Tapas are, by definition, small plates. In order to sample the wonderful variety, it helps to be a group of three or more to maximize the number of plates ordered so that a variety can be sampled. The plates are beautifully presented, the flavors of each complemented by a drizzle of this or a dollop of that. El Farol captures the flavors of Spain but presents them with a greater sense of aesthetics than is usually the case in Spain.
The new chef has really enlivened El Farol, which was always a Santa Fe standard. Now it's even better!
Ambiance can’t be beat. Live jazz and a lively but relaxed vibe. Food was also phenomenal- we ordered several apps so enjoyed a tapas-like meal. Elderberry margarita was also on point! 1 Star off because the kitchen lost our order but it didn’t create a delay so it wasn’t too bothersome for us.
We went to El Farol for Mother’s Day. Frankly, we chose it because it was one of the few restaurants that still had reservations available at 2 PM. That said, I was also attracted by the fact that it served tapas. Our server was excellent. The food was also top-notch, our only reservations being that the one soup we ordered was not hot enough. possibly due to the fact that it was waiting for the other dishes to be served with it, and secondly, that we waited an extremely long time between the appetizers and main courses to be served. We know fine food takes time for preparation but other diners who arrived after us received their main courses before ours, and at least one of those dishes was the same as one of ours – the mussels. However when the food arrived it was excellent. The one event which soured me on the restaurant has nothing to do with the food, service or ambience. I resent the fact that I checked in when we arrived and provided my name to the host. Rather than check me in, the host neglected to mark me as having arrived. I subsequently received a message from OpenTable wanting to know why I hadn’t appeared for my reservation or canceled it and threatening to charge that against my record. I responded to OpenTable and the matter has obviously been corrected but there is no excuse for the shoddy service on the part of the host. I am not sure whether I will give El Farol another chance. I am very responsible with regard to my duties and I resent having my reputation impugned.
First night on vacation. We sat outside on a very nice evening after a long day of travel.
Eating on the porch overlooking Canyon Road in nice weather is always a treat. The food is up with the best in Santa Fe, which is a high standard. They have what may be the best bar in town also.
The service, the food, the atmosphere, and the music was all very well done and very enjoyable. The band was excellent it was a great evening Of dining, Great cocktails and dancing. We will absolutely return next time we are in Santa Fe!
Flamenco dancers were tremendous
Enjoyed the evening and the meal. Only issue was that we were seated in a tight row of tables for two and the hostess kept trying to seat others right next to us even when the whole row of small individual tables were wide open. Rather odd.
Impeccabile! Loved the TAPAS. Good wine, and overall nice dinning experience.
we thoroughly enjoyed the Flamenco show. The paella is amazing!!! definitely a must see if you are visiting Santa Fe for the first time :)
Delicious food and friendly, attentive service but VERY loud. Definitely won’t return.
We had a fabulous dining and entertainment experience on Saturday at El Farol. The food was very good; we chose the small servings (tapas) rather than entrees and they were all tasty.
The entertainment was flamenco dancing by three incredible performers in the new dining area dedicated to this regular weekend feature. They were superb. P
Last minute decision and so thrilled we were able to get in. Tapas and entree's were fabulous. Can't wait to go back.
El Farol has reopened after a remodel and I'm happy to say it's better than ever. There were nine of us and we all enjoyed our innovative, delicious tapas and entrees. All were generous portions which were shared easily by three people. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive. Our standout dish was the sea bass with peas, beans, and pea pods. It was light and fresh - a perfect spring dinner.
Music way too loud throughout, amplification not needed for such a small space. Surcharge questionable.
Helpings tasty, but a bit too large for tapas. Make more modest size.
Canyon Road Patio dining was terrific! Great food and service. My kids loved their green chili cheeseburger! It was huge and I got to have a bite! Lol - a Santa Fe must for visitors-
The wait staff were great - unfortunately, my chicken was raw in the center. Yikes! We've been going to El Farol for years, but won't be going back.
Our group of six women thoroughly enjoyed the Flamenco show then dinner. We split some appetizers and then an entre and really could have just been satisfied with just the tapas. Particularly enjoyed the fried avocado , brussel sprouts, and cauliflower appetizers. What a fun experience! Then we stopped by the bar on our way out and there was an outstanding band; could have stayed there for hours.
