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Blades' Bistro

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1224 Reviews
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$30 and under
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International
PER CURRENT RESTRICTIONS AND LIMITED SEATING, PLS GIVE THE BISTRO A CALL FOR YOUR RESERVATION!
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 Grilled Salmon, Chicken Française 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' Bistro is nicer than you expect, in the best possible way. The dining room is refined and the exhibition kitchen classy. By Andrea Lin For the ABQ Journal

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1224 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DianaC
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS a great place to dine. Friendly, knowledgable staff....great menu options.

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Gabby
New Mexico
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An all around enjoyable evening - good food with lots of options. Blades is always attentive to my requirement to have gluten-free options. We had a great evening out.

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RonE
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was a pleasant surprise. We didn't know what to expect but what we found was a great atmosphere, very gracious host and wait staff. The food was delicious and we chose the patio seating and enjoyed it.

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vipBucear
New Mexico
42 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Blades, always delivers. Having had many great meals here, Blades consistently delivers good food, good selection of wines and good service,

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vipJimTritten
New Mexico
56 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent meal. We drive up from Corrales upon receipt of the weekly email with weekend specials. This weekend was schnitzel with cream and mushroom sauce. Excellent. We will return.

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MickeyM
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Blades. We will return. Seated on the patio.

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FeliciaF
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Proper social distancing protocols in place.

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vipGeorge
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Significant decline in quality food compared to the past

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PamelaG
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding and a beautiful fall to sit outside!

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DianaC
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blades is consistently a great choice for a good meal (always)!

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BrandyR
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic little restaurant! The food, service and atmosphere were all phenomenal. My new favorite date night restaurant for sure!

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GaryM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was our first try at your establishment. We were referred by friends who just moved into Placitas. We shall recommend Blades to others and intend on returning periodically. Keep doing a great job! Gary

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful sunset dinner on the patio.

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JamesP
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, excellent food and wonderful people. The patio is beautiful and safe.

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DeniseP
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best build your own burger. Blue Cheese Bacon and mushroom. Good wine and beer selection. Awesome service.

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vipThomas
New Mexico
55 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went out for a dinner just before all restaurants closed. St Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage, my wife had the chicken special. Excellent all around. I hope that everyone stays in business through this nationwide shutdown. Thanks for being there!

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vipAnthonyD
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great and so was the service. Owner actually can and chatted with us

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vipTony64
New Mexico
26 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was not my first experience here and it will not be my last. This restaurant never disappoints us when we go there. I proposed to my wife here and the restaurant owner remembers everything. She is amazing and her staff are perfect.

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PReed
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our out of town company declared this the best restaurant they had been to in a long time. We really enjoyed the food.

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SusaninABQ
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great experience at Blades' Bistro. The blackened tuna was amazing - this was the first time I've tried that - and the calamari appetizer was fantastic as always. Great beer and wine selection also.

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RfromABQ
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blades worked to make my friend's Birthday dinner a truly nice evening out! I can't wait to go back again.

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CatC
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Blade's Bistro was the perfect place to have a quiet, romantic date night for my husband's 50th birthday.

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HappyCampers
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had not been to Blades' Bistro for several years. We were pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent and the service was attentive. It was brunch and I ordered the corned beef hash. It was the best I have ever eaten. The atmosphere was warmer and more welcoming than I remembered. We will be back to have dinner.

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SherylW
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fresh and delicious food. Great menu and ambience.

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Dinner
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and ambience. A bit noisy but the food and service were wonderful!

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vipLynnC
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as usual. I was concerned when we were given a limited Valentine’s Day menu but I decided on 2 of the specials, the tuna poke appetizer and the Marsala dish. They were both outstanding. Tony, our server, was busy but still very attentive. The restaurant was packed even though we went early but neither the service nor the quality of food suffered.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our first time and we will definitely make the drive to Placitas again. Thank you for a memorable Valentines evening.

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ChrisD
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Was surprised Blades lost their liquor license. Although the food is terrific, there are plenty of terrific restaurants in Albuquerque that have liquor. Won't be driving all the way to Blades in the future - we like cocktails when we go out for our celebrations.

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vipJerryD
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blades is always a good bet for a great meal and a nice evening. Kevin Blades is an excellent chef, Anna is a wonderful hostess. The staff always attentive and courteous. The cuisine tends toward European... very good.

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JeffreyD
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boutique elegant dining in Placitas, What a jewel to have in our community. Food is consistently good. Servers are friendly and attentive. One of our favorite places to dine.

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disappointed
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food doesn't match the price point. A more refined menu would be appropriate. Simply commit to a gourmet experience or bistro cuisine. The combination of the two leaves the customer wanting more... See the Indigo Crow

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BelleR
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Celebrating a birthday. Husband Had the Frutti de Mare and I had the Horseradish encrusted strip. Both were delicious but husband thought the FdM could have had more pasta.

Veggies and potato wedges were included in the strip entree but were pretty bland and could have used some seasoning - The steak was perfectly cooked and very flavorful.

Very disappointed that they no longer serve liquor so couldn’t have my usual dry martini to celebrate. Their wine list was limited. Server was meh or maybe his “attitude” because he was the only server. He basically told us we should put our order in while “you have me.” Uh, who says that in a fine dining restaurant?

We were comped for the Caesar salmon salad because we got it after our entree. Good thing because it was nothing special. Again, no seasoning and I didn’t taste the alleged smokey flavor of the salmon so not sure if was really smoked as indicated.

Would definitely go there again and especially happy hour when their prices are a little better.

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GerryG
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Everything would have been good except our food took forty-five minuets to arrive due to order not reaching the kitchen for some reason.

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Jacque
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The beef bourginon might have been somewhat over done.

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Nmgig
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service at Blade’s are always good. However, the noise level is off putting. My husband could not hear our small party conversations. I en outrage Blade’s to research noise softening materials.

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vipDaleL
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good, outstanding culinary experience in our a Placitas neighborhood!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took in the new Happy Hour prior to dinner. The grouper special was excellent—quality fish prepared with a skilled hand. Tried a Tokaj wine. A great restaurant to explore wines, as well as excellent selection of beer on tap.

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Gabby
New Mexico
31 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We tried the Sunday brunch. The menu offers a variety of options. I had a gluten-free omelet and the other person had the banana pancakes (not GF) which he said were delicious.

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vipGeorge
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Blades is usually great. Mussels are usually excellent, but on this day the broth was quite bland and lacking aromatics such as garlic

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MICHAELD
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining experience. Great food and great ambience.

FAQs

Blades' Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 771-0695.

Blades' Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 1224 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.