Sazon

4.8
1427 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin American
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Latin American, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
Bar
Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(505) 983-8604
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Fernando Olea
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
East Alameda Street & Water Street
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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, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Fabulous restaurant. Food was incredible and the service was superb. The chef is a genius! Creates amazing sauces, pairs your choice with your main course. Our waitress was great--her recommendations were spot on!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Went with my wife and kids for 29th anniversary. Meal was outstanding; service was great. Sampling the different moles and learning about them was fun. The restaurant had a little Anniversary card out for us and gave us a free dessert - which was nice. Enjoyed meeting the chef. As regards the food, I had the pork tenderloin with the recommended mole (Coloradito) - just excellent. The kids had a duck dish and the lamb - both thought they were very good. Overall, it was an outstanding experience.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

I have visited this restaurant many times. As always, the food, drink and service were outstanding. But this time two things diminished our enjoyment. The first was the presence of a very loud baby and toddler two tables away. If I am going to spend $370 for four with my friends at a restaurant, my evening should not be marred by screaming children. The second item was the air-conditioning which was blowing directly on us at the table. at which we were seated and was much too cold. The staff accommodated us by turning it down but it came on again. The vents need to be redesigned so that they do not blow directly on patrons.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Our server Candace was a true professional. She was the best. We will be back! The restaurant staff as a whole was extremely attentive!!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Had the most wonderful experience. Food was interesting, authentic and delicious. Service was friendly, helpful and attentive. Highly recommend for ultimate Santa Fe food experience.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

After very poor and unhelpful service from desk people, all was straightened out by a superb manager and impeccable service by wait people. The meal was superb from appetizer to dessert and the evening went from a disaster to one of the best overall dining experience we ever had in Santa Fe.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

If I could give Sazon more than 5 stars, I would! We had the most incredible dinner and bottle of wine. The wine list is extensive and we were guided with lots of information about the different choices. The one we ultimately chose was amazing, a 2008 Noster Sants from Priorat, Spain. The food was absolutely spectacular. You get a beautiful sampler of six different moles to try with little mini-tortillas. Each of the moles makes an appearance on the menu so you have the opportunity to sample before you commit.
We started with squash blossoms. We loved them so much we came back the next day for a quick drink just so we could have them again. One of us had the black bean soup and timbales and the other had the pork with mole. So, so delicious.
We also got a visit from the chef who is so friendly! Photo op! This restaurant is affiliated with La Chaine des Rotisseurs and I am a member so that was a special treat for me.
I can't recommend Sazon enough!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

On our first visit to Sazon, we were elated with all the great tastes and textures. Often, at a restaurant, there will be one or outstanding tastes that remain with you long after you're gone. Just about everything we tried passed that test in flying colors.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Anniversary

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Such a wonderful Santa Fe restaurant! Love the chef, love the food, love the cocktails. A grown up place, dressy casual, suggest reservations. Second visit. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Unfortunately the meals we got were overcooked! It looks like quality control is not top.
Halibut but was overcooked and dry: could not cut with fork.
The veal was supposed to be medium rear and was served well-done.
Huge disappointment for a frenchman used to " perfection" in houses ranked #2 in Santa Fe and priced that way: $70 for the halibut!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This is a very attractive restaurant with excellent ambiance and food. We enjoyed everything from the prickly pear margaritas, mole sample, appetizer plate of ceviche and tacos, our entrees (stuffed poblano pepper and duck breast in mole sauce) to our delicious desserts. We also enjoyed the chef visiting with us.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Fabulous food start to finish.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

This dinner was outstanding. We travel extensively and this, by far, is one of the best dinners we have had in a very, very, long time. The food was over the top. The service reflected the extensive training all of the service members received. The chef circulating around to ALL the patrons was an extra enjoyable treat. If you find yourself in Santa Fe, don't pass up the opportunity to visit this outstanding restaurant.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Incredible food and great service. The food was innovative and unique, Mexican with a Santa Fe flavor, the staff courteous and knowledgeable, and both the chef and maitre’d came by our table to chat. A wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

The sopa d'amor was STUNNING and I don't say that about food very often!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

The food was amazing and the service impeccable. They had a service confusion when we first arrived and to make up for it comped us 2 glasses of persecco and a dessert

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We enjoyed a glorious meal at Sazon last Saturday evening, August 4. It all started off, of course, with the six memorably fantastic moles and small tortillas--a golden beginning. For starters we enjoyed the wonderful small tortillas with huitlacoché (scrumptious) and the equally good vegetable timbales. Our mains consisted of a poblano chile stuffed with lamb, pork, beef and walnuts with a complimentary sauce and shrimp enchiladas--both extremely good. And, we ended on a high note, the chef's special dessert: avocado ice cream with a beet and jalapeño sauce which is a glorious experience all on its own. The service was very professional and friendly. This was one fine meal!

