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“Worth a Visit, but not the best Service”
Review of El Meson

El Meson
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Ranked #30 of 583 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
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 March 31, 2014

Atmosphere really nice and some great menu choices. So called pork shoulder special for $30 was really just a few thinly slices of dried ham. Waiter could have explained what it was for $30, and in general did not seem too keen on selling menu to us. Not even an olive or other garnish included. Other tapas were more reasonable and delicious, stuffed mushrooms, garlic poached egg soup, and goats cheese salad all excellent.

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2  Thank Erich M
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

Great little spot! The spanish guitar player was great and not so loud that you couldn't have a conversation with your partner. We LOVED the stuffed mushrooms and goat cheese. Absolutely delicious! I would stay away from the Sangria and stick to wine or beer though. Enjoy!

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2  Thank debbythec
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Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

We went on Tuesday which is Tango Night. The food was wonderful, and the service superlative. The locals came out to Tango, and it was very entertaining. This is a place not to miss!!

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3  Thank mjroeser
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Reviewed March 18, 2014

Recommended by a few, this beautiful Spanish restaurant is a few short blocks from the city square. We looked forward to a meal of tapas and paella. The wait staff was excellent and attentive. The food was very good. I wouldn't say excellent but certainly very good. Pricey at $55/2 paella and with a glass of wine, the bill was slightly over $100. The bar was hopping with many couples doing very beautiful tangos on our way out. The bar would certainly be a fun place to drink and watch, if not dance. A very enjoyable evening.

1  Thank Marcia K
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

El Meson is a very relaxed place with excellent small plates and an incredible selection of wines.
We were there on a Friday night and were treated to "The Three Faces of Jazz" group playing a very nice set while we ate. We were right in front of the stage, yet the music was not too loud and very enjoyable. We (vegetarians) had a great four goat cheese salad with greens, sliced pears, pine nuts with a wonderful balsamic reduction, plus a selection of olives and caperberries. We also really enjoyed the best aged Manchego with quince preserves and the very best oyster mushrooms we have ever had, grilled and marinated in garlic and parsley olive oil. Highly recommend and am sure the rest of the menu is of the same high quality.

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4  Thank 9directions
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