Prairie Star Restaurant
Prairie Star Restaurant

Prairie Star Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://prairiestarrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5058673327x
  • 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: Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chris Olsen
  • 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 5058673327x

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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Prairie Star Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (82)special occasion (67)romantic (50)notable wine list (39)great for outdoor dining (36)fit for foodies (32)good for groups (20)neighborhood gem (13)great for brunch (7)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Pleasantly Pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    After dining at Prairie Star for nearly a decade, we found that the food and service had fallen off during our last few visits. As a result, we decided to "take a break" and haven't returned in nearly a year. But recently, we heard that some changes had been made, so we thought why not give PS another try. We're so glad that we did. The new menu (a tough choice ... everything sounded terrific), the service (the wait staff was pleasant, knowledgeable and efficient), the food (all four different entrees were delicious), along with the always lovely views of the Sandia Mountains, convinced all of us that we will return again soon. So glad to see that the Prairie Star is back and even better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a favorite, but concerned...
    NMtravelersvelersVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    When we were presented with a much abbreviated wine list with nothing on it from France, it was very concerning. And only when we asked was the former, full list brought. The message that the cellar was to be reduced was not a welcome one, and the absence of the long/time somalier even more concerning. A notable wine list has long been Prairie Star's strength. If that's going away, it will be a significant loss.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We've been eating at Prairie Star for years, usually on special occasions. Prairie Star never let's you down. I love everything about this restaurant: the food, service, ambience, etc. It is always top-notch & upscale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was great, but service has declined since my last visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wino
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is a well kept secret. This is one of the best in the Albuquerque area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    visact
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Chief can't be beat. Always amazing flavors! Wonderful view and atmosphere. Staff couldn't be more gracious or helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Anniversary dinner
    Jonethan
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Overall we had a nice dining experience for our anniversary. The ambiance was top-notch. Service was very friendly albeit a little on the slow side. The food overall was fair. I ordered a sirloin that had a taste I did not like and sent it back. The waiter was nice enough to take it off my bill without my asking. The mushroom soup and salad before the meal was not great, and I would not order either again. Overall, we love coming here because of the atmosphere and will be back again sometime in the future, but the food has taken a turn for the worse.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Prairie Star is one of our favorite restaurants. Service is impeccable and the food is outstanding...always. Our meal was absolutely delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Dining Experience
    WeekdayDining
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Prairie Star Restaurant is highly recommendable for dining experience. The Star also provided excellent ambience as well as a comfortable atmosphere in both the lounge and dining room. The appetizer, entree and dessert were exemplary as was the service. Hope to return very soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Dined there for our 40th wedding anniversary. Great seating, great food, fun wait-staff. An overall joy. They made a special night better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    Kwyn
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We opted to sit in the bar since the dining room isn't anything special and so we would be the only patrons. Service was good (had to be, once again we were the only customers). Food was okay. $29 for 3 scallops and a half a cup of rice won't bring me back. My husband ordered a burger, no pink. There was definitely some pink but he said it was pretty good nonetheless. Like the title, dinner was just okay....
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still Hungry
    Guitarzandan
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Picked this place for a 32 year anniversary dinner and drove an hr from where we live to go there. Dinner portions are small and pathetic. It's all about presentation at this place, not quality or quantity. Yes everything looked real pretty but looked way better than it tasted. 4 scallops on a bed of rice with some greens and green sauce that tasted like I was eating my fresh cut lawn. My wife's filet was sized for a child. More like a medallion than a filet. Spent $149 (including tip) and left hungry and disappointed. The two entre's, 2 salads, 2 margaritas, one beer and desert is what we paid $149 for. Won't ever be back and won't refer to anyone I like.
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  • Food with a View !
