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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” (139 reviews)
“tapas” (355 reviews)
“churros” (15 reviews)
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Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1926
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun, funky restaurant and bar with live Jazz Saturday night and Tango dancing on Tuesdays! Try the "La Furia" cocktail - Steve-O makes it better than a Manhattan. Matinis are also very nice. The 4 Goat Cheese Salad is excellent as are most of the...More

6  Thank Thomas F
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Given the high summary rating that El Meson projects onTrip Advisor and Google, my wife and I found our experience to be surprisingly disappointing. Let me distinguish that we ate in the dining room not the bar which has a very different vibe. The overall...More

Thank Jules E
Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

We had reservations for a table in the bar but the guests before us were occupying the table longer then expected. The manager pulled a table together for our party in the dining room and then moved us to the live entertainment after dinner. Food...More

7  Thank Holly H
Reviewed 6 January 2018

Went here last evening, Friday night jazz. Good musicians and good food. Nice to have a place to listen to music with friends & have a descent meal, not great but descent.

4  Thank Boggio
Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

Reserved a table in the bar as classical guitar was featured from 7 to 9. Comfortable room with very good music. Gracious informative server. Wine list focused on Spanish or Spain inspired bottles with full range of prices from low 30's to great wines in...More

8  Thank John S
Reviewed 5 January 2018

The maitre'D was very interesting. The service was great and attentive. Food was outstanding. Atmosphere was great and interesting.

5  Thank hopi562001
Reviewed 18 December 2017

El Mason recently went through a change in ownership, a redesign, and, MORE IMPORTANTLY, engaged a new Chef, who created a new menu // What a GREAT job was done with the venue, the menu and the cooking // At the top of Canyon Road,...More

9  Thank S L
Reviewed 17 December 2017

Experienced tapas for the first time and they were so good! There was a guy playing his guitar and harmonica and he was great! His whole set up was really good! His voice was amazing! must see! We went on a Thursday night I don't...More

7  Thank Alycia B
Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

El Meson is a popular and attractive destination. My husband and I both started with plates of cream of wild mushroom soup which was delicate and mushroomy. We split a mixed grill as an entree and I can't imagine how one person could ever eat...More

9  Thank DEngelJ
Reviewed 9 December 2017

We have enjoyed this restaurant for years and almost always have Paella Valenciana--the one with seafood, chorizo and chicken. It has been prepared by the same chef for 16 years and hw is a master. The ambiance is very Spanish with heavy wood tables well...More

8  Thank ChloeSantaFe
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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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
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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