Wendell's - Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino
Wendell's - Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino

Wendell's - Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://innofthemountaingods.com/dining/wendells
  • Phone: (575) 464-7842
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Wendell’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant and Lounge feature musical entertainment every Friday and Saturday night ranging for light jazz to classical guitar to easy listening piano.

Getting there

  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is offered through our resort here at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino. Garage parking is also available.
A word from Wendell's - Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino
Wendell’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant is the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino's signature dining establishment located on the 4th floor. Wendell's features succulent dishes of fresh seafood, aged steaks, scrumptious desserts and offer an impressive wine list. The restaurant and lounge feature spectacular views of Sierra Blanca, the Sacramento Mountains, Lake Mescalero and our 18-hole Championship Golf Course.

Wendell's Lounge is adjacent to the restaurant where we offer delicious appetizers along with our signature martinis, margaritas and cocktails.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Wendell's - Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (36)special occasion (31)romantic (24)fit for foodies (16)good for groups (10)notable wine list (8)great for outdoor dining (5)late-night find (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Great views and guitarist. The over priced food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    was over cooked and arrived to our table cold. We were very disappointed and will not go back and will not recommend Wendall's to our friends.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    Wendells
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This is a great restaurant and the service is awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    FOOD WAS FANTASTIC. MY HUSBAND AND I BOTH HAD PRIME RIB THAT MELTED IN OUR MOUTHS. IT'S HARD TO FIND PRIME RIB THE WAY YOU WANT IT COOKED BUT THEY HIT THE JACKPOT. THE PRICES WERE A LITTLE "PRICY" BUT WITH OUR COUPON, IT WASN'T TOO BAD - ESPECIALLY FOR A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LBMB
    LBMB
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at Wendell's this week. It's wasn't our first time and we've always enjoyed our meals and excellent service every time. We have recommended this fine dining establishment to several of our friends. We will return...
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing views!!
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    What the dining room lacks in service, it more than makes it up with good food and a marvelous mountain/lake view. Definitely worth the experience, just be prepared for slow and less-than-adequate service. Probably understaffed, the servers are rushed and inattentive. The food is served at the right temps and is delicious. Sit back and relax.....the views put it all in perspective.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We loved the service. The Walter went above and beyond to serve us
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elk is not a side dish.
    Gaston
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The experience of Wendell's was generally pleasing. It is, however, one of those "gourmet" places that does not quite deliver what it pretends to be. The space is lovely, well designed and quite pleasing. The menu may be overly ambitious. My French onion soup was not very flavorful and the cheese was not properly browned on top; it may well not have been the proper t ype of cheese. I ordered one of the more expensive items on the menu, the tenderloin of elk. The portion of elk was overly generous and not particularly interesting and the presentation was strange as the jalapeno corn pudding dominated the plate with the elk being pushed to the side. I must admit, however, that the corn was delicious and the elk a little monotonous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elk Tenderloin
    kathy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Booked a table for two to enjoy our anniversary and requested a table by the window. We were seated promptly and enjoyed the gorgeous view of Sierra Blanca. The server, Jaron is outstanding. The elk tenderloin melts in your mouth and no matter how full you may be after the meal, you must have the lavender infused crème brulee. Wendells is expensive, but well worth spending for a memorable dinner. Book a table by the window at sunset.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relax
    enjoy
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Everything...life, love, dining, conversations, everything is slower in the mountains. If you know and understand this, you will love this restaurant. Really there is no reason to rush life when you have good food, and a beautiful view. Enjoy the slow pace of life and you will love this restaurant, and the area around the Inn of the Mountain Gods.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Time
    manytastes
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Was served with a smile and with excellent food. Wine list was extensive but found the right bottle for the meal. Music background was appropriate for evening dining.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gen in the mountains ....
    mountaintweetie
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I ad previously only had breakfast at Wendell's, but the dinner there was outstanding. Mixed drinks delish!! The food was excellent! Service, presentation, and a delight for the palate! I do not understand the "bad" reviews of this wonderful restaurant. They just must be "haters" in general. Our waitress was Nicole and she couldn't have been better; sweet, patient, informative, not too talkative to be annoying and she knew her menu!! I would be so horribly surprised if anyone did not have a good experience dinning at Wendell's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Nice place, food is marginal, price high for a resort that is subsidized by Federal Money
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Hardtoplease
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The finest dinning in the area. The service and the atmosphere were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great View Good Food
    SteakLover
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I have dined in Windell's many times. They serve the best Caesar's Salad anywhere, prepared at your table. The food has always been very good. On my last visit the food was just okay. The steak ordered medium rare was served WELL DONE. The steak ordered medium was served medium rare. Neither steak was flavorful. Side dishes were not representative of quality of prior visits. I hope this was an off day. Normally I would score Windell's a 7 of 10, in this visit I would rate them a 4 of 10.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • birthday58
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    There 5 of us and sitting right next too the music was load we all had 2 raise our voice's 2 hear it was nice when he took a break. Very nice music but we were too close
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful mountain setting
    RuidosoFinest
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wendall's is in a large inn with a casino in a magnificent setting with a classical guitarist on the weekends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romance at its Best!!
    TinkerCookie24
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This place was elegant, the food was excellent, and the waiter, Alex, was very knowledgable about the drinks, which we had never had. He was also educated about the dishes that were on the menu. Very professional too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    A must when staying in Rudioso. Food, presentation, service perfect. Try the rack of lamb best I ever tasted and I have eaten a lot of lamb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall excellent
    SBA1
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This is one of only a few restaurants in this area of the state that reaches this level of service and food quality. It is not a cheap restaurant, but that is not what your want when you go to Wendell's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JGY
    Jeng
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Ask for a table by the window, especially if there is storm coming. We witnessed an incredible lightning and rain storm. Our waiter, Scott, was wonderful....again. Good specialty drinks. The Caliente Cucumberis really good and really hot! It is not a drink for the faint hearted. Two couples each split prime rib with both plates getting to pick a side. My husband and I also split the delicious and very ample wedge salad. Our third couple also got the prime rib and a filet. Both prime rib and steak were cooked to perfection. Look forwRd to eating there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Experience
    dontgo
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Service was terrible, food was cold, prices way too high. About sums it up.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome evening
    Keeper
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Excellent food, wine and service. Guitar playing softly in the background added to the ambience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 117 reviews are from the Wendell's - Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino reviews archive.
  • Wendy
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great place to go for celebrating a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love the mountain view
    XabenVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We had great brunch. Eggs and steak where cooked perfectly. Love sitting near window to get better view of mountains
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular!
    Ficklefoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have dined at Wendell's several times in the past but have never had such a wonderful experience as I did last weekend (7/18/2014). The service has always been impeccable and the ambience can't be beat but this time the food was absolute perfection. Kudos to the chef, the accompanying kitchen staff and the management.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view, pretty good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Wendells has a great view, and pretty good food. The entrees were quite good, the appetizers really mediocre. The service was good, but very European (don't be in a hurry!!).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great meal
    Keeper
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had excellent food, service and ambience. The wine and martinis were very good, too. Jared, our waiter, was top-notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • horrible
    texan
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Don't waste your time or money. After arriving on time for reservation. It took over 30 minutes before we were greeted and to take drink order. Place was not crowded! Waiter wasn't friendly at all, then tried to bring wrong bottle of wine to table other than vintage we ordered. Steaks were all over cooked, and not as ordered. Very bad experience, will never go back!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I had an awesome date night! The food and drinks were amazing!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfriendly Customer Service
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I had reserved Wendell's for my mother's birthday dinner. The hostess and wait staff, while not rude, were not friendly at all. I can't say that I saw them smile once. I asked for my steak medium rare, and it came out closer to well done. When I asked for it to be redone, there was no apology and felt like the waiter didn't care. When the steak was brought back out, it was correctly prepared and delicious. The food overall was good, but I didn't feel like it was outstanding to warrant the price. We went again the next morning for breakfast; it was different wait staff and a different hostess, but the unfriendly tone was the same. It was cheaper than the buffet, or we would have gone elsewhere. Customer Service Training perhaps?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful food & service
    Texanfoodie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Wonderful food and service, could do with out the air hockey noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I have eaten there multiple times when I visit and this will be the last each time I go there is always a wait for drinks and food. This time it took 15 minutes for our drinks and even refills and our appetizers came cold they took so long my crab cakes where cold. We asked the waiter what is taking so long he said we have to take care of the big table of 12 first. I asked why we where here first and he said they are friends with the manager. So finally my dinner arrived steak was good but asparagus and mash ju dour was cold. Not to mention my fiancé and her order of her mixed drink took 24 min to get because he said the bar was taking care of the big table lol. So all in all where done eating there!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointing steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband and I split a filet, which came out butterflied - ruining the texture. And hollandaise sauce from the asparagus was poured over the steak. The desserts, however, were delicious.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our server, Alex, made the evening very pleasant. Just the right level of engagement and great recommendations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced and Noisy
    RedNM
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The wait person, though polite, tried to rush us to order with the excuse that the dining room was busy with only four other tables seated at 6 pm. There should be a dress code (dress casual) enforced during dinner hours. People with body parts hanging from ill fitting clothing and bathing does not stimulate the appetite. My very pricey lobster was rubbery on one end and undercooked on the other. The steak was excellent. The dinning room even not filled was very noisy.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed again
    mo01
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food was actually ok, but we were so annoyed by the bad service that it was impossible to enjoy our meal. I will not return to this restaurant nor would I recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Father's Day Special
    ViejaH
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The Father's Day Special just seemed made for my husband, NY Strip Steak, Baked Potato, Asparagus and a Salad. With a bargain price also! The view anywhere in the restaurant is great. It is on the lake side of the resort. The view was great and good food - the weather was great for the day trip to Ruidoso, definitely worth the 1 3/4 hour drive to get there!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the nicer places we've been
    RnCSantaFe
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great menu with some wonderful choices, and not what you might expect. Very large portions. We had sea bass and pork tenderloin and both were terrifc. Can't beat the setting and ambience. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TEDD
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We celebrated our 30th anniversary here and had a wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Wendell's
    yummymountainfare
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We had a very nice experience, especially because our waiter was very attentive in spite of the business of the evening. It was so busy because of the holiday weekend . Thank goodness we'd made reservations. I enjoy going to brunch on Sundays because the restaurant is beautiful and the pricing for breakfast and lunch is much more reasonable than the dinner menu, which is fine. I think dinner pricing is very high. If it's going to be that high everything has to be perfect. It's hard to be perfect. Like I said the waiter and hostess' good attitudes made up for the wait for food. I think the high dinner cost keeps people away during the day because they don't know how reasonable the earlier menu is. Overall good experience and good ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic