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Prairie Star Restaurant
Prairie Star Restaurant
  • Address:
    288 Prairie Star Rd
    Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004
    Santa Ana Pueblo
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Prairie Star Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://prairiestarrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (505) 867-3327
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Wine Bar Opens at 5:00, Closed on Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Darren McHale
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • 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: Priscilla Noakes (505) 867-3327

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 550 & 528
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Parking
A word from 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.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Prairie Star is the choice for our anniversary dinner and we always come away delighted. The food was excellent, my filet was truly rare and butter knife tender. My husband had Ono and it was better than what he had in Hawaii two weeks earlier. We were seated by the window and the view is breathtaking. Although the dining room was full it was quiet and intimate. Our waiter was informative and personable and just seemed to be there every time we needed anything. It is expensive but so enjoyable and so worth it. Oh, and the little chocolates that come with the bill . . . I could eat a dozen of those babies."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I was hoping for a little less activity in the dining room: babies, a large party, two anniversary celebrations. The service was really good, so that made up for it, and we really enjoyed the food. I recommend the lamb "enchiladas" -- delicious!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Two of us had eaten here quite a few years ago and felt the quality had declined, so we were delighted to experience a meal that was excellent for everyone. Two of us had the catch of the day, wild-caught salmon, and it was served precisely as requested, cooked just enough not to be raw inside. Another had the sea scallops with watercress puree, which were exquisite, and the fourth had the Niman ranch sirloin and pronounced it excellent. Portions were ample but not excessive. My husband pronounced his martini, an important indicator for him, perfect. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My husband and I ate early on a quiet Sunday evening. The service was great, the food very good. My acorn squash was outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I always forget how good Prairie Star is. The menu has a relatively modest set of choices that doesn't change a lot, and no one dish seems to stand out above the others. But everything there is done amazingly well. Steak and grilled asparagus were fantastic, and I don't even like asparagus! It's not particularly cheap ($130 for 4 of us), but definitely worth the trip whenever possible. I don't understand why this place isn't always packed to the gills--it must the the slightly out-of-the-way location. Since Casa Vieja closed, I'd have to give this restaurant the nod as the best place to eat in the Albuquerque area, at least anywhere north of Vernon's. We will happily be back."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Not your everyday,fried food restaurant. Special foods,wines, and waitstaff."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Our party of six generally fared well, but one entree was incorrect requiring a short wait for the correct meal to appear, and the Tuna entree was fairly tasteless and tough for Ahi grade tuna. The other entrees were all very good."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • " Only way to describe the food and atmosphere enchanting!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This was our "go to" celebration restaurant when we lived here the first time (1981-92). Since we've returned we find that this is still an excellent choice for a celebration. The food is aways excellent, service good, great view, good wine--what else could you want? I gave it only 4 stars because there are a couple of other restaurants in town now where the food is a little better, but I don't think anyone would be disappointed in selecting this restaurant. There is also a lovely patio overlooking the golf course with a view of the Sandias that is a wonderful spot for pre dinner drinks if the weather cooperates."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Expectations were high and they delivered. Great night of food and drink and superb service. Thanks. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We came a bit early for our reservation and were seated immediately at a cozy table by the window. The view was great. Watched hummingbirds flit about the three feeders and a pair of Canadian geese escorting their 2 young over the grounds. The meal was exceptional. The sirloin steak benedict was exquisite; melted in your mouth like a fine piece of tenderloin. The trout was light, flaky, and tastefully seasoned. The price for appetizer, salad, entree and dessert was more than reasonable on the prix fix menu. There was not a bite taken that wasn't top-notch. Kudos to the Chef and the very highest compliments to the wait staff. We just loved it and will always return. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Prairie Star is one of our favorite restaurants. This Mother's Day Brunch was no exception with great food and great service. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The view of the Sandias was outstanding. The wine list was interesting with a lot of good choices for ordering by the glass. The special I had was something from a cafeteria with breades and fried trout. The grilled chicken was a better choice. The waiter was inattentive and did not clean the table while we were deciding on desert. We may try again but not for a while . "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "It's always a pleasure dining at Prairie Star. Saturday night before Mother's Day was especially good with the best prepared trout I've ever had. Enjoyed delicious brussels sprouts on the side, and there was no problem with my request to substitute sauteed spinach for potatoes. The signature romaine salad is always the perfect starter. With the stunning view of the Sandia Mountains reflecting sunset and great cuisine, Prairie Star is a wonderful place to dine for dinner. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Wouldn't have gone to Prairie Star had I not wanted to hear the band playing on the patio. And I won't go back without some similar incentive. Nothing special to report in the food I had. The first glass of wine was on the verge of turning. But there is a picture postcard view of the Sandia Mountains looking across the golf course and the bosque."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The Prairie Star is simple, elegant and scenic. It is unpretentious and naturally beautiful. The food is elegant and tasty. We no longer live in New Mexico, but my wife and I always eagerly look forward to dining at the Prairie Star during our return trips there. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Started with the foie gras french toast which was very good. Mummy had the NM Lamb "Enchiladas". The were also quite good. Lamb confit cooked in red chile. All the flavors blended well you could still tell you were eating lamb. Instead of a corn tortilla, the lamb was stacked between two crepes. I had a wagyu burger. Could have used a bit more maytag blue cheese, but the burger was cooked to a medium-rare perfection. Juicy and nicely seared on the outside. Dessert was the turtle cheesecake as Mum loves caramel. She also had a glass of Malbec which she enjoyed as recommended by our waiter. Nice view of the mountains in the early evening. Quite a few humming birds playing/eating/squabbling near the feeder on the patio. We dined inside. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The view provides a great backdrop for a romantic dinner or birthday celebration in a quiet atmosphere. Also a special place to visit with friends and entertain out of town guests while enjoying a special dinner."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Wonderful setting, food was perfect, view is excellent."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "The potato leek soup was too thick, not enough leek taste, and not hot enough but the entree was presented well and very tasty. Personally, I prefer whole wheat bread and rolls and never tough the white bread in the basket."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We chose Prarie Star for our Anniversary and were pleased with both the atmoshphere and the food was terrific. Very nice view of the mountains and if it wasn't for the wind we might have dined outdoors. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The Prairie Star always comes through with good food and a wonderful atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The three-piece band played very nice music. They sounded great and were easy to talk over. We started on the patio for happy hour and ended up having our dinner out there. Scott"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Very nice setting... Service was excellent...Food was very good...some interesting choices"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoy The Prairie Star restaurant for several reasons: it is not huge and therefore rather intimate, it has great views of the Sandia mountains and the surrounding Santa ana Golf Course. The staff is super attentive without being overbearing and the food is excellent."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Such a warm, romantic setting with an incredible view of the Sandias. Try to get there for a stunning sunset view. The service and staff are outstanding, knowledgable of the wine list and so professional (but friendly). Prairie Star is one of our very favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Restaurant had been up and down over the years, but my brother and our wives all agreed that this visit was one of the best in recent memory. Great food and a very comfortable dining venue. Hope that this is an indication of things to come!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "had a terrrific dinner at the prairie Star. Excellent food and service as usual."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "A favorite and our usual choice for special occasions. Always excellent wine recommendations from a very knowledgeable sommelier who knows and remembers our tastes."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our waiter, Casper. He is friendly, knowledgable, and very efficient!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Main course was very good. Food was over priced and small servings. Service was very good."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "one of the best preparations of salmon, trout, and chicken we ever experienced"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite places to dine but it didn't measure up to our visits in the past. We invited visitors from Florida who had fond memories of Prairie Star when they lived here. Unfortunately, all but one of the dishes were sub par - two of the steaks were badly overcooked. While both the manager and server were very helpful and apologetic, our dining experience was ruined as the others had to wait while our food was redone."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This is our favorite restaurant! and for the first time we were very disappointed in the service and food. The food was luke warm, the reduction was congealed and the waitstaff was slow, forgetful and not what we were accustomed to. We will go back because we love this place and hopefully we will have one of our favorite servers next time."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "service was very slow, didn't have dessert ordered so waiter said he would give a glass of port, never received the port but was billed for the dessert"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food was good, but dinner for two took over 2 hours, which was way too long. Staff may have been busy? The view/ambiance makes this restaurant. Get dinner at sunset. More restaurants are expanding their gluten free menu, but this restaurant hasn't picked up on this yet. Still, I think they would work with someone."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Good selection on the menu and the food was really good and well displayed on the plate. The salmon was done just right - not dry at all. Great selection of wines with descriptions to aid in choice. Service was excellent and timed perfectly - we didn't have to rush eating at all. Water glasses kept filled without having to request more water. Always a great place to go as the atmosphere is so peaceful and the view is great. Will definitely go back again and have also invited friends to try it out."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We have always enjoyed dining here. The wait staff are knowledgeable and friendly. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We watched the sunset hit the cliffs on the mountains and turn them bright pink, as we savored our wonderful wine. The food was excellent, as always and the ambiance can't be beat for a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Prairie Star has always been a wonderful place to dine and if you have a coupon it greatly helps. The menu could be bit more varied as could the salad selections and the dining room tends to get noisy as more of the tables fill up."
    Dined on 3/21/2014