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El Farol Restaurant & Lounge

808 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2726
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Ranked #141 of 467 Restaurants in Santa Fe
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Price range: $20 - $26
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed 11:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Thu - Tue 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican, Seafood, Spanish
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: Public transit is available on Canyon Road. Call or visit Santa Fe Trails for current schedules.
Description: The El Farol experience combines classic tastes of Spain, Santa Fe and Mexico with a unique blend of art, dance, flavor and aroma. You will be able to choose some of the finest wines and sherries the world has to offer in an upbeat, rustic 1835 adobe where the walls tell stories of artists, poets, lovers, local history and beauty.
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English first
Austin, TX
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

In the Canyon Rd. Art district. Not a perfect street cafe (right over street but traffic was light and slow) but pretty nice. The sea bass was wonderfully prepared and the scallops were good as well. The later you go, the better the experience should be.

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Pahrump, Nevada
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82 reviews 82 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

We really liked the outdoor patio seating and the architecture of the building was fascinating, one of the oldest buildings in Santa Fe. The sangria was good. The food was OK but all the sauces seemed the same. Too much sweet sauce. Expensive, we thought. 5 tapas for $50.

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74 reviews 74 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

We had been reminded of this restaurant by a friend of the wiener who works in a store in Scottsdale so decided to have dinner there having driven from Scottsdale to Santa Fe that day so were tired. The food is good and if you like live music then it is great as well a s there is a band... More

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Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Do not go here for the food. It is very pedestrian but the show was nice. They did not seat us where promised and only apologized. No other consideration or management adjustment was offered for the poor table provided in spite of our early reservation requesting something better which was in fact confirmed. The food was quite average but the... More

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Munich, Germany
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60 reviews 60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

El Farol, high up Canyon Rd where many of Santa Fe's best art galleries are located, provides excellent Southwestern fare daytime and evenings. The service is gracious and efficient, and there are a variety of settings within a labyrinth of large and small rooms decorated with the works of local artists, a raised front porch overlooking the street, a bar... More

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

After strolling up Canyon Rd, we enjoyed a respite on El Farol's porch, with a wonderful tapas selection. It was our reward for reaching the near-top of Canyon Road

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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39 reviews 39 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

There are now a small handful of Santa Fe restaurants that offer tapas as a way to enjoy your meal with friends. I am pleased to tell you that out of the four places I have tried I believe El Farol does it best in that there is a wonderful variety and everything is wonderfully delicious. My party of four... More

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Los Angeles, California
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88 reviews 88 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We found this restaurant because we were driving on Canyons Road .. it was 2pm and we decided to stop for a salad. It was a very hot day and we asked to lunch on the terrace. Waitress was friendly. I had a Caesar Salad but I got it warm and since they put anchovies on the top, the lettuce... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Met some friends there for lunch. We make it a point to have lunch there when we are in town every year for Indian Market. Place is awesome. Daniel the bartender makes great jalapeno margaritas they are great, just the right amount of burn. the food is great always go for the tapas menu you can't go wrong.

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Castle Pines, Colorado
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had great lunchtime food at El Farol but after returning home my credit card indicated that the waitress changed the tip amount from $6.00 to $10.00. Everything else was good, a sour taste to a great day. Imagine how much the waitress would make if she did it to all customers, how many check their credit card statements.

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