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Sazon

4.8
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2315 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin American
Originally from Mexico City, Chef Fernando Olea, formerly Chef of Epazote, has been enthralling diners in Santa Fe since 1991. Chef Olea creates sophisticated flavors using Old Mexico’s indigenous and culinary traditions alongside ingredients from around the world. His menu is deliberately small, featuring fresh and locally sourced produce and meats when possible.

Nothing evokes the mystery of Mexican cuisine more than mole, a sauce of complex flavors that usually includes toasted and ground spices, seeds, nuts, chocolate and chile. Many mole recipes contain more than thirty ingredients and some recipes have five varieties of chile alone. Chef Olea is delighted to share his moles that include his "New Mexican Mole" that he created to commemorate Santa Fe’s 400 year anniversary in 2009. The large mural in the main dining room, was painted and presented to Chef Olea by Federico Leon De La Vega, a well- known artist from Mexico City.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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SeniorSantaFeHedonist
New Mexico
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive staff, delightful outdoor ambience, food as awesome as it always is. Highly recommend, and please dress up to add to everyone’s enjoyment.

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vipLeoT
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food inventive and superbly made. Chef is the best host in Santa Fe. Excellent, reasonably priced wine list including selections from Spain and Mexico.

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MarkU
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Highly recommend. The food is fun and really good. Get there during covid while they are using a next door courtyard for outdoor seating. Great atmosphere.

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FredB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I went recently for our anniversary, and could not have chosen a better place. This was a once in a decade dining experience. Unforgettable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything, get the soup d’amour and try as many apps as you can.

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vipJanetG
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Our starters of octopus and stuffed squash blossoms were incredible. Lamb with the ingenious New Mexico mole never disappoints. The mole poblano with the duck, more classic, but equally delicious. And the dessert sinfonia, that teases the palate with its variety of flavors!

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vipNRFr
Houston
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite restaurant in Santa Fe. Innovative, exciting, delicious!

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vipDonW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Inventive Mexican cuisine with intriguing twists. So many superb choices it's tempting to overeat! Terrific modern takes on classic cocktails and thoughtful wine list.
Sazon is a "must" for any trip to Santa Fe

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation but on open table but restaurant was closed when we arrived

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LuisC
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. High level Mexican cuisine. Exotic, yet approachable. Fantastic, very friendly service.

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MagicMarker
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sazon is by far the best restaurant in Santa Fe. Great management, Great Chef, Great service, Great food and Atmosphere. You won't find food like this anywhere else. I've had meals in many of the best restaurants in America... Sazon is with the best of the best!!

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viplrfb
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Be sure to ask NOT to be seated next to the bathroom. You can smell the odor, people will wait in line for the toilet right next to your table, and the door slams loudly when closed. Do not order any fish as the chef overcooks it. Ask for drinks 20 minutes ahead of when needed since it takes 20 mins to make a drink. Frankly the food was tasteless.

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GeorgeM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food arrived within 5 minutes, like we were at a fast food restaurant and it was at room temperature...we've eaten here before and had good luck but this time it was terrible and certainly not worth the cost

JB
vipJeffreyB
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor seating due to Covid rules but the service and food more than made up for the temporary location.

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KellyY
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and presentation. Fantastic team service. Attentive owner/ proprietor/chef greeting and over-seeing. Great attention to customer service . And various mole dishes that were inspired.

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Tev7
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio outdoor dining, amazing service for our honeymoon.

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EricB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved specials in addition to written menu. Presentation and flavors were outstanding!

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Pmddine
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous meal and excellent service.

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maryg
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, beautiful atmosphere. I am going to need the yam recipe on my duck plate so that I can have an amazing Thanksgiving! My husband is asking me to call the chef for the yam recipe or I may be alone for the holidays!!

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warren
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Extremely disappointing given the hype. There is some kind of weird cult being built around this chef, and from interacting with him he has the ego to match. But the reputation and ego level did not match the actual experience.

Service: We were off on the wrong track from the first interaction. Via open table we had been given the choice of indoor or outdoor table and booked indoor. It was chilly and we did not bring really warm clothes. At the reception the gentleman there was grumpy and claimed that they had no information on whether open table booked a table as indoor or outdoor and we should have left a message in the comments section. All they had was outdoor. Basically a total bait and switch, though to be fair Open Table may be partly at fault.

The outdoor patio is weird and clearly a cobbled together experience for COVID -- for example, they have no heaters which is astounding given even the smallest cafes in Santa Fe have heaters for outdoor dining. So I froze. On the plus side, our waitress was nice and did a pretty good job handling the fact I was grumpy about freezing outdoors.

Food: We must have eaten the wrong foods because nothing we had was particularly strong. The chef is known for his mole's but they all tasted meh to us, and we tried a variety of dishes and found them all to be disappointing. I would eat 50 times at Geronimo and maybe 20 at SantaCafe before I came back here.

Other: They insisted that they would not give us a paper menu, as if there are zillions of COVID cases from looking at a disposable paper menu. My phone battery was dead so I had to share my wife's phone to even see the menu

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vipCourtneyB
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

From Chef Olea's creativity and warmth through our server, Candace's patience and recommendations, we had a great time and felt safe with their level of rigour and precautions dining on their patio during COVID. (Try the soup!)

