Fodor's Expert Review El Mesón & Chispa Tapas Bar

$$$ The Plaza Spanish

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.

Spanish Lively Dinner $$$

Quick Facts

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

505-983–6756

www.elmeson-santafe.com

Known For:
  • Live jazz and tango
  • Paella à la Valenciana with seafood, chorizo, and chicken
  • Nice selection of Spanish wines, including Jerez sherries
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch

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