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Vanessie of Santa FE

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434 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1837 (Guadalupe)
+1 505-982-9966
17:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2014

We had heard from a business friend in Albuquerque that Vanessie has some of the best steaks in town and we should book a table there if we were planning a visit to Santa Fe; so it didn't take us long to make our reservation for dinner one evening. Our meals were a carnevor's dream: tender, flavorful lamb dishes and... More 

Thank TosaTravelers
San Jose, California
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264 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2014

We stopped into this restaurant on a Monday to find the place packed. The food was very good with some unusual items (portabello "fries"). The main attraction was Doug Montgomery who sang and played piano for a least 3 hours non-stop. Doug knew how to work the crowd and had a range of songs from old to current. The service... More 

Thank Cynthia P
Tucson, Arizona
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113 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2014

A friend suggested we go to Vanessie for its old fashioned piano bar. I was quite frankly skeptical. The last piano bar I'd gone to was in 1968 in Grand Forks, N.Dak...not a very good year for piano bars. As we walked in, nobody was talking although the room was full. We joined some friends and exchanged whispered greetings and... More 

Thank Morley G
Knoxville, Tennessee
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2014

Wonderful dinner, super service, and the piano player, bar crowd was a riot! We stayed at the inn and had a coupon from them. After the restaurants on the plaza this place was a classy and wonderful change of pace!

Thank Shari B
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337 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2014 via mobile

Long time since we had gone to a piano bar lounge for dinner. Great fun. Doug Montgomery apparently is a longstanding institution at this place. He engaged the audience in an entertaining way. Great change of pace from the usual Santa Fe scene. Food was good and the service was enthusiastically, friendly and excellent. Bob Finnie came on after Doug... More 

1 Thank packcal
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2014

We frequent Vanessie's to hear Doug Montgomery play fun piano and recommend such for a nice shift for evening entertainment. BUT do not get hopes up for good food or wine or service....all is very mediocre...So eat elsewhere first and then go...Doug doesn't play every night .... so be sure to call first.

6 Thank debby g
Carbondale Colorado
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Very over priced food lacking the quality, service, and value from years of dining experience at this restaurant. Don't go while it's raining, the roof leaks throughout the restaurant and you have to be careful not to step in the pans catching the water.

Santa Monica, California
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70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2014

My friend and I heard that there was a piano bar at Vanessi's, and we decided to go, thinking that it would be the usual dark bar with the usual guy at the piano. Not so. We initially were not sure what to make of Doug Montgomery and his legion of fans. He served up the first few numbers we... More 

1 Thank Lynn S
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2014

The food is great, we ate in the bar area and enjoyed the entertainment. The service was marginal at best and we were told the kitchen was behind when our order was taken. Hopefully, they will staff for the crowds they get so service improves, we will be back to try it again as the food was great.

Thank Welltraveled3401
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Doug Montgomery is IT! This is a great great evening of fantastic piano music played by a really talented -- and very nice -- guy. A real Santa Fe treasure. The food and drinks are good too...but it's the music you should go for!

1 Thank Lorna R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
American, Seafood
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 434 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1837
  • Public Transportation: Rail runner Guadalupe station
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe
  • Phone Number: +1 505-982-9966
"Nowhere else has better basics - straight-ahead steak, lamb, fresh fish, chicken & gargantuan mounds of onion loaf - than this Continental-American Steakhouse; but fantastic food is not the only draw - the festive atmosphere includes a way cool, crowded piano bar..."

If great continental food in fine dining and casual dining with friendly atmosphere and world class live entertainment are your priorities, come to Vanessie. Fireplaces, exciting art, spaciousness, and lots of live music make Vanessie a local favorite.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?