Elaine’s is an American Bistro featuring American contemporary food prepared in house using time honored methods. We only feature fresh foods, as close to locally grown as we can make happen. We have an eclectic wine menu featuring the wines of California, Washington State, Oregon, along with some fine French wines, along with a smattering of Italian classics. Our Chefs have been sourced from the finest restaurants in America, both executive chefs have degrees from the famed Culinary Institute of America, they both went on to hone their skills with the finest chefs in America, before returning to Albuquerque to become partners in this venture.
Albuquerque, NM 87106
American, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
All around the restaurant
Very central, same block
Private Party Contact:
Elaine Blanco: (505) 328-8225
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Elaine's Ratings and Reviews
Our 32nd anniversary dinner. We asked for a table "out of the main traffic flow" and they seated us behind a partition near the front door. No traffic flow whatsoever and very quiet compared to the rest of the restaurant space. The staff was very accommodating and attentive. Food was excellent and delivered quickly. We started with Elaine's Farm Salad, which was topped with a wonderful white balsamic vinaigrette. My sweetie ordered the half-chicken and I ordered the fried alaskan halibut. Both portions were quite sufficient for our appetites. We ordered the aged Balsamic Nutella Semifreddo for dessert and thoroughly enjoyed it. We've eaten at Elaine's previously and have yet to be disappointed. Highly recommend this place!
Strongly recommend Elaine's we had a wonderful diner to celebrate the end of a semester. I had the Halibut and my husband and son had pork chops. The best service I can remember ever in Albuquerque, Thomas was wonderful. The food was delicious and plated beautifully.
We had to wait for someone to come to seat us and saw the same thing with other diners. The menu was something of a disappointment: for a restaurant that bills itself as a "special occasion" restaurant, the main courses were not very interesting. The small plates and first courses had more unusual offerings. We shared the foie gras and it was delicious. My husband had the crab cake and the sweet onion soup instead of a main course and enjoyed them both. I ordered the gnocchi and felt that the combination of ingredients wasn't successful. The gnocchi were gummy and the vegetables didn't complement each other. It was also rather bland. I feel that Albuquerque has other, better choices for special occasions.
Crab cakes appetizer took 30 minutes, told 15 when ordered. 45 additional minutes for entrees to arrive. Crab cakes falling apart, better eaten with a spoon. Halibut overcooked and dry. Short ribs cold. Talked to another waiter about the issues because we could not find our waiter. Our waiter was then rude when he showed up asking about dessert and ignored the issues. Most importantly, no manager even came to ask about our issues. This was my last time at Elaine's after numerous prior visits. No excuse for management.
We really enjoyed Elaine's. The menu was creative, not a lot of options, which I like, and all were creative. We shared grilled Brussels sprouts as a starter, and I hate Brussels sprouts, but loved these! The service was just about perfect and our hostess was attentive and friendly. Wines were well chosen,not over priced. Great meal.
What a wonderful dining surprise. My husband is a bit of a food snob so choosing restaurants can be a bust at times. But, he absolutely loved it - is still commenting 2 days later about how good everything was - from the deconstructed but lovely and deliciously presented Ceasar salad through the filet mignon to the Nutella Semifreddo w/Balsamic notes. My Scottish Salmon was creamy just like I remember as a child and the onion soup w/small crab cake had a wonderful bending of flavors. Great wine list. Our server was knowledgable, attentive and very pleasant. We will definitely return in the near future.
Its one thing to eat exceptional food but when accompanied by sincere caring service and friendly tableside conversation by the owner Elaine and her fantastic wait staff (Thomas!!) you can be certain it will be a 5 star experience each time!! Bravo Elaine's - you are magnificient!!!!!
This was our second visit to Elaine's. We couldn't be more pleased! Elaine has created a truly special experience--loyal to New Mexico's and Albuquerque's taste, but also offering a fusion of international and exotic flair! Elaine's provides something most "cookie cutter," downtown districts cannot dream of achieving--exceptional cuisine in a cozy and vibrant atmosphere. The staff is first class; the portions are right; the timing and presentation are flawless.
