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El Meson

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213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Specializes in Spanish Tapas. Fabulous food and wine. Dessert (Churros) was so good and was served with Mexican hot chocolate.

2 Thank Deborah M
Portland, OR
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Upon arriving for our 7:00 pm reservation at El Meson we were told it would be 15 or 20 minutes. Why bother making a reservation?? We waited patiently for over a half hour in a very cramped and hot entry way without even being offered a drink of water. After finally being seated we were very unimpressed with our meal.... More 

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Santa Barbara
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65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

At first the hostess imperiously announced that she did not have our reservation, then I mentioned that I made it on Open Table and she finally found it. We had tapas to share and a paella - all were nothing special. Artichoke hearts were canned or frozen and fried - pathetic. All the fish and shellfish, even the special seemed... More 

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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Oh my this place was delicious and very romantic ! We tried three different tapas as well as some spanish wine(mussles, empanadas, gazpacho). We went on Tuesday which was great because they have local tango dancers meet here to dance and you can watch (or join in if you tango). We were mesmerized by their beauty and the food was... More 

1 Thank Adriana M
Florida Panhandle, Florida
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

El Meson was a delicious surprise. Highly recommended. Tapas and Paella were excellent. Check my profile for more information.

1 Thank rcjreviews
Tucson, Arizona
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63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great jazz every Friday night served in the Tapas Bar. Better make reservations! Only a tapas menu is available as the regular dining menu is for the dining room. Items ranged from about $7-$14 dollars each. Tapas included soup/salads, seafood, meat & poultry, vegetarian. Extensive wine list. Our waiter was very friendly, attentive, and knowledgable. We were never rushed so... More 

2 Thank Rick3256
Naples, Florida
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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Besides several entrées, you could make a meal of just tapas. A very large variety including many vegetarian selections. Service was attentive.

2 Thank pupstars
Perth, Australia
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106 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You the choice of dining in the restaurant or the bar. We chose to have Tapas at the bar. The live music that was playing was easy listening, perfect for dining. The decor was authentic Spanish. An excellent choice of meat, seafood or vegetarian. The oyster mushrooms were outstanding. But there were only 3 on the plate. Great wine list.... More 

3 Thank Allistra
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tapas at El Meson are the best in Santa Fe. I recommend starting with either just a few tapas OR going with one of the Paella's. We had a large party and we each ordered two tapas and also the Paella A La Valenciana for 4 and we had way too much food for our table. Everything was oh... More 

2 Thank Berna610
Houston, Texas
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was not what I expected--i expected a more upscale ambiance -- not sure why. The food was very good--especially the crab croquettes and blistered peppers. Our server was great, on top of everything. Enjoyed the live jazz, an enjoyable evening.

2 Thank Laura E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$18 - $30
Spanish, Mediterranean, Gluten Free
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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

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