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El Farol Restaurant & Lounge

808 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2726
5059839912
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Ranked #123 of 464 restaurants in Santa Fe
Price range: $20 - $26
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
Tucson, Arizona
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

Stopped for lunch on the patio on a Sunday. While the food was OK, the service was down right surly. There are a LOT of restaurants in Santa Fe. If the attitude of the employees doesn't change at this one, there will be one less.

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Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

El Farol in Santa Fe has been one of our favorite spots with friends for 30 years! However we were so badly treated this past June 2014 we will never return. My friend and I (two ladies) ordered drinks at the bar and I commented to her how unwelcoming the doorman was. The mature lady bartender came right over to... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

After wandering Canyon Road and needing some nourishment, we wandered in to El Farol. What a great find this was. Nice patio seating, super friendly service. And the chicken & hatch green chile enchiladas were excellent. Pair them with a bottle of summer rose wine for a great afternoon.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

We went here on a Saturday night. We got seated immediately but the service was incredibly slow. We actually had to run and put more money in the parking lot which we already purchased time for an hour and a half. The tapas were good as was the paella. Nice for a change but wasn't blown away as the reviews... More

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Westwood, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I have had the pleasure of sampling over fifty of the most popular restaurants in Santa Fe. I have always enjoyed El Farol in the past yet tonight's meal (July 1, 2014) was the best I ever had at El Farol and one of the best I have ever had in Santa Fe! We were three diners and we began... More

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amarillo, tx
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

One of the best little gems in Santa Fe! Great service, food, and charm! Quaint bar area.....one of our faves!

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This place is a welcome break after spending a couple of hours in the hot sun, walking up and down hill looking at beautiful artwork that is simply untouchable for most of us. We headed for the bar where it was cool and comfy. There was an experienced, professional barmaid training a newby. The barmaid was extremely knowledgeable and fun... More

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I was recently in Santa Fe with friends and had not tried the tapas at El Farol before. It was a very challenging night for the staff, terrible rain and hail storm, even broke a window while we were there. The staff persevered and we had incredible tapas. They have a very large selection of tapas and a great deal... More

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Green Valley, Arizona
Top Contributor
172 reviews 172 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Touring all the galleries on Canyon Road can make you hungry and thristy. About a mile up Canyon is a restaurant called El Farol with sidewalk dining. It is a great place to stop for a drink or two and some Spanish Tapas. They have inside dining and patio dining, but the streetside dining is more fun as the streets... More

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Green Valley, AZ
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Hubby and I shared the 5-tapas offering, each of which was excellent. The coup de gras was dessert - 3 chocolate covered fresh pineapple chunks with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream! FANTASTIC! Oh, great margaritas too.

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