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Jennifer James 101

4615 Menaul NE Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87710
505-884-3860
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Ranked #147 of 1,503 restaurants in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
honolulu
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This place has a lot of hoopla and not much to support it really. The decor was ok, the service acceptable. But my duck was chewy and basically had little flavor. And to serve it with peaches did not make much sense to me. Maybe the other dishes are better but I have no urge to go back. And it's... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Well noted as one of Albuquerque's finest restaurants, Jennifer James 101 was a huge disappointment for me. I took a friend and we both had terrible food, preparation lacking and just plain not edible. We did not eat everything and we did not take it with us. The friend had the buffalo steak, tough and not even seasoned well. Everyone... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The food at JJ101 is superb. Pure, simple, almost zen; locally sourced, bright. That said, in spite of excellent service, comfortable setting, and a noise level that allows for conversation, I can´t bring myself to give it five stars. Every single detail of the food (apps: chick pea fritters, beets w. horseradish, crab salad on fresh pea blinis and pea... More

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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I have nothing but rave reviews for the food. I went with the lamb chops that were so good I threw manners out the window and nibbled the stray pieces that clung to the bone clean off. Luckily other customers in the restaurant went caveman for every last bite too. I have never had lamb chops this good. The yogurt... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

When asked to review local restaurants, I felt that I had to put in a word about JJ101. We enjoy everything about this place from the delicate pickles that start every meal to the final luscious bite of dessert. Jennifer and Nellie are an amazing team, working in view of the tables and doing their thing. The first courses range... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We were able to get a table on a Friday night due to a cancellation. View of the (calm) open kitchen watching JJ herself cooking. Started with the chickpea fries and octopus salad, both delicious. The best, chewiest sourdough bread ever with salted butter, oh my!! (Only ding is the guy at first brought us the last bits of bread... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

A group of us made a reservation for the Thursday night community table. When three of our party had to cancel because of illness and business commitments, a call was placed to let them know our party size had changed. The person calling was asked if we would mind having another party sit at the table. She replied yes, we... More

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Santa Fe, NM
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

I was looking for good restaurant with some interesting menu choices and who uses fresh, seasonal ingredients in which to take 4 business associates from Florida and California. The service was spot on, the boar shoulder was a big hit, and the noise level was just fine. Yes, it's an odd location (which admittedly did cause me some trepidation since... More

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Sydney, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

I wouldn't bother. I read an article in a local paper the day I arrived in Alb and decided that I must try this restaurant. The locals I am staying with weren't so sure, but they gave in and we made a reservation. There is nothing much to write home about at this restaurant and nothing that 'stood out'. The... More

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Pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

I'm from the Mid Atlantic region, and often visit ABQ. The dining scene has been disappointing for me as I could not find food prepared in the style I prefer & presented with thought and uniqueness. On my 4th visit, JJ101 hit the target. I'm pleased to say the menu was diverse and unique. The offerings ranged from several choices... More

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