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Sunday, April 1, 2018
poor, slow service, steak was over cooked and when we complained they took off a salad - big deal
What a great experience! Alex B. was fantastic, the food was delicious and the setting was beautiful. Save room for the chocolate lava dessert!
The food was horrible! We eat there every trip and this time it had changed. The crab cake was made from imitation crab meat and cold. Our salads were pre made and you could tell had been sitting in a fridge fir possibly a day or longer and our meal was cold and the sides were also pre made and not warmed up. I would cetainly hope they get there act back together and go back to thet way they used to be because this was 1 of our favorite spots!
Great atmosphere, good food and wine, and the live music was excellent. The entertainer was an incredible guitar player and made the evening special.
Our waiter was very accommodating in that we had a reservation for 2 that grew to 8. The hostess said they couldn’t seat that many until much later in the evening. Our waiter walked by and heard our request and said he would gladly take our table. He was great!
The atmosphere was great, we loved the guitarist he was anzing. It was very nice and a lovely table set. The food was very different, the crab tasted fishy and the elk steak tasted gamey so it wasnt our favorite. The sides were overall very bland. The wine was very good but the service was distracted with large parties and we had to request a dessert menu and waited too long for our ticket. We had a better experience at hallf of flame burgers in town rather than the place we paid $140 for a meal at. We were not crazy about it at all.
We went for a nice dinner before a concert at the IMG. Got a bottle of wine and had a very nice dinner of scallops and lobster tail. It was delicious and service was good. They have a very talented guitarist, Gerardo, every weekend and we enjoyed listening to him during dinner.
Food was superb. Our server Alex was amazing! Will definitely go whenever in Ruidoso.
Wasn’t as good as we remember. Won’t be going back
I let them know it was my husband’s birthday and nothing was done to show it was a special occasion. Filet and crab cakes were good, so was the chicken tortilla soup even though the food was not hot, more like room temperature. I ordered a chopped salad and not worth the money paid for it. The presentation was not well, the lettuce looked old and the cheese was cheese you find on a buffet at Golden Corral. Not sure if we will go back.
I was there celebrating my girlfriends birthday. The service was great our server was helpful & courteous. The food was outstanding. Plus the guitarist who was playing that night we went was exceptional.
Over all it was a good experience.
Will recommended to family & friends.
Wendell's made our evening celebrating a late Valentine's Day very special. The view of the mountains is always gorgeous. My Kobe steak was perfectly cooked and so delicious and our waiter was very attentive and polite. Great job!
The food was fairly well presented but tended toward being bland. There were holes in the table coverings. The waitress came back only once during the meal. It was no where near capacity. The view is really nice and the acoustic guitar player was amazing. Priced high for what it was.
This visit to IMG for our anniversary was an excellent choice! Our waiter could not have been any better - from greeting us immediately to suggesting the perfect wine. Starting off with delicious crab cakes. My husband had the prime rib and raved about the side mac & cheese! I had the scallops & lobster - done perfectly. During dinner a solo guitarist played - this was a wonderful complement to our meal - replacing the usual restaurant sounds with "not too loud" music.
I would have given less stars but I have had awesome meals and amazing service at wendells but on Valentine's Day it was horrible. Our waiter was never to be found and when he did appear you would have to stop him as he would just try to cruise right on by our table. Our meal came out cool like it had been sitting in the window for several minutes before being served to the table. This is just not the service or experience anyone should receive especially when it's one of the most expensive restaurants in the area if not the most.
It was my 75th Birthday. We were celebrating it with friends. Everything was excellent - wine, salad, entrée and desert. The service was wonderful. Everything is a-la-cart, so it is an elegant expensive restaurant, not for the faint of heart. We had a great time.
We've been to Wendells numerous times in the past. It use to be an excellent 5 star restaurant but our last experience was terrible. The Caesar was not a Caesar salad, The crab-cakes were luke warm and the main coarse was luke warm. The service was extremely slow. They have quickly deteriorated from a 5 star to a mediocre 3 star. It's truly a shame!
Our server was great. Knew the menu and was always checking on us. On the other hand, made arrangements for a rose to be at the table but nothing was done even thought I was willing to pay for that gesture.
