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Pasadena, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is another of my must-visit restaurants when I'm in Taos, and I know I'm not the only one -- it seems they get more crowded each time I'm there. The food is hearty and delicious, American and New Mexican with Mediterranean influences. Or maybe Mediterranean with New Mexican influences? Either way, it's delicious and rich. The space is beautiful... More

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Chicago, IL
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We enjoyed a very good meal at El Meze with close friends. The chef cooks with local, in season ingredients and cooks mainly in the Spanish (European not Mexican) style. The starters are amazing, great choices and wonderfully fresh, inventive tastes. Worth note is the pork belly dish (I can't recall the Spanish) and the soups but it was all... More

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tucson, az
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We tried El Meze because we had heard that it was connected to Joseph's in Santa Fe, which we had enjoyed. We had reserved a table to the patio, but heavy rains forced us to dine inside, which turned out just fine. The room was comfy and quiet. We were pleasantly surprised at the prices, lower than Santa Fe and... More

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