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Sazon

4.8
4.8
3375 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 24 times today

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 3,375 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
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Best Overall

  • New Mexico

    Best Food

  • New Mexico

    Best Ambiance

  • New Mexico

    Fit for Foodies

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Overall

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Food

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Service

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Fit for Foodies

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Special Occasion

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

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  1. JH

    JessH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal of my life. Excellent selection of mezcal. Get whatever is recommended by the chef and you can't go wrong.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and experience was phenomenal. The meal started with a tasting of the moles that are served with entrees. It made choosing an entree so difficult because all were so wonderful. The chef/owner clearly cares about his customers. He stopped by two times to ask how our meal was. We loved it so must we made a reservation to go back in a few days! This is a must to go to in Santa Fe.
  3. JT

    JimmyT

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sazon delivers More than a dining Trifecta. Outstanding Taste of food with an incredible range of flavors in each dish. Amazing appearance with differing colors. Quality varying textures. Add Mole, Wait Staff, Presentation and Ambiance. Thank You Chef Fernando and your team.
  4. RR

    RebekahR

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Continuously the best dining experience of my life.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic. Food was a great experience. We loved the tequila flight, squash blossoms, octopus, Signature soup and the beautiful moles. Would definitely love to return. Chef Oleo was wonderful
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible at every moment. Couldn’t say enough great things about the place. Ambiance, service, food, value were all A++++. A true experience. If you’re in Santa Fe, this is a must do if $150-200 per person is affordable for you.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner here is always amazing.
  8. C

    Cindy

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The restaurant is unique and very eclectic. We loved that about it. The food was good but not exceptional as we were expecting. The noise level was very loud and the service was average. At times we felt like our waiter had forgotten us.
  9. JD

    JohnD

    Miami

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding! Best meal experience in years. Can't wait to visit again.
  10. MS

    MonicaS

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, relaxing, interesting cuisine, knowledgeable staff, great artwork .
  11. BD

    BrianD

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely divine! A marvelous dining experience. Very professional staff and exquisite food. Have enjoyed mole’s before but this was real study of the the variety and their impacts on different proteins. Planning another visit.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful birthday celebration. The food and drinks were impeccable as was our server, Alicia. She noticed that something was wrong with my halibut special as I couldn’t eat it with the spicy Chile preparation. She immediately replaced it with one that was prepared in a simpler fashion. It was perfect! I would highly recommend this restaurant!!
  13. BR

    BrentR

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a truly one-of-a-kind experience here. The space was cozy and beautifully adorned. The food surprised and delighted from dish to dish. Between my partner and I, we shared six dishes of multinational influence bonded by a singular beating heart of Mexican spice and fresh ingredients. Our favorite plates were the "Soup of Love," the Galician-style octopus, and Chef Olea's take on Chile En Nogada. In fact, the man himself spent ample time regaling us about his style and history, shiny new James Beard medal hanging from his neck. The spirit of Old Mexico abides!
  14. BS

    BSH49

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This by far the best restaurant we have been to. They not only have excellent food but it is also a dining experience. We travel from Tucson to Santa Fe at least once a year to have dinner there.
  15. LE

    LoriE

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish Sazon is amazing! We started by sharing a bowl of Chef Olea's signature soup ( next time I won't share) the flavors are beyond describing! I had the Coyoacan which was also so delicious savored every bite! We also ordered the Salmon, again such wonderful flavors! I've already recommended Sazon to friends. Can't wait till my next visit!
  16. BC

    BrianC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining experience I’ve ever had, hands down. The chef is incredible!
  17. DB

    DeborahB

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You must have the chef's signature soup. Amazing! Love the introduction to flavors with the mole tasting. What a fun way to start a wonderful meal.
  18. BC

    BrianC

    Oklahoma City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply the BEST!!
  19. S

    Suzanne

    Oklahoma City

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we stay in Santa Fe, we always make sure that we have reservations at Sazon. The whole experience is incredible from the food, to the staff, to the atmosphere. It is like no place else, a true foodie's delight! We understand why Chef Fernando received the James Beard Award this year. It is well deserved. Congratulations Chef! We look forward to our next dining adventure with you.
  20. HC

    HappyCamperII

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best time ever! We celebrated my wife’s birthday at Sazon. All aspects of the meal simply perfect. The shrimp enchilada is amazing. The range and depth of flavors in the Sopa De Amor is truly genius We enjoyed visiting with Chef Olea, a couple of times during our meal.
  21. A

    Alice

    El Paso

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and Service were outstanding! Pricey so be prepared.
  22. K

    elizabethK

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Fabulous food, service and ambiance. We loved everything we ordered. Moles wonderful and dessert so interesting
  23. n

    normk

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The time from seating to seeing wait staff was too long for fine restaurant. Also, the time from receiving our our cocktails to seeing the dinner menu was also too long.
  24. B

    Bryan

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    I'm disappointed to have to write this review, as we had a wonderful experience at Sazon previously. Something was very off this time around. The service was just not at the level one should expect at that price point. The chef/owner did make his rounds and greet the guests in the dining room, which is a very nice touch, but that still didn't make up for the poor service. There was a very large group event (lawyers?) in the back of the restaurant and I have a feeling that put a lot of strain on the waitstaff. We sat at our dinner table for nearly 40 mins before we were presented dinner menus. I understand they like to explain the menu and mole pairings, but it would have been nice to review and be ready with questions once the server was able to focus on us. He had several tables, so he seemed like he was spread too thin. I overhead him say he's been on the job for three weeks, which could also explain some of the issues. While we waited we asked the waiter's assistant for menus twice and were met with eye rolls. On a normal evening, the service is very well orchestrated, but this time it felt very strange. To have several servers surround the table and present/clear plates as if it was a choreographed dance was the total opposite of what we experienced up to that point. At that point, why even bother? One of my guests had to send his meal back since the meat was over cooked. The kitchen did prepare a new meal rather quickly, but it was just one more thing to add to the list of issues we experienced that evening. All in all, the food was good, but not the Sazon dining experience we were expecting (and paid for). I hope this was a fluke, but I will think twice before returning.
  25. HC

