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El Meson

213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926
+1 505-983-6756
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“paella” (134 reviews)
“tapas” (340 reviews)
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Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While a little expensive, the food and service were excellent. We had sangria, several tapas and paella, all of which were interesting and very tasty. Service was very attentive. The restaurant is very nice with a great environment for a nice dinner.

4  Thank DBW1962
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate dinner at El Meson's restaurant while visiting a colleague so it was part business and part pleasure. The service was pretty poor. Our waiter split his time between the bar and the restaurant and was hard to flag down. The food was very...More

Thank Texanne_Lubbock
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We usually get a few tapas when we come here but this time we specifically came to try the paella. We had the Paella De Mariscos, it was all seafood and delicious! Tried the orange flan this time, also very good. Highly recommend!

7  Thank TravelSantaFeNM32
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited this restaurant for dinner and were pleasantly surprised. The tapas were excellent and the live music was great. Brother "E", (Clayton West) did an outstanding job of entertaining the crowd with great music. Normally you would get several different tapas...More

8  Thank Ralph N
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Although we had not booked we were lucky to get a table in the restaurant on a Friday evening although it was very busy. We only wanted a light meal so just had 4 tapas between us. They were all good - tasty and good...More

5  Thank Patricia186487
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Visited Santa Fe for our second time and booked at El Meson for our first night dining experience. We were greeted by the hostess and immediately sat down in the restaurant. Since this is a Spanish Restaurant, I was not knowledge about the Spanish wines....More

7  Thank lgrohr
Reviewed 9 June 2017

We ate here only once, but it was essentially perfect. Food was fresh and flavorful, wait staff was attentive and professional; music from jazz duo enhanced the entire experience and our only regret was that we weren't in town longer to return again.

6  Thank lavecchias2016
Reviewed 8 June 2017

We opted to sit in the bar, it was Jazz night. It gets a little loud but that doesn't bother us. We had about 5 tapas plus the 3 oz. filet, all were very good. No room for dessert, but we will be back. We...More

6  Thank TravelSantaFeNM32
Reviewed 8 June 2017

We had tried to get reservations during prior trips, but they were always closed when we were there. Dinner reservations for two for a special occasion and El Mason did not disappoint. From the apology up front for having to wait while someone was on...More

4  Thank mortravel
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

Food was ok. Blue crab croquets were mushy inside and were short on actual crab, the shrimp salad was very small but good. The lamb chops had a strong gas BBQ flavor, really overwhelming the meat. Disappointing. The main problem with our dining experience was...More

1  Thank SAlfheim
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9 May 2017|
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Response from StuartK4850 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about what time the music starts. I do not believe there is a charge for the flamenco but the performances are in the bar portion of the building and I have only dined in the restaurant portion. I would call the... More
12 April 2017|
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Response from Kathrin565 | Property representative |
Flamenco shows at El Meson are usually on every first Saturday of the month.
14 October 2016|
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Response from fromtex | Reviewed this property |
Hi! I wanted to dine in the Bar and go tapa crazy but the rest of our party wanted the main dining room. It is quieter and we still went tapa crazy. Enjoy!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$30
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 505-983-6756
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Saffron, fresh seafood, tapas, jamón and paella. Signature dishes from Andalucia, Catalonia, Madrid and the exotic regions of Spain. Live Flamenco, Blues, Tango and Jazz. Sangria, full bar and a fine wine bodega. Highly-trained staff and a chef from Spain – El Mesón has it all.
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