Sazon

4.8
2605 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.

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
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
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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caryS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific dining experience. We had the pork tenderloin & the flavour, textures, were sublime. Great special occasion treat.

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Brian
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very memorable dinner - perfect for any special occasion or special person. Impeccable service, traditional architecture, contemporary art combined with creative use of ingredients and skilled technique all contributed to the outstanding experience. Lamb and fish were prepared perfectly and paired with delicious moles.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience! Loved everything about it - food was unique & delicious! Great service! Great atmosphere!

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Simp
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We try a new restaurant in Santa Fe twice a month. It was challenging to get a weekend reservation but worth the wait. Made another reservation for Sazon at the end of our meal. Enjoyed talking to Chef, and his recommendation was perfect. Looking forward to sampling additional items from the menu next month. Our meal at Sazon was in the top 5 best meals we’ve ever had worldwide.

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RebekahK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most outstanding meals we’ve ever had. Absolutely fantastic in every way!

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AndyW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Genius interpretations of beautiful and delicious dishes. Nothing ordinary. Masterful creations and tasteful combinations of real food. Cant wait to return for another exciting experience! Thank you Sazon for a lovely evening!

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HungryAndThirsty
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally out of every restaurant we’ve ever been to this was by far the best! The tequila tasting at the beginning and meeting the chef/owner was incredible. What he does with layered flavors and hints of chilies in every dish is indescribable!

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vipAkshayT
Austin
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an outstanding experience… food, wine , service

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vipLove2eat
New Mexico
67 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Katie was our waitress and she knew her menu and the food was ABSOLUTELY EXCEPTIONAL. WE WILL ALWAYS COME BACK…DONT MISS THIS RESTAURANT !!!!!

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StephanieF
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most amazing sea bass, steak and dessert. The service was perfect and we had an incredible experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service!

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Austin
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Moles were wonderful. Try the crepes de cajeta for dessert..yum!

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Linda
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

In Texas, we have a saying... All hat and no horse... well that is exactly how Hubby and I felt at this OVER rated and UNDER performed restaurant.

Hubby and I took a trip to Santa Fe to celebrate his birthday. We were excited to try Sazon, and I made a reservation two months ahead of time. When I made a reservation, I noted the birthday celebration. There was no acknowledgment of the celebration despite us witnessing an adjacent table having a complimentary dessert with a birthday candle.

There is NO parking around Sazon. You will need to park in the paid municipal lot a couple of blocks away. When we arrived, Chef Olea checked us in, but we had to wait about 20 minutes despite the reservation. The host came out asking for my "reservation number" and NOT my name... ummm, sure, I memorize that number. First impression, I am just a number and not a person.

We sat down to a wobbly table that I had to ask the server to correct twice with rolled up paper napkins. This is what you would expect Taco Bell, not a "fancy" restaurant.

Service was incredibly SLOW and the server tried to UPSALE us on everything from drinks, appetizers, main course, and dessert. After someone else brought us the food, we never saw our server again... maybe because we declined all of the upsale suggestions.

The food was ok, not memorable enough to recommend or return. The zucchini blossoms lacked flavor without the sauce. My duck breast came with a sweet potato puree similar to baby food, and some type of fried noodles were placed on top because of the weird texture. Hubby's deconstructed enchilada was meh.

Chef Olea with his hat and no manners... ahem... I mean, horse... made his way through the dining room and stopped at each and every table EXCEPT ours. It was incredibly RUDE and DISRESPECTFUL since we just paid $50.00 for each plate.

For the price, this place is not worth it... poor service and mediocre food.

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BenW
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well this is certainly worth the effort to secure a reservation. The owner treats every customer like family. The food is terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a wonderful experience.

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TomL
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just marvelous food, unique and flavorful. The setting and ambience could not have been better. OK, despite the quality, it is maybe 20% or so higher in price than I feel was justified, but still, clearly the place to go for a special meal in Santa Fe. Octopus appetizer was delicious. The Simfonia Dulce ice cream was unbelievable. The moles are all delicious.

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vipStephanieM
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance! The food had so many layers of flavor. We got personal attention from the chef! Our waiter was also amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very, very good southwest food with truly special mole. Only issue is the chef is not flexible in the dishes to accommodate dietary needs like dairy free.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most unique and delicious meals I have had! Loved it.

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vipfoodie4sure
New England
70 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second visit to Sazon, and we were very anxious to return. First of all the food is divine and the menu is very creative. Oh, and the plates are presented beautifully. Then there was the white Sangria, which I had never tried before. Fabulous. (I usually find red Sangria too weak or watery). My husband had the red and was equally happy.

