Editor's Note: The restaurant is CLOSED.

El Meze in New Mexico is a southwestern restaurant offering regionally influenced American comfort food. Chef Frederick R. Muller, a Southerner and food historian, has a passion for creating delicious satiating foods that are reflective of a local region. His approach to American comfort food results in a menu that combines his connection to his Southern roots with his extensive background in studying the influences of people and culture on food. El Meze is an example of what Southwestern American comfort food can be.

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Restaurant Hours

El Meze is open Monday to Saturday 5:30pm to 9:30pm for dinner service. The restaurant is closed Sunday.


Reservations for El Meze are not required. Reservations can be booked through OpenTable.


The menu at El Meze is a fusion of American cooking with regional influences. Chef Frederick Muller has created a menu that reflects his passion for creating what he refers to as rustic comfort food. The menu is simplistic, yet the menu offerings are quite flavorful and satiating…just the way that comfort food is supposed to be.

Main Menu

· Share Plates - Chile rajas, fried green olives, herb frites, frijoles de olla, chicharrones, carne adovada, jamon serrano.

· Large Plates - Posole rojo, tamale de cardenas, steak and frites, house-made pasta, and truchas yerba buena.

· Salads - Watermelon and feta, grilled hearts of romaine, and little green salad.

· Desserts - Dark chocolate soufflé cake, mini cardamom doughnuts, almond semifreddo, and purple adobe lavender creme brulee.

Alcoholic Beverage Menu­ - A variety of red, white, sparkling, sherries, ports and dessert wines as well as beer by the bottle.


Staying true to the Southwestern roots, El Meze is situated in the restored 1847 El Torreon Hacienda. The extensive history of the building resonates very deeply with Chef Muller’s desire to acknowledge the importance of regional history in the world of culinary arts.

Originally the 1847 El Torreon Hacienda that currently houses El Meze was a fort to protect animals at night from predators as well as to safeguard against raids from the Comanche and Apache. This building was the center of much turmoil during the mid-1800s, and many of the protective measures that were often used to protect the building have been maintained in the restoration of the building for the El Meze restaurant.

The exterior of the restaurant embraces the architecture that has become symbolic of the Southwest. El Meze also has a very beautiful patio area that overlooks the mountains. All of these elements create a warm, familiar environment where people can feel at ease while enjoying a menu of regionally inspired American comfort food.

Gift Cards

El Meze offers gift cards for purchase for any dollar amount desired. Those interested in purchasing gift cards can do so by contacting the restaurant directly at (575) 751-3337.


El Meze often hosts and/or participates in local events that showcase its regionally influenced American-style cuisine. To receive notification of these events, subscribe to the El Meze mailing list.


El Meze Restaurant, 1017 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado, NM 87571, Phone: 575-751-3337