Chef Fernando Olea
Chef Fernando Olea

Originally from Mexico City, Chef Fernando Olea has been enthralling diners in Santa Fe since 1991 with his unique interpretation of contemporary and traditional Mexican dishes. 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 regional dish from the heart of the country. The origin of Mexican mole is mysterious. Some say it was an Aztec delicacy served to the Spanish conquistadors. Others say 16th century Hispanic nuns created it. We’re not sure of the origin, nor can the original recipe be defined! In Old Mexico each cook has their unique mole recipe often handed down generation by generation. Mole is 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. Moles can be defined by their color such as rojo, verde, and negro; the town they are from such as Puebla, Oaxaca, Michoacan; and social class, such as pobres and ricos. 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, painted and presented to Chef Olea by Federico Leon De La Vega, a well known artist from Mexico City, illustrates all of the ingredients found in this mole.


New Daily Degusutación Menu

We are excited to announce that beginning January 11th. Sazón will feature a daily Degustación tasting menu. There will be two seatings: one at 5:30 pm and one at 8:00 pm. Seating is limited.

Chef Olea brings his culinary talents to this sumptuous eight course menu that features the extraordinary flavors of Mexico. The food menu is priced at $150 with the option of having a memorably curated tequila, mezcal and wine pairing at $295.


Sazón is within two blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza, and is walking distance from most downtown hotels.
221 Shelby Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501


Monday -Saturday, Closed Sunday

Bar Service – 4 pm until close

Dinner Service – 5:00 pm until close

*All reservation times are approximate.