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Sazon

4.8
4.8
3303 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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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

Popular dishes

Menu

Antojitos

  • Camaron-Tini$28.00

    colossal white shrimp from Gulf of Mexico / light crispy batter / sweet Thai chili aioli

    • Xochimilco$18.00

      huitlacoche: savory and earthy corn truffle over mini tortillas / native spices / queso fresco

      • Azteca$19.00

        yellow fin tuna crudité / avocado / cucumber / spicy tacuba sauce / crispy corn chips

        Ensaladas

        • De la Casa$15.00

          baby spinach / mango / cotija cheese / white onion / bacon / cilantro vinaigrette

          • Suzanna's Salad$25.00

            mixed seasonal greens / avocado / mango / crispy quinoa strips / sautéed shrimp / ginger cilantro vinaigrette

            Sopa

            • Sopa de Amor$18.00

              Chef Olea's signature soup

              • Frijole Negro$15.00

                silky black bean soup with bacon / jalapeño / white onion / epazote sour cream / crispy corn tortilla strips

                Plato Fuerte

                • Barenjena$32.00

                  stuffed eggplant / zucchini / corn / tomato / gruyère cheese

                  • Coyoacan$37.00

                    shrimp enchilada: creamy sauce of zucchini blossoms / asadero cheese

                    • Popocatepetl$55.00

                      spicy black pepper crusted aged angus beef tenderloin / snow peas red cabbage / jasmine rice

                      • Cholula$37.00

                        (Chef Olea's interpretation of Chile en Nogada) a tower of chile poblano / ground lamb, pork and beef / nuts / dried fruits / spices over a cold creamy walnut sauce / pomegranate seeds / balsamic jalapeño reduction

                        • Atun$40.00

                          pan seared tuna / red cabbage / snow peas / mixed greens

                          • Salmon$42.00

                            filet wrapped in filo dough / huitlacoche (corn truffle) / jasmine rice

                            Last updated: February 1, 2022

                            What 3,303 people are saying

                            Overall ratings and reviews

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                            4.8
                            4.8 based on recent ratings
                            • 4.8Food
                            • 4.8Service
                            • 4.8Ambience
                            • 4.5Value

                            NoiseModerate

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                            • New Mexico

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                            • New Mexico

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                              Best Overall

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                            1. E

                              Eat2much

                              Hawaii

                              10 reviews

                              4.0

                              10 reviews

                              Dined 1 day ago

                              overall4food5service3ambience5

                              The food was great, especially the stuffed squash blossoms, but the service was very slow. There were only 2 of us, we each had only one appetizer and one entree, no dessert, and we were there for over 2 hours. I rated the noise level high because there were two tables talking loudly to each other, so don’t think this is the norm, but no one did anything about it, so we spent 2 hours listening to these people brag about their wonderful lives. Not really the restaurant’s fault, but it was what it was.

                            2. B

                              Bernard

                              Houston

                              14 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              14 reviews

                              Dined 1 day ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing meal. Chef Olea even came by our table to talk to us. He deserves the James Beard award for a totally amazing meal - every dish we had!

                            3. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Seattle

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined 1 day ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Best dining experience. Food was phenomenal.

                            4. SS

                              SonS

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 2 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Authentic creative food, great decor and amenities, fantastic service from the waiters

                            5. OT

                              OTfun

                              Denver

                              49 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              49 reviews

                              Dined 2 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              A bit pricey for every day dining for my budget, but if I could do that I would. Last night was our 4th visit and so far we’ve never left disappointed. In fact, each and every meal has far exceeded expectations. It’s truly a foodie experience! Fernando, the chef and owner has outdone any other Santa Fe restaurant and we’ve been coming to Santa Fe for over 30 years.

                            6. t

                              tahinivet

                              Washington DC

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The best meal I have eaten in my life. The layers of complexity of what you are tasting is incredible.

                            7. MG

                              MarshallG

                              Philadelphia

                              8 reviews

                              5.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Wonderful meal— the chef has made his outstanding moles accessible on the regular menu and what a treat their structure and complexity are to the palate.

                            8. m

                              misterryan

                              New York Area

                              6 reviews

                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Absolutely delicious! A very nice experience. Try it

                            9. DB

                              DarleneB

                              Phoenix

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Exceptional experience! This was one of our most favorite food experiences. The food prepared by Chef Fernando Olea was so incredibly delicious and the presentation of food was spot on! The chef visited with us prior to ordering the food and he also checked back with us after the meal as well. Nice touch! We ordered the chef’s special soup which had crab and it was a 10! The octopus dish was also so tasty/incredible- another 10! My husband ordered the shrimp enchilada entree which was so scrumptious. I ordered the chef’s Cholula entree and I absolutely loved it! We also ordered the chef’s secret dessert which we also thoroughly enjoyed. The creativity and perfect pairing of ingredients of the dishes was phenomenal What a dining experience. No wonder the chef is a finalist in the south western region for the James Beard award- he so deserves to win. Good luck Chef!

