2355 Calle De Guadalupe
Reservations are highly recommended.
This is one of the most famous restaurants in the Las Cruces area. Set among the shops and tourist section of Old Mesilla, this restaurant is a little harder to see than one would expect. The parking for all of Mesilla is pretty much where you can find it. It is on a corner near the picturesque Catholic church in the main square. Going through the old wrought iron gate, the entry is shared between Pepper’s and the Double Eagle. It was not too bad on the Wednesday that we went. After walking through the Pepper’s portion, we sat down in the main dining area. Only one side was open at the time (another dining area of nearly the same size was closed, but not closed off).
On sitting, my first thought was soon reinforced by the wife saying, “This looks like a haunted house.” I replied, “No, it looks like
haunted house, as in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.” It was true, from the wallpaper and lighting to the gargoyles and stained glass, we saw the classic late 19th Century look. The dimness that this kind of décor delivers adds to the look in a good way. Not long after we showed up, however, it began to fill up.
The service was adequate, and we didn’t have a long wait for any portion of the meal. The menu was appropriate sized for a relatively high-end restaurant. There was no dress code, and I was a little dismayed to see one group in T-shirts and jeans. I had the veal, which was decent. My wife planned on sharing her meal with my son, but the waitress brought him some Penne Alfredo. He polished it off in less than 10 minutes.
When we got the bill, it was a bit on the pricey side, but I think anyone coming to a place like this will appreciate that the ambiance is a part of the expense. It would be a very nice place to have a business dinner.
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