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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

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (30)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Good for a Date (29)
Casual (25)
Fun (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Worth the Drive (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
People Watching (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Cozy (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Romantic (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Healthy (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Spicy (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Business Meals (4)
Great Beer (4)
Seasonal (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
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vip
 (Tulsa)·Dined 6 days ago

the reboot is pretty spectacular. Wonderful finishes inside and great patio in season. Great drinks and plenty of plates, large and small, no matter whether you had a late lunch or are ready for something more substantial. Service was appropriate for the quality of the establishment. My only issue is that we were a group of nine and likely had the automatic gratuity added without a word. I added a twenty percent tip on top. It would have been nice to have been told that up front. Otherwise, great spot for any evening.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 10, 2017

enjoyed except for seating. two has good seats. one had to turn chair to view stage & could only see some of the dance. The fourth person was seated next to wall & to side of seated dancers. A very limited view!

Tags: People Watching, Seasonal
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Most tapas were way over salted, even by restaurant standards. Some over cooked, some under. Servers were helpful and attentive, but couldn't overcome the food handicap. Good place for beer and music, skip the food.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Paella was disappointing. Mussels were all bad, chicken dry and chorizo flavorless.
Duck was excellent

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our waiter was pleasant enough but got every single order wrong...seems like you're experiencing growing pains?

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Even on a quiet night El Farol had a fun and lively vibe. Tapas were wonderful and we'd just been in Spain so had high standards. Excellent service too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Authentic, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We loved the food and the general ambiance. When we visit Santa Fe again, we'll make a return trip to El Faron!

Tags: Tapas, Cozy
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Service was wonderful, tapas was great, and the Flamenco performance was over-the-top! Bravo! Afterwards, a live funk/blues band took over the bar and the dance floor filled up fast. Great spot, would recommend to anyone, especially for the entertainment value.

Tags: Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Romantic, Authentic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was my second trip to El Farol, but last time was just for the live music. We planned to go there in hopes of listening to some live music after dinner. What we did not expect was the excellent service and the fantastic Spanish cuisine. The Paella was to die for!! But most surprising was this incredible lobster stew - oh my! We had so much fun listening to the funky, fun, live music and dancing after our delicious dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for a Date, Live Music, Tapas, Fun
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Paellla with no flavor, rice cooked to a mush, mussel so dry could not come out of shell. Lamb dish came cold.

Food really awful and entrée arrived one hour after we were seated (probably went overcooked and cold waiting to be brought out). They did comp us the meal we asked to be reheated.

Good thing was that even though our reservation was 6:45 all was so slow that we ended our meal when music and dancing began so stayed to watch and that was great --
Go for the entertainment, nice atmosphere -- not the food!

We were disappointed in the NEW El Farol and will not be back...

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food and service was good, but the paticular draft beer that we ordered was not good.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Classic Santa Fe experience. We keep going back. If you ever get a chance to hear live music here, even better!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The new El Farol is great. So happy to see this place back open and better than ever.

Tags: People Watching
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our server Victor Romero was great. Friendly and informative. He helped us choose several dishes that made our evening enjoyable. For desert went ahead with Victor’s advice and ordered all of them.
This is how I like to dine. I order way to much food so that I can taste a lot and leave content.
Max came over and introduced himself. Very nice speaking to him .
This was Thanksgiving and we were all laughing and we had an enjoyable, delicious evening .

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Loved El Farol. Food for Thanksgiving was very tasty! Was busy but not over-crowded.

Tags: Great Beer, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Menu was very interesting and tasted great. We specifically want told our server that we wanted to take our time but the food came way too fast. This was meant to be a special night out.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

El Farol has a great atmosphere. I like their tapas as I do not like to be overfed! My daughter and I shared 4 tapa plates--we could have done 5 I think but I am always happy leaving a restaurant without feeling stuffed. Lots of vegetarian choices. The food came fast.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Very nice place, very colorful. Tapas are very well presented and yummy

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We are thrilled with the remodel of El Farol !
Highly recommend it!

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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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