Blades' Bistro

4.7
1053 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chef-owned Blades' Bistro features innovative international cuisine known for its open kitchen, quality menu offerings, and attentive service in a casual, country setting. Specialties include London Steak, Grilled Salmon, Chicken Francaise and Roasted Beets topped with Goat Cheese, Fried Calamari and world class French Onion Soup along with salad courses, daily specials, seasonal entrees, and homemade desserts. The owners are committed to use fresh ingredients and support their Local Farmers whenever possible. Look for exciting Wine Dinners pared with wines from regions from all over the world."Blades' Bistro is a classy blend of classic, whimsical; it is an oasis of sophistication thriving in Placitas. Everything about Blades' is nicer than you'd expect, in the best possible way. The dining room is refined and quiet and the exhibition kitchen classy." By Andrea Lin For the ABQ Journal
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PK
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blades' Bistro is a consistent excellent choice for special occasion dining. It has been our "go-to" for more than five years and we have never been disappointed. Look no further for your next special occasion.

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OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a joy! Excellent food. Great atmosphere. Amazing personal service!

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JA
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A++++
Outstanding chef and great service. Suggest reservations.

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WW
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place to celebrate with someone special! Our meal was great!

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MW
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was absolutely outstanding! I will definitely be coming back! That was the best pork belly so have ever had! So, yeah, I’ll be craving that for awhile! Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

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GJ
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went on Valentines day, they were super busy but everything went off without a hitch. Food delicious, service great! What more could you want

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DR
New Mexico
21 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noreen is fabulous and I personally told her that she was the highlight of the Blades Bistro experience from the reservation process to the end of our meal. I made an error on my OpenTable reservation and called to inquire about indoor vs outdoor seating. Noreen fielded my question and had already resolved prior to me phoning the restaurant. Then we we arrived, she had a special table for us.

Server, Calea, was outstanding and offered drink selections which we took. Server assistant was pleasant. Chicken Française was juicy and lemony. Jed, the bartender, made us deliciously potent drinks of Blood Orange Margarita and Sazarac. Ordering those again on our future visit. Yummy, yummy food!!!

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AD
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always good there. Gets a little noisy when crowded but that's usually on the weekend. Service is always fine. Best restaurant close to me by far.

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JH
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad Blades is in our neighborhood. We don’t eat out often but when we do this our choice. Heavenly food

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B
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Cuisine is tasty and presentation is pleasing. Chef makes an effort to greet guests and checks to see that the food is prepared to the customer's satisfaction. Hostess attends to making certain the tables are clean and set appropriately. Sometimes there may be some confusion being seated in a welcoming manner. The environment is comfortable, clean and local art is attractively displayed.

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The lighting, noise levels and ambiance were very good. Servers were very attentive and the steak special was excellent. Unfortunately, despite strong recommendations from our server, the pork schnitzel special was pretty terrible-gristly and without much flavor. It was pretty disappointing, especially since it sounded like it was superb when the staff tried it. Overall, the restaurant was as anticipated except for the one entree.

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JP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We weren't sure what to expect as we are newcomers to Placitas. We found the Bistro to be a very pleasant setting with excellent food and service. Although our experience was on a chilly winter evening, we are looking forward to the courtyard dining as the weather warms up. We would not hesitate to recommend this dining experience to others.

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D
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our server, Zoe, was excellent! When we first arrived it wasn’t very busy and she only had a couple of tables. Our food arrived fairly soon after ordering and it was delicious. And then… a party of 9 and a party of 4 were seated; that was when Zoe got overwhelmed. My empty plate and my Mom’s plate (she wanted to take her leftovers home) sat in front of us for 15 minutes before Zoe was able to come over and take them away. In the meantime the other server AND the “hostess” walked past our table 5 times and saw the plates sitting there and ignored them. We needed drink refills and had to wait for those too. The “hostess” decided it was more important to wipe down menus instead of helping Zoe out by clearing our table and refilling our coffee, tea and water. We won’t be back. The staff of Blades can’t/won’t work as a team. This visit was very disappointing. The 2-star rating for service is NOT for Zoe's service but for the other 2 staff that should have been more helpful.

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M
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good overall. We arrived just as they opened so it took awhile for service to get organized but the kitchen was right on. Limited brunch menu. Excellent value.

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RB
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Easy for reservations. The steak. The Salmon. The salads. The wine. All the best. The service is the best - over the top. The owners and the wait staff. Perfect. One issue the liver a little (a little ) Overcooked. The wine? Perfect. Go there. Make reservations. You will not be disappointed. We had not been in two years. It was the best

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AS
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was just ok. Service was ok. It was a birthday occasion but there was nothing special done. I ordered a glass of wine and it seemed minimal. I like the atmosphere and like to support owner
Run restaurants. Maybe we both ordered the wrong thing.

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HA
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The only reason I gave a four star for the restaurant is that I believe they are overpriced. The food was excellent. Service by Tony was exemplary. The ambiance is delightful. My hamburger was delicious but for $14 it should come with something other than pommes frites (french fries). The wedge salad was delicious as was the horseradish steak that my husband had. He started with a french onion soup and was quite pleased with it. All in all, we will come back here (sorry I didn't come sooner as it is not far from my home).

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DL
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and friendly, enjoyable atmosphere and service. Consistently a great experience at Blades.

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OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve. Great food and service.

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C
New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

It was a very enjoyable place to celebrate New Year's Eve. Service was attentive and very timely. The food was excellent and cooked to order. The restaurant was very noisy owing to having hard surfaces throughout and means of sound absorption. Attention to this would make the experience even more enjoyable. We had a delightful time and will return.

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DC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service. This is one of our favorite places.

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C
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always so enjoyable to go to Blades. The people are warm and welcoming. And the food is delicious.

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W
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was a little slow, but they were a bit busy. Food was outstanding.

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B
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Its a 40 minute drive from our house to Blade's. Worth every minute and then some!

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TD
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Blades and whenever we have friends visit us, this is the place we take them.

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HJ
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have eaten at Blades a number of times and it never disappoints! The food and atmosphere are great.

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S
New Mexico
29 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Yum yum- wonderful to have dinner among friends

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t
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service. Would have been nice to know no bar service on a Sunday...

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W
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to BB many times and never been disappointed . Great food at a reasonable price and incredibly friendly atmosphere. Great service as well. Strongly recommend!

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Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Oysters EVER! Had to go to the middle of the desert to get the freshest oysters. Service was impeccable! I love love this place!

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b
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious risotto with mushrooms and scallops. Good food, cocktails, friendly service, good ambience except that it is too loud for comfortable conversation.

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HW
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great drinks, great wine without being price gouged, nice ambiance, gracious hosts. One of our favorites and on our list of recommended restaurant.

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OT
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal.
Sometimes out of several things on menu.

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TF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a wonderful wait person. Well worth the short drive from I-25!

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JK
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the best brunch I have had in new mexico. Food was excellent, lots of choices and reasonably priced.

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D
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service great, as usual. Scallops and calamari exceptional.

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NR
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always! The mussels were fresh and in a flavorful broth. Steak au poivre was cooked perfectly to order.

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D
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, friendly staff and good neighborhood experience!

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The plating of the food is lovely, even for a breakfast meal. I had the special of the day, corn chowder and it was tasty and filling. Multiple refills for the table for coffee and water were offered. I hope this restaurant continues to thrive in Placitas, NM!

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OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’d been hearing good things about this restaurant for years and finally made a point of stopping there.

Really fresh, delicious bistro food! Starting with the Baked Brie appetizer, then Nicoise salad, mussels and a classic creme brûlée, everything was delicious!!

Excellent service in a convivial, bistro atmosphere, bustling, but not too noisy! This will be a regular stop for us when driving to Albuquerque from Santa Fe!

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