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El Meze Restaurant

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1017 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, Taos, NM 87571 (Hail Creek)
+1 575-751-3337
17:30 - 21:30
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

We have friends in Taos who took us to their favorite restaurant El Meze. The wait staff know our friends and had very personalized service, however by observing others during dinner I do not think that this was out of the ordinary. Being a transplanted NM to the Midwest I just had to order the chicharrones and Tamale; I was... More 

Thank Tlbrob
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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114 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

The restaurant and the service were spot on. I agree there is no better restaurant in Taos. The four of us shared small plates of fried green olives, herb frites, and chicharrones. New Mexico is the land of chicharrones but these were the very best we have ever tried. Probably not good for you but they were excellent. A very... More 

Thank NewMexicoWineguy
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

First time and one of the best meals ever. Ate on the patio facing the Taos Mountains. Heaters and blankets keep us warm and cozy. Wait staff was warm and friendly. Very knowledgable regarding wine selections and food preparation. The Beef Short Ribs were highly recommended by our waitress and amazing in flavor. Homemade vanilla ice cream with basil and... More 

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Venice, Florida
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

We were very much looking forward to eating here, the #1 rated Taos restaurant. It wasn't bad, but definitely not #1 caliber in our opinion. Atmosphere was fine, service was decent. Food was only average, though; very highly seasoned to the point that the seasoning was about all we could taste. Maybe it was an off night, or we ordered... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

This is a delightful restaurant on the outskirts of Taos. We enjoyed our dinner from their large patio with a beautiful view of the mountains. Everything was delicious. We started out with the special--green beans sauteed in olive oil with hazelnuts, garlic, and bleu cheese. Absolutely yummy. We also enjoyed the Frijolles de Olla, the garden tomato salad, and a... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

We were four for dinner as first time visitors and all were pleased with both the quality of the food and the service. The setting is quite special with a great view of the sacred mountain to the east and we were warm outside although the evening was coming on cool. Gas heaters did the trick until they could not... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

Don't get put off by the name...this isn't tex-mex...or, at least to the extent that it is, it's upscale and excellent. I read a number of reviews on TA and Yelp before selecting this restaurant during an overnight in Taos...so glad we went with it....doesn't look too hot from the road, but interior is nicely appointed and there is a... More 

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Forney, Texas
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

This is the number one rated restaurant on Tripadvisor, that's why we picked it. I had high expectations given the number of amazing reviews. First, the outdoor seating is a must, the view of the mountains is wonderful. The service was great as well. We had the short ribs for an appetizer, they were covered in a red chili sauce,... More 

Thank Robert G
Eugene, OR
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278 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013

Outstanding view and garden. Tasty food. Their heirloom tomatoes were even better than my homegrown. The tamale is a bargain. Fabulous wine for $34. Cost for 2, $76 plus tax plus tip.

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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

My daughter and I traveled to Taos last week and ate here on our last evening. I wish we would have known about it sooner, because we would have gone there more than once. First of all, it is in an old hacienda built in the mid 1800s, and secondly the view of the mountains from the patio is so... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 50
Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1017 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, Taos, NM 87571
    (Hail Creek)
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Taos County  >  Taos
  • Phone Number: +1 575-751-3337
We are located in the El Torreon Hacienda built in 1847 which reflects our philosophy, our food and the historical influences of Taos. From June - September we have patio seating under a tent with twinkle lights and the most incredible view of Taos Mountain.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?