Vanessie

4.6
288 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Continental

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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Continental, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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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
Augustine "Tino" Bencomo
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Guadalupe & West San Francisco(Front) or Water Street (Rear)
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Parking details
Parking lot on West Water Street next to Inn @ Vanessie.Parking lot on West San Francisco next to Inn @ Vanessie.
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Public transit
Rail runner Guadalupe station
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Entertainment
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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 288 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New Mexico
165 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We hadn’t been to Vanessie’s in quite a few years and were pleasantly surprised. Service attentive and the new menu appealing. From the lamb chops to sole to beef ribs with pasta— everyone enjoyed their entree. Beet salads were great! We had the pot de creme and even though I wouldn’t classify it as a classic it was excellent.

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CT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

When we got there, no table was available and they hurriedly set up a rickety table and the used dirty glasses slid off. They crowded the table in so much that no one could move their chairs out. We asked for another table and they gave us one after a long wait and never set it. The waiter was friendly and the food was excellent but the service was very poor. The orders were incorrect and I could go on...

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BS
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! Doug Montgomery is worth the trip to Santa Fe ! If you do not do anything else - go to see him !

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Denver
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my tenth anniversary and my wife and I

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OT
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the onion loaf! So good. Really like the sing alongs - miss Bob.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Packed with happy patrons.

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m
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Vanessie's is fantastic! Yes, the food is good, the service is equally good... but Doug Montgomery on the piano is the reason to go to Vanessie's.

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New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Piano bar hands down the best and most fun in Santa Fe. It’s a no miss. Both artists were great. Food could be better pizza was good calamari. Acceptable. Caeluflower was one big head. Grilled tasted a bit chlorine like it was rinsed in tap water But totally worth going for drinks. So much fun.

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New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I wanted a special evening for our last night in Santa Fe. Vanessie has been here for many years and the last time I went was over 15 years ago. It was very much the same as I remembered it. A beautiful, relaxed, atmosphere and always very talented performers on the piano. Al Rogers was playing for most of our stay and he was wonderful. I had the Sunset cocktail which was a great twist on my favorite Campari and soda. We spent over 2 hours there, from cocktails to dessert and coffee-it was all excellent. But the absolute best is the music, talented artists in a comfortable setting, some couples got up to dance occasionally, and there was a lot of interaction with the audience. A lovely way to spend an evening. We will be going back regularly when we are in town.

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m
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

WOW evening. 3 Juliard trained musicians. Doug always outstanding. The violinist was incredible and the opera singer superb. It was the trifecta of a musical experience. Out of this world amazing.

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Miami
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and menu has improved significantly and entertainment is always great. We were impressed with Andrew as the new manager but now sadly understand that he has left.

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Los Angeles
113 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was good. Service was excellent. We really enjoyed Doug Montgomery on the piano. He was a good pianist, entertaining and fun. Was a nice evening.

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Miami
9 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really like the new menu. More and better choices. The service is getting better and better.

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RL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is probably the best piano bar anywhere! My husband and I are always so moved by the genuine love there.
It's a special place.

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Miami
11 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vanessie's continues to get better and better with the new manager and the new menu. Great food, great service and one cannot beat the great entertainment. Try it!

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OC
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, “Almost Walter White” made another evening one to remember.. The entertainment was fantastic, as was the food and wine. Vanessie’s...is a must.

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New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was superb! The ambiance lends itself to a wonderful dining experience.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the piano music and his ability to bring the crowd into the experience

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Miami
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food has significantly improved with the new menu items. The new staff members are much more pleasant to the patrons. Andrew, the new manager, seems to be doing quite well and has great ideas for even more improvements. And one cannot beat the world class entertainment with Doug Montgomery, Elizabeth Young, Bob Fennie, Al Rogers, et al. Try it, you will like it.

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Miami
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great improvement the past few weeks with new menu and with new manager, Andrew. Try it, you will like it, and one cannot beat the world class entertainment.

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Miami
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There has been significant improvement in the past two weeks with the food quality and with the return of some prior more customer friendly staff members. The new menu is a vast improvement. Those at our table had a difficult time deciding what to choose from so many new choices. Highly recommend the restaurant and the world class entertainment of Doug Montgomery, Al Rogers and Bob Fenie. Try it. You will like it.

