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
Dinner service took twice as long as it should have, even considering this is a place you want to stay longer and enjoy your meal/conversation. I don't know if the kitchen was short on help. The waiters were very polite but seemed to be spread thin. Otherwise great ambiance, unique menu, food was pretty good (halibut was a bit dry) but with the expense I expected more attentive service and better timing with meals.
Food was excellent. We came in at 8:30 PM on a Wednesday night with 11 people for a business dinner. Started a bit slow as there was only one waiter for the entire restaurant but as the other 2 tables slowed down we got his full attention. Food was creative and outstanding. Would go back in a heartbeat!
The short ribs were very good, however, the mussels needed more sauce. The fois gras should have been a dessert. The service was pretty disappointing. She didn't recognize the birthday at our table and didn't seem to realize that the wine glasses should be changed with new wine. Overall, not what we expected.
The food was excellent. I had the Farm Salad and a crab cake for my meal. It really was not quite enough food. My preference would be to have crab cake offered as a main course. It was the best crab cake I can remember eating - East coast or anywhere.
I especially appreciated the fact that despite a full house it was quiet and conversation was comfortable. I never return to noisy restaurants no matter how much I like the food.
Very good food and wine! All 5 of us greatly enjoyed our meals: Gnocchi, Salmon, Chicken, and Filet. Our waiter was personable and attentive. BUT our meal began at 5:30 and ended at 8:30. We didn't mind the slow pace, it was great for our group. I had a feeling that those that came in later, when the restaurant was more full, were in for an even longer wait.
This was our first visit. We were not disappointed. There are outside seating options. The ambiance was pleasant. Appetizers, salads and entrees and desserts were all excellent. Our waiter was great. He made excellent recommendations. We enjoyed our experience.
An exceptional experience! Elaine's compares favorably to the highest quality restaurants we've experienced in many larger cities. How lucky we to have this gem in Nob Hill! Attentive and professional service, a very good (but still affordable) wine list, and an excellent menu with beautifully prepared dishes. Easily at the top of our list for our fave restaurants in ABQ.
Once again Opentable members did not disappoint me. Ranked very highly, I decided to end my NM trip with a visit to Elaine's. Very nice menu, great wine and after dinner drink selction as well. The Foie Gras was beyond delicious. A huge serving of seared Foie Gras, rhubarb & mango chutney, pistachio butter, toasted brioche. I could have had iit for appetizer, dinner and dessert! Sorry I didn't order a sauterne with it.
For dinner I had seared Scottish, asparagus, radish, peas, tomato, lardon, cucumber & asparagus, champagne shallot cream. Again a very generous portion and perfectly prepared.
The Ruby Port to end the evening was just what the Dr ordered!
Service was also excellent. I think it was Tom (?) who provided superb, knowledgable and professional care!!!!
Elaine's is also great for people watching, seems to be the place to see visiting movie and tv people!
We dined at Elaine's for our 38th wedding anniversary. We were able to negotiate the ART construction mess and were able to find a parking spot fairly close. We were seated promptly. Noise level throughout the evening was acceptable. Service was prompt, but not overbearing. We had the cheese plate and farm salad. Both very good. We ordered Scottish Salmon and Gnocchi. Both were very good. The only slight disappointment was the lemon bundt cake dessert - pretty ordinary and a little dry.
We've come here several times, and I've always had good food and particularly enjoyed sitting outside-one of the nicer places to do so in Albuquerque. This time, it was too hot to do so, and we were looking forward to a different experience inside. We were seated quickly, and quickly had the amuse bouche of mini sopaipilla (fabulous!). Our salad was a generous size and quite nice, and our entrées were very tasty, appropriately portioned, and not fussy. I would return again for the food but not the meal experience because of the service and how it detracted from the experience and value. Service was slow and inattentive for a not very busy time, and our waitstaff really seem disinterested. In the past he has seemed dispassionate, but now it just seemed like he didn't care about us, our meal, or the job. I hope Elaine's is able to provide corrective feedback and additional training so that we can come back - but after noting how his service has declined over our successive dinners, it will be harder to do so
I travel & eat out 3 days a week, am very critical of my restaurant experiences, and rarely submit reviews. This place was outstanding and I was thoroughly impressed with the entire experience at Elaine's. Eclectic menu, GREAT food, interesting and reasonably priced wine list and attentive but not intrusive service. No liquor license so have your martini before you show up. On of my guests thinks their Brussels sprouts are the best she has ever had. I agree. Don't miss this place.
Our 32nd anniversary dinner. We asked for a table "out of the main traffic flow" and they seated us behind a partition near the front door. No traffic flow whatsoever and very quiet compared to the rest of the restaurant space. The staff was very accommodating and attentive. Food was excellent and delivered quickly. We started with Elaine's Farm Salad, which was topped with a wonderful white balsamic vinaigrette. My sweetie ordered the half-chicken and I ordered the fried alaskan halibut. Both portions were quite sufficient for our appetites. We ordered the aged Balsamic Nutella Semifreddo for dessert and thoroughly enjoyed it. We've eaten at Elaine's previously and have yet to be disappointed. Highly recommend this place!
Strongly recommend Elaine's we had a wonderful diner to celebrate the end of a semester. I had the Halibut and my husband and son had pork chops. The best service I can remember ever in Albuquerque, Thomas was wonderful. The food was delicious and plated beautifully.
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