The music was a little loud at times which made it difficult to have a conversation on occasion. We visited late Sunday afternoon shortly after they opened, so we were some of their first customers. It seemed to take a little while to receive our meal and even longer for dessert. The food was exquisite. Our waiter went out of his way to make sure my wife had a wine that she was satisfied with.
My husband and I went to Elaine's last Thrusday Supper Club, as we try to do whenever we can. The Supper Club is a prix fixe menu with wine pairings. All seating is at 6:30. This one was a tapas menu with Spanish wines. Can't recommend the Supper Club enough!
The staff is very attentive without being intrusive. The ambience is unobtrusive as well. The music isn't loud! One can carry on an intimate conversation that won't be drowned out by the music. Speaking of music, depending g on your tastes, you will enjoy everything from Van Morrison to early Bob Dylan to Louis Armstrong to every other smooth jazz singer you can think of. The art that adorns the walls is quite eclectic and soothing to the soul. I recommended Munche to Elaine as an addition to her collection, which I explained as an addition to her already eclectic collection.
Her chefs are artists. They combine flavors that you would never think of, but their combinations are truly like a gallery of culinary art.
I cannot recommend Elaine's strongly enough. Ambience, service, culinary delight, are not to be surpassed anywhere in Albuquerque or, indeed, anywhere else in New Mexico. I have dined all over the world, literally, and I have never enjoyed a dining experience more than Elaine's.
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elaine's had been on the top my list for a while. i heard the menu is quirky. i was so looking forward to it.
The food. very good (especially for ABQ). the meal starts with small sopapillas and honey butter. Bite size. Warm. Very good. For an app, we had the mussels. they were delicious and meaty. the sauce was a little too salty. i had the salmon. good, but the taste was flat. for the price, it should have been better. my wife's fillet was delicious.
Service. we had reservations but still waited for about 10 minutes. a couple that came in after us was seated immediately. our waitress was attentive. however, we waited 20 minutes for the sopapillas. the waitress kept telling us she did not know what was taking them so long. the mussels came out quickly. the dinner was slow. my wife ordered the braised short ribs. got the fillet instead. they offered to get the short-ribs, but it would have taken 20 minutes. we took the filet.
you can hear your partner across the table. Nice! the menu is limited - not saying it is good or bad. the decor is quirky. must be a play on elaine's in new york.
For the price, i expected more. However, my wife thought the food was terrific - once she got past the fact that she did not get what she ordered.
the bathrooms are very clean.
What a wonderful evening. The food was done to perfection. The service was attentive, on point and discreet. My Asparagus salad was light, delicious and complimented the rest of the meal. The roasted olives is one of my favorite appetizers. My wife had the braised spare rib. It literally melted in your mouth. My filet was really tender. Elaine's has the perfect technique with beef. The sauces compliment the meat and don't overpower like some other places. This is our special dinner restaurant. 5 stars for sure.
We booked a reservation at Elaine's to celebrate a special and romantic occasion. The ambience of the restaurant felt elegant and welcoming. I thought the appetizer menu was very limited. The main entree options covered a wide range of the main options most are looking for at this type of restaurants. The wine list was well stocked. The food was beautifully presented and was superb. Overall, it felt like one of those special restaurants you would take your loved one for romantic occasions and special celebrations which can often be a hard to find in Albuquerque. I would recommend this restaurant and come again.
Wonderful find, food was amazing and we had one a very good server. The whole staff was courteous and professional, no attempts to be my new best friend. Atmosphere was low-key and relaxing, decorating was well done, not over done.
Could only get a 5p reservation (will plan better next time) but the time worked out. We had the place pretty much to ourselves for about 45 minutes, which gave us a quiet atmosphere. Once it was full, the noise was a little too much for me. Will definitely go back and have already recommended to my friends.
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