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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 come here once a year. This time our waitress was condescending and rushed us. I'm not sure what the rush was--there were lots of empty tables for a Friday night. The food is always good, but we will definitely be trying a new venue next time we are in town.
A hidden gem in Taos! El Meze has been a favorite restaurant of mine for a very long time. The location is out and away from the hustle of the plaza area and is in a nice quiet setting (an old hacienda). In the summertime, the outside patio has amazing views of the mountains where the inside atmosphere is cozy and warm. Fred and Annette do a fantastic job with El Meze. His food is always on point and delicious. My only complaint is that I missed his collard greens (off the menu for spring), they are some of the best I have ever had. Kelly and Carlos are friendly caring staff who truly love what they do, make you feel welcome, and never skip any detail regarding the evenings fare. Annette runs the front of house and always makes you feel welcome. She always has time to chat a bit, catch up on life (especially with locals) and creates the perfect environment to accompany Fred's amazing dishes. I highly recommend El Meze to not only locals but those passing through who want a culinary delight!
Visiting from out of town, El Meze was recommended by a friend. We shared several of the small plates, and each one was delicious. Our server recommended combining the chicharonnes with the romaine salad, and that turned out to be a great combination. Service was very attentive, the place was tastefully decorated. All in all, a great find!
We went for a quiet dinner. All four of the adults are serious foodies and we were not disappointed. We simply ordered ALL of the share plates - chicharrones - wonderful, adovado, wonderful, fried olives - great, tuna carpaccio sensational, salads wonderful. Great wine list - I will be going back many times.
I loved my trout entree. It had a delicious non-chile sauce for me. I am allergic to chile. Also loved my brussel sprouts with bacon and blue cheese. Taos was unusually warm on that weekend. My husband was very warm in the restaurant --to the point where he had to go out for air about 5 times because he was feeling claustrophobic and anxious. They refused to open the window. They seemed very unconcerned. His steak was too rare and too spicy. He didn't expect it to be so spicy. They cooked it more but it was still too rare. Our friend ordered a tamale entree which was supposed to be a spicy dish-a 7 out of 10 per the server. Our friend loved spicy and said it wasn't spicy enough. Our lavender creme brûlée did not taste lavender.
Do not accept the table between the hostess stand and the kitchen door. You pay full price but the constant revolving kitchen door is truly obnoxious. Virtually ruined what otherwise was a lovely experience. That table needs to go away.
That said, our server Kelly was knowledgable and charming. Chile rajas with chèvre was a light, clean and delicious appetizer. Grilled romaine was excellent. Light dressing of anchovy paste, lemon juice, olive oil & black pepper topped with Manchego. Grilled trout = truly superb entree, and I don't like trout. Semifreddo good.
Service and food are excellent. Front of the house management absent.
The El Meze menu is not long, but most people should be able to find something intriguing and delicious. New Mexican food is authentic, so don't expect tourist friendly levels of spice. Non-spicy options are available though. Atmosphere is casual in a historic adobe building. Would go back any time.
Chef Frederick Muller is deeply immersed in the cuisine of the high desert hispanic world and turns out truly memorable dishes that reflect that tradition. The whole restaurant runs as a well-oiled machine supporting Muller's vision No one should spend time in Taos without eating at El Meze.
We had an absolutely wonderful dinner at El Meze in Taos on Saturday evening! We knew we were in for a treat from the very beginning - a special appetizer of a raw scallop, sliced kiwi, yuzu/olive oil, hawaiian black sea salt and an absolutely amazing habanero spice puree. The balance, acid, salt, and taste of this dish was marvelous. Our group of 4 then shared 4 small plates. The carne adovada was just incredible with tender well cooked meat and a deep flavorful, smoky New Mexico red chili sauce; the chili rajas were a delight but could have been even spicer; we all loved the beans (including one of us who is a Puerto Rican and makes the best beans with sofrito that any of us have ever tasted); and the grilled romaine salad was terrific. Finally, we shared the trout which was amazing and the steak which was very good. The wine selections were great. Our husbands had room to chow down on dessert, which included donuts with chocolate (like beignets) and an almond panacotta. Service was excellent and the ambiance great.
What makes this place so special? On a good night like our experience, this restaurant can hold its own with the best in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, which is saying a lot. It is truly an authentic place. Our answers also include the terrific food, a chef who clearly has a great palate, and NO FEAR from spice - too many higher end restaurants in Santa Fe in particular tone it down for tourists and "too tame" locals.
We had a great evening. Thanks to the chef and our server! We will be back!
Locally sourced ingredients and a creative fusion menu as well as quiet but upbeat atmosphere make El Meze worth a stop or drive to Taos just for dinner. Featuring share plates and main entrees, as well as fresh salads and fabulous desserts, the creative fusion menu changes often, but it's all good. Highly recommend for special occasions, but probably not young children. This is fine dining and priced as such but so worth it. Good wine selection too.
Chef Fred Muller's talent for combining traditional Native American, historic southwest, and now Moorish influences, on the ingredients and flavor combinations is unique and always a gastronomic journey. We were huge fans of the original Fred's Place New Mexican restaurant before it closed, even bought a copy of La Comida. With El Meze, Chef Muller's food historian concept further with amazing results. Don't miss this.
Overall excellent everything. Special mention for recognizing our anniversary and helping my wife's coughing spell. Great service, great ambience, and very good to excellent menu. I had the trout, which was very good. Have to agree with other reviews that a little less seasoning would be to my taste - it would allow the wonderful trout flavor to shine. The appetizers were awesome (the beans & collard greens). The salads/greens were incredibly fresh & tasty. Flatbread was amazing. Agree about the wines are a tad expensive, but understand the pricing breakpoint there. Service was impeccable from all. Thank you for a great evening!
El Meze is the best restaurant in Taos. It is something special and unique. It is run by a couple with a passion for both food and service. We have had the good fortune to dine there on dozens of occasions, and look forward to every return visit. This is truly a special restaurant that is worth the trip.
Loved our 1st visit to El Meze. Server was attentive, but I think another server was needed the night before Thanksgivng. Brussels sprouts , chicarrones appetizers were wonderful. Herb fries were only ok. Main courses- trout, duck confit, & the southwestern dish were all loved. We will be back.
The menu was inventive and all meals were farm-to-table. Ingredients were fresh and local and the chef cooked the main dishes to our tasted. The wine selection was good and the waiter allowed us to taste a bit before we ordered a bottle. The waiter was very helpful and made good suggestions to us.
Also, I have hearing problems, and we were moved to a more quiet table from our first seating.
We appreciated this and the owner was very pleasant about the request.
We were celebrating our 25th Anniversary on a trip to Taos. Based on reviews, we decided on a special dinner at El Meze and we were not disappointed! We lucked out since it was the last week for back patio dining prior to winter season. The view of the sunset on the mountains was outstanding; so was the food and service. We started with some lavender frites and a tomato wedge salad; both were very good. For the main course, we had the green chile tamales and the grilled whole trout; again, both were excellent. My wife declared the trout the best she's ever had. For dessert we had the Almond Semifreddo; light, yet rich flavor, and the Lemon & Rasberry Napoleon, also delicious. We hope to return someday.
Wow, what a great surprise! 5 amigos in Santa Fe and a side trip to Taos, dinner questions answered by open Table! Fantastic setting and food--we couldn't have been happier. We sat in a heated, covered patio with a beautiful view of desert, mountains and the sunset! So grateful for the culinary and visual experience.
We loved the view framed by the patio, truly New Mexico with torchieres flaming, garden flowers and greenery a treat for the eye. The food and service were wonderful, and El Meze will be on our "destination" list now. We'll just drink the beer, since wine prices are over the top.
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