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El Meze Restaurant

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1017 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, Taos, NM 87571 (Hail Creek)
+1 575-751-3337
17:30 - 21:30
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

Wonderful wait staff, they really know the menu. They made great recommendations on food, wine, and dessert. If I you like fish....get the trout. The ice cream dessert with the almond syrup is to die for. Intimate venue.

Thank Margaret W
Houston, Texas, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

After little more than a year, I returned to El Meze to share in its delights with a good friend. No one was disappointed! The food was just as excellent this year as it was last year when we visited. This is not only the best restaurant in Taos, but one of the very best in the entire Southwest.

Thank Joan J
wilmington, de
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

Make a reservation just before sunset, the view of the Mountain is fantastic! For dessert, order their fried whole donut covered in chocolate!

Thank Bryson D
Chicago, IL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

This is a lovely restaurant with great service. It is laid out in a series of small rooms so it feels intimate and comfortable. I can't remember what everyone in our group had, but I can tell you that I started with their little green salad (which came with a flavorful vinaigrette and blueberries) followed by the house-made pasta which... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

There aren't many fine dining places in Taos, so the town is lucky this is one of them. The food was creative and excellent, The service perfect. Get the roasted poblano and red pepper appetizer if its on the menu. Since I was huddled on the atmosphere-less patio next to a heater, I can't say much about the ambiance, but... More 

Thank dawnabeita
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

We have friends in Taos who took us to their favorite restaurant El Meze. The wait staff know our friends and had very personalized service, however by observing others during dinner I do not think that this was out of the ordinary. Being a transplanted NM to the Midwest I just had to order the chicharrones and Tamale; I was... More 

Thank Tlbrob
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

The restaurant and the service were spot on. I agree there is no better restaurant in Taos. The four of us shared small plates of fried green olives, herb frites, and chicharrones. New Mexico is the land of chicharrones but these were the very best we have ever tried. Probably not good for you but they were excellent. A very... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

First time and one of the best meals ever. Ate on the patio facing the Taos Mountains. Heaters and blankets keep us warm and cozy. Wait staff was warm and friendly. Very knowledgable regarding wine selections and food preparation. The Beef Short Ribs were highly recommended by our waitress and amazing in flavor. Homemade vanilla ice cream with basil and... More 

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Venice, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

We were very much looking forward to eating here, the #1 rated Taos restaurant. It wasn't bad, but definitely not #1 caliber in our opinion. Atmosphere was fine, service was decent. Food was only average, though; very highly seasoned to the point that the seasoning was about all we could taste. Maybe it was an off night, or we ordered... More 

1 Thank Karen K
Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

This is a delightful restaurant on the outskirts of Taos. We enjoyed our dinner from their large patio with a beautiful view of the mountains. Everything was delicious. We started out with the special--green beans sauteed in olive oil with hazelnuts, garlic, and bleu cheese. Absolutely yummy. We also enjoyed the Frijolles de Olla, the garden tomato salad, and a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
View, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1017 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, Taos, NM 87571
    (Hail Creek)
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Taos County  >  Taos
  • Phone Number: +1 575-751-3337
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.

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