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Vanessie Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://vanessiesantafe.com
  • Email: vanessiesantafe@aol.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... We have the right room and right menu for your special event. available rooms our piano lounge 40" x 70' , 150ppl main dining room -Restaurant 40' x 45', 85ppl sunset patio-Restaurant 14' x 30', 35ppl We have hosted private parties exclusive to any one of these three rooms, as a pairing of the main dining room and the sunset patio, or a complete buy-out of Vanessie utilizing all three rooms. 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
"Nowhere else has better basics - straight-ahead steak, lamb, fresh fish, chicken & gargantuan mounds of onion loaf - than this Continental-American Steakhouse; but fantastic food is not the only draw - the festive atmosphere includes a way cool, crowded piano bar..." If great continental food in fine dining and casual dining with friendly atmosphere and world class live entertainment are your priorities, come to Vanessie. Fireplaces, exciting art, spaciousness, and lots of live music make Vanessie a local favorite.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Impeccable service, spectacular menu, and amazing ambiance."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "We were really looking forward to this place.... But we're sadly disappointed. This place has great potential but needs desperately to be restaffed....... Food delivered as represented on the menus.... They out of nearly everything we ordered .. Food was over cooked.... If it gets around that the food is bad, then people just won't come.... It was nearly empty. The town was full of visitors... What ekes can we say...... Very disappointed......"
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "The music was great, the room with its high ceiling, dramatic artwork, large mirror behind the piano made the experience wonderful."
    Dined on 8/31/2013