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About El Farol

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.

808 Canyon Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Spanish

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

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(505) 983-9912

Website:
http://www.elfarolsantafe.com/

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.

Catering:
El Farol will bring great food and excitement to your office or home; menus can be customized for the event.

Parking Details:
The 24-Hour City Parking Pay Lot is located directly across the street from El Farol.

Public Transit:
Public transit is available on Canyon Road. Call or visit Santa Fe Trails for current schedules.

Executive Chef:
Shane Alexander

Private Party Facilities:
Private Room and Outdoor Patio available.

Private Party Contact:
Freda K. Scott: (505) 983-9912

Additional:
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

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.

El Farol Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (25)
Special Occasion (25)
Good for a Date (24)
Authentic (23)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Casual (21)
Bar Seating (18)
Fun (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Local Ingredients (15)
People Watching (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Cozy (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Romantic (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Healthy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
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Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Spicy (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
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 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

We enjoyed the new decor, the menu and the service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We reserved a table for the Flamenco Dancing show. The food, service and entertainment were excellent. The tables are very close together, but we had friendly neighbors so we had an enjoyable evening. The dancers were very talented. This show was really well done!

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We are glad to have returned to El Farol after their refurbishment. The service was good , the food choices were many and varied, leading to a pleasing dining experience.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Love El Farol...is our favorite restaurant! Have had almost everything on their menu but I am crazy about their hamburgers. And they have a wonderful wine selection...

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, People Watching, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Neighborhood haunt and oldest restaurant/bar in Santa Fe. Reopened after renovation but still charming. Great service and food much improved under new owner

Tags: People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Tapas
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vip
·Dined on November 6, 2017

We had Tapas this trip and the presentation was weak. The brussel sprouts were very small & small portion for the price. Almost appeared our serving was the bottom of the batch. Patatas Bravis portion small and not full of flavor as we experienced in other restaurants. The Calamari was good and so were the mussels, although there were several mussels that had not opened, which should never have been served, nor should someone pay for something you cannot eat. Felt underserved and over paid. Average.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food and entertainment was excellent. It was very loud for dining, which we weren't expecting. A little crowded in the dining room prior to the show.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

My friends and I will be talking about this incredible meal for a long time. The food is the best in town and the wait staff are very professional. It’s my go-to celebration place and a great music scene.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

El Farol has recently re-opened and perhaps they aren't at their best yet. We had tapas - the shrimp and lamb chops were good, but the rest of our tapas weren't. Instead of bringing things out as they were ready everything came at the same time and several things were cold.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 3, 2017

It is a lovely place and wonderful food. The musician was great.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun, Live Music, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Delicious food and cocktails. A bit crowded in the back where we were seated. In my opinion the waiter had a difficult time maneuvering around the tables. There was a large party and all the other tables were full. Despite the very limited space our waiter was excellent!!

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Newly renovated and under new ownership, El Farol is better than ever. The food choices are creative and extremely tasty. Some portions small, but most are adequate or ample. The atmosphere is much brighter and has a totally different energy than the old El Farol. And the prices are very reasonable. Service was attentive with the only small downside being a server who seemed to be upselling a little too much. Try it, you won't be disappointed!

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Cozy, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great atmosphere, great food, the dessert was amazing!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 24, 2017

First thing to say is that the space is very loud. On our visit, there was a large table with one toddler that was acting up and parents who didn't remove him. But even after they left, the noise level made conversion difficult.
The food was OK, but the portions were small and the prices too high for the quality.
Service was good, but we couldn't hear our server.
I sample a few appetizers...the calamari, the aguacate, the pimientos and the ceviche.
The first three were good, but not great and the ceviche was really disappointing...almost no flavor at all.
I probably will go again, to sit on the porch, to take in the entertainment, but with so many dining options in Santa Fe, it'll be a while before we go for a sit-down dinner again

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

We had a delicious dinner with excellent service but the renovation has made for a very noisy and echo-y room. There was a large family beside us with a screeching baby which ruined our evening. The original restaurant was cozier and better designed to accomodate large noisy groups in one room and more intimate diners in the smaller rooms. Despite the excellent food and service, we will not be going back.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

We had heard that the redo and food were great. Our group agreed that both were just ok. The front room lighting was too bright. We asked for another room where the music was not our cup of tea. The tapas were mixed - the lamb and salads were very good, the olives boring. Dessert was the highlight; both that we ordered were great. Entrees are priced too high to consider on a 1st outing and we decided not to return. Service very good.

