About Prairie Star Restaurant
The Prairie Star Restaurant at Santa Ana Golf Club offers an unforgettable dining experience. Housed in an old adobe mansion, the warmth and intimacy of Prairie Star is intoxicating. You may absorb the atmosphere of handmade adobe walls, kiva fireplaces and full vigas and latilla ceilings while enjoying awe-inspiring and sweeping views of the golf course and the Sandia Mountains.
Chef Chris Olsen masterfully creates stunning Contemporary New American cuisine with global influences and changes our menu seasonally to reflect the time and freshest ingredients at hand. Each dish is carefully crafted from the finest ingredients and constructed for unique flavor combinations and flair of presentation.
Contemporary American, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Wine Bar Opens at 5:00, Closed Monday & Tuesday
Highway 550 & 528
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
Prairie Star Restaurant at Santa Ana Golf Club offers an unforgettable dining experience. Housed in an old adobe mansion with three separate dining rooms, the warmth and intimacy of Prairie Star is intoxicating. You may absorb the atmosphere of handmade adobe walls, kiva fireplaces and full viga and latilla ceilings while enjoying awe-inspiring and sweeping views of the golf course and the Sandia Mountains. We delight in crafting just the perfect menu, assisting in the selection of the right wines and creating the magical ambiance for each occasion. We look forward to working with you in creating the magic that is the Prairie Star experience.
Private Party Contact:
Rebecca Chaney: 5058673327x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
Prairie Star Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
This was our third time here, the first ...
This was our third time here, the first two times were really quite disappointing but we were very happy with our dinner this time. Evidently they have new management & that has made a world of difference! Everything was really great other than a noisy group seated near us but even that didn't ruin our good time. And you sure can't beat the view! We will definitely dine here again.
I can't blame it on the restaurant, but ...
I can't blame it on the restaurant, but the view of the Sandia Mountains is OUTSTANDING! Excellent service with a smile, outstanding bar keep -- provided an outstanding Margarita. Menu presented quaint selection with nice presentation. The dry-rubbed pork loin and bison steak were great.
Second visit to Prairie Star, and it was ...
Second visit to Prairie Star, and it was great! Good food, great service, Tara was our server, very friendly, personable and did a very good job serving.
The steaks are perfect, and the Wagyu beef burger will spoil you, burger elsewhere will never come close, the truffle fries were so tasty. I enjoyed this dinner ans previously, savored a delicious steak with savory bread pudding, a delightful taste treat instead of potatoes.There is an extensive wine list and oh, the desserts! excellent!!
I have recently ventured into a whole fo ...
I have recently ventured into a whole foods plant based lifestyle and chose this restaurant for my birthday dinner purely on the description of their rustic vegetable lasagna. It was delicious. It was a flat sheet of house made butternut squash pasta folded over sautéed whole baby carrots, broccolini, mushrooms, and other delightful veggies, seasoned with balsamic vinegar. There was a sprinkling of feta over the top, which I chose to enjoy, but it could've easily been made purely vegan. For appetizer, we shared a tuna nicoise salad, which they split for us in the kitchen; it was fresh and delightful. We also shared the bruschetta trio, which included two vegan offerings. The ambiance was lovely; request a table by the window for the best view of the Sandias. Bon appetit!
The quality of the meat (my wife and I b ...
The quality of the meat (my wife and I both had Prime Rib) was not good. My portion was excessively fatty and my wife's was dry and somewhat tough (end cut). Our water glasses were crusty to the touch - we pointed this out to the server and they were replaced.
Overall a good experience but NOT a memorable one!
The host was very gracious and allowed a ...
The host was very gracious and allowed a change in the Wine & Dine menu for our out of town friend! It added even more pleasure to our already happy experience! This, among many others, is why we keep coming back and bringing new friends so they, too, can experience the fine food and great atmosphere!
Combined with a great view, the food cho ...
Combined with a great view, the food choices and great service make this a restaurant we always look forward to visiting. This is one of the best values in the area, and the comfortable environment accentuate the ambience.
There were 4 of us who partook of the 3 ...
There were 4 of us who partook of the 3 course meal plus wine for $60 per couple. It was a great opportunity to try new things on the menu that were part of the deal. I did not care for the pork dinner I chose but the shrimp over pasta was very good. Wine was OK but wished we had paid a little more for a different bottle that wasn't part of the deal. I've had better meals at Prairie Star but would return again.
Every Weds is Wine & Dine, a three cours ...
Every Weds is Wine & Dine, a three course meal with a bottle of for two for $60. It was what drew us there, and we will definitely be back. The whole experience was lovely, the quiet, comfortable, subtly elegant, but not stuffy or pretentious dining room, the view of the Sandias and of course the FOOD. Started with bread (the only weak point of the meal - as it was very reminiscent of Wonder Bread - no fiber, did not taste local or particularly healthy. . . ), blue cheese frisee salad, penne pasta with Tiger Shrimp in a cream sauce, finished with dessert - Chocolate Decadence - to die for! We shared a bottle of the Sauvignon Blanc which paired excellently with the meal. The service was friendly but not overly familiar - very professional. Definitely recommend!
This place was recommended to us by a lo ...
This place was recommended to us by a local. We should have passed! I had the sirloin steak and it was to be medium but came well done, dry and tasteless. My husband had the chicken - way too busy with so many ingredients you couldn't taste the chicken. Our server was very friendly though and we enjoyed our wines. Dessert of chocolate decadent cake was delicious. But the entrees were pretty bad and expensive. Wouldn't recommend this place!
The beef tenderloin my husband ordered w ...
The beef tenderloin my husband ordered was great. However, the vegetable lasagna was not what I would call lasagna: no cheese, no pasta (more like a crepe) and very unusual sauce. I was misled by the lasagna label. Also, while I like Brussel sprouts, that was mostly the only vegetable in the lasagna and the sprouts were under cooked. I would have like more variety. We did enjoy the music in the bar following our dinner.
Disappointing! We had not been to Prair ...
Disappointing! We had not been to Prairie Star in probably 15 years. When we saw a coupon for it, we decided to give it a new try. We went to celebrate my husband's birthday, using their Birthday promotion coupon, which was mentioned as one of 2 possibilities in the coupon. You get it online after signing up for their emails. It is only good on Sundays during the month of your birthday. My husband got the pork chop; I got the special lamb chops. Both were ordered medium rare, both were over-cooked. The pork chop was so over-cooked it was a dry brick. The lamb chops were over-cooked, but at least still moist. Since my husband was sending his pork chop back, I went ahead and sent my lamb chops back, too. The second pork chop was still over-cooked, not as badly, but still not moist. My old lamb chops came back - not new ones! - either that or the chef had made the exact same cuts that I had and cooked it exactly the same. So, still over-cooked, but fortunately still very moist. They gave us free desserts and dessert wine to make up for it, which was nice, but we still left feeling disappointed.
Food was amazing. I had salmon, my dad h ...
Food was amazing. I had salmon, my dad had beef tenderloin, and my mom had the sea bass. Everything was delicious. Dessert menu was not very extensive though. Our server was friendly, but not very experienced or was nervous. Would like to come back and sit on the patio. Nice views of the golf course!
While the view, ambiance, service were g ...
While the view, ambiance, service were great - the food left much to be desired. The vegetable lasagna was EXTREMELY salty and the vegetables were almost raw. I love crispy veggies, but these were more appropriate for a salad and the sauce tasted like someone had dropped the salt accidentally into it.
I didn't complain because we had taken friends there for a birthday gift so I didn't want to spoil
Three of our group rated their main entr ...
Three of our group rated their main entree (i.e. meat dish) excellent. None of us liked any of the vegetables. Carrots hard as a rock. None of us ate the veggies. I ordered the butternut squash pasta lasagne; ate half of it to be polite. The sauce was spicy; the veggies undercooked; and the entree did not resemble lasagne nor was it to my liking.
** Our server was Dennis. He was excellent.
The tiramisu was not, as portrayed, "classic." It was a creamy delight; quite small for the price, but in no way resembled tiramisu. I've made it a point to find the best tiramisu, including hiring two private chefs, one French and one Italian, to make it from scratch, so I know tiramisu. I think you should change the name to something else so expectations are not disappointing.
We like Prairie Star overall. I will just stick with tried and true from now on. It would be nice to have more choice for vegetarians.
We requested patio seating which was per ...
We requested patio seating which was perfect to watch the sunset on the Sandia mountains. The cheese plate was delicious. The salmon, seafood relleno, and vegetable lasagne were terrific. Our server was attentive without being intrusive. A great place to dine!
Prairie Star dining room is lovely with ...
Prairie Star dining room is lovely with a wonderful view of the Sandia Mountains. We often go there for their Wednesday dining special ~ 2 appies, 2 entrees and a shared desert plus a bottle of wine for $60 ~ excellent value. The food is usually very good, however on several occasions they ran out of the fish entree advertised for the evening. The last time it was halibut, however they did substitute sea bass, and I was satisfied with the bass - it was very good.
Overall a great re-visit (last time was ...
Overall a great re-visit (last time was many years ago). This was a birthday surprise for my wife who enjoyed it thoroughly along with our 11 other guests. We had the middle, semi-private room which was perfect. Our waiter, Dennis, was helpful and his suggestions were appreciated. Ambience was extra nice with a partial view outside yet we didn't have to worry about disturbing other guests when we got noisy. My wife and several friends had the salmon which they all loved and I had the duck (a little tough but flavorful with an amazing sauce). I had requested a special desert for the occasion - a pound cake with berries which was absolutely wonderful (but pricey). We'll be back again for another occasion !
We dined with friends mid week. The scal ...
We dined with friends mid week. The scallop ceviche was very tasty, a perfect summer appetizer. My husband, however, loved the French onion soup. The four of us ordered the roast pheasant whick was exceptional - crusty outside, tender and moist inside. The chocolate dessert was heavenly. This is our favorite restaurant!
Dennis as a waiter is our all time favor ...
Dennis as a waiter is our all time favorite anywhere. Knows us as a family and always takes care of us. This last visit there seemed to be less coverage of waiters to visitors so the wait to order was longer than usual. I always get Salmon, but prefer other presentations of past more than this visit. I personally miss previous managers Zane and Pricilla greatly.
arugula salad had no arugula in it--was ...
arugula salad had no arugula in it--was all spinach, but no adjustment was made to the bill when this was pointed out. T-bone pork chop was cooked well-done vs. medium, leaving it totally white, dry and devoid of flavor. Friend's filet mignon was undercooked--rare and barely warm in the center, though he ordered it medium.
Our party of five had a very nice birthd ...
Our party of five had a very nice birthday dinner. It was quiet and lights were
pleasantly dim. It was very relaxing. Wait staff were respectful and took good
care of us. Everyone enjoyed the food and ambience. At one point a staff member
took me on a short tour of the premises when I asked if the restaurant had once
been a home. He shared historical information about the home. I have been
to Prairie Star twice and have enjoyed it both times and will definitely return.
I have eaten at Prairie Star several tim ...
I have eaten at Prairie Star several times and have always been pleased. I have two recommendations: 1. The ambiance is always a little too quiet and bland. It feels like I can hear every conversation at every table and everyone is whispering for their privacy. Perhaps nice music (soft) to create more atmosphere. 2. The wine list is great. But they need true wine refrigeration for the red varietals. Their wines are just too nice to be stored and served at room temp.
In the past this restaurant has been sup ...
In the past this restaurant has been superior. My recent experience was disappointing.
The food was fair, the ambience wonderful, the service worse than bad.
My husband complained to the bartender.
The woman who waited on us was new. It appeared she had had no training.
And only after we complained did she get the support she needed to serve us properly.
Not a good experience.
We had a nice evening but the food wasn' ...
We had a nice evening but the food wasn't quite as good as the last time we visited. Our waiter was very chatty and my steak was not seasoned at all. I asked about it and was brought salt and pepper. The seasonings otherwise were good. The truffle fries weren't very crisp and the bruschetta was on giant slabs of bread and one of them was not delicious. The grilled Romaine salad was okay but not exceptional. We'll go again but hope the food is back to its usual standard.
Service-excellent: Sean - one of the bes ...
Service-excellent: Sean - one of the best we've ever enjoyed! (Ethan also very good.) Entertaining! Attentive! Highly amicable! Sean "saved" the day -- see comments about the fish.
We had bragged to some friends about PS, especially about the Wednesday Wine&Dine. We forwarded the menu to them sent out by PS on Tuesday, and were all looking forward to the advertised Red Snapper. Unfortunately the substituted fish was a Mexican Flounder which may have been tasty except for the uneven cooking, leaving the edges with a slight to heavy "Burn". One person left most of the edges of her fish untouched. I gave my wife a large slice from the middle of my flounder in exchange for her "burnt" edges. Bottom line: all four of us were rather disappointed. This was definitely not up to the fine standards we have enjoyed so many times over the last few years.
(I gave the food a "Fair" above since I did not wish to rate it as "Poor", but that rating was close. Had the four of us been honest during dinner, and discovered that the disappointment was mutual, we would have been inclined to send the plates back, but we did not discuss this until we were out in the parking lot. Having first time guests, everyone was wanting to act like everything was okay.)
Nonetheless, we'll be back! (We'll also ask for Sean!)
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