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“Good, except on New Year's Eve” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Prairie Star Restaurant & Wine Bar

Prairie Star Restaurant & Wine Bar
288 Prairie Star Rd, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004
+1 505-867-3327
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $50
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Highway 550 & 528
Description: The Prairie Star Restaurant at Santa Ana Golf Club offers an unforgettable dining experience. Housed in an old adobe mansion, the warmth and intimacy of Prairie Star is intoxicating. You may absorb the atmosphere of handmade adobe walls, kiva fireplaces and full vigas and latilla ceilings while enjoying awe-inspiring and sweeping views of the golf course and the Sandia Mountains. Chef Chris Olsen masterfully creates stunning Contemporary New American cuisine with global influences and changes our menu seasonally to reflect the time and freshest ingredients at hand. Each dish is carefully crafted from the finest ingredients and constructed for unique flavor combinations and flair of presentation.
placitas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Good, except on New Year's Eve”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2011

This restaurant is generally good, but its fixed-price dinner on New Year's Eve was a disappointment. The beef tenderloin and mashed potatoes were submerged in an old- motor-oil sauce, and the beef tenderloin itself was wrapped in a Toyota timing belt of bacon which proved to be inedible. The vegetables were wilted. The wine list suffers from the usual New Mexico paucity of California chardonnays, especially by the glass.

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English first
Amarillo, Texas
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“What a nice evening!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2010

We had a delightful meal at the Prairie Star north of Albuquerque. Patio seating was very comfortable with a beautiful view. A quite good band added to our enjoyment. Food was very good and service was very much above average. Will definitely drive over to Albuquerque again for an evening meal here and a weekend of relaxation!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
“Don't Go Out Of Your Way”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2009

My first dinner at Prairie Star was in the mid 1990s and I found it average in every way. I still feel that way about it. In fact, the only time we go is by invitation from friends. The restaurant certainly has its supporters but I am not one of them. Recently the chef offered Elk Osso Bucco. The Elk was tough and the side of some long ago cooked polenta and tasteless greens did not improve the meal. Sea Bass was ok but just ok. In fact I have never had anything on the menu that reached above average. The service is fine, the atmosphere is very nice and inviting. The wine list is extensive but not inspired. The prices are about right for an upscale restaurant in the area but the food does not live up to the price. In fact friends who are fans admit the restaurant can have an off night or week. I have just never been there when they were on their game.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“These people know how to...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2009

These people know how to make food. They create delectable desserts, beautiful steaks, amazingly opulent soups and salads. Their food falls under the category "too pretty to eat". But I warn you, once you do eat it, you don't want the flavors to stop. It's an explosion of taste and refinery the likes of which your mouth could never imagine. The view of the Sandia Mountains and the river in the evening is priceless. I'd recommend this place to any food lover or critic.

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Albuquerque
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Good food, but you will pay for the privelege”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2009

My wife and I ate there on our wedding anniversary for dinner. The food was very good, well prepared, and well served. They have a wide-ranging selection of appetizers, salads, and entrees as well as an extensive, but pricey wine list. My wife pretty much does meat and potatoes, but I usually go for sea food, fowl, or something other than a steak. This time we both went with a salad and a filet steak. We opted to get a glass of wine instead of a bottle. The salad was greens, asparagus, and finely sliced and diced ham of some sort with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing -- its tastes much better than it sounds. We like our steaks medium-rare, and the chef did a great job and cooked them perfectly the first time. The steaks were served with potatoes and a demi- glace. For dessert my wife had a glass of the 20-year old port with the recommended home-made blueberry ice cream and I had their crème brûlée. Both desserts were excellent. Our table had a view of the Sandia Mountains which looked beautiful in the sunset. We both very much enjoyed the meal.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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