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“Lookin' Tired & Serving Uninspired”

Prairie Star Restaurant & Wine Bar
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Price range: US$20 - US$50
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, 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.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Had a special occasion dinner there in mid May 2018. This was a back-up selection as the Corn Maiden Restaurant (also owned by the Santa Ana Pueblo and only a short drive away) is only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for some reason. We usually eat at the PS a couple of times a year but it had probably been about a year or so before our most-recent visit. This restaurant has beautiful views of the Sandia Mountains and the Santa Ana golf course; best to dine there early to appreciate the vista as well as the activity around the hummingbird feeders located near the patio. We had been very happy with the food there but it's evident after this experience this place is in need of a reboot. The service is still very good, friendly staff who know what they're doing. The food however, is not up to par. We had the artisan cheese plate as our shared appetizer. Measly portions of good cheese; sets you back $16.00. Our entrees were the duck and the Thursday night prime rib special. A prime rib with a glass of wine for $30.00. Wine was fine, the prime rib, ordered medium rare, was a re-heated left-over which the chef chose to sear and serve with a sauce in order to try and disguise, the fatty, gristle-ladden, mess he directed to be presented to our table. Really? No shame in his game, that's for sure. We shared a chocolate decadence dessert, which was good. Dinner for two with two drinks, a shared appetizer and dessert was $110.00 with tax and a 20% tip. One other table seated in the dining room while we were there, although the restaurant was hosting a graduation party as I understand it in a nearby banquet room. No thanks; much better places to enjoy a good meal, well-served are near by.

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MicahJones, executive assistant \ web manager at Prairie Star Restaurant & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Thank you for taking time to share your feedback. We appreciate your comments about the ambiance and staff, but are disappointed to hear you did not enjoy the prime rib preparation. Always know that we would rather replace your meal with another than to have you go away disappointed. We missed that opportunity. Your comments have been shared with the chef and manager, and I do hope you have occasion to give us another try.

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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

The Prairie Star has a restaurant and a reception room. I held my daughter's wedding reception there. Everything went great. The venue has a mild territorial charm with amazing views of the Sandia mountains. Rebecca assisted us every step of the way, offering suggestions and providing contacts for some needed services. The day of the wedding the reception room was beautiful. The food was top quality. The beef tenderloin was the most tender and flavorful I have ever tasted. The chicken was perfectly cooked. The room was comfortable for our 115 guests. This was a great choice. I highly recommend the Prairie Star.

Thank Anthony I
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MicahJones, executive assistant | web manager at Prairie Star Restaurant & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Oh my, we couldn't get a better recommendation than this! We are so gratified to have helped make your family's special day so memorable. I have already shared your feedback with all the staff and management and on behalf of all of us, thank you so much!

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

The service was excellent. Our waiter gave great wine and food suggestions. It was a nice relaxing dinner, we did not feel rushed. The views were beautiful. Our waiter actually took us outside for pictures. We'd recommend it to anyone and will go back when we're in NM.

Thank Nancy D
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MicahJones, executive assistant / web manager at Prairie Star Restaurant & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

We love hearing that your visit with us was so enjoyable. On behalf of the staff and management, thank you for taking time to post such a nice review. We appreciate your thoughtful feedback and hope you do get to visit New Mexico and dine with us again.

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Took a friend to dinner at this restaurant. It was her first time to this place. My date ordered the Bison steak and I ordered Jidori chicken. Both dishes were excellent. Well also ordered decadence chocolate and our server surprised us with creme bruhle. the Our server was Daniel and he recommends an amazing bottle of wine. Daniel is an amazing server and is an asset to the Prarie Star.

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MicahJones, executive assistant | web manager at Prairie Star Restaurant & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Wow! What gracious comments, and we are so pleased your dinner companion had a great dining experience. We truly value your feedback and will share with management and staff, Daniel in particular. We hope to see you again soon

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

My wife had the Pheasant and I had the fillet steak she really enjoyed hers with green beans and potatoes mine came with a an assortment of broccolini and a muffin made from leeks and sweet potatoes the steak was good but not the best I've had. The Pheasant was excellent. Our service was good. We had a starter of calamari stuffed with crab which smells really fishy but tasted okay.

Thank Jack H
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MicahJones, executive assistant | web manager at Prairie Star Restaurant & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Thank you for taking time to leave comments about your evening at Prairie Star. We really appreciate the four-bubble rating, and your feedback about the staff is very welcome. We do hope you will visit again soon!

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