    DaveB
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Once they had figured out who was serving the table we had a great time. Good food and friendly service!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but service needs attention
    Robinson
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Problems with service. The waitress did not write down our orders and there were several mistakes. She brought us utensils for the soup appetizer when we ordered calamari. Our entrées were cross served. The most serious was the steak I ordered medium rare came medium well done. It was a good piece of meat for the price, but it wasn't cooked to order. Service has slipped since our previous visits. Orders should be written down. It needs work.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Choice for Anniversary
    swhomeguy
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This was the third time we've celebrated our anniversary at Prairie Star and this was one of the more impressive times. The food was excellent - the elk medallions were outstanding and the lamb enchiladas were exceptionally flavorful. The breads were also addictive. A table-for-two at the window is the way to go if you want to enjoy the view the most. From what we could tell, there were at least three couples celebrating anniversaries the same evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very much enjoyed it
    eatoutalways
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The setting is very nice. The service was spectacular. Our server was very attentive and gracious, as was another gentlemen - perhaps the manager. Most of the food was very good - we had the brie appetizer and the beet salad. Both were great. We shared the salmon and it was ok - not great. A bit salty. Was cooked well though. All in all, we would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday with Friends
    Birthday
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    As usual the food, wine selections, view, service, and ambiance of Prairie Star were excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite place
    Patanddon
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Prairie Star Restaurant is our favorite restaurant. We are long time residents in Albuquerque and have known the history of the Brooks home and the transformation into our favorite place. While we do not dine out frequently Prairie Star is our place of choice. I think the only time we did not celebrate our anniversary in the past 13 years was when our anniversary fell on a Monday when you were closed. Our favorite server is Dennis. He is an accomplished server and we ask to be at his station especially on our anniversary. We had a lovely time, the food was outstanding and the service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Dining Spot
    kmom
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Just dined with my daughter and boyfriend hoping for a good outdoor dining view of the Sandia Mountains at sunset. It was a perfect evening accompanied by a very nice live music group. Humming birds galore! Each of us enjoyed our meal including a shared a bottle of wine. The menu includes something for everyone. I especially enjoy ordering from the chef's favorites section.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summer Dinner
    Bon871
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Start out on the patio with a view of the Sandia Mountains accompanied by hummingbirds. The appetizers are good and the margueritas excellent. Then go inside for dinner as the sun sets on the Sandias. Dinner will be remarkable. Be sure to order wine and don't forget the dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    luvgoodfd
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We were a party of four. It had been a number of years since we had dined at the restaurant -- it is a 45-minute drive from where we live. However, the Wednesday night 3-course dinner intrigued us and, oh, we were so pleased. The food was to perfection, the wait staff was attentive but not interferring, and the views overlooking the golf course toward the Sandias were spectacular. A lovely evening and well worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dinner with our friends
    RegularsVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had dinner on a Wednesday with another couple. We all thought our food was good and well prepared. My husband and our friend had steak and remarked it was delicious, I had the quinoa squash and my friend had chicken. We were all happy, the location is great, the view can't be beaten.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inconsistent food & service
    3GirlFolks
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was our first visit to Prairie Star and now we understand the mixed reviews. The ambiance was great with beautiful views. Our server was nice, but seldom seen. The waiter working the other half of the room was very attentive. The food, however, was inconsistent. We love brie, but their appetizer was odd-the cinnamon was overwhelming. Soups and salads were OK. The filet ordered medium rare came out well done-it shouldn't have made it to the table. The new filet when it arrived after everyone else was done was very good but the rice pairing was bland. The lamb enchiladas were great. The New Mexican ice cream dessert was really good and the chocolate cherry dessert was outstanding-we'll go back to sit on the patio and just eat that.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect
    Sadie
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was very busy when we were there
    lovesthemtns
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellence rediscovered
    Virginia46
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the Acorn Squash!
    RegularsVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    My husband and I ate early on a quiet Sunday evening. The service was great, the food very good. My acorn squash was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Not your everyday,fried food restaurant. Special foods,wines, and waitstaff.
    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, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome as usual
    clhayes
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not quite as good as usual.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
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    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enchanting Evening at Prairie Star
    Tanya
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Only way to describe the food and atmosphere enchanting!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner @ Farm & Table
    nmelsie
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High Expectations
    Farmtable
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Expectations were high and they delivered. Great night of food and drink and superb service. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 Stars for a 5 Star Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    frcx
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    ABQAurora
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunset with good wine was the plus
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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 .
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    scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I just went to hear the band
    GypsyRover
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine dining
    didi
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Early Mother's Day Dinner
    OTFirstTimer
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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.
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    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.