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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 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.
We have celebrated three anniversaries in a row here (56,57,58). And, we have also gone with friends simply because everything about it is pleasantly unusual. One small quibble. . .your Carne Adovada sauce lacks subtlety and balance; the meat itself was quite good.
A decent meal ruined by an ungracious welcome and then charmless service. A colossal disappointment, we arranged a whole day trip to Taos around this meal. Couldn't wait to leave. The was a distinct atmosphere that the the people and staff running the place just didn't want to be there.
We were on our honeymoon and had reservations nearly a week in advance, but had to wait several minutes. No problem though because we were then given the best seats there. Food was excellent and unique. Nice wines! Spent two hours having a wonderful time at El Meze. Thanks!
It was her 49th birthday and it was not recognized. We asked for a table close to the panaramic view as they have no air conditioning and charge rates like you are in a fine dining establishment. It is under a tent so if you are not in the first 2 rows of tables you are out of luck. They apparently hold tables close to the front for "locals " SAD Food was GREAT! When you eat out you typically want more than that!
It isn't fancy and actually rather casual but we had a fabulous time from start to finish. The hostess was lovely, our wine was great and our food amazing....I can't say enough about the setting. Ask for a table at the edge so your view the mountains. We shared the grilled romaine salad, and the chicharonnes (don't miss these) My husband had the pork tamale, (still says it is his favorite meal this trip) I had the whole trout....both fabulous. But the view....unforgettable.
When you drive into this non descriptive driveway you really aren't sure where to park. The building is square and there are other businesses in this building. Once inside, it's cozy. The fireplace was burning with real wood. We were happy to have that table next to the crackling wood and heat. The waitress service was attentive. The food was divine. Lots of locals and the staff knew their name. I highly recommend this treasure.
We dined at El Meze while traveling and spending a night in Taos. What a find! I had looked at several Taos restaurants online and chose El Meze from the menu. We loved the beautiful setting and the cozy dining room. If there is outdoor seating on the east patio during warm weather, the view is spectacular. Our food was innovative and delicious! We would certainly return when we visit Taos again.
Although the restaurant had been recommended by several locals, we were not impressed. The trout was highly seasoned to the degree that it was difficult to taste the fish. The menu did not include many options. Outdoor seating had not opened yet but the space for it looked inviting.
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