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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.
What will you set in motion during your visit with us?
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
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.
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.
Best high end dinner in EP! Can’t wait to go back and try what we couldn’t order from their amazing menu.
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
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.
Excellent as always.
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.
Great food in a great setting, and it won't break your budget.
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
Absolutely amazing we had the chefs tasting menu. The Chef was amazing and staff was amazing. Definitely a must try
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.
The portions are small but really high quality food
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.
Still waiting for Guillermo to call us back
Tab was 257 then came back over 400
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Had a nice birthday lunch with family.
Excellent food !
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.
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.
Gracias por una excelente atención y servicio y por el detalle del pastel de zanahoria como regalo por nuestro aniversario.
What a gem this restaurant was, we celebrated our 1 year anniversary and couldn’t have been happier with the restaurant choice and food.
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).
Great food and drink
Family from out of town
Only place to take out of town guests
Amazing and surprising tastes. Beautiful set up . Great to see the kitchen on action!
Celebrated my husbands 50th birthday with seven course meal..... absolutely delicious.
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.
Good as always
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.
Web went for breakfast, the service by Cameron was wonderful so was the food
Our server was knowledgeable and helpful. Dishes complex and well plated, the White Onion Cream Soup was specially pleasing with surprising flavors.
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.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.