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.
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: 5053288225x
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Elaine's Ratings and Reviews
Elaine's was terrific. The food and the ...
Elaine's was terrific. The food and the service were outstanding. The waiter even insisted on replacing my wine, which I thought tasted great, as he felt the bottle wasn't up to par. An excellent experience.
My wife and I went Elaine's for our anni ...
My wife and I went Elaine's for our anniversary dinner last week and had a great visit. I had been there on several occasions previously (work related) and, likewise, had great experiences. My wife decided we had to go because of my strong praise for the food and ambiance. We started off with morels sauteed in a champagne-butter sauce which were amazing. We then had our entrees (short rib and chicken) that were expertly prepared and well conceived as evidenced by our clean plates. We were not feeling like dessert but were persuaded to try the blood orange panna cotta which was superb but not on the permanent menu. Elaine saw us out and my wife thinks she convinced her to keep the panna cotta! Overall, Elaine's is the perfect size restaurant and they do a super job with their food. The staff are also friendly and well informed. Definitely our go-to place when we want great food.
Always dependable for special events...
...and the special menu events are interesting and intriguing.
Elaine's was overall an outstanding experience!
Very nice atmosphere and great service. Food was even better with a very helpful and knowledgable server and a very friendly owner. Also a very big thanks for taking our picture at the end of the night.
Everything was phenomenal. The biggest c ...
Everything was phenomenal. The biggest complaint I can come up with was that the description of the wines could have added whether the wine we were selecting was dry/sweet, though the server did correctly describe the mouthfeel, flavors and aromas perfectly. With this being my biggest complaint, the service was still five-star. The food was exquisite, both in recipe design and presentation execution. I don't think the kitchen could have done anything to improve, from my point of view.
Heavy, sweet sauces
This is an upscale restaurant with a small, interesting menu. The salads were great. But my braised beef was ruined by a heavy, sweet sauce and my wife's chicken had a sauce on the sweet side. In this respect most restaurants of this type overemphasize sauces that detract from the flavor of the good ingredients underneath. For that reason, I hesitate to go out to restaurants (except for Japanese and Vietnamese) because their is no control over what goes on the food.
Each plate was colorful and unique - and delicious!
Great new find
I took my husband to Elaine's for his birthday dinner. I wanted take him somewhere new that had wonderful food and service. Elaine's was the right choice. We both had a nice evening.
Excellent Dining Experience
This restaurant is now one of our absolute favorites. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the service is excellent. The food is freshly prepared and delectable. We have thoroughly enjoyed everything we have ordered and have always felt warmly welcomed.
Elaines, a great place for people and dogs
I went there on my birthday, 22 April at 7 pm. There was a dog at one of the tables and it was not a service dog. I love animals, I ran a pet boarding facility. This dog was very quiet, still, and stayed under the table. However, a restaurant is no place for a non service dog. I looked at it this way: I spent a lot of money to eat with a dog? Also, it's against health codes.
My favorite restaurant in Albuquerque
Elaine's has a wonderful atmosphere without being too stuffy. The waitstaff is knowledgable and friendly, and the service is spot on. The owner Elaine is usually there and is friendly and attentive to all. The food is creative, fresh, and consistently outstanding. The one thing I would eliminate are the complimentary sopapillas- not my favorite. I also like that they serve half glasses of wine, if one wants just a little bit more. It will be an ongoing favorite of ours and a place we will bring out of town family and guests.
This was an absolute home run! This a very special place for me and for Albuquerque. If you have any special occasion or just want to treat yourself to a great dining experience give this a try!!!
I had the pork loin which was very moist and flavorful.
We'd enjoyed dinner at Elaine's but had not been back for several months. We introduced friends to the restaurant and everyone seemed to enjoy their appetizers/salads, entrees and desserts. The meal appeared slowly, which we always enjoy, so we can savor each course and enjoy conversation with our food, wines and beers. Elaine's had an interesting selection of beers which the guys enjoyed. The entrees had interesting accompaniments and presentation.
We have had some memorable meals at Elaine's, but our most recent was not among them. Although the food was generally good, the short ribs were a bit dry and the vegetables were seriously over salted. Starters and desserts still shined, though.
Everything is excellent!
Elaine's is a wonderful restaurant with a cool modern classic vibe and great menu.
Glad I finally tried this spot
An eclectic type menu with a lot of good choices. The server helped me decide. I started with the sweet onion soup with delicious crab, followed by scallops which were a bit salty. Overall, a good find.
Restaurant week meal at Elaine's
The Cornish hen was delicious. The Caesar salad that my husband had was amazing with a nice amount of anchovies. Our waiter was great and very unobtrusive. We had a nice table for 8. I would go back.
Great dining experience at Elaine's!
Excellent scallops with just the right amount of searing. Tasty trifle dessert. Nicely paired wines. Look forward to returning soon.
We love coming to Elaine's
We dine regularly at Elaine's. Our server always recognizes us, and the food is always good. Great service, and we love the foie gras. We enjoyed the restaurant week menu this last week.
Elaines blew it for Restuarant Week.
Our meals were delivered at different times. Our group of four ate a four separate times. The food was good. The specials for restaurant week reflected the lower price with pigeon portions. I was looking forward to the Cornish Hen until I saw the tiny portion. We ordered off the regular menu. The deducted one meal off our bill - but it was not about the money.
