De La Tierra at El Monte Sagrado Resort - Kessler
De La Tierra at El Monte Sagrado Resort - Kessler

De La Tierra at El Monte Sagrado Resort - Kessler

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elmontesagrado.com/dining
  • Phone: (575) 737-9855
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: November - April: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; May - October: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Dining Room closed daily between 2:00pm and 5:00pm; Breakfast: 7:00am - 11:00am; Brunch: Sunday:11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Henry Chaperont
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: De La Tierra features a private wine room that seats up 8 people in an elegant European style wine cave atmosphere.
  • Private Party Contact: A. Malik 5757379873
  • Entertainment: Friday and Saturday nights offer live entertainment in the Anaconda Bar.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Paseo Del Pueblo Norte
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking and self parking
A word from De La Tierra at El Monte Sagrado Resort - Kessler
One of Taos' most highly acclaimed culinary destinations, The De La Tierra Restaurant offers an atmosphere that is both elegant and relaxed. Executive Chef Henry Chaperont's innovative style — focuses on seasonal ingredients, farm raised meats, fresh fish and the abundance of available local produce with European and southwest influences. Breakfast and lunch are served daily in the Gardens Dining Room, and dinner served nightly in the De la Tierra Dining Room. Sunday Brunch served 11am to 3pm.
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De La Tierra at El Monte Sagrado Resort - Kessler reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (8)special occasion (7)romantic (5)good for groups (2)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • Quality dining in Taos
    BwBRcB
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The main dining room at El Monte Sagrado, called De La Tierra, is a very high-ceilinged and reverberant room. Although the jazz combo was at a distance from our table, the acoustics of the room made the music a bit louder than I prefer for that type of dining, though not annoyingly so. The service was attentive, in spite of some minor difficulties in communicating our wants to the waiter. The bar had rye whiskey, which many bars in this region don't stock, so I was able to have a well-made rye manhattan before dinner. The starter of cactus salad, and the elk chops and accompanying garnish, were excellent. Wine by the bottle was quite high in price, I thought, but I enjoyed a glass of very good red wine at an affordable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy place in Taos
    FlyingFisher
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    By far the fanciest restaurant we attended in Taos. Dining room with sumptuous apointments. Wait staff (Carlos) excellent. The Elk chops were excellent and prepared inventively. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptionally beautiful setting
    PamelaVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    A beautiful setting and a surprisingly affordable lunch.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best in Taos
    Quinnie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    For the price and quality, this was the best we tried in terms of upscale in Taos. Everything was perfect from the moment we were greeted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Prior to my visit I checked the menu and pricing. I ordered the trout tacos even though they raised the pricing $9 since there was an event in Santa Fe, 60 miles away. Also, the tacos had so much of their sauce I could hardly taste the fish.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LindajsweetpeaVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We were only 2 people in restaurant. Difficult to rate as a result. Dinner was good however.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Taos Dining
    Chuck
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have dined here several times and chose De La Tierra for lunch. The trout tacos were grand, and the quesadilla was very tatty, too. Service and ambience, as always, lent to a tranquil and peaceful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 68 reviews are from the De La Tierra at El Monte Sagrado Resort - Kessler reviews archive.
  • Why are you sending me this?
    RailindVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    When we arrived at the restaurant, they told us they no longer dealt with Open Table. Therefore, they did not have our reservation, even though I showed them your confirmation. Fortunately, they had room and were able to seat us. So, why am I getting this note about reviewing the restaurant for you?
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    SandraVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Initially the ambience was interesting, as we sat in the "garden" area which wasn't in a garden but had a fish tank in it. Our server was very service oriented and pleasant although she seemed a little new. My quinoa "steak" was quite tasty but my hsband's trout was not good. We shared a dessert of cheesecake that was tasty but its texture was not like a cheesecake: not creamy, like it had flour in it. Overall a disappointment and we won't be back. Also the parking situation was odd.
