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
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.
Visiting my favorite Aunt, 1057 miles from our home, my wife and I were treated by a dear friend of my Aunt whom we had come to know over recent years. The meal was amazing in its execution and variety. Roasted foie gras (didn't think that was possible), seared sashimi grade yellow fin tuna (a bit too much chili paste that hid some of the subtler accompaniments, great Caeser salad among the other very good dishes ordered. Desserts were as good as the entrées! Good wine list, maybe a bit "full" priced, but a nice selection. Background "music" initially way too loud, but they finally got it reduced in volume and changed to a style more appropriate to the style of dining. Will be on our "re-visit" list the next time we're in ABQ!
Wonderful meal and evening. Tasty dishes, creative and delightful, surprising flavors, textures, seasonings. Loved chatting with Elaine, her personality enlivens the experience, her attention to detail lights up the festive ambiance. One of our most outstanding dining experiences.
Elaine's was, as always, great. We were there for our son's birthday earlier this week. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the attentive knowledgable service. Like everyone in Nob Hill, the construction is hurting their business at a crucial time of year. Support our local independent restaurants and merchants by going to Nob Hill for a great time.
Elaine's has never disappointed. The food is remarkable Elaine and her staff are topnotch. Started the meal with an olive and cheese plate - delicious. Then the sweet onion crab cake soup perfection!!! The main course tuna - with a chili sauce - out of this world; perfectly cooked and the red chili sauce gave it a NM kick. Oh, and I almost forgot the wine.....excellent!!!!
First time going to Elaine's. Very impressed with food, service, atmosphere, presentation. Everything was top notch, I believe are salads and desserts were prepared and delivered by the owner, but not sure. Our waiter was new and not real knowledgeable about the wine list, so someone else helped out, and the wine we wanted wasn't available; however the wine we ended up with was fantastic, so no complaints. Great dinner! Would definitely return. Parking was a trick, but always is in Nob Hill.
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