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El Meze Restaurant
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Ranked #6 of 129 Restaurants in Taos
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Reviewed February 7, 2013

El Meze has fabulous food. We dined there twice on our last trip to Taos- two nights in a row. We were going to eat at our hotel the second night, but were drawn back to El Meze.

The menu is short (which I prefer) and has lots of little twists on things. Good wine list and great service. The range of dishes, although limited, was spectacular. Loved the Moroccan inspired dishes they had while we were there. I think this is some of the best food in Taos right now.

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Thank gary m
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

My wife and I stopped at El Meze after a long day skiing and had what she referred to as our best meal under $100, ever! We chose from the "small plates," (hardly small) and had the Mushrooms on Toast, Short Ribs Adovada, Grilled Romaine Salad, Collard Greens, and Mussels with a wonderful Rioja. Each course was fantastic. Our server, Kelly, was charming, knowlegable and a storehouse of Taos lore. This is our new Taos favorite and we'll be back for sure!

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1  Thank Mike D
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

This restaurant was one of most pleasant surprises ever. The food and atmosphere rival any european romantic hideaway with incredible food. El Meze was a wonderful dining experience from the food.. to the service... to the atmosphere. A total treat!!!

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Thank jkmelody
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

When we found out that the head chef of El Meze was none other than Fred (of the much lamented Fred's New Mexican restaurant in Taos), we couldn't wait to try it. As it happens, the food was good but I would not agree that it is the best cooking in Taos.

The churritos appetizer was a variation on cracklin's or pork skins, in this case cooked but not to a crisp. It had the texture and flavor of the fatty part of a pork chop -- guilty pleasure. The standout in this dish was the sauce. Buffalo enchiladas were much like any other enchiladas, tasty but not special. Grilled whole trout was blackened and cooked with an herb and preserved lemon "stuffing" which was subtle but added an interesting flavor twist to a simple dish. The wine selection by the glass focused on Spanish wines, which were fine with the food.

The restaurant is tiny, and on a bitterly cold night we were seated right next to the door with cold drafts every time the door opened. We also had the pleasure of people leaning on our table as they waited to be seated. (There is a curtain between the door and the table -- people probably couldn't tell they were sitting on us.) The staff didn't seem terribly concerned but they did at least provide space heaters.

I was very put off by a flyer included with the check, asking customers to write reviews of El Meze on Open Table and TripAdvisor as well as other sites. (Electronic "tell your friends"?) It smacked of something at odds with the spirit of the restaurant's owners/chef.

The staff from the hostess to the wait staff had a bit of edge to them, not something we've experienced in Taos, as though it was a privilege to eat at El Meze. I liked the food, did not love the feeling of the place.

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Thank NM_Dreamer
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Not just the best in Taos but a great restaurant if you love food and wine. Everything we tried was great and dessert was unforgettable - Espresso Creme Brulee! Wines by the glass were phenomenal and priced reasonably - great values and finds - let the staff guide you they are well trained in the food and wine.

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1  Thank William F
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