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El Meson

213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926 (Downtown)
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Ranked #8 of 456 restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $18 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Madison, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

A nice tapas restaurant, good flavors, service was just ok. Our waiter didn't bring items out so we could pair them with wines like we asked. Good otherwise.

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Portland, Maine
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our food, but had a bit of sticker shock when the check arrived. Perhaps we made a mistake, opting for 3 tapas plates each (12 for 4 of us) rather than paella. And the price of drinks was quite high. We would definitely go back, with a different strategy-- one glass of wine (rather than mixed drinks)... More

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Ann Arbor, MI
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132 reviews 132 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I'll start by saying that the food here is outstanding. My wife and I tried many small plates and everything we ate was terrific. The veal cutlet roulade and the crab croquettes were simple dishes and yet so good. And the mussels that were on special were again simple but so well prepared. The cheeses are excellent. And excellent sangria.... More

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Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We had the Seafood Paella and were not disappointed. The food was great and so was the service. After dinner we went to the lounge for dessert and the flamingo show, so much fun!

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Pueblo, Colorado
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104 reviews 104 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Atmosphere really nice and some great menu choices. So called pork shoulder special for $30 was really just a few thinly slices of dried ham. Waiter could have explained what it was for $30, and in general did not seem too keen on selling menu to us. Not even an olive or other garnish included. Other tapas were more reasonable... More

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mattapoisett, ma
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67 reviews 67 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Great little spot! The spanish guitar player was great and not so loud that you couldn't have a conversation with your partner. We LOVED the stuffed mushrooms and goat cheese. Absolutely delicious! I would stay away from the Sangria and stick to wine or beer though. Enjoy!

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We went on Tuesday which is Tango Night. The food was wonderful, and the service superlative. The locals came out to Tango, and it was very entertaining. This is a place not to miss!!

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Palo Alto, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Recommended by a few, this beautiful Spanish restaurant is a few short blocks from the city square. We looked forward to a meal of tapas and paella. The wait staff was excellent and attentive. The food was very good. I wouldn't say excellent but certainly very good. Pricey at $55/2 paella and with a glass of wine, the bill was... More

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Carbondale, Illinois, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

El Meson is a very relaxed place with excellent small plates and an incredible selection of wines. We were there on a Friday night and were treated to "The Three Faces of Jazz" group playing a very nice set while we ate. We were right in front of the stage, yet the music was not too loud and very enjoyable.... More

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Collingswood, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Excellent assortment of tapas, and a large and comfortable Spanish-style room to enjoy it in. Everything seemed to be very authentic, and reflective of Andelucia

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