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“A very interesting place to eat.”

El Farol Restaurant
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Ranked #74 of 576 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $38
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican, Seafood, Spanish
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: Public transit is available on Canyon Road. Call or visit Santa Fe Trails for current schedules.
Description: The El Farol experience combines classic tastes of Spain with a unique blend of art, dance, flavor and aroma. You will be able to choose some of the finest wines from all over the world. El Farol has been hailed as Santa Fe's most iconic bar and restaurant since 1835.
Reviewed May 3, 2014

We had lunch here on a recent trip, and found the food very well prepared. One notable attribute was a very credible "by the glass" wine list. We shared three different glasses, and found them all very nice, with none of the issues of staleness you often run into when ordering by the glass.

We did not get to see any of the entertainment, but the restaurant is set up well to allow for it. In fact, I was surprised as how few tables there were for the overall area of the restaurant.

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Reviewed May 1, 2014

I love Canyon Road, where this restaurant is. It's a beautiful location filled with independent restaurants and shops. That in and of itself is a reason to try El Farol. Walk around and stop for a drink and tapas, then walk around some more!

Our service was good too. We asked for a quiet table, since the live music in the front would have prevented us from talking. We got a very quiet location and could still hear a bit of music. Perfect.

Sometimes when you ask to be seated far away from the action, you are far away from your server too, and aren't well taken care of. At El Farol, our server was attentive - just the right amount.

The food was literally just OK. I'm from Chicago, and we have amazing tapas restaurants here. I know Santa Fe is a small town, and not really comparable to Chicago, but I really thought this would stack up restaurant-wise.

I didn't feel the menu was that pricey and I would certainly return and try different things. Sometimes it takes finding your favs to really fall in love with a restaurant.

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Thank Mmmidwesterner
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

We went to the Saturday night Flamenco dinner show for a special treat. Were it not a waste of hard earned cash, we'd still be laughing.

We are not experts in Flamenco; however, we've seen numerous performances both here in the States and in Spain and Portugal. I'm not quite certain what to call the performance at El Farol.
First, because it was our anniversary we were given a table very close to the stage, which is on an enclosed patio. That turned out not to be a good idea. The male dancer's constume had seen better days. But that aside, we were transfixed by his persona. Somewhere he must have learned/heard that Flamenco dancers have a certain facial expression. We spent the better part of two hours trying to determine exactly what it was he was trying to convey. We settled on the belief that he was suffering from acute gastritis. But we certainly didn't get the impression that he was sensual as he leaped and cavorted and stomped about the wooden stage. I said it wasn't a good thing to be close to the stage. As the dances continued, and he worked up a sweat, a good whirl on our side of the stage could have meant disaster had it not been for my wife's quick thinking to cover the tapas with her napkin. That was a performance in itself,...to watch her whip out the napkin shielding the table anytime the dancer looked in our direction. The female dancer, while conveying the mood more than the male, was still amateurish, clomping and stamping about. I've seen folks caught in a fire ant hill do better Flamenco than what we saw at El Farol.

Bottom line, if you are going for the Flamenco performance, save yourself some money.

I would go back for tapas! The tapas were wonderful, best we've had.

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1  Thank Peter_en_Karen
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

This was our first vacation in Santa Fe, and on the second day there, we stopped at the concierge desk at the Inn at Loretto to inquire about entertainment there on Sunday. She said no, it's Friday and Saturday - but you cannot miss Nacha Mendez at El Farol on Sunday! Luckily for us, Nacha's birthday was coming up, and her musician friends were sitting in to help her celebrate. What a fine evening! It was chilly, so I asked for the special bourbon old-fashioned - what a treat. We were very happy with our tapas, which included shrimp with mango sauce, a wonderful Spanish cheese dish (a lot of food), and a seafood pasta. We ended up going back a few nights later to hear John Kurzweg and his band - another very fun time. Love the ambiance, convivial barkeep and friendly patrons. Can't wait to go back.

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Thank Robin L
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

We went there on a beautiful Friday evening for drinks and tapas. The drinks (Margarita and Mojito) were well prepared. The tapas were "OK - nothing to get excited about, and I would have given the review three stars had it not been for the imaginative dessert we had: Figs and dates stuffed with mascarponi, that was unusual and tasty! The service was good and attentive. All in all - a somewhat expensive but enjoyable experience.

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