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Vanessie of Santa FE

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American, Southwestern, Seafood, Steakhouse
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434 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Guadalupe)
Rail runner Guadalupe station
505-982-9966
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: "Nowhere else has better basics - straight-ahead steak, lamb, fresh fish...
"Nowhere else has better basics - straight-ahead steak, lamb, fresh fish, chicken & gargantuan mounds of onion loaf - than this Continental-American Steakhouse; but fantastic food is not the only draw - the festive atmosphere includes a way cool, crowded piano bar..." If great continental food in fine dining and casual dining with friendly atmosphere and world class live entertainment are your priorities, come to Vanessie. Fireplaces, exciting art, spaciousness, and lots of live music make Vanessie a local favorite.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Bar scene
Special occasions
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 73
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great restaurant, well worth the price.

Great seating in sunroom off main dining area. Great service and great fare, offering delicious wild game and seafood. Many entrees served with sides included and some al la carte'. We had excellent service and a great lounge attached with live entertainment.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Shelley T
,
Fairhope, Alabama
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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143 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Fairhope, Alabama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Great seating in sunroom off main dining area. Great service and great fare, offering delicious wild game and seafood. Many entrees served with sides included and some al la carte'. We had excellent service and a great lounge attached with live entertainment.

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Ontario, CA
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The music was so much fun, the crowd was so into it, the wait staff (David) such a delight, we thought we'd go in for a drink and leave...ended up staying several hours, ordering enough appetizers to call it dinner, then went back the next night! Bob Finnie was the guy at the piano and wow - - was he... More 

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West Hollywood, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The music here is terrific, the musician engages the crowd. It's a fun evening except it ends very early. If the bartender is on the mic, you'll be waiting a long while for a drink ...

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This was always a great local restaurant and wonderful piano bar..and it still is, but some changes have been made but def for the locals and people that come here for the summer during opera season not for the better. My boyfriend and I ate there the other night and there was hardly anyone in there, it was sad. This... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Vanessie is the place. Excellent food. Attentive service. Charming atmosphere. Go early to catch the fantastic piano stylings of Doug Montgomery in the bar. He's a SF institution himself. A varied menu with excellent steaks and grill. After dinner, indulge in a Coffee Wonderful along with a dessert large enough to order with four spoons for the whole group to... More 

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Durango, Colorado
Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We were there with two other couples to celebrate New Years Eve 2015. Therefore, it was a special fixed price menu which included dessert and champagne at midnight along with a seat at their famous piano bar. The food was delicious. It was a lovely evening and a nice way to bring in the New Year of 2015 however very... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We found this great little place through an online site, setting up dinner short notice for a small group. It proved to be one of the top evenings we've had in Santa Fe in the many years we've patronized restaurants in this area. We started in the Piano Bar, where many patrons were already enjoying the outstanding entertainment. Had an... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I made online reservations at Vanessie for our anniversary. A phone call got us to the right building (the adjacent two are part of the Inn, apparently), and we entered the large piano bar. After some awkward moments of waiting and looking around, we spied the dining area across the sea of patrons already enjoying the amazing talents of Doug... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We go to the Piano Bar when we go to Vanessie's. Doug Montgomery is great on the piano. Wait staff could be more attentive but food is good.

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Calgary, Canada
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I stayed at the Inn at Vanessie and dropped in for a quick bite to eat at the adjacent Restaurant. I skipped the Dining Room and went straight into the Piano Bar when I heard the piano. I had to stay until it closed as it was so so good. The piano bar room itself is lovely; the pianist was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 434 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
    (Guadalupe)
  • Public Transportation: Rail runner Guadalupe station
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe
  • Phone Number: 505-982-9966

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Southwestern, Seafood, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions

Description

"Nowhere else has better basics - straight-ahead steak, lamb, fresh fish, chicken & gargantuan mounds of onion loaf - than this Continental-American Steakhouse; but fantastic food is not the only draw - the festive atmosphere includes a way cool, crowded piano bar..." If great continental food in fine dining and casual dining with friendly atmosphere and world class live entertainment are your priorities, come to Vanessie. Fireplaces, exciting art, spaciousness, and lots of live music make Vanessie a local favorite.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?