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“Good for Adults, Not so good for young children” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Meze Restaurant

El Meze Restaurant
1017 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, Taos, NM 87571
575-751-3337
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Ranked #1 of 108 Restaurants in Taos
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hail Creek
Description: We are located in the El Torreon Hacienda built in 1847 which reflects our philosophy, our food and the historical influences of Taos. From June - September we have patio seating under a tent with twinkle lights and the most incredible view of Taos Mountain.
Fairfax, Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Good for Adults, Not so good for young children”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

I loved El Meze so much in July when my husband and I visited that I brought the family back when we returned in August. Unfortunately, I discovered that the menu is not kid friendly. The adults loved the wonderful trout and the posole. And the wine pairing was excellent.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Leland, Mississippi
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprised”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

We had a very pleasant meal here and our waiter, Carlos, was a most likeable chap. The trout was deliciously prepared and my wife enjoyed the pasta. The prices were quite reasonable for this caliber of restaurant.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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“Overrated!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

We tried El Meze after becoming burned out (figuratively) on New Mexico chili dishes. Given the disclaimer that food is like art and taste is in the palate of the diner, we found El Meze to be pretentious and over-priced. I had the buffalo tamales with green chili "sauce" and my wife had the trout. The tamales were very good, but were covered with a few roasted green chilis in a watery "sauce" that appeared to be some kind of stock that had not been reduced or made to thicken. This was not up to par for a $20+ dish. The trout came slathered with a mint concoction that was so strong the taste of the beautiful trout underneath was totally lost. This was a treatment of a delicately flavored dish by a chef who apparently likes to overwhelm with an overdose of inappropriately strong spices. Finesse does not seem to be in this chef's recipe book. The service was OK but the waiter was a bit overbearing when it came to beer and wine service. In all, for this price one would expect much, much better.

Summary: There are better upscale restaurants in Taos than this one.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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elmezeowner, Owner at El Meze Restaurant, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
I will agree with you that Food is art and taste is in the palate of the diner but because you did not like something doesn’t mean the dish was bad, it could just mean that you did not like it or it was not what you were expecting. You came into our restaurant because you were burned out on New Mexican chile dishes yet you had the Tamale with green chile. This is a signature dish which we are known for. We have always made a brothy green chile sauce which is very New Mexican in style and people just love it. Because it wasn’t something you weren’t expecting, you assumed that the dish was not made properly which was not correct along with your mis-quote of $20+ price. Your wife order the Trout – another signature dish and according to your comments, it was not to her liking either. Yet instead of telling your server it was not what you were expecting so they could correct the situation, they were told it was wonderful. It is only in this review that I found out how disappointed you were and because you did not like the dish or the preparation you then made assumptions about the chef and his abilities and the summary comment “There are better upscale restaurants in Taos than this one” When I went and looked at your other reviews, there were none which I found very perplexing to say the least.
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Edmond, Oklahoma
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“Taos' best kept secret”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Chef Fred is a genius! We were in Taos for four days and we ate here twice. We tried the fresh pasta, watermelon salad, pork chops, trout and espresso creme brulee. Everything was so fresh. The flavors were so well balanced and had a melt in your mouth effect. The plates are also a visual treat. This world-class restaurant is Taos' best kept secret. The restaurant has a great causal feel and took our taste buds on a journey we will never forget. Cant wait to come back for more.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fantastic food in a gorgeous setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

We were very pleased with our appetizers, main courses and the dessert we split - pozole, tamales, short ribs and fried green olives - but it was hard to choose. In spite of what MapQuest says, El Meze is NOT on Paseo del Sur nor is it 1.5 miles from the center of town (glad we didn’t try to walk!). Service was a little spotty on a busy Friday night. You will want reservations and try to get them a little before sundown so you can watch the sunset on the mountains.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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