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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine, Wine Bar
Prairie Star Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
The price/quality ratio was just not the ...
The price/quality ratio was just not there. The food was good but worth 70% more than other local establishments. While the service was excellent it still didn't make up for the overall lack of quality.
Food was great. Service a bit indifferen ...
Food was great. Service a bit indifferent for this caliber of restaurant and price range. Portions are not huge, which I liked. Delicious desserts. On a cooler night the patio looks like a great option. Beautiful mountain views.
Prairie Star was by far the most fancy r ...
Prairie Star was by far the most fancy restaurant I have ever been to. The quality of food and service definitely showed! It is a bit outside our price range for frequent restaurant visits, but with a $50 gift card, we were able to enjoy an amazing first wedding anniversary!
We have eaten at Prairie Star before, bu ...
We have eaten at Prairie Star before, but not for a few years when we had a less-than-stellar meal. It is back to its previous excellence, with a new menu that's mostly continental with occasional NM touches (e.g., lobster stuffed chile rellenos). The waiter was attentive without being over-bearing, the food was delicious, and the setting is beautiful with large windows looking to the Sandias.
We had a wonderful dinner, with very att ...
We had a wonderful dinner, with very attentive, but not too attentive, service. Food was wonderful! Highly recommend the smoked tenderloin and the ice cream dessert.
Wednesday night 3 course dinner for two with wine
I have dined at Prairie Star on several occasions, this was an off night for the restaurant. Certainly willing to give them another chance.
Beautiful setting, excellent food. Perfe ...
Beautiful setting, excellent food. Perfect for a special occasion. The service was outstanding. Thanks!
Great service, good food, spendy
Everything was very good, although it seemed like the portions were smaller than average. We were a group of 3 couples with separate checks, so all recieved a mandatory 25% tip. Seemed high.
We have returned several times as this i ...
We have returned several times as this is one of our favorite restaurants. Only on one visit were we disappointed when the server was less that pleasant. At this most recent visit the staff at all levels was impressive....from the person who poured the water to those who served the food. Very professional and welcoming. The food was excellent as well. We requested a seat by the windows facing the Sandias and it was beautiful
My wife ordered the vegetable lasagna. I ...
My wife ordered the vegetable lasagna. It was extremely salty, doused with Worcestershire Sauce, and hardly any cheese. Did not resemble lasagna at all. I had the filet, was quite tasteless. Very disappointing. We had eaten here before and it was quite good. Not this time however.
Excellent Service and Delicious Food - W ...
Excellent Service and Delicious Food - We decided last minute to go to Prairie Star to try it out for date night. We were not disappointed. The view was beautiful. Our server was the best at being relational but not nosey (in our opinion the PERFECT combination). She was funny and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. We ordered the burger (delicious) and sea bas and polenta cake (AMAZING!!! it was so delicious, I would go back just for this). Wine list was great as well. The atmosphere was also very quiet for being a golf clubhouse. Our table had a beautiful view of the Sandia Mountains. Overall it was a great find and we are happy we live close by. We will be back.
The whole evening was great, it was are ...
The whole evening was great, it was are 10th anniversary. My only complaint was my steak was over cook . Everything tasted great and was enjoyable. Service was excellent.
Excellent food and service for the secon ...
Excellent food and service for the second anniversary of our time together!
Excellent as usual
Went for a birthday dinner and the service, food, and wine were exceptional. This our all time favorite place for special occasions.
Made a reservation for our anniversary a ...
