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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (18)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
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Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for a Date (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Authentic (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Casual (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Special Occasion (11)
Romantic (11)
Cozy (10)
Fun (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Great for Brunch (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Healthy (8)
Live Music (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Happy Hour (5)
Scenic View (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Business Meals (4)
Seasonal (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Great Beer (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 2, 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 2, 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 26, 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 26, 2017

Great food.

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·Dined on November 25, 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 23, 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 19, 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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food3
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 18, 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 5, 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 5, 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 5, 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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food4
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 29, 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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·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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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 22, 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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food5
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 21, 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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food5
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Absolutely wonderful totally enjoyed our experience excellent service where they paid attention to our needs and the food was absolutely amazing the seafood was fantastic the lobster wasn't over cooked the scallops were perfect it was absolutely fantastic dining experience

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Casual
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Usually very good. But steaks were tough seafood in combination was chewy. Waiter very poor

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Another great dining experience. We keep coming back

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 27, 2017

One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. Anya and Kevin are very, very accommodating!

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

We have eaten at Blades several times since moving to Placitas. The food is always excellent, freshly prepared, interesting and a good value. The service has always been attentive. We go early to avoid a full dining room. When the room is full it can get a bit noisy. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great meal on the patio with live music. Great ambiance and relaxed environment.

Tags: Live Music, Great for Brunch
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food5
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 24, 2017

As usual Chef Kevin prepares his meals with love. That is the difference.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Chef Kevin consistantly offers beautifully prepaired, great tasting food! I highly recommend Blades Bistro!!!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Been here a few times always enjoyable! Hidden treasure, upscale cuisine in a comfortable setting for a reasonable price!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Lovely ambiance. We dined in the patio amidst music by Maiya. Good wine list and delicious as usual fare.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Very disappointing. Service was almost non-exsistent thru out the visit.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 26, 2017

So much to recommend Blades. Thinking today to emphasize how highly curated the menu and wine list are. Trust.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

The food service and ambience were great but the music was too loud could not hear friends talking across the table and I was had an outside patio table so It would have been worse inside

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food outstanding as usual and so enjoyable on the patio!! Jeffery wonderful!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Absolutely the best! Roast beets, sauteed brussel sprouts, chicken francaise and veal chop. WOW! Fresh, delicious and ample portions!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Blades Bistro is great. We went there on Saturday August 19 with friends. We sat outside in the beautiful NM evening, enjoying AMAZING FOOD AND WINE while listening to a GREAT jazz trio. As we sat drinking our coffee, the sun set in the west and filled the sky with unbelievable reds and oranges and purples. What a PERFCT ending to a WOMDERFUL MEAL.

We had filet mignon, veal chop, sea bass and Con Frutti de Mare . They were EXCELLENT. Everyone loved their meal and shared tastes. Fantastic!!!

We have dined inside previously as well. Same WONDERFUL food and service. But it gets a bit noisy. Outside , in nice weather is AWESOME!!

Tags: Live Music, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Healthy
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 19, 2017

In all the times I've gone this was the first time we were really disappointed! The "Horseradish ENCRUSTED Steak" was steak with a horseradish sauce poured over it. It was overpowering the meat! My friends fish Francaise was chunks of fish instead of fillet of fish. My husband's Wedge Salad had black olives, which he detests, instead of bacon! My Con Frutti de Mare was too rich. I asked for "light" cream which I think they did, but the parmesan put it over the edge. Waitress seemed rushed. She literally tossed the dessert menus in front of us....I hope they read this. I will still be returning, but not so soon.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

This restaurant is amazing. The food is always spectacular. We had the horseradish crusted New York strip and the fish special. Both outstanding. The cheesecake for dessert stole the show. Everything is prepared on site and you can tell.
Sean, our waiter, was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu items.
Don't wait, go to Blade's Bistro

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Food and service were superb! Easier to have a conversation outside, and were able to enjoy the sunset. Need more comfortable seating but otherwise had a lovely evening. Felt like we were on vacation.

Tags: Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Love the food and the service is awesome and they are very good about dietary issues

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Can't say enough about all of Kevin's entrees- mouth watering and oh so tasty!!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Always enjoy the food and service at Blades' Bistro as well as the welcoming atmosphere and interesting wine list. For our older ears the noise level is a bit challenging but we still had an enjoyable evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Everything was excellent, the food, service, and ambience. Chef Kevin does a great job!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Healthy
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We dined in their lovely patio and enjoyed a wonderful evening. Excellent food, cocktails and wine. Servers are outstanding. Love the ambiance and the owners are so very gracious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Kevin & Enya (Owners/Chef) have created a gem away from traffic and convention. Their hospitality is memorable. The food, cocktail list and wine list offer something for all tastes and great quality. A venue for most all adult occasions. We have been going since shortly after they opened in 2009 and always look forward to our next visit! D & D

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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