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  • Taos
    hard2please
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We were disappointed by this restaurant. The service was friendly but the food was just average and not correctly prepared. I ordered a Filet Mignon medium rare and got two thin pieces that were crunchy (well done). My wife ordered a Shrimp Quesadilla and received a tortilla filled with cheese with the top covered in sour cream and a shrimp. There was no way to handle it aside from eating the shrimp off the top and tossing the sour cream soaked tortilla and cheese. By the end of the meal my wife was not feeling well and the friendly server spent time to talk with her and get her some tea; very nice. The room was practically empty and brightly lit with little ambience. We expected better from this incredibly beautiful hotel facility.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum
    MrsFoodie
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Yummy Easter Brunch..a bit pricey but food and service were both great...cant wait to.go back to Taos to try them out for lunch ;)
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional setting in atrium
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Exceptional setting in atrium featuring tropical trees and plants. The architectural highlights of this hotel are remarkable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Limited Wine List and So-So Food
    BusinessTravelerVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    The wines by the glass were quite limited--but more impressive than the wines by the bottle. There were only a few "light" reds/pinot noirs. They were all over $150 a bottle. The trout was lousy; it tasted like it was quite old. The chicken was okay. The creamed corn was wonderful. We had the Butcher's Plate at the bar before dinner. It was very tastey. Next time, we will stay in the bar and add a few sides with teh Butcher's Plate. While we will not have dinner at De La Tierra again, the breakfast was quite good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Valentine's Dinner Not To Be Forgot
    MJAckman
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I made reservations for their special Valentines's Dinner and I was not disappointed. I menu was great and I don't believe the food could have been cooked any better. Our server was exceptional making the night very memorable. I would not hesitate to make reservations for any occasion. It was a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgous venue Food moderate
    Luckfamily
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We love the atmjosphere at El Monte but the food was just not worth the price. Nothing outstanding . Steaks and Bison were tough and stringy. The bartender was just rude. After dinner we joined friends at the bar and the bartender turned his nose up and made rude remarks about every drink order. He treated everyone that way, not just us..
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best for Business In Taos
    Bizdiner
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    For the past few years, I have consistently chosen El Monte Sagrado as the place to hold my business meetings, usually over lunch or coffee. This venue meets all my needs for wheelchair accessibility. I typically host businesspeople and politicians and their staffs who are consistently impressed that such a fine meeting place exists in Taos. The overall ambience is outstanding for my purposes of making my guests relaxed and open to important discussions of major issues affecting our community. The El Monte Sagrado staff are always top-tier whether attending to our general needs or any specific requests. Overall, this is as perfect a place as I can find in Taos for conducting casual yet highly productive professional meetings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing New Years Eve dinner
    Billnsue
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The food was spectacular They served a special three course dinner for New Year's Eve. The oysters were absolutely the best I've ever tasted. Lightly dusted and fried just until creamy. Would have loved to have made a meal out of them. The filet was cooked perfectly and the reduction sauce and garlic mashed potatoes were to die for. Service was very attentive. Carlos was knowledgeable and pleasant. Would love to go back
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs improvement on service
    DadaVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Overall , hotel and dining area are very unusual architecturally interesting settings. However, the 5 minute wait just for the hostess to arrive to seat several small groups was totally unacceptable for a 3/4 star hotel. The dining service area needs new management as we ran into the same problem in the bar area , which is a gorgeous setting. The menu and food selection was good and an interesting and healthy mix, spoiled only again by the table service, which was also horribly slow. Too bad, with a top notch dining room management , this restaurant could become a destination for travelers, and locales instead of the few people stuck at the hotel at night. There is potential for a really wonderful , memorable offering. Much work is needed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • De La Terrible
    AmazingVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    This was a romantic Christmas night dinner at De La Tierra. I made reservations (as recommended) well in advance. The menu was a prix fixe of $45/person with a limited menu. All started out well enough. The waiter took our drink orders and came back with them to take our meal orders. Then we never saw the waiter again until I had to ask for the check. When our meals were brought out it seemed as if everybody disappeared. I had to ask for our waiter for the dessert ordering. He never came so we asked another waiter. I then asked for our waiter for the check, then of course, he showed up. Never once acknowledging something was wrong Forgettable meal and non-existent service. With so many choices in Taos I would never go back here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in Taos
    EWF3
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Taos southwest cuisine can get pretty redundant after a few days, and fine dining is hit-or-miss and usually overpriced and hurried. So we were hesitant about El Monte Sagrado for Christmas Eve dinner. However, we had a great dining experience. Great food, ambiance, wine list. Unhurried, as one would expect from a top-tier restaurant, but very attentive service. Probably not a great choice for people with small kids, in a hurry, or looking for value prices, but if you are looking for an intimate dining experience I highly recommend El Monte Sagrado. We will definitely come back again... and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Seared Halibut was not
    rogmadodgeVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    The Seared Halibut was not edible . So tough it must have been frozen and then thawed in a microwave. The people were very accommodating but quality management from the kitchen was absent.