                            10. LL

                              LusciousLisa

                              Los Angeles

                              3 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined 6 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We visit from Texas and plan ahead to eat here. Always an excellent experience. The sopa d’ amor is out of this world! I tried the shrimp enchiladas - the shrimp was tender and the sauce was amazing. All of the moles are outstanding. Our waitress, Shawna was top notch. The chef welcomed us and took time to visit our table. It’s not just another dinner out…it is an experience with a warm and inviting ambiance. This is our favorite dining spot in Santa Fe.

                            11. MJ

                              MollyJ

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 6 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We had the most personal and welcoming attention from the minute we walked in the door. That treatment continued until we walked back out the door having eaten truly unique and incredible food. You locals are lucky to be able to eat here. We’re dreaming of coming back.

                            12. v

                              virginiab

                              New York Area

                              24 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              24 reviews

                              Dined 6 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Celebrating last day in Santa Fe. Excellent experience driven by our server who explained every dish with the proper moles.

                            13. L

                              Luke

                              New Mexico

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined 6 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing sampler and pairing - great evening - highly recommend!

                            14. d

                              dougaldg

                              San Francisco

                              31 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              31 reviews

                              Dined 7 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              First time there. Our complete party had a spectacular time with the food and the wine.

                            15. TB

                              TamaraB

                              Dallas

                              7 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined 7 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Must haves: Chef Olea's Signature Soup & dessert. These 2 dishes are worth a flight to Santa Fe!

                            16. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 7 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Delicious in every way.

                            17. KC

                              KelleyC

                              Kansas City

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 19, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Exceptional dining experience from start to finish! Inventive menu, grounded in Mexican flavors, with great guidance from servers. Amazing moles paired with wines from Mexico. The “mystery dessert” was outstanding as well as a fun experience. We also appreciated the chef’s visit to our table.

                            18. G

                              Grrrrrrrrlf

                              Los Angeles

                              189 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              189 reviews

                              Dined on May 19, 2022

                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                              The restaurant is lovely and intimate. Chef Fernando Olea came out to greet his visitors—a very nice touch, indeed. The server accommodated my friend’s request for drinks, and she brought us each the mole sampler. Not being horribly hungry we decided to share a salad and an order of the salmon. The presentations were lovely, but I found the flavors to be overwhelming—drowning out the natural flavors of the food. I would have liked a bit more subtly in the preparation of the food. I would come back and try other items on the menu, as this is a very fine restaurant that prides itself on quality, all the way around.

                            19. M

                              Mainiac

                              Miami

                              119 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              119 reviews

                              Dined on May 19, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The most delicious food I have had in a long time. I could feel the love that Chef Fernando had in his soul when he cooks. Our food was incredible c the service outstanding, and hours later I can still lick my lips and savor the dishes that I had. Well done and wish you had a restaurant near us in Miamiiii.

                            20. KM

                              KarenM

                              New Mexico

                              14 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              14 reviews

                              Dined on May 18, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The most innovative restaurant in Santa Fe. Everything was fantastic.

                            21. JJ

                              JimJ

                              Dallas

                              2 reviews

                              3.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on May 18, 2022

                              overall3food4service4ambience3

                              I’ll admit we’re not regular patrons of fine dining establishments. The few we’ve been to are nowhere near the price, in our opinion. Sazon lived up to that standard. The octopus appetizer was excellent. Perfectly cooked with a delicious sauce. My wife had the “Cholula”, which is a reconstructed (not deconstructed) version of Chile nogada. It was good but not outstanding. Accompanying sauce was too thick. I had the duck breast with Santa Fe mole. The duck was very good. The sides, however, were a disaster. The beets were spiral cut to phoof up the presentation, which made them nearly impossible to eat, no matter how many times I tried to cut them. And, being beets, I was sure to splatter bloody beet juice all over myself. The sweet potatoes were a glorified version of the classic Thanksgiving sweet potato marshmallow casserole that great aunt Gussie always brings. Only with crinkley fried rice squiggles on top, making them also nearly impossible to eat. (If I had wanted to.) Needless to say, I left most of both sides on my plate. Wine prices started at $62 for an $11 retail bottle of Chilean Cabernet. Though I admit the $80 bottle we chose was excellent and marked up only about 2 1/2 times retail, which is very reasonable for a restaurant. Service was good but not outstanding. With tip we spent $223. We will not be back. There are dozens of restaurants in Santa Fe where you can get a better meal for a Third the price.

