The Short Order
El Mesón’s cavernous bar and stage host live entertainment four nights a week (and tango dancing on the fifth night). The talents of the jazz, flamenco, soul, and blues musicians, along with the capable waitstaff, can thoroughly charm the customers, who are there to soak
up the ambiance of a traditional Spanish taberna as much as they are to eat tapas and drink excellent sangria. But where the music delights, the menu can falter, and if you find yourself in the quieter adjacent dining room without the distraction of the bar’s revelry, you just might end up with an empty wallet and a side of subtle disappointment. Still, there are some standouts. Recommended: sangria, chuletitas de cordero, Padrón peppers, jamón Serrano, and flan de naranja.
Ratings range from 1 to 5 chiles, including half chiles. This reflects the reviewer’s experience with regard to food and drink, atmosphere, service, and value. 5 = flawless 4-1/2 = extraordinary 4 = excellent 3-1/2 = very good 3 = good 2-1/2 = average 2 = fair
1-1/2 = questionable 1 = poor