Elaine's
Elaine's

Elaine's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elainesnobhill.com/
  • Phone: 5054334782x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Wine Bar, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Garrick Mendoza/ Andrew Gorski
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Elaine Blanco 5053288225x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Amhearst
  • Public Transit: Very central, same block
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: All around the restaurant
A word from Elaine's
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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Elaine's reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (62)special occasion (51)neighborhood gem (46)romantic (38)notable wine list (23)good for groups (9)late-night find (8)hot spot (5)great for outdoor dining (5)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Improved Menu-Still Beer/Wine Only
    MikeHuntVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It's been a while since I've been to Elaines, and I'm glad to see that they've relaunched the menu with more approachable choices. The shrimp cocktail appetizer is awesome, and definitely not your grandmother's style. Very good. Still, there's only beer & wine available, so if it's a pre-dinner cocktail you're looking for, head over to Scalo's across the street first.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, but noisy
    travelingman1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Ate there on a Saturday night. For our tastes, too noisy. Perhaps a weekday night would be better. Hard surfaces do not absorb sound, so with a full dining area, the ambient sound level was high. We may try again on a weekday night to see whether there is a difference. For us, the sound level detracted from the food, which was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Steak and lamb in Albuquerque.
    BigFatFoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I went to Elaine's with my wife and another couple. I ordered the Lamb and my wife ordered the 16oz bone in ribeye (it was the market special that evening.) I wound up eating half of my wife's steak. Not because my lamb was bad, infact it was delicious. Because it was hands down the best steak I have ever had in Albuquerque. We went to Vernon's the week before and it was better than theirs!
    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.
  • A Good Dining Choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I was visiting Albuquerque and did some research online and this restaurant came up high on the reviews so I decided to check it out. I had an early reservation on a Thursday evening so it wasn't crowded when I arrived but it did pick up when I left. As I entered, I was promptly greeted and asked if I had a preference for a booth, table, or bar. I opted for the booth and was greeted by my server. He was very helpful in helping me decide on a couple of items I was considering on the menu. I started with the poke appetizer and had the sesame crusted salmon for my entrée, which were excellent choices. I wish I was staying longer so I could try other items on the menu...but I guess that will need to wait for another trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was a great place to take the special someone.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow!
    TinManVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    What a foodie's find in Albuquerque. My wife and I enjoyed everything. The food is comparable to the finest cuisine available ANYWHERE. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Elaine's is a very nice little bistro in Nob Hill. My wife and I are picky, and well,...Great food, great service! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic!
    Undercoverdiner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner - from the firsts, to the seconds, to the thirds...paired our meals with glasses of wine to enhance the experience. Dessert was off the charts, too. This is the best high end restaurant I've been to in ABQ in almost 6 years....now they need to be consistent. I'm sure Elaine will make sure the experience is consistent from one night to the next.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BRAVO ELAINE!
