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Taft Diaz

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99 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
*** Now Open for dine in dinner Tuesday to Saturday, 5pm to 9pm***

October 16, 1909-For the first time in their country’s history, American President William H. Taft and Mexican President Porfirio Díaz met for a summit in the El Paso-Juarez border; the land commonly known as El Chamizal. Flags were lowered and the borderland remained neutral territory.

A traditional, conservative luncheon was hosted by President Taft at the El Paso Chamber of Commerce followed by an opulent dinner served and presented by President Díaz in the Old Federal Customs building in Juarez. Private discussions were had and agreements were made.

TAFT DÍAZ serves as a testament that great things can flourish when you welcome others at your table.

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Starting Jul 15, 2020 · Tue - Thu 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Come in and enjoy 30% off any bottle of wine every Wednesday

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 99 people are saying
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JimF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the two fish dishes and they were as good as any we’ve ever had, and I’ve lived most of my life in coastal California and Florida. The service and dessert were excellent as well. It’s not inexpensive, but it was well worth the visit, and we’ll definitely be back. I highly recommend.

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vipWardJ
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I planned a trip to El Paso around the food scene. Taft Diaz was a complete surprise. The menu, meal and service were outstanding.

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JUANCARLOS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best high end dinner in EP! Can’t wait to go back and try what we couldn’t order from their amazing menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such inventiveness by the chefs. Good use of charring. Sit by kitchen so you can watch. Aguachiles are fantastic. Don't forget to look up at the fun light fixture

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vipJP2000
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taft Diaz is the best restaurant in El Paso, Texas. Food was amazing and the service was out of this world. They are on top of every single detail to make a night special.

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ERastoC
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

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AandK
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal at Taft Diaz. Our first visit and we were very impressed . The food was excellent and we really enjoyed the art installation in the dining room. We will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a great setting, and it won't break your budget.

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michaelh2
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

We ordered the special $90 dinner for two. Every course was not of the qualitu we expected. The burned avocado was inedible, as was the pork dish so full of fat. The dessert was unknown and not edible either. What a surprise this beautiful place cannot cook and serve a quality meal! We will not return

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vipTEXASBBQTV
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing we had the chefs tasting menu. The Chef was amazing and staff was amazing. Definitely a must try

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The food was good however the restaurant lighting and ambiance was bad. It felt really cold like a prison. The flowers above us was the highlight of our evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The portions are small but really high quality food

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FoodJoy
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The restaurant service staff was cordial and attentive at first. Once we decided to eat light (appetizers, soup, wine by the glass), we found it hard get the staffs attention. We felt left hanging, waiting in our booth. Took awhile to get our bill.

The music seemed "too hipster" contemporary, loud and annoying. For a restaurant with a name like Taft/Diaz, management could have selected more Mexican/Latin musical influences. There are many hip Mexican/Latin artists with sophisticated styles to choose from, that would have carried the theme of this restaurant's name more appropriately.

The food also lacked the true fusion of cross border styles. We had a late lunch that day, so didn't order a main course. Instead selected the Creamy Tomato Bisque soup, (it was OK), yet seemed common and not very interesting. What would have been far more interesting is a soup choice that had a flair. For example, "Sopa de Aguacate with a tomato cilantro cream topping and Habanero chips" (I just made this up). Something more engaging from a culinary point of view. Especially, for the hype of this El Paso, Texas restaurant inside the Stanton House Hotel.

For a new El Paso "hot spot", it has missed the subtle, elegant partnership implied in it's name, (American- Taft and Mexican-Diaz), in both decor, which is all white, very cold/contemporary, with expensive mechanical floating lamps that go up and down into the ceiling, and the menu choices. Taft Diaz didn't deliver the fusion food or cross border partnership concept for us, (even if you don't order a multiple course meal). It's expensive, which I don't mind if you experience a memorable culinary meal set in an engaging context. It was disappointing.

