Sazon

4.8
1808 reviews
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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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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The wait to get drinks, then to order & then to be served allowed us to watch other tables be seated, served & leave. I love a leisurely dinner, but at my discretion. And the room was Ivey cold. When the men are shivering, it’s a sign.
And if the waitress said “my” chef this & “my” chef that” one more time we were going to explode.
2 of 4 dinners were excellent. 2 so-so.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and service was impeccable.

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Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience from service to quality of food and offerings. Very, very well done. Thank you.

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LZ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the most incredible meals that I have had the pleasure of having in quite some time.

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. The waiter and serving was a little pretentious. The atmosphere was wonderful!

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BD
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sazon is our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe. We celebrated our 45th anniversary and were treated wonderfully by the staff. Each course was delicious, flavorful, and beautifully served. I highly recommend this restaurant for the discerning diner who wants delicious food, beautiful ambiance, and unparalleled service.

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CS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved the mole tasting even went home with two jars. Really enjoyed my shrimp enchiladas, my husband thought his lamb was soso. They responded to our comments with a very pleasant and professional attitude and saved our evening. We wanted to be wowed and we were. This is how a five star restaurant should be. Would definitely recommend and come back.

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ML
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around! Must go to when in Santa Fe.

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San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding tasting menu and wine paoting... delicious flavors... not overwhelmingly rich
..but great combinations....
.lovely santa fe ambiance..and mole...5 kinds....perfect.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Remarkable flavors in beautifully prepared and presented food. I was skeptical at first and ended up stunned with what a delicious experience the meal was...start to finish. Not inexpensive of course, but really a special evening of unique tastes.

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1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience on our anniversary, appreciated the card and divine anniversary dessert. Dinner was amazing, and service was outstanding. Love the Mole sampler!

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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the ambiance very warm and inviting. The staff was great! We’ll be back!

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found the food very good, if a bit pricey, especially the squash blossoms. I would like to a couple more entre choices. The duck was good, but duck is not my favorite meat. However, the mole is outstanding. The service was very good.

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New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in until we left Phenomenal! 10 stars

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in town. Absolutely superb food, ambiance and service. It really is a symphony in your mouth.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I agree this was the very best dinner we have ever had and we travel extensively. The food was beyond compare and the wait staff on point. Every aspect of our dining experience was memorable!

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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Everything superb! Out of this world, signature blue crab soup; delicious duck and grouper. Making this our number one Sante Fe restaurant for our next visit.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not to be missed dining in Santa Fe. Everything about our evening at Sazon was perfect.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excy

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Denver
45 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best meal we've had in Santa Fe in years at Sazon. I can't remember a better experience in a restaurant ever! The service was excellent. The restaurant was full and we never had to wait for anything very long. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and the savory moles. Our dining was truly an experience we hope to enjoy again very soon. Everything was absolutely perfect!

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K
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sazon is a great restaurant! The chef/owner is out greeting folks! The varieties of mole are amazing. and delicious. The service is exceptional. It is always a joy to dine at Sazon.

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1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great night. From the matradee to the servers. Everyone was on point, attentive, and so nice. The food was incredible, and the drinks perfectly paired. We will be recommending this place to anyone traveling to Santa Fe.

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PR
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been fortunate to be able to travel all over the country for work and eat at some outstanding restaurants for over twenty years. The entire experience at Sazon was the most amazing I've ever had. Explaining the food, flavors and attention to detail here would not do it justice. The pairings and presentation should be experienced by anyone who appreciates the art of amazing cooking.

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CT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant! The food was really exceptional and the ambience with the lovely kiva very warm and inviting. I would definitely go back.

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CG
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant we loved the food, service and location.

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AB
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best meal that I’ve eaten on a long time. The food was creative and so well crafted. I would travel back to Sant Fe again just to eat here!!!!

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DM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sazon is an experience, not just a place to eat dinner. The food is exceptional (wonderful flavors, beautifully presented), the service impeccable and the atmosphere makes the diner feel special.

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CM
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the love soup and it was amazing! Our main courses were wonderful, but the desert was delicious! A very romantic restaurant to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Love the decor and especially the art!
The Chef came out to check on us, and was such a nice touch! Can’t wait until our next visit!!!

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LS
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable. Food is creative and unique. A couple of minor imperfections in preparation (pork loin was more well done than ordered and ice cream was too hard) are all that kept the food from a 5 star rating. The service more than made up for those imperfections, though.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A phenomenal dining experience. Delicious. Delightful. Definitely definitely definitely worth a third visit.

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New Mexico
67 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sazon remains the best restaurant in Santa Fe. It offers a unique cuisine that is outstanding every visit.

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MG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, creative food. Amazingly complex ingredient combinations creatively styled in a quiet, romantic atmosphere.

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JG
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be back. Food was fantastic as was the service! Cannot say enough good things about this gem in Santa Fe.

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LC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food I have ever had, ranking right up there with London's River Cafe of twenty years ago. My wife and I were in Santa Fe for a week; had dinner at Sazon and had to go back a second time.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING experience! Depth of flavors, presentation 5 stars! Our servers could not have been more knowledgeable about what was being offered.

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1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Worth a visit for the Sopa de Amor (amazing) and great cocktails. The rest of our meal was either disappointing or lacked any interesting flavor.
Overall the food is pretentious and overpriced, come for the soup and have a great meal somewhere else in town.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came here with my wife for our anniversary. We were greeted and seated immediately, and there was a Happy Anniversary card on our table which was a nice touch. We were also given free dessert, and the hostess specifically wished us a happy 9th anniversary on the way out. Those little details count for a lot when you're spending a lot of money on a nice meal.

The food was excellent, especially the sopa de amor which we were still talking about for days afterward. Portions are small but expensive in accordance with a typical fine dining experience, but as long as you know that going in you won't be disappointed.

The staff were incredibly friendly and attentive but they did seem a little overwhelmed. The starters came almost immediately (maybe a little too fast, to be honest) but then there were a couple of long stretches where nobody came to check on us. And of course we appreciated the free dessert but I wish we'd been given a dessert menu as we probably would have ordered a couple more things and maybe even some dessert drinks.

I want to be clear that it didn't feel like anyone was snubbing us. The place was just super busy and I think they could coordinate service a little better, or maybe just hire more staff to give servers some breathing room.

Overall I had a fantastic experience here and I expect to be back when I'm back in Santa Fe.

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SF
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sazon never disappoints. Great food. Great staff. Best restaurant in Santa Fe, hands down!!

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New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was unique and creative. The waiter provided excellent descriptions and guidance. The service was impeccable. This was our first visit, but we will definitely return!

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New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service, wonderful food that might just change your life. All of this in a beautiful setting. I live in Santa Fe and Saz'on is my absolute favorite restrerent.

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