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vipYarnwiz
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb. Imaginative variations on local ingredients. One of the best dinners ever.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we’ve had in a very long time. Superb food, service, and ambiance.

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WolfM
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the overall Best dining experiences in Santa Fe in the 16 years we've lived here. Service is of a High standard that is rarely seen in U.S. anymore! Every course the food and presentations were Exceptional! Ambiance was also Fantastic, Great Art collection. Chef came out to check on us several times, and even offered us tour after dinner. Very warm and hospitable. Overall we were Very Impressed! Cant wait to return!

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vipbuddym
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal. Tried to get in last year but restaurant was closed for some reason. This meal was a "dining experience" and showed the talents of the entire restaurant staff down to the smallest detail. The decor is simply but very elegant. The serving staff did a great job with a lot of attention to detail. The explanations of the menu items were very clear. This is a very innovative menu and I would encourage anyone to "take a chance" on some of the menu choices. Hopefully, your experience will be as good as mine! I particularly liked the presentation of small samples of the various Mole choices at the beginning of the meal. This helped a lot in making some menu choices. The chef's soup special is "different" but in a very good way. Highly recommended. For the entree, I choice the duck breast special. Although good, this was my one problem with the dinner. My preference for duck breast is seared with skin on. This did not have the skin and I felt that this affected the overall texture of the duck. Again, this is personal preference. The accompaniments to this entree were excellent. The chef's dessert special is in the same category. It is outstanding but I'm not going to spoil the surprise for anyone with a description. However, I will have it again next trip. Overall, an exceptional meal. I will visit again on the next trip to Santa Fe!

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SusanT
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was one of those meals and evenings I’ll remember for a long time! Outdoor patio was comfortable and spacious. Service was impeccable and the food unique and so very delicious! Wine suggestions were perfect! It is not inexpensive but if you are looking for a true fine dining experience, this is it and I would highly recommend Sazon! Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the most delicious meal at Sazon. The shrimp enchiladas are perfection. It was a beautiful and memorable date night. The service was impeccable. I highly highly recommend this decadent dining.

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MarceloN
El Paso
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best customer service and chef I've ever had. My glass was never empty and the knowledge from the staff was on point. Can't wait to go back.

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vipEdward
St. Louis
153 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely perfect experience! This food is incredible, the service is perfect and the Chef/Owner is highly engaged with the patrons to ensure that your dinner is perfect. The shrimp, the octopus, the squash blossoms, the chef’s special soup... all absolutely incredible!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great for some authentic, extra special and unique food. Definitely my Santa Fe favorite!

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ClayC
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every morsel was scrumptious. The squash blossom appetizer was wonderful, the sops de amor was unbelievable. The duck with mole poblano was awesome and the lamb with sweet mole was delicious. Also split 2 desserts. The chocolate brownie and the chefs special both were great. Looking forward to our next visit to Santa Fe!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely professional service and original tasty food.

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Arkay
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal in Santa Fe. Remarkable flavors and a truly creative approach to cuisine. Don’t miss it.

JM
JulesM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best soup I've ever had, chef was amazing! Go here.

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KenA
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perhaps the best meal to be had in Santa Fe, which is high praise because Santa Fe has a number of really great places to dine (too many even to give as examples because of my fear of leaving someone great out. I highly recommend Sazon!

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vipRichardD
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overall good, except waitress over charged us and we had to let her know so it could be corrected.

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brians
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sazon is a great experience and, I think, without Covis-19, which creates some additional operational hick-ups, I think the experience would be exceptional. We had a bottle of wine, Duckhorn 2016 Merlot, which was very good. Add another two or three years of aging and I think it would have been great but also probably twice the price. We then shared a salad and appetizer both of which were very good. I am never a huge fan of salads so, in my opinion, it was better than average. My wife, who likes salads, thought it was very good. My wife then had the Leg of Lamb and I had a pork tenderloin. Both of these were excellent and used different mole sauces for which the restaurant is famous. For desert, we shared a peach cobbler, which was among the best we have ever tasted. Now that in door dining is permitted, we ate indoors, which we were told was the exception, and had the main dining room to ourselves. We truly enjoyed it and all the great artwork presented therein. Finally, the staff was attentive and very professional. Sazon is a treat to be experienced but do be ready for the final check. It is not the most expensive of the Santa Fe restaurants but it is expensive.

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vipJulieB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our son to the restaurant for his birthday. This was the most wonderful dining experience. Every course was a work of art, and the layers of flavors were absolutely amazing. It was a beautiful experience.

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JerryC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bravo! Chief Olea has created a palette of sensual delight; aroma, taste, and color. Beginning with a slate of mole tastings that vary and one can become a participant in the flavor of one's meal. The course selection increases curiosity and a challenge to try. Sea Bass superb with Rojo Mole. Soup with a cloud floating through heat of spices and coolness of depth. Service and attention to each patron shows the excellence of this fine restaurant. Thank you Chief Fernando for the gift of awareness and the pleasure of a wonderful evening.

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vipTheresaA
Dallas
4 reviews