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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

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (16)
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Neighborhood Gem (15)
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Creative Cuisine (15)
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Good for Birthdays (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Cozy (9)
Casual (9)
Fun (8)
Romantic (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (4)
Live Music (4)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
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Scenic View (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Organic (1)
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 4 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (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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·Dined on December 31, 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 27, 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 24, 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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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 24, 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 17, 2017

Wonderfull!!

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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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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·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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Chicago)·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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