Just Love Wendell's for Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving is the best .
The staff there you could'nt find better.
We are Locals and eat there every chance we get and are never
We've been there several times and have never been disappointed. Wait staff is professional, not hovering. It's never been noisy.
The wife and I went for dinner and had a good time. The waiter was very helpful and they had a gentleman playing guitar in the front. His music was excellent. This restaurant is really great for dates or special occasions. The food was delicious and they don’t hold back on portions. Overall we enjoyed our experience at Wendell’s.
The reservation and seating processes were smooth. The 12 oz. prime sirloin was a bit overcooked; we had ordered medium well, and it was cooked well. The desserts (the New Year's Eve special and the Lavender Crème Brûlée) were good but not great. Our server, Alex B., was outstanding, both in terms of his attentiveness to our needs and his friendliness. The highlight of the dining experience was the guitarist who was playing. The location at Inn of the Mountain Gods was both convenient and beautiful, and I enjoy the "story" of the restaurant/resort. Overall, a very nice dinner experience.
Tortilla soup was amazing! Rest of the food was just mediocre for being a steak house and the price.
We ate here 4july17 and it was delicious. We came back 30Dec17 with the same server and it was absolutely awful.
The food was late and cold when arrived. We ordered the filet which was tasteless and cold, the elk which was tough and cold, the crab legs which were good but cold and the stuffed shrimp which were cold and the rice was tasteless. When the food arrived the Mac and cheese side was missing. It arrived after we had finished and was returned.
We had read about the guitarist being loud but he was not playing in July when we were there. Dec 30 he was loud and arrogant. He was asked several times to turn down the volume and he never touched the dial. The manager came over and told us he was a well know guitarist and the guitarist was surprised by the request to turn down the music. We had to shout above the music and it ruined the evening. His music is suppose to be background and it felt like we were at a concert with the speaker in our ears.
We were so disappointed and will not return - EVER!!!
The wine list is mainstream selections you can find at a grocery store with 300 to 500% markup.
The beef can be better selected as my NY strip was not normal width, it was more round shape than lengthy and not prime from the texture and flavor.
The price on the food is above average and but the flavors lack the price value.
Overall it’s the only place to go for fine dining in the area
Wife and I went to Wendells to celebrate 52nd anniversary. We were seated immediately, our server, Scott, was very attentive and the food was very good. We have been to Wendells several times in the past and enjoyed each time but we're shocked at how much menu prices have increased.
I hadn't been to Wendell's in over a decade and I was pleasantly surprised with the level of service and the quality of the food. Clearly the management has made some positive changes over the last decade. The waitress had too many tables, and was frankly in the weeds. But still, she took our orders, answered questions, and delivered the meals with knowledge, skill, and professionalism. The setting was formal and elegant. The four of us found a great wine on their note-worthy wine list. We had a combination of seafood, red meats, and vegetables and everything was excellent. Of particular note were the crab legs, the mixed seafood cocktail, and the wedge salad. We highly recommend this restaurant considering the geographical context. This place is the best new American cooking within two hours drive.
It's a class place. Not a quick food, cheap menu place, but refined, relaxing and enjoyable.
"Fancy" restaurant located in large Inn of the Mountain Gods resort/hotel/casino in Ruidoso NM. Service/food qualilty in this expensive restaurant is always hit/miss. We went to both their Thanksgiving and Christmas buffet brunches this year and the service and food were night and day in quality. (Thanksgiving was fabulous, Christmas only so/so). Brunch is advertised as from starting time until 3:00 p.m., and exactly at 3 p.m. buffet service is stopped and dining room staff begins cleanup. Good guitarist. For nearly $150 for two people things should be a bit more carefully thought out and people who make reservations for later times in the schedule should be advised of service/buffet ending time. We saw people being seated at about 2:45. Bet they were disappointed. Beautiful location, good parking, fabulous views, clean. Not as smoky as it used to be in public areas but of course extremely smoky in casino area.
Great food and great place
Love the elk - it is absolutely outstanding. Good wine selection. Live music was amazing - incredibly talented guitarist.
