Fodor's Expert Review El Mesón & Chispa Tapas Bar
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.
213 Washington Ave.
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, USA
- Live jazz and tango
- Paella à la Valenciana with seafood, chorizo, and chicken
- Nice selection of Spanish wines, including Jerez sherries