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El Meson

213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926 (Downtown)
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Ranked #12 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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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Canby, Oregon
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

First of all. Staff are excited to have you dine at their restaurant. Knowledgeable of all menu items, friendly, and humorous. Our server was ranked "the best" by all 6 of us. Menu variety is superb. Tapas and Paella were excellent. Our only regret was that we were travelling and won't get more opportunities to enjoy this fabulous restaurant. We... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
237 helpful votes 237 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Take a chance. Most of the menu is consistently excellent, especially the potatoes. Mariscos, carnes, and seasonal vegetables are all ordered separately. You pick a few and order more if you have room. The atmosphere, service, and wine list are all very good.

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Dallas, Texas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We happened to eat at this restaurant on tango night which is Tuesday night. It was fun to watch the dancers and listen to the music. The food and the service were good, but I loved the atmosphere.

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Denver, Colorado
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

El Mason offers live entertainment in their bar area where you can dine or choose to sit in the dining room. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends, the tapas are fabulous and the menu is extensive. There is something for everyone to choose.

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2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Me and my family love the food, service and atmosphere! We visit this restaurant every time we are in Santa Fe, and have been always a great experience. Sometimes me and my husband, sometimes the whole family.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

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

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
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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
38 helpful votes 38 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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