Blades' Bistro

4.7
1127 reviews
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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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New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food with options created by the chef that are unusual and very tasty....great service as well

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RP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome. The atmosphere is nice, and if you go outside on that patio for music, it's very quaint. The service is impeccable. The food is something you won't find at many places - very unique, and very tasty. Highly recommend this place.

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RW
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to sit outside as inside noise level was very high.
Food and service was excellent. Will go back.

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TT
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, great neighborhood joint, Kevin and Anja are wonderful owners and hosts.

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CK
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is always great. Service is 50/50 - been there four times. Twice great service, twice seemed drastically understaffed so difficult for servers to provide good service.

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FS
New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dining experience on Saturday night. Owner continued to circulate the Dining Room, attentive to all of her guests' needs.

Server was attentive and professional. Food was great. Wine selection was also good. The only setback was that the Restaurant did not have our favorite dessert that night--the Crème Brulee, which is always great here.

Otherwise, a great outing!

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E
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Of course we would. We love Blades' and our server was awesome. Highly recommend!

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MR
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We ordered the London steak, it was amazing! So tender. I ordered a daiquiri and it was delicious!!!

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JD
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to dine. We love going there either alone or with friends. Kevin Blades is a great chef. Anna is always cordial and accommodating.

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Des Moines
12 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tony was exceptional waiter. Well versed on the menu and easy to interact with during our dinner. Food was very good-well prepared and served in a timely manner.

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B
New Mexico
36 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nothing disappointed.

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G
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a hit. Never a miss. Great kitchen and lovely folks. Sit outside and enjoy Placitas.

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AD
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Third time going and brunch is always excellent. Great service and nicely priced as well.

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S
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

My wife and I just moved across the country to Placitas this week, and wanted to take a break from unpacking to celebrate our new home by going out to dinner. As Blades Bistro was recommended to us by the previous homeowner, and we saw that they were going to have a jazz group playing that night, we made a reservation for 7pm. Overall, it was a lovely evening, with well prepared and presented food, excellent cocktails and nice entertainment (live jazz.) The only criticism I have is that service times in the front of house were quite slow- we arrived at the front desk and waited 3-4 minutes for a hostess to arrive at the desk, while wait staff zoomed around us with nary a greeting. Then after finally being seated, we waited another fifteen minutes for our server to make it to the table and begin service; however, one of the lovely hostesses did bring us some water and bread with oil while we waited and chatted us up a bit, which certainly helped. We weren't in any kind of hurry, and they were kind enough to give us the last available patio table upon request, so we were OK in this instance. But, it certainly appeared that one more server on the floor might've smoothed things out considerably and improved service noticeably. All in all, we enjoyed our dinner and evening at Blades, would recommend it to our friends and do plan to return again!

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LC
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner was excellent
Dessert, pain perdu, was lacking

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CK
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here for dinner. The food was fabulous. I have heard folks say this is the best restaurant in the ABQ area... I'm beginning to believe them.

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TK
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first experience at Blades...and will not be our last! The restaurant is a short drive from Albuquerque, and is conveniently located a little east of I25, and was easy to locate. We were promptly greeted and seated. Our waiter, Tony, was one of the best and most knowledgeable servers we’ve had. He quickly assessed our style and made relevant recommendations for both food and beverage. The menu was extensive, and the food was outstanding. We selected several of Tony’s recommendations and were greatly pleased. This was a great dining experience....and one that we plan to repeat!

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s
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience with fabulous food, excellent service in a warm and relaxing atmosphere. Staff is friendly, knowledgeable and good at anticipating needs and recommendations. Drove from Santa Fe (with lots of fine dining ) to have an equally wonderful dinner with friends at 1/2 the cost. Will definitely return in next couple of months as it was definitely worth the drive for this level of fine food and service.

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JD
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a delight. Will keep this is a favored dining place between Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

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TC
New Mexico
26 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine at Blades often, usually for dinner which is always excellent. Our last visit was for Sunday brunch and, true to form, the food and service were great. Its the best in the ABQ area and a value. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the Crab Benedict. We'll be back soon.

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w
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely my favorite place now. What a gem!

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OT
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for any occasion. Highly recommended.

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M
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

We've had better here in past years. It was so noisy we could not talk. Rib-eye had little flavor, with fair sides. Ribs were good, but I've had better at Applebees. French fries ok. Slaw was the shining star. Caprece salads were very good. Just not what I expect for going out and paying $100 tab. Not up to par with past experiences.

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New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit and very impressed with all aspects of our dinner....Our server, Tony was exceptional and helpful, the food was above expectations and the prices were moderate and appropriate Great dining experience . Highly recommend

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience in all ways! Kevin and Anya are warm and friendly, and have created a superb, relaxed elegance with first rate food. We’ve been twice in three days, and will be back this week for more. So far we’ve enjoyed steak Adolph, Copenhagen style eggs Benedict ( with House smoked salmon instead of ham..... and I requested and loved having red Chile on the side), sole, and hue is rancheros.

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P
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

The specials for that week was not up to their usual great standards. Hopefully it was an aberration since all my previous visits were outstanding.
The facility needs noise abatement such as sound proofing wall hangings. The noise level is very high.

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LI
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The appetizer's were wonderful and the chef specials were prepared perfectly. The Dover Sole was so fresh and the presentation made it even more desirable. Our waiter was attentive and my martini was delicious. Looking forward to our next visit.

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WV
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent!!

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DM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Blades for Mothers Day. The Bistro was full but we were seated for our reserved time. The service was great. The food was very good as we expected it to be. The art was new for this visit so every one enjoyed seeing new things on the walls. Our over all experience was outstanding.

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JP
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been here many times. The food is always good and the service is excellent. Because of my hearing it can be a little difficult to hear others but it never stopped me from eating at this great restaurant.

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SA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a treat no matter what is ordered off the menu, with excellent service.

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AD
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great, will be back more now that we have been

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C
New Mexico
39 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wedge Salad - 5 stars
French Onion Soup - 1 star
Steak Au Poivre - 5 stars
Beet with Goat Cheese - 5 stars
Scallops - 4 stars
Chicken Francaise - 4 stars
Steak Frites - 3 stars
We are so glad everyone in our party ordered something different so we got a good taste of the menu. Looking forward to our next visit!

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M
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blades never disappoints. Good food and service and a very relaxing and welcoming setting.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

The food tasted great, but way overpriced. Very poor service which was disappointing given the cost of dishes. Wouldn’t go back

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made reservations for the patio hoping the weather would cooperate, which it did, but the staff also brought out blankets for us just in case we got a little cold! Not only was the food excellent as usual, but that little gesture was going above and beyond good service.

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GE
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, like always. The French onion soup was one of the best we had in a long time.

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MS
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Easter Sunday.

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B
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, presentation and reasonably priced for brunch-deserts are pricey

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AK
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Blades' Bistro is a small gem in the beautiful village of Placitas. Everything was beautifully cooked. The service was attentive. As restaurateurs ourselves, we are always impressed by efficient kitchens. Blades' kitchen was incredibly efficient in a small space. We will definitely be back.

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