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El Farol Restaurant & Lounge

808 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2726
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Ranked #131 of 467 Restaurants in Santa Fe
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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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65% Recommend
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English first
Austin, Texas
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

El Farol is a great restaurant with Spanish flair. The grilled romain with goat cheese and onions was smooth and full of flavor. Try the Paella was heavy with clams, shrimp and sausage. Absolutely terrific. Live Spanish music was played in the background. The atmosphere is typical Santa Fe with lots of personality, reds, blues, tans and lovely patio. Prices... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great tapas in an atmospheric setting. Attentive service. Try for courtyard seating if weather permits. Skip the jamon Iberico, but all other dishes were super. Going on an evening when there is music and dancing would be even more fun!

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Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This is great food, but pretty pricey. We enjoyed the outside seating, beautiful weather and people watching. GREAT margarita, and good place to eat on Canyon Road when you are shopping the galleries.

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Springfield, Illinois
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We had a tapas dinner with Flamenco dancers on a Sunday night. The $25 pp charge plus food which was really bad was not worth it. The small warren of rooms and the noise level was disappointing. A young and enthusiastic crowd, poor wine was helped somewhat by the cheerfulness and hard work ethic of our server. That is the... More

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

We had an early dinner at El Farol and had an excellent server who's name is Viva. Her wine recommendation was exactly what I described that I like in a wine . We were two people and shared 6 tapas. Then we had this delicious desert she recommended of chocolate covered bananas ! All I can say is WOW!

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Windham, New Hampshire
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The only terrible experience we had was eating at this restaurant. We had to wait an hour to be served our dinner. It only arrived after we asked our waitress when our dinner would be done (there was one waitress for over 30 tables!!!). When we were finally served our extremely overpriced meal, our first bite revealed both of our... More

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San Antonio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

El Farol has been a mainstay on Canyon Road for decades, and is still a fun experience. The current tapas selection is diverse, and the portions are generous. Paella entree was very large (would suggest sharing between 2 people.) Fun, casual music completed the evening!

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El Paso, TX
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Many thanks to El Farol restaurant for introducing me to dining on tapas while enjoying flamenco singing and dancing. It easily could have been a cheesy tourist experience, but instead it was a truly enjoyable evening. El Farol is the oldest restaurant in Santa Fe- just my type of atmosphere. Choosing tapas throughout the evening with the advice of the... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Though I've enjoyed drinks or meals several times on the outside front patio of El Farol, I'd never noticed the back patio. A whole group of (we who are artists and gallery owners) made memories with a riotous dinner on the covered back patio. Flamenco dancers practiced on the steps adjacent to where we sat, a breeze blew through, the... More

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Las Cruces, NM
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Highly overrated. I emailed them to ask about a reservation weeks in advance of our trip and they never got back to me, so we made our reservation by phone once we got to Santa Fe. We found El Farol's service to be lacksadaisical and the food quality disappointing. We arrived 15 minutes early and were seated, as we specifically... More

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