Brixens

4.6
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116 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Brixens is a locally owned, family run, restaurant, dedicated to giving each and every guest who enters an enjoyable and memorable experience! Our menu focuses on delightful comfort food with our signature New Mexican twist. Brixens is unique in that almost all menu items can be modified to be Vegetarian, Vegan, or Gluten Free. Since all of our food is made from scratch, we can accommodate most all dietary needs and preferences. When you come in, each order is custom made for you. This does make the wait time for our food a little longer, but we promise, it's worth it! While you dine, you are surrounded by our distinctly unique ambiance, including 14 televisions, free board games to play, and our handcrafted tables complete with an ice-chest in the center of every table! We look forward to meeting you, and can't wait to serve you and welcome you into our family!
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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and friendly staff

MF
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Took my goddaughter there to celebrate the holidays as I love this place. I ordered the sliders medium. They came out very rare, almost raw. When the server came by, I showed her. She promptly took the plate away. I waited 15 minutes before they brought out a new plate of food which was cooked perfectly but my goddaughter had finished eating so the timing was off/awkward. Also, I had lost my appetite by then .
They should have taken it off the bill or taken a percentage off tab. I was a little disappointed as it wasn’t that crowded/busy. I’ll go back but not for awhile . Need to let my feathers settle

KR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

ABSOLUTELY MAKE A RESERVATION. My hotel was less than a 5 minute walk so we tried to eat here 4 times. The first time they didn't have any tables left but we were able to sit at the bar. 2nd time no room anywhere. 3rd time I made a reservation. Definitely make a reservation. If you didn't, go ahead and ask if you can sit at the bar.
The food was outstanding! Out of all the places we ate over 5 days, all in Albuquerque center, BRIXENS had the best beer list. I was able to get Old Speckled Hen and Founders Rubeus.
My only complaint was the night we sat at the bar for dinner. The food was excellent. The server however dumped my bottled beer into the glass, leaving about it about 2/3 full of foam. I was a bartender. It doesn't take that long to carefully pour a beer into the glass getting a pretty 1-2 inch head of foam. If the server doesn't want to put in the effort, then hand the glass and bottle/can of beer to the customer and let them pour.

Food was excellent, service at the seated tables was great, and they have a good beer list.

RF
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here for my birthday after hearing many amazing things about this place, and they exceeded my expectations! Highly recommend this place to anyone especially for a dinner with people that have dietary restrictions! :) <3

MG
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Brixens is always a good time due the the food, atmosphere and staff! Last Friday, I tried the green chile sliders(2) and was not disappointed! The sliders, with a great side salad was the perfect pre-show meal. We arrived about 5 minutes before our reservation and were quickly seated without any problems. A definite downtown must with no fuss and quite affordable. My only complaint is that my beer wasn’t as chilled as it should have been; other than that, all was good. :-)

JM
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was excellent and Asher our server was fantastic.

CR
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brixens always has great food. But on this visit when my partner and I went back and forth over dessert. The manager was clearing our plates and when he heard our discussion he asked what we were considering and had it sent out to our table on the house. My partner loved the dessert (as i knew he would) and we were both impressed with that gesture from the manager.

SB
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great choice for a meal before a concert at the Kiva Auditorium. Really comfortable, welcoming atmosphere, super friendly staff and good food. My date said they were the best tacos he ever had!

FG
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, great food excellent service!

RD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solid addition to Downtown ABQ dining scene. The avocado toast is a brilliant dish, as is the funnel cake dessert. Beware, portions are HUGE. Each dish is easily sharable between at least two people.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a very trendy restaurant with a large menu. Had the 66 crunch burger with green chili. Was delicious.

BC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff went above and beyond to assist in our friends bday lunch.

JJ
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Everything was just okay, nothing great about this place. Just average…

SK
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and great service. Very energetic inside and a bit loud but not overwhelming. Will be back again soon!

CP
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place to go for a bite. Good food and fun atmosphere. I highly recommend the Brussel sprouts.

KB
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our new favorite place in downtown Albuquerque. Love the energy and youthful vibe (we're retired). We don't like the noise level though.

JP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!! Food is incredible and great atmosphere. Excellent place for anyone with food allergies or restrictions. Very reasonable prices for fine food.

MM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the place! I went with a group of my girlfriends and they all equally enjoyed it! The food is delicious and we love the vibe. The only little “oops” was our waitress forgot to put in our order, but it was a busy Saturday night and she graciously brought out some appetizers for us. Highly recommend!

AG
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a good time and great food at this downtown establishment. One of the few good restaurants downtown. The only drawback is the cafeteria-type noise and often having to make a reservation for a Friday or Saturday night. Without one, there is a good wait. All in all, I've never been disappointed in Brixens.

D
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Please ask waiters to explain to patrons how to turn the tablets on after their screen savers time expire and they go black :-) it took us few min to figure this out... Food is good. Thank you. Noise level and abundance of monitor screens... not.

A
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

This was our first time at Brixens and we totally enjoyed it. The food was awesome and the vibe was fun. Will definitely return. The only thing I would say is that although our waiter took care of business, he was a little grumpy at first. Didn't really make us feel all that welcomed or like he really wanted to be there! He warmed up a bit as we went on, but I like when a server is a bit more tuned in and makes you feel like they are there for you!

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and we needed gluten free and vegan /vegetarian options and they delivered one of my places for sure

k
Charleston
82 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant is energetic and fun with a lively cast of servers. Managers check in with patrons regularly and the “ice chest” inset in the table a clever touch. A great — and reasonably priced- wine list and clever cocktail combinations match with an extensive menu of offerings.

MF
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Met old friends and made new ones! Food wAs amazing! Had the chicken sliders , YUMO. Friends had the burger, enchiladas and tacos. All plates were cleaned! They don’t have any beer on tap but the food makes up for that. Very creative chef . It’s becoming my all time fave

MC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

a convenient place to dine when attending downtown events. Friendly staff. A variety of menu choices and drink choices.

j
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were at the Balloon Fiesta for 8 days. We dined here twice and would have dined here everyday if we were not as busy going many other places during our incredible visit,
I loved that everything we tried was amazing from the salt and pepper gluten free chicken wings, to the amazing full order of Brussels sprouts served with walnuts, cranberries , apple cooked to perfection in a wine vinegar reduction. The sliders both chicken and green chili beef were to die for. The mushroom and blue cheese sliders were as well amazing. Yes the noise level was a little higher due to the cool set up of the high ceilings and openness of the restaurant but not to a disturbing amount unless you are old and deaf, We loved the food choosing sides that were all great, salads fries, sweet potato crispy fries , and others as well. The plates are shareable very large amounts and many can be made vegetarian, gluten free and healthy. LOVED THE FOOD! Will be our regular on this amazing city! Just hope the owners open one in San Diego California!!!!

B
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, well presented. Tons of drink options. The wait staff are very friendly but a little over worked. A fun restaurant in the heart of town. Only downside is it is bloody noisy. No wonder the under 30s have so much hearing loss

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Yummy food! Good prices for fun foods! Had sliders and several appetizers. A few of us had drinks. The food was outstanding. The service left something to be desired. Our servers were all very nice. I think our table was out of the loop as we had various servers. The manager sent some comped roasted Brussel sprouts and delicious chips with outstanding quest, guac, and some spicey salsa. It was a very thoughtful gesture. We also ordered the fried pickles...the best we've had anywhere outside of making them at home and delicious onion strings. We will return. It's downtown and not in an area we frequent but will be back. It is noisy but it sounded like people enjoying themselves. I generally eat a strict and clean diet. If you're going to have a cheat day this was a great place to enjoy it!

L
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

For the celiac, this was a wonderful find. The food is very good, with many options.

JC
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Brixens is our new go-to restaurant and the food is consistently very good. Our only issue this visit is that after being seated, no one waited on us for more than 10 minutes, at which point, we saw our favorite waiter and asked him to be our server. Even though we were not "his" table, he agreed to be our server for the evening. Food was excellent, but there were six of us in the party and only food for 4 came out at the same time, with about 5-8 minute lag for the other two meals. This is a kitchen issue, not a server issue, but we were a bit disappointed that the food was not brought out all together. Nonetheless, the food was fresh and tasty and we will continue to recommend this restaurant.

OT
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! Great staff and wonderful food!!

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Did not know this was a sports bar. Too. Noisy for me

BB
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely YUMMY! We ordered a little bit of everything: wings, avocado toast, 66 Crunch Burger, blue cheese sliders, brussel sprouts and a complimentary whiskey brownie with cinnamon vanilla ice cream dessert and nothing was disappointing. Did I mention we had drinks too? Wine and margaritas. What a great evening and experience to celebrate a birthday. P.S. tell them what you are celebrating and they have a light up sign to put an ! on the occasion. Go to Brixens.

DZ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! We got our order incredibly fast even with the place being busy. Will definitely be back!

JS
Tampa
221 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice selection of New Mexico craft beers and servers with knowledge.
Flavorful food in a open but cozy atmosphere
Festive evening as NM had played NM State in football

KM
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lively fun and busy for good reason: it’s great! Food is excellent, homemade. Had the best taco salad ever. Super large too! It is very loud so don’t go looking for a romantic dinner. Service was excellent.

LH
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brixens was an absolute delight. My wife has celiac and most of the menu can be gluten free modified. Definite plus and the coolers were awesome too! Can't wait to go back.

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nachos are wonderful! Good happy hour specials. Enjoyed the crunchy tacos. Slow kitchen at lunch but was pretty fast in evening. Friendly staff.

J
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu is a little all over the place but everything we ordered was great!

LR
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place downtown to have a drink and chill. The staff was so friendly and I was thrilled that most of the menu was specially made gluten free for my order. I have not eaten so much in a long time at a restaurant.
I loved the huge bar and the atmosphere. THanks for a great night.