Made a reservation for our anniversary and requested a window table as my wife had never been to the restaurant and I wanted her to experience the beautiful views of the golf course, bosque, and mountains. When we arrived we were not only not seated by the windows but in the back of the restaurant. I told our server I was very disappointed that that only did not reserve us a window table but seated us far away from the window. He was apologetic and tried to assure me that probably many others also requested window tables and they couldn't accommodate my request. He did suggest we might want to try the outside patio for a cocktail and suggested we could even order dinner there, if we desired. We did go to the patio and enjoyed the scenery, wildlife and our cocktails. We decided to have dinner outside even the wind was starting to pick up. As soon as our menus arrived, our server informed us an inside window table had opened and offered us a choice of remaining outside or relocating to the inside table. We moved inside and had a wonderful meal with impeccable service. Prairie Star certainly redeemed themselves in my view. I've since strongly recommended the restaurant to two other couples and we will be returning soon.
There was a fixed menu for Mother's Day ...
There was a fixed menu for Mother's Day and it took much longer than it should for the entrees. The manager should have apologized and perhaps given a free desert or drink. The tuna wasn't great. The waiter did admit there was an issue, but for the price it should have been handled much better. The bloody Mary was excellent
A perfect setting for a Mother's Day brunch with
Having dined at Prarie Star for Mother's Day in the past a return visit was in order. The restaurant lived up to expectations. The setting, a table next to a window with a fantastic view of the Sandia's, the service, teriffic and the food was superb. The Mother being honored loved the entire experience. We will be back next year.
Never had steaks here before as other choices have always been more appealing. But it was one of those "red wine, red meat" nights so we ordered the sirloins. What a treat! So thick and juicy with wonderful flavor and tender as well. Very impressed with the new chef. We'll be back.
We were celebrating a birthday, everyone ...
We were celebrating a birthday, everyone made us feel special. Our server, Travis, was very attentive, yet not hovering. We ordered the Wednesday Wine and Dine special, the wine selection was superb, and the fish dish was outstanding. It all made for a very great, enjoyable evening.
The Prairie Star has the best ambiance in town, the best servers, wine and food!
Same Wonderful Place Year After Year
Had not been back to Prairie Star for a year--bad me! Food, wine, service, ambiance, all were impeccable. And, really easy to get to from Albuquerque, the drive is rewarded not only by the food and wine but the view is worth a million bucks. Went with friends who had not been back to Albuquerque for several years after moving to the Midwest, they want to move back here now!
Entrée & the side dishes served with the entrée way to small. We both had the duck.
Off the beat and path, good for a special occasion
We hadn't been to this restaurant for over 20 years until this April when we went for our Anniversary dinner. There was a fantastic view of the mountains and the restaurant was quiet. The food was pricey and a little above average for a fancy meal. For example, the bread at the beginning was dried out. The main course was average size. The vegetables were prepared very nicely. I had the duck breast which was overly tough but seasoned well. My husband had the pork porterhouse and it was okay but not spectacular. The wait staff was attentive.
No Way No How
Bread was stale, the Italian wine was poor, no better than $3 Buck Chuck, the food was mediocre: the grilled Romaine salad was questionable re freshness and did not taste good. The sage fries were way too strong with sage. The Wagyu burger was cooked medium but dry. The Niman Ranch steak was good itself but the sauce was horrid. The savory bread pudding was a dry hockey puck. Only the asparagus was cooked perfectly. The vanilla bean tart was dry and stale. At $150 including tip, we'll never go back. We've eaten at the Prairie Star many times over the years and had wonderful meals but this is the last time.
Wonderful meal and company
Wonderful meal and company
The food, the wine and service were all excellent and the view is to die for! For many years we have enjoyed dining at the Prairie Star. There is not a more beautiful setting in New Mexico. If you time it just right, you can enjoy coffee and desert on the patio and watch the sunset reflected on the Sandia mountains.
We had a wonderful experience. Since it was early and the first Sunday after winter that they were open we were the only customers in the place. A great experience and even though we were the only ones there the staff did not become overly attentive. I would have to say it was just about perfect and the knowledge of menu and recommendations were right on. Brook our server was delightful and very helpful. Mark from the bar was great also as we enjoyed a glass of wine before dinner in the bar. As always we enjoyed the view and ambiance.
