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“Pretentious, but poor quality.”
Review of De La Tierra

De La Tierra
Ranked #72 of 130 Restaurants in Taos
Price range: $19 - $34
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Paseo Del Pueblo Norte
Description: The AAA Four-Diamond award-winning De la Tierra restaurant is graced with world-class cuisine, and stunning architecture and décor. Come experience why De la Tierra was named one of the world's best new restaurants by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.
Northborough, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Pretentious, but poor quality.”
Reviewed November 18, 2010

We were so very disappointed having planned a family birthday party at this place. Since it was highly rated by Fromers we had high hopes. From design conception to execution the restaurant decor was over wrought and tacky. All the cold finishes made for a chilly meal and we have not even gotten to the food. From the pink butter to the bland cheese platter to the soupy vegetarian entries we couldn't have been more disappointed. Entries were not served at the same time and the temperature of the food was tepid. The sauces were bland and overly sweet or sour. The service was slow even though the restaurant was empty. We cannot understand how a restaurant can charge such high prices and offer such a bland and tasteless fare. Where is the chef and doesn't he/she care about what is being offered to patrons who are paying high prices and expecting good food? Please do not go to this restaurant.

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Lakewood, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Romantic, delicious, memorable!”
Reviewed October 9, 2010

The setting is relaxing, among green trees, high ceilings, next to the Anaconda bar (spectacular art). Our chairs were very comfortable, exquisite taste. The food was just as delicious, portions were enough to fill you up. We weren't too close to anyone else, which we really liked the space. Excellent waiters and service. We enjoyed our spectacular dinner, the suggessted wine selections, so we just had to share a dessert. We love to eat the best food. This is a must do!

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San Jose, California
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice decor, overpriced mediocre food and service”
Reviewed October 3, 2010

We tried this place in the El Monte Sagrado resort in Taos for a mid-week dinner after reading rave reviews about its supposedly innovative cuisine in a well-known New Mexico guidebook. The grounds of the resort this restaurant is at, and the dining room, were quite pretty and relaxing, but the food and service were an overpriced disappointment. Despite the extensive list of expensive wines, the sweet but uninformed young waitress knew next to nothing about the wines available (she said the sommelier was off that night -- I guess despite the prices the resort was too cheap to at least have a waiter on hand who knew something about wines they serve). We ordered two different glasses of red wine we'd never had from reputable wineries (not cheap), and they both arrived warm instead of at red wine temperature, and tasting as if they'd been sitting out near a hot stove for way too long. When we asked the waitress what the soup of the day was, she replied "cucumber and dill" and even made up that it was "hot" when I asked if it was a hot or cold soup, but it turned out to be the alleged flavoring in the butter for the lackluster standard dinner rolls (though the butter tasted just like plain butter anyway), and not the soup (soup was something else). My duck breast was edible but uninspired. My dining companion's steak was fine and tender but not particularly innovative. For these prices, I expect much more. Would not go back.
BTW, what may be a hint that the resort is cutting back on service overall, when we checked in for dinner there was an irate guest at the reception area complaining loudly about his computer not working all day and no one answering the front desk phone for 45 minutes when he had called that morning.

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Naples, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“great food & atmosphere”
Reviewed July 26, 2010

Has it all, from nice bar to formal dining, patio, & garden room. Good service & delicious food.

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Santa Fe, NM
Level 6 Contributor
174 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Small but not cozy.”
Reviewed April 12, 2010

I had the elk tenderloins and the spicy sauce was so overpowering that I couldn't taste the elk (and I know what elk tastes like - try The Fort in Morrison, CO). The potatoes had jalapenos, so they were spicy as well. My wife had the salmon and it was perfect. Both entrees were a little overpriced - but it is a "resort". The wait staff were attentive, but not exceptional. The dining is in a small, open area so that you can see and hear noise from the bar. Menu selection is limited, but adequate. My wife had the cheesecake for dessert and it was very light and tasteful. I had the upside down apple pie and it was delicious. But, I would have expected a little larger portion of the cinnamon ice cream that went with it. Seems they used butter scoops to portion it out. Come on, it's apple pie, it's American, it deserves an extra large scoop of ice cream.

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