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About Blades' Bistro

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

221 Highway 165, Suite L
Placitas, NM 87043
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
International, Contemporary European, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Holiday Hours:
Christmas Eve Dec. 24th open from 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Closed Christmas Day Dec. 25th
New Years Eve Open
Closed New Years Day

Cross Street:
Highway 165

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(505) 771-0695

Website:
http://www.bladesbistro.com/

Entertainment:
In the summer months (May through September): Live Music on the outside patio that varies from Jazz to Folk.

Catering:
Small groups, please contact restaurant for more information.

Parking Details:
Plenty of parking, RV Big Rigs also welcome.

Executive Chef:
Kevin P. Bladergroen

Private Party Facilities:
Private dining available on Monday evenings and for the lunch hours Monday through Thursday.

Private Party Contact:
Anja Bladergroen: (505) 771-0695

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

Blades' Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
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Good for Anniversaries (16)
Good for a Date (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Cozy (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Authentic (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Romantic (10)
Casual (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Fun (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Business Meals (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Healthy (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Seasonal (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Good for Groups (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Blades is our favorite restaurant in the entire area. Great food, wine and service!

Tags: Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Cozy, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful food, taste sensation, good drinks, great ambiance, ability to observe chef, fresh food, local food products.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Beef Bourguinon and Short Ribs were succulent and Sean was very attentive to us -

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Fun
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 3 days ago

To much noise. Very Noisey!#######################################—#####

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The blackened tuna with mustard beurre blanc was great - 2nd time in two weeks I have had the tuna. My wife had the chicken dish and it was well prepared and a delight. We were a bit puzzled by the wine service - when the bill arrived they had added $4 to the price and when we asked about it the server said "..ya, I saw that..." but she didn't do anything about it. And then it took a while to get a corrected bill (thus for the reason for the 3 stars for service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

A wonderful place for a special occasion. The food is wonderful, well prepared and presented nicely. The salads and soups are worth trying and by all means save room for dessert.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 28, 2018

My first time to Blades Bistro, and will definitely will return. The service was excellent and patient with us since it took a little bit to order. The food was tasty and the menu was definitely special with the variety of food.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 28, 2018

This was our first visit to this restaurant and we enjoyed a very good Sunday Brunch. The
menu options offered an excellent selection of items that were very good.

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This is one of our favorites. We hadn't been in a few months and it was just as good as ever. We like to sit at the bar and the bartender was helpful and nice. We started with a cocktail, and they make very good ones. Then we had some wine, great selection. We always have a hard time deciding what to eat because it all sounds and is so good. If you like mussels and they are in season, definitely get them. If someone in your party has hearing issues request one of the tables for four in the back of the restaurant. They are enclosed on three sides and help with the noise, which isn't always too loud but if you get one or two tables with raucous folks it does tend to get loud. There is also a kitchen bar if you like to watch the action there.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The non meat entrees were sparse, and the wine pour equally sparse. I wondered if it even reached six ounces, and I doubt it. It was more like 4-5 ounces per serving. That said, it was a nice place. My partner liked the ribs, and I had a wedge salad with crab cakes from the appetizer menu. Slightly pricey meals, and the dining room is louder than we like. Tables along the bench seating area are really close to each other, so conversations aren't very private. We'll probably go back in the spring/summer and see if we like patio seating.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Had a great meal and a nice time. The service was great and the prices are reasonable.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Consistently great food, personable service - our go-to restaurant in ABQ.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Blades is always amazing, service is great. Their specials are always special! The seafood dish is wonderful, one of the BEST dishes on the menu! Their signature cocktails are excellent as is their notable wine list. we were there to celebrate a birthday & our server Jeffrey was very attentive. It's becoming one of !y favorite places to dine!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Cioppino was excellent.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 14, 2018

As usual, great food, great service and a relaxing , inviting atmosphere. When they have mussels on the menu they are perfectly prepared and delicious. My favorite appetizer!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We love Blade's Bistro and have introduced many of our friends since we were introduced by friends years ago. It is an intimate setting - definitely a casual neighborhood feel...and the food is an added bonus! Outdoor dining is lovely if the weather cooperates, but an "intimate" feel, nonetheless. From the north valley (Los Ranchos) it was less than a 20 minute drive (less than it takes to get to Montgomery and Juan Tabo in Albuquerque.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Overall, a great visit and dining experience. I love the owners, who always take time to mingle with and accommodate their guests.

Thank you for being in Placitas!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The CHEERS of Placitas! We love to eat here and always look forward to visiting with the owners as well as the delicious food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 31, 2017

2 newer items on the Brunch menu were innovative and very tasty- Sandia Stack- the best with green chile, hash browns and poached eggs and the Copenhagen Benedict- salmon with Eggs Benedict. What a meal to end the year with!!

Tags: Authentic, Great Beer, Organic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a lovely dinner and date night. The mussels as a appetizer were delicious, as were the burgers we had for our main course. We enjoyed casual ambience and will return in the future.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Consistently good food and service. Nice to get a little way from Albuquerque.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Blades' is a hidden gem...my Wife and I had brunch on Christmas Eve, and they did not disappoint. Service was outstanding, hollandaise sauce was perfect. We will be back!

Tags: Disabled Access, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food as always was yummy and delectable, service by Jeffery impeccable and holiday Gluhwein very delicious! Feel like family when we’re there with Anja and Kevin!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Spicy, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We recently moved to New Mexico and although the southwest food here is wonderful we were delighted to find a nice French type bistro close to our home on Bernalillo. It is very similar to our favorite restaurant in Washington state. I had the mussels appetizer (fresh and delicious) and my husband had the brussel sprouts. We both had a seafood pasta dish, which is a specialty at Blades. It was creamy with lots of yummy shellfish. We didn’t leave a bit on our plate. We shared the chocolate sampler. Also wonderful and perfect for two. The wine list wasn’t extensive but had a nice variety. The service was good but our waitperson seemed a bit harried. Can’t wait to return!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Wonderfull!!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Anja and Kevin are wonderful. Great food. Love every experience at Blade's!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fun, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We have been dining here since Anja and Kevin opened years ago. Their food quality and service have always been excellent. Worth the short drive to Placitas to enjoy a great meal and atmosphere.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is the first time I have tried this establishment. I was very impressed with the cuisine and with this service. The establishment is very attractive and quiet and is a very fun and enjoyable place to dine.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Amazing as usual! The staff was outstanding! Perfect for casual dining or date night.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 22, 2017

When we have special guests we love to go to Blades as we know food and beverages will be great and there won't be unnecessary distractions with service snafus and the like. It is also a good value. You can order a red and a white for the price of one bottle of wine and take home what you don't drink.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We were cold during our entire meal and had to put our coats back on after being there for 10 minutes. As the front door continued to open/close, we were greeted by the strong and cold air. Ordered the blackened yellow-fin tuna only to find it knee deep in a peppercorn sauce. I was never able to taste the fish in the sauce which I couldn't finish due to the overwhelming taste. The sauce also covered my veggies and mashed sweet potatoes. Oddly enough this was the very same sauce that covered my husband's steak entree, veggies and mashed sweet potatoes. The brie appetizer and french onion soup were very good. I've heard so many good things about this restaurant, but we weren't the least bit encouraged. I often feel that heavy sauces are meant to cover inferior cuts of protein.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Seafood is excellent. Neighborhood ambiance is inviting.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 4, 2017

There was not a lot of attention to detail. The carpaccio was not thawed prior to its arrival at the table. The vegetables looked and tasted tired, like they had been sitting around for a while. Fish was average at best, overcooked but fresh. Cocktails were great.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food as always wonderful and fulfilling!! Love our service with Jeffrey and delicious soups and entrees- no room for dessert!

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This restaurant was a great little find. It's a little bit of a drive, but worth it. Our stuffed zucchini was creative and tasty. All of our dishes and desserts left us commenting about one nice thing or another. The kitchen is open, so in a way you can have a show with dinner!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I probably would have given 5 stars in every category, but our server just didn't want to be there that night. She was less than stellar. The food was fantastic!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Everything was outstanding as usual. This restaurant is a great place for a romantic or special meaning meal. This is our place for birthdays, anniversaries and all holidays.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food! We are never disappointed. The Caesar salad with salmon is delicious!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Favorite place to eat in Placitas. Favorite waiter and owners

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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