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El Farol

4.3
991 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
Perfect For:
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Live Music
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-4PM
DINNER 5PM-10PM

BAR IS OPEN TILL CLOSE ONLY FOR NIGHTS WITH LIVE MUSIC
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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 991 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

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.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Food is always good. Not too crowded in seating. Good service.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Went early and the restaurant was not crowded, so quiet. Service was attentive and the selections were excellent.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Adored the food, service, and restaurant on the whole. Could do without the blues jam.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Nice menu and wine list and good food! We had tapas type lunch in the bar — enjoyed it!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Highly recommend the dinner and show on Saturdays. Excellent!!!!!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

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 !!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Love El Farol...atmosphere is great...live music...outstanding food...it’s a Santa Fe must-do!!

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The food was good, not great, but that was fine because we also came for the blues jam which we really enjoyed.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Was wonderful
Amazing dancers!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Visiting and enjoying Flamenco dancing experience for the first time.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Good time at the El Flamenco show. Good food, drinks and service. Some seating is better than others wrt view of stage.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Would STRONGLY recommend el Farol. If you're there on a Saturday, you absolutely must sign up for the Flamenco dancing. Be advised they like you there at 630pm for the 8pm show.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Although the bar/wait staff messed up not once, but twice on bringing us the correct margarita, the food more than made up for the error. I love the food here! The bar is nice, and no longer what I used to consider a biker bar. The wait staff was extremely attentive, friendly and not in any way condescending. I would return as frequently as possible.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

A very enjoyable evening, the food was fantastic and the service was great. It is a very fine restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Phenomenal service and excellent food. We had a truly lovely meal. Just before we ordered dessert the live music started and it was unbelievably loud: we could no longer talk. That was the only down side, and it didn't start until 9pm.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

I ate at El Farol ten years ago while on a trip with my daughter and have been talking about it ever since. Finally had a chance to visit Santa Fe with my husband and was so pleased when he loved this restaurant as much as I did.

Joseph, our server, was very helpful and attentive. The food was amazing, especially my husband's filet.

Can't wait to have a chance to go back.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The paella was amazing, filet mignon perfect, appetizers innovative and wonderful, dessert was perfection! Our waiter was attentive to the right degree and very informative. We heartily recommend El Farol.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

What a great place now. The new ownership has made a sea-change and for the better. It has moved to the top of our list as “locals”.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great place — but crude management. Ruined my wife’s birthday.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We were 5 people and only one cocktail and it still came to $300 + tip so it's pricey but the Pastry Chef is fabulous. Desserts were astonishingly good. No make that great. Original and delectable. The Raisin Cake is addictive. We'll go back but for Lunch (we're Artists not Bankers). Congratulations to the new owners for giving this neighborhood icon a new Life.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great food great jazz trio amazing wait staff.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We were greeted promptly. Overall service was excellent. Highly recommend the Ceviche appetizer!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Awesome find on Canyon Road! Fun and quaint restaurant. Great jazz duo on Sundays. Fantastic Spanish tapas and attentive service.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Took my wife for birthday dinner and the Flamenco Dancing show. Terrific. Also has nice bar.

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2.0Dined on March 7, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great food and Flamenco show!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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.

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