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El Meson

213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926 (Downtown)
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Ranked #11 of 467 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
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361 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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  • Spanish first
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English first
Las Cruces, New Mexico
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The place is attractive, and the tapas were fine, however they were not anything special but what you normally would have in a Spanish Tapas place, but the price for food that was with simple ingredients was too high. For example. the tortilla espanola which is just egg, potato and onion in a small cazuela, and the thin and few... More

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Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We've been coming to Santa Fe for some time over the past 8 years. When we we first came to el meson, we found it terrific and made a point to eat here every trip afterwards. Last night however, was not a good experience. The tapas were good, but, the seafood paella lacked any flavor. The shrimp, calamari and fish... More

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Orange County, CA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This place has been in business for decades, and good food must be the reason. We had a variety of tapas that were interesting and flavorful. Service was great. It wasn't noisy or crowded. Will definitely go again.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Scallops were rubbery and overcooked, and my artichokes were too tough. The tapas menu did look interesting and I might go back to try something else. Just not scallops or Artichokes.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Over the years El Meson mellows like a fine bottle of wine. An excellent choice of very authentic tap pas plus a good selection of Spanish wines reasonably priced. Their fine reputation continues to expand so……….make a reservation. Dinner only.

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2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Our first time to dine here. We chose it because our favorite flamenco guitarist was playing and we had not heard him in a couple of years. The tapas we chose were nothing short of spectacular with the exception of the scallops which were only so-so. The wine list was very good but, as you might expect, focused on Spanish... More

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Durango, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Agree with most others that the food here is excellent. And a pretty good value for a classy place although the wine list was not inexpensive. We went with various tapas dishes and all were very fine. A good location not far from the Plaza.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

Our family had dinner at El Meson on Tuesday. We enjoyed a table in the bar area, listening to the flamenco guitarist. Our tapas selections were delicious, especially the cheese stuffed artichoke hearts and the pork loin. The bread is delicious, we had several refills! I enjoyed a glass of sangria, and my flan dessert was outstanding. Our daughter loved... More

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Spring Grove
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Just finished the Paella Valencia, superb..! Service was 10+, Tapas, wine, and main course were all quite nice This is a good way to finish up a fantastic week in Santa Fe. Go early cause many others go along with my attitude this is top rate, Any old Spainish gent would be proud to take his senorita.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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220 reviews 220 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The food was amazing, we had great Service it was very good and helpful, which was important for choosing among the many menu items as she told us her fav..Good selection of dishes, well presented and prepared. This is very clean, fresh and a nice place to have a meal

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