    HappyCamperII

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When you are at a restaurant and people close their eyes and sigh after their first bite of food you know you are at Sazon. Chef Olea is a culinary genius! We drove 11 hours to dine at Sazon and for a bowl of his signature Sopa de Amor. We were celebrating my 70th birthday and Chef Olea came to our table to talk to us so we got to congratulate him on his James Beard award. The restaurant is beautiful, the food is beyond delicious and we are going back for dinner again tonight.
  26. MH

    MarkH

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, service and personal attention from chef. A truly amazing experience.
  27. B

    Brad

    Houston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sazon is fantastic. It isn’t cheap but the food is other worldly. Very inventive sauces and perfect preparation make for a winning combination. The chef came by our table to chat which was also quite nice. Very impressive restaurant and chef.
  28. MM

    MarkM

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely a true dining experience! This restaurant ranks with the very best.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A total positive dining experience equaling the finest dining in any major city.
  30. SR

    SRJR

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely LOVED our first visit to Sazon. From the welcoming smiles at the door to the impeccable table service and explanations of menu options right though to the unique and memorable tastes that go in to our catalogue of "forever highlights." The starting/tasting of four different moles is a fantastic idea to no only showcase the variety of chef ideas and flavors but also to offer the opportunity for pairing a favorite with a protein and allowing the chef to choose complimentary sides. We actually went with direct menu choices because those too were so well described by the amazing wait staff and too inviting to pass up. But, before that was the most amazing soup we may have ever had - Sopa de Amor. We could have taken a bucket of that home with us. The creaminess, the smooth and perfectly balanced poblano pepper heat, the lump crab. Like nothing we've had before and a treat we won't forget, as it just worked so well together. From there we had the Coyoacan shrimp enchilada and Cholula which were also fantastic and two differing yet perfectly balanced tastes that made us feel like there are likely no bad choices at Sazon. The Cholula's spicing reminded me a little bit of a lamb tagine with a little extra poblano kick and just the right tang provided by well proportioned pomegranate seeds. The creamy sauce of deconstructed enchilada was also amazing, perfectly blending zucchini with asadero for something definitely southwest and at the same time anything but typical. To top it off we had the Princesa desert which was another recommendation of the staff and just the right sweet touch to conclude an evening of outstanding service, beautiful space filled with local art, and creative cuisine that was well worth the price. There is a reason chef Olea just won a James Beard award and we were grateful to have the opportunity to congratulate him as he came around to welcome each table. Clearly a first class operation!
  31. f

    frdiner

    San Francisco

    187 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    187 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Drinks took awhile to arrive . Exterior is very nice , interior needs a revamp ,
  32. R

    Richard

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent way to celebrate our anniversary. The owner Fernando Oleander personally congratulated us at our table. We also had our picture with him.
  33. RJ

    RobertJ

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you haven’t eaten here before you die, then your life has been a total waist
  34. SB

    SteveB

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very simply, the finest dining available in Santa Fe, with friendly, knowledgeable service, in a beautiful, peaceful environment.
  35. RT

    RitcheyT

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I decided it was the best meal we’d ever experienced. Definitely #1 restaurant in Santa Fe.
  36. DB

    DavidB

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Fernando Olea won the James Beard Award for the Best Chef in the Southwest the day before we ate there. June 24th, 2022, What a treat. Great menu, great service.
  37. J

    Joanne

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Memorable. That is the word for the Sazón Restaurant in Santa Fe, NM. Gloria Hiller and I were serenaded with the most innovative and delightful meal, that deserves all the details that follow. The Sopa de Amor (Soup of Love) was a poblano cream base with chunks of crab meat, topped with an Amaretto cream foam and sprinkled with Mexican chocolate. Heavenly. Gloria chose the halibut with chili and I had the pork loin with mole (Chef Fernando Oleo is known for his “New Mexican Mole”). Both meals were delectable. The crowning glory was the Dulce de Sinfonía (Sweet Symphony). A dessert that required the guidance of a conductor. A waitress described each layer of flavor as together we spooned our first bite – a ginger sauce, avocado ice cream, toasted pine nuts, a beet reduction sauce laced with a touch of chili heat. Heavenly. Chef Oleo appears like a rodeo rider with a black outfit and cowboy hat. He was first noticed sharing a toast with a table of guests. He later made his rounds to other tables. The service was impeccable. We watched as six servers removed plates in concert around the celebrating guests. I’ve never had such a remarkable restaurant experience.
  38. MP

    MaryP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dinning experiences we have ever had. Amazing food and excellent service. the restaurant itself is beautiful with lots of beautiful art.
  39. C

    Chaaad

    Dallas

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined at Sazon on our first evening in Santa Fe. It was such a wonderful way to start our visit. They first bring out interesting mole’s to sample which you may order to accompany their dishes. We loved the flavors but found them a tad too spicy for us, so we ordered off the regular menu. The sopa de amor is a must! Best soup I’ve ever tasted. As for entrees, I chose the salmon and my hubby had the beef tenderloin. Both were just fabulous! I highly recommend Sazon! It is truly a dining adventure!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant. Complex delicious sauces. Beautiful presentation. Beets were tasteless. Sweet potato purée too sweet. Dessert was delicious.

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 3375 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 24 times today
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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