Tags: Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We ate in the bar to be seated more quickly. Shared a table for 6 with another couple but still managed separate conversations. Lamb was great as well as eggplant dish, macaroni and cheese and the brussel sprouts. Can't go wrong with desserts. All good (this was our 2nd dinner within a week). Highly recommend and good value!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This is a " don't miss" if you have a Saturday night available in Santa Fe. But do book early for a good table near the Flamenco dancers' stage..Other nights , some music and the same excellent tapas and main dishes..Loved it!

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 (Northern MI)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Fantastic food, great service. The paella was outstanding.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

My parents and I went to El Farol while they were in town visiting, and it was by far our favorite. The food was delicious, offered a great variety, and the service was phenomenal as well. Victor was our waiter.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Cozy
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Wanted to see the old become new. They did a great remodel and the food wheather from the past El Farro or the new items were great. I recommend the Calamari and the Pasta Penne Verde! One of my favorite menu items. The flash fried avocado is also excellent. GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's worth every bite!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Tapas
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great vibe' , food and service. Will be one of our regulars

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Food and tapas were fine
Lacks atmosphere
A bit cold

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Really enjoyed the updated renovations!!! Food was better than before. Great entertainment

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We went to the old El Farol many times in past decades. It was getting pretty funky, but now it is renovated and clean. The new owner Rich restored the space beautifully while retaining its unique, traditional aesthetics and crooked floor (part of the Santa Fe charm). The food was wonderful in the past, and it still is. And, it's a good value, especially for such a primo location!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent paella. Enjoyed the flamenco dancers!! Service was great. Real fun evening.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Paella had great presentation, but lacked flavor. I felt like I wasted $26.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 13, 2017

El Farol is back! 4 of us had 8 tapas dishes and a roasted pear salad, and they were all wonderful. The remodel looks fantastic, and the new chef has the traditional favorites down pat. Great to have this classic Santa Fe restaurant back and putting out great food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Worst treatment of a guest award! We arrived for a reservation at 6:45 and were told our table was outdoors (cold evening).Looking at the almost empty restaurant, I asked for a table indoors. I was given water and told someone would be with me shortly. The only person to arrive was a person who offered us bread. I asked for someone to take our drink order. Meanwhile the man who had seated us seated two other parties and took their orders rushing by us with face averted. A waiter took our drink order which was delivered in 15 minutes by someone from the bar. After a while we asked the bread person for a waiter to take our order. Eventually he did but after waiting a total of an hour and a half in a half empty restaurant where others who arrived later were finishing their meal we gave up. We walked to the front desk where no one was present and put down the cash to pay for our drinks. The only person around was a waiter in a half empty bar . We showed him the money and left . There was no sign of a manager and no sign of management. Don’t Go !

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Rushed through. Only there less than 45 min

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very lively....too lively if you want to have a conversation with the people at your table. Food was very good, especially the sea bass special. Our wine was warm and service was slow. Good but not great.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent food excellent service too loud. The noise level was so high we could not have a conversation across our table.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 6, 2017

High priced but food was good. Very noisy. Service was good until the place got busy around 7:00 then service was very mediocre. Dangerous stage step in dining room that was not marked as a step or lit. One woman tripped and fell as she was going to sit at her table.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great find on Canyon Road. We sat on the patio. Brian was our server and we was very knowledgeable on the wine and menu. Three tapas were plenty. Perfect end to a long day.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Delicious lovely food.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great service and food was memorable. I took my wife for our anniversary and the waiter mentioned it and congratulated us. The dessert was on the house!

Tags: Healthy, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Wonderful lunch in the "patio." Gazpacho wonderful as was salad and Sangria. Friendly and helpful staff.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

The tapas are exceptionally good. Tasty and creative flavors. Everything was so great, we ordered it twice. Our only complaint is the noise level was significantly loud.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Innovative door, quality ingredients. Very pleasant experience.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food great service. Tapas are beyond excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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