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Santa Fe, NM 87501
This restaurant is permanently closed.
Taberna in Santa Fe, NM offers amazing dishes from Chef James Campbell Caruso who has created a unique spot for tapas and authentic Spanish cuisine. Presented in amazing style and with tremendous attention to quality, Taberna offers an unforgettable evening out.
With dinner, lunch, happy hour and dessert menus, there is much to love about Taberna. Your visit must start with something from the bar and you can then pair it with the starters like the pico limon olives or the fried garbanzo. There are impressive main dishes too, and you might choose the flat iron steak or the roasted pork with mushroom ragout. The cheese platter is a favorite, but so too are the salads and other smaller plates.
Tapas / Small Plates, Mediterranean, Spanish
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: (Daily) - 5:00pm - Close
Happy Hour: (Daily) 5:00pm - 6:00pm
In between Marcy St. + W. Palace Ave. on Lincoln Ave.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Entertainment Weekly
Taberna is available for Private Parties, Meetings, Custom Events. Please call 505-983-2425 or email Brian Fairchild at email@example.com
James Campbell Caruso
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Taberna is available for Private Parties, Meetings, Custom Events. Please call 505-983-2425 or email Brian Fairchild at firstname.lastname@example.org
The tapas are tasty and people like me who are gluten free and dairy free can find things to eat. I love the fingerling potatoes, chicken skewers, and 3 dips. Wine list is extensive and recommendation from our waiter was very good. They also have a great happy hour which I have been to in the past.
I keep coming back to Taberna and I wasn't disappointed in my last visit. The menu has changed since the last time I was there but some of my old favorites (the alcachofas) and some new ones (stuffed dates with pomegranate molasses and bleu cheese dipping sauce). This time I tried the Sangria which was flavorful and refreshing. As always, the service was wonderful and the dessert was great (coffee bean mousse). I'll be back again - hopefully this month :)
Really enjoyable spot for enjoying dining, a glass of beer or wine, and relaxed conversation...yet in the center of downtown Santa Fe. Shares ownership & many menu items (and some staff ;) with nearby, 'buzzier' La Boca (also Spanish in theme, w/delicious 'tapas' small plates specialties), which though more popular, is sometimes a challenge to book. Happy hour specials are a real bargain...and good!
Not all tapas are created equally! Taberna has incredibly creative, interesting, fresh, artistically displayed small plates. We are still talking about the paper thin octopus ceviche-- served as if it were a design. The salads were delicious but what made them extraordinary were the light dressings that enhanced the flavors without overpowering the taste of the ingredients. A good dressing opens your taste buds immediately; a great dressing goes unnoticed until a hint of it reminds you, after finishing the salad that it existed. The desserts were ok. The service was very good- fun and attentive waiter. The best sherry list in New Mexico. Can't wait to go back!
This place was recommended to us by its sister restaurant, La Boca. However, it was disappointing. The service was slow and inattentive and the food wasn't as good as La Boca. We never received the bread we ordered and couldn't find our server to order more drinks. I'd stick with La Boca next time.
This was my second visit to Taberna, the first being over a year ago. The tapas are excellent, although I seem to remember Taberna having a larger selection of tapas to choose from on my previous visit. The meatballs, ribs, artichokes and shrimp were excellent, and they have an extensive wine menu. The service was professional and welcoming, and the ambience of the restaurant is modern rustic, fitting well with the menu. I highly recommend this place for foodies, tapas lover like me, or novices--there is a lot to choose from the menu.
Although I really wanted to like this place, because I love tapas and a chill atmosphere to enjoy good beer and wine, especially during the summer, I can't really recommend it, at least not based on my food experience.
The good is that the patio is nice, and it's in an internal area, so there isn't traffic noise, and there's a decent amount of outdoor seats so that you can get a spot outside if you want one. Also, the service was impeccable: friendly without seeming forced or overly flattering, and very promt in clearing dishes, refilling water, etc.