Live in Albuquerque, and was staying at Tamaya Resort for a conference. Went to dinner on 2/28/16 at Prairie Star. Was disappointed with the preparation and the quality of food , starting with the calamari and continuing to the Sea Bass and Bison main courses. Our drinks were the only positive, and the view of the mountain. I hadn't been here in a long while, and won't go back anytime soon. For the money and prices of entrees, it was really hard to believe this place had fallen so much..
Rview of Prairie Star late Feb 2016
The menu is not very extensive. The food quality was good but not great. Presentation was good. The wine list is acceptable. Service was acceptable. They were out of the appetizer I had specifically gone there for (Calamari). It is a nice setting and with some minimal effort, could be improved dramatically. Add a couple of steak selections (beef ribeye, etc), maybe lamb chops. It did not live up to its good reputation, but it has the potential to do so.
Food preparation mixed
Most items except for one entree were excellent in preparation, display and taste. However, a "special" porterhouse pork dish was terrible. It had little flavor, was dry and was inordinately tough. Not only was the pork tough, the roasted vegetables were inexplicably tough. How one oven roasts carrots and potatoes to a consistency of shoe leather is hard to comprehend. Generally the meals are excellent but this time it was 50/50.
They changed the menu & the only thing I ...
They changed the menu & the only thing I could find to eat was a steak that was grissly & undercooked from what I ordered. They need to bring back the former chicken dish or figure out a better way to cook the sea bass. Then maybe We can find something to eat there.
Prairie Star, cozy, great food, and great service.
This is a cozy out of the way place off the beaten path. Great place for a quiet dinner. Also great for lunch or early evening where you can enjoy spectacular views overlooking the Santa Ana Golf course and Sandia Mountains. Ask for a window seat (or patio if it is not cold outside). Menu changes weekly, but always great food and great service. Can get busy in the summer, but never seems too crowded.
Always a beautiful spot to dine
I love Prairie Star, and the Wednesday Wine and Dine is usually a treat. This past week kind of missed the boat--but for the first time ever. The very hot pepper sauce on the grilled scallops overwhelmed the dish, and the bed of couscous it was served on was bland. It was most unusual for me to be disappointed dining there. It would NOT put me off going again, as it truly was an aberration. As usual, though, the service was stellar, and the view cannot be beat!
Excellent food and service
The Wednesday specials are unique and a great deal. The food and the services always great, romantic setting, and a great wine list.
Never for a holiday again
We arrived and were promptly seated even though we were a half hour early. When we booked we had no idea that there was a limited menu. As soon as we were seated champagne was delivered with chocolate covered strawberries. Then we felt the race was on for us to eat and get out. The starter and 1st course came within 5 minutes of each other. The food was excellent. We were never offered any additional drinks. The staff hovered for my wife to finish her entree, so they could give our dessert. The check was delivered with dessert and quickly processed. The drive from Los Lunas took 45 minutes and the meal was 40. Not the experience you are looking for on Valentines Day.
We enjoyed the Valentines Day special dinner, that was a semi-fixed menu with choice from three entrees. Everything was well prepared and presented, and the service was superb. There is no salt or pepper on the table, leaving the seasoning totally in the hands of the chef. However, the duck appetizer and scallops were too salty, to my taste. Still, an excellent evening that I will recommend to all for a special evening out.
Valentine Event on February 13
Lovely holiday evening, with delightful menu, delicious, well-prepared food and attentive service for the most part.
Overall great place!
website showed Lemon Meringue Pie as a dessert option but that was not an option that day and of course I had told my wife about it and that is her favorite pie. Other than that everything else was great!
Always one of the best for a special occasion
From the phone call arranging a time for the request for a window seat to the conversations with the manager and the waitstaff, everything was great. This has been one of the two or three places we always look to for a special occasion. Go at sunset and watch the fading sun hit the Sandias...it is always breathtaking.
Always go here on special occasions.
Diverse menu. Great wine list. Friendly and attentive staff.
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