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Teresa875
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still waiting for Guillermo to call us back
Tab was 257 then came back over 400

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RobertM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible experience!!! We went for Valentines Day and waited 35 minutes before we even got our first glass of wine. They sat us in a make shift table that was in the hallway of the hotel. Food was not good either. Just makes me sick that they charge as much as they do and provide horrible food and service. Will never recommend this place to anyone.

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estrella
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

My boyfriend and i came here for a valentines dinner only to expect the worst. Our reservation was at 7:45pm only to be seated at 8pm. We didn’t get offered wine only water which was strange and very rude. We waited a while for the course to be given to us, and we were at the restaurant for almost 3 hours to finish!!! We were furious because a table sitting next to us got sat and were given their course of meal in a matter of 30 minutes and left before us. I think our server just had too many tables and wasn’t keeping up. For almost spending $300 that night was not worth it. We will not be returning.

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David
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was good and ambiance was brilliant but overpriced for the service and food quality. Waiter messed up several times and we were kept waiting excessively long. Valentine’s Day menu was good but definitely overpriced compared to other high end restaurants in El Paso. Was also never informed that the regular menu would not be available that night as the reservation gave the option of regular menu or the special menu when booking.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We waited for our food courses for over 4 hours . I sat in the most uncomfortable chair you could imagine for 4 and a half hours. Food was okay.

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VirginiaV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Overbooked, long wait between courses. Food great and staff really busy and forget some time about our food or drinks, but they really try to be courteous

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Robert
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

We arrived at 7pm for our reservation, we left at 12am. This is not an exaggeration. This was for their Valentines dinner. Now I can understand being a bit overwhelmed. But there is a point where you go from overwhelmed to incompetence and that usually is around the 2 hour mark let alone the 5 hour mark. We didn’t drink anything other than water until the 45 min mark. I guess our fault for not getting up and leaving.

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LauraD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were blown away from start to finish!! The tasting menu for their Valentines Day Dinner was just so well executed, different savory flavors that just blew away your taste buds!

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JohnW
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Exceptional food, but service should be better in a high class restaurant. Server never mentioned any specials or what the catch of the day was. Also, don't add the parking cost to the tab and then calculate the tips amounts based on a gross amount including parking.

Taft Diaz
Responded on January 30, 2020

Hi John, thank you so much for the review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the food and are taking steps to ensure that service matches the quality in the future. The generated gratuity suggestions on your receipt shouldn't include valet cost, only food and alcohol but we will look into the issue to verify. If you plan on visiting us in the future please ask for me, Cameron, and I'd be happy to make sure you have a satisfactory & memorable experience. All the best, Cameron

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WilliamK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We went there for New Year’s Eve dinner. They canceled my reservation and I had to call them to get it reinstated. Also, they automatically charged us 47.00 gratuity fee, it was just me and my husband! We were not told about the automatic gratuity charge, so my husband ended up tipping almost $100 that night!! Was pretty upsetting, I feel like they were ripping people off by not telling us the automatic gratuity fee! Will never go back.

Taft Diaz
Responded on January 5, 2020

Hi William, we do understand your concerns and apologize for any misunderstandings. If you could please give us a call at 915-271-3600 and ask to speak with Cameron, we would be happy to correct the issue. We do sincerely hope you still had a wonderful new year's eve and look forward to hearing from you soon. All the best, Cameron Taft Diaz

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vipnatt
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exquisite, from beginning to end. The service was top-notch, but not intrusive. The Japanese whiskey was intensely flavorful without being overwhelming. Our favorite appetizer was the parsnip tamal with mole sauce, and the arugula salad is a great value and quite filling with the addition of quinoa, tomato, cucumber, etc. The pasta was perfectly al dente, and the mango mousse dessert was light and tart, and not overly heavy or sweetened like most desserts. Even the focaccia bread was the most soft I’ve ever had and delicious with the chimichurri butter. When you want to treat yourself, this is the place to go in downtown El Paso.

