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“Great music and ok Food”

Vanessie of Santa FE
Ranked #109 of 576 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
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.
Reviewed 15 April 2014

The wonderful piano bar is superb in every way, and great fun. The food is overpriced, as are the drinks, but the entertainment is worth it. The food isn't bad, mind you, just average to slightly above average, and quite expensive for what it is.

14  Thank Tuneless
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

I took advantage of the Restaurant Week prix fixe menu and had a soup, beef filet, and dessert for much less than the full menu cost of each individual item. I think that what was offered was certainly worth it at that price point. I'm not sure I'd pay full price. The food was quite good, but I don't think they were of the caliber expected at full price.

I stayed for about an hour in the bar/lounge taking in the live entertainment of self-accompanied singing on the piano to various tunes from oldies, jazz, to classic rock and pop. This is certainly a place you might want to drop in for an hour or so to enjoy a drink and some music.

Thank Mark K
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

Nice piano bar near downtown Santa Fe. Tucked away near the plaza ( a few blocks from the Plaza), Vanessie is a piano bar with lively pianists (Doug and Bob) who play a wide range of music (from the 1920's to Billy Joel and the Beatles). Food is okay but it is better for an after dinner venue.

Thank DA H
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

The roast chicken was as good as homemade. If you get tired of chile head here. The piano music excellent.

Thank djack7
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Vanessie dining has never had "great" food. It has been "good" food at decent prices. However, they have increased their prices significantly and the just "good" food at high prices suddenly makes it a poor formula. The atmosphere is exceptional because the building is quite beautiful...the service is average...and the food is overpriced and now "fair". We paid $65 for an overcooked steak and a lobster tail, broccoli and too soft mashed potatoes. The butter had lemon added and a red chile tone which made for an unexpected and not great flavor ie: lobster should be served with drawn butter. period. If you want to add an additional flavor...fine...but don't mess with the standby that people expect. I could have requested plain drawn butter...but the server never returned to the table. The steak was overdone. The broccoli was boring...and the potatoes were flavorless. I actually added salt to all of it...which I have NEVER done in a restaurant of any caliber. The lamb was conversely undercooked and the sides...the same. All together. $130 without drinks. Unfortunate. Oh, and the entire restaurant was empty...so there really was no reason the meal and service couldn't be properly executed. The bar was full...but in Santa Fe...you have to be able to execute the meal if you are going to be a restaurant...right? As to the piano bar...Doug is quite good...but the girl who accompanied him was actually quite poor. It was difficult to listen to...even in the other room. Pitchy, overdone and affected. Add the unnecessary commentary on her personal life and it was over the top. Needless to say...if you walk into any restaurant in Santa Fe that is empty - there is a reason for it. Just leave. We have eaten at Vanessie many times over the years...and the combination of "good food at decent prices with good service" has been fine. But, something they are doing is not working and we regretfully won't be going back...unless it is to sit in the bar; which is obviously what people do. But THAT does not pull in this town for a restaurant.

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17  Thank blessasugo
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