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/Lounge, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Elaine's Ratings and Reviews
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!
Our entrees were nicely presented, but u ...
Our entrees were nicely presented, but unfortunately, the food was only middling good. We had been led to believe that Elaine's is an extraordinary restaurant and were disappointed to discover that it is not, or at least it wasn't on the night that we dined there. I hope that they can raise the quality to equal their reputation.
Love this restaurant. Everything from th ...
Love this restaurant. Everything from the refreshingly delicious and different champagne spritzer to the deconstructed summer salad to the special beef entree of the night was superb. Each item presented interesting combinations of flavors and textures - a diner's delight. Thank you Elaine's
This was my first visit to Elaine's and ...
This was my first visit to Elaine's and I will be going back! My husband and I both had the halibut and it was fantastic. Our meals were the best we have had in the last year in Albuquerque. I was most impressed.
The menu is small but if everything is as good as the appetizer and meals we had - there are plenty of choices.
At Elaine's they have several small plat ...
At Elaine's they have several small plates that are absolutely superb so you can taste many things. The smoke salmon was the best I've ever had. It was out of this world! everything was fabulous I will go back there again
Third visit before writing this review. ...
Third visit before writing this review. Consistently excellent. Small innovative menu along with some classics. Small but varied and selective wine list with a range of prices: highly affordable to more expensive. Service is equal to the food. Well informed and responsive wait staff. Elaine may come by your table, engaging but not intrusive. Due to size and restaurant popularity prefer early-mid week dining. Consider specials when available. Will return.
Living in Albuquerque for most of my lif ...
Living in Albuquerque for most of my life I have got use to having no real "foodie" type places to eat, everything is just national chains or New Mexican food. I have to say Elaine's changes that. The food is excellent! Its not your usual fare, it unique, tasty and plate well. The "Mini sopapillas" with honey butter sprinkled with prosciutto crumble was tasty to start, my salmon was divine, the fall salad was very unique and the beignet was sweet! I would recommended this place to anyone wanting a great place to eat for either a special occasion, a romantic evening or just because you are tired of the same old same here in Albuquerque! Elaine's is my new favorite restaurant in Albuquerque.
This was our second visit to Elaine's. ...
This was our second visit to Elaine's. I was greeted by Thomas, who was our excellent server on our first visit. He remembered us, even though it was months ago we visited. Our meal was excellent that night. Their early bird menu offers several options and was more than enough. I can't say enough about how we enjoyed the pork loin then. The pork loin was not on the menu this time, so I ordered the filet, which was cooked perfectly and had great flavor. Lisa was our server this time and she was very professional. My husband ordered the early bird and opted for the ramen noodle appetizer, half chicken, and the chocolate dessert. The portions and very generous. He even had to share with me. They do have a fine wine list and we enjoyed a bottle each visit. We will definitely be back!
Elaine's is an excellent place to eat! ...
Elaine's is an excellent place to eat! Wonderful staff and servers. The entire place is a little small, but the ambiance was really nice! The food was very well prepared and delicious. We loved spending date night here.
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.
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