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“Efficient, Good food, served well, but they worked to keep things moving”
Review of El Meze Restaurant

El Meze Restaurant
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Ranked #8 of 128 Restaurants in Taos
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$50
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hail Creek
Description: We are located in the El Torreon Hacienda built in 1847 which reflects our philosophy, our food and the historical influences of Taos. From June - September we have patio seating under a tent with twinkle lights and the most incredible view of Taos Mountain.
San Diego
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Efficient, Good food, served well, but they worked to keep things moving”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Listened to others rave about the food. We were lucky enough to get there 3 minutes before the rush. We ordered appetizers and drinks, then dinner. The wait staff was awesome by that I mean friendly and efficient. The food arrived hot and tasty. As the place got packed the volume at the restaurant got too loud for me. Thankfully we were nearly done. Overall wonderful dinner. IT was the best meal I had while in the state of New Mexico. :)

  • Visited November 2013
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“El Meze is the best in Taos for serious gourmands”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

El Meze has twice impressed me with attention to the details for celebratory meals. Menu offers their special take on locally sourced ingredients for entrees. Wine list is extensive for the locale. Not what you might expect in Taos NM. GIve it a try.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank PRMcKee
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fun evening”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Just like the reviews say - don't judge this book by it's cover! The biggest ambiance is walking through the cute courtyard to get to the restaurant. After that, it's patio furniture under a seasonal pop-up tent. But! - The staff are excellent, the view is fantastic, their little garden is well done (c'mon guys - light up that fire pit... we would have stayed and enjoyed wine for a few more hours!).

The food was very good - definitely met our expectations. We probably should have taken our waiter's recommendations to try the carpaccio or gone with others' rave reviews of the lavender fries. Instead we have the olives which were good, but not incredible. For mains, I had the excellent pozole. My partner loved his house pasta. I thought it was good, but not to-die-for. We couldn't decide on dessert.. after overhearing another table's recommendations to fellow diners, we went for the doughnuts and semi-freddo - not what we would have chosen on our own. The semifreddo was great, and my partner absolutely loved the (fresh!) doughnuts. (He also loved that he could get donuts at a place like this. :)

The wine list was less diverse than I expected, with a heavy focus in two or three regions and not a lot of variety in price (mostly high-dollar bottles). I'd like to see more options - both in source and price. However, if you love and know your Spanish wines, this cellar will absolutely thrill you!

Definitely a great evening and would whole-heartedly recommend dining here. If you're from out-of-town, get google directions or call the restaurant. Your GPS will leave you stranded in blase commercial shopping centers on the opposite end of town.

  • Visited June 2014
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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Amazing food and view.”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

This place is perfect for a romanic dinner. With a view to die for, it's great. Go just before sunset for a beautiful sunset off the mountains. The service was excellent, our waitress was so nice and friendly. Let us try sauces and wines to make sure we would enjoy our dinners. Food was so fresh and plentiful. Highly recommended for dinner.

Visited June 2014
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El Paso
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Perfect Menu, Knowledgeable Staff, Beautiful Location”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Simple, well prepared food; menu that is easy to understand. Outstanding wine list by the glass and by the bottle (reasonably priced). For starters or share menu, we had (1) the tuna Carpaccio -- it was perfect with horseradish, capers, and olive oil and (2) Frijoles de olla - New Mexico beans with VT cheese -- really tasty. For main course, the trout yerba Buena -- grilled with lemon, mint, and cilantro -- deboned whole fish -- light, tasty. Also had the "house made" pasta -- which was the perfect summertime vegetarian pasta dish. Finished with lavender crème brulee. In the summer, you eat on the patio with a magnificent view of the mountains; when the air chills, they bring red blankets for anyone who is chilly. The staff knew the food and made excellent suggestions to match the two. I just wish I could get to Taos on a regular basis to visit El Meze.

  • Visited June 2014
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