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Santa Fe Restaurants

El Mesón & Chispa Tapas Bar

Updated 12/04/2013

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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.

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213 Washington Ave., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, USA

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Restaurant Details:

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

Updated 12/04/2013


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By klviera

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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).

By Robert

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May 15, 2006

Went here a couple of nights in May, 2006. Great variety of live music and the service is very attentive. If they could turn up the food quality a notch or two, they'd have no trouble filling tables.

By annie

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Jan 13, 2006

Great Find

great music, great food, great wine list. eat as much or as little as you want! You can have tapas or a full entree. Great for trying a bunch of different things.

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