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Blades' Bistro

4.8
4.8
1508 Reviews
$30 and under
International
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 Grilled Salmon, Chicken Française 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' Bistro is nicer than you expect, in the best possible way. The dining room is refined and the exhibition kitchen classy. By Andrea Lin For the ABQ Journal

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2 people

7:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    International, Contemporary European, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (505) 771-0695

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Kevin P. Bladergroen

  • Catering

    Small groups, please contact restaurant for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining available on Monday evenings and for the lunch hours Monday through Friday.

  • Private party contact

    Anja Bladergroen: (505) 771-0695

  • Neighborhood

    Placitas

  • Cross street

    State Highway 165

  • Parking details

    Plenty of parking, RV Big Rigs also welcome.

  • Entertainment

    In the summer months (May through September): Live Music on the outside patio that varies from Jazz to Folk.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,508 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. DB

    DouglasB

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Blades' is a diamond in the rough. Located in a strip center 2mi from I25 one finds a charming bistro with great food and wine list at an affordable price.
  2. DN

    DenverNative

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! We were supposed to go two weeks prior, but I was ill. The owner, Anja, spoke to us quite a while; very interesting. Excellent, friendly service. Terrific food. Can’t wait to go back!
  3. T

    Titaniaabq

    New Mexico

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can’t stop coming back! Great place for romance or a small family gathering.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious. Never fails. Upscale but relaxed.
  5. BL

    BruceL

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Freshly prepared and delicious food. Professional wait staff. In this day and age of inflation and supply chain issues I was surprised at how reasonably priced everything was. I expected much higher prices. Relaxed atmosphere. Haven't eaten here since before COVID. Definitely coming back.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food & service!
  7. DM

    DwayneM

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food was excellent. the service was fast and friendly. The patio was full and still quiet. We had a good time.
  8. LR

    LisaR

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious and the patio was lovely! Enjoyed our conversation with Anya, as usual.
  9. KS

    KathleenS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Prompt, friendly service. Great menu options and specials. Coconut shrimp appetizer was tasty. Paella special was excellent! My partner thought the chicken liver dish was delicious! It was a good quantity but we still splurged by splitting crème brûlée. We enjoyed sitting out on the patio. Looking forward to going back!
  10. D

    Daniel

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Very nice experience. Will try to eat outside next time to avoid kitchen noise. Food and service were outstanding.
  11. KA

    KARETAJ

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating a friends birthday. Everything was amazing
  12. JB

    JacobB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was absolutely delicious! Great place for a date night!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was awesome, the service was terrific. Basically an wonderful night out. The way it was before the pandemic.
  14. MC

    MichaelC

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Wonderful Service!!
  15. TB

    TonyB

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is the second time that we have eaten at Blades since moving to Rio Rancho this summer. I ordered the Asian ribs and they were excellent. French fries seemed like frozen which was a disappointment. We like the atmosphere and the menu. Prices aren’t outrageous given the economy. Service was great! When we have company in town, Blades is a good place that has something for everyone.
  16. SK

    SteveK

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always, Halibut was amazing. Just a perfect place for a nice dinner. Service is outstanding.
  17. CW

    ChrisW

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are regular clients and we have always been pleased. The food was excellent as usual. Our server Scott recommended a bottle of wine which was great and complemented the food perfectly. Highly recommended.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an enjoyable dining experience!
  19. CK

    ChefKim24

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always! The food is always done very well by Chef Kevin and his team. Scott, who usually our server is always spot on! Worth the drive to Placitas if you don’t live close by!
  20. B

    Bobbo

    New Mexico

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Owner/Chef Kevin always always does a good job. The building’s acoustics make conversations difficult when it’s crowded but that’s a small price to pay.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tulsa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great quality food and they don't seem to have increase their prices as much as other restaurants.
  22. TM

    ThomasM

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was delicious but my wife’s steak was undercooked. We saw on the final itemized bill that the server put in medium rare and not medium well as requested. The server seemed to be in a rush to get us in and out and really wasn’t attentive. He needed to slow down and explain the specials better as we would catch about every other word with his machine gun descriptions. His helper was much more personable and attended to us excellently. Peach dessert was excellent!
  23. M

    Mina

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was attentive and the food wonderful! You always get great quality food at Blade's!
  24. D

    Dinner

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Son’s birthday!
  25. H

    Henry

    New Mexico

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The only draw back was when it came to tasting the wine or asking any needs for our meal questions were directed to my wife not I. I felt like I was not there but just to pay the bill.
  26. PF

    ProfessorFoodie

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Blades Bistro is our neighborhood go-to spot. Despite being off the beaten track and chronically understaffed, they do a wonderful job of taking care of their customers and serving great meals, whether a it's a menu regular or a daily special.
  27. F

    Foodie

    New Mexico

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in every way. Greetings service food and wine and atmosphere.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    First time the steak wasn’t perfect so no big deal. The peach caprese is insane! Will be back
  29. T

    Tina

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our 1st time there. We really enjoyed it. Food was delicious. We will definitely go back.
  30. EC

    ErikaC

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really really good, every single time! We love Blades!
  31. a

    abqmama

    New Mexico

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    I have read wonderful things. We found it to be just ok. Our service was fine however my husbands entree was filled with zucchini. He hates zucchini and had read the menu carefully. When we mentioned to the server he said something like “oh yeah, it’s the veggie of the day” so half of the meal was inedible. I kinda hoped the server would at least say thanks for pointing out that I didn’t tell you what the veggie of the day would be. My margarita was strong but tasted heavily of mix. Probably won’t make the trip again.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice steak. Frites not really like they do in France but it was a great meal and their crème brûlée was very worthy.
  33. KH

    KathiH

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took out of town guests and they loved it. The grouper with crab, mushrooms, and hollandaise sauce was to die for.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Service was a struggle.
  35. CP

    CaroleP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting menu choices, delicious dining, gracious servers, wonderful chef, lovely experience.
  36. PT

    PamT

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visit and we will be back. They noticed i had an "allergy to food" note, and prepared my veggies ahead of time to accommodate.
  37. KG

    KentG

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The special appetizers this evening were exceptional, grilled artichoke and watermelon gaspacho. We also chose the special entree of scallops and risotto, also very well prepared.
  38. S

    Santafefoodie

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love Blade’s. Creative food.
  39. JL

    JamesL

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent gourmet food seasoned perfectly. This is a gem of a restaurant in a small mountain community heavily frequented by the locals. The prices are low in comparison to restaurants in larger communities. But the menu is interesting with something for any occasion. The low cost wine list (personally chosen by the owner) reflects substantial familiarity with California, Oregon, and New Mexico boutique wineries. Good times should be had by all reasonable diners.
  40. MM

    MargieM

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been coming to Blades for years. We absolutely love everything about this Bistro. The staff are amazing, the owners are incredibly nice people and the food is just out of this world!! It’s definitely a hidden gem. We dine here 1-2 times a month because we love it and never get bored with the menu because the specials change frequently. If you haven’t had the opportunity to eat here makes this your next place to visit. You won’t regret it!! Superb

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Blades' Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Blades' Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 771-0695.

Blades' Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 1508 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Blades' Bistro

221 Highway 165, Suite L, Placitas, NM 87043

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    State Highway 165

  • Neighborhood

    Placitas

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    International, Contemporary European, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Plenty of parking, RV Big Rigs also welcome.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kevin P. Bladergroen

  • Entertainment

    In the summer months (May through September): Live Music on the outside patio that varies from Jazz to Folk.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (505) 771-0695

  • Catering

    Small groups, please contact restaurant for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining available on Monday evenings and for the lunch hours Monday through Friday.

  • Private party contact

    Anja Bladergroen: (505) 771-0695

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