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“Some of the best food in New Mexico” 5 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.
ELLICOTT CITY
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35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Some of the best food in New Mexico”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2010

When you drive up to the restaurant you see nothing special...but when you go in the adventure begins. The young lady that greets you is swift to make you at home. The wait staff is knownledgable about the food and wine. It is exactly what a great restaurant should be...professional and fun. It is obvious that everyone that works there enjoys their work and takes great pride in what they do and put their "all" into the final product...a suburb dining experience!!!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Broomfield, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“I can't wait to go back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2010

Our much anticipated visit to "El Meze Restaurant" and Chef "Fred" from Taos's old "Fred's' Place" was well worth the wait. First, the Historical Adobe compound was very cozy once we entered the warmly decorated dining room on a chilly spring evening. We ate a lot of food and enjoyed everything from presentation to the timing that each course was served.
Scallops with wild mushrooms
We started with small pale scallop and mushrooms on fried polenta in an earthy brown sauce which was a surprise taste.
Buffalo short ribs
I couldn't pass up the small plate Buffalo short ribs which were cooked in a red Chile sauce with some maybe some Chipotle peppers?
The little green salad was a palate cleanser which was a small head of Bibb lettuce dressed simply with wonderful oil and balance vinegar presented as it was just picked.
Tamale with de Gardenas
The first entree was the Tamale which is a throwback to the old "Fred's", so if you were a fan it is a must. A very nice tamale in a chunky green chile sauce also very fresh and moist.
Truchas with Green Sauce
For the finale entree we enjoyed the Trout in green sauce which was very flavorful and the light green sauce abundantly covered the fish and was great. Sauce was a great complement to the fish and there were some nice greens also.

Don't forget the wine pairings even with the dessert which that night was the Lemon Mouse and Raspberry Napoleon which I finished as my wife ate only a bite. And, yes we are going back to El Meze and this time to sit on the patio, watch the sun on Taos Mountain and see what Fred is cooking from the Taos Farmer's market!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Taos, New Mexico
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“Lovely evening for a large group”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2010

We recently celebrated my husband's birthday at El Meze with a group of 12. They set up the back room just for our group, and the evening was perfect. We ordered several of each of their share plates and small plates, as well as the tamales and roasted chicken to share. Our server and kitchen staff were very well organized, staging the presentation of the food so that we always had several delicious choices on the table. Everything we ordered, including dessert, was excellent, and the dishes were different enough from each other that each new plate offered a new pleasure. We also drank several bottles of Spanish cava and wine, which were also a treat. We'll certainly return for a more intimate dinner this summer, perhaps on the patio that faces Taos mountain, but I urge you to keep El Meze in mind for larger groups.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Fe
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3 restaurant reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“best chicherrones in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2010

Fresh, simple, delicious food. Have the appetizers and small plates! I love the grilled romaine appetizer, the chicherrones are out of this world, the mussels, yummm. Beautifully prepared and presented, this chef really cares about food.

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los angeles
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“It's worth traveling from Los Angeles to have dinner at El Meze!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2010

I recently had a few days of "r & r" with friends in beautiful Taos, New Mexico -- and one of the highlights of the trip was the two evenings we spent dining at the charming, incredibly warm and comfortable El Meze. The food is delicious -- we sampled many dishes -- the service was friendly and prompt, and all is extremely reasonable. Be sure to try the beet salad and the grilled romaine for starters....the trout, the mussels, the pasta entrees..... Each dish was perfectly cooked -- perfected seasoned. Nice wine selection -- and the chocolate souffle is divine!!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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