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Sazon

4.8
4.8
3566 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


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 3,566 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

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  • New Mexico

    Best Overall

  • New Mexico

    Best Food

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  • New Mexico

    Best Ambiance

  • New Mexico

    Best Value

  • New Mexico

    Fit for Foodies

  • New Mexico

    Notable Wine List

  • New Mexico

    Special Occasion

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Overall

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Food

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Service

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Value

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Fit for Foodies

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Hot Spot

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

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  1. WM

    WMHbg

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our dinner at Sazon and especially the wonderful moles. Our server was fantastic and the chef seemed omnipresent. The couple sitting next to us got engaged during dinner!
  2. V

    Vicki

    Las Vegas

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and service. We met the chef too, which was a nice touch. We will be back!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I really wanted to love love this spot. But the food was not spectacular; tasty but not incredible. The service was attentive and the ambience quite lovely.
  4. L

    Loola

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The owner/executive chef is always out on the floor, talking with customers and keeping an eye on service. The complimentary tasting of 5 mole (sauces) was a delightful way to open the meal. The food was perfect. My only complaint is that it is so popular that the only reservations are 4 weeks out!
  5. a

    awhitelady

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our anniversary and the whole waitstaff was accommodating and jovial. Our food was AMAZING! It was an added bonus seeing the executive chef personally greeting each table. We will definitely dine here again and recommend Sazon to all our friends.
  6. HS

    HarryS

    Western NC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful as was the service. Truly a world class meal
  7. SB

    SBReviewer

    Grand Rapids

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Flavors are amazing. This is a restaurant you must visit in Santa Fe. The Chef comes out and greets everyone. The staff are professional and attentive. You can't go wrong with any choice. The flavors that you may not think will work, come together in an amazing way. The Mole sauces and the the octopus are a great beginning. We tried the tuna which is tender and mouthwatering and the salmon is amazing. For dessert - the Chef's signature and the Mole Poblano left us very full, happy and satisfied. We couldn't ask for more.
  8. MG

    MelissaG

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you only eat at one fancy food place in Santa Fe this is it! The food is unexpected interpretations on known dishes with phenomenal service which is an integral part of the experience. The waiter recommendation for wine, appetizer conundrums and full in depth knowledge of the complex ingredients and best way to fully appreciate the layers of flavors and his amazing energy and passion for the food was so fun to be a part of. And just FYI —. DO NOT SKIP THE DESSERT ICE CREAM. Trust me take the leap and enjoy the amazing progression of flavors on your tongue. Bravo Chef!!
  9. RB

    RickB

    New England

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic array of moles… and mezcales!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    We had the WORST service ever at Sazon tonight. There’s practically more waitstaff than customers but they stand around talking to each other instead of attending to the tables. One guy seems dedicated to just keeping your water glass filled but has no interest whatsoever in clearing plates that have been sitting there 15-20 minutes after you’ve finished eating. The service was painfully, egregiously slow. Our entrees were not hot when they finally arrived 30 minutes after our first courses were cleared (which was 20 minutes after we finished eating them). Drinks take forever. I could go on and on. It was just TERRIBLE service.
  11. JW

    JoeW

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed Sazon! The food was absolutely delicious and innovative. The atmosphere was terrific.
  12. ML

    MatthewL

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Menu is interesting, and fun. Wait staff is expressive and work as a team. Food was delicious.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. Sopa de Amor is a must try. Just go and experience you won’t be disappointed. Also try the mystery desert a true symphony of flavor.
  14. BF

    BrentF

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service at the bar. Ate dinner and enjoyed some great margarita's made by a great bartender. Food was excellent too!
  15. PB

    ParkerB

    Jacksonville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What and outstanding experience & opportunity to savor some exquisite flavors from Oaxaca. Not only did we enjoy all the variety of flavors but we sampled some wonderful Mexican wine . Our sever,Julian, made the experience so much more special. His staff was attentive to all of our needs & answered our many questions. The setting could have not been lovelier. We enjoyed all the beautiful paintings. A true feast for all of the senses. Make sure to reserve 70 to 80 days in advance. Worth the wait! A unique dinning experience only at Sazon in Santa Fe.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Innovative and artistic food with service second to none.
  17. LA

    LeaA

    Austin

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our visit was wonderful. The staff is friendly, professional, and very attentive. The menu is everchanging and always full of fresh, exquisitely prepared dishes. Thank you to Chef Olea and his staff for making our birthday celebration even more fun and special.
  18. SH

    ShainaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic experience! The food and service we amazing, and I can’t wait to go back!
  19. JW

    JodyW

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been waiting to get back into Sazon for a couple of years. IT WAS SO WORTH THE WAIT! The menu was amazing and the food superb. Chef Olea has upped his game, even though I didn't think that was possible. The restaurant, and Chef Olea, more than deserve the 2022 James Beard award. It was fabulous.
  20. TC

    TodC

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible. The moles are terrific. Would recommend Sazon highly to anyone who enjoys taste sensations. We will definitely be back.
  21. JP

    JeffP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eating at Sazon is a full sensory experience. The atmosphere is classic Santa Fe. The buzzing waitstaff are busy, gracious and very accommodating. Isaac, our server was superb. He was clearly as excited about our experience there as we were. The food. . .hard to capture in words. Just the perfect sweet, salty, savory, smoky notes at just the right time. A symphony of flavor. Meeting chef Olea was icing on the cake. He is so sweet, humble and hard working, and he took several minutes to talk to us about his art. We have eaten in many places in Santa Fe and this by far was the best. We can’t wait to return 🌶
  22. ST

    SistersTrip

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and completely worth the wait. We had a wonderful experience!
  23. RD

    RebeccaD

    Tampa

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal I have had all year! Eventive and delicious food and also beautifully presented. Am returning in two days for another tasty meal. The restaurant is beyond fantastic, it is foody heaven. Fernando Olea is the best chef in the Southwest period.
  24. TT

    TTan

    Austin

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal in Santa Fe. Really enjoyed everything from service to drinks, appetizers, entrees and overall ambiance. Would definitely go back again
  25. PS

    PatrickS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in Santa Fe. The service is perfect and the menu is varied and inventive. We love the mole sauces you get to sample prior to making your menu choices.
  26. TB

    TracyB

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb flavors and presentations! This is truly refined cuisine. It is such a pleasure to eat here.
  27. MZ

    MattZ

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an amazing meal. The black bean soup was my favorite.
  28. T

    Trey

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Just fantastic all the way around. Best waitress ever, super nice people all the way around. A nice greeting from the Chef. A+
  29. H

    Henry

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. A real foodie experience!!!
  30. FW

    FromWAState

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the mole tasting!! What a treat. We had great guidance from our server as well. Some of the most inventive food we’ve experienced eating out.
  31. A

    Antonio

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in Santa Fe! The Mole is outstanding. A flavor extravaganza! The service was excellent and the Chef visited with us.
  32. n

    nancys

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Great food marred by rough around the edges service. I felt like I had to guard my plate lest someone snatch it away prematurely (that happened twice)
  33. JE

    JEH001

    Charleston

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best -top ten meals I’ve ever had in my life. The soup is must. I never liked mole until I tasted it here. I ordered several jars on their website. Perfectly spiced and beautifully presented dishes. The bartender paired margaritas with the courses and did a phenomenal job! It is pricey but worth it for a special occasion. Definitely going back.
  34. LC

    LynneC

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding. It's easy to see how the executive chef won the James Beard regional award this year. A great choice for a special evening out.
  35. CB

    CherylB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about Sazon was wonderful. Went with a group of 5 and everyone loved it; the food, the service the atmosphere!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration was terrific
  37. LO

    LOvelee

    New Mexico

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Unique and delicious food. Great service as well.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We love Sazon and the interesting items on the menu. This place is not like any other restaurant, and we love the food & the service. We keep coming back & bringing new people!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food quality with farm fresh seasonal ingredients & inspired preparations. Service is professional while not pretentious. Ambience is exquisite. Very special experience overall. Love it!!
  40. AO

    AOK4food

    Oklahoma City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Great in every way.

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 3566 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


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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