808 Canyon Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87501Neighborhood:
SpanishPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.elfarolsf.com/
- Phone: 5059839912
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Spanish, Latin / Spanish
- Executive Chef: Genevevo Rivera
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
- Catering: El Farol will bring great food and excitement to your office or home; menus can be customized for the event.
- Private Party Facilities: Private rooms and patios available.
- Private Party Contact: Debbie Montoya 5059839912
- Entertainment: Known as, ". .one of the best bars on earth!" by The New York Times, "This is the place to head for local ambience and flavors of Spain, Santa Fe and Mexico." [June 6, 2011] El Farol is proud to present entertainment seven night a week. Whether it's the Canyon Road Blues Jam featuring the best local and national touring musicians, one of our hot Latin dance nights, R&B/Soul/Funk or, our intimate Sunday evenings of Spanish guitar, you can dance the night away on the dance floor after enjoying the award winning food in the restaurant and cantina.
- Special Events: Saturday Night Flamenco Dinner seating begins at 6:30pm-7:00pm and show begins at approx. 8:00pm. Beginning Tuesday, June 28, 2011, we feature six nights of Flamenco each week through August 13, 2011. $25 per person show admission. Full dinner menu available separately. Reservations required. Summer, 2011 don't miss our Five-Dollar Friday Night Dinner shows on our back patio featuring saxophonist Trey Keepin and friends. A wonderful way to enjoy live music while conversing with friends and enjoying the wonderful foods and wines of El Farol. For more information, please call El Farol or make your reservations on line now through Open Table.
A word from El Farol
The El Farol experience combines classic tastes of Spain, Santa Fe and Mexico with a unique blend of art, dance, flavor and aroma. You will be able to choose some of the finest wines and sherries the world has to offer in an upbeat, rustic 1835 adobe where the walls tell stories of artists, poets, lovers, local history and beauty.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
- Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
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El Farol reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since May 20, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
great for outdoor dining (23)fit for foodies (17)neighborhood gem (15)vibrant bar scene (12)special occasion (11)good for groups (7)hot spot (7)late-night find (6)great for lunch (5)notable wine list (5)romantic (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- Fun spotOpenTable Diner Since 2014VIPDined on 9/4/2014The service started out great and we had a charming waiter, but near the end of the meal it was like we were forgotten in the dining room. We were upset for the fact that we wanted to get another drink in the bar to enjoy the live music for a bit, but after the long wait to get our check and pay, we imissed out on that. Food was outstanding, fun atmosphere and we would totally go back. Will know next time to book table in the bar.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LocalOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/3/2014I have eaten at El Farol for special occasions many times in the past. I took some friends from out of town. We were very disappointed in the food. One friend barely touched hers; her potatoes were dry. My ceviche was tasteless and fishy. There was a also a fishy smell at the restaurant, even though we dined outside. That turned off my vegetarian friend. Their bread, which I used to make a meal out of, was bland and tasteless. For $38 apiece for three small tapas (not even enough to fill you up), it was a big ripoff. The ambience is still good and the service was fine. But the food is not worth going for anymore.Special Features:
- disappointing eveningvelogirlDined on 9/1/2014I had read about El Farol in several santa fe guides and excited that we could walk to the restaurant from our rented house. we were totally disappointed with the service. we had a reservation, seated and then totally ignored by the staff (there were only 4-5 tables at the time as it was early 630pm so it was not busy), my husband and i left, leaving ample $ for the bread basket and water. i just read another review and see that someone recommended not to go to el farol on monday night after a long weekend. i confirm this as i have to assume that its the owner's night off based on the service we experienced tonight.
- Great experienceDesignMavenDined on 8/23/2014The food was wonderful. There were 6 of us and we ordered 12 tapas. More than enough and wonderful flavors. The wine was very good and well priced. Efficient service allowed us to arrive at the Ooera on time. I highly recommend El FarolSpecial Features:
- fantastic tapas!Cathyb115Dined on 8/22/2014Great selection of tapas !! All we ordered (6 in total ) were delicous .Our waitresses recommendation for wine was spot on ! The desert of Chocalare covered pineapples were pure heaven . Do try it if you have a chance !Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- El Farol EnduresEOSpDined on 8/19/2014I have been eating and drinking here for over forty years. It's chief mark over that time has been inconsistency. Busy in the tourist season, it hires a lot of friendly but inexperienced wait staff. It has served the same tapas for a long time with varying results depending on the night of the week ( don't go on a Monday after a long weekend.) The wine list has, though, actually gotten very good in Spanish wines ( if they actually have what they list.) But I love this place. I finally figured out how to love it-- go with a bunch of good friends -- eat, drink, have fun, and don't pay too much attention to the food as if you were in a dining mecca and hope you have a sense of humor about the staff. It's a great place and I can walk home.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Less than expectedSoonersDined on 8/9/2014We went to El Farol specifically for the paella. The dish was a nice presentation, but lacked much flavor. We felt like the ingredients were cooked separately and were then put together in the skillet before serving us. The skillet didn't seem hot and the food could have been warmer as well.Special Features:
- SatisfiedMiffedDined on 8/8/2014For a later afternoon stroll up Canyon Road - visiting galleries and shops - El Farol is almost at the end and a perfect way to end the day. Prices are reasonable, service was excellent, food is good and sometimes great....Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Satisfying TapasBandNDined on 8/3/2014Six small plates for the two of us ranging from terrific (pork tenderloin, pear salad) to ordinary (ceviche) with very good dishes in between. Service - friendly and helpful, but inattentive at times. Outdoor dining is not scenic but nonetheless pleasant given quiet street and great Santa Fe evening temps. Restaurant incorrectly cancelled the Open Table reservation and did not act in a timely manner to get the matter resolved.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- So disappointingLNemDined on 7/25/2014We had fond memories of this restaurant from previous visits to Santa Fe. We were so disappointed this time. The food was generally somewhat mediocre. Overcooked lamb, tough to cut octopus, bland complements to cheese dish, dried out carrot cake, slightly stale bread rolls. Nothing like what it used to be. Service was somewhat incompetent and our waitress visited so rarely (each time we had to ask someone to track her down) that we were unable to send the poorly prepared food back to the kitchen. Advice to other returning visitors--try someplace new!
- Great food!greatfoodDined on 7/19/2014Food is fantastic. We just order tapas and eat slowly while watching the flamenco show!Special Features:
- Good foodNotHard2PleaseVIPDined on 7/13/2014Nice food and fun environment. A great place to dine in Santa Fe.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- El Faroltrow1Dined on 7/9/2014This was our first visit to El Farol, and we went late on a Wednesday evening. The tapas menu offered a wide variety, and my wife and I picked the "6 tapas for two" option. The food was excellent and plenty of it, and we sat outside under the roof during a brief storm. There was a band playing in the bar, but we sat far enough away to enjoy the music and still have a conversation. We had their house wines, a Spanish Chardonnay and Tempranilla by the glass, and they were both good. The service was very friendly and helpful, but a little slow -- not a big deal. All in all, great food, ambiance and value and we will be back!Special Features:
- Pre-opera DiningLizzardLawDined on 7/4/2014Seemed like the servers were not really prepared for outdoor service. However, food was very good and special allergy requests were handled without any difficulty.Special Features:
- 20+ years and countingCocZamudioDined on 7/1/2014El Farol, the restaurant that introduced us to tapas - or small plates - over 20 years ago, is not in our neighborhood. In fact, El Farol is about a six-hour drive from our home. Still, even with all the great dining choices in Santa Fe, we have dinner there virtually every time we visit. We love Mexican and New Mexican food and Santa Fe provides a wide range of good ethnic eateries for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yet the Spanish dinners at El Farol provide a welcome change with a lighter and more varied cuisine. Service at El Farol is outstanding and the wine list is great. There is live music several nights a week and a city parking lot right across Canyon Road. We recommend El Farol to all our friends and, of course, we'll be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good for live musicCamusDined on 6/27/2014If you want to hear a local band, this is a great place for that. Do not go for the food. We ordered tapas & they were below average. If you want cocktails & a place to dance this is it!Special Features:
- Our final evening in Santa FeKSDineDined on 6/26/2014We had made reservations through Open Table and we were seated instantly upon arrival. We had afternoon drinks the day before at the bar, so we repeated Mojotos, which the bartender has said were the "best". Our waitress was superb and guided us through the menu of tapas and entrees. Portions were larger than we had expected. All tapas and entrees were very good. We had a great time on our final evening in Santa Fe. This restaurant lived up to our expectations.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Find!NlquilterDined on 6/25/2014El Farol lived up to the reviews I'd read before booking a reservation. The food was excellent, the wait staff quietly attentive and the location was delightful. We sat on the front patio and looked out on the colorful, artsy Canyon Road. I will come here again if I am in Santa Fe.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- bbssDined on 6/14/2014Pleasant evening in the back courtyard in spite of the strong breeze. Food was fine, but with one complaint. The bread, though clearly homemade yeast rolls, is completely unremarkable. With tapas, good bread is a must...something hearty and flavorful.Special Features:
- The following 523 reviews are from the El Farol reviews archive.
- Surprisingly good servicebrodogDined on 4/30/2014All 4 of us enjoyed our food, but the quality of service was the real treat!Special Features:
- A Great Date NightSweetnessDined on 4/24/2014We had just a great evening! Very friendly/fun atmosphere! Our waiter was most attentive and very knowledgable about the wine list. Tapas were delicious. The two Spanish style guitar players were awesome.Special Features:
- Quintessential Santa FeJohnFliemanVIPDined on 4/23/2014John Kurzweg on Wednesday nights can really belt em out.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great service, nice ambianceOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 4/12/2014Our first time at this Spanish restaurant. The food was good - we had the sea bass and salmon entrees. The service was excellent. This restaurant is in a very old and charming building, nicely decorated, with a very comfortable feel. You can dress up or come casual and you will feel at home.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Worth it!UConn70Dined on 4/11/2014Went there for the second time - 1st time was 8 years ago. Still have an excellent menu, everything well prepared. Some of us ordered Tapas, others ordered from the menu. Everyone enjoyed their choices. I had sea bass and it was excellent. Made with capers and yellow rice. The deserts were unusual and delicious. Also had live music starting @ 8:30. Blues band that was terrific; had the dance floor full. Restaurant is on Canyon Rd amongst all the art galleries. Great venue.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nacha is a gem!OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 4/6/2014Love to hear Nacha Mendez play, and El Farol is a great place to listen to her!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food and live musicLBerryVIPDined on 3/31/2014Parker the bartender was awesome, makes great Margarita's and knows everybody in town. The food was just awesome, we started with 6 tapas and then I had the sea bass (the best I have ever had). The live music was great and had a few special guest singers. If you like to fish, talk to Parker, get fly fishing guide also! Will be back every time I go to Santa FeSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Blues Night Tuesday!FoodHopperVIPDined on 3/25/2014If you are in Santa Fe on a Tuesday and wanting something to do after hours this is the place to go. Great blues music and drinks to make you feel nice. Get there before 8:30 to get a good seat in the bar area, otherwise you are standing.Special Features:
- We had Fun!!DMH5050Dined on 3/22/2014There were 4 of us this particular night and we decided to get the Tapas for 4 (12 dishes). We then shared our meal with each other and we were able to try 12 dishes. We all had a great deal of fun trying all the different menu choices. The lamb and the salads were particular favorites with our group. In addition El Farol offer wine flights, allowing us to try 3 wines of our choosing for $15. Excellent idea. We all agreed that the evening was delicious and fun with all the tastings. Thank you. We'll be back!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Only so-sogglauDined on 3/17/2014We thought El Farol--since it's been around for so long--would be really good. Instead, it was more of a bar than a restaurant; the food was marginal (one good tapa; several so-so tapas). Won't go back.
- priceymysantafeDined on 3/14/2014It has been about two years since we ate here - usually for lunch. We had reservations for 7pm and we were promptly seated. While they have many choices on their menu, it was difficult to know exactly what to expect. Most of us (6) enjoyed our choices with little disappointment. While the food was good, I rated it 3 star because of the cost. I would go back but only for a special occasion.gSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointing!!shellthefoodieDined on 2/28/2014Service was minimal with exception of bus girl. Saw our waitress when she took order and brought our food. Never asked if I wanted 2nd drink. My husband needed a refill which didn't occur till dessert was delivered. Flourless chocolate cake delish. Mushrooms tasty. Paella was uber bland? Bit dry. Expected uber flavor!? Will not rush back to el farol.Special Features:
- Our group enjoyed an eveningOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 2/26/2014Our group enjoyed an evening during restaurant week. The food was outstanding and the music made the evening perfect.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent foodsteinsatoDined on 2/26/2014We went here during restaurant week because frankly this place is too damn expensive for me usually. The food was excellent, I had the paella and she had the salmon. Great cocktail, wine and beer selections. One pet peeve of mine is when a retaurant doens't have it's beers listed. I asked what beers they had and the server couldn't be bothered to name them all for me. So I had to get up and walk to the bar to see what they had. I am perfectly capable of doing this but still, If you have 10 or more beers available, why not put them on a list?Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent…even on Valentine's DayKWMWVIPDined on 2/14/2014We managed to book an Open Table reservation for a 7pm time slot on Valentine's Day and must say that this was by far the best Valentine's dinner experiences ever. El Farol management knows how to manage the flow of a busy night. While most restaurants are overbooked, El Farol seated us immediately at our reservation time. We had a private table for two but were given an option to sit in the more vibrant bar area. They had a 3-course prix fix menu (smart) which was filled with some of our favorite tapas items as well as some entrees we hadn't seen before. The entrees were huge! Very satisfying and delicious. Each course came with a cadence that was perfect. And they were priced fairly - just $45. A bargain and a gem.Special Features:
- Lost the fireOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 2/14/2014Had not been to El Farol in many years and we were looking forward to it as we have always had a positive opinion of the place. The place still has nice old rooms with ambience but we were seated in what used to be the outdoor patio that has been roughly enclosed with no thought at all to ambience. So alot may depend on your luck of the draw when they are making seating assignments. Servers were very pleasant and likeable but service was very slow. We finally asked about progress on our entre after more than an hour at our seats. We did enjoy the food although we thought that prices have crept up to levels not justified by the product and experience. This was not the interesting, vital, and good value experience we remembered from El
- Our go-to with out of town friendsChuckDined on 2/1/2014We have taken many, many friends and family to El Farol during the 14 years that we have lived in Santa Fe. The building dates to the 1830's and never fails to delight. The ambience and food is absolutely wonderful. Outdoor dining is a great choice during the non-winter months. Parking is a City lot accross the street. Do not fail to share a Tres Leches for dessert! House Margaritas are oh-so-fine, too.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Blues jam, great food, slow servicedavescatVIPDined on 1/28/2014This is a tapas place that had a blues jam the night we went. Music and ambience were great, but although we had reservations to dine, we were seated in the bar (fine, because we loved the music) and did not get any service or even menus for a long time after seating. When food did come, all 6 things we tried were great.Special Features:
- Dining with an eight year oldEatswfriendsDined on 1/24/2014My daughter and I took her eight year old daughter to El Ferol for dinner to expose her to new types of food. She gamely tried all the Tapas we ordered, liking some and others not so much. We had ordered her some plain pasta as well as a dish of Paella for ourselves. The food came quickly and we enjoyed most of what we ordered. Of course, we had too much food but it was fun to taste and try new things. The dining are was somewhat crowded but people were friendly.We left just as the music and dancing started to take a sleepy girl home.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Disappointing Dinner ExperienceWTFoodieDined on 1/2/2014Lunching here earlier in the week, we'd found the tapas excellent, service good and good value in a pleasant dining experience that played into our decision to return for dinner. What a night and day dining experience this was! Seating is maximum amount of people in the smallest space possible... Uncomfortably seated against a wall and corner, under the TV, we moved across the aisle to two tall tables, one almost on top of another couple. The tapas we'd enjoyed for lunch were now twice the price for the same items. A busy server with too many tables in two rooms was personable and polite, but overwhelmed. The Tres Angelitos dessert was excellent, but the evening was a noisy, uncomfortable disappointment. Lunch good... Dinner not so much.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DissapointingOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 12/31/2013Used to be a loyal fan. We had been there many times and even had our wedding reception there, so we had high expectations as locals bringing guests from out of town. Embarrassing!!! The Paella was atrocious! Soggy rice, tasteless seafood (mostly MIA) served in a small soup bowl. The grilled Romaine salad was soggy not grilled, pickled garnish which added nothing. The artichoke Tapas was awful, again over cooked and soggy. I tried to find crab in the crab cake, but alas.....there was just filling. We had additional tapas, but just as bad. Service was indifferent. We had to ask for silverware, for water and remind the waiter to bring our wine. There are too many other good restaurants in this town . We won't be going back to this one.