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“What a great date night place!”
Review of El Meson

El Meson
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Ranked #34 of 576 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: 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.
Reviewed May 5, 2013

El Meson is just off the plaza in Santa Fe and what a great place this is. We enjoyed excellent wine and great bar service at their wine bar. They even had a Spanish guitarist playing. The setting was very romantic. For dinner you have a choice of full servings or a very good variety of tapas and specials. We went for tapas and they were fine with having us order one or two at a time and sharing them It was perfect and we had a wonderful selection of potatoes, mushrooms, lamb, salad, chicken skewers and dessert. Santa Fe has some great Mexican food but this was a nice change of scenery for us.

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Chef and owner David Huertas has put together an amazing menu with authentic Spanish dishes. Every time we go we order something different and we have yet to be disappointed. As a vegetarian, it is pretty difficult to find outstanding vegetarian dishes, but Chef David has some that are absolutely amazing. My husband's favorite is the ribeye steak which he says is "melt in your mouth". Be sure to save room for dessert, everything is house made and the perfect end to the meal. El Meson has quality that surpasses all others.

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3  Thank blessedinlife
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

We ate here twice on a recent trip to Santa Fe. ( Yes, it really is good enough to use our limited dinner slots to go there twice in one trip.) El Meson offers numerous choices on the menu, but we tend to focus the evening on Tapas only or light tapas followed by their paella. Both possibilities are excellent ( and the reason two nights are needed). The tapas are always interesting with some of the best sauces you will find. The Jamon Iberico (not always available) transcends ham. The thin, slightly salty, nutty pieces may transcend food. The need no sauce, no bread - nothing but your full attention. The paella offerings cover the range of seafood, meats, and vegetarian. The choice depend on your mood since all are equally good. The wine list at El Meson is very good with some outstanding wines by the glass. The staff is knowledgeable, very friendly, and very helpful. In fact, interactions with the taff is one of he highlights of a meal at El Meson, and condidering the food, that is really saying a lot.

4  Thank bicwood
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

The hostess found us two "side bar" seats on a busy Friday night where we sipped sangria and enjoyed a great light jazz combo while ordering from a large selection of tapas that were organized by type (veggie, meat, seafood, etc.). Each of us had a different salad - mine was the special of the day - and we shared three additional plates, finding that we had enough for a satisfying meal. The service was very good despite the full house, and our evening was pleasant. Unfortunately my tummy, normally "cast iron," began to complain as we left the restaurant, and I spent the rest of the evening being violently sick, probably from some red beets in the "special" salad that I had noticed were unusually tough to cut. My husband, who had a different salad, was fine. While tainted food can sneak into the best of restaurants, it was nonetheless disappointing, to say the least. We chose not to call the restaurant, though perhaps we could have alerted them to check the produce so no one else suffered the same discomfort.

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2  Thank Janet S
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

The ahi tuna tapas and the jamon tapas we had was excellent. The Valencia paella was also excellent. The restaurant also has an outstanding selection of Spanish wines and the Rioja that was recommended to us was perhaps the best I have had. Overall a very good experience. The only thing that I would improve was that the restaurant was too warm for my taste and apparently they could not reduce it and the service especially towards the end of the meal was a bit disinterested. If we visit again we may ask for a table in the bar as El Meson has excellent bands in the bar a regular basis. If you are a fan of live music you may want to reserve a table in the bar and listen to music with some wine and tapas. When we were there they had a wonderful jazz quartet in the bar

3  Thank Jrbolstertoo
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