The wait staff is as professional as any you would find in a big city restaurant. They explain everything, have recommendations, and are there to make you happy....which we were!

A wonderful touch is that both times we have visited Santa Fe and have eaten here, three years apart, the chef visited the table and chatted a while with us.

The high point is the food, however. It is just DIVINE. (Try the salmon in phyllo dough with corn truffles). Nothing else I need to say.

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KathyT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved learning about and tasting all different kinds of mole sauce. I thought I didn't like mole until Sazon opened my culinary eyes!

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SheilaW
London
30 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saxon means “seasoning” in Spanish. It’s definitely a good name for this wonderful restaurant. You start with a selection of 7 mole sauces, and the idea is to figure out which one you want on your entree. They range from Spicy to Mild and everything in between. We were 4 at our table, and we shared 2 servings of the squash blossom appetizer. It was fantastic - unlike any squash blossom dish I’ve ever tried. I had the duck breast with Poblano mole sauce, and it was delicious. They have a special dessert that’s a small serving of ice cream with multiple-layered seasoning. I won’t tell you the end of it, but suffice it to say that it’s a surprising flavor with ice cream - but also delicious.
I highly recommend this wonderful restaurant. Service was wonderful, and the waiters stopped to interact with us, which is a luxury, given the current shortage of restaurant staff. Try it -you’ll love it!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful dining experience! Highly recommend!!!

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valerier
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was exceptional. From the delightful and powerful artwork, to the service and food. All on point and worth the price. We had regular visits by the chef as well who was very accommodating to our two children. The drinks were dynamite. Our waitress was never far away, very attentive and engaged. The dishes we had, from appetizers to entrees were exquisitely prepared. This is a place I highly recommend.

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HelenaR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time at Sazón, and it was even better than 2 years ago.
Service recommendations were outstanding.

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vipAaronR
El Paso
22 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Degustation menu was magnificent. Sea bass and pork belly dishes were hits. All courses incredible and the pairings of tequila, mezcal and wine were well thought out, vivid, and unique to each dish. Wonderful meal.

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vipPaulN
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience...highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soulful and unique culinary experience. A must.

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Nancy
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt the best meal I’ve ever had in a restaurant. Truly a perfect experience. The complex levels of flavor, the composition and presentation were all simply flawless. Chef Olea is both a genius and a gracious human being.

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juliep
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was exquisite!! The chef came to our table to ensure our meal was prepared to our satisfaction. We recommend the crab soup!

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HeidiL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was fabulous. Would return for sure!

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vipSkem
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good restaurant with interesting dishes. The sea bass was excellent! The atmosphere is interesting with lots of art displayed. Service also good would definitely recommend this place.

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vipHeidi
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the top meals we have had in the past 10 years. The chef is a genius with the use of moles, and it was fun to try them all. Outstanding presentation, quality and service. It will become your first choice when dining in Santa Fe….it will be for us.

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RBarrett
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we’ve ever experienced with unparalleled decor. If you’re in Santa Fe, you must visit Sazón. The sopa de amor is a must have, with crema de poblano pepper, gran marnier, and grated chocolate. The mole tasting was a delicious treat as well. It is a true sensory overload. We celebrated our engagement there so it was especially sentimental. Truly a memorable evening and the service was impeccable. Our waitress Alicia was delightful and awesome!

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Dianew
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Mediocre food other than moles. Poor presentations, sides were blah or odd. Example - white fish with rice, cauliflower, pale broccoli and pale green mole for $52. Noisy, close to run down. Very overpriced.

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vipSpunky
Nashville
21 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Issue with seating when we arrived. The salmon dish lacked flavor. Service was good, but not extraordinary.

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JimC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best fine dining experiences we've ever had. Chef is an artist and created dishes that were unbelievable. The artistry of the food preparation and presentation is unsurpassed. And we loved the atmosphere. Our Server, Jordan was top notch. Thanks for such a great experience!

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vipZazzy
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arguably one of the best restaurants I've ever been to... food was very creative and yummy. Chef was awesome and visited all of the tables.

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DaveT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sazon exceeded our expectations. Jordan, our server, was informative and helpful. We experienced new foods and flavors, and got ideas and inspiration for our own kitchen.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an experience! This was one of the greatest meals we have ever had. The food was incredible and unique. It was expensive, but it was so worth it. Make a reservation and enjoy yourself, I don't think you will be disappointed.

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Sazon is rated 4.8 stars by 2605 OpenTable diners.