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“Surprisingly Good” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Blonde Bear Tavern

The Blonde Bear Tavern
Edelweiss Lodge and Spa, 106 Sutton Pl, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525
+1 575-737-6900
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Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Skiing originated in Europe and was refined in world-famous resorts throughout the Alps. The Blonde Bear Tavern gives you a taste of classic dishes from those regions interpreted through the casual laid-back attitude for which Taos Ski Valley is known.
New York City, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Surprisingly Good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Some friends who visited Taos Ski Valley told me I had to make the Blonde Bear Tavern part of my trip. I'm so glad I did! The food was delicious. Great roasted vegetables and house made pasta. WOW! The wine list was extensive and filled with great values. Our server was great, knowledgeable, friendly and gave us great tips on hidden ski runs at Taos. I can't speak highly enough about this place. Try it, you'll be happy you did.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Best in town - IMHO”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Went to Taos Ski Valley last season. Was wonderfully surprised at the food selection in town (German, Mexican, Continental, etc.). But our hands down favorite was The Blonde Bear.

The menu talks about "Alpine Fusion" interpreted through the laid back lifestyle Taos Ski Valley is known for. I've been to a number of European ski resorts and the Blonde Bear lives up to their claims.

Food: Delicious. A mix of Italian, French and German/Austrian dishes. The steak with Salsa Verde (mentioned previously) was cooked perfectly and the salsa gives a nice herbaceous note to the beef. Jaeger schnitzel just like "Oma" made. Don't miss the little fried meatball appetizer! The prosciutto is served with Native American fry bread - great combo and a nice local twist.

Drinks: Full cocktail bar with a surprisingly deep wine list. Their bartender is great and so friendly.

Service: Exactly what they claim - laid back and friendly. Do you really want a European style of stuffy service after a day on the slopes?

Ambience: Sleek, modern and uncluttered. The food is 5-star but the place is laid back. Good mix of visitors and locals (hey if the locals eat here it must be good). After skiing all day it's nice to not have to dress up but at the same time not have to settle for mediocre food.

Bottom Line: Loved the skiing in Taos Ski Valley so we'll be coming back out from NY this season. Once again we'll stay at the Edelweiss and once again looking forward to most if our meals at The Blonde Beat. Worth the trip!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Don't bother.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

My wife and I had dinner here, but wished we hadn't. Service was OK, but the food was terrible! I was disappointed with the menu choices, but the food itself was much worse. I will never eat there again, do yourself a favor and do the same.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Vail, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great prices for a nice dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

Food was very good and you'll find find dining options and burgers. Prices were very reasonable and the menu had many very healthy options. The salads were huge and could easily be shared so you can enjoy more options on the menu. The NY strip with salsa verde type sauce was delicious with the roasted beets. Everyone at the table had clean plates - you can't go wrong.

Visited March 2012
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Austin, Texas
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Left a lot to be desired”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

My husband and I went in for a late after ski dinner at 8pm on a week night. There are few choices in 'The Valley' and we wanted a fine dining experience. First off, if you are not a guest at the Edelwiess hotel there is no parking within 150 yards of the door. In 25 degree weather this is quite an inconvenience in the dark & they don't mention it when you make a reservation. No valet either.
The table slanted and rocked (we were offered to be moved but were almost done with dinner by that time) & the service was much to be desired. The staff was more interested in themselves. A noisy family adjacent to dining area was enjoying their delivered pizza in the lobby! (Assuredly, a better choice). Food was mediocre at best. We would not go back to hotel or restaurant and was told St. Bernard's is the better bet.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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