                            22. SS

                              SherylSantaFe

                              New Mexico

                              6 reviews

                              4.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on May 17, 2022

                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                              I loved my food but my husband was very disappointed in his. Too much mole and duck was tough

                            23. TT

                              TalismanTastes

                              New England

                              3 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on May 17, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Fab service, menu. An epicurean delight!

                            24. C

                              Carl

                              Phoenix

                              6 reviews

                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on May 17, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Fantastic meal. Really enjoyed interacting with the chef.first time we were ever greeted by the chef when we arrived. One of the best meals we have ever had. Strongly recommend the chef’s choice soup, entrees and dessert. Fantastic experience. Service was exceptional. We really appreciated the waiter comments and suggestions. We return on next trip to SF

                            25. LB

                              LindaB

                              Kansas City

                              3 reviews

                              4.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on May 17, 2022

                              overall4food5service4ambience4

                              Great soup and main course but had to wait quite a while for coffee and a dessert menu. Decided to skip coffee and dessert.

                            26. RK

                              RoyK

                              Denver

                              10 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              10 reviews

                              Dined on May 17, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Attentive staff and a welcome visit by the chef.

                            27. KN

                              KrakenNM

                              Hawaii

                              9 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on May 16, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Sazon is a special. The atmosphere, food, and service are stellar. Chef Olea came to each table to chat with diners, which was a welcome and nice touch. The chef special soup was incredible. All the dishes our party ordered, with their accompanying mole sauces, were excellent. A wonderful experience from start to finish.

                            28. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New Mexico

                              91 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              91 reviews

                              Dined on May 16, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Unique and delicious cuisine, beautiful ambiance, great service. The best place to dine in Santa Fe. Pricey, but well worth it.

                            29. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Dallas

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food was amazing. Great service. Loved meeting the chef !! Will go again

                            30. S

                              Symsonia

                              Nashville

                              78 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              78 reviews

                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Mexican Gourmet really exists at Sazon. I’ve been just about everywhere and if you are in Santa Fe this will be your finest dining experience.

                            31. GL

                              GuyL

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              One of the best meals we have ever had. Stuffed quash blossom appetizer and roasted poblano corn soup with crab were amazing, unlike anything we have ever experienced.

                            32. BB

                              BonniB

                              Dallas

                              6 reviews

                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Birthday dinner in Santa Fe needed to be special. Sazon was the perfect choice. Staff was great while each course was an adventure in new combinations that rated a 10 for flavor, Presentation, and taste. Will be back next trip.

                            33. S

                              Sari

                              Orange County

                              13 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              13 reviews

                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Food was excellent

                            34. LS

                              LizaS

                              Denver

                              12 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              12 reviews

                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Always extraordinary! The food and service are at another level.

                            35. r

                              rrldjd

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 12, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This is one of the best restaurants in Santa Fe. The food was amazing, the service amazing, and the drinks amazing. Chef Olea is a gem.

                            36. B

                              Babs

                              New England

                              21 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              21 reviews

                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                              overall4food4service3ambience4

                              It was all good but not a great experience mostly because of service . Our main waitress was excellent but had to rely on others to keep up with water , our wine glasses being replenished and general attentiveness . I felt they were short staffed . The prices we felt were over the top . I had ordered a fillet and discovered two half inch peace’s of meat on top of one another it was without flavor. My brother ordered the tuna which was served with the incorrect Mole from which he had ordered - this was corrected half way thru his meal. My sister did enjoy her main course flavor wise but the presentation was not appealing at all. I shall not advise friends to go there. We had much better service and food at numerous roof top hotel bars

                            37. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              15 reviews

                              5.0

                              15 reviews

                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              It's always a pleasure dining at Sazon!

                            38. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Diego

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                              overall2food4service3ambience3

                              The service was very slow. Our biggest concern was that we were charged $65 for Halibut. This was not communicated to us or listed on the menu. If we had known we would have chosen something else.

                            39. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Los Angeles

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This was the most incredible dining experience my wife an I have had. Top to bottom just a fantastic experience.

                            40. k

                              kdjhalstead

                              New Mexico

                              4 reviews

                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on May 10, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              No additional comments

                            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 3303 OpenTable diners.

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                            Google Map for Sazon

                            221 Shelby St Santa Fe, NM 87501

                            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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