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Sazon

4.8
4.8
3864 Reviews
$50 and over
Latin American
Originally from Mexico City, Chef Fernando Olea, formerly Chef of Epazote, has been enthralling diners in Santa Fe since 1991. Chef Olea creates sophisticated flavors using Old Mexico’s indigenous and culinary traditions alongside ingredients from around the world. His menu is deliberately small, featuring fresh and locally sourced produce and meats when possible.

Nothing evokes the mystery of Mexican cuisine more than mole, a sauce of complex flavors that usually includes toasted and ground spices, seeds, nuts, chocolate and chile. Many mole recipes contain more than thirty ingredients and some recipes have five varieties of chile alone. Chef Olea is delighted to share his moles that include his "New Mexican Mole" that he created to commemorate Santa Fe’s 400 year anniversary in 2009. The large mural in the main dining room, was painted and presented to Chef Olea by Federico Leon De La Vega, a well- known artist from Mexico City.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 43 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (505) 983-8604

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Fernando Olea

  • Private party facilities

    We offer customized menus, experienced servers, extraordinary food, and our very own Chef Fernando Olea’s culinary expertise and flair. There can be nothing more perfectly paired! We use organic and sustainable products whenever possible. Our menu celebrates the varied and complex flavors of classic dishes from Mexico City, Oaxaca, Michoacán and Puebla. Chef Olea brings these classic dishes to life with modern and New World techniques thereby imprinting his own distinct signature, or Sazón, into each and every dish. Menu items change with each season and can be customized to fit your needs. We also are happy to embellish the menu with entertainment, florals, linens, and unique décor. For more information: Tel: 505-983-8604 or email: fernando@sazonsantafe.com

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Fe

  • Cross street

    East Alameda Street & Water Street

  • Parking details

    There is self- parking only, but most of the parking near the restaurant is metered. The meters have certain times when they are monitored and when they are not, so please read signs carefully.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Private Room, Wine

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What 3,864 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Best Overall

  • New Mexico

    Best Food

  • New Mexico

    Best Service

  • New Mexico

    Best Ambiance

  • New Mexico

    Innovative

  • New Mexico

    Most Booked

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Overall

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Food

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Service

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Innovative

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Good for special occasions

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food in town without a doubt!
  2. B

    Bartelby

    New Mexico

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience3
    Some few nice dishes. In particular the heavenly black bean soup. Otherwise, mediocre cuisine, everything too sweet. Completely understandable why this spot receives a schlock award.
  3. V

    Vahl

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Special place
  4. MC

    MadCityDiner

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my top ten dining experiences ever. Knowledgeable server provided excellent guidance through the menu featuring New World cuisine. Friendly but professional service. Attentive without being overbearing. Wonderful menu featuring interesting moles. New Mexican mole paired nicely with lamb chops. Zucchini blossoms were a very delicious appetizer. Attractive wine list. Frank Family Chardonnay went nicely with the appetizer, and Elk Cove Pinot Noir complemented my entree. Nice ambience. Outstanding evening!
  5. GC

    GlenisC

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sazon was the perfect place to spend my birthday! I loved the food, the service was exceptional! I will definitely go back!
  6. KA

    KeithAnderson

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Fernando Olea continues his impressive operation. Calling Sazon a restaurant does not adequately prepare one for the experience. One has to participate with Saxon to appreciate how good it is. Our server, Gabriel, expertly led us through all five courses.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there with friends and had a fantastic time.
  8. g

    gridley

    Denver

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    As one of my friends would put it, "very atmospheric". And I would also say, different, in a very good way. Beginning with the 5 moles, through the first and mains, the style, presentation, and conception of food was consistent and as if from another angle. It's just a cuisine that we don't have much opportunity to experience, especially in the haute cuisine manner. Very well done and enjoyable.
  9. JM

    JohnM

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner at Sazon, starting with the mole sampling through dessert. Service was excellent and the restaurant atmosphere was enjoyable.
  10. S

    Sfm29

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal, great service. Sazon is always a treat.
  11. KN

