El Farol

4.1
1252 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish

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Hailed as Santa Fe's most historic and iconic restaurant and bar, El Farol has provided locals and visitors over a century of memorable experiences. The El Farol experience combines classic tastes of Spain with a unique blend of art, dance, flavor and aroma. You will be able to choose some of the finest wines and authentic Spanish food that are big on flavors, such as traditional Spanish tapas as well as paella!
Take in the rustic 1835 adobe walls that tell stories of artists, poets, lovers, local history and beauty. Patrons enjoy our dinner shows featuring the musicians and dancers of the renowned National Institute of Flamenco. Meanwhile, our bar serves up classic margaritas, sangria, signature cocktails, and live music.
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Rainey
New York Area
11 reviews
Reviewed on January 10, 2020
Overall4foodserviceambience

were accomodating of my Emotional support Dog- Waiter extremely helpful and very pleasant- did not push us on time or choices of food. Very wholesome meal

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vipSandra
New Mexico
20 reviews
Reviewed on December 22, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Well-prepared food, good service, interesting cocktails. This place is a favorite.

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vipNjeriN
New Mexico
12 reviews
Reviewed on December 18, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Took family of 7 (incl 2 children) to the dinner show over Thanksgiving holiday. Good food, service and entertainment. Enjoyed by all.

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CharleenT
New Mexico
3 reviews
Reviewed on November 18, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Good food and ambience. A local favorite. The porch is a lovely place to dine and view the doings on Canyon Road.

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JeffreyJ
Denver
5 reviews
Reviewed on September 28, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

We have eaten here several times, usually for lunch. Good place for some out-of-the-ordinary tapas. I think they have the best paella in town (dinner only).

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StephanieR
New Mexico
1 review
Reviewed on September 23, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

The Tapas are always delicious! The drinks are mixed well. The wait staff is, usually, very nice. It's a great atmosphere! It gets loud by the Flamenco room... so ask to be seated elsewhere if you want a quiet meal.

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Cjohns
Seattle
2 reviews
Reviewed on September 12, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

We specifically came here to listen to a guitarist we thought would be good. We had already eaten so we ordered desert. It was delicious. Key lime pie is thr best and an almond cake. The prices are small but Definately worth trying.

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PatriciaD
Dallas
7 reviews
Reviewed on August 23, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Love the craft cocktails. Excellent restoration of an old building. Popular with locals. Wide ranging menu, not just tapas (which are very good).

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vipBarbaraG
New York Area
25 reviews
Reviewed on August 11, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Delicious selection of tapas and great music--a very fun and memorable place!

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vipVickiH
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Reviewed on August 8, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

a lovely evening in a casual atmosphere with flamenco guitar. The food was delicious, especially the seafood paella, the small plate artichoke. The ceviche was really spicy. Worth repeating the experience.

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BruceM
San Francisco
1 review
Reviewed on June 27, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

The individual paellas were outstanding, and the service on a busy Friday evening was excellent. Highly recommended.

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MaryO
Denver
2 reviews
Reviewed on June 1, 2019
Overall2foodserviceambience

When we first started eating at the newly renovated El Farol we loved it, but the food has gone steadily downhill and the noise level just makes for a shouting dinner...not comfortable dining at all.

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viptennistipo
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Spanish cuisine in a quiet, but culturally and decoratively vocal atmosphere. Service is impeccable as is the Iberian cuisine, served up in the appropriate sized portions. Will definitely return soon.

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vipChristinaS
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greta food, and incredible dancers that rival professional flamenco dancers in Spain.

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Triedittwice
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff did everything to accommodate us
Flamenco show exceptional
Live band and dancing late night
Perfect

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PaulG
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful valentines dinner appetizers were delicious! And they don’t skimp on the portions! Plenty of food..

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TaRaB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed Lisa Keating Love Songs and the service and food was great. The noise level was upsetting. We were at the table by the open doorway. I was sitting next to the open doorway. I could here all of the talking in the room next door in my left ear and barely hear the performance with my right ear. It was very difficult to hear the performance. Should not seat a table where we sat.

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ALRE
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, incredible food preparation and great cultural atmosphere.

A real treasure.

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WarrenK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live entertainment by Cords and Strings in the back room was outstanding. House margaritas were delicious. I had an Ensalada El Farol, which was refreshing and had a lot of satisfying flavor. I also had an order of the Patatas Bravas, which had two sauces that I enjoyed enough to alternate them. It felt almost too decadent, but I felt fine afterward.

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JodyM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

For appetizers and drinks it was wonderful. A little pricey for the quality of the food. We were there when Chords and Strings played which made it a lovely Valentine's Day experience .