The bad? The food was underwhelming. I don't think that the price point is outrageous for the small plates, and the ingredients are high quality and individually delicious, but the flavors don't tie together like they should at a good restaurant, which Taberna tries to pass itself off as. I think that the main culprits are likely under-salting and lack of using adequate acidity (lime or vinegars would've helped), especially with bold Latin food that's for summer. Thought it wasn't nearly as noticeable to me, some textural contrast would've also helped, perhaps in the form of crisp jicama or crisper/thicker red cabbage slices. Something like thinly-sliced green mango would solve both the tart and crisp shortcomings.
When eating the fish tacos and the fried avocado topped with salsa and quale egg, the food tasted the same when you ate the pieces separately as when you ate them together :/ The chicharrones were somehow simultaneously dry but not crunchy at all (though I still enjoyed them, because fatty pork is tasty, almost no matter what). At least in my opinion, this isn't how it should be, since, especially if I'm going out to eat, I want there to be synergy in the foods that's just delicious.
From the owners/chef at La Boca. . .same food concept of Spanish tapas small plates. Delicious, consistent, innovative. Nice wine selections, great service and the addition of outdoor patio dining with the occasional chef band to entertain you while you dine! Highly recommend!
James Campbell, chef/owner, continues to deliver. The menu was sufficiently different from our visit two months ago to make the selection exciting. What impressed us most was the waiter who had served us two months ago and remembered what wine we had ordered and liked.
It was my husband and I's last night in Santa Fe. We made a dinner reservation at Taberna. The service was so bad we ordered two appetizers and went across the street to il Piatto for dinner. (Example: The couple seated next to us waited nearly half an hour for dessert. The waitress had forgotten about it.) If Taberna expects a couple to spend $100+ on dinner, they better up their game.
This was our first time to this relatively new tapas restaurant in Santa Fe. It was terrific. Every single dish was really, really good. It is a great place for a group that wants to spend time together and share food, literally. We will definitely go again and recommend this to others. The service was a little slow, but then we ordered in waves, and the place was fairly busy that night. Waiters and waitresses were all nice and helpful in getting us what we wanted quickly.
We heard wonderful things about this place. The food was mixed..some of it very good some of it just ok. The service was very very slow despite the fact it wasn't super busy on a Monday night. Something seemed to be off at both of the tables adjacent to us as well...one table commenting that their last course of tapas had been forgotten about. Another table waiting a long time for their check. Maybe it was an off night. We love the other tapas restaurant I believe run by same owner la boca. We will give this place another chance but it was our most mediocre restaurant of our trip.
We loved this place. Everything we tasted was wonderful. Interesting favors, well presented and tasted as good as it looks. Wine list was excellent. Good choice of wine by the glass as well. Waiter was knowledgable and accommodated our request to split a larger dish. During our week in Santa Fe we ate at some highly ranked restaurants including the one on Csnyon road. Tabs era was better!
We have enjoyed La Boca in prior trips to Santa Fe, so we were very excited to try this new restaurant (for us) by the same owner/chef. It did not disappoint! We enjoyed a number of excellent Tapas treats and wonderful wine...and the dessert was superb...We will definitely recommend this spot to our friends!
Gotta say the fried avocado in the salad had a unique taste and texture; nice combination. And the shrimp had a good flavor but needed some bread to sop of the broth. The mushroom flat bread was unremarkable but the bbq ribs with kimchi were ample and had that tangy vinegar flavor. Big wine list; yes, a bit pricey. Enjoyed the music though it was pretty loud.
I went with three friends and we had an excellent experience. The space is small and there was a performer so we did have some trouble talking, but we all three enjoyed each one of the six dishes we tried. None of us had tried chicarrones before and we were all very taken with Taberna's version. I also loved the artichoke hearts. The servers were friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely go back.
The four members of our girls reunion went to Taberna after we were unable to get a reservation at our desired time at the adjacent (sister?) restaurant. It was a rather cold evening and the door was propped open. We were seated at a four-top just inside the door, and the hostess offered to close the door for our comfort (we were later asked if we'd mind if the door was opened because it became too hot inside the little restaurant). It is a small restaurant with crowded tables and chairs close together; people were lively (everyone talking loudly to be heard within their party) and not much room to move around. There was a duo singing and playing guitars on a small stage (where was the tip jar?); the music was good but added to the overall noise level. The wine list and food menu were rather limited, but there were also a few special items and many were quite interesting and appealing. My branzino Veracrunzana (a mild whitefish topped with tomatoes, capers, green olives and green peppers) was delicious and I highly recommend it! One member of our group specifically inquired about spiciness and was advised against several dishes that had a high "heat" level. However, the dish that was suggested, specifically described as without any hot chilis or spiciness proved to be so "hot" that our guest politely sent it back. Of the other dishes, the meals were tasty and satisfying. All in all it is a place I'd like to return to for another meal.
Taberna is La Boca's second restaurant and it is located on the same block as La Boca. The food is mostly tapas and it is very good. Wine selection and service also are very good. However, the restaurant's ambiance leaves something to be desired. It looks like an old converted pizza place. It also lacks the energy and the more extensive menu that is seen at La Boca. So, although we had a good meal at Taberna, our next visit will be to La Boca.
Great live music. Very small restaurant with limited, crowded indoor seating options. Make a reservation if prefer table over bar. Food was relatively disappointing. Taste was unremarkable for all but one dish. Presentation of food good. Decent number of options. Overall I prefer progressive Latin in other cities and would have rathered another restaurants southwestern cuisine interpretation.
Mostly sweeter wine options. I had sangria as well and was pleasantly surprised, I've definitely had worse and kind of expected it to be a disappointment as well at that point.
Maitre D' was very kind and welcoming. Waiter seemed overwhelmed and sort of unfamiliar with restaurant items.
Crowd seemed middle-aged.
Worth a try but my personal opinion is, it's either hit or miss. The menu online is not always the most recent.
Always great food full of flavors. went there with my wife for her birthday and enjoyed the meal, wine and dessert. Still one of my favorite spot in Santa Fe. the Taberna Salad with fried avocado, grilled artichokes, roasted tomato is definitively one to share.
My sweetheart and I ordered a few dishes with a bottle of red wine from Spain and really loved both. Moreover, the guitarist singer Jesus Bas put tears in my eyes with his angel voice and perfect guitar playing: we lived the mariachi movie lived and highly recommend both.
Outstanding! Always a fav of ours, but even better with some new & different menu items. The shrimp with jicama/ green apple slaw was to die for! Wonderful blending of spicy & cooling flavors! If you haven't tried Taberna - - - don't ! (We want to still be able to get in 😉!!)
I have eaten at Taberna many times before. While the food was good as always. We were really quite rushed by the waiter. I couldn't figure out why as it was a Thursday night and there were others in the restaurant. It was really sad to have this experience at one of our favorite restaura
nts and will make me think twice about going next time. Took the wind out of our Taberna sails.
We used to love this restaurant. We would go about once a month. We went for my birthday on Ssturday evening, and not only had the prices been raised again, but we recieved horrible service. The server was friendly enough. It is just that it took 20 minutes to even get a beverage and the restaurant was not that full. We don't mind paying for a great experience, but this place is no longer worth the cost.
The food and service was great. The place is very small and so seating is tight. Don't sit in the airway path from the door during winter because it's cold. Fortunately, there was no live music when I was there because it would get very loud. They play a lot of spanish guitar but still, the place is so small, it would be loud. I would go there for the food, not the scene/music because the food is great and I don't care about the scene. The fundito is really unusual, the ribs were great, and the artichokes are really good. The drink menu is excellent and can run expensive, but even the cheaper items are well thought out and pair nicely with the food.
First time to this restaurant, was a great experience. The staff was friendly and helpful. The wine was delicious. But nothing compaired to the food, which was outstanding. It was easy to find and comfortable inside. I will definately be heading back soon!
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