    KeithN

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've eaten all around the world. This is a GREAT restaurant. There is nothing like it. If you are in Santa Fe, you must eat here. Service is perfect, and you are almost guaranteed that the chef will visit your table.
  12. P

    Paparazziblondi

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just an incredible overall experience. The food, the service, atmosphere, all of it was fantastic!
  13. JW

    JonW

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Nice restaurant, great staff, wonderful foods. The chefs choice desert was incredible. So many flavors packed into a an ice cream encrusted delicacy. Pricing was inline with expectations. Great experience.
  14. r

    rexr

    Minneapolis

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the ambiance of Sazon, comfortable to sit and enjoy a meal, The food is most excellent, and our server Tomas was fabulous, knowledgeable and efficient. The mole appetizer tasting plate reminds us of why we want to keep coming back to Sazon. We highly recommend Sazon to everyone visiting Santa Fe!!
  15. LS

    LindaS

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We brought guests from Atlanta. They couldn’t believe how fabulous the combination of flavors was. Five star all the way. Our waitress was beyond great.
  16. M

    Mag9

    New Mexico

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best meals we’ve ever had. Mini tortillas with Mole, soup, entree and dessert - all were outstanding
  17. DS

    DrewScott

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sazon is magical...the staff, the inspired food, and environment all came together for an experience of the highest quality
  18. W

    Winston

    Louisville

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chef came out and spoke with us, and sent me an amazing birthday dessert!
  19. WB

    WendyB

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time at Sazon and we love it as much as the first time. The food is amazing and the service was impeccable. Thank you for making my birthday special.
  20. BR

    BarbaraR

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow. A culinary adventure from beginning to end. Very interesting, delicious, and artfully presented dishes representing the cuisines of Mexico and the American southwest.
  21. TO

    TOMV

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch dining experience. Friendly, enthusiastic, knowledgable service, great atmosphere and absolutely wonderful food! Wow!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Fernando and staff were incredible. This is a dining experience where your taste buds venture into the heart and soul of chef Fernando’s creations. Cocktails, phenomenal! Food a flavor adventure in the best way! Desert, WOW!! From ambience to hospitality this is the best of the best in Santa Fe.
  23. K

    joanK

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere, delicious food, and awesome service!
  24. KT

    KallyT

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an experience …amazing. Start to finish ! The staff, the ambiance , the drinks, and the food..insanely delicious…Like I said, it is an experience. Even the chef came out and made his way around the tables greeting people... and he was working on a Monday. Say what!!!❤️
  25. BS

    BarbaraS

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We were on a winter holiday in Santa Fe. We were told by several people that Sazon was the nicest restaurant in town particularly because we love mole. The mole sampler was delicious, the soup of the day was sublime - insanely delicious. The staff was excellent!! However, the entrees and dessert were very disappointing!! I choose the pork with mole and asked for medium. My pork was dry and tough. My husband ordered the lamb also medium. The chops arrived raw and them over done. The Carmel crepe dessert was sickly sweet and practically inedible. The waiter did remove this item from our bill because we only took about two bites. If we returned to Sazon, we would stick with soup - which was truly outstanding- and salad. The rest of the dinner was not worth the cost and terribly disappointing.
  26. KC

    KaraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Gabriel, made our experience! Everything exceeded our expectations. Chef stopped by the table. Lovely and will return before we leave.
  27. MR

    MikeR

    New Orleans

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences in the last 20 years!! Alicia was server, one of the best ever and we dine in fine restaurants all over!! Will ALWAYS come back when in Santa Fe!
  28. C

    Chef4life

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From top to bottom Sazon delivered in every area. Cocktails were outstanding, Mexican wine collection was wonderful, service was perfect and not intrusive, and the food was some of the best I’ve ever had!! Will definitely return here.
  29. O

    Oliveoil

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sazon is outstanding on all aspects! It is hidden away on a small side street, very unassuming exterior. But upon entry, you are drawn to the gorgeous chandelier in the entrance, as well as the numerous colorful paintings throughout the restaurant. The service was top notch. And the food was amazing!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My birthday dinner. Very lovely and unique.
  31. SF