Taft Diaz
Responded on January 5, 2020

Hi Natt, thank you so much for the kind words. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us at Taft Diaz. We'll be sure to have more Japanese whisky ready for your next visit, cheers! All the best, Taft Diaz

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Klaeser
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We went on Christmas Day. Setting is great, really upscale and fine dining atmosphere; we had the Christmas special dish which was good, but I would not consider it a fine dining dish (based on my experiences with fine dining in European restaurants). It was a lot of food on the plate, not the experience I would expect for that price. One of us had a regular main course and that was better.

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Britt
El Paso
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a nice birthday lunch with family.
Excellent food !

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Pamva
El Paso
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience5

El servicio fue pésimo, a nuestra llegada no habia hostess, tuvimos que pedir que alguien nos atendiera, despues de unos minutos nos contesto una señorita que esperaramos (por que estaba platicando con el hostess) obviamente su platica era muy importante. Al sentarnos nuestro mesero muy poco cortés, poca atención a nuestra mesa, de verdad el servicio fue fatal. Lamentablemente como todo mal mexico-americano se esmeraba en las mesas con personas americanas, evidentemente nos dejaba al ultimo a los latinos.
Es triste que el esfuerzo de tus chefs, managers, etc se vea opacado por un mal servicio.
Amo la cocina abierta, amo verlos en accion, la comida muy bien, al igual que la presentación.

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vipTravelingFoodie
El Paso
29 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Nobody to greet you at entrance, sign to seat yourself. One waiter who hardly spoke, made no suggestions and didn’t even care to offer more of anything, much less dessert. We understand they are obviously not busy for lunch from the three tables they had, but was very disappointed with service. Ordered cocktail which took no less that 15 minutes bartender was somewhere not at his post. Food was delicious as always but not worth the slowest lack of service experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Gracias por una excelente atención y servicio y por el detalle del pastel de zanahoria como regalo por nuestro aniversario.

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Cainscastle
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem this restaurant was, we celebrated our 1 year anniversary and couldn’t have been happier with the restaurant choice and food.

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PaulS
El Paso
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great tasting menu. Sat at Chef's table for anniversary dinner. Adam was our server. The wine list is comparable to Cafe Central with an extensive collection of hard to find Mexican wine. While not all the tasting choices were home runs- I applaud the effort and would definitely go back. Reminds me of tasting experiences in bigger cities (Chicago, San Fran).

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OpenTable Diner
El Paso
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink

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OpenTable Diner
El Paso
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family from out of town
Only place to take out of town guests

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Giselaboia0409
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing and surprising tastes. Beautiful set up . Great to see the kitchen on action!

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JackieN
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my husbands 50th birthday with seven course meal..... absolutely delicious.

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VictorF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Jackie was checking on us repeatedly and made sure we were happy with the incredible ravioli's and octopus we were served. I have been there several times and the staff has always been incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
El Paso
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Good as always

MB
vipMyrnaB
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

My husband and another couple went out to dinner to Taft-Diaz this past Sunday. This was my second time dining in Taft-Diaz, for them was their first time. My first dining experience was really great. This time was a disaster. The drinks served were not as ordered. One of the drinks request was with Malibu rum and was prepared and served with regular rum. Their bar inventory doesn't match the quality and price tag of their business. The most important thing for us, the customer is for the waitress to accurately inform us on what's not available instead of them making their own substitutions.... very disappointing! The food was not great and the service was poor. I ordered the arugula salad and the veggie mole, not impressed. I'd not give Taft-Diaz another chance. Thanks.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Web went for breakfast, the service by Cameron was wonderful so was the food

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IrlandaT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was knowledgeable and helpful. Dishes complex and well plated, the White Onion Cream Soup was specially pleasing with surprising flavors.

FAQs

Taft Diaz does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Taft Diaz also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (915) 271-3600.

Taft Diaz is rated 4.4 stars by 99 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.