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El Meson

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213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926
+1 505-983-6756
17:00 - 23:00
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Tue - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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272 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My son and I were looking for some live music to enjoy on our recent vacation. We enjoyed listening to the piano and trumpet jazz duo who were playing the evening we were at El Meson. We had drinks, and the service was excellent.

2 Thank ReaderPat
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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259 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This out of the way place on Airport Blvd is locally owned. Plenty of parking. Good coffee. And lots of locals.

Thank Dudley H
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Too many delicious choices on the menu to cover in one visit. Went with the paella mariscos and it was delicious. Garlic shrimp tapas made a nice starter.

2 Thank jmb_co
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited both rooms this trip and each in turn were lovely. Had dinner in the main dining room and had just a few tapas for a lite dinner. Each plate was wonderful. We then moved to the tapas room for desert and coffee and enjoyed the jazz trio. All in all a lovely evening.

2 Thank Jonwal
Cleveland, Ohio
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160 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hard to describe just how fine this is. The Jamon Iberco is unique, so smooth, and with a taste simply not duplicated. The eggplant is splendid (I know, this is a peculiar reaction, but true). The morcillo sausage was delightful as well. Wonderful service as well. We also had the dulce de leche cheesecake which was specially made by the... More 

1 Thank Breach21
santa fe
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66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

This is for the tapas bar not the restaurant. Tapas almost as good as the most excellent La Boca, but a really cheerful, festive bar. Not cheek to jowl like la Boca. Price wasn't half bad, considering. Excellent service. A locals scene. With "regulars" there on a Friday night, jazz night. Tuesday night is tango night. Restaurant looked a bit... More 

1 Thank jim b
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

The three of us ordered 9 dishes: tomato soup special, beet/kale salad, special soup of the day, eggplant French fires, breaded fried artichokes, lamb kebab, tuna empanada, chicken with chili, stuffed pequillo pepper. The tuna empanada was my least favorite, it was only very good. The others were all excellent to outstanding. Highly recommend this place.

2 Thank Eugene G
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

We went here for Tapas and entertainment and weren't disappointed at all. We weren't familiar with the Spanish vineyards and our server was extremely knowledgeable and made a wonderful recommendation. We discovered he'd worked there 6 years which says a lot about an establishment in that industry keeping good people around. It was a 2-pc ensemble that entertained that night... More 

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La Canada Flintridge, CA
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67 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We tried El Meson for the first time on our latest trip to Santa Fe and were immediately favorably impressed when we arrived 45 minutes early for our dinner reservations and were worked in on a busy Saturday evening. The dining room is very attractive, with sturdy, rustic furniture and beautiful lights. We had cocktails, delicious salads and an outstanding... More 

2 Thank DHBall
Whistler, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Excellent food, every dish was above average. Fish, Gazpacho, calamari, oyster mushrooms, lamb skewers and even kids meal well prepared. Food tasted light and felt not bloated afterwards. Thumbs up!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$18 - US$30
Mediterranean, Spanish
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 505-983-6756

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?