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“Had enough green chilies? Come to Vanessie”

Vanessie of Santa FE
Ranked #102 of 556 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Drinks, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Guadalupe
Transit: Rail runner Guadalupe station
Description: "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.
New York, New York, United States
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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Had enough green chilies? Come to Vanessie”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

Vanessie is a steak house. Its lovely, the service is good, there's a piano bar that's packed every night, but if you've had enough Carne Adovado and Green Chile Stew, get a great piece of meat at Vanessies.
Steaks, Colorado lamb, elk, prime ribs chicken, shrimp cocktail. Yes, there are some fish dishes. Sides include rich truffled mashed potatoes, and a brick of onion strings.
Great wines by the glass or bottle,
Vanessies has been a Santa Fe institution for more than 30 years. The reason why is that the meat is good, its cooked as you want it, the service is excellent, and the location is superb.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Amy L
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English first
Richardson, Texas
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121 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Love the Piano Bar”
Reviewed 6 September 2013

Drinks, Sliders, Chips and Dips, etc.... then the Piano Man came out. The place was hopping (it was a Sunday night) and not a seat was left. Standing room only. We arrived a little over an hour early and were glad that we did. We had 4 wonderful seats in front of the fireplace so we could see everything. This was one of my husbands favorite things in Santa Fe.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank fromtex
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Average Food, but great bar”
Reviewed 5 September 2013 via mobile

We go to Vanesse to hear Doug Montgomery play the piano, not for the food. Great piano bar. You can order food in the bar rather than eat in their pricey restaurant for average results. Doug is wonderful! A must in Sante Fe!

  • Visited October 2012
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7 Thank BeauxW
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Centereach, New York
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Good food but a rough start”
Reviewed 22 August 2013

The food here is quite good, especially the chips with queso and the elk. The setting is lovely as well, but the music is the lounge was so loud that we could still hear it in the dining room. However, we did have a rough start with the service that colored our entire evening. We had a reservation and were seated promptly, but then waited twenty minutes without any server coming by. Two waitresses were attending to ajoining tables, while we were being ignored. My husband finally got up and spoke to the host. Come to find out he had not told the appropriate server that we had been seated. Once she came over, the service was adequate.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Aina M
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“Where's the much loved onion loaf?”
Reviewed 10 August 2013

We have been going to Vanessie for over 25 years. One of the menu items we always enjoyed was the "onion loaf". It was unique to this well known Santa Fe restaurant - a loaf of lightly fried onions. When we went there for dinner tonight, there was an "onion blossom" on the menu - an imitation of the Outback "blooming Onion" - but nothing as good as the original Vanessie onion loaf! For years we have recommended this restaurant to friends visiting in Santa Fe and always urged them to get the onion loaf, because it was such a treat. But now, what can we do? Our meal tonight was just fine and up to the usual Vanessie standard, but it was a downer not to have enjoyed one of our favorite features of this restaurant.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Barb D
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