Great meal and service
My husband and I just went here for the first time and loved it. All of the food was fresh and prepared exceptionally well. We also had great wine pairings and a reasonable wine list with sufficient choices for pairing and reasonable prices. It can get a bit expensive, but from my experience, this is one of the best restaurants in Albuquerque. I plan to return soon!
By far the best meal I've ever eaten.
Friendly service. Delicious scallops and dessert. THANK YOU FOR A FABULOUS DINING EXPERIENCE!
Precious little find. Great place to go ...
Precious little find. Great place to go before PopeJoy! Be sure to make reservations.
Best in ABQ
I was in ABQ for 4 weeks and ate at Elaine's at least 2 to 3 times a week. By far the best restaurant there. It is located on Central and easy to get to. Elaine is always there, which to me says a lot about the business, as no one cares more about your business then the owner. All the staff is awesome and became friends while dining there. Good solid people. If you found yourself in ABQ, stop by and tell em Howard sent you!
We had heard several good things about Elaine's and were anticipating good food. However, the beets and some of the carrots in the autumn salad I had were very hard, though the flavor was fine. Both of our entree's were luke warm. It just appeared that the chef's heart wasn't into doing a great job of cooking that night. We might consider trying again on the chance that it was just an off night. But since we don't live there, that is unlikely to happen. The waiter was very nice, and the service was fine.
Our family enjoyed our evening at Elaine's. The service was great and the food was delicious. The sweet onion soup was terrific but under seasoned. We loved the smoked salmon appetizer and wished it would have come with toast. By the time the toast arrived, we were on our entrées. We celebrated a birthday and Elaine's sent out a scoop of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce. I do wish it would have been a bit more creative. The ramen dish was lovely with pork belly and a poached egg. All said, we would definitely go back.
We were passing through Albuquerque and ...
We were passing through Albuquerque and stopped for a late dinner. Out of foie gras? The chopped salad was actually mixed greens but quite tasty. The scallops with watermelon we're a real treat. The half chicken on squash purée was fine. Adequate selection of wines by the glass. The panna cotta was topped with something from the chef's chemistry kit, but was great. Attentive wait staff. Street parking. A large noisy table in the corner probably made the room seem louder than it normally is.
Great food, clever wine pairings, funny ...
Great food, clever wine pairings, funny waiter, good environment.
Food was great and the variance of flavors was delightful. Staff was attentive and on top of things. Prior to dining we shared several emails with the staff about allergy options, in which they were very helpful and understanding. My only issue was the set menu price which was not mentioned prior to sitting down. $95/person was a bit high for the overall experience and unexpected. Even for 5 courses. Next time I will have more awareness to call ahead and ask prior to making reservations.
My favorite meal out all season! Please keep the red snapper on the menu!
Our favorite restaurant
Elaine's is our favorite restaurant in Albuquerque for many reasons. The food is outstanding, always fresh, great quality, and consistent. The ambiance gives a big city vibe, and it's comfortable. It's a perfect place for date night, a special occasion, and/or a casual last minute meal. And last but not least, Elaine is so nice and her smile is welcoming. I recommend Elaine's to everyone I know.
Very few quality places like Elaine's in ...
Very few quality places like Elaine's in town. Creative menu, generally attentive service, great ambiance.
Our first visit.
We were seated about 15 minutes prior to our reservation, which was a good thing as the bar area seem to be more for dining. I was a little surprised at the menu however what I chose was very good and the pairing of scallops to melon was delicious. I'm not sure I was too excited about our table not being dressed in linens way as the other tables were but this was apparently how it was on both sides of the restaurant when it was a table for two. The tables were very small and our large plate took up a lot of room. We went on Valentines weekend and I was surprised to find they were out several items. Some alcohol items and some food items. For a busy weekend I would've thought they would stock up.
We very much enjoyed our evening at Elaine's. The service was splendid, and the butternut quash half chicken meal was delicious! We shared a salad prior to the meal, which was excellent as well. Definitely would recommend this place to a friend. Oh, and the hostess was awesome too! We had to call to explain that we would be a few minutes late for our reservation due to traffic, and she assured us that our table would be held, and encouraged us to "be safe, and take your time."
Great pre-valentine dinner
We had an excellent dinner here at Elaine's! Service was super, food was terrific - we both had the scallops as it was Friday during Lent and they were so healthy and yet filling! Loved the baby sopapillas! Can't wait to return!
We had an early reservation for 5pm on a Saturday. We got there a little early and they were happy to seat us and serve us drinks while we waited for the chef. Food was delicious, atmosphere was great and service wonderful. We will be back.
We went to Elaine's for the first time to celebrate my husband's birthday. This restaurant was highly recommended be friends and online. It more than lived up to it's reputation. The food was creative and delicious, the server was friendly and informative and the atmosphere was lively without being too noisy and chaotic. I think we have found a new favorite!
I couldn't find but one item on the menu ...
I couldn't find but one item on the menu that didn't sound delicious. And the wine price per bottle was surprisingly agreeable.
No ambiance limited menu Vibe is off w ...
No ambiance limited menu Vibe is off with small children crying not my idea of a great Friday night out! This is not a cool dining experience !
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