Wendell's - Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino

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Steakhouse
Wendell’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant is the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino's signature dining establishment located on the 4th floor. Wendell's features succulent dishes of fresh seafood, aged steaks, scrumptious desserts and offer an impressive wine list. The restaurant and lounge feature spectacular views of Sierra Blanca, the Sacramento Mountains, Lake Mescalero and our 18-hole Championship Golf Course. Wendell's Lounge is adjacent to the restaurant where we offer delicious appetizers along with our signature martinis, margaritas and cocktails.
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r
Amarillo
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Steak was horrible and cheap!! We did not eat it! Crab was fair.

C
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to enjoy my birthday with friends. The wait staff was very professional. The food was excellent. My only complaint, which I did not bring to anyone's attention, is that I ordered a lobster tail to be added to my entrée. I received a small lobster tail cut in half and was charged $33, I wouldn't do that again. The guitarist, Gurarado, made the entire night. The music was outstanding. His talent and song selection was superb. We all felt like we were at a dinner show in Las Vegas.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our meal and our server was great too . The steaks were spot on and cooked as requested when often they are too rare or over cooked . We did take our children age 6 and 12 . There is not a lite or kids menu so be sure your children are not picky eaters and/or willing to pay full menu price for their meals . We opted for the smaller filter mignon for our 12 year old and a salad and side dish for the 6 year old which was perfect.

LW
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best breakfast around in a great setting.

OT
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for New Years Eve. Even our kids enjoyed it.

OT
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food and excellent service. Special New Years menu.

SF
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We have eaten here several times and the food and service is always excellent. They have some unusual food and drink options. They are priced high but for us it's worth it.

JG
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The service was terrible. Our server was awful, things on the menu we ordered were not available (my son ordered a mojito & 20 minutes later was told they “didn’t have them”, two of us wanted to order the 6 oz. filet and were told “they are out” and could only order the 8 oz. Really?!?!?!?) our food was not hot but had good flavor. My asparagus was awful. It was a terrible experience! And being from out-of-state AND it being Christmas made things worse!

VG
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was fair. Prime rib was good. Not enough vegetables
Desserts were fair, nothing extraordinary
For $90.00 per person, was very disappointed..

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas dinner

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PA
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wendell’s of In of the Mountain Gods was a fabulous dining experience. Our waiter, Patrick, was attentive, knowledgeable, and courteous. The food was spectacular. Ambiance was nice but would have like some lite dining music during dinner.

7
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The last two years we had steaks that were tough and the wine sauce that was not the same wine reduction that we had enjoyed in years past. We said we would try one more time and was surprised the filet were very tinder and the elk wine reduction sauce we asked for was good with our steaks. We were disappointed the side dishes no longer had mushrooms, but found we could make selections that matched our taste. The waiter was very good and attentive to our request and to our need, which made the evening pleasant. We dined on a Sunday night and the quite evening was enjoyable as not have to talk over the noise of the dinners. We alway enjoy looking out over the view of the lake, which adds to the special evening at Windels.

A
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I have been to Wendells several times over the past several months and have always enjoyed it. While on my 1st wedding anniversary my wife and I visited the restaurant for dinner. Our drink order was taken by an unfriendly waitress who never came back to the table. We had to go find someone to wait on us. We were than greeted by a waiter who turned out to be great and the only reason I gave 3 stars on service.

The food was a different story, I ordered the king crab which came out cool, cold on some pieces. I’m not one to complain and could deal with the cold food but as I ate away and moved one of the crab legs I noticed a piece of hair on my plate!! A short, curly hair that was definitely not mine. Our waiter was great with everything and took care of it but sadly I completely lost my appetite.

I stay at the Inn of the Mountain Gods about every other month and this has been the first bad experience I’ve had, so yes I still recommend Wendells restaurant (breakfast is great).

T
El Paso
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome!

JG
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wife and I really enjoyed the food and the overall experience. They waitress was really nice and helpful. For entertaining they had a man playing his guitar and he was really good at it. The food was really good as we both enjoyed a bison steak, and a salad. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone for any occasions.

MC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was outstanding as well, we did not get his name (sorry), but he was outstanding!!!!

OT
El Paso
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and our waiter did a wonderful job. The only negative was that the receptionist was rude. We got there 5 mins before our reservation at 5. The receptionist ignored us. We understand the restaurant was not open yet but a simple we will be opening soon would’ve been enough.

JE
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, Relaxing atmosphere! I really enjoyed the guitarist.

b
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, Great Food and Great Service! Would recommend Wendell's to everyone. My husband and I have enjoyed it every time we go.

DA
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Very disappointed in the Thanksgiving meal. If we would have realized it was buffet we wouldn’t have done it. I’ve never heard of charging $90/person for a buffet, plus my food was cold.

PD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food, service, excellent overall. Beautiful settings and displays.

EI
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu and service, definitely recommend Wendell's, both the Lounge and the Restaurant.

MA
San Antonio
24 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the service was exceptional, guitarist was off the cuff amazing! Great evening.

OT
Amarillo
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guest guitarist was outstanding. Fantastic food and service!

CS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melissa was extremely nice, fast , intuitive .......just all around fantastic! My wife's surprise birthday dinner went perfect ! Thank you !

C.D.Scott

OT
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual great food and service

EB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Staff. Superb food, would highly recommend for special occasions such as Anniversaries.

SL
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Overall Wendell's is very good restaurant. The facility is great. The view of the mountains and lake are spectacular. The acoustic guitarist is outstanding. The quality of food and the preparation are both good. Some service staff are better than others, ours was just okay (a bite condescending). I miss the preparation of the Caesar Salad at table side. I also believe the salad was better before. Prices are inline with other premium restaurants. The desert menu is weak and reminds me of a casino buffet.

PK
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We have eaten at Wendell’s several times, and we have really enjoyed the food. We come to Ruidoso once a year and we always eat at Wendell’s to treat ourselves. We usually get the elk tenderloin and prime rib. The food was not even warm, the fat on my prime rib was cold. I enjoy the prime rib at medium rare, but not cold. The tenderloin was cold and smaller portions but a larger price. We both had the whipped potatoes,

the flavor was good but the texture was definitely over whipped and gummy/pasty. The Hollandaise sauce on the asparagus was cold. We have always enjoyed our meal at Wendell’s, but this time we were surely
disappointed. We paid the price for a very delicious meal, but that is not what we received. I will refrain any future recommendations until we try Wendell’s again. We are hoping this was a single occurrence and not a beginning theme for your 5 star restaurant.
Thank you.

OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabriel, our server, was amazing! View was fantastic and the food was delicious! The salmon was perfect!

r
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our orders were messed-up. Wrong wine and wrong beef entre. Errors were correct promptly.

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 45th wedding anniversary

KA
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was as it should have been at an upscale restaurant. What made it special was our server. He was attentive but not overly so. He was extremely helpful with menu choices. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Wendell's.

TT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wendell's was the only redeeming part of our stay at Inn of the mountain Gods.

The food is amazing and the service is impeccable.

We ordered the rack of lamb. It was very tender and seasoned well.

The sea scallops and lobster tail we're fresh and cooked just right.

KA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good as always.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three people. We ordered side dishes and served them up family style. We loved every last morsel. We had the lettuce wheel with Gorgonzola dressing, heirloom tomatoes with Gorgonzola and a vinaigrette dressing, mashed potatoes and tortilla soup. It was the perfect meal. Guitar player in the background was wonderful as was our waitress (wish I could remember her name).

MB
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere was excellent! We like to go for all special occasions!

MC
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great views & ambiance.

OT
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always so delicious and exceptional service from Scott-we love the Bananas Foster

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