Vernon's Speakeasy

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3125 reviews
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Vernon's Speakeasy is the only speakeasy restaurant in New Mexico! We feature exquisite steaks and seafood and American cuisine in a superb dining atmosphere. The culmination of live music, great food and top notch service, as well as the need for "the Password", create an atmosphere and dining experience that surely proves to be one of a kind.
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Tue - Thu 4:30PM - 5:30PM

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LD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It is always a great experience going to Vernon’s. The service is top-of-the-line. The waiters are extremely welcoming, and very efficient. The food is superb—always flavorful. Perfect place for a date night!

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MS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Went here for my birthday. Service and food were excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our daughters birthday. First time there- we loved the whole experience!

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CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Very short staffed for a Friday night. My usual server was off. Slow service all night even after people left. Not enough people in kitchen either. I come all the time and this was 2nd time the hostess gave my usual table away to someone else with an excuse. Servers had too many tables and could not keep up was not their fault they tried to please. Not the usual great evening for us.

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DP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we have dinner at Vernon's it's absolutely perfect - by far the best prepared food we've found. It's a joy to eat dinner there, and fun too.

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CM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first rule of Vernon's Speakeasy is we don't talk about Vernon's Speakeasy.

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JK
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic! Food server. The only “out of the ordinary” thing was the attire of the young lady who sat us down. Her attire was fine - but didn’t fit/blend with the speak easy feel. Food - drinks - Service were all excellent! We’ll be back

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really cool spot. Excellent food and service. This is a must dine place in ABQ!

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Bartender had obviously been drinking himself. Made the wrong drink after correcting him twice as to what we ordered. Said he would send the right drink to our table and we never received it. Later saw him asleep in a back room. Bartender also would drop ice cubes on the counter and drop them back into the ice chest or into a drink. Watched him do this twice...errrrrr...figured maybe the alcohol would kill the germs.

Ordered a filet mignon medium, and is was overcooked.

Servers were friendly. There was obviously supposed to be a theme to this restaurant, but it didn't carry through. Seemed quite odd.

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BA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was mine and boyfriends first time there. We’ve heard of the place before but in all honesty our experience blew away what we were told. From the moment we stepped in the door everyone was so nice and went along with the whole mob vibe. Chad made us some amazing drinks and gave us a tour which was so unexpected and delightful. He also made a point to come check on us during our meal. That made us feel special. Our server was so polite and friendly and made our experience that much better! We’ll definitely be back!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It was a very nice experience

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D
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, the steak was wonderful and the drinks were on point

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JP
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing dinner. The cost was a little higher than expected but the food and server were fabulous.

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ZD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and experience was a lot of fun. I would recommend Vernon’s in a heartbeat.

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D
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first experience at Vernon's. I must say, I am absolutely blown away with the quality of EVERYTHING. The music was fantastic; contemporary and perfect for our anniversary celebration. Our meal was not rushed and we were able to savor every last moment. I would recommend any one of my friends and family for a night as Vernon's. Worth every penny!

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GP
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a win experience! I will definitely be recommending this!

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D
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were good. We are looking forward to our next visit.

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C
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this restaurant from Trip Adviser reviews. Visiting Albuquerque for the first time with our two grandsons, ages 10 and 14, and we were looking for a good steakhouse to have a special belated birthday dinner for the 14-year-old.

We were supposed to get a password on the day of our reservation but had to end up calling for one. The password was great and a silly one...’giggle water’. We let our 10-year-old have the honor of giving the password..what a thrill for him even though he was nervous and shy about it.

Thoroughly enjoyed the ‘mob’ greeter who asked for the password and let us in. Loved the role he played and his warning about ‘rules to be followed’ was hilarious. The boys didn’t quite know what to think. He graciously took a photo with the boys at the end of our evening and that was perfect for a souvenir. Speaking of souvenirs, I loved the silver candle holder on the table with the name ‘Vernon’s on it and would loved to have had one but didn’t see where souvenirs were sold.

Food was delicious, portions were huge and we especially loved the bread which was ‘out of this world’. Wish we had asked for more so we could have had leftovers to take back to our hotel. The service was excellent and our waiter was very friendly, courteous and professional. Our oldest grandson received a ‘complimentary’ birthday dessert lit up with a candle which made the night even more special for him. This was his first time having ‘cherries jubilee’ and he loved it. Thank you, Vernon’s, for this very special surprise!

We will definitely return to Vernon’s Speakeasy if we ever return to Albuquerque and we definitely will spread the word about this great restaurant to all our family and friends.

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SH
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic! Food, service and atmosphere outstanding. Only negative is some male diners, not knowing proper etiquette were wearing hats in the dining area!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great first time experience from start to finish. Fun and relaxed ambience with seriousness where necessary. Experienced and tenured servers. Will be going back!

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New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner date - wonderful evening.

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P
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Whether I recommend this place or not depends on my friend’s earning potential. This restaurant is overpriced. The food is amazing. No doubt. Not one thing was wrong. The atmosphere fun! But. I am an average wage earner in NM. I can’t do this more than maybe once a year. Maybe. It hurts to spend so much. So, the money takes the fun out of the experience. Thank you Vernon’s. You have a great idea! Your food is wonderful. But, you aren’t for me or my tribe.

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LO
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of eight celebrating two birthdays. Our server was Mike, who was excellent! All of us enjoyed our non-rushed evening. Four were newcomers to Vernon's. We started with three appetizers, baked brie, asparagus wrapped with meat and bruschetta. Next we had side salads, then several of us had steaks which were cooked to perfection. The wine selection was awesome too. The cherries jubilee birthday deserts were passed around along with a piece of key lime pie. Both deserts hit the spot! The entire evening was a perfect way to celebrate my husband's BIG 60 and the not so old birthday girl, my BFF from 5th grade who drove in from California. All I can say is we made some great memories!!! And thanks for that!

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TH
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 4

Our waiter just seemed overwhelmed. Mistakes made with our meals. The steak was VERY fatty and the asparagus was terribly over cooked. Forgot the kind of potatoes we ordered. The after dinner drinks we ordered were only available to one of the people in our party they were out of the product we wanted. We have been to Vernon’s several times and had excellent service and food. This time things just fell short 🙁

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

Okay place. Best food I have had in awhile. The Mac and cheese was AMAZING.

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will recommend Vernon’s as ofter as I have the opportunity to do so. This will be our new favorite place, and the food! All I can say is AMAZING JOB to all that participated in our Anniversary night out!

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GB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Exceedingly disappointed. Had waited for a year for a special occasion to visit this restaurant. The concept for the restaurant was amusing. However, the food, which I knew would be expensive, was poor. I had the rib eye ($42) and every bite of the one quarter that I ate was slimy with fat. I don't like biting into my food and feeling and tasting gelatinous fat. The steak fries had too much red pepper on them, and I am a native New Mexican and like red pepper. Also, they must think their cooking is perfect as there was no salt or pepper on the table. The green beans were bland and there was no salt. I explained all of this to the waitress who disappeared with my plate and came back with a large box which she all but threw at me. I asked what was in the box. She said, "Your dinner." I told her I had asked for only the steak and would she please remove the rest of the meal. Huff, huff. Later the steak came back. Never heard anything from the main waitress about the complaints, so I can only assume the back up? waitress did not tell her. When we left, the guy at the door (maitre d) asked how our meal was. I smiled at him and then told him my list of complaints. He offered me a gift card but I declined. He said he would contact me and work this out. Never heard from him. However, the dessert, free because of a birthday, was delicious but not enough to make me go back. Cherries Jubilee.

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SS
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is just what my husband and I needed! Service, food, and ambiance were incredible. We were blown away!

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LP
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

An extremely unique dining experience! The theatrical welcome is a lot of fun. The restaurant is beautiful and the pianist playing during dinner was the cherry on top!

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing every time.

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FP
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for a family dinner to celebrate my son‘s 21st birthday. The speakeasy setting is a lot of fun and really set the mood for a great evening. The food was outstanding from the steaks to seafood. if you’re looking for a place with outstanding steaks cooked perfectly this is definitely one of Albuquerque‘s best options. They also have an amazing cocktail menu, which everyone enjoyed.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service! Never had a night out with my wife like that, truly a night we will remember and we will definitely be back!

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DP
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique and engaging ambience. The food was top notch with service to match. Not a place I could afford to eat often, but for special occasions, it's the top choice!

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OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place ever!!!!

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JS
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have always liked to dine at Vernon's. There was a time a couple years ago when the food quality slipped a little bit but the last two visits have been back up to what I expect.

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NB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening and the ambiance was just right. The food was AMAZING and we will be back next time in ABQ.

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h
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Unimpressive for the cost, food of this quality would be a middle of the pack restaurant in any other major metropolitan area.

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r
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to Vernon's, and LOVED it. If you go, get the Cioppino, or the scallop appetizers, or the steak... heard the lamb is wonderful as well. Felt very pampered with awesome food! Go to Costco to get the $40 gift cards for $50 credit and save $10. Was $200 + tip for our anniversary dinner... so not something we could do often but definitely will go back!

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LM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been going to Vernon's for several years and have never been disappointed. My wife orders vary from seafood to steaks, while I am a steak man. She always raves about how good her meal was and I, likewise, have had great steaks. Their vegetable side dishes are excellent , also. Last but not least is their service which is outstanding. The service personnel are friendly and courteous. We will continue to go there on a regular basis.

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VW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch on food, service and experience for occasion! I strongly recommend for anyone who want to have a unqiue experience and those to celebrate occasion for fine dining

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