For brunch, Wendell's is a much different experience than what one would expect from a restaurant of this quality. It was akin to a coffee shop experience. The waitress was shrill, rude, and very abrupt. The kitchen staff has never heard of Eggs Florentine. The presentation of my friend's breakfast was bizarre - at best. It was impractical at worst. Her breakfast was served in a tiny, little, green vessel, rather than on a plate, and it was difficult for her to maneuver the food without getting it all over the table. The food itself was delicious. But the service, presentation, and knowledge in the kitchen was precarious. The management of the restaurant could ameliorate these flaws by sending the manager to a Four Seasons Hotel, for instance, and ordering brunch there to see what the experience should feel like. They would find a 180 degree difference. I do not think what exists now is what Wendell's is going for; it should be fixed.
Great place and very friendly staff. Waiter knew menu perfectly. Food was amazingly delicious!
We enjoyed the Thanksgiving Buffet It was a special meal Had a large variety menu and was all special and very professionally displayed and served.
It is a very nice restaurant. However, I was disappointed in the steak. We ordered the Porterhouse steak and lobster. The steak was not a 16 ounce but much smaller and was poor quality. For the price $65-$67 for the steak I was extremely disappointed.
I've been going to Wendells for over 5 years now and I've always had a great experience and great, delicious, handmade, great quality food. This visit was a dissapointment; the food was not of a high quality. The wontons were frozen from a package, not hand made. I ordered a $70+ porter house steak and received a $15 quality steak. It was cooked perfectly, however, the quality of the cut wan horrible and definitely NOT worth $70+. The dessert was also generic and was nothing special. In the past the food at Wendells had been excellent and this visit was EXTREMELY dissaponting and will not be returning. P.S. my most favorite item on the menu , Oysters Rockefeller , were taken off which made the experience more dissaponting.
On a scale of 1 to 10... This place is an 11.
Rick our server was not only very professional but also great to talk with.
Food was amazing. Absolutely amazing. After our meal I asked to meet the chef and was immediately ushered to the kitchen where I thanked them all for a great night and a perfect dinner, with my beautiful wife. I’ll be back again and again and again!!
This is an expensive restaurant, and no one wants to be served by a buffoon when buying a $500.00 dinner. The service was bizarre - at best. The waitress kept calling me, "Milady" which was weird and a bit off-putting; it was as though she had just left a renaissance fair. Further, she kept interrupting conversation to point out to us when she served or picked up plates from the wrong side, but she didn't notice when diners were missing cutlery after the first course. I had to recruit a knife from another table; our waitress was frequently missing when she should have been present (right after food is served, for instance). Also, it took her 10 minutes to acknowledge us at table when we arrived, and then it took her another 10 minutes to ask what we would like to drink! Then, it took another 5 minutes to get our wine. So, we waited 25 minutes before we even had a drink! Not what one expects at such a pricey restaurant. The chef made a special meal for me (because there are ZERO vegetarian options on the menu) and it was one of the most outstanding vegetarian meals I have ever tasted. Everyone else also immensely enjoyed their repasts; the food was phenomenal. The semi-massive wine list is very well chosen - there are so many great American wine options that it is difficult to choose. There was a classical guitarist and words fail me as to how good the music was - how talented this fellow is. This bit of the atmosphere was absolutely wonderful. They must be short-staffed; frequently there were tables missing table cloths for extended periods of time, and one of the lead guys in the restaurant was wearing a bright green t-shirt with his suit jacket instead of a tie, which was also strange. Overall, delicious food paired with marvelous wine and fantastic music, with a very bizarre dining theatre (except for the lovely live music) and a staff of hugely unprofessional people who don't seem to have ever been in a nice restaurant before.
Wendell's is a lovely restaurant but unfortunately the food quality is poor. We ordered the Sea Cakes as an appetizer and they tasted like they were thawed out...I've had better from the freezer section at the grocery store. The presentation was extremely poor, the plate was covered in sauce with 3 small cakes that were largely left uneaten. Our entree was no better. It was the most tasteless piece of Sea Bass I've ever eaten with a crunchy side of rice pilaf, a salty mushroom and spinach dish and some bright green unripe asparagus with a mystery sauce that tasted very much like margarine. The best thing about our meal was the bread...at least it was fresh! It was a very disappointing meal with a rather hefty price tag.