Blades' Bistro
Blades' Bistro

Blades' Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bladesbistro.com/
  • Phone: (505) 771-0695
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

    Christmas Holiday Hours:
    Monday Dec. 23rd open from 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Christmas Eve Dec. 24th open from 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Closed Christmas Day Dec. 25th
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary European, International
  • Executive Chef: Kevin P. Bladergroen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Small groups, please contact restaurant for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining available on Monday evenings and for the lunch hours Monday through Thursday.
  • Private Party Contact: Anja Bladergroen 5057710695x
  • Entertainment: In the summer months (May through September): Live Music on the outside patio that varies from Jazz to Folk.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 165
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking, RV Big Rigs also welcome.
A word from Blades' Bistro
Chef-owned Blades' Bistro features innovative international cuisine known for its open kitchen, quality menu offerings, and attentive service in a casual, country setting. Specialties include London Steak, Grilled Lamb Chops, Chicken Francaise and Roasted Beets topped with Goat Cheese, Fried Calamari and world class French Onion Soup along with salad courses, daily specials, seasonal entrees, and homemade desserts. The owners are committed to use fresh ingredients and support their Local Farmers whenever possible. Look for exciting Wine Dinners pared with wines from regions from all over the world.

"Blades' Bistro is a classy blend of classic, whimsical; it is an oasis of sophistication thriving in Placitas. Everything about Blades' is nicer than you'd expect, in the best possible way. The dining room is refined and quiet and the exhibition kitchen classy."
- By Andrea Lin For the ABQ Journal

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Blades' Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (56)fit for foodies (51)great for outdoor dining (37)special occasion (36)notable wine list (26)romantic (19)great for brunch (15)good for groups (10)scenic view (7)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Worth the drive to Placitas
    ABQtravelers
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Blades is a great find tucked in the corner of a small shopping area on the way to Placitas. It has a truly varied menu with something for everyone. We had a shrimp stir fry, a causolet and the special salmon. All were outstanding. The wine was good and at a good price. The atmosphere was "bistro" with lots of folks chatting at the bar. Our service was competent and friendly. We will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BobboVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I don't want to write a review that is at least 50 characters in length. Why can't I opt out if I have nothing to say?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great Surprise. Food was excellent and the owners were friendly and happy. Had the home grown NM NY strip...yum and my wife had a delicious pasta dish. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    gaes
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Excellent food and a personable waiter! Great find to celebrate our anniversary! Will come back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorite places...
    SFChicaVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    but it seems that every time we go the service gets worse and worse. Before I mention the service I want to make sure you hear that the food here is amazing. Perfectly cooked, delicious, plentiful. I can not say enough about the food. I don't think our server was bad, not at all, but they have too many tables or they aren't spacing out the reservations well. I'm not sure because I don't know what happens in the Front of the House. Our waiter did the best he could. Maitre'd was pleasant and as we were being seated, she gave us a clue about the specials. But we didn't see our waiter for a while. If this restaurant wants to become all it can be then hire more waiters and bussers. Bad service can trump good food for many customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our waiter
    Earl
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    If you have the opportunity to try Blade's Bistro do. This is an exceptional little place with an awesome menu and great employees. We have had Jeffrey as our waiter twice and just love this guy. He is incredible!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • retiredceVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Loved the mahi on Friday! Hubby got the "C" dish with sausage and white beans - loved that! We love coming here - great service, wonderful wines. Definitely a neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous new favorite
    DineMe
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We are new to the area and wanted to try our local Bistro. What a wonderful treat to have such amazing food this close to our home. Blade's has made moving to Placitas that much more enjoyable. This past trip we had a party of seven. The group was served well, great wait staff with character and knowledge of pairings. Each choice from the menu was different and everyone was very pleased. The sturgeon special with lobster butter was delightful (my pick). I can't wait to go back so I can make my way through the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TJGIntlVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Shrimp and salmon stir fry not that great but this is a quite nice neighborhood place to have a pleasant dinner. I have eaten here before and enjoyed other selections.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vyga
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Best restaurant in town. Staff and owners are very customer oriented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    suede
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Driving to Placitas for Blades Bistro is always worth the trip. The food is fresh and tasty and the service is over the top. Thank you Kevin for putting ingredients together that most chefs wouldn't attempt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    ASDMarch
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    as always, this place is awesome. food & service are outstanding! what a find!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always
    JimTrittenVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Thanks again for a great meal. Always enjoy driving from Corrales to Placitas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite Spot
    Louise
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Blades is always the first place I think of for fine dining. We take our visiting guests there and they are always very pleased with the food and service. The varied menu would satisfy any diner and the specials are always creative. Some of our favorites are the Sole Menuire and the Steak Frites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True Quality Dining
    Chuck23
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Blades is a true local gem. Great food, service and a friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot, not for romance
    Luvmywine98
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food was good, drink selection was fantastic. Went for romantic evening, but far too loud. Private booths would take the experience to another level
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High-end food, nice atmosphere
    ChasVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    This place is oddly out in the middle of nowhere, but accessible. Great food, well prepared (though not terribly creative), reasonably priced. Nice atmosphere. A little slow on the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday nights
    ASDMarch
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    outstanding place to dine. food & atmosphere is hard to beat. we had the entire patio to ourselves and the owner took great care of us! it's our new haunt!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blade's dinner
    QuietSeeker
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Dinner was for three. Service as fine and food was great. Reservations were honored and seating was immediate. Blade's has a nice wine selection. It could feature most California wines, however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We found Blades somewhat by accident when my Open Table app updated. We are new to NM and had not found anything worthwhile without traveling to Albuquerque. Nothing compares to this in the northern part of Rio Rancho. The owners and wait staff are outstanding and the food was excellent. Will definitely be back and anxious to try brunch and the outdoor seating sometime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the drive !!!
    Arthur
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    If you live in central ABQ, you're missing a great night of outstanding cuisine in a really nice atmosphere, and fun entertainment in a truly delightful bistro. And it won't sap your pocketbook like a lot of those Uptown and Nob Hill places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good even if an "off night"
    Maggie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Have dined at Blades Bistro many times and loved it. Overwhelmingly busy night for staff there on September 20th so the service and the food was not at the level it typically has been. Salad arrived without dressing, water and bread slow to arrive at table. Glad business is good at Blades but maybe a little tweaking to make sure that quality doesn't suffer even when business is booming!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    CLConsulting
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Wonderful food, friendly service, good wine selection & bar, outdoor dinning, sometimes with live music. Go early Friday after wine tasting @ the Merc for a less crowded dinning. Ask for seating to view the open kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion Approved
    Fefe27
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I took my boyfriend there for his birthday dinner. It was a nice, romantic environment, the price was right and the food was good. It was a great escape from Albuquerque.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blades Does It Again
    Tom1
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My favorite restaurant. Great food, service and a wonderful staff. Make the short trip to Placitas...you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, nice ambience
    LJfoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was my second time here. I enjoyed it. Service was a bit slow, but it was busy and we had a party of 6.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New York Strip is excellent
    lovePlacitas
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The New York Strip Steak with horseradish crust is excellent and the accompanying vegetables are cooked just so, not over cooked. The salad is clearly local source and very tasty. And the Apple Tart for the day is small but just right to end the meal - really good and garnished with ultra thin slices of apple.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the music on the patio!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Another terrific night of good food and music on the patio. Too bad a few tables couldn't leave their loud conversations at home. Nothing nicer than music on the patio on a lovely evening. Food is wonderful. Service is friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always excellent
    bonitaVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Once again we enjoyed every bite at Blades. Friendly, vibrant and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anonreviewer
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Loved the outside table and listening to the trio of musicians. Inside was noisy. Food was good. I will return but will ask for a table outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent meal, great service and actually reasonable price tag for fine dining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice little gem
    lagourmande
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Have dined at Blades Bistro in the evenings and have had consistently great meals. Love the fact that it's not in the city and that it is a small restaurant. Nice little neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KB07
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had a great experience there. The food was great and our waiter was excellent. We will be back!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    LindaDeV
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We love this place; the food is outstanding, the service always great. We wish it were closer to home, but then maybe we'll just move to Placitas so that it is!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Gem in Placitas
    Tom1
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Blades constantly excels and it a wonderful find in Placitas...worth the short drive from anywhere. Anya and Kevin are great hosts and the staff is superb.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blade's Bistro
    Honest
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was awful. The waitperson was ridiculously lame. She did not know anything about the preparation or ingredients of any of the menu items. We waited for an hour for appetizers and then they were served to only 1/2 the people at the table. We had to complain to the owner to get the remaining appetizer items served. The owner sent another waitress to our table to straighten things out. The new waitress promptly disappeared and the original waitress returned and continued to fumble the service. The food was just terrible. We had been there several times a few years ago and enjoyed it. It has definitely gone downhill and we won't be going there again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome as always
    DanielB
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    To start the cocktails of the day were amazing; The food was delicious including the specials of the day; The service was excellent. We had a party of 7 and the service did not falter. The restaurant can get a little loud so I would not deem it as romantic, but for a special occasion and for a reason to leave Albuquerque but not have to head all the way to Santa Fe Blades' Bistro is an excellent restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blades Bistro
    frcx
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    One of our favorites. I has been great every time we have been there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 444 reviews are from the Blades' Bistro reviews archive.
  • Close to home
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Another great experience and meal at Blades. I had a friend from back east visiting and I bragged to him about how great Blades is and you delivered again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food LOUSY service
    TravelerBob
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The wait staff was way over committed and management knew it and did NOTHING to help. Orders were wrong, items ordered were not delivered. Orders were very long in being brought to the table, 47minutes for the appetizers from order to table. One appetizer came within ten minutes but the other four waited another thirty plus minutes. Then when it finally came in was COD and only a half full bowl of soup for which they did charge full price. NO bread. Service was just bad. Waiter reaching across the table and in front of people to serve and clear. Food once served would have been good had it been warm or even hot like it was supposed to be.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic