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Vanessie of Santa FE

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Southwestern, Seafood
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434 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Guadalupe)
+1 505-982-9966
17:30 - 21:30
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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272 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I vacationed in Santa Fe and Taos for 12 days over Christmas. Part of the time I was on my own. I don't like to "waste" vacation time sitting in my hotel room, but options for a woman over 60 years old in the evening are often limited. I don't mind sitting alone in a bar, but I don't want... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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68 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had heard about the pianist, Doug Montgomery. He's talented, and played a wide range of melodies- from Chopin to As Time Goes By to more recent show tunes. Just going there to have a drink and listen to him is well worth your time. The food was good, somewhat basic, but ok. The service was excellent.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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83 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here on New Year's Eve. The New Year's Gala began with a fix priced menu. We first received a crab cake which was good, next was the Corn Chowder which I did not like, then we had options for the entrees. We ordered the Tenderloin with Truffle mashed potatoes and asparagus, prime rib and two pastas with chicken... More 

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Riverside, Connecticut
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56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ordered drinks, margaritas, rocks, no salt. Not difficult. The drinks arrived, margarita, straight up, salt. Waiter ran in other direction. Two sips later, he appeared, and without a word whisked our drinks away. Returned with same drinks in non-salted glasses, on the rocks. Not a word was spoken, until I said I thought he was cutting us off because... More 

3 Thank muffins1
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Doug Montgomery is truly FANTASTIC! He alone is special and a must see! Then on Sunday nights Charlie Baca comes in from Albuquerque and he has a voice that is amazing. If you are lucky you might even see Elizabeth Young on her violin. She stops in every now and then. You never know who may stop by. Clayton West... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Food was average at best but we chose the restaurant because we were looking forward to listening to some nice live piano music after dinner. We were fortunate to get a night when Doug Montgomery was playing but unfortunately, the man singing with him was awful . When asked if we'd like a special request we asked for Girl from... More 

5 Thank Melanie H
vanessie, Manager at Vanessie of Santa FE, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your visit with us in the piano lounge. Sunday evenings are a chance for our local legends to sing along with Doug for a few favorites. We do celebrate Charlie and his 90 years young enthusiasm! He is from the rat pack era and has participated in filming several Westerns with... More 

Alexandria, VA
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

We went to this "cafe"/restaurant on the recommendation of a friend. The evening was magic. Elizabeth Young (violin) and Doug Montgomery (piano) gave us an outstanding "concert". The room is well appointed with fantastic works of art. Behind the piano, hangs a huge mirror that allows the attendees to see the hands on the keyboard. The food was excellent as... More 

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vanessie, Manager at Vanessie of Santa FE, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the 5 star review ! We appreciate you and your time spent writing this lovely review. The Staff at Vanessie More 

New York City, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

As New Yorkers, we expect a piano bard with such incredibly talented musicians to cost a fortune. Here, it was not premium price, and in the restaurant there is an option of sitting in the piano bar area, or farther away so that the music is background music only. The menu is varied, with a couple of Southwestern choices, American... More 

Thank kontos2016
vanessie, Manager at Vanessie of Santa FE, responded to this review

We appreciate the 4 star review and are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit with us. The Staff at Vanessie More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I did not actually eat at this restaurant but this was the second time I visited the piano bar in four years and loved it. Great entertainment with good service. Generous drinks.

Thank JDJodi
vanessie, Manager at Vanessie of Santa FE, responded to this review

Wow ! Thank you so much for taking the time to write a 5 star review. We appreciate you and hope to see you again soon. The Staff at Vanessie More 

Morristown, Tennessee
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Choose a Pizza, Italian Salads and Sandwiches, Pastas!! Staff friendly and professional. They also serve Wines and other beverages! Prices reasonable!

Thank springerterry
vanessie, Manager at Vanessie of Santa FE, responded to this review

Thank you ! We love our pizza too ... we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit. The Staff at Vanessie More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
American, Southwestern, Seafood
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 434 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
  • Public Transportation: Rail runner Guadalupe station
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe
  • Phone Number: +1 505-982-9966
"Nowhere else has better basics - straight-ahead steak, lamb, fresh fish, chicken & gargantuan mounds of onion loaf - than this Continental-American Steakhouse; but fantastic food is not the only draw - the festive atmosphere includes a way cool, crowded piano bar..."

If great continental food in fine dining and casual dining with friendly atmosphere and world class live entertainment are your priorities, come to Vanessie. Fireplaces, exciting art, spaciousness, and lots of live music make Vanessie a local favorite.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?