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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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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T
El Paso
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome!

JG
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
23 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
12 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
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SD
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambiance were fantastic! We sat next to the window. Has an excellent view, but the arcade is up on the second floor right above, so the noise kinda travels down.
There was an acoustic guitar player that did an amazing job at entertaining and completing the evening for us. Thank you Open Table for helping with the reservation.
On a side note, if there is a concert or event going on, make your reservation a day or two in advance. It gets pretty crowded throughout the casino!
Excellent for a date night!

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great

B
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had never been here before and it was a delightfully, enjoyable experience. The setting is magnificent and the steak I had was the best I've had in some time and I've traveled to many places in the US and around the globe. Would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good meal in a great setting.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great dinner. Good service. Great atmosphere.

OT
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service spectacular food delicious and the fireworks excellent unfortunately our table was by the window and everyone was going in and out so we had the cold breeze on us fir the entire meal

OT
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun time great food 5 stars all round best place to eat in Ruidoso

OT
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service delicious food-Bananas Foster is our favorite

CK
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was very good. We had filets and crab cakes. The filets were a little rare for me and the crab cakes were delicious. The vanilla bean gelato was a good dessert. Service was excellent.

I did note on the reservation that it was our anniversary, but it was not mentioned.

TB
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food,atmosphere, price were great. Service was good but attention wasn’t great she also had a large table

OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Meat and fish over cooked. Service was slow. Beautiful setting and atmosphere.

PT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love dining at Wendell's and especially the live music. The artists are so talented and a joy to watch perform. The food --- always a treat. Thank you

RS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere as always. The prime rib, scallops and lobster were so good.

DM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was great. The lobster tail was over cooked. They did take some off the check, but no manager came out to say anything. Mid $40’s price point for entrée

O
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had the spinach salad for starters and the Beef filet entrée accompanied by a couple glasses of merlot. For desert; cheesecake and coffee. All were delicious and the service was excellent.

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