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El Meson

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213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926
5059836756
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 38
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  • 14
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Possible Choice

Very nice paella and spanish food in the center of Santa Fe. The food was fresh, good service and very lovely. The presentation is also nice. There are so many restaurants in Santa Fe you may choose this one or maybe just check out the music.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Entertaining clients
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Very nice paella and spanish food in the center of Santa Fe. The food was fresh, good service and very lovely. The presentation is also nice. There are so many restaurants in Santa Fe you may choose this one or maybe just check out the music.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

In Santa Fe for the week. This is a got to stop place! We ate on the bar side which is seriously laid back. Food was excellent, service was extraordinary and the pricing will run in the 35 to 50 per person with drinks. Stop in, best tapa bar I have been too in 6 years of chasing little plates.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

Make sure you get a chance to catch the flamenco show in the bar area after you dine. This is a restaurant that puts quality over flash and knowledge of classic Spanish dishes. A must visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Final dinner after a few days in Santa Fe. This restaurant has been around for a while; and bad restaurants don't last long in a small town with so much competition. We were very pleased. Great service and good traditional Spanish food. You can choose between a restaurant atmosphere and a second room with a full bar and tapas where... More 

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Shepherd, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This place is terrific! We had a great tapas dinner, potato, leek, and lemon soup... superb! Gazpacho would get a 5/10, filet mignon was good, scallops were ok. The dessert was the best, lemon cheese cake and chocolate churros. The staff, very friendly, professional, helpful and we would go back again.

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Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

There are lots of great restaurants in Santa Fe but if you want both good food, pleasant atmosphere and great music than spend a casual evening at El Mason. This Spanish restaurant has two dining experiences. One is the more formal dining room and the other is the casual one serving Tapas. The latter also has live music many nights... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We really enjoyed out trip to Santa Fe and found it to be a wonderful town. Top of our list is El Meson. This is a Spanish Tapas restaurant and I really cannot say enough good things about it. It was a recommendation and the best decision we made on the whole trip was to take this recommendation. First, the... More 

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Albuquerque
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Great wait staff and Spanish wine list followed by great jazz in the bar! The seafood was fresh and perfectly prepared. We will be back!

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Had tapas the mussels were at best fair, cheese was a joke so thin you could read thru it. Mushrooms were good but that was the only good thing. Artichokes were small had and chewy no flavor. A waste of money. Went there because others thought differently. Save your money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We went to El Meson based on the recommendation of a store clerk in the plaza. One word, wow!! The food was wonderful. The service was great. My daughter had some questions about the menu that the waitress couldn't answer because she was new. She grabbed the hostess, who was immensely helpful in making our dining choices. Each of the... 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 to $30
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 5059836756

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $18 to $30
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic, Bar scene, Entertaining clients
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

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