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Extremely overpriced food. We have had a lot of mole in our travels and in the US—and this was average and WAY overpriced for $30 entrees. Especially as we live in the San Francisco Bay Area and regularly eat at really first class restaurants. The staff continually referred to us as “milady” which was pretentious and quite frankly annoying. Not a good value at all—take it from someone who regularly dines at Michelin star restaurants in California wine country.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Just amazing food that was very creative. We liked it all.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Absolutely amazing experience! Super unique food. Everything from service, drink, food, ambiance... Perfection!!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

wonderful service and presentation ... wait staff "orchestrated" table deliveries and was attentive to all table needs

food was impeccably fresh and well-prepared ... moles made the dishes that much more appealing

while we are "foodies", we were repeatedly surprised and gratified by the creativity and remarkable flavors, particularly for the soups and meats/fishes

wow ... can't wait to go again

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Excellent as always. Attentive and knowledgeable staff.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The rack of lamb was fatty this evening. Thus the lower rating.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Outstanding food and service. The moles were amazing, but the sopa de amor exquisite, definitely order it. One of the best meals and the service was top notch. The chef even came out to greet us and answer questions. Such a great food experience.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

We ate here while on vacation and enjoyed this restaurant in Santa Fe more than any other one where we ate during a 5 day stay. Food selection was excellent and presentation was unusual and visually attractive. Service was very polished.
The meal begins with a sampling of 8 different mole sauces to help guide you in menu selection.
Although it’s expensive it was definitely worth it.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

The food, service, atmosphere and attention from the Chef was all Outstanding!

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

The best authentic Mexican restaurants I have ever experienced. We live in Houston, Texas where there is a whole lot of competition and this place outperformed my expectations. We did a tasting menu on the spot and the waiter was so helpful to help us choose the various dishes to experiment. All choices were just spectacular and you must taste test the varieties of the Mole. Just spectacular.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

I have been to Sazon several times and have never been disappointed. I love the variety of moles. Our waitress was wonderful, and very knowledgeable about the menu items. Although it is pricey, it is an excellent restaurant!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Amazing culinary experience! But what made this a must stop in Santa Fe was definitely the chef and his waitstaff. Their knowledge of the food and welcoming hospitality made it a night to remember. Enjoy!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Our best dinner from a week in Santa Fe! A truly memorable meal.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Oh my- one of the best meals ever. Sadly, they were out of grasshoppers for their signature appetizer. But everything they did have was classy. Extraordinary tastes. Amazing attentive coordinated service for our party of 4. The chef was generous with his time, speaking with us tableside for 5 minutes. The zucchini blossom dish was one of my top 8 single items ever. The soup was amazing. The sweet symphony dessert was world class. Go. Enjoy. Five stars.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

The food is spectacular. The special house soup, soda de amor, may be the best dish I’ve ever tasted. The moles are fabulous. This is a pricey place but worth it.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Excellent food and service. Beautifully appointed and felt well taken care of. One person was excessively loud but eventually left. The manager personally came by and spoke with us. Lovely experience

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

We absolutely loved Sazon. We were there for our anniversary and the whole staff treated us so well. The signature soup and moles are unlike anything I’ve ever tasted!

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Great atmosphere! Service was top notch! Meal and cocktails unusual yet quite good! Appreciated the chef visiting the table. Would highly recommend

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2.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Food only fair and over priced. Wine very very over priced. No reason to return

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Food was superb.
Wait staff extremely knowledgeable
Service wonderful
Chef met us personally

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The first few times we went, I strongly thought it was the best restaurant in Santa Fe! The last couple times, I’ve been disappointed. My halibut was cold and dry and we waited too long for our drinks and for our order to be taken. Maybe they got too popular too quickly. I really hope the quality comes back up!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

I came here on my last night in Santa Fe and loved it. Not only was the food delicious and different from anything else we experienced on our trip, the ambiance was delightful and I felt as if I was dining in an art gallery. The service was exceptional and the menu creative. The most exotic thing on the menu (from my perspective) were the baby grasshopper tacos, which were crunchy and delicious. I was feeling adventurous. Everything we ordered was great, from the salmon to the beef tenderloin. If you're visiting Santa Fe, be sure to check out this restaurant.

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