Blades' Bistro
Blades' Bistro

Blades' Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bladesbistro.com/
  • Phone: 5057710695x
  • 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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Blades' Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
83 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (62)great for outdoor dining (52)fit for foodies (48)special occasion (45)notable wine list (28)great for brunch (24)romantic (21)scenic view (13)good for groups (10)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (5)late-night find (2)Show More
  • 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!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • 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
  • Great Food & Inexpensive Wine=Great
    ArtH
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Blades Bistro is a gem in bucolic Placitas. It provides a marvelous menu with exciting specials. The Watermelon Gazpacho and Peach Caprese salad were flavorful and unique. Peaches provided a taste sensation that worked great.They were melt in your mouth ripe and sweet with a very peachy flavor. The Gazpacho was tasty and its coolness great for a very hot day. Mains were perfectly cooked and presented.The duck breast and veal marsala were tender and rich with flavor. The wine we picked was a full bodied 2011 Chilean blend of carmenere, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, and petit verdot that was a superb match for both of the rich mains. We shared the great chocolate trio to top off our wonderful dinner. We strongly recommend Blades Bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Give it a shot!
    DrGerrie
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Being a New Yorker, I like to ask the locals for their recommendations as to where they eat....and this one was a real find! It was recommended by a local, and was out in the middle of nowhere......but well worth the ride to find it tucked away off the highway. Servers were attentive without being obtrusive. Food was very good....excellent french onion soup and decadently rich boeuf bourginone! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Milton's Mom Elise
    BestBlades
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We went with another couple and the four of us loved the food. We ordered the Paella, Frutti de mare, chicken livers, and a shrimp and salmon salad and we all raved about our entrees. The service was friendly and the waiter knew each dish. We live in the area and plan on returning often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shell
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Duck delicious- crispy on the outside and melt in your mouth inside, green chile hamburger chiledicious and so good with truffle fries
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful evening
    jamaca
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Although there was one disappointing menu item we ate, Anya was the perfect owner - she apologized and credited us for it (even though we ate it all)- the food is delicious and service was exemplary - Anya is charming and treated us with special care and allowed us to sit and listen to the music on the patio after our first two courses and then return inside for our dessert. The wait staff were attentive and charming. This is a wonderful restaurant for special occasions and any occasion! We have been there before and will certainly be there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Clarkcanreallypickem
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Restaurant was recommended by staff at the Range Cafe. Surprising find in the desert! Great food, excellent service, extensive wine list. Had a special $25/bottle wine list. What a deal!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem. An absolute gem.
    TableTalk
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Just finished dining at Blades for the third time. New to the area. We have yet to have anything but an overwhelmingly positive experience. Anya and Kevin could not be more genuinely welcoming and authentic, and Jeffrey our waiter is as warm as he is professional and as knowledgeable as he is friendly. The staff, the décor, the vibe, and especially the food and wine selections are just so well done. We appreciate great food and overall excellence whether it's service, atmosphere, professionalism and Blades has been simply excellent for each of our three visits. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I take clients here often...great loction, small size bistro...wide menu choices, attentive service. Always a 10!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mike
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We heard other reviews complaining of the noise level, but on Saturday night with almost every table full, we did not find Blades overly noisy. It was easy to hold a conversation. The food was absolutely outstanding. Watermelon gazpacho was a highlight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blades
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Blades is our neighborhood bistro. Great food, great wine list, excellent service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent High Quality
    Gerald
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    One of the best in Albuquerque. Sit at the Chef's counter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for Sunday brunch
    Marcia
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    There are a number of delicious breakfast items plus delicious specials.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd Time Just as Good as the First
    suede
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    After finding this last week, I went back with 3 friends this weekend. Everyone agreed this is a great find! Menu has appeal to everyone. Fresh, food has depth, and the service is right on. We had grilled artichoke, spinach salad, roasted beets, lamb, and grouper. As Rachel Ray would say, "yummo"! Make a reservation!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We took out-of-town guests and our party totaled 7 people. The owner gave us special attention and spent extra time with us. I had the specials salad and entrée, both excellent that evening. All of us loved our food and had a wonderful time. The only changes I would suggest is a round table for a party of that size to be able to talk better, and the music made it hard to hear each other and the server at times. i'd definitely go back and recommend this restaurant to others!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blades-great getaway
    Bswag
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Excellent food and friendly service, along with great music on a Saturday night, made for a delightful evening. The drive to Placitas from ABQ was much less onerous than people made it out to be. The watermelon gazpacho and the peach caprese made for a perfect summer meal, and the chocolate decadence was exactly that-a hedonistic chocolate experience. We will definitely be returning to Blades.
    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.
  • Blades review
    Gnarlyface
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The best service I've ever had! Blair is amazing! Food is absolutely delicious. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair to good, not outstanding.
    chefjudeVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Noise level inside quite loud. Had asked to be seated near a wall as we'd been here once before and found it difficult to have an intimate conversation. Hostess seated us at two-top. I asked about one next to a wall she said it was reserved. No one ever showed for it but they may have decided to eat outside instead? Server tried very hard but seemed scattered. For a Friday night they were not that busy. My husband ordered the beet appetizer and said it was tasty. His entree was sole. Fish was nice but crust tough. I decided on paella: seafood cooked well but found dish greasy, rice no flavor of saffron, and chicken leg tasted burned on the grill marks. With wine and tip we spent $100. Much better places to drop a hundred bucks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvgoodfood
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Visit frequently with friends, out of town guests and always enjoy the fresh food choices, preparation, and service and happy to have such a fine restaurant in the Placitas area that offers good dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice patio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    They have a very nice patio, but we were inundated with flies. Food took a very long time on a Saturday night. Most of the dishes were very good. A friend's crab was overcooked. One dish came with French fries, which were limp and soggy. A little pricey, but overall, pretty good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Went on a Wednesday night expecting 50% off wine deal off any wine on their wine menu but it was replaced with $25 deal on select wines. Too bad, select wines not great. Would rather pay 50% off a $100 of good wine of my own choice than $25 for a wine they select. Will probably not return, unless they go back to the 50% off deal. Although the food is very good the 50% off wine Wednesday put it a notch above all the other fine restaurants and kept us coming back. Also, restaurant tends to be extremely noisy when they are busy, which is okay if you don't converse during your meals.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic