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“El Meson well worth a stop in Santa Fe!”
Review of El Meson

El Meson
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Ranked #31 of 564 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
San Carlos, CA USA
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“El Meson well worth a stop in Santa Fe!”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Found this restaurant on TripAdvisory and the recommendation was 'spot-on'. Excellent (tapas) food and Spanish wines. It is easy to find right off the main square, and easy walk to shopping area. The service was attentive and the food was excellent. So many offerings that it was challenging to decide which ones you want to order. I've little experience with Spanish wines, but the Manager, Andrea Bozman was patient with us as we explored the correct wine to pair with the food. She also took the time to help educate us on the Spanish wines. Beyond wine, Andrea was informative beyond the restaurant in her guidance and suggestions on local hikes, shopping, site-seeing locations, etc. She and the staff were a pleasure during our dining experience.

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4 Thank Trudie B
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Sacramento
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48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Music, tapas, friendly service, what more could you want?”
Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

As with other reviewers, we are repeat customers at El Meson each time we find ourselves fortunate enough to be in Santa Fe, and repeat customers within our visit, changing between the restaurant (paella is great) and the bar (tapas, tapas, tapas). The quality and array of food is tantalizing. Sit in the bar area, try wines by the glass that you haven't tried before (the very knowledgeable servers will help with any questions), and munch on tapas while listening to local musicians. Doesn't get much better.

Visited July 2013
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3 Thank SacramentoDella
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NY
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49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Wonderful restaurant!”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

We visited Santa Fe last week and went to El Meson twice, which is very unusual for us as we try to go to as many different restaurants as possible on trips. The first time, we went on Tuesday and sat at the bar as all the tables were full. The bartender, Andrea, was excellent and very helpful in recommending wines and tapas. We enjoyed the Tango Tuesdays dancing very much. She also told us about the Jazz group on Fridays and the special guest who was playing with them that coming Friday. We returned, this time for dinner, and sat up front thoroughly enjoying the food, the wine, and the jazz. We highly recommend this restaurant!

  • Visited July 2013
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4 Thank Travelers005
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Estes Park, Colorado
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150 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Paella, wine, and great service”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Delicious paella served by gracious hostess. Excellent wine selections. Mussels were fresh, plentiful and tasty. Spacious, attractive dining room allowing for intimate conversations.

  • Visited July 2013
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4 Thank TravelerEstesPark
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northwood
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416 reviews
304 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
“Great quality Spanish food, live music”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Really authentic top quality, Spanish food, well served by young staff in a nice atmosphere in central Santa fe.

Weekend music in the bar area.

Very busy deservedly so, wonderful paella with a good choice of tapas and platos, up to date wine list etc well worth a visit.

  • Visited July 2013
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4 Thank peterah
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