    food4bliss
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Five stars for Elaine's!! An elegant restaurant, much needed (and highly appreciated!). Great care has been taken with all important details. The room is tastefully decorated, the tables spaced intelligently and set with impeccable taste. Of the utmost importance, the staff: Highly skilled, responsive, unobtrusive. The food: Beyond criticism ( for this diner who, for some reason, could not sample everything at one sitting....) What more is there to say about a restaurant? Taking all above factors into consideration, it will become obvious that this is not a place for noisy,family fun. There are plenty restaurants of this kind in Albuquerque. Elaine's is for the serious, educated diner. Come and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific evening
    AggieGrandpa
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our first visit to Elaine's is nine months into their business and they have a smooth operation. Tuesday evening was not crowded and it was a perfect setting to celebrate my wife's birthday. The staff were friendly and welcoming and provided all the information about the menu that you could ask. The small establishment has a nice outdoor area as well which we will look forward to on another visit. But the hit of the evening was the terrific food. Tuna Poke, Gazpacho, summer salad of compressed melons, Gnocchi and Diver scallops topped off with a lovely lemon tart. And some quite nice wine to go along with any choice you might make. All in all, a terrific evening. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oustanding
    GLJABQ
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was our second visit to Elaine's. This experience was as outstanding as the first visit. The overall quality of the menu and the service was truly nothing short of excellent. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in Albuquerque
    Gothere
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I have eaten at Elaine's three times, and each time has been excellent: creative; perfectly prepared; delicious. Worth every penny. And the service is also excellent: efficient and quiet. And Elaine is great. It is the best restaurant in Albuquerque.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Experience
    thelonelydiner69
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The staff was spot on with being tenative. Multiple servers assured we had what we needed. The owner I believe was there aiding her crew and checking on the diners. I had the lamp and my SO had the steak. The food was really good but I was hoping for just a bit more flavor. Lamb was a bit under seasoned. We had the tuna to begin with and it was really yummy. Overall I recommend this spot. It's new. It's quiet. Great ambience and was a good relaxing dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this restaurant
    tandp
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This has become one of my favorite ABQ high quality restaurants. The room feels great, the service is top flight, the food is terrific, interesting wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome dining experience
    tiny
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Fantastic dining experience in the local area. Elaine's S'mores are awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodForThoughtVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We were in town for an event and found the listing on Opentable. All eight of us were thrilled with the food. Additionally, Elaine was on hand. She is very charming and friendly, and we hope she has great success with her restaurant. She deserves it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • QueenB
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    First time dining at Elaine's. Officially my new favorite restaurant! Food was fresh and delicious, but presentation was on hit! Will be back and have already recommended to others! Tuna poke - the macadamia nut compliments the satiny texture of the tuna! Shrimp coctail - whoever thought of making the horseradish into a custard, genius! Gnocchi - amazing texture! Beet salad - fantastic goat cheese. Spotted black pig pork belly - melts like butter in the mouth! S'more dessert - camping without going camping! Bravo! Way to go, Elaine! You're on to something over there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jewel in the 505
    FoodEngland
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Incredible food from the beginning until end. Impressive wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect
    Quietscot
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My wife's soup was delicious...the scallops were excellent and we shared a lovely lemon tart. I had an inventive and delicious salad and lamb. All of the flavors were sophisticated and expertly prepared. Unfortunately my lamb was tough. A sharper knife didn't help there was too much connective tissue. The Malbec wine was fine and we had delightful dinner. .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Time Was a Charm
    JamonDuoVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was my second time dining at Elaine's and it was just as fantastic as the first. The food is fresh, thoughtfully prepared and dare I say, fun. You must try the Spotted Black Pig...the most tender pork ever to pass one's lips! Service is attentive without being intrusive and the sommelier really new his stuff. Don't forget to leave room for dessert: It's worth the calories!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • adventurous dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I had a variety of dishes meandering through Elaine's menu. An first course of seasoned salmon and vegetables,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cuisinier
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great care in food prep and presentation - we had scallops and lamb dishes and they were perfectly done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative menu great service
    Visitor
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    It was a special birthday. I was getting a zero and wanted a new place to. Experience. Guided by the reviews on Open Tablei chose a fairly new restaurant and I was not disappointed. As with all NM restaurants I wished the sopaipillanutrition would be seved last. In this case tiny ones more resembling beignets were served with honey butter and bacon bits as a bread service at the beginning. They were wonderful and delicious. What a change from the usual baguette! The gnocchi, tuna poke, and crab gazpacho were all outstanding appetizers. The only disspoointment was a swordfish entree that was cooked about 60 seconds too long making it a little chewy and dry rather than succulent. The preparation and sauce was great though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elaine's Albuquerque
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Very good food. Interesting menu. Excellent service. Overall great experience and will go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • E For Effort, Room To Grow
    ChowDown64
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    There are many things to recommend a night at Elaine's: atmosphere, lighting, excellent wine menu with generous by-the-glass pours, superb service, super cool background music. But the food is uneven—some of it exceptional, some of it lazy or weirdly conceived. Some examples: a delicate pairing of sea scallops and salsa verde is for some reason accompanied by warm mustard-heavy potato salad; a piece of "ash ravioli" (looks and tastes like, well, ash), does nothing to enhance the unbelievably delicious pork belly; and the much-talked-about deconstructed s'mores, which arrives at the table wafting the smell of a campfire (a neat trick), is way too sweet, thanks to cloying milk chocolate and what tastes like jarred marshmallow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Experience
    vmthomas
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    What food I had was good. I went to order the scallops for main course but it was no longer available so I had salad (which was good) but not the dinner I expected. Maybe another time. Disappointed I didn't get my main dish I wanted that day.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We loved it
    Travel4workTravel4playVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Our dinners were delicious and beautiful in presentation. Loved the swordfish, scallops, and gazpacho soup. The mini-sopapillas with honey butter as the bread service were so yummy. Excellent service. We definitely plan on returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good for those who are lite eaters
    cowboysrule931VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    make sure your guests like small plates when they go. The food is very good but the portions are small compare to regular restaurants. The chef is very creative with the presentation and it is a good place for a romantic night out with that special person .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice addition to Albuquerque
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Delicious food and great service. Creative dishes and good wine list. We really enjoyed our evening at Elaine's. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine Food in ABQ
    Brukz
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My husband and I tend to return to the same restaurants, ad nauseum because there is simply not enough fine dining in Albuquerque, whether white tablecloth or casul, we just want good food that is well prepared and unpretentious. Elaine's fits the bill. I love that the Chef uses available local ingredients (farm to table) and changes the menu accordingly so there is no chance of getting in a rut with one or two dishes. Elaine is a delight, presiding over the dining room, greeting guests and following up with table visits. A perfect place to dine bridging the gap between upscale and just plain old comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A delightful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We enjoyed good food prepared well. My brother (a good cook in his own right) mentioned how he couldn't replicate what he ordered and what he ordered was absolutely wonderful. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food but limited menu
    Jean
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I'd suggest looking at the menu on line. What the have on line is pretty much what they have. The food is good but it is a bit pricey and some of the items are oddly "deconstructed" The Caesar salad is a pretty presentation but having everything piled on the romaine lettuce heart made it difficult to eat. The Elaine's smor was very disappointing. $10 for a glob of marshmallow from a jar with milk chocolate and a graham cracker broken up and then warmed up. The swordfish and leg of lamb, however, were quite good and well prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    WillyGVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Elaine's is fantastic. Elaine herself greets you at the door and makes sure your dinner is more than what you expect..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our meal was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was accommodating and engaging. The ambience was very pleasing and conducive to quiet conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local
    localVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The new summer menu is superb. Four of us started by sharing shrimp cocktail which was delicious and and a very creative Caesar salad, also delicious. I had diver scallops for entree - perfectly cooked and flavorful with an accompaniment of a delicious warm potato 'salad'. They've definitely hit their stride for consistently great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie
    Morgan
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    third time here. will be back. always good, interesting, beautiful food with great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time at Elaine's
    finickyfooder
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Menu choices were unusual and creative. Our first menu choice (swordfish) turned out to be not available. Salads were innovative, scallops and accompaniments were outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    Scrumptious
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food at Elaine's for dinner was fantastic ! Not one complaint from my husband and I. The member of the wait-staff that took care of us this past Saturday evening was terrific as well. He was able to describe each item in the menu to perfection; after his description my mouth was watering in anticipation. Give Elaine's a try, you will love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!!! A wonderful find in Nob Hill
    JamonDuoVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    My husband and I stumbled upon this gem in Nob Hill just a few days ago. Wow!!! It's hard to put into words, but the food is incredible: fresh, creative and full of flavor. Elaine is a true sweetheart and has a fabulous staff to help her out. The waitress never hesitated when answering questions about the menu and was attentive without being annoying. I understand Elaine's is getting ready to roll out their summer menu...can't wait to try it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We had a wonderful meal, great service by our waiter (didn't catch his name but he was absolutely wonderful and quite knowledgeable about the menu and wine). Thanks for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 96 reviews are from the Elaine's reviews archive.