About El Meze Restaurant
Taos, NM 87529
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: (575) 751-3337
Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
El Meze Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Chef Frederick Muller is deeply immersed ...
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 ...
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 creati ...
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 me ...
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. ...
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.
The food was excellent. Loved the roast ...
The food was excellent. Loved the roasted brussel sprouts with bleu cheese and bacon but all of our selections were outstanding. The place was packed but the service was still excellent. We would highly recommend El Meze!
Loved our 1st visit to El Meze. Serve ...
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 wer ...
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 ...
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.
This was not our first time there. It wa ...
This was not our first time there. It was a return visit for our Anniversary. It was perfect as always. Great food. Great staff. Great wine list. Small list but packed with great wines. We will always go there when in Taos.
Wow, what a great surprise! 5 amigos in ...
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, t ...
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.
We had eaten at El Meze last year when w ...
We had eaten at El Meze last year when we were in Taos and have been talking about it for the past year. Last year we ate out on the patio which is warm and cozy and has a lovely view. This year it was cold and rainy so we opted for indoors while many people were seated outdoors under warmers. We were seated in a small cozy dining area off the kitchen. We had a very attentive waiter and the food was absolutely memorable. Can't wait to go back!!!
This was our third time here and the foo ...
This was our third time here and the food is consistently top notch. We particularly like the chefs use of lavender in the appetizers. Great Muscles and very good Tamale. Wine selection excellent and view of sunset on the mountains from the patio outstanding. Relaxed dress and high quality food excellent combo.
We went for our son's 28th birthday and ...
We went for our son's 28th birthday and had a very nice meal. Good use of local food without being purely New Mexico type cuisine. Only complaint is that the menu is relatively small, but everything was done really well. Particularly good was the creme brule. Light and delicious.
The food was great, the service was as w ...
The food was great, the service was as well. The thing above all others is the outdoor view that you overlook as you dine. One of the most spectacular views you will ever witness while dining. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Taos.
The food was terrible. Each plate was c ...
The food was terrible. Each plate was cooked in a cup of oil which was at the bottom of each dish we ordered. I.e.: whole trout, pasta, appetizer special of green beans. The pasta was made so thick that the inside was still raw and it was served with raw green salad mixed in to the pasta. I don't understand this concept of plan salad mixed with fresh cooked pasta with oil. The trout said it came with a watercress salad which there was not one leaf of watercress on the dish and there were two of those dishes served at our table. It came with the same salad that was in my pasta.
The inside dining room, which had a gold ...
The inside dining room, which had a gold-painted, Adobe fireplace in the corner, was intimate and peaceful. The food was outstanding and bountiful. Had the kale salad and then the pork appetizer as an entree. Mini cardamom donuts draped in chocolate sauce were terrific.
We dined at many restaurants during our ...
We dined at many restaurants during our 12-day New Mexico vacation. This was our favorite restaurant. The food was just wonderful! We had their specialty trout entree, kale salad, and green beans. It was lovely to sit outside and see the mountains in the distance. Tell them to putt out a cookbook!
Dinner with friend at El Meze. Nice plac ...
Dinner with friend at El Meze. Nice place with a good selection of wines—the Garnache was fine.
The green bean appetizer was very good as were the frijoles. Entrees were the usual which is perhaps a problem. The minimal menu seems stuck in a rut.
Still good, but not great.
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