    SrgnFsh

    New Mexico

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fantastic meal with excellent service. We have been to this restaurant before and would most definitely come again.
  32. P

    Pathfinder

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sazon is a foodie's delight. The food is subtle and wildly flavorful. The Sopa de Amor was amazing. We also enjoyed the stuffed squash blossoms, halibut and fascinating Dulce Sinfonía ice cream. The waiter suggested great wines to accompany each course. Dining at Sazon is an experience in itself as much as an opportunity to enjoy a fantastic, unique meal.
  33. W

    Wendy

    New Mexico

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and experience.
  34. JW

    JohnW

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service! Our food peaked at the appetizer. The bone marrow and mushroom tacos were absolutely amazing. The entrees didn’t pay off quite as well after picking our own Mole’ and having chef do the rest. Will definitely visit again though if in town n
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Weekend getaway
  36. DW

    DebraW

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing!! The soup was legendary one of the most delicious things ever! Mole tasting was fun. Just perfect
  37. BD

    BethD

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ​Our dinner at Sazon was out of this world. The ambiance was upscale but not stuffy, and the service by Megan was second to none. She tantalizingly described the items on the menu to us, keeping our dietary preferences and my shellfish allergy in mind. Megan helped us select our dishes, how to course them, and didn't let us down. Every course we had was better than the next, and that is saying a lot. We started with Xochimilco, a savory and earthy corn truffle with mini tortillas. Rich and delish. This was followed by the Sopa de Amor, a delicate soup with green chile, crab, chocolate, and amaretto​ foam, which my ​husband raved about. We moved on to the Flor de Calabaza, a lightly fried, deliciously cheese-stuffed zucchini blossom with ginger aioli and chocolate balsamic sauce. Good lord, it was good. The piece de resistance was the fish of the day, Halibut in a Mole Verde. It was cooked to perfection. We finished our dinner with an espresso and the Helado de Mole Poblano; a chocolate mole ice cream (the mole is rich and subtle), covered with architectural-looking spun sugar, sitting on a bed of chocolate, and beet and sweet potato crisps. Get a smidge of each ingredient on your spoon, and you will be transported. I felt like I needed time alone with my dessert. We were made for each other. I haven't even mentioned all the personal attention we received, both the manager and Chef Olea stopped by our table to check in, and they were lovely. We've been to some wonderful restaurants over the years in many places, and Sazon stands out as one of the best. I feel like this is telling someone a movie is great, and I don't mean to over-rhapsodize, but truly, don't miss it if you live in or are visiting Santa Fe. Sazon is a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.
  38. P

    Pleased

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A superb experience in every way.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal. The octopus appetizer was fantastic as was the Sopa de amor. We also loved the squash blossom stuffed. I had the lamb chops which were done perfectly with the Molé New Mexico. It was our friends birthday, and they brought a complementary Small birthday cake. Delightful evening, this is what fine dining is all about
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    This felt like a restaurant that had already peaked and was riding on reputation. Formulaic service and highly mediocre main dish. There were highlights (soap de amor) but real disappointments.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Sazon is rated 4.8 stars by 3864 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 43 times today
Google Map for Sazon

221 Shelby St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    East Alameda Street & Water Street

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Fe

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Contemporary Mexican

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There is self- parking only, but most of the parking near the restaurant is metered. The meters have certain times when they are monitored and when they are not, so please read signs carefully.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Fernando Olea

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (505) 983-8604

  • Private party facilities

    We offer customized menus, experienced servers, extraordinary food, and our very own Chef Fernando Olea’s culinary expertise and flair. There can be nothing more perfectly paired! We use organic and sustainable products whenever possible. Our menu celebrates the varied and complex flavors of classic dishes from Mexico City, Oaxaca, Michoacán and Puebla. Chef Olea brings these classic dishes to life with modern and New World techniques thereby imprinting his own distinct signature, or Sazón, into each and every dish. Menu items change with each season and can be customized to fit your needs. We also are happy to embellish the menu with entertainment, florals, linens, and unique décor. For more information: Tel: 505-983-8604 or email: fernando@sazonsantafe.com

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