Great experience - food and service were wonderful. The only thing we didn’t enjoy was sitting next to the sliding doors to the next restaurant. The doors kept opening with people constantly walking in and out. That was distracting. Other than that, the experience was a good one!
We just ate from the tapas menu. Everything was great. Especially the grilled artichokes, which were compliments of the chef. The service staff was attentive, friendly and professional. It might be a little loud in the lounge area with the band, but the restaurant was fine for conversation.
Great food great jazz trio amazing wait staff.
We were greeted promptly. Overall service was excellent. Highly recommend the Ceviche appetizer!
We go every Tuesday evening for the blues jam. Most fun thing we do each week (many thanks to the jammers)! We occasionally have dinner on Thursdays (jazz night) as well, and sometimes Fridays when JJ & the Hooligans or Little Leroy & His Pack of Lies are playing. Small dance floor but good place to sway and shake it. Hosts, wait staff and bartenders are fantastic. Overall, for us it’s the coolest spot in Santa Fe.
We were there in November & loved our food & ambiance. We had very good service & the chef came over & introduced himself. Most enjoyable evening. We were excited about taking local friends to try it. We couldn’t have been more disappointed. The place was way to warm, the food undercooked & just not good & we all had something different. The noise level, even before the band started, was just to loud. Won’t go back, won’t recommend.
The entertainment is wonderful, the food is very good, and the servers are incredibly knowledgable. It also was nice to see the Rich, the owner, making the rounds to ensure that everyone was having a great time.
Great food and Flamenco show!
Roasted beet and squash salad was wonderful as were the flank steak skewers and the Brussels sprouts and bacon. Ensalata Langosto was OK; the basil snails with mushrooms was unremarkable. A bit noisy but the service was excellent. Just a bit pricey- 5 tapas, wine, dessert, coffee and tip came to $175.
Many gluten free options including delicious bread. Chef can alter dishes to make gluten free as well.
We were very impressed with the updating of El Farol and its wonderful atmosphere. The old Santa Fe landmark has not been compromised in the least.
The food was excellent, as always, with new dishes on the very diverse menu.
Loved the sauces, salad dressings and fennel in the grilled sardines. We shall return.
Another A+ meal at the new and improved El Farol. Tasty food, wonderful space, and another awesome performance by JJ & The Hooligans.
The 5 of us had reservations. We were placed in front of a noisy, open kitchen portal.
Great music with the Soul Jazz Band!
Restaurant was quiet that evening so we enjoyed it. Food and service both were very good. We will definitely be going back.
My paella was the absolute worst that I have ever experienced. In addition, the noise level made it impossible to converse even across the table. The band volume was well beyond necessary and made conversation impossible even when we were at one of the farthest table and even when we moved to a table in a private room. Given the poor food and noise, we will never return.
We initially sat at a table, but moved to the bar after no one came to help us. What a great decision! The bartender was awesome - knowledgeable and super friendly. I truly believe a server can make or break a meal and this gentleman was the best! The food - crab ceviche, queso artesanales, pimentos españoles, tortilla española, bottle of Davis Bynum Chardonnay , warm raisin cake and churros were UNBELIEVABLE! What a fantastic way to spend a leisurely Sunday brunch in Santa Fe!!
My reservation did not even go through, I had an email confirmation but when we arrived at the restaurant they could not find our reservation. We got squished between tables making the other folk mad. This was valentines weekend and that really sucked.
However you look at it, you end up paying too much for too little. The olives had too much vinegar, the bread is more like crackers, one cannot soak it in sauce, the tapas are always small, but these are microscopic. You end up paying for the location in Canyon Rd., with mostly Mexican music piped in, expensive drinks, small, expensive main dishes. In my opinion, there are better places in Santa Fe that don't charge so much.
MY wife and I were able to book a table for Valentines evening, it was our first time to dine after new owners have remodeled and taken over operations from the original owner/manager. It was very busy and uncomfortably loud in the dining room we sat in, which is next to the stage that's used on weekends. The food and drinks were very good, but the service was slow and timing of the food was too fast, clearly they need to pay attention and improve their skills to be competitive. It may be that they do not have the staff. I would suggest they have more waitstaff to insure the dining experience is improved, even if that means raising the prices.
In Santa Fe for a girls trip, we chose El Farol mainly because of the flamenco show, and even though the dancers were amazing, we were disappointed they were not dressed in the ruffled flamenco dresses we were expecting. In addition, salads came out individually at our table, rather than all at once for the whole group and entrees were brought out while some of us still were eating our salads. In the end, it was a fun experience but we feel management has some tigthtening up to do before we would recommend it.
We went for the first time after ownership had changed, the property had been renovated, and the menu upgraded. We were very please with the entire experience and felt both the premises and the menu offerings had been upgraded, the service was excellent, and we look forward to returning.
This time we booked the Saturday dinner and Flaminco Dance show, which has a cover charge and required reservation. The food was very good and the dance show superb--more than worth the cover. Following the dance show, which was in a quiet dining room, there was a band in the bar. On a previous occasion we had eaten in the bar and enjoyed the live music as we ate. The bar area is not as conducive to a quiet conversation, but people watching was great fun. Unlikely that reservations are needed for the bar area.
2 nights in a row // Home run // Small plates and salads are outstanding //
Very creative tapas // FUN and bright venue //
Birthday for my wife with 7 friends. One brought a home made cake to share. We were charged an $18.00 cake cutting fee for her effort. The tapas of old were no longer available which disappointed us. Good wine and reasonable but slow service
We have been eating here for many years. The food and service are still impeccable.
We thought some of the quaintness was gone after the remodel. For three people we were seated at the first table to the right. It is a very large table for three so I moved to the end of the table so I could visit with my party. I would suggest using that only for large parties or put two small tables there in its place. Thanks!
Amazing authentic Flamenco in intimate atmosphere. Loved our evening!!
We made a 8:30 PM dinner reservation. When we arrived, we were asked if we wanted to sit in the bar where the band was playing, and we said we had dinner reservations. They sat us in the bar area anyway, and 30 minutes into our meal, we were told because we were present, we would be charged a five dollar per person cover charge for the band. We thought the band was great and most likely would’ve left them a tip anyway, but brought up the issue to the waiter that we were being charged without any notice ahead of time. A manager came over, and she explained us that it wasn’t their policy, but it was the band’s fee. Great food, great time, very put off by the bait and switch cover charge. Manager blamed open table for not alerting us to the cover charge.
We could not have asked for a pleasanter dining experience. Both the food and staff were outstanding - even my son-in-law who has worked both as a chef and a waiter in some very good restaurants was impressed. Said the octopus was the best he ever had.
This was a return visit after a holiday visit that coincided with a noisy office party that brought twice as many guests as booked and overwhelmed the space and staff. Even then, though the staff struggled, they did everything they could to give us a good experience. A table side visit from the owner and complimentary desserts was a gracious touch.
We will be back.
Wonderful time! Love the renovations. Staff and food were great! Locals and tourists will love.
Best food ever! Every tapas item was more delicious than the last. Fun live music & dancing, easy-going, mix of ages
Loved everything. Pork belly and calamari, licking the plates
Delightful tapas in a warm bar setting with great service to top it off. Difficult to beat in Santa Fe.
Great fresh tasty tapas in a historical setting on Canyon Road in Santa Fe
We went here for New Year's Eve. The restaurant seemed to be in a tizzy, having a disaster, flipping out.The kitchen was backed up. And yet, with a fixed menu for this one night, you'd have assumed they knew what was coming.
Our waiter was fabulous, but we waited a very long time between courses. We were also in a tiny room, by the escape hatch (fire door) and it was freezing. This might be the oldest restaurant in Santa Fe, but I would avoid.
Pre vixe New Year Eve dinner. $65/person. Waited 25 minutes before waiter came to table. He wasn't able to make wine recommendation. Another 25 minutes for 1st course. Then another 40 for main course. Hurried dessert out and ready for us to open up the table. Crowded tables. I was able to have my chair 6" from table at most. Overall very unpleasant.
We were there for New Year's Eve dinner. Open Table did not show a "pre-fix" menu for that night, nor the charge for this dinner of $65 prior to making the reservation. The restaurant was VERY crowded, noise level was LOUD to almost shouting. Tables were close to one another - it was very much a way to make new friends - regardless of choice. We arrived early and had a nice drink, good company at the bar. Bar menu was creative and interesting, and not too pricy. Once seated, the service was good but not exceptional. Seemed that everyone was doing 5 or 6 jobs - but everyone was quite friendly and efficient. We did not get our salad until almost 8 pm, but by 8:20 we had received our main course and dessert - and were able to leave around 8:30 or so. (Our seating was for 2 hours only - as instructed). Over-all I'd give the restaurant a 3.5 (out of 5). Everyone tried hard to make the dinner successful.
We were at el farel for new year's eve. Tuna v. Good as starter. Salad starter v. disappointing. We both had steak option and it was excellent maybe another veg. The carrot was undercooked. The chocolate dessert was v. nice-the lemon meringue disappointing...base oily. Overall we enjoyed the meal . Another choice would have been better given the night that eas in it. The band on the nihht were great and there was a great buzz around the bar. Bar men v. good
My only complaint was that the background music was from the 1950s. Chubby Checker, et. al. just does not fit in a Spanish restaurant.