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C
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fabulous! The best Caesar salad I have had in years. The sole was cooked perfectly and they let me exchange seasonal vegetables to sautéed spinach-yummmm.
My husband had the salmon and he committed on almost every bite how he liked it.
Our server was wonderful, made sure we were well taken care of even when we went to the piano bar in the next room.
We have been here before and will be on our must go list every time we are in Santa Fe.

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IF
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We stayed at Vanessie Hotel; great value. The Vanessie bar and restaurant is not only handy to guests, but the place provides a really fun experience. The first night we were there, the bartender Curtis made phenomenal cocktails (tiny shards of ice floating on top of my martini). The food was ample and tasty. The entertainment was engaging as the piano man, Doug Montgomery, knew how to work the large crowd. There were entertainers in the audience, and one of the wait staff, who offered top notch singing. All in all that evening was really a great time. Two nights later, Curtis was not there and the cocktails suffered, awful really. The result of an inexperienced bartender. But the meal and entertainment were top notch. If great cocktails are important to you, make sure Curtis is there and enjoy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We probably brought the noise. Adulthood it's a piano bar, everybody listens politely and at least for the night we were there, very few people sang along unless asked. The wait staff from Jesse to David were absolutely amazing. We ran late because of traffic on I-25 and when I called in explaining out

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Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Evening. Significant improvement now being made on menu options, the food quality, new staff and service. Doug Montgomery is a great entertainer and reason enough to dine there. Try it. You will like it.

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NN
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Since we moved to Santa Fe four years ago, Vanessie's has been one of our favorite restaurants for cocktails, appetizers, dinner and entertainment. We’ve always had menu favorites and found the cocktails to be superb. It has been on our must do itinerary for anyone visiting us from out of town. This time we were really looking forward to having some of our favorite cocktails, appetizers, and meals on this final evening together with friends from out of town who were celebrating their birthday. On the positive side, we were greeted promptly, had a reserved table in the piano lounge, received excellent service, and found the entertainment by Doug Montgomery to be excellent and lots of fun as always. However, we were disappointed to find the menu, food quality and cocktails subpar compared to previously. When we asked about favorite items from previous visits, we learned that Vanessie has changed management, menu and cocktails. The menu is now Italian, but not competitive with the quality of other Italian restaurant dining options in Santa Fe. The cocktails were mediocre and I couldn’t even drink my Old Fashioned, which was presented with a lemon wedge rather than the fruit that distinguishes this usually flavorful drink. My husband really enjoyed the calamari. He previously loved the Manhattan here, but this time said it was only “ok” but not nearly as good as before. We will go to Vanessie in the future to hear Doug Montgomery, but not for dinner, and will order wine instead of cocktails.

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VY
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I reserved a quiet table with which we were nicely accommodated, but I also mentioned it was a birthday dinner, which was not acknowledged in any way. The server was busy and rushed, and we felt like we were in a local diner where we were supposed to hurry. We asked about bread with our wine while waiting on the meal, but they don't serve any. My husband's meal was very good, and mine was okay. It seems the dining room plays second fiddle to the piano bar. The piano bar is delightful and we stayed to enjoy it a bit after dinner, but we did want the quiet dinner first. In any case I don't know that we will return. For the price we expected more.

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Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Vannessie's management is trying to move to a upscale Italian restaurant from being a long time piano bar. Rather Rocky start thus far. Seem to have terminated most of the customer friendly staff in favor of a more rigid, less friendly format. Most customers go there because of Doug Montgomery, an outstanding entertainer, or for Bob Finnie, and just tolerate the food. It will be interesting to see if they will ever be able to compete with the many really fine restaurants in Santa Fe, so guess we will have to wait and see on that unlikely possibility. The several times we have been there since the change, only one meal has been up to our standards. Maybe they need to find a chef who can improve the food quality, and soon.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall 5food service ambience

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.

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C
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

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M
New Mexico
20 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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JM
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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J
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service, good value, excellent food and menue

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CA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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PN
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't say enough about our night at Vanessie. We were looking for a place with music and found V. It exceeded our expectations. Service was superb and the food was excellent. The music of Marc Yaxley and Julie was exceptional and we stayed until the end...cheering all night. We'll go back!!

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C
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I invited my husband for his birthday to Vanessie's. He has treated me in Italy and France to some wonderful restaurants and I wanted to reciprocate. Vanessie's is a gem in the desert! He thoroughly enjoyed his birthday dinner. Our grown daughters and boyfriends were invited, and the total bill did not make me fall out of my chair. We had a wonderful experience as far as food, service and beverages. The piano bar was awesome and fun!

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