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Vanessie Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://vanessiesantafe.com
  • Phone: (505) 982-9966
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Augustin Bencomo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: PRIVATE PARTIES wedding reception, rehearsal dinners, corporate dinner, company meetings, birthday party, family reunions, special occasion or just large get together...

    available rooms our piano lounge
    40" x 70' , 150ppl
    main dining room -Restaurant
    40' x 45', 85ppl
    sunset patio-Restaurant 14' x 30', 35ppl

    Pricing structure is available in a variety of options whether per person, exclusive of alcoholic beverages, or a set price for closing the facility to the public. never a room charge.

    Serving options range from fine dining 3+ course with table service, casual lunch and dinner menu, cocktail parties with passed hors d'oeuvres, to a buffet style. Our experienced staff will assist you with your party planning.
  • Private Party Contact: Hideko Amasaki (505) 982-9966
  • Entertainment: Live Entertainment nightly by our world class pianist singers.

    Doug Montgomery is a native Chicagoan and received his Master"s from the Julliard where he was awarded the Joseph Lhevinne scholarship in piano.

    "Doug is a gifted musician who is equally at home performing Chopin or singing show tunes... I have great respect for Doug and his music." ~ Michael Feinstein

    Charles Tichenor, is in his own words Captain Cabaret. He has warmed hearts and delighted audiences in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, in cabaret settings as well as on cruise ships and concert stages.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Guadalupe
  • Public Transit: Rail runner Guadalupe station
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot on West Water street next to Water Street Inn.
A word from Vanessie
Restaurant & Lounge

Until you visit Vanessie...You haven't experienced Santa Fe

For over 30 years Vanessie has delivered award winning cuisine…mouth watering steaks, the finest in seafood, pasta dishes, vegetarian dishes, delectable salads and home-made soups daily. It's no wonder that Vanessie has provided memories of a lifetime for thousands upon thousands over the years…
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Diner Reviews
  • "It was our first time to visit Vanessie. The piano player is fabulous. The place was packed, so get there early. The food was great and our waitress was the best waitress we had during our four day stay in Santa Fe. She may have been one of my all time favorite waitresses anywhere. The menu is not huge, but the things they had were superb. I had the lobster Mac and cheese and it was delicious."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We ordered an appetizer, two soups and two entrees. Waiter tried to bring the soups before the appetizer and looked surprised when we refused. After that the service became very slow."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Had a great time in a recent dinner with eight good friends. Service was very good. Lee gave us good recommendations for wine and was very knowledgeable about dinner selections. Friendly and attentive thorough dinner.. All in all, a most enjoyable dinner."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "A very fun, entertaining place to have cocktails and excellent appetizers. There always seems to be very large crowd for the piano bar and would advise arriving early for a table. Piano bars of this caliber are extremely rare ( especially without a cover charge!), and frequent guest appearances of a local musicians or vocalists is an additional treat."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Food and service best we've experienced in a long time. Best in Santa Fe for sure."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Like the entertainment and the food is good. Feels intimate and special."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Our first experience at Vanessie was wonderful. The food, setting, decor and service was the best. It's rare to have everything so perfect. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I've always loved this restaurant and is great fun w/a small or large group!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We never even got to eat! When we arrived we realized it was more formal than we expected, our fault. However they sat us in a back room with the air on so high we could not function. They moved us to a new table and then proceeded to ignore us, not even a glass of water. Shame, because the menu looked pretty good and we probably would have had all courses and wine. Eventually we walked out and I doubt they even noticed!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Firstly, I must commend our waitress who was super attentive and informative. The food, whole not exciting and, innovative was well prepared and tasty. Something for everyone...even picky eaters. It was nice hearing the piano bar as background music. It's been ages since we've been here, but I won't wait so long to return."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I took my wife here for her birthday. The restaurant is tucked away a little. Don't use your iPhone and expect to be at the front door. Our waiter was Lee and he was great. The food was delicious,the elk tenderloin exquisite. We went for the old school carrot cake and creme brûlée for desert and a long walk afterwards. Thanks Lee for a lovely evening."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The only real positive thing I can say about Vanessie is that Doug Montgomery is a great entertainer and pianist. The service was quite slow -- about 20 minutes from taking our drink order to bringing the drinks, another 10 minutes to get around to getting the food order and when the finally came, the order was incomplete."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Excellent service and entree. Restaurant setting is conducive to dining with conversation Bar / Piano area is active, entertaining but a bit more noisy"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Dinner was excellent just as it was last year when we visited Santa Fe. Also, the entertainment in the lounge, Cathy who plays a great piano and sings up a storm was excellent. She interacts with the audience well and helps to make for a very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Met old friends for dinner. The food was great, the selection of wine and spirits was very good. Service was excellent, and we were not made to feel like we had to hurry. Consequently we practically closed the place down, but we had a great time."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner however the service was not so good. When our dinner was served we asked for extra butter and another condiment and it never arrived. Once our plates arrived, we never saw our waitress till it was time to leave. Nice atmosphere... Would probably try it again sometime."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Piano bar is an excellent find. Food was very good. Wait staff very helpful, friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We went early and it was quiet and lots of windows to allow natural light. The food and service was wonderful. Afterwards we went into the bar and listened to great songs played on the piano."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food and the service were great. However, when we got back to our hotel room, my husband realized that he had left his wallet. After checking in the next morning, and being told they would call us after 5pm, we were never called, no one answered....even the reservation line. We had to leave Santa Fe, and so were unable to go back to the restaurant. No one has contacted us about the wallet. There was no money in it, and no charges were made on any credit cards. We don't understand why they would not be helpful."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Very plain and boring menu. Bar looked and sounded fun."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My experience at Vaneisse was bad. The steak is overpriced. The elk and lamb come from New Zealand, not from Colorado. New Zealand meat tastes like licorice & is a half world away so not exactly green. I ordered rare plus on my steak; it was well-done. Not my first choice because they were out of New York strip. Sides are not included in a just okay 42 dollar steak. The service was spotty, actually begrudging. Had to ask for ketchup & silverware. they have a full bar, they don't have basics like mint. The drink we ordered off the menu we didn't like & sent back. The worst part was the god-awful out-of-tune piano music. Neil Diamond was played badly at least 5 times. There may be very little to do in Santa Fe on a Sat night, but no."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I had items from the prix fixe menu for Restaurant Week. The food was very good and service was excellent. The prix fixe price was considerably less than what the individual items would have come to at their full prices. The food was good but I'm not sure if they are good enough to command the regular prices. After dinner I went over to the lounge to enjoy the live entertainment: piano/vocal solo of jazz, oldies, classic rock and contemporary pop pieces."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Vanessie is a gorgeous restaurant full of beautiful art in a very upscale setting, but our experience was more than a little frustrating. First, we could not find the entrance! We walked around the building twice and kept ending up in the crowded bar. The hostess stand was a joke and by the time we found her we were more than a little annoyed. We shared the Truffle fries which were clever and yummy. I had the lobster mac & cheese, but it was more like cheese soup. My fiance had the pasta primavera with shrimp, but it was bland! With an open kitchen, high ceilings, and loud music coming from the bar, do not expect a quiet, romantic dinner. However, our server was a delight. He was gracious, friendly, and attentive, but not fussy or chatty."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Piano player was excellent, but then you already know that. I understand he will be back for mother's day? please let us know"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Very good food, great piano bar entertainment. Prices are moderate. Service was a bit slow. Had to ask another server to bring the check and waited 40 minutes to pay. Finally just left cash so we could leave. Perception is that it was just that one server. No reflection on entire restaurant.. Will go back next time in SF."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Trying to explain our experience succinctly is tough, but - we loved the place for "the piano man" and would go back. However, we would only return for drinks - the restaurant service was laughable, even forgetting we were in the restaurant for a while - the bar waitress finally took care of us instead. We had reservations for weeks, but apparently that also doesn't mean you will have a table that night AT ALL. We sure never did. Wound up with a mediocre burger and one $10 drink that I nursed just so I could keep listening to the piano, the only redeeming aspect of Vanessie. The piano was incredible, though, I would recommend going to Vanessie solely for that - just don't expect decent service or food!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went for Valentine's Day dinner and had the special. Probably one of the best prime ribs I have ever had in my life. Unfortunately our server started off very attentive, but trailed off as the night progressed. Now grant it, it was very busy. But it was bad enough another server picked up on it and started taking care of us after some time. It is a little on the pricey side, and being busy we did have a little bit of a wait in between courses. But the food quality was well worth it. Love the ambiance and decor."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I made our second trip from three hours away to enjoy the great food and entertainment. Our time was fun and the food was delicious!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The entrees were all very good. We especially liked the risotto and the beet salad. The physical surroundings were enchanting with the fire and the tall windows. The art work on the walls draw you in. You should eat here once just for that. The piano bar next door seems lively and may be a better choice in a dining value."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Classic steak house menu, well done. Extremely attractive restaurant and bar"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Went there for our 29th anniversary. We were treated like we owned the place. Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Great time and we will be back."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Impeccable service, spectacular menu, and amazing ambiance."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "My husband and I had not been to Vanesses for several years so when we discovered it was open on Christmas Eve we booked. We were not disappointed! Doug Mongomery was playing favorite holiday tunes, the food was excellant and the service was friendly Our server definitely pointed us in the right direction when it came to food selection. We are happy to have rediscovered one of our favorite Santa Fe restaurants and we will return sooner than later."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The dining experience for our group was average. I was expecting better than average since the night we dined was Christmas Eve. If I didn't live out of state I might give Vanessie another chance, but not for a special occasion night out."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "What a wonderful, warm and gorgeous ambiance for our Christmas Eve dinner. There were 11 of us, including two small children and the restaurant was very accommodating. P.S. Try the elk tenderloin!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "My fiance and I stayed at the Inn at Vanessie over the weekend and ate here on Sat night - after getting engaged. As far as the Inn - you can't top it in Santa Fe if you are looking for a more quiet spot that is still within walking distance of the main plaza. Perfect location, amazing management that goes above and beyond, and the rooms are incredibly cozy while keeping up with modern standards. Dinner was great from beginning to end - and there is a piano bar just off the main dining room for after dinner drinks. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Great food and staff, Lisa was quick and fun. would recommend"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Absolutely thee Best Filet west of the Hudson and north of Texas. Cooked to perfection!!!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "It was our first dining experience at Vanessie and it was spectacular. Our server, Lee was wonderful and the food was perfection. His attentive, gentle and light-hearted spirit coupled with his quiet passion for his profession permeates all that he does. We truly enjoyed his attention to detail and appreciated the amazing service he provided. From his pefect suggestion of the yummy calamari to offering our shared salads on separate plates, he was awesome in every way and his smile was the best! From the very moment we entered the restaurant, we were treated as if we were the only patrons in the establishment. A stellar meal and memorable evening with the life of my life. Vanessie is highly recommended for any occasion."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "We ate in the lounge because the Piano Bar with Doug Montgomery is the best we have ever heard. Superb Piano Player. Great entertainer. Sings with passion. Who cares about the food - but the food was great too. Order anything and listen to the Piano Man. Make sure you request Piano Man."
    Dined on 10/11/2013