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El Meson

213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926
+1 505-983-6756
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“paella” (147 reviews)
“tapas” (413 reviews)
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Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Based on others' reviews, our expectation was high. The food was so-so and heavy, and the service was not very attentive. The tables were placed too close to one another.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BigIsleFoodie
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Most of the tapas we tried were delicious. Julian who seated us and was our waiter was friendly, delightful and spoke fluent Spanish.Wine selection was good. The Tempranillo wine was excellent. It was our 25th anniversary but though we mentioned it there was no personal...More

Date of visit: December 2018
6  Thank avatar20182018
Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I had dinner at El Meson in November of 2018. The food and service was excellent. We had a variety of tapas and all of them were very good. We went into the Jazz bar after dinner and the music and service...More

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank joekarlab
Reviewed November 27, 2018 via mobile

Food was good but but somewhat pricey for the sizes. Nice ambiance with friendly service. People were having fun in the bar with Tango night!

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank kpatzaz
Reviewed November 24, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our 20th anniversary dinner on Wednesday night. Since we were early we had a drink at the bar. The bartender was friendly and accommodating. They sat us in a lovely table in the back corner of the room, perfect. Julian was our...More

Date of visit: November 2018
4  Thank MissMillers
Reviewed November 22, 2018

This restaurant is way overrated. The hostess wouldn't seat us even though our table was open and we had a reservation. The server, Julian, was great and made the meal a lot more fun. Unfortunately the food was very lack luster. The salads were good,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank DaisyDot24
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

I love tapas, but the food here was pretty mediocre. There was a decent jazz band the night I was there but nothing exceptional.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Jack W
Reviewed November 8, 2018

I have been to El Meson on a previous visit and the high standards have not changed. The service remains excellent and the food is cooked to perfection. If you have had your fill of NM food and fancy something different, and you feel like...More

Date of visit: October 2018
5  Thank dragonphoe18
Reviewed November 5, 2018

Sweet ambiance, great location...however, the food was surprisingly poor. We ordered 3 tapas and each one was about what we might expect from a fried food stand, only delivered on a cafeteria plate with a piece of parsley. The "flash fried calamari" were deep fried...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank abstractmuse
Reviewed October 30, 2018

THE best paella, especially the squid ink one. Their gazpacho unfortunately is terrible, which, for a Mexican restaurant should be first rate. Everything else is really good.

Date of visit: October 2018
4  Thank ctsteve7
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May 9, 2017|
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Response from StuartK4850 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about what time the music starts. I do not believe there is a charge for the flamenco but the performances are in the bar portion of the building and I have only dined in the restaurant portion. I would call the... More
April 12, 2017|
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Response from Kathrin565 | Property representative |
Flamenco shows at El Meson are usually on every first Saturday of the month.
October 13, 2016|
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Response from fromtex | Reviewed this property |
Hi! I wanted to dine in the Bar and go tapa crazy but the rest of our party wanted the main dining room. It is quieter and we still went tapa crazy. Enjoy!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$18 - $30
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene
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: +1 505-983-6756
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Saffron, fresh seafood, tapas, jamón and paella. Signature dishes from Andalucia, Catalonia, Madrid and the exotic regions of Spain. Live Flamenco, Blues, Tango and Jazz. Sangria, full bar and a fine wine bodega. Highly-trained staff and a chef from Spain – El Mesón has it all.
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