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Date
Fri, 5/25
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7:00 PM
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Blades' Bistro

4.6
945 reviews
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$30 and under
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International
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Worth the Drive
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
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
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Phone number
(505) 771-0695
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Payment options
AMEX, 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
What 945 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

A true hidden gem. We will be regular customers from now on.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Good comfort food but also very good bistro food, nice patio but the sun umbrellas weren't up and they were needed. We had a nice table in the shade but would have preferred sun with an umbrella. Great bird serenade throughout brunch. The service here is usually very good but our waiter this time failed to refill coffee even after he was asked and seemed generally distracted and detached. This was countered by the visit by the co owner, Anya, who is always welcoming and friendly.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

This is a wonderful restaurant, a bit out of the way but you will love the drive. We who live in Placitas are so happy to have access to fine dining right in our own back yard!
The food has never disappointed us, every member of the wait staff we’ve had have been great, and the owners are always charming and gracious.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We love this restaurant. Great food and service. It is a hidden gem in Placitas

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

mediocre food...mediocre service...why bother?

Some restaurants are not worth a 50 word review

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Blades Bistro is my favorite for fine dining. The food is always wonderful and it was this time too when my daughter treated for Mother's Day.

The wait staff was friendly and efficient, even though they were terribly busy.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We are very lucky to have such a good restaurant in Placitas. We do our best to support it so that this hidden gem stays. Owners are almost always there and it’s been neat to get to know them better.

Varied menu so there should be something to fit most taste buds. I have never had a bad meal. In fact I don’t remember having an average meal. All have been very good to great.

Highly recommend.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We went for a special occasion (my 65th birthday) and even mentioned it on our Open Table reservation. The restaurant is small and overfilled this Friday night. It was painfully loud the entire time we were there. Even though we made reservations early we had a terrible table right next to a large noisy group. We sat for quite a while with no service other than our menu. When the waitperson did show up she wanted to know if were ready to order - no welcome, no water, zip. It felt like we were at Denny’s. We ordered brussel sprouts for an appetizer- they were over cooked and dry. My filet was good as were the sides. My husband’s seafood dish portion was very small. The wine list has a good selection for a small restaurant but not very high quality wines. I wish we had left once seated but didn’t. I had to leave while my husband waited 15 minutes to get a to go box and the check. To top it off we got a call late at night telling us we didn’t leave the credit slip, not sure what happened but we didn’t take it. This was our 3rd trip and we will likely not return. There seems to be more interest in making money than delivering a quality dining experience. Oh - no mention of my birthday either.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Had folks in town visiting from Tucson and I wanted to show them the best neighborhood restaurant in New Mexico and as always, Blades excelled.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

This place is consistently delicious, friendly, creative.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The food was delicious and I had a number of gluten- free options.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

A treasure

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

I truly believe Blades’ Bistro is one of the best hidden secrets in the ABQ area. A little out of the way, but well worth the drive. The chef is amazing and the staff very accommodating.. Excellent spot for date night.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Chef Kevin consistantly puts out excellent food! Blades is one of our very favorite area restaurants!!

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great food, always busy. Not the greatest layout of tables, but very friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive staff. The roasted beets appetizer is delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I love this place. The menu is excellent and the specials always delight

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food as always was excellent. Great selections, well prepared, excellent quality. We were getting together with friends and the noise level was so high it was difficult to talk without shouting and difficult to hear. The service was adequate but slow especially for drink orders. Despite slower service and high noise level will still return and recommend Blades for the food and friendly management.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Fantastic food as usual! We especially enjoyed the escargot app special and my wife enjoyed the paella dinner special. My steak au poivre was wonderful as always. Our server Sean was great, prefect balance of attention and service! Can’t wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

As usual, Chef Kevin prepared an outstanding meal!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch was awesome!!! I will definitely come back for normal Sunday Brunch. The food was amazing. Table ready exactly on time. Service was great, the owner is one of the ‘team.’ And the value for the meal was out of sight - chain restaurant prices for European cuisine. Hidden gem.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Shawn our waiter was great! Very experienced wait staff. Owner, Anya, greeted us and checked on us during the meal. Alex, the bar tender has a really good “bar tender” personality! We enjoyed sitting at the bar before dinner. A great place to meet new neighbors too. Nice outdoor patio too. Food was delicious. Very accommodating. Overall, really good experience!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food presentation and food taste were both high quality, I would say exquisite! We had heard good reviews from friends and yet everything still surpassed our expectations. It's great to dine out and for a change, feel like it was worth every penny!!!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent service. Best scallops. Went for a date night. Enjoyed the crowd and wait staff. Bring your wallet but it is worth it!!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent as always! This is a great place to take out of town guests. Blades never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great - as always! We will go back time and time again.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The prix fixe meal of salad cioppino and creme brûlée was perfect

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food was very good. The service was outstanding. Had an enjoyable Saturday evening. I wish it could have been a little bit quieter, but and overall very nice restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

as always, Blades never fails to impress my most discriminating guests. from start to finish, Blades is consistently excellent. They have elevated it to one of New Mexico's premier dining experiences. my friends listed as their "new favorite restaurant" . Keep up the great work!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great food and drinks. Wait staff was not sufficient for volume of people being served.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The rural setting is an ideal location for this venue. We enjoyed the intimate, casual feel of the restaurant. The food and service were excellent and we will be suggesting it to friends and family members.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The foods were great, the service was average. The Fruitti di Mare is the best we have eaten with a most flavorful sauce.
The special cocktail we ordered called Love Song was exquisitely delicious!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 9, 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.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 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.

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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