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DannyBoy
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My experience at El Farol has to be one of the best restaurant experiences I’ve ever had. The staff is very attentive to each customer, and they genuinely love their jobs. My girlfriend has celiacs and they brought her gluten free bread, and the menu has many gluten free options. The chicarrones (pork belly) was the best I’ve had, and their paella was so good, we ate there again a day later. My only gripe if it even is one, was that some patrons were overly loud at the bar and it kind of ruined the ambiance. Make reservations, this place is great.

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Sunniek
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

It had been about 8 years since I have eaten here and it was not nearly as good as before! Although the service was excellent and we had a nice table near the window it was not an outstanding meal! Being a Monday night it was quite empty and quiet so that was nice!

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vipCarlos
Wilmington
78 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Not really a tapas bar, more a regular restaurant with floor entertainment (free jazz on Sunday night, flamenco on Wednesdays for an extra $25pp). The tapas side of the menu looks more like starters and then a regular full entree menu on the opposite side. We liked the flash fried avocado and the beef skewers.

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BarbaraL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we ordered was superb. Especially the sea bass!!

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MaryC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Totally enjoyed the flamenco dinner performance! The dancing was intense and energetic. Our food was delicious. Recommend the artisanal cheese plate, calamari appetizer and paella. Service was attentive. Ordering and dinner service was arranged so service did not interrupt the show. Tables were arranged so everyone could see the stage and performance. A classy evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Ordered a variety of tapas and beer - tapas all delicious and local beer just fine.

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tpflyers
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

El Farol is a great spot for a date. The old, remodeled adobe building and art has great ambience and charm. The live music (JJ & The Hooligans were playing fun, roots R&R) was fun. The service was good (attentive but never suffocating). The food was good but the tapas menu is a bit limited for a place that markets itself as a tapas restaurant. (I still fondly remember El Farol's more complete tapas menu back when David Salazar owned it). It's a good enough selection for two diners (figuring on 6 tapas), but if you brought 4+ people the 16+/- choices would be limited. The chicharrones tapas (pork belly) was crispy and generously portioned - more than enough for two people. The paella, served in a flat-bottomed steel pan, was tasty although it could have used more saffron and the rice was slightly overdone. The zarzuella de pescado (seafood stew with fish, mussels, squid, and shrimp) was flavorful. Overall, the food was good but not 5 star great. Still, El Farol is still one of the best places in Santa Fe for live music, dinner, and after dinner entertainment.

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vipNewmexdex
New England
86 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Tapas. Food quality was excellent. Preparation was expertly done without fanfare. Flaminco show was outstanding. Worth the extra $25pp cover charge.

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MargoG
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Santa Fe, have been eating there every time we go to Santa Fe and always have a great meal and service!

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PriscillaW
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

We Love the food, LOVE the live bands-eep Tues Blues Jam, however we were extremely disappointed/bothered in how we were treated. We would and are there on every Tues evening and other nights to enjoy the atmosphere, excellent food, service and MUSIC. However, this last Tues, as soon as the band stopped-we were very rudely told to leave, hurry and pushed out the door? We were already getting our coats on and etc-but this was extremely poor customer friendly actions. I understand the owner is not interested in the music/bands, however it def is a main attraction to his restaurant. With the cover charge, dinner and drinks, they should not need to hustle/herd cust out at 11:00 rudely. As much as I LOVE the food, MUSIC and atmosphere-it will be awhile before I go back there. Very disappointed!
I would be very interested with talking with the owner regarding this.

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MichaelM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Decided to go for Flamenco Dinner on a Saturday evening. Very nice setting, decent food, excellent service, and superior performance by Flamenco group - 3 dancers, 1 vocalist, and 1 guitar player. Better than average value for a Saturday eve date night with spouse!

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JennyG
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so neat to eat at such an old establishment in Santa Fe! The food and setting were both amazing. We loved the live music! I only wish they had a better "by-the-glass" wine selection - but other than that we had a great time and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a unique dining experience!

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Objective
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food2service3ambience3

The show is a conflict especially when just dining. Paiella was just a lot of starchy rice , two at table purchased. Steak and sea bass good.

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JoanH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed both the amazing food and the amazing flamenco dancers. Do not miss it!

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vipPenguin
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef gets better and better // Modern twist on classic Spanish cuisine // Very comfortable and reasonably priced restaurant //

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Nanny
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Have been there several times and like that the menu changes frequently.

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vipSheilaGalvan
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening meal was delicious and then the entertainment began. What a great intimate flamenco dance experience! World class and we could interact with the performers. Can’t wait to do this again!

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BrucePAndrea
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a lot to like about this restaurant, ambience, great people but the food stole the show, best paella, extraordinary mussels, even the chili cheese rolls served with butter, sofrito sauce and roasted garlic cloves was way better than usual.

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MCmc
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The flamenco show was thrilling.

JH
JosephH
Western KY
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great meal and flamenco show.

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