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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, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 274
    Excellent
  • 118
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
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
We enjoyed it!

We enjoyed our dinner at El Meson, our waitress was very knowledgeable and made some great recommendations. We chose three appetizers which were very good and then had the DeMariscos Paella which was loaded with seafood, it was delicious! The only disappointment was the sangria, too fruity and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2012
JoAnnandJohn
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Connecticut
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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444 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Connecticut
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

We enjoyed our dinner at El Meson, our waitress was very knowledgeable and made some great recommendations. We chose three appetizers which were very good and then had the DeMariscos Paella which was loaded with seafood, it was delicious! The only disappointment was the sangria, too fruity and not enough alcohol, if any. But overall our meal was very enjoyable,... More 

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Espanola, New Mexico
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

Set the scene: a friday afternoon. Driving to Santa fe. Looking forward to some nice vegetarian tapas. Fast forward an hour or two: tapas are set down. We dig in. And the hopes come crashing down as a bird does after they crash into a window. If you are a vegetarian and you like terrible eggplant dipped into crushed tomatoes... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

Madrid native David Huertas creates tasty tapas and full course Spanish delights. El Meson is a comfortable restaurant, elegant yet casual, just off the Plaza. Slightly pricey but worth it, El Meson is a lovely change of pace from the predominant New Mexican and Mexican fare of Santa Fe. We eat there at least once each visit to Santa Fe.... More 

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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

The atmosphere at this restaurant was great - fun and lively yet intimate (it is loud so not for those that like a quiet dinner). We made a reservation and were seated immediately. We started with the anchovies (awesome) a salad with bleu cheese (awesome) and a cheese plate (not so awesome - just a few thin slices of rather... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

We dined on tapas (salad with cheese and ham, fried calamari, roasted potatoes, crab fingers, charcoaled chicken/leek brochette) ,since that was the only menu available in the bar, and we had primarily gone to hear the very excellent JQ Whitcomb Quartet (jazz). The service was very attentive and excellent. BUT, the food -- the food was just short of dreadful... More 

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Santa Fe
Top Contributor
197 reviews 197 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2012

Wonderful food - reasonably priced and great service!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2012

It was ok, not creative at all. Go to El Foral for the best tapas

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Tulsa
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

Four of us dined at El Meson during a recent visit to Santa Fe, and all agreed we thoroughly enjoyed it! Two of us shared a paella - outstanding (and would have served 3 easily). Our server was knowledgeable and professional, and while the restaurant was busy, we were served promptly. The atmosphere was casual and inviting. There were many... More 

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New orleans
Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

About two blocks north of the plaza, El Meson is an inviting dining room with its adjoining bar and music ensembles. The cuisine is distinctly Spanish rather than Southwestern, and its patrons, many of them from Santa Fe, appreciate its distinctiveness. The varieties of ham (jambon), including Serrano, and cheeses, including Manchego are used in a number of dishes--including the... More 

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Richmond
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

Popular place. Make a reservation. We couldn't get in.

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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 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?