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Elaine's
Elaine's

Elaine's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elainesnobhill.com
  • Phone: (505) 433-4782
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Nightly
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • 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 (505) 328-8225

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Fantastic dining experience in the local area. Elaine's S'mores are awesome!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Incredible food from the beginning until end. Impressive wine list."
    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. ."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I had a variety of dishes meandering through Elaine's menu. An first course of seasoned salmon and vegetables,"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great care in food prep and presentation - we had scallops and lamb dishes and they were perfectly done."
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Very good food. Interesting menu. Excellent service. Overall great experience and will go back"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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 ."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Delicious food and great service. Creative dishes and good wine list. We really enjoyed our evening at Elaine's. I highly recommend it."
    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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    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.."
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "third time here. will be back. always good, interesting, beautiful food with great service."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The sweetbreads and salmon were extraordinary and well worth a visit. We love chef's twist on sopapillas as dinner rolls. The gnocchi were disappointing and too salty. Lamb and duck entrees were good, but unexceptional. Nearly all of the dishes are very rich. The menu could use some lighter touches for balance. On our first visit the service was exemplary. This time the server was friendly and attentive, but less polished."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Hope they make it with a very expensive menu. No cocktail hour and no lunches yet. Service was attentive and correct and food delicious. Would recommend it for special occasions. Too many choices in Albuquerque's restaurant scene to make this a frequent dinner place. Would hope they offer lunch soon. Better trade. We ordered a shared salad and two entrees, one glass of wine and two coffees for $120 plus tip Almost $150 for two. I liked the mini sopapillas as a starter but when I asked for rolls or bread, they said they didn't serve them. Are they kidding? Who wants fried bread ( in oil) for the gourmet meal. Needs a few tweaks. Parking very difficult. Place practically empty. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "OK this place never disappoints although I will admit the marrow and octopus didn't do it form me. too fatty but hey had to try. The DUCK and sea bass were perfect!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Wine only no beer or alcohol. Food just ok. Service was the highlight. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time at Elaine's and will return. The waitress was very attentive and we did not feel rushed. The wine menu is very extensive and the food was delicious. Our only disappointment was that they were out of their lemon tart, so ordered the S'more. It was ok, but we wouldn't order it again. The banana brûlée was light and delicious. This is not a place for babies or young children. It was nice to go to a restaurant and not have children screaming. Thank you for such a nice experience and it was nice to visit with Elaine!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Our first experience at Elaine's Restaurant was amazing! We were greeted at the door by a lovely person who kindly showed her consideration for my 91-year-old mother. The food was beautifully presented, well thought, and certainly delicious. It was just about the best dining we have had in the city! The staff was helpful without smothering, knowledgeable and gracious. Thank you, Elaine's, for making this one of our new favorite places for our weekly dinner out! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We have eaten at Elaine's 6 times now and in short order this has become the city's best restaurant. Feels like New York. Limited menu is outstanding and chef and owner are great. Owner is very welcoming and makes you feel great. Would be great to change the menu more often or add a few specials (particularly on weekends) for those who would like to dine here more frequently. Elaine's in ABQ and Arroyo Vino in Santa Fe are now NM tops!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Our first visit. The menu is not broad, but has excellent variety. Some items required translation, but the end result was an invitation to try something unique. We will go back as all ordered items excelled both in taste and presentation."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Our new favorite fine dining restaurant in ABQ. Innovative cooking and presentation, attentive and knowledgeable servers, a good selection of wines by glass or bottle, tasteful ambiance with good noise level. We've dined at Elaine's twice, each time the food and service was excellent. A couple of favorites: pork belly and salmon. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We are usually reluctant to drive to Nob Hill for a Saturday night dinner, since parking can be a hassle, but this, our first trip to Elaine's, was well worth it (coming early helps).This is a small venue, nicely decorated, except the tables for 2 along each wall lacked tablecloths.The menu is limited (5 starters, 5 veggies, 5 entrees, 4 desserts) but very creative.Expect some different and intriguing tastes.The kohlrabi soup and young greens were excellent, as were our cod and pork entrees.Presentation is artful and portion sizes modest but filling.The service is leisurely, attentive and well-paced. The wine list does not quite measure up to the quality of the food and is a bit overpriced, but there is a good choice of wines by the glass."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I had the spotted pig dish, my friends shared the tuna poke and had the salmon and duck dishes. All were satisfied and delighted with dinner. Not only were they plated well, they were adequate portions and delectable. I want to take my family back for a special dinner. It was very good!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Four of us enjoyed a lovely meal, although I thought "marrow" was a zucchini (as in the UK), so we were surprised to find that it is indeed marrow. The French gnocchi was excellent as was the cod."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Elaine's is the best food in Albuquerque. I travel to Albuquerque every week for work and for the last year have been looking for a truly outstanding place. Elaine's is it. Fantastic menu, outstanding service and the ambiance is unbelievable. Highly recommend it "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Our first visit. Table was ready on time. Food selection was great, but one item was no longer available and we had a 7:15 p.m. reservation on a Saturday evening. By the time dessert was offered, one of those items was no longer available. Service was attentive and friendly. Quality of food is one of the best in ABQ. We'll definitely return!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014