Vanessie
Vanessie

Vanessie

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://vanessiesantafe.com/
  • Phone: 5059829966x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Continental
  • 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 5059829966x
  • 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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Vanessie reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
61% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (14)good for groups (10)neighborhood gem (10)special occasion (10)fit for foodies (6)romantic (6)late-night find (4)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    First time visit to celebrate wife's birthday. We were pleasantly surprised. The piano bar was great. Food and service were awesome. Our waiter was very helpful.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Ever!
    Breck
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    At 55 years old, I have eaten out all over the world and this was one of the top 5 meals I have ever had! Came for the piano bar and will return for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Music
    Danny
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    A great place to go in the evenings - you can listen to great entertainment from the piano bar while dining in the restaurant. And I always enjoy their "coffee wonderfuls" following dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Enjoyed
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Very disappointed with our waitress whom totally ignored us for at least 30 minutes while she waited on regular customers. She started out very attentive and engaging until she was overwhelmed with crowd. Her excuse was that she thought we were going to the dining room for dinner, yet no one came to escort us back. Plus we said the bar area was fine for us for dining. She also refilled glasses of water once, didn't come back to see if we were ready for another drink, dinner or cleared our appetizer plate. We won't be back
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fit for seniors
    Jenny
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I was recommended this place as it was a bar with a piano music scene. I was imagining something relaxed, with a cool jazzy vibe. Not so. A couple of 80 year old guys singing about golf on the piano while groups of people the same age looked on.It was odd for me being in my mid 40's. The food was ok but I definitely have had better in SF. The service was adequate and attentive. I was in and out quickly. If you are 65+, you will probably enjoy this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst Experience EVER - NO TIP!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Venessie was recommended by a friend & they advertised having a Gluten-Free menu. My friend, who has severe celiac disease, was excited. We were extrememly disappointed, as service was very slow, there was no gluten-free menu & the wait staff was clueless. After much discussion, my friend ordered lobster (at market price) with specific sides. 15 minutes later, the waiter came back and said they could not prepare them gluton free afterall. She then ordered a fruit plate with no bread. It came with only 8-10 berries, a few slices of cheese & bread!!! As a result, she did not eat anything!!! And they had no sweet wines! It was our last night in beautiful Santa Fe and it was horrible. It was way overpriced & we left a $.00 tip!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Piano Bar in Santa Fe
    OklahomaTraveler
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rough around the edges.
    georgiaonmymind
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Party of Eight
    Peter7932
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An excellent piano bar !
    Dada
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DelightfulDiner1
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food and service best we've experienced in a long time. Best in Santa Fe for sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the music
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Like the entertainment and the food is good. Feels intimate and special.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Experience
    NotHard2PleaseVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    Ralentez
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I've always loved this restaurant and is great fun w/a small or large group!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • walked out!
    Lvbrit
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So much better than I expected
    wonderwomanVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ask for Lee
    MichaelandTiffany
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jmd90VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2bond2
    2bond2
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Excellent service and entree. Restaurant setting is conducive to dining with conversation Bar / Piano area is active, entertaining but a bit more noisy
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 188 reviews are from the Vanessie reviews archive.
  • Dinner & Lounge
    Edeats
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful dinner with friends
    nikki
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Nice
    Marj
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Piano bar is an excellent find. Food was very good. Wait staff very helpful, friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, bad experience
    leftyVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Needs a menu update.
    Bri1968
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Very plain and boring menu. Bar looked and sounded fun.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced, ok service, bad music
    bigfoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and good ambiance
    MarkK
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland Food, Too Much Noise
    JudgyCook
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Piano player was excellent,
    Annaka
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Piano player was excellent, but then you already know that. I understand he will be back for mother's day? please let us know
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice
    Bigrona
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phenomenal Piano, Lousy Service
    BikeDoc
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Delicious
    Steveo
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vanessie Does Not Disappoint
    Vestal
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food but expensive
    Osodevalle
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic steak house menu,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Classic steak house menu, well done. Extremely attractive restaurant and bar
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Went there for our 29th anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous as Always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Impeccable service, spectacular menu, and amazing ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Christmas Eve at Vanessies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    SunnyGirl
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic