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Sazon

4.8
4.8
3273 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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Booked 51 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner
    Mon–Sat 17:00–21:00

  • 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

  • Area

    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-TiniUS$28.00

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

    • XochimilcoUS$18.00

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

      • AztecaUS$19.00

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

        Ensaladas

        • De la CasaUS$15.00

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

          • Suzanna's SaladUS$25.00

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

            Sopa

            • Sopa de AmorUS$18.00

              Chef Olea's signature soup

              • Frijole NegroUS$15.00

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

                Plato Fuerte

                • BarenjenaUS$32.00

                  stuffed eggplant / zucchini / corn / tomato / gruyère cheese

                  • CoyoacanUS$37.00

                    shrimp enchilada: creamy sauce of zucchini blossoms / asadero cheese

                    • PopocatepetlUS$55.00

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

                      • CholulaUS$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

                        • AtunUS$40.00

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

                          • SalmonUS$42.00

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

                            Last updated: 1 February 2022

                            What 3,273 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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                              Best Overall

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                              Best Service

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                            • Santa Fe / Mountains

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                            • Santa Fe / Mountains

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                            1. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Dallas

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 2 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                            2. GL

                              GuyL

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 2 days ago

                              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.

                            3. BB

                              BonniB

                              Dallas

                              6 reviews

                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined 2 days ago

                              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.

                            4. SS

                              SariS

                              Orange County

                              10 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              10 reviews

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Food was excellent

                            5. LS

                              LizaS

                              Denver

                              12 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              12 reviews

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                            6. r

                              rrldjd

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 5 days ago

                              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.

                            7. B

                              Babs

                              New England

                              21 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              21 reviews

                              Dined 5 days ago

                              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

                            8. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              15 reviews

                              5.0

                              15 reviews

                              Dined 6 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              It's always a pleasure dining at Sazon!

                            9. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Diego

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 6 days ago

                              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.

                            10. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Los Angeles

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 6 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                            11. k

                              kdjhalstead

                              New Mexico

                              4 reviews

                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined 6 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              No additional comments

                            12. NF

                              NellFor

                              Houston

                              21 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              21 reviews

                              Dined 7 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The waiters were very knowledgeable about the drinks and food they serve. Beautiful art work thru out. Their mole sauces were wonderful.

                            13. R

                              Robert

                              Las Vegas

                              4 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on 7 May 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Incredible meal in every way

                            14. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Western NC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on 7 May 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Loved everything about Sazon

                            15. RH

                              RichardH

                              Washington DC

                              4 reviews

                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on 5 May 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This was a special dinner on a day trip to Santa Fe. The food was sublime and the service and atmosphere were to match. Chef Fernando Olea has created an culinary adventure into Mexican and Southwestern cuisine that is not to be missed.

                            16. R

                              Richard

                              Orange County

                              40 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              40 reviews

                              Dined on 1 May 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This is an outstanding restaurant that deserves all the laurels it has received. Probably one of our most memorable meals in the last decade. If in Santa Fe do not pass up this gem.

                            17. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Houston

                              5 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on 1 May 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Favorite Santa Fe restaurant! Best chef!!

                            18. SB

                              StevenB

                              New Mexico

                              10 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              10 reviews

                              Dined on 30 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Sazon is definitely one of the best restaurants in Santa Fe. The service is personal, friendly and very knowledgeable. Pricey but worth every penny. Menu is creative, wonderful and always hard to figure out which item to choose. .

                            19. CV

                              CeciliaV

                              New Mexico

                              4 reviews

                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on 30 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              It was a gastronomic experience! We will definitely come back.

                            20. LO

                              LORRIO

                              New Mexico

                              26 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              26 reviews

                              Dined on 29 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We had a lovely evening from top to bottom. We will be back!

                            21. WL

                              WilliamL

                              Dallas

                              35 reviews

                              vip
                              3.0

                              35 reviews

                              Dined on 28 April 2022

                              overall3food2service3ambience3

                              We had so looked forward to taking our guests to Sazon, it was my favorite restaurant, our experience was disappointing.

                            22. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on 28 April 2022

                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                              Visiting Santa Fe

                            23. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Austin

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on 28 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Soup was the best!!!!

                            24. KC

                              KCDiner67

                              Kansas City

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on 27 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food was amazing & the way the chef combined flavors was extraordinary! Service was outstanding & perfectly choreographed! Started our evening with a private tequila tasting that was such fun & educational

                            25. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Phoenix

                              2 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on 27 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Best restaurant I ate at in Santa Fe

                            26. w

                              walker

                              New York Area

                              13 reviews

                              4.0

                              13 reviews

                              Dined on 27 April 2022

                              overall4food3service5ambience5

                              In general the food is fabulous but this time everything tasted super salty. I had the shrimp enchiladas and the dish was simply too cheesy too salty too saucy. No place for the palate to rest.

                            27. d

                              diner2022

                              Charleston

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on 27 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent meal, wonderful service! Sazon was everything we desired. Absolutely would return.

                            28. PP

                              PaulP

                              Atlanta

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on 27 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Truly outstanding dining experience. Chef’s special soup and use of various flavors of mole made our meat and fish entrees very memorable. Service was most attentive…they even kept the water glasses full! Prices on the high side, but for food this great, it was well worth it. Advance reservations a must.

                            29. AE

                              AwesomeEvening

                              Austin

                              9 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on 27 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              It was our first time to dine at Sazon. It was truly a highlight for our Santa Fe trip! Everything was fabulous! We visit Santa Fe every year and will most definitely include Sazon on our list for future visits.

                            30. B

                              Beck

                              New York Area

                              5 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on 26 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              From the moment we walked in we were enchanted by the large paintings that adorn the walls, the vivid colors and the warm reception we received. We shared our courses so we could experience more dishes. Each dish from the squash blossom appetizer, the halibut with mole, the cholula and the ice cream for dessert were exception in creativity and taste. It is our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe (we live here) and there are many great restaurants. What a lovely evening!!

                            31. SG

                              SharonG

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on 26 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We enjoyed the whole experience very much. 1st class service, expertly presented.

                            32. CC

                              CarolC

                              Charleston

                              6 reviews

                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on 26 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Incredible dining experience surrounded by breathtaking art!

                            33. FG

                              FraserG

                              New Mexico

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on 25 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              If you love mole, this is the place. Great squash blossom appetizer. And fabulous mescal drinks. Will return.

                            34. d

                              daisygirl

                              San Francisco

                              37 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              37 reviews

                              Dined on 24 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Exceptional in all ways. Highly recommend.

                            35. CB

                              ChristopherB

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on 23 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Exceptionally creative, original and exciting cuisine. The service and presentation was first class, our waiter passionate and knowledgeable of the food, and very genial and helpful. The space is beautiful, the ambiance relaxed and festive. Sazon would be the perfect place for any special celebration, or would make any ordinary day seem special. I mentioned that we were there for my wife's birthday, and everyone on hand acknowledged her and made the occasion so much more memorable.

                            36. GN

                              GailN

                              Hawaii

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on 23 April 2022

                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                              Restaurant was decorated with stunning paintings. Tables were well spaced. Food was good to excellent with well orchestrated service.

                            37. s

                              srk241

                              Sacramento

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on 23 April 2022

                              overall4food5service4ambience5

                              Really good experience. Will definitely return.

                            38. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on 23 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Simply Amazing!

                            39. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on 22 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Chef Olea and his team provide a marvelous food experience.

                            40. PG

                              PauletteG

                              New York Area

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on 21 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Memorable meals. Soup of the day extraordinary. Service was great and a nice touch of the chef visiting the tables. Would highly recommend.

                            Safety precautions

                            • Cleaning & sanitising

                              • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                              • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                              • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                            • Physical distancing

                              • Limited number of seated diners
                              • Distancing maintained in common areas
                            • Protective equipment

                              • Waiting staff wear masks
                              • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                            • Screening

                              • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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                            Sazon is rated 4.8 stars by 3273 OpenTable diners.

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                            Booked 51 times today
                            Google Map for Sazon

                            221 Shelby St Santa Fe, NM 87501

                            Additional information

                            • Cross Street

                              East Alameda Street & Water Street

                            • Area

                              Santa Fe

                            • Hours of Operation

                              Dinner
                              Mon–Sat 17:00–21:00

                            • 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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