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  • Good Food, Better Staff
    HachitaEQs
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Food was good, nothing spectacular. Wait staff and hostess made the visit enjoyable. The hostess went out of her way to accomodate us by switching our table away from the kitchen/serving area. They were out of the wines my husband wanted, but our waitress tried very hard to make up for that. It was refreshing to see that there are people who still know how to help you have a good experience!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait for lousy food
    fitchefVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    Ever enter a restaurant and get the feeling they are not organized? That the wait staff is understaffed and the kitchen can't keep up? Well, that's the vibe at De La Tierra. When it arrived after more than a 50 minute wait, my food was mediocre and skimpy for the price tag. Realizing the wait was far too long , the waiter did discount our meal without us suggesting it. Which was kind, but let's face it, if you are staying at the hotel it is convenient to eat at the restaurant and they know it. It's really too bad because it could be great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Doesn't Belong on the Property
    FoodieBoyVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Inferior meat. Uncaring service. If you stay at Monte Sagrado eat at Lambert's in town.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something Special in Taos
    SomuchwineVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    My wife and I had the Beef tenderloin and a 2005 Charmis-Chambertin 'Grand Cru'. Very nice. We sat in the Garden dining area by the waterfall. Great atmosphere. Great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 50th Wedding Anniversary
    frcx
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    We, myself, wife, children and grand children had delightful evening with great food, great wine, and excellent service. We will return soon and not wait 50 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great breakfast in your hotel!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Love having breakfast here. The food is wonderful and the service is friendly and unhurried. Dinner is also good, with a nice continental menu and good wines by the glass.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best in Taos
    Californiavisitors
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Excellent ambiance and experience! Food was delicious, service superb and will remain a treasured dining experience. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    fpr22
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    We have had good and fair meals at this restaurant in the past but chefs change more often than is optimal in the Taos area so you never know what you will get. The pork and chicken were overdone and dry and for the diners at our table having steak and the pork, proper knives were not given. The ambiance and décor is upscale but the food and service did not match up, at least on this visit.
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  • A beautiful restful place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Food and service are good - the resort itself is wonderful - filled with fountains, trees and casitas in the pueblo style. Very close to main area of Taos. Owned by Marriott
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My husband and I celebrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary here and had a lovely meal. Joaquim was a great server too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Went for Thanksgiving dinner.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    Went for Thanksgiving dinner. The restaurant was empty. The food was fair and the selections were minimal. The dessert table was left empty and I had to ask for refills on the pies. The only thing on the menu that was good was the shrimp.
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  • The staff at El Monte Sagrado
    TanD
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    The staff at El Monte Sagrado Resort is outstanding! They are very welcoming, as well as attentive. We had a great time and look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding entree options.
    Jackiemac
    Dined on 11/19/2012
    The menu is small but has some delicious options. The duck breast I had was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kaleidoscope of different cuisines
    ChristopherVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    This restaurant comes up online with very positive reviews. The menu is a kaleidoscope of many different cuisines and styles, so it is perplexing to categorize what type of cuisine that this restaurant specializes in. While our server was outgoing and provided amazing service, he admittedly was not fully versed on the wine list. The lighting in the restaurant was a little to bright to classify this experience romantic.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service. Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/1/2012
    Excellent service. Wonderful food. Would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!!! Your staff is awesome and were very helpful! We will definately return to your resort in the future!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Truly spectacular and somehow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2012
    Truly spectacular and somehow we were the only ones there...on a Wednesday night. The trout was perfect...and figure out a way to order the blue cheese chips. They are homemade and truly decadent. Wow. The hotel is also beautiful, walk the grounds after dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Management needs to decide
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2012
    Management needs to decide if it wants to elevate the menu and service to match the ambiance or simply be a solid mid-level restaurant. As configured, it is caught between two worlds doing neither particularly well. For a really light night, the service was unforgivably slow.
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  • Very nice dining
    Denver
    Dined on 8/8/2012
    Beautiful dining, nice menu, good food, moderately priced, excellent friendly service, big portions. Something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet