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213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926 (Downtown)
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Ranked #14 of 466 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $30
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
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  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

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
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

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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Ennis, Texas
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73 reviews 73 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

This place has wonderful tapas. Try some of the more adventuresome choices. I like going here each time I visit Santa Fe because I like to go to the bar and see the live entertainment. The last time I was there, we were delighted by the percussionist who had a plethora of items--including a cast iron skillet-- to play. Make... More

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New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Went to this Spanish tapas restaurant during a long weekend trip with my husband. It was a pretty dull experience (except maybe for the live jazz music coming from the tapas bar area). The floor and wait staff were all very attentive and pleasant and, though I found the decor weirdly generic, the tables were far enough apart so that... More

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Boston, MA
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83 reviews 83 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We sat in the tapas bar (as opposed to the restaurant). There was live piano and bass playing jazz, very good. Excellent tapas, though a bit fried and with a fairly sharp Romesco sauce. Nice Spanish wines, lovely flan and churros dessert. The atmosphere and service were very good.

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Osage Beach, Missouri
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94 reviews 94 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Great experience, wonderful food and much cheaper than a trip to Spain. By far the best restaurant we have tried in Santa Fe

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Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We enjoyed a lovely meal of tapas and a shared large plate at this restaurant near the plaza. We made a reservation for dinner and when we arrived, the hostess, Olivia, went out of her way to make sure we'd have a reservation for the bar side where the jazz band was playing after we ate. We loved the manchego... More

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Tucson, Arizona
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

I cannot figure out why this place is rated so high. Maybe we just came on a bad night. My husband and I ordered a split salad which was ok (they didn't split it). Blue cheese dressing was thin and kind of watery. My salmon was ok but his rib eye steak was over cooked and had no flavor. Our... 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
Average Prices: USD 18 - 30
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish

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