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About El Meze Restaurant
Regionally inspired rustic New Mexican, Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine from Chef and Food Historian Frederick Muller.
Taos, NM 87529
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: (575) 751-3337
Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
El Meze Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We dined in a small room of the "house" (only 6 tables if memory serves) which contributed to the intimate and quiet dining experience. Our server was excellent, making good recommendations and interacting with us to make it a very pleasant experience. The food was excellent. It was my first posole and a bit spicy for me, but I asked my friend who grew up with the local food; she said it was good. My fellow diners had the truchas (trout) and ate the skin - something they don't usually do. The sad part of the story is that the restaurant will be closing soon since the owner is retiring. I'm happy for the owner's retiring - it's a good gig - but I'm sad for the diners who will not be able to enjoy this excellent restaurant.
Another return to El Meze. I was motivated to travel from Albuquerque to enjoy dinner at El Meze with friends. We all ordered the tamale swimming in green chile, the chef's signature dish. Chicharones and the fried green olives started us off. Bold flavors and so delicious. I was grateful for another dinner outside while facing the mountain and Fred and Annette's garden. A very special spot in El Prado (Taos).
My husband and I were staying in Taos during the Big Barn Dance weekend. We had heard about El Meze from friends, and I am so glad we had the opportunity to experience this wonderful restaurant. Don't judge this gem by the entrance which is very underwhelming. Walking from the inside to outdoor patio you have a fabulous view of the mountains as you sit under a canopy with party lights and stand-heaters (the evening bring a pleasant chill). We started our meal with the heirloom tomato salad - beautiful and so fresh, with basil and goat cheese, and a crock of Benito beans which were perfectly spiced and topped with cheese and green onions. My husband had the whole trout; I ordered the homemade pasta (more like dumplings) ~ both were perfect! Great evening ~ great food ~ great service.
We always eat at El Meze when vacationing in Taos. The food and service are always great and the view of the mountains when siting outside is spectacular. This time, my husband ate the trout, and he said it was moist, not oily and the herbs used in cooking it gave it a wonderfil flavor. I had the tamale, and it had enough Hatch green chilis to make it spicy, but not hot. We also love the chichurrones and always get th for an apprtizer.
We arrived on time for our booking. We were shown to our table almost 20 minutes later. First drinks arrived 35 minutes after our booked table time. Not a great start. However from that time the meals and service were very good. We would go back as we enjoyed the carefully cooked and presented food along with gracious and helpful service. Just be warned, as with most places that have two sittings, you may be asked to wait and stand around as there is no bar.
Many reviews claimed El Meze is the best restaurant in Taos. Consequently, we wanted to eat at El Meze. We booked a table and were seated at 6:00. The restaurant patio was fairly empty but quite full by 06:45. In contrast when we left there was a single couple eating inside. The menu was interesting with a limited variety of starters, salads and main dishes. We tried one of each and shared them. The food was well prepared and very tasty, especially the Romaine Heart Salad and the Trout. They had a good selection of wines and beers. The beers were quite reasonable but the wines were rather dear for the selection. They also had a separate desert menu with a special of lemon ice cream. All in all we enjoyed the meal and would return but am uncertain if El Meze deserves to be rated as the best restaurant in Taos as there are many excellent restaurants in the city.
Loved our meal at El Meze. The welcome was warm and when I realized that I was wearing a sleeveless dress and could get chilly they provided a light blanket! We had the Chili Rajas for an appetizer and it was so yummy! One entree was the Posole, which is really fresh and delicious. The other was the pork tamale in green sauce. Also outstanding. We had the lavender Creme Brûlée for dessert and just soaked in the amazing views of the mountains and enchanting courtyard. One of the best, romantic spots in Taos.
El Meze was wonderful. The view on the patio was beautiful with the lovely garden and the spiritual mountain as the backdrop. Very serene and romantic. The food was delicious. The appetizer of Serrano ham with white nectarines and shaved Manchego cheese was beautifully presented and just as delicious. The signature trout with mint sauce was amazing and the Lavender Creme Brulee was creamy and delectable. I highly recommend El Meze. We very much enjoyed the ambience and food. Top notch!
We loved El Meze. Great service, outstanding appetizer, salad and dessert. Gave it 4 of 5 for food because our entrees were a step below spectacular, which was disappointing after our starters. Beautiful location; friendly , professional, and knowledgeable waitress. Reasonably priced for the quality.
I had a terrific experience at El Meze. I sat on the patio and when a rain storm popped up the staff quickly dropped the screen on the porch so we didn't get blasted by the wind. The food was incredible. My son had the grilled hearts of romaine and the anchovy dressing/w manchego cheese was so good I emailed the chef for the recipe. The dressing has since become a regular at my house.
This is a very special place! My friend and I chose to eat here the first night of our stay in Taos and enjoyed ourselves so much that we made a reservation for the next evening as well. We were not disappointed! The food was excellent, the staff fantastic and the view can't be beat. Overall it was one of our best dinning experiences ever! Would highly recommend!
My favorite restaurant - anywhere. I make it a point to eat at El Meze at least once whenever I am in the area. Consistently superb food, local ingredients creatively prepared, with an excellent wait-staff. Grilled Hearts of Romaine and Tamale de Cardenas especially recommended.
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