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260 reviews
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$30 and under
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Vanessie is in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This eatery is found in a hotel of the same name. It has become one of the most popular spots to dine in the area over the 30 years it has existed. It offers fantastic food, as well as live entertainment each night.

Vanessie has some great starters you can enjoy, such as the shrimp cocktail, onion loaf, sweet fire calamari and the truffled bleu cheese fries. You can also enjoy the lobster mac & cheese, shrimp fettucine, braised short rib fettuccini and the shrimp fettuccini with pesto cream. Vanessie has some great grilled items, too, such as the rib eye and the Atlantic salmon.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Continental, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(505) 982-9966
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Augustin Bencomo
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Cross street
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Parking details
Parking lot on West Water street next to Water Street Inn.
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Public transit
Rail runner Guadalupe station
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Live Entertainment nightly by our world class pianist singers.

Doug Montgomery is a native Chicagoan and received his Master"s from the Julliard where he was awarded the Joseph Lhevinne scholarship in piano.

"Doug is a gifted musician who is equally at home performing Chopin or singing show tunes... I have great respect for Doug and his music." ~ Michael Feinstein

Charles Tichenor, is in his own words Captain Cabaret. He has warmed hearts and delighted audiences in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, in cabaret settings as well as on cruise ships and concert stages.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
Dined on March 19, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed a fantastic trip and spent two evenings in the bar/restaurant. Food was great and Richard the bartender gave us great recommendations on other places to check out during our meetings in Santa Fe. The food, atmosphere and piano player were fantastic. Great place with great food, drinks and service.

Calgeoski (New Mexico)
Dined on July 31, 2015

We had a wonderful experience at Vanessie! We ate in the bar so that we could enjoy the piano player. It was the same menu as the dining room and everything was phenomenal!! The piano player was truly the icing on the cake too. He was entertaining and mesmerizing! What a fun evening out!!! You can't miss this place if your in Anta Fe! Be sure and go when the pianist is there, but I believe it's most nights out of the week. We were there on a Thursday evening. You MUST go!!

vipMichael33316 (New Mexico)
Dined on July 27, 2015

We were served water right away but that was it. The server never came near us and after 20 minutes we left. The table of 5 next to us received the same (non) treatment and was very upset. I don't know what was wrong, but something was seriously wrong. The one server we could see could only do one thing at a time and spent most of her time in the kitchen or somewhere out of sight.

OpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
Dined on July 10, 2015

We arrived early to enjoy the notable piano bar entertainer. The Open Table reservation was available on time. The Dining Experience was outstanding. A different pianist was in the bar after dinner and we were able to enjoy dessert and additional entertainment.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
Dined on July 10, 2015

Food was well prepared, and served. The wine list is very good with a great by the glass list. Service was good, staff very friendly. If I'm back in Santa Fe I will return.

JamesMac (Denver)
Dined on July 9, 2015

Service and food were great. Food portions were more than adequate. After dinner we thoroughly enjoyed the piano bar. The performer was excellent.

Britt (Philadelphia)
Dined on June 29, 2015

Visited Vanessie with my mom while I was traveling for work. Nice atmosphere, service was great, food also great. Enjoyable piano music at night

James (New Mexico)
Dined on June 12, 2015

Very good service, good value, excellent food and menue

CAM123 (New Mexico)
Dined on May 19, 2015

We've dined at Vanessie several times now & for the most part, we are always very happy with the food Last night we were frustrated by the service. Both the bar area and main restaurant were almost empty when we arrived. The back room was being used for a party of perhaps 20-25 people.
The woman who greeted us, though concerned about making my 83 yr old mother comfortable, spoke so quietly it was nearly impossible to understand her. She seemed confused about where to put us though we had a reservation and the room was almost empty. Another woman indicated we should sit where we'd like. We were given menus and it then took 15 minutes before we were acknowledged again. A waiter came and took a drink order, then disappeared. More time passed and a different waiter came to take our drink order. We explained it had been taken, but that we would love to order. Our drinks finally arrived shortly after that. We then sat there for about another 1/2 hour before finally getting the attention of the hostess and asking for bread. Our appetizers, however, arrived shortly after that-- and before the bread. The chips w/3 sauces got mixed reviews. The chips appear to be homemade. The guacamole was excellent and the salsa was good. The chile con queso looked and tasted like it came out of a jar.
Main courses included the always excellent lamb chops and roasted chicken. The baked potatoes were perfectly prepared, the spinach- usually delicious- was unseasoned and overcooked. We ended the meal with delicious cream brulee. While our waiter was helpful and professional, he was stretched too thin. With a large party in the back room, management should have had more help. We were there 2 hours and 15 minutes. Most of that time was spent waiting.
I really do need to mention that if anyone in your party has trouble with stairs, Vanessie may not be the spot for you. To enter the restaurant, you need to get up several cement stairs-- not an easy feat for my 83 year old mother.

lorsf (Phoenix)
Dined on May 14, 2015

Our food was exquisite visually - and even more so gustatorially! We swapped tastes of everything & agreed that each morsel was wonderful. I had beet and goat cheese salad. Shaped like a muffin with chopped red beets on the bottom, goat cheese in the middle layer, and chopped yellow beets in the top layer. Greens on the side gave an artistic accent. Beautiful. And delicious. My onion crusted sea bass was moist, flakey, and the best fish I've ever tasted! We all delighted in the sounds of piano & cello from the piano bar and at the end of the meal moved there to enjoy it up close. My friends & I were thrilled by the experience.