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“Fine Tapas Restaurant” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Meson

El Meson
213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926 (Downtown)
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Ranked #12 of 478 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
Missouri City, Texas
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86 reviews 86 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Fine Tapas Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Eight of us dined at El Meson early Friday evening, before the Sante Fe opera. Service was very good and helpful, which was important for choosing among the many menu items. The Spanish wine selection also was very good. The restaurant, just a short distance from the Plaza was not crowded at that time. Arrive early for your reservation, because parking definitely is an issue.

Visited August 2014
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“very snobbish”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

If their online reservation system is any indication of the restaurant's food and service i would avoid this place like I did. the quality restaurants in Santa Fe use Open Table, El Meson uses some Google concoction and get this - they say that just because you filled out the form does not mean you have reservation and they ask you if you are a local or a tourist!!!!

My wife said forget it - there are too many fine places with great food and wine in this town to deal with this hookem.

Visited August 2014
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Playa Del Rey, CA
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“It Was So Good, We Went For A Two-fer!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Great spot just around the corner from the town plaza. Very friendly staff, with a cozy ambiance backed by an awesome traditional menu that weighs heavy on Spain's most popular dishes. In fact, it was so good that we made a reservation for the following evening!

Visited August 2014
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Amarillo, TX
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15 restaurant reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Amazing meal, great service and music”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We had an amazing evening at El Meson. We were seated quickly and our server brought drinks shortly after. The server, Dee was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had several tapas dishes including roasted oyster mushrooms, peppers, ham, shrimp. The flavors were amazing and the food was prepared perfectly. Then the superb jazz quintet started to play.We were not shocked when we received the bill. The prices were reasonable and we thought it as good value. Simply wonderful. We will definitely visit whenever we return to Santa Fe.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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allen
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23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Great Food and Music”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Had dinner here. Sat in the area where they had a guitarist. The food was great. Had the filet, blue crab, mushroom, and calamari tapas. All were great. The shrimp was just ok. They do have a kids menu. All 3 of mine had the pasta and said it was great. The hostess got paper and crayons for my young ones to keep them entertained. Really enjoyed the music as well. I would highly recommend eating here.

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