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213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926 (Downtown)
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Ranked #15 of 472 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $30
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We chose a selection of Tapas dishes and they were all top shelf. The waiter was very informative and seemed to be there whenever we had a question or wanted to order more food. The stand out dish for us was the Scallops, they were divine. Food, Wine and Service combined delightfully to make this one of the best meals... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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65 reviews 65 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I hosted a celebration dinner at El Meson for 50 seminar attendees. They were all strangers to Santa Fe (as in from out of state), having spent all day every day in a classroom, and every evening in study groups, and they came away entranced by the atmosphere (including the flamenco show) and wowed by their meals.

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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285 reviews 285 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We opted for the Lounge where they served delicious tapas, had a great wine list and showcased a great Spanish guitarist. The food was EXCELLENT! - the best during our 4 day stay in Santa Fe. Plus pleasant and helpful servers. I would definitely eat in the lounge again.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We really appreciate dining at the El Meson restaurant. The Spanish dish food selection is very good and varied... The Chef does a really good job... We didn't know how good until we dined at El Farol........ We highly recommend El Meson for dining and when they have live entertainment, it's generally pretty good and varied.......

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I only know Friday night jazz dinners, but to find a jazz group in Santa Fe is a rarity and when accompanied by tapas and your favorite drinks, grand excess! Make a reservation well ahead of time as I suspect that there are "regulars" who come almost every week. The tapas are good and the wine list has many quality... More 

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372 reviews 372 reviews
289 restaurant reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Perhaps we have been spoiled by excellent jazz in our hometown Nashville, Music City but we were a bit disappointed in the quality of the music. The four guys playing just didn't seem to be in concert with each other. Now, the place was packed and a kind hostess found us a couple of seats at the bar. The locals... More 

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65 reviews 65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We had dinner here with some friends - ordered a variety of tapas. While the service was great, the food was just ok. my favorite part was the tomato soup. It was fun, but not sure I would return.

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Chandler, Arizona
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This place is just a short walk off the plaza. We went early for a tapas dinner and we were not disappointed. We started with the pear and goat cheese salad and the tomato soup. Then the artichokes, calamari and beef filet. We finished with the flan. Everything was delicious, freshly made, and served beautifully. The service was also quick,... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Lots of small dishes. Not long on flavor but nicely presented. I have had better...but not in Santa Fe.

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Houston, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This was our second time to dine at El Meson. We ate their last year on a trip to Santa Fe and had a wonderful experience. On this trip, El Meson was the only reservation we made in advance because we couldn't wait to eat there again. It did not disappoint. We shared paella among the 3 of us and... More 

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Additional Information about El Meson

Address: 213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926
Phone Number: 5059836756
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 18 - 30
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish

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