good food, loud lively. A
good food, loud lively. A bit too loud for me but it was 8:00 on a Friday
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food. Excellent
Excellent food. Excellent service. Nice environment. Will return soon.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I loved this restaurant.
I loved this restaurant. The food was high quality, the atmosphere was low key, unpretentious, very thoughtful.....It's my new fave restaurant....down to the silverware they have put a lot of thought into the detail. It has excellent wine/beer choices....but also some great inspired drinks for the tea totaler....and that is nice. Thoughtful!!! They really really put a lot of thought into every detail of the dining experience.....to the wacky kooky books in the waiting area, to the air plants at the table....no paper napkins here..just some nice non linen cotton kitchen towels.....staff was freindly and enjoyable. I can't wait to go back. FOOD ......seriously GREAT....and it made me feel great eating it.....
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
fresh and simple
Wife and I have been twice. Survive is friendly, food is fresh. We will be back.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very Good Food
The salad I had, Chop Chop, was very good and fresh tasting.
My only complaint is that upon entering I told the hostess that I had reservations through Open Table.
The next day I received an e-mail saying I was a no-show. I had to go through the whole process of proving I was there which I find very annoying.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Impressed during first visit
Enjoyed the beautiful, colorful space with large, low windows facing right onto Central the second we stepped in to the restaurant. The back patio is gorgeous and inviting with very nice furniture, lighting and landscaping. We loved the beautiful landscaping in the parking area as well--what a nice and thoughtful touch. Our immediate thought was how it will be fun to combine dinner here with a show at The Albuquerque Little Theater a stone's throw away. Both salads ( ALL KALE CAESAR and the SALACHO) we had were bursting with flavor and had a great combination of textures. The ingredients were top notch, and the salads were nicely dressed. Interesting wine list but this time we opted for a homemade rhubarb soda & a cucumber - lime drink.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Celebration Place
My family had a great time celebrating early mother's day. My mom and I ate vegetarian and loved every carefully prepared morsal of our salads and sandwiches. My husband and father had delicious looking sandwiches (non-vegetarian). Service was great.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Innovative menu, terrific service and very reasonable prices.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love the Food the noise level high!
Service the first two times I went for lunch great and food excellent.
When I went back for dinner service average food still great!
Both times noise level high.
Maybe if they did something in ceiling or added plants up there it would tone it down a little.
All parties I was with all three times agreed.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Incredible. Enjoyed the food.
Incredible. Enjoyed the food. Loved the food came from a local, organic farm! Definitely recommend Vinaigrette! I will be going back!!!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous new place in Albuquerque!
Vinaigrette was awesome! Initially, I was nervous about the prices and not receiving enough food but I was so wrong!
The salads are very filling and not badly priced, plus you can have bread or add any protein to your salad for a small charge.(the bread was free of course) . This is a great place to take out-of-town guests or anyone looking to try something new.
Definitely going back soon!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent salads. Not over-powered by dressing. Fresh ingredients...great reuben...fantastic service
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is truly delicious,
The food is truly delicious, healthy, and interesting. I highly reccomend this place.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Healthy, gourmet and fun. Another great dining experience at Vinaigrette. One of our favorite spots. Leave room for dessert.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Yummy, healthy food
Great organic food. Delicious, creative, fresh. Menu is lots of fun. Wine was good also. Lively, colorful, contemporary atmosphere.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love going here!
The quality, the color, the taste, the dressings--all have been worth the money. No bad piece of lettuce or produce in the salads that I have found. Great combinations, and they can alter the salad--for example, if you want to leave off onions, it can be done. I was able to substitute feta for goat cheese on one salad. It can be noisy inside, and as a former audiologist, those with hearing aids might find it a little more challenging to hear. It is clean, bright, cheery. I sat at a picnic table/bench style--not as comfy as a padded bench or chair might be. I still plan to go back as often as I can. Great food! However, if you add a meat/fish, the price of the salad can really jump!
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
kale ceasar was spectacular
Don't let the kale scare you away. I think the all kale ceasar salad was one of the best salads I have ever tasted, you would never know by taste that you were eating kale. It was rich and nutty with a nice amount of parmesan and zing from the vinaigrette. I would use a little less dressing on it, but it was not excessive by any means (I just prefer less dressing than most restaurants provide). Our waitstaff this visit was not very good, but I was there a few weeks ago and had great service.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I went to Vinaigrette on a Sunday night. There were a lot of available tables so I didn't have to wait, but the restaurant still felt lively. The food choices were healthy, inventive and well executed. The sandwich prices were very reasonable and offered a chance to taste the salads on the side. The ambiance was fresh and modern but also warm and cozy. I will definitely be back.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is consistently good and well presented. Healthy choices keep you from feeling guilty about eating out. When the weather is good, sit on the patio. It is quieter than the indoor dining. Make a reservation to ensure you don't wait -- this is a popular place!
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food in general is wonderful -- fresh, crisp, and original. I like the place better now they have outdoor dining -- the inside is cool and upscale, but NOISY -- the acoustics make it nearly impossible to have a conversation. They would do well to add some ceiling drapes inside to buffer the noise. My other minor complaint is seating is generally uncomfortable -- hard, no back support, the benches outside are too high for the tables.
I got the pea salad (wonderful) with scallops -- also great, but 8$ extra for 3 scallops, really?
I'll go back for sure, but not during indoor dining season unless they do something about the acoustics.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gathering at "The Vinaigrette"
Vinaigrette Staff is so welcoming and helpful,there was 4 of us and we shared the fare and the staff was so Kind and accomadating to us as Seniors. We have already recommeded Vinaigrette to Friends. Thank You for Great Food! and Your Kindness to all.
The Gerry Falls
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've been to Vinaigrette several times with friends...the fun, casually elegant atmosphere lends itself to a small group setting. For some reason, my husband and I would not put this on our list to go alone, even though we love the food. A great variety of salads, something for every palate, including meat-lovers. Creative and innovative combos of ingredients that leave you full but not overstuffed at the end. This most recent time we also tried the desserts, carrot cake and a lemon pie, both great examples of their genre. Good wine and beer selection. Highly recommend.
6/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Every encounter I have had at Vinaigrette has been a great one. The outdoor patio is a great experience. The food and service is always amazing no matter if it's dinner for two or six.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the freshness of the food and the great service! Can't wait to go back and try a different salad.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a Winner
We have been to Vinaigrette several times and enjoy it immensely every time! The food is beyond fresh and the flavors are amazing. It's not just a "salad joint"...it is a gourmet delight!
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tasty salads but noisy
Love the various salads. Very loud so don't go if you hope to have a conversation.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh and innovative
Salads with fresh ingredients minimally fussed over and efficiently served. Prices are reasonable as well as the portion size.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Salads Ever
We have eaten at the Santa Fe Vinaigrette location many times. This was the first time at the Albuquerque location. The salads are absolutely the best with the freshest ingredients It is my favorite place for salads.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another good meal, but ...
We have enjoyed a number of dinners here. This time, however, the seared tuna had clearly been cooked some time before and then refrigerated. It was cold to the touch. It was also stringy. We told our server and she replaced the tuna with an order that was perfectly cooked, smooth, and fresh. The restaurant was jammed that night, so maybe the kitchen was looking for shortcuts.
Our salads were crisp and flavorful. The flank steak was well seasoned and tender.
We sat on the patio because the noise inside was too much for us. That was a good decision and we'll do it again.
Overall, another good meal.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Salads But. . .
I have no complaints about the food. Everyone I was with ordered something different, but I think my arugala with goat cheese and duck confit was exceptional. My only complaint is the noise level. It was a Saturday night and packed and our voices strained to be heard. Other than that I recommend, when making a reservation, to ask for a table with regular chairs if you don't enjoy sitting on a backless bench.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Salads with a twist
More than just great salads, great meals. Perfectly cooked fish or meal a top a bed of fresh veggies and delicious dressing.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love Vinny for their food
I love Vinny for their food ethic and stylish presentation. The noise level is the main drawback among a host of positives. At times when we were there, the music choice was a little on the raucous side which exacerbated the ambient noise and the place wasn't extremely crowded that night.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a unique take on the salad and the food is very good. There is nothing else like it in ABQ. Service was good and it is a great place for outdoor dining on either patio. The only downside was it is slightly expensive for a salad, no matter how unique (i.e. duck confit and arugula) . Two entrée salads, an appetizer and two drinks with tip were almost $70. I plan to try it for lunch next time.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Good Food
In today's society it is very hard to find a place that will cater to healthy living. This one does it. Very good healthy food.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice new comfortable place. Great organic wholesome food.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique ABQ dining
Born and raised in ABQ, I am always happy to find/here about these new gems when I come back to visit. The decor of the restaurant was fresh and vibrant with pops of color and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Service was excellent and his presentation of the homemade soda of the day (plum,pear,and cinnamon) was too irresistible not to try (not to mention delicious)! The menu was filled with enticing descriptions of salads which could be paired with any of the sides of meat (or none at all). Definitely a great place to bring out of town guests, do business, have an enjoyable night with family, or for a date as it isn't too loud or too quiet. I made reservations for 5:30 Friday night and by the time we left it was full! I'll be back!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kale Caesar! The Beet Goes On! Arugula Duck!
I tried everyone's salad at the table, and was not disappointed. Don't know why I haven't been here before. How refreshing to have all those good for you options. The decor of the restaurant really matches the food. Light and bright with an effortless vibe.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will be back!!!
Great for food snobs or meat heads alike. All the salads sound very enticing and we picked perfect ones that filled us up perfectly. We were a little worried about them putting on the dressing, but the perfect amount was added as most places can put too much. Good beer/wine offerings and very friendly staff. Just remember to ask for bread if you are interested. This is complimentary but they don't offer. We will be back!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific salads and a charming patio out back. Really enjoyable for summer dining.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best salads in town
Very enjoyable meal sitting out on the patio. The Arugula Duck salad was divine. I look forward to more visits.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was really nice to go to a place that served a nice entree sized salad that have lots of vegetables and just a little meat and cheese rather than the other way around. The waiter was very friendly and attentive and the atmosphere was comfortable and not pretentious. My only issue was that they insist on dressing the salad for you (it is even written on the menu) which is a issue for me because some vegetables need more dressing than others. But that is it, our experience was very good.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the food and the selection at this restaurant....but the service was very slow! We had a reservation for 7:00pm but the place was packed and we waited about 15 minutes for a table. The acoustics make the dinning area a little loud, so don't expect a "quiet romantic" evening! All ingredients are fresh and tasty with lots of healthy choices! Be patient and enjoy the food; this restaurant is worth the wait!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Salad at it's best
Our dining experience was very good at Vinaigrette. The choices of salad and add ons was excellent being able to customize the meal made it very much worth the trip. We sat on the east patio which is smaller and quieter so noise was not a problem for our party of 4. Not being a red or dry wine drinker I was disappointed there were no white zinfandel or reislings to choosse from on the wine list but I understand most people don't consider those good wines. Outside of that the experience was a great one!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The noise level in this restaurant is too loud. They need something - either ceiling tiles or cloth wall hangings so the noise does not bounce around. It is almost impossible to have a decent conversation. The food and service were great.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food... nice atmosphere outside........Inside would not be as good.... tables close.... and very, very noisy..
Need acoustic material on walls and ceilings... Will return if w can eat outside again...
Hope you add one a restaurant in the Nob Hill area....
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place was great. My mom and I had our Friday night dinner here. She's quite the food critic and she gave it her approval. I recommend this restaurant to all!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service is always hit or miss. We frequent this restaurant at least once a week and never have consistent service. We enjoy the food enough to continue to go back. Last night was the worst service yet.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I want this in my town
This was such a fun and yummy restaurant. Yes, it's salads...but oh the salads! I got the Eat Your Peas topped with chicken and loved it! And we got the mac cheese as an appetizer....great supplement to the salad entree.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is really great.
The food is really great. We had a very attentive server. However, the tables with bench seating are not very comfortable. Ok perhaps for a quick lunch, but when having dinner with friends they are barely tolerable. I hope they think about getting real chairs for all of their tables.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
How Can it B So Good?!
It always amazes me how incredible a salad can be at Vinaigrette. The combination of flavors and textures are spot on and knowing that the food is regionally/locally sourced makes it taste just that much better!
Note: Do not miss out on the jasmine tea or the mushroom stew!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM