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El Farol

4.4
948 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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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! Enjoy the rustic 1835 adobe walls that tell stories of artists, poets, lovers, local history and beauty.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish
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Hours of operation
OPEN DAILY - ALL YEAR ROUND

LUNCH 12PM-5PM
HAPPY HOUR (MON-FRI) 3PM-5PM
DINNER 5PM-10PM

BAR IS OPEN TILL MIDNIGHT ONLY FOR NIGHTS WITH LIVE MUSIC - LATE NIGHT MENU AVAILABLE

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Phone number
(505) 983-9912
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Shane Alexander
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Private party facilities
Private Room and Outdoor Patio available.
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Private party contact
Freda K. Scott: (505) 983-9912
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Catering
El Farol will bring great food and excitement to your office or home; menus can be customized for the event.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
The 24-Hour City Parking Pay Lot is located directly across the street from El Farol.

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Public transit
Public transit is available on Canyon Road. Call or visit Santa Fe Trails for current schedules.
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Entertainment
Known as, "One of the best bars on earth!" by The New York Times, "This is the place to head for local ambience and flavors of Spain, Santa Fe and Mexico."
El Farol is proud to present entertainment seven night a week. Whether it's the Canyon Road Blues Jam featuring the best local and national touring musicians, one of our hot Latin dance nights, R&B/Soul/Funk or, our intimate Sunday evenings of Spanish guitar, you can dance the night away on the dance floor after enjoying the award winning food in the restaurant and cantina.
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Special events & promotions
Saturday Night Flamenco Dinner seating begins at 6:30 with $25 cover per person exclusive of food and drinks. A wonderful way to enjoy live music while conversing with friends and enjoying the wonderful foods and wines of El Farol. For more information, please call El Farol or make your reservations on line now through Open Table.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 948 People Are Saying
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4.3
service
4.3
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4.0
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virtualDavis (New Mexico)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

Another A+ meal at the new and improved El Farol. Tasty food, wonderful space, and another awesome performance by JJ & The Hooligans.

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Terri (Austin)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great music with the Soul Jazz Band!

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Booboocat (Charlotte)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Restaurant was quiet that evening so we enjoyed it. Food and service both were very good. We will definitely be going back.

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vipRheii (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

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SSKV (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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!!

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DevonP 
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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Celeste (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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SeniorSantaFeHedonist (New Mexico)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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Underwhelmed (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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tomc (New Mexico)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

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.

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