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, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Elaine's Ratings and Reviews
We went to Elaine's to celebrate out 18t ...
We went to Elaine's to celebrate out 18th wedding anniversary and it was a smart choice. I had the filet, which was excellent and my husband had the New York Strip, which he totally loved. We would go back again in a heartbeat. As a matter of fact, we plan to buy a gift certificate to give to our friends so that they can have a great time too!
I have been to this restaurant a few tim ...
I have been to this restaurant a few times but this is the first time my food wasn't very good and my friend sent her food back. The waiter was all about making things right, but either it was an off night or the food quality has gone down!
Absolutely terrific small restaurant ser ...
Absolutely terrific small restaurant serving nuanced riffs on classic American/French dishes. Is this the best food in Albuquerque? It gets my vote. Space is well designed, clean and modern...but still comfortable and warm. Service is off the charts good. Attentive and welcoming without being suffocating or intrusive. Wine list is small but very good -- which is rare in these parts. The place has buzz and energy while not being eye-rollingly hipster.
Great food and wonderful service, 5 star ...
Great food and wonderful service, 5 stars! The food was prepared and presented very well and very timely. Our wait person was so friendly and accommodating that it made the evening a real treat. Next time, we'll sit outside and enjoy the patio. Highly recommended!
Elaine's is great for date night or a bu ...
Elaine's is great for date night or a business group. Also great for friends to meet up in groups of about 6 or less. Elaine's capitalized on space as best as can be. It's like the only way to add more seating is stadium tiered seating. And that's the trouble with most Nob Hill places. It's the place to be for restaurants/bars. However, rent is high and space limited. Tough break, but some places in Nob Hill last and I think Elaine's is one of those restaurants.
Great food, would have been even more ap ...
Great food, would have been even more appreciated if the pork chop hadn't been so huge it overwhelmed the meal. But really enjoyed the ambiance, service, and food, and appreciated that there was at least one real vegetarian option.
I recently moved back to the ABQ from NY ...
I recently moved back to the ABQ from NYC, and was yearning for a really great dining experience. To say the least, Elaine's delivered. Food was excellent, service, Thomas (oh, and Elaine herself) was amazing, everything fresh and to die for. Literally, this would have given anywhere a run for their money. I've eaten at Alinea, Next, Megu, Nobu, Ruth's Chris, among others, this stands out as one of my best experiences. It wasn't Alinea, but certainly better than Ruth's Chris, somewhere magical in between:)
I was expecting this place to be a lot b ...
I was expecting this place to be a lot better than it was. The gnocchi was WAY too mushy, and the meal itself didn't taste all that good. It was too expensive for how bad it was. The restaurant itself was awkwardly small, it felt somewhat smooshed together. I don't plan on returning.
Overall good. I have food allergies and ...
Overall good. I have food allergies and found some help with wait staff. They are not as creative with modifying dishes. I think it was the wait staff that didn't take it to the next level. Otherwise food was good. Would recommend.
As always Elaine's Monthly Wine dinner d ...
As always Elaine's Monthly Wine dinner do not disappoint! The menu was exquisite and pair extremely with amazing wine. The energy and ambiance is amazing and send such good positive vibes. My friend was more than impressed for her first time.
Thank you Elaine and Staff for allowing people to make memorable moments.
I took my Sweet Heart to Elaine's for he ...
I took my Sweet Heart to Elaine's for her birthday last Friday evening and it was the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion such as that. The atmosphere is quaint and personal which was great for one-on-one romantic conversation. The staff was cordial and attentive. They were friendly and catered to our every need. The food -OMG! -- The food is SUPERB! That was theeeeee best Filet Mignon I have ever experienced in the Duke City.
Excellent establishment . Well worth the drive from Santa Fe!
Lovely evening with a couple whose compa ...
Lovely evening with a couple whose company we enjoy. Elaine was gracious with her greeting and remembered us from an earlier visit. Our waiter was knowledgeable and offered good suggestions for both food and drink. Our meals were beautifully presented, stove hot and delicious. There were several other diners but the noise level was only moderate. All in all a very nice evening. We will dine with Elaine again in the near future.
My husband took me for my birthday after ...
My husband took me for my birthday after a year of wanting to go to Elaine's. I could not have been more pleased with the entire experience! Food - fantastic. Waitress and staff were perfectly attentive and knowledgeable. Great wine recommendations. My meal was superb, as was my husbands. Atmosphere was calm and relaxing. I can't wait to go back!
If you haven't dined at Elaine's yet, yo ...
If you haven't dined at Elaine's yet, you are missing an Albuquerque STAR!! The food is absolutely delish. I had the Short Rib. It melted in my mouth and the Beet Puree added that little tang that tells you this Chef definitely knows how to mix the different food flavors for best effect. My wife had the Pork Chop with a chutney garnish that was sweet yet not sweet. The roasted beets were done to perfection, not too soft nor too hard and the grilled flavor was wonderful. We topped this delicious meal off with a Panna Cotta with Butterscotch Crumbles. The dish was very flavorful without being sugary like some we've had. The service is quite attentive while being very discreet.
great dining experience. innovative dish ...
great dining experience. innovative dishes;beautiful presentation; tasty execution. luved the grilled watermelon appetizer. how do they make the feta cream so pungent and the kalamata is a better foil than basil! halibut, lamb and panna cotta were all home runs! look forward to a return visit.
This was my first visit to Elaine's and ...
This was my first visit to Elaine's and I was greatly pleased in every way. It was relatively quiet which was important because my companion and I had much to talk about. We ordered small dishes rather than larger meals and the amount was just right for our needs. The presentation was excellent. The waiters were very good, there when needed, but without hovering. I forget the names of the dishes that I had, but they were first rate, well above average. I will be glad to return to Elaine's whenever opportunity presents itself. I hope I am conveying a strong recommendation for this excellent restaurant.
Dinner was good. Expected a little more ...
Dinner was good. Expected a little more on presentation after seeing pics on their website. Picked $9/glass of wine but got charged $13. Not sure what happened there. But overall it was a nice dinner for my birthday.
I had heard that Elaine's was good, and ...
I had heard that Elaine's was good, and we were excited to try somewhere new to celebrate a birthday. We had no idea how great it would be. The waiter and the owner were amazing hosts. They went above and beyond. Gorgeous wine list. We had two bottles from the Spanish selection, and both were outstanding. I highly recommend both the halibut and the filet mignon. And the food tastes as good as it looks A great evening was had by all.
Elaine's was a treat. We had made plans ...
Elaine's was a treat. We had made plans based on a friend's recommendation, and we were not disappointed. It was marvelous - the miniature sopapillas different and delicious, the entrees amazing and the desserts were fabulous. It was a perfect place to visit, enjoy great (and friendly) service and enjoy a wonderful meal.
The food was delicious. The tuna appeti ...
The food was delicious. The tuna appetizer and mussels were delicious! I had the halibut. It was perfectly done and a good size portion. The only downside was the service. The waiter tried to swiftly get us to order a $70 bottle of chardonnay. We looked at the wine list and ordered a $34 bottle and he charged $40 on our bill. Not cool.
The food is usually much better. The foo ...
The food is usually much better. The food was average this time. It was the same menu that I have had about a month ago on June 29. The salmon was a lovely but we needed something to put it on. It stated it came with pumpernickel but there was no pumpernickel seasoning or Bread. So we asked for toast points. The onion soup with crabcake was OK but it was lukewarm. The Tuna had stated a Siracha Aoli but it was just Siracha squirted over the top. On the whole I would call it an off night.
Elaine's is a restaurant that could hold ...
Elaine's is a restaurant that could hold its own in any city. It's a bit more expensive than the average fare in ABQ, but worth every penny. The attention to detail makes every bite pleasurable and the service is top notch. A quality act in all ways -- how lucky to have it in the neighborhood!
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