About Trombino's Bistro Italiano

5415 Academy Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
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SERVING "MANGIA" & "ABBONDANZA" FOR OVER 34 YEARS! Welcome to Trombino's Bistro Italiano, since 1979 a long standing favorite among Albuquerqueans, business travelers and tourists alike. Our restaurant is an ideal location for your lunch, dinner, or important client meetings. A comfortable Trattoria that has that inviting feeling of an old Italian neighborhood! More than just a place to eat, but rather, a gathering place where you, your friends, family and business associates can slow down, enjoy a great meal and reconnect. Trombino's serves signature dishes of authentic Italian-American cuisine. Our menu is large and varied, offering a great selection of homemade pastas, signature salads, prime steaks, fresh fish and memorable desserts, including these delectable choices... Gorgonzola Crusted New York Strip Steak, Veal Piccata, Veal Marsala, Chicken Caprini, Shrimp fra Diavolo, Fruitti di Mare & House-made Tiramisu Cake. The bar offers a first class wine list, and Decadent Martinis.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Seagull Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(505) 821-5974

Website:
http://www.trombinos.com/

Entertainment:
Visit our bar to watch the game on one of our three LCD TVs and enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine with friends after work or on the weekend.

Catering:
Coming Soon! Contact Chris Bambino at (505) 821-5974

Parking Details:
Large parking lot in front of restaurant.

Public Transit:
Bus stop on Academy Road, adjacent to restaurant.

Private Party Facilities:
Our very popular Semi-Private dining area can accommodate 36 to 40 guests.Call Chris Bambino or Kyle Healy for availability and menu options.

Private Party Contact:
Chris Bambino or Kyle Healy: 5058215974

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Trombino's Bistro Italiano Ratings and Reviews

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98% would recommend it to a friend

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Excellent Food

Dined on April 24, 2016

The server was blunt, but overall the service was not lacking and our meal was excellent.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience2
service1
value2

We had not seen my fiancés family in a year....

Dined on April 23, 2016

We added two family members to our reservation so it took an additional 40 minutes to be seated. We finally sat in an atrium that had no ventilation. (two ceiling fans would be a good investment by the owner.) We were flushed in the face it was so hot. After we paid the bill, we continued to sit and visit and no one ever came back. I finally got up from the table and found servers at the bar just chatting and asked if they wouldn't mind not forgetting about us, please bring water. They did. Dinner was only OKAY. I ordered a chicken under a brick dish that I thought had balsamic glaze but it was so dry I could hardly chew it. They never came back so I could not tell them how unhappy I was with the food. To go with the chicken, I ordered a creamed spinach. The spinach had so much raw garlic in it I couldn't swallow it. We picked up the tab for guest who did not complain, but I saw mostly food that was not well presented or plated. Please forgive me for being blunt, but we spent $200 for mediocre. Trevas 575-649-3700

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Trombino's comes through, as always.

vip
Dined on April 10, 2016

Even on a "Prom night," the kitchen and service came through.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best Italian food in New Mexico!

Dined on April 9, 2016

Highly recommend the calamari appetizer. One of our party had the seafood fra diablo and loved it. Another had the shrimp scampi and it was also wonderful. Good food and service every time.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Over the top

vip
Dined on March 30, 2016

Over the top

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Trombino's used to be one of my favorite ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

Trombino's used to be one of my favorite restaurants, but I stopped dining at this restaurant only because I went gluten-free. I think they might have started carrying GF spaghetti, but my favorite noodle is penne. I dined here on Easter Sunday with my family, and I was very happy to see they now have gluten-free penne. This means for me I will be able to once again enjoy my favorite dish - penne arabiatta. Their sauces are delicious, and now that I know they have GF penne, I plan to start frequenting Trombinos again. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

It Was OK

vip
Dined on March 14, 2016

The waiter was not on the ball this night for sure. The food was excellent as usual. My wife ordered minestrone soup and was delivered pasta y fagoli instead. Waiter could not tell the difference when it was brought to his attention. I asked for the sauce on my veal to be light and it came drowned in sauce.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service4
value5

Longtime customers

vip
Dined on March 12, 2016

We have been going to Trombino's for years. The restaurant is well organized and comfortable. Service has always been good to excellent. Several dishes are favorites, especially the spinach lasagna, which is not always available. This latest visit I had an entree salad with shrimp, apples and fresh strawberries that was truly excellent. Prices are most reasonable. Only quibble this last time: the food was noticeably more salty than in the past, even the pesto for bread. Maybe just the chef that night, and hopefully not a decision to do that to sell more drinks, because that would be very unfortunate.

food5
ambience5
service5

All the food tastes fantastic! Always a ...

Dined on February 29, 2016

All the food tastes fantastic! Always a great meal.

food4
ambience4
service3

Must get the lasagna. It was the best th ...

Dined on February 27, 2016

Must get the lasagna. It was the best that I've ever had.

food5
ambience3
service5
value5

Very very good…Its been a while since last there.

Dined on February 27, 2016

Everything was excellent!!! I haven't been there for many many years and found it still, to be excellent.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Very good food; loud, energetic Italian-restaurant

Dined on February 16, 2016

This was a somewhat typical family style Italian restaurant. It was louder than I was expecting, and we were seated in a crowded seating area. Our waitress was sweet and competent. The chicken marsala that I ordered was fantastic - my husband even finished it. The steak he ordered was a little gristly and fatty, but it was an okay steak overall. The apple crisp dessert was fantastic, though could have used a little more ice cream (there was about a third of a scoop on there?). Overall, a very good dining experience.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Very nice Valentine's Day dinner

Dined on February 15, 2016

Very nice Valentine's Day dinner

food5
ambience5
service5

Great atmosphere. Prompt service. Food ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

Great atmosphere. Prompt service. Food was delicious. We got a corner table and thought the noise level was quite low despite being full. We will be back!

food1
ambience4
service5
value1

Great Service, Disappointing Meal

Dined on February 15, 2016

We ate here on Valentine's Day, and despite it being very busy, we were quickly seated and the staff was very friendly and attentive. Unfortunately, the quality of the food left a lot to be desired. We have dined here several times over the years, and this is the first time we were disappointed with our meal. The bread was waiting on the table when we were seated and it was cold, something that surprised us as in the past it was brought to the table after we were seated, and it was always served hot. For our main meal, we ordered the Chicken Under a Brick, one of their signature dishes, and the Veal Parmesan. They seem to have changed the recipe for the chicken dish, as my wife's first reaction to it was "Wow, this is kind of bland". The veal was overcooked, burnt around the edges, and tough/grizzly. One thing we noticed about the menu is that they have expanded their seafood and steak offerings. Sadly, we think this menu change may have come at the expense of their "bread and butter" Italian dishes. Finally, a word of warning about the cost of the meal. The prices shown in their "on line" menu are about $2 per dish less than the price on the menu at the restaurant.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Never disappoints

Dined on February 14, 2016

Only thing that beats the food is their great service.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We ahve been your guest for 25 years. N ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

We ahve been your guest for 25 years. Never, never disappointed.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellence on a crowded night

vip
Dined on February 13, 2016

With Valentine's day coming up, we booked our table for the Friday before. Trombino's was already "gearing up" for a rush, and came through perfectly. Everything was "on point," from the seating by the Hostesses through our server's skills, and the kitchen's execution.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

great

Dined on February 13, 2016

4 of us had dinner on a friday night. of course made at open table. at 6pm restaurant was full and there was a 30 minute wait list. there were four different items selected by the group, tilapia, sea food alfedo, chicken and veal parmigiana. all were excellent, plentiful portions and attractively presented. great time

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service3
value4

Good / Not Great

Dined on February 9, 2016

Our reservation was for Monday night. I'm always cautious about Mondays because I'm not sure restaurants have their best staff on duty. In this case, the food was very good so the kitchen staff was good. The waiter detracted from our experience though. He hovered unnecessarily when we didn't need anything and was not helpful when we did; when we asked for advice about a wine to go with what a couple of us were eating he said he doesn't drink wine so couldn't offer any suggestions. He also didn't offer to get someone who COULD help.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Trombinos

Dined on February 1, 2016

Trombinos ia always fantastic, particularly the red sauce!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fabulous Food

Dined on January 30, 2016

My wife is a food service professional with over twenty years as an industrial chef and she loved it. The Spinach Lasagna she had and the Veal Parmigiana I had tasted magnificent. We will be choosing to come here for special occasions including our 43rd anniversary June 2!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Very suprised

Dined on January 17, 2016

Lived in Abq for my whole life and Had not tried trombinos till Saturday night. Upon arriving for our reservation we were seated immediately , and asked what we would like to drink by the very professional looking waitress. I ordered a Bellini which arrived quickly and was very good. As the rest of our party arrived the attentive waitress took there order of drinks and promptly brought them to the table. As we looked over the menu the waitress checked in to see if we were ready to order our food and we needed more time and while we continued to decide we finished our drinks and the waitress gave us refills as needed and took other orders for drinks . We finally made our decision on what we wanted and our orders were placed . As busy as it was we received our food in a very timely manner. I ordered the chicken scalapini which was delicious as well as all the other dishes served to others at our table. Very good service, food , drinks a bit loud if looking for a quiet place to eat.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We very much enjoyed our evening in your ...

Dined on January 16, 2016

We very much enjoyed our evening in your restaurant. We were celebrating our 55th wedding anniversary. The service, drinks and food were excellent and we would happily return and bring guests or company.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service5

This place dropped the ball tonight. Whe ...

Dined on January 1, 2016

This place dropped the ball tonight. When I make a dinner reservation, I don't expect to be seated 45 minutes later than the reservation time...and nothing to make up for the delay...free glass of wine? Comp a dessert?? Something! I do not understand the unapologetic attitