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About Elaine's

Elaine’s is an American Bistro featuring American contemporary food prepared in house using time honored methods. We only feature fresh foods, as close to locally grown as we can make happen. We have an eclectic wine menu featuring the wines of California, Washington State, Oregon, along with some fine French wines, along with a smattering of Italian classics. Our Chefs have been sourced from the finest restaurants in America, both executive chefs have degrees from the famed Culinary Institute of America, they both went on to hone their skills with the finest chefs in America, before returning to Albuquerque to become partners in this venture.

3503 Central Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly

Cross Street:
Amherst

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(505) 433-4782

Website:
http://www.elainesnobhill.com/

Parking Details:
All around the restaurant

Public Transit:
Very central, same block

Executive Chef:
Garrick Mendoza/

Private Party Contact:
Elaine Blanco: (505) 328-8225

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Elaine's Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (15)
Good for a Date (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
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Creative Cuisine (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Romantic (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Business Meals (5)
Cozy (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Authentic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Casual (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Fun (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very good dining experience. Recommend reservation as the restaurant is not large.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The muscles were outstanding, which was particularly impressive in the middle of the desert. For entrees, we enjoyed the filet and short ribs which were of excellent quality, well seasoned, and appropriately portioned.

The staff was courteous, knowledgeable, and attuned to our need (or lack there of ) of dialogue.

Overall, we were pleased with the experience and look forward to returning again soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Elaine's is consistently at the top of our list of Albuquerque restaurants for a quiet cozy evening of conversation, excellent food, and excellent friendly service. We almost never spend less than two hours there, not because the service is slow - in fact the wait-staff are very attentive and pace the service to fit our style of eating - but because we feel so comfortable there. The wine list is very good and the wait-staff are able to make helpful recommendations to fit one's taste and budget.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I specifically noted this was an anniversary dinner. The staff was surprised when we showed up on time and the seating was at best ordinary in an uncrowded restaurant with a table entirely too close to the table next to the nearby diners - virtually had the move the next table to get into the wall seat without bumping into that table. Chicken entre was luke warm and one portion appeared undercooked and red/pink, very skimpy sides with the dish. Appetizer mussels and salmon entre were very good. Two other tables celebrated some event with a late course with a candle - presumed a birthday. Anniversary never mentioned by the wait staff or maître'd. Second trip to this restaurant; first recommended by Scalo's owner/mgr - impressed then when run by Elaine; not so much this trip

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We dined early on a Saturday evening. The staff was very efficient and attentive to our pre-theater needs. To our surprise, we even received a discount because they participate with the local theater in a promotion. The wines, even by the glass were quite good. The food arrived on time, so that we felt neither rushed nor delayed. My fish entree was especially good, and my vegetarian companion found an enjoyable entree. I think that having more than one meatless entree on the dinner menu might be something they should think about adding. It's not a complaint; just a suggestion.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Fun, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food excellent. Inordinate wait between courses. 30- 45 min betwwen salad and entree.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Service was very slow. Waiter forgot out appetizer. Food: so so, below expectations.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Absolutely splendid service and an excellent meal. Pleasant environment. We will return.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Dinner service took twice as long as it should have, even considering this is a place you want to stay longer and enjoy your meal/conversation. I don't know if the kitchen was short on help. The waiters were very polite but seemed to be spread thin. Otherwise great ambiance, unique menu, food was pretty good (halibut was a bit dry) but with the expense I expected more attentive service and better timing with meals.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Was very sad to hear that Elaine was no longer involved with the restaurant she had created-although it was a pleasant dining experience-was not the same without the owner/hostess with the mostess!!!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We loved our evening. Our waiter was friendly and helpful in wine decisions as well as food. We had a lovely time.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Overall, my favorite restaurant anywhere - great food, short but superb wine list, excellent service, quiet - nearly perfect!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

It was a busness dinner. Enjoyed meal. Service was excellent. Everyone thanked me for suggestion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Food was excellent. We came in at 8:30 PM on a Wednesday night with 11 people for a business dinner. Started a bit slow as there was only one waiter for the entire restaurant but as the other 2 tables slowed down we got his full attention. Food was creative and outstanding. Would go back in a heartbeat!

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Absolutely delicious food! Prices aren't bad for the quality off the meal too!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great food and service. The ambiance was perfect for our Anniversary celebration. This was our first time to try this restaurant and we were impressed and will plan to return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Hard to beat delicious food, enjoyable service and parking in the back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food was delicious - my salmon was cooked perfectly - but it took over 70 minutes to get our entrees and the restaurant was half full

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The short ribs were very good, however, the mussels needed more sauce. The fois gras should have been a dessert. The service was pretty disappointing. She didn't recognize the birthday at our table and didn't seem to realize that the wine glasses should be changed with new wine. Overall, not what we expected.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was excellent. I had the Farm Salad and a crab cake for my meal. It really was not quite enough food. My preference would be to have crab cake offered as a main course. It was the best crab cake I can remember eating - East coast or anywhere.
I especially appreciated the fact that despite a full house it was quiet and conversation was comfortable. I never return to noisy restaurants no matter how much I like the food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Very good food and wine! All 5 of us greatly enjoyed our meals: Gnocchi, Salmon, Chicken, and Filet. Our waiter was personable and attentive. BUT our meal began at 5:30 and ended at 8:30. We didn't mind the slow pace, it was great for our group. I had a feeling that those that came in later, when the restaurant was more full, were in for an even longer wait.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 30, 2017

This was our first visit. We were not disappointed. There are outside seating options. The ambiance was pleasant. Appetizers, salads and entrees and desserts were all excellent. Our waiter was great. He made excellent recommendations. We enjoyed our experience.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 29, 2017

An exceptional experience! Elaine's compares favorably to the highest quality restaurants we've experienced in many larger cities. How lucky we to have this gem in Nob Hill! Attentive and professional service, a very good (but still affordable) wine list, and an excellent menu with beautifully prepared dishes. Easily at the top of our list for our fave restaurants in ABQ.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 24, 2017

A truly unique dining experience. We will return when we visit Albuquerque again ... soon, we hope!

Tags: Late-night Find, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 23, 2017

The food was delicious.. Perfect for a Wednesday night as the restaurant was crowded or noisy. Perfect place to re-connect with an old friend

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 20, 2017

This was a totally pleasant occasion. Good basic food--outstanding pork and exellennt service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

excellent meal with fine service. Lived up to excellent meal we had a year ago at Elaine's.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 10, 2017

very sad to have Elaine leaving and probably restaurant will change its theme. Still one of the best in ABQ

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Once again Opentable members did not disappoint me. Ranked very highly, I decided to end my NM trip with a visit to Elaine's. Very nice menu, great wine and after dinner drink selction as well. The Foie Gras was beyond delicious. A huge serving of seared Foie Gras, rhubarb & mango chutney, pistachio butter, toasted brioche. I could have had iit for appetizer, dinner and dessert! Sorry I didn't order a sauterne with it.

For dinner I had seared Scottish, asparagus, radish, peas, tomato, lardon, cucumber & asparagus, champagne shallot cream. Again a very generous portion and perfectly prepared.

The Ruby Port to end the evening was just what the Dr ordered!

Service was also excellent. I think it was Tom (?) who provided superb, knowledgable and professional care!!!!

Elaine's is also great for people watching, seems to be the place to see visiting movie and tv people!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Excellent meal with great service. Truly a hidden gem in ABQ

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on July 6, 2017

ELAINE'S IS AN UPSCALE BUT REASONABLE PRICED RESTAURANT. GOOD FOOD CHARMING AMBIANCE AND ATTENTIVE OWNER. ALWAYS GREAT

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Our first time at Elaine's. Well worth the 30-minute drive and difficulty parking. Warm, professional service and a friendly atmosphere. Food was superb! Highly recommend the halibut. Extensive wine list.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Little gem in the city. Great food and service. Nice for a date night. We will be going back!

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Lisa took great care of us. Filet was cooked perfectly to order and the crab cake was amazing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Unfortunately wasn't the best experience. Had business dinner with client and hair in complimentary appetizer. Servers not up to a professioanl type atmosphere. The food was really good but a bit pricey.

Tags: People Watching, Tasting Menu
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We dined at Elaine's for our 38th wedding anniversary. We were able to negotiate the ART construction mess and were able to find a parking spot fairly close. We were seated promptly. Noise level throughout the evening was acceptable. Service was prompt, but not overbearing. We had the cheese plate and farm salad. Both very good. We ordered Scottish Salmon and Gnocchi. Both were very good. The only slight disappointment was the lemon bundt cake dessert - pretty ordinary and a little dry.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We've come here several times, and I've always had good food and particularly enjoyed sitting outside-one of the nicer places to do so in Albuquerque. This time, it was too hot to do so, and we were looking forward to a different experience inside. We were seated quickly, and quickly had the amuse bouche of mini sopaipilla (fabulous!). Our salad was a generous size and quite nice, and our entrées were very tasty, appropriately portioned, and not fussy. I would return again for the food but not the meal experience because of the service and how it detracted from the experience and value. Service was slow and inattentive for a not very busy time, and our waitstaff really seem disinterested. In the past he has seemed dispassionate, but now it just seemed like he didn't care about us, our meal, or the job. I hope Elaine's is able to provide corrective feedback and additional training so that we can come back - but after noting how his service has declined over our successive dinners, it will be harder to do so

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Good but not outstanding. Brussels sprouts were good, sauce good, not great.
Mussels small, sauce salty.
chocolate tart chewy filling, not that flavorful.
Sorry-- we wanted it to be very good.

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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Delicious food and great service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Elaines - Food was top notch and so was the service. Hidden Gem!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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