Soul and Vine
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Soul and Vine is an American restaurant and wine bar. The interior of the restaurant is designed to evoke the classic feel on a contemporary New York restaurant. There are high ceilings, rosewood walls, and a dimly lit dining area that is ideal for an intimate night out. There are all kinds of wines available for guests, with vintages that come from California, Argentina, Australia, Spain and France.
Soul and Vine's food is consistent with modern American cuisine. Diners will find gourmet burgers with artisan toppings, multiple cuts of steak including rib eye and sirloin, seared scallops and interesting takes on appetizers like chicken wings and quesadillas. Some of the most unique items on the menu are the desserts, that includes a version of s'mores that comes with small wood chip fire for toasting right on the plate.
11:00am - 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday
11:00am - 10:30pm
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Our meals were wonderful. We had the quinoa salad, autumn soup, duck confit, steak, chocolate bombe, and peach cobbler a la mode. Though the autumn soup was lacking on flavor, and the peach cobbler had poor texture, essentially a peach mush in a cup topped with vanilla ice cream, the duck confit and steak were cooked exceptionally well. Each meat was tender and moist, and cooked to our requests. The quinoa salad was a delightful appetizer; a quinoa cake mixed with pecans, surrounded by kale. Chocolate bombe = to die for.
The service was personable and the server was pleasant, but the time between meals was very slow. We were the only two in the whole restaurant, and it took 2 hours to get through all three courses. The downtime between courses was upsetting, especially since the food was so good.
The assortment of jazz was well tuned to the atmosphere of the restaurant.
This doesn't seem like a real restaurant. We made a reservation on what turned out to be backgammon night so tables for actual diners were limited. They were out of a number of food and drink options. Service was well-intentioned but not very professional. Therefore, not expecting things to get better, we cut our losses and went somewhere else to eat.
My wife and I came for the valentines dinner were blown away. Great atmosphere, excellent service and the food was perfect. We will definitely be back!
Absolutely love this place! Service is great & the food is fabulous!!!
We had the seven course tasting menu. On New Years Eve. And it was great. The only exception was consomme soup. It was pretty plain. Service was great. I would love to do the same next year for sure. The regular menu looked great would love to go back and try sometime.
we sat for 10 minutes while watching the one hostess/waitress/bartender/server try to take care of the customers. we had tickets to a play and decided we could not wait any longer for even a glass of water so we went elsewhere.
Half of the outdoor sign was not lite. Considering it was suppose to be a nice dining experience it was an open air restaurant with no dividers for privacy.
We went to Soul and Vine with friends for dinner and had an excellent meal. The menu is small but varied and we like that. Everyone enjoyed their dinner and wine and we will surely return.
My "Saul Burger" was very good, but I feel like it should come with something a bit more substantial than potato chips.
The primary negative issue with the experience was my girlfriend's meal, which came with mashed potatoes, and was supposed to also come with a selection of other vegetables. Unfortunately, the "other" vegetables consisted of more potatoes. We think this is a notable faux pas, especially for a $22 plate at an establishment that's striving for a positive reputation as an upscale downtown eatery.
The service was very good, though, and we both enjoyed the atmosphere -- particularly the talented gentleman who provided tasteful, solo guitar music.
Food looked better than it tasted. There were only five table occupied in the restaurant, but the meal took forever to come. My salmon had no taste! The only tasty item was the tomato bisque.
Small menu, ok taste, probably won't return.
Food is unique and very good. Service was great. Overall a different and great experience.
It can be difficult to find a reason to go downtown, but Soul and Vine is definitely one reason to go. Our reservation was for 5:45 and there were not many people, but as the night wore on it filled up. Our meal was great. We both had the 4 course meal, which was a ton of food for a reasonable price. The tomato bisque, mac and cheese, and scallops with spinach risotto each had so much cream in them it was like heaven on earth. The scallops were incredibly tender. The husband's rib slid off the bone and the mash potatoes had a lot of garlicky flavor. The three chocolate truffles that finished off our meal were just the right size. We will return!
Probably great at lunchtime but rather grim at 8:00 pm. The tables need something on them and the light bulbs need to ALL be on. The Edison bulbs may be hip, but the effect of the decor was depressing- like they wanted to save money. And that brings us to the flatware. No self-respecting dinner would use utensils so cheaply stamped out. If the food is going to be that expensive--and it is superb as it happens--then the ambiance needs to match.
Our server was definitely excellent. His recommendations were on target. Despite my initial reluctance and resistance to trying a different his recommendation was excellent and converted me to a new perspective of homebrews.
Love the short ribs and the Malbec. Appreciate substituting risotto for potatoes. Salads are perfectly prepared.
