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El Meson

213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926
+1 505-983-6756
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“paella” (137 reviews)
“tapas” (391 reviews)
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hours
Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926
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1 - 10 of 707 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Having Mexican food for lunch, decided to try a Spanish restaurant this time since this was our first time to be in New Mexico, on our way to Maryland. This restaurant was once again recommended by our niece and were surprised that the restaurant doesn't...More

4  Thank Lito G
Reviewed 8 May 2018

Went here when our first choice (the Shed) was booked solid, but so glad we did. The tapas were excellent, especially the evening specialties (mussels).

5  Thank random_travel
Reviewed 30 April 2018

My husband & I travel to Europe often, but love El Meson because you feel like you're really in Spain. Recently we dined there with another Santa Fe couple who also love Spanish food & wine. The ambience & service was excellent. Some ordered soup...More

3  Thank sherrychicago
Reviewed 28 April 2018

Fantastic tapas! Delicious! Great atmosphere! Would return definitely. Love tapas restaurants. Variety of choices. Great service. Pretty room.

6  Thank ccwhelan1
Reviewed 24 April 2018

A group of us came here for dinner after an all-day meeting. They were easily able to accommodate us at a large table with prompt friendly service and delicious tapas-style dishes which we shared. Some of us stayed on for the music. All in all,...More

3  Thank Cedar880
Reviewed 21 April 2018

Music saved the evening! We sat in the tapa-dining area and were able to enjoy a jazz band. It was the highlight of the evening. As for dining, it was a total disappointment. This was the first time I had eaten so much deep fried...More

Thank SunnyW358
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

For a family dinner, we opted to share tapas instead of ordering entrees. Our selections included: calamari, Serrano ham, patatas, tuna empanadas and chorizo and morcilla. Everything was well-prepared and very tasty. For the adults, a pitcher of Sangria provided a nice accompaniment.

2  Thank SuomalainenPoika
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

On a recommendation from a family member, made reservation for dinner. The staff and food were first class. Had the seafood chowder, Maine mussels and the assorted meats on the mixed grill (wife and I shared the mussels and mixed grill and had leftovers!) Highly...More

4  Thank Paul V
Reviewed 12 April 2018

My wife and I enjoyed a great evening at El Meson. We had reservations in the dining room, but decided to switch to the tapas bar when we heard there was live music. The acoustic guitar player was excellent. Our tapas were delicious. We shared...More

4  Thank plazb
Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

We wanted something near the plaza but not the ubiquitous New Mexican soul food. El Meson hit the spot. We called ahead for a reservation in the Tapas bar so we could catch the Spanish guitarist. The bar wasn’t busy late on a Wednesday so...More

3  Thank anthony m
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Questions & Answers
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, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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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