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Santa Fe Restaurants

El Mesón & Chispa Tapas Bar

  • 213 Washington Ave. Map It
  • The Plaza
  • Spanish

Updated 12/04/2013

Fodor's Review

This place is as fun for having drinks and late-night tapas or catching live music (from tango nights to Sephardic music) as for enjoying a full meal. The dining room has an old-world feel with simple dark-wood tables and chairs, creamy plastered walls, and a wood-beam ceiling—unpretentious yet elegant. The Chispa bar is livelier and feels like a Spanish taberna. The delicious tapas menu includes dishes like Serrano ham and fried artichoke hearts stuffed with Spanish goat cheese over romesco sauce. Among the more substantial entrées are a stellar paella as well as veal roulade stuffed with Serrano ham and Manchego and served over a light, sweet tomato sauce.

Restaurant Information


213 Washington Ave., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, United States

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch

Updated 12/04/2013


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Aug 1, 2009

Anniversary dinner, perfect!

We went to this restaurant based on Fodor's recommendation. We were pleasantly surprised. The service was impeccable. Our every need or want was anticipated before we even asked. We ordered the paella and it was very good. My husband is from Puerto Rico, and grew up eating paella and he really enjoyed it. We had the sangria and I thought it was a little weak (from what I am used to), so I probably wouldn't order that again. We had a chocolate

mousse to die for. Try it! Will definately return.

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Nov 5, 2008

Our favorite

Every time we visit Santa Fe we make it a point to have dinner at El Meson at least once. True Castillian flavor, excellent food & service every time. It can be loud, so be prepared (hence the slightly lowered score for atmosphere).

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