About El Meze Restaurant
Regionally inspired rustic New Mexican, Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine from Chef and Food Historian Frederick Muller.
Southwest, Latin / Spanish, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30 PM - 9:30PM
We are 1-12/ hours from Santa Fe and 3 hours from Albuquerque
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking in the front and on both sides of the hacienda. Handicap parking on the south side of the building
Private Party Facilities:
Restaurant is in an old hacienda so there are two dining areas. The "green" room can hold to 24 for a private function. The whole restaurant can be also booked for a private event which will hold 48-50.
Private Party Contact:
Annette Kratka: 5757513337x
Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
El Meze Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Wonderful, creative food. Friendly waite ...
Wonderful, creative food. Friendly waiters. The trout was the clear favorite at our table.
This was a wonderful, little, area gem t ...
This was a wonderful, little, area gem to discover. So happy to have Open Table help finding places like this. The food was excellent...fresh, local produce.; creative presentation; & plenty to eat. Desserts were even more fun &, of course, yummy. Excellent wine list, also.
Fabulous Food and service!
Loved the fact that the chef does his thing using local grown items in his dishes. Everything tastes wonderful, the ambience is cozy and warm and the service spot on! Would definitely recommend to anyone in the area!
Excellent meal. Everything was perfect. ...
Excellent meal. Everything was perfect. Creative and wonderful food in a perfect setting. We'll be back.
New Mexican with a Twist
Went here on a quiet Monday night. The menu is limited with a lot of thought and care put in to the dishes. Everything was very fresh, the dishes were wonderfully balanced, not overdone or pretentious. Service was attentive and helpful.
Great find in Taos!
When in Taos, definitely try this wonderful restaurant with a fresh and inventive menu. We live in Santa Fe and will make special trips up to Taos just to dine here. Bravo to the Chef and staff!
21st Anniversary Celebration
Excellent food celebrating our anniversary. Chef creates delicious food and has creative ideas and serves lovely presentations.
We had the best meal for my birthday celebration as noted by the stars I'm giving this review. We had a cozy table by the fireplace and every course we ordered was as stunning as the won we finished. Having ordered a bottle of wine that we failed to finished, they sealed it up and we took it back to the hotel and finished it the following day. We have eaten here several times, for sure each time we travel to Taos. They are so friendly and accommodating, the service was just a delight, that I'm surprised that food preparation such as El Meze, hasn't resumed what should be it's place, # 1 in Taos on Tripadvisor. It certainly is #1 with this reviewer.
Our go to place in Taos
Wonderful and well prepared food. Great service. Beautiful ambiance. Had dinner there 2 of our 3 nights during this past trip to Taos.
El Meze is special in Taos. The food is very good as is the service. However, it's difficult to go often as at the menu doesn't change.
Buffalo Short ribs were delicious. Oyste ...
Buffalo Short ribs were delicious. Oyster Soup was outstanding. Trout with mint was excellent. Wine list very nice. This is pretty much a don't miss for people who enjoy fine dining.
Consistently good and our go to restaur ...
Consistently good and our go to restaurant for out of town guests.
always wonderful. had a great time.
Always wonderful. Had a great time. Food was outstanding.
Beautiful Tempernillo to start, along wi ...
Beautiful Tempernillo to start, along with the pork belly. Buffalo tamale & fruits de mer for dinner. Perfect! Excellent service & ambiance. Best meal of our Taos trip, by far!
Always a favorite
We eat at El Meze every year when we visit Taos Ski Valley. We are never disappointed. The food is always excellent, and the wait staff knowledgeable, friendly and professional. If the tamale is on the menu I would highly recommend it, along with the brussel sprout appetizer.
Everything was delicious and cooked perf ...
Everything was delicious and cooked perfectly. Started with the Brussels sprouts moved to fruits de mer then on to the chiccarones. All great share plates! Had the trout for an entree and it was the best part of the meal! Our server Johnathan was very attentive and graceful. Highly recommend this place for a nice date night.
We have eaten at El Meze the last three visits we have made to Taos. Each time has been an enjoyable experience.
Another new favorite in Taos
We visit Taos every year. We just discovered this restaurant and it will become a regular for us. Great food and service. It is a nice quiet place so it was easy to have a conversation.
good food in a great atmosphere
We ate the special fixed price Thanksgiving dinner at El Meze and as usual the food and service was great. Too bad that the cold weather has closed the outdoor dining until next spring. View was spectacular. Chef Fred's use of New Mexico spices lent a new taste for turkey. wonderful!
Delicious Thanksgiving dinner
Having eaten here in the past, we expected a five star meal for Thanksgiving dinner. It lived up to it's reputation. The service was friendly and prompt. We look forward to our next visit.
One of the most lovely meals that we have experienced and we have traveled the world. The choices of restaurants were somewhat limited as we planned out trip to Taos so we held our breath and took our chances. We were not disappointed. The description of comfort food was so appropriate. We started our meal with a pot of local New Mexico grown beans that were delicious, followed by the seafood salad with tender greens and a delicate champagne dressing that was so memorable. Main dish was trout covered with a flavorful herb pesto with a crunchy skin that needed to be eaten. We didn't push ourselves for dessert however there is no doubt that we would have been pleased. Ambiance of the old hacienda home and excellent service topped off an evening to remember.
Polite, informed, convivial and truly de ...
Polite, informed, convivial and truly delightful. From our waiter to the owner/hostess everyone in the hose made us feel truly welcomed and appreciated. Our best dining in Taos.
Excellent all the way around.
We had a group of 8 for my husband's birthday. Kelly, our waitperson, is always excellent, professional, knowledgeable, helpful with wine suggestions. The overall experience was perfect down to the lighting of the candles for the cake we brought. This is one of our favorite restaurants in Taos, NM. Food is great. Views of mountains in summer from the back patio are superb. In winter it's cozy and romantic with kiva fireplaces and loads of ambiance.
small menu executed beautifully
we dined on appetizers- a ham special of N Italy, heirloom tomatoes, buffalo short ribs (superb) and calamari. We would have had dessert but were full. Friendly and informed service, once wine fairly priced.
Weather was gloomy, but everything improved once we went into the restaurant. Both service and food were incredible. Best restaurant we hit in either Santa Fe or Taos.
The perfect evening in Taos
My boyfriend and I recently traveled through New Mexico and Colorado. We read some reviews online for El Meze and made a reservation right away. We were not disappointed. The food was absolutely incredible and very moderately priced. I appreciated the local ingredients they used to create an elevated take on Southwestern cuisine. For my main dish, I ordered the grilled trout. I have never had fish so crispy, blackened, and delicious on the outside yet so tender on the inside. If I ever am in the Taos area again (which I really hope I will be!), El Meze will definitely be on my itinerary.
Best Food in Town
Excellent chef. Locally sourced food beautifully prepared and plated. Vegetarian, fish and meat options, some strongly spiced, some mildly. Our favorite in Taos.
Not Impressed. Chef now refuses to make ...
Not Impressed. Chef now refuses to make items he was previously known fo. Patronizing service and run down atmosphere. Will not go back.
great place for dining
We have been going to Taos once or twice a year for so many years we don't want to say. For evening dining at one time Doc Martin's was the top. Then it was Joseph's Table. Then Lambert's ... then Love Apple. I can honestly say if only had one night in Taos next week, I would reserve a table at El Meze.
Excellent! Great service, delicious foo ...
Excellent! Great service, delicious food and beautiful view. Definitely would recommend.
Great place. Nice crafted cocktails, reasonable prices. The tomato/watermelon salad and the trout was amazing!!!!! Highly recommend.
Made reservations from online reviews and hoped for the best. Turned out the great reviews were accurate. We had tapas which were wonderful. Our server, Ben, was knowledgeable and gave great service. Came back to the city a week later and again booked dinner and was pleased once again with both food and service. Nice atmosphere . You don't have to travel to Barcelona to get great tapas. Try this place.
Favorite Taos Restaurant
It has been years since we dined at El Meze but we recalled having a great meal and we were not disappointed. Highlights of our meal were a delicious heirloom tomato and chèvre salad and the best trout I have ever had. In addition, our server was excellent. We look forward to dining at El Meze the next time we are in Taos.
A memorable experience.
We anticipated a great dining experience at El Meze and our hopes were fulfilled. The service was excellent, the atmosphere was delightful and, of course, the food was excellent. We can't wait to return there on our next visit to Denver.
Very limited menu, four entrees. Short r ...
Very limited menu, four entrees. Short ribs appetizer were bathed in chile powder seasoning that ruined the dish for me. I could not finish them. In fairness, they comped the dish. My wife had the tamale entree that was good. Won't likely return.
Continues to excel at food & service
We've been coming here for years, this restaurant is worth our 1.5 hr drive! Every dish is a hit and the desserts and coffee at meals' end are not to be missed. Bring a light jacket & sit on the patio and watch the beautiful sunset.
It was the second time we have eaten at El Meze, with a year separating the two visits. Previously we ate outside on the patio where the mountains formed a backdrop, but we were chilly and this time we ate inside. Service could not have been better, or more attentive. Our meal was simple: steak, french fries, a fresh tomato salad and peach ice cream. The steak was superb - tender, spicey and delicious. The salad was fresh, simply dressed, and consisted mostly of heirloom red and yellow tomatoes. And the dessert! Freshly homemade peach ice cream, anise syrup and a shortbread cookie. A great meal made even more enjoyable by the service and surroundings.
The waiters can actually tell you where the food comes from! A delight to dine in this outdoor setting and enjoy selections from local vendors.
The Rainbow Trout & Short Rib were outstanding !
Having researched reviews of El Meze on Trip Advisor, we opted for the pork belly appetizer and the Rainbow Trout and Short Rib entrees. Superbly prepared, expertly presented and deliciously enjoyed! Best and tastiest "light, white fish" preparation I have ever had! My wife said the Short Rib was "melt in your mouth" good. We will be returning to Taos to enjoy "El Meze" again!
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