Albuquerque, NM 87106
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: (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
The food was good and the staff was plea ...
The food was good and the staff was pleasant. We did wait more than 15 minutes for anyone to even talk to us at our table. Service was quite slow but that may be due to a small kitchen and busy dining room. We will give Elaines a second chance.
Visiting my favorite Aunt, 1057 miles fr ...
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 dishe ...
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 ...
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 fo ...
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 impre ...
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.
Considering all of the various appetizer ...
Considering all of the various appetizers and entrees and dessert we ordered I would say that Elaine's is a good place to eat, but there are better options in Albuquerque. The room is one of the nicer ones in Albuquerque for sure. It's fairly small and the decor is not only cozy but keeps the noise down. We had no trouble conversing even though the place was full. Two of the three appetizers we ordered were excellent, with the other being not so good. Entrees ranged from very good to so-so. All in all, I wouldn't say no to a friend who wanted to eat at Elaine's but I would try to talk them into The Artichoke or The Rancher's Club or even Scalo instead.
Everything my spouse, GUS and I ordered ...
Everything my spouse, GUS and I ordered was absolutely delicious. Gus ordered Tinto vino and I ordered the English Cider. He ordered Filet Mignon and Spinach salad. I have never seen him eat a salad in entirety, like he did this one! I had the Sweet Onion soup w/ Crab. Fantastic. I ordered the Pork Chops. The Chops were delicious and the most tender I ever tasted. We did not have dessert, GUS had Espresso and I a Latte.
Unfortunately, I awoke in the middle of night with an MSG-like headache. I am very sensitive to autolyzed hydrolyzed yeast, MSG, nitrites etc. Must have been added to something I ate in the restaurant. I was very surprised that this additive would be used at Elaine's, so that is why I did not bother to ask the waiter, like I do at Chinese places.
We went early and were able to get table ...
We went early and were able to get table next to the window. Only a few other diners which meant restaurant was quiet and service was excellent. Onion soup with crab outstanding. We had lobster special which was exceptionally good and porkchop. We find Elaine's has innovative meals at good value and going early works well for us.
This was a very special holiday meal. O ...
This was a very special holiday meal. Our reservation was immediately honored with no wait. The food was wonderful, well seasoned and prepared. The wine selection was far-ranging, and our after dinner coffees were very good. The service was friendly and very efficient. Well done.
Our family arranged to meet in Albuquerq ...
Our family arranged to meet in Albuquerque for Thanksgiving, and we reserved a table at Elaine's weeks in advance, based on reviews. We were not disappointed. Elaine gave us a warm welcome and seated us at the chef's table. Menu selection was superb, ranging from traditional turkey to filet mignon and lobster, with great wine selection. Service was impeccable.
Came here for our 6th anniversary. The b ...
Came here for our 6th anniversary. The bread they brought out was interesting, because it was mini sopapillas instead of bread! It came with honey butter topped with prosciutto. I ordered the beet salad and pork chop, while my girlfriend ordered the mussels and short ribs. All 4 dishes were delicious and came out in a timely order. The only downside was the dessert we ordered, which was the beignets. They were still a little raw in the middle, so it was the only bad thing. When we come back we will try one of the desserts.
This restaurant never fails to please. W ...
This restaurant never fails to please. We had the salmon entre and the half chicken entre. Both were done to perfection. The salmon eater remarked it was the best salmon preparation she had ever had. And she orders a lot of salmon. The chicken was incredibly moist and came with only a single small bone to work around. More diners should find this place. It is one of the very best in all of Albuquerque and easily the tops on Nob Hill.
Host/ primary waiter was rude. Tables we ...
Host/ primary waiter was rude. Tables were unusually small and uncomfortable. We askef for a 4 top but the host told us they were all reserved. When we left, they (and all bu two of the other tables) were still empty. Service was slow even though, until we were over half way through, we were the only ones there. Appetizer and salads were not good--too much creativity, not enough competent food prep. Entrees were very good. Overall, unpleasant.
We had dinner at Elaine's in Nob Hill on ...
We had dinner at Elaine's in Nob Hill on Saturday night. We were greeted warmly by Elaine at the door and properly seated. Our service was terrific and the food was simply AWESOME. She has put together a top notch culinary team and it show with each course we had. One was better than the next. We have been there probably 6 times over the past couple of years since she opened up across the street from Nob Hill. It is truly a culinary gem. We need to support Nob Hill while during the ART construction.
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:)
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