Blades' Bistro

4.6
1010 reviews
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$30 and under
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International
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 Lamb Chops, 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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
International, Contemporary European, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Christmas Eve
Mon 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(505) 771-0695
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kevin P. Bladergroen
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Private party facilities
Private dining available on Monday evenings and for the lunch hours Monday through Thursday.
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Private party contact
Anja Bladergroen: (505) 771-0695
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Catering
Small groups, please contact restaurant for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Highway 165
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Parking details
Plenty of parking, RV Big Rigs also welcome.
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Entertainment
In the summer months (May through September): Live Music on the outside patio that varies from Jazz to Folk.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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RB
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blades’ Bistro is our restaurant of choice for just about any occasion or for just a weeknight meal. We love the food, the service and the attention to their customers.

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l
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our number one restaurant in Placitas. We have been coming for several years and Blades Bistro has never disappointed.

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SA
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love Blades Bistro! The menu offers a broad selection. We’ve had great all-around dining experiences every time we’ve eaten there. The ambiance is quaint and classic, and the team always makes us feel valued. We love it so much that we eat there 1-2 times a month. Highly recommend!

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d
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food with full bar. Welcoming atmosphere, one feels like family but with better food.

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LC
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am allergic to scallops and one of their specials was a mushroom risotto with scallops. I asked if they could and would substitute something for the scallops. No problem. I then asked if they had any suggestions and they came back with several. I decided to choose chicken and it was delicious. One of the reasons I love this restaurant is that it is chef owned and run and this allows them to accommodate special requests.

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LH
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a unique spot for those interested in fresh, locally grown vegetables with a French twist. We have eaten here several times and return for the fine dining experience. My wife is a fan of the fish and chips, while I look forward to the sea food and the ribs.

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L
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Asian Ribs! Great martini! Foamy-lucious cappaccino!

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SF
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sat at chef's counter to avoid noise in dining room. Very much fun to watch food prep. Only four (bar stool height) seats there so we felt semi-private. Beer, cocktail, entree, appetizer, 2 soups, 2 coffees and one dessert a little over $100 with tip. Enjoyed food and ambiance very much.

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JP
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We ran across Blade's Bistro years ago. Anna, one of the owners is a lovely host and accommodating. My wife and I live in Fort Worth. Her mom lives in Placitas. It wouldn't seem like a trip to New Mexico if we didn't have dinner at Blade's.

The three of us ate there this past weekend. We were discussing that nothing on the menu had either green or red chiles. We laughed. And honestly, that's one of the beauties of Blade's. It seems almost every restaurant has something on the menu with green or red chiles! Blade's has their own cuisine and that makes it special. I'll try their specials, but I must say, my personal favorite is Con Frutti de Mare (Fruit of the Sea).

Blade's Bistro is more than a restaurant for us. It's a part of being home.

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c
New Mexico
49 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good dining experience. Highly recommended. Quieter in a booth near wall or at the bar.

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HJ
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always loved going to Blades. It is always a great experience.

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SA
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was Great! Would come back for the food.
Service was slow. Restaurant was very noisy.

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G
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful as always!

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LC
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Tony, our server, was delightful and food was delicious as usual. Blades is well worth the drive from other parts of town.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far one of the best restaurants I have ever been to in New Mexico. The cauliflower BBQ appetizer was just as good as our waiter explained. Our steaks were cooked to perfection and the balsamic horseradish glaze was unbelievable. Finished it off with an Earl Grey tea that capped and incredible evening. Service was top notch as we were never left waiting and all the employees took care of us in one way or another. Kudos to the bartender, my wife was pleased with her cucumber lime martini.

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OT
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem. Well worth the few minutes it takes to drive to Placitas from Albuquerque. My husband and I ordered wine (solid wine list), French onion soup (delicious), roasted beet appetizer (rich earthy flavor) and Green Chile cheeseburgers (great burgers). Desserts are made in house. Service is attentive and very helpful. Very customer oriented. Nice bistro music in the background. I can’t wait to go back.

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FG
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blades is always great! The space is wonderful, foo and service is outstanding. They always treat you right!

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LC
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Blades frequently and are never disappointed. We had the Ahi tuna and the Paella. Both were delicious. The staff is friendly and attentive but they do not hover. We always feel welcome.

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TM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Practically perfect in every way. I lovr coming up and trying new things.

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TM
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

The server was great. The person seating clients took quite a while to find a number of us waiting in line for our reservations, but hey the food was good and well prepared. The eating area is wide open and got rather hectic when they were full. Book a “booth” in advance to avoid this issue.

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HD
New Mexico
44 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Got to Blades in time, spent about 5 minutes waiting for the hostess to notice us; once we were seated, our server Tony did a solid job of keeping our glasses full and was very attentive.
The Oysters Rockefeller was perfectly seasoned served at the right temp and delicious. As were the mignon, and the ribeye.
The downside: the dining room was packed and as more people arrived it became very noisy—also, the tables were so close together I kept waiting for a spill: either from the food being carried by a person, or a guest falling :(
Still, we will return, so we can dine alfresco!

Thanks;
The HappyDiner

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RA
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The staff and owner were very accommodating when my wife and i asked to have a minor change in table arrangements, but when table proved very wobbly, both the waiter and owner handled our silverware and glasses after having their hands on the floor.

The pepper steak was rather bland but both our steaks were grilled perfectly. The grilled veggies were also rather bland. Not our best experience at Blades but perhaps it just an off night.

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NS
New Mexico
32 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best chicken Cordon Bleu, EVER! Blades is a consistently wonderful restaurant. The food is done in a classic style and always satisfies.

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LS
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a must-try restaurant! The owners and staff are friendly and welcoming. The food never disappoints - it's consistent and perfectly prepared every time. The Chef's Counter is a great way to see the chef and his staff in action.

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LY
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really comfortable atmosphere, very friendly hostess and wait staff, everyone enjoyed their dinners and I especially enjoyed the sautéed chicken livers which is a hard item to find in NM.

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SN
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to hear Jeez La Weez and were very surprised to find such a lovely patio and delicious food. Yes, our waiter/waitress was very on top of our needs and friendly. The only thing that was a bit distracting was the clean up folks were kind of annoying when the band hadn't even finished playing. Other than that we had a wonderful and relaxing time dining out. Thank You.

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CM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend. Food is excellent & nice menu choices

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MA
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a zillion visits, Blades has never once let me down. Thanks!

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AB
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Too bad it used to seem better. Second or third rate fish.

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P
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside to listen to the music

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KO
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Very nice cocktail and wine selection. We were impressed to see that they use Riedel Stemware. Entrees were good. It's a little noisy indoors. Next time we'll try the outdoor seating.

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RC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual atmosphere with delicious upscale menu and friendly service. Great outdoor patio, weather permitting (which, in New Mexico, is almost always the case!).

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P
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blades' is a gem for this area! We celebrated 36 years of love here, and they did not disappoint! Asked for a private as possible table, and they were good enough to accommodate us. Most restuarants don't read the special requests on the open table site. We enjoyed the onion soup, crab cakes, & brussel sprouts appetizers, spot on and delicious! Martini selection great, wines selections perfect, entrees are great, I had duck breast special and enjoyed the flavours very much! Great vibe, live jazz was a plus, very nice owners, you can't go wrong with this lovely restaurant!!

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LF
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff and owners are amazing. They go above and beyond to make every moment special. Food is great as well.

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z
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorites in Albuquerque; well worth the drive. Every meal I've ever had there was absolutely delicious. Kevin, the chef/owner is a master! His wife, Anja, is a terrific hostess. Our whole family feels so treated when we dine here. An absolute gem!

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LM
New Mexico
29 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We discovered Blades' Bistro over two years ago and have enjoyed the drive, the sunsets and the food. It would be nice to see the menu change every so often as it has remained the same. We were there on a Saturday evening and the place was half empty. Could it be the locals have gotten tired of the same menu?

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RS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always love Blades, I don't go there nearly enough!

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t
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was seriously lacking. Our seating was faced to a blinding sun on the patio (we did request the patio) but our seats were poorly positioned for the time of day. Many alternative seats in the shade were open the whole time we were there. The seats of the chairs were extremely uncomfortable due to zero cushions (all the other chairs had cushions.) Even though our reservation said this was a special occasion, there was nothing special about our seating or anything else. In fact, it was as if we were second class due to only being 2 people. It was obvious that we would have been given better treatment if we were a larger group. It took a long time to get cooperation from the staff to seat us at a different table even though there were very few customers.

Hubby had the Bistro salad, and complained that the salads that I made were better. I tasted the salmon and it was WAY overcooked. I had the special salmon entree (hot dish) and my salmon was perfectly cooked. However, the sides were almost stone cold. It had potatoes on the side that were lumpy but could have been better with some melted butter. The butter would not have melted however, they were so cold. The vegetable side dish was stone cold. This told me that the wait staff was slow on picking up the plate(s). In fact, there were almost fewer customers than wait staff, and yet, the service was slow.

Considering the price, while not super expensive, I felt we should have been better served. I'll cook my own birthday dinner next time.

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M
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great place. If you can get it . . . sit at the chef's bar where you can watch Chef and staff cook your meal.

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AD
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at Blade's Bistro has never failed to be outstanding over the nine years of my meals there. I believe it's a chef owned restaurant. A friend, a date a group- doesn't matter. It is eternally excellent.

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