Our expectations were perhaps unreasonably high because of all the rave reviews. Food and service were good but not 5 star. We tried the salmon which was ok but not very interestingly prepared or presented. Also the squash ravioli which was more interesting but overpriced for a pasta dish. Started with the caprese salad which also was good, but nothing spectacular. The wine list seemed very limited for a so-called wine bar. Out of fairness will definitely give it another try. ABQ needs more innovative restaurants and this one certainly has possibilities. A word of caution: the proximity to the bus and train station makes walking to and from your car potential challenge. Park in the public lot that looks like it belongs to the nearby theater. The restaurant validates. I don't recommend parking on the street in that neighborhood.
Our 2nd time here. Great little place. Con: Fried chicken was burnt & mashed potatoes were cold. Pro: The fried chicken plate was fixed and came out perfect the second time! The manager came out and apologized and provided us w a complementary dessert.
A beautiful styled restaurant. The food was well prepared. Everything that the four of us ordered was perfectly cooked and a delight for the eyes as well. the waiter, Adrian Saaavedra, knew the menu was able to provide suggestions. Knew which meals contained bell peppers -which one in our party was allergic to.
A really great find. We will be back for more.
My husband and I went here before a show at the Popejoy. We had approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes set aside for dinner before the show began, which we thought would be adequate time; however, because of the slow service, we only received 2 of the 4 courses we ordered and had to ask the waitress to cancel the remainder of our order. It took about 15 minutes before we were approached, and just the salad course alone took approximately 30 minutes to come out after we ordered. We had to send back a salad because there was a caterpillar, and then had to scarf down our appetizer before canceling the rest of our order. The manager was apologetic, and only charged us for the salad and appetizer, and gave us a free four course meal, but I don't think we will ever use it since we don't normally set aside 3 hours for dinner.
Made a trip here for our anniversary dinner. Overall, was pleased with the food, wine, and atmosphere. Worth a visit if you're looking for a new spot to dine downtown.
We had an enjoyable lunch. We both ordered the Sinful Trio. The salads were small-perfect size-my friend had the Caprese and I had the Baby Greens-both wonderful and fresh. We then had the Tomato Basil Bisque which is divine. We split our sandwiches-he had the Chicken Banh Mi, I had the Smoked BLT. The sandwiches were on fresh (just baked?) bread and were so delicious. My friend said that it was the best BLT he has had. He was impressed with the food and wants to come back. Unfortunately, we were both too full to order dessert.
The food was really good--Chicken Tacos, Pork Cubano, California Steak--but a couple of things made our experience less than ideal. Just after we ordered someone from the kitchen tried to serve us another tables' entrees. We had to convince him (confirm twice) that we really hadn't ordered what he was serving. Also, our appetizers came at the same time as our entrees (we'd asked for one and then the other). Other than this, we enjoyed ourselves.
Recently Discovered this place on twitter. Great food, ambience, and music. Mellow moods for sure during your dining experience. Took my wife, Mom and Grandma for Mother's Day, and it was absolutely perfect! I felt like a rock star for bringing my women to this place. Beautiful dishes, signature apps, and local twists on desserts that make my head spin. The Red Chile creme brulee is something I need in my life at least once a week!
This was our first visit to Soul and Vine, so this review is only based on one visit.
Although they are normally closed on Sundays, they were open and had a special 3-course menu for Mother's Day. It was a nice meal, with good selections. For instance, as an entree there were 4 or 5 choices. Everything from steak to squash ravioli.
Food was nicely presented and tasty. The portions were small, but I was fine with that. Except dessert; a large chocolate something might have been a nice option to share.
It was not fancy inside, but simple and understated classy. Mostly open area, but with a few booths. There is a small bar area, but not really setup for a before meal cocktail.
The service was professional and attentive. Not quite high-end restaurant quality, but not low-end Applebees either.
Downtown location is a plus and minus. Not much to see really. A vibrant downtown would help, but they have no control over that. There is limited street parking available, but a $2 lot nearby worked well for us.
Overall a very nice experience. We will be back to try their regular menu.
I thoroughly enjoyed dining at Soul and Vine. From the crispy in-house baked bread, to the produce fresh from the farmer's market, to the fantastic food presentation and excellent wine list, every detail was meticulously put together. What makes this restaurant unique is that the employees care about creating a "wow" experience. I can't wait to go back.
Try the crème brulee dessert. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy!
We had heard the good reviews about this restaurant on Yelp and decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed. The food was stellar and the service from the host, to our waiter and finally the owner was commendable.
Our only issue is the location, of which I've never been fond of. It's located in Downtown Albuquerque, near the Alvarado rail station. The "characters" which frequent this locale have always made me and other uncomfortable. Move this restaurant out of this area and they'll make a killing.
All dinner dishes were delish! It was our first time there, and we had a wonderful time. We ordered a couple of tapas during happy hour & the only tapa we would not order again would be the truffle mac & cheese, the pasta was WAY over cooked & the dish had no flavor. We also ordered chicken tacos , now that tapa was perfect! should have ordered more! We will be back!!
The salmon on the salad was perfectly prepared. Sweet, crispy and succulent. The salads were fresh and dressed nicely. I especially enjoyed the tomato bisque.
We appreciated meeting the chef. Very welcoming. We'll be back.
Food was excellent! Service was slow, particularly since there were only 2-3 occupied tables. Our waiter was very pleasant and helpful -- and we weren't in a hurry, so it wasn't a big problem, but it's something that could be improved. Even on a Sunday afternoon, parking was a bit of a challenge. We found out later that the restaurant validates parking in the garage across the street -- that would have been nice to know in advance. Overall, though, a very pleasant experience -- I'd go back!
This is quite a gem in the rough. The food was very good. The ambiance was nice. The prices are very reasonable. Tell your friends and coworkers about this place so that it stays open! I am really looking forward to to going back.
We discovered Soul & Vine through their participation in Albuquerque Restaurant Week. We visited twice during the week. and will be back. The food on the special menu was great, and service was attentive. The two-level interior divides the space nicely. Parking in the nearby lot was simple with the two-hour validation. We'll go back soon to explore their usual menu.
The price for the menu is very good. However, I thought it was bit understaff for such busy night on restaurant week. I had reservations and it still took at least 10-15 minutes to sit me and the servers seem to ignore many customers waiting on seating.
As far as quality of food, it is my opinion that could improve on presentation and temperature. I had the salmon dish, which although was presented on a plank, it didn't taste or look like if it was cooked on the plank...not the same as cooking in the plank. My date selected for the fried chicken dish, which was good but the chicken was bit overcooked. For appetizers we had the cheese board, which the menu fail to mentioned which cheeses would be served, so in the blind we order it and were disappointed at having many soft cheeses. Further, the board didn't had any crostini or crackers with it, so we relied on the lavash crackers. The lavash crackers and butter were excellent and unique, and we definitely enjoyed that. The basil soup special was themes excellent soup we had try in a very long time. It was light, yet flavorful and unique in its own...we would come back just for that soup!
The wine list was small but with good selection and definitely something I can enjoy on a girls night out, though the beer selection could improve.
I recommend for staff to be more attentive (many guest left that night) and better prep for such busy nights in ABQ. I think food quality may be better on a less busy night, but we would have to see. I think I will give this restaurant one more try on a not so busy week and make a decision if it's worth keeping in my "to go to" list.
We went during restaurant week for dinner. Great food and perfect portions, we will be back again for lunch, dinner, brunch. Before or after the movies would make a great outing.
We had a great dinner and will return to this wonderful restaurant!
The food was fabulous, our waiter was friendly, helpful and knowledgable, the price were reasonable - the overall experience was great. Everyone in my party raved about the food. I will definitely go back again.
Tried this place out with another couple last Saturday night. I'm glad I made a reservation. By the time we were well into our meal the place was full up. We made it in time for happy hour and were able to try a couple of different wines. We all enjoyed our meals; I had the tuna tar tar; my husband had the big burger and someone else in our party had the fried chicken. They have full entrees as well as items that are tapas portions and easy to share a couple. It's a great place to go after the movies downtown.
Our food was really quite good. Everyone is correct, the tomato bisque is out of this world. But, the service was painfully slow! They told us they were short handed that night and apologized nicely, but it was a little hard to suffer through. Prices were reasonable, but portions are small.
I would give it another try, given the food was good, but if the service is anywhere as slow as it was the night we went, I would not be back.
We were there on Saturday and it was really quiet. Waiter was excellent. Food was well prepared and there was plenty of it. Well cooked and interesting. Would certainly go back during the week as it a great find.
In a city dominated by chains it was refreshing to go to and independent restaurant with a real Chef (Chef David) who creatively serves delicious but fun dishes. The starters include a crisp flat bread with ingredients such as duck confit with arugula. As the Chef was working on his new Spring Menu we were also given a free taste of his cantaloupe with New Mexican spice twist soup, delicious. The scallops with risotto are probably as good as one is going to get inland. And the desserts really shine, such as quarto creme brûlée including PopRocks & snickers & then a beignet to be dipped in expresso chocolate. Very reasonable wines. We went on the weekend and there was even live guitar music. Overall wonderful dining experience.
I had a great experience at Soul and Vine. There was no wait, even if I didn't have a reservation I would have been seated quickly. The Music was Top Notch. Mike Hogan is always great, but for this evening it was Perfect.
The calamari was delivered by the Chef Himself. That was a nice touch. Our entrees were outstanding, as was the wine which was paired by suggestion of the server.
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone. Thanks, JBE