El Farol is my favorite restaurant in Santa Fe. The food never disappoints. Unfortunately, I asked for a table in the first room near the band and they put me in the bar area where it’s crammed and noisy.
Food is always good. Not too crowded in seating. Good service.
Went early and the restaurant was not crowded, so quiet. Service was attentive and the selections were excellent.
We stumbled upon this restaurant while browsing on Canyon Road and it was a great find. The cuisine is Spanish and what we all had was delicious. Very creative food in a lovely atmosphere. An additional bonus was the chef came out and talked to us and explained a bit about his experience and education. It gave some added dimension to the overall experience. I would highly recommend this restaurant. They had a very interesting bar menu as well....fun, creative cocktails.
El Farol never disappoints us. My daughter's BF was able to cut the filet mignon with his fork & that was just one aspect of the fine & finely-prepared array of dishes that we tried. Deep-fried avocado is always a great starter. Service is friendly and attentive. We'll go back often.
Helpful staff in making reservations and we enjoyed the food and ambiance. However, sun was in our eyes at beginning of dinner and no separate checks provided for a party of 8.
A very lively, upbeat place. Entertainment on a Friday night started at 9. Although it is a tapas restaurant, the menu also offers single entrees.
Loved the tapas!!! Best ever! And here’s a photo of our award winning Pastel de chocolate, an olive oil cake with apricot and hazelnut dessert!
Adored the food, service, and restaurant on the whole. Could do without the blues jam.
Fantastic from start to finish. Shane, the Executive Chef, has created a masterpiece of a menu. Alcachofas,
Patatas bravas, chicharrones and gambas were a delicious combination and paired beautifully with the Branzino (the best I’ve tasted). Everyone enjoyed the Sangria and delectable desserts. Wait staff was attentive, courteous and professional. Michael is wonderful! El Farol is my new favorite in Santa Fe.
Nice menu and wine list and good food! We had tapas type lunch in the bar — enjoyed it!
The salad, branzino and filet were all incredible! Fun atmosphere with live music. Friendly server. I took off one star off service only because he was overwhelmed with too many tables and when we got our drinks after a long wait, he brought the wrong one. Would definitely return!
Highly recommend the dinner and show on Saturdays. Excellent!!!!!
Great choices of Tapas..Nice atmosphere , ws disappointed that we were not able to attend the Flamenko show ....told it is 3 weeks sold out and only on Saturdays..Food was very flavorful !!
Jose, our server, took good care to make us happy- that’s not easy with five diners.
The two women who backed him up were very detail-oriented... filling water glasses and clearing used dishes.
The food was very flavorful. The menu is diverse with something for everyone, from vegan to paleo.
Cocktails were generous pours. Small, but well selected wine list.
The recent renovation freshened up this iconic Canyon Road space without sacrificing its historical integrity.
We loved our evening!
Love El Farol...atmosphere is great...live music...outstanding food...it’s a Santa Fe must-do!!
The food was good, not great, but that was fine because we also came for the blues jam which we really enjoyed.
Visiting and enjoying Flamenco dancing experience for the first time.
Food is really good, service great...we did not like where the table was situated, it was stuffy and cramped and I would specifically ask to be seated elsewhere upon return
Back in the corner behind the stage
This is a tough review to write. My daughters and I visited Santa Fe for a spring break trip. I booked the flamenco dinner show a couple months in advance. Despite the fact that we showed up on time for our reservation and many tables were free, we were placed at the table furthest from the stage, all the way in the back and off to the side. Then the restaurant proceeded to seat not one but two groups containing a least one extremely large person per group right in front of us. So our view of the performance (which was received very well by the people who could see it) was minimal at best. With that said, the food was actually very good and fairly priced. The service was almost too good...geez you don’t have to refill my water glass every two sips...give me some privacy. The last insult to injury however was that they calculated tax and tip not just on the food and beverage but also on the $25 per head cover charge which basically amounted to them claiming I should leave $15 in tax and $40 in tip on a $95 dollar dinner. Never again.