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Sazon, Santa Fe, NM
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Chef Fernando - Sazon, Santa Fe, NM
Sazon, Santa Fe, NM
Sazon, Santa Fe, NM
Award-winning

Sazon

4.8
4.8
4682 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

7:00 PM


Booked 57 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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
  • Award-winning
    1. James Beard Award 2022
  • 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

What 4,682 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Best Ambiance

  • New Mexico

    Innovative

  • New Mexico

    Good for special occasions

  • New Mexico

    Most Booked

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Innovative

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Hot spot

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Romantic

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Good for special occasions

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Most Booked

4,682 Reviews
  1. MEats

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was spectacular. The rack of lamb, my god, and the mole.

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  2. PaulL

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Memorably imaginative and skillfully executed dining.

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  3. FrankD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For ordinary folks like us. We were treated like VIPs. We felt very special from our waitress to Chef Olea visiting our table. It was a wonderful and memorable evening. Thank you!

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  4. ThomasH

    Mexico City

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food & service. Always a wonderful experience.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food! Our server was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. Gave great recommendations. Staff was friendly and efficient. It was a great experience!!

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  6. JKP99

    New Mexico

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Restaurant Week menu. Limited choices but really good. Service very attentive without being intrusive. Very expensive but worth it.

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  7. MongolMaid

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sazon has been our favorite for years. It is clearly the best restaurant in Santa Fe.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here is beyond outstanding combining sweet and savory masterfully. An appetizer of 5 different moles is brought to the table in order to help You decide what to order. Be sure and save room for desert. I had the avocado ice cream and my husband strawberry rhubarb crisp, both delicious. Service was a bit slow as the restaurant was very busy with a large group but otherwise excellent

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was phenomenal. The service was great. Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable. It was a nice surprise to be greeted by Chef Fernando Olea at the hostess stand and he also came by our table later to ask about the food.

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  10. MaureenR

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent dinner and enjoyed it immensely! What a treat. We will be back!

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  11. highdesertfoodie

    New Mexico

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been waiting for a return visit to Sazon and our long (post-Covid) wait was not disappointing. We and another couple dined during Santa Fe Restaurant week and found everything A+. Our server was friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about both the food and the wine. Back waiters were attentive and unobtrusive. The food was presented beautifully and the restaurant itself is a feast for the eyes. Not all of our Restaurant Week experiences have been positive; however, this dinner was beyond our expectations. We were very pleased to introduce our friends to Sazon. We and they will be returning in the future.

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  12. BumbleBee

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely evening at Sazon for restaurant week. My starter was mostly mango instead of tuna which was disappointing. The Soup Amor was to die for. Salmon lacked in flavor. Crepe with sheep milk crepe was incredible. Our drinks were lovley. Overall a wonderful experience.

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  13. ByronL

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sazon offers a delightful dining experience with its great ambiance and attentive service. From the moment we stepped in, we were greeted warmly and felt well taken care of throughout our meal. The food was the highlight of the evening, with each dish crafted to perfection. Every bite was bursting with flavor, showcasing the chef's skill and dedication to creating memorable culinary delights. Overall, Sazon exceeded our expectations and left us eager to return for another exceptional dining experience.

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  14. JoanF

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Expensive. Save for special occasions, but a step up from what you expect from a Santa Fe Restaurant, and that’s saying a lot considering our abundance of fine restaurants.

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  15. PatrickMurphy

    New Mexico

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very enchanting evening. We visited during restaurant week for our first time. The atmosphere was amazing and the food was extraordinary. The server were very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. We will be back.

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  16. LoveSeattleRain

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fabulous restaurant with excellent food, knowledgeable and helpful staff and warm, cozy ambiance. Just go, you won’t be disappointed. A truly gourmet experience.

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  17. Stew

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisite service, beautiful atmosphere, outstanding food. It's hard to think of a better restaurant experience in all the world — and we've visited some of the top ten. Sazon is a special place for a special experience. Savor each bite.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sazon is a totally unique experience in the way of flavorful food, service and the Chef introducing himself at each table. It is absolutely fine dining and an experience to remember.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sazon is by far the best restaurant in town! We love the food, atmosphere and chef Fernando Olea is both personable and creative.

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  20. ALC0725

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Tuna and Duck were quite good. Shrimp Enchiladas had too much sauce, almost no tortillas and were just okay. Food was not as tasty as I recall from a year ago.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience for Boston tourists - L’Espalier west.

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  22. HelloHK

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great ambiance. Their drink selection goes great with the menu

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  23. Sjblessed

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The mole sampler - 5 different flavors …what a broad variety of yummiest. The zucchini blossoms stuffed with 3 cheeses, battered and fried served on greens with a balsamic reduction were so delicious, crunchy. The medallion tortillas with roasted corn, full of a wonderful Unami flavor. The salad of greens, shrimp, beets, feta and fried spaghetti (?) was heavenly. The main courses: sea bass, roasted broccoli n rice, fillet, cabbage salad n rice, rack of lamb cabbage salad n rice. Of the three the lamb was least of the 3. The sea bass was flakey, moist and served with the verde mole. The filet was served with the standard chocolate mole, perfectly cooked and the lamb chops were served with the verde mole but the quality of the lamb was not near that of the sea bass or filet. Dessert was a puffed pastry filled with pastry cream; raspberries n blueberries topped with an edible flower. The crispest pastry crust I’ve ever had. All was a gastronomical experience accentuated with a bottle of Spanish Granache which lovely.

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  24. Meny

    New Mexico

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed Sazon. All of the Frida Kahlo paintings were amazing. The food was great! My son and I had the salmon- very creative presentation. My husband ordered the steak- very special. The appetizers were great. The waitress, Alicia even gave us the mole sampler. It was my son's 25th birthday. He got a nice cake with candle to blow and champagne to share. Very nice!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Very disappointed. I always loved this restaurant in the past, but our experience was terrible. As soon as we asked (it was not inserted into the regular menu - not good) for the Restaurant Week menu, we were treated like less than worthy patrons. You would think they would be happy to have locals frequent the restaurant. Salmon was overcooked. Dessert was sad. The only good course was the Love Soup…not going back any tjme soon.

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  26. DonnaG

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, fantastic food. A little noisy, but enjoyed.

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  27. Lani

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can I just say 'WOW'? Their is a hype about Sazon for a reason. The food was perfect, the wine list was extensive and the service was exemplary. It was a great dinner that made for a wonderful evening with my husband and son. I highly recommend Sazon.

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  28. CaitlinR

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really liked the mole sample flight. Food was great.

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  29. DanO

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Inventive food, excellently presented in a great atmosphere. Santa Fe is small, but Sazón would be worth visiting in any large city.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sazon is not only a fabulous dinner but a wonderful experience! The service is excellent!

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  31. JMG505

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant food, brilliantly executed, brilliant service. James Beard-award winning chef. Not to be missed.

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  32. JanetH

    Atlanta Metro

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious! We enjoyed sampling the mole which greatly helped in deciding our meal choices. And dessert is not to be missed!

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  33. JulieZ

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There was absolutely nothing that was not perfect about our evening. Of note, though, was the Sopa de Amor. When you go, you must order this. I literally felt chills down my spine on my first taste!!!!

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  34. grs90802

    New Mexico

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely experience from food to Zaith as our waiter who was excellent loved the mole appetizer, the squash blossems and the sea bass and pork loin entrees. Always a great meal at Sazon

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  35. MimC

    New Mexico

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sazon is our favorite restaurant for celebrations, and for taking guests who are foodies and want to see what Santa Fe has to offer! The service is great, the food unique and delicious, and the space colorful and cheerful. Thanks!

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  36. JackB

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the top restaurants in New Mexico. Worth a trip. Chef is winner of James Beard award for Top Chef in the Southwest in 2023. Food, presentation and service can't be beat. Decor is superb. Wine selection is exceptional. Can't go wrong here.

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  37. JayneS

    Vietnam

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An evening of excellence, from the atmosphere, the decor, the food and the service. It's a warm and attentive environment. It's not my first time and hopefully not my last.

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  38. Teddy

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impeccable food, presentation and flavor. Service was so very professional and connected. Cocktails were great, albeit expensive. Will definitely return.

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  39. GeorgeF

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chefs special soup is a must! Perfect! Moles were amazing. Drinks to desert everything was fantastic. Loved the Sea bass with the green mole.

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  40. NormaP

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always the food and service was outstanding. We love going to Sazon because of the delicious food and personalized service. Servers are very attentive and, their coordination on how they bring the food is immaculate. My husband and I have been in Sazon several times, but this was my daughter’s first time, and she loved the food and was impressed by the service.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Sazon is rated 4.8 stars by 4682 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 57 times today
Google Map for Sazon

221 Shelby St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. James Beard Award 2022
  • Cross street
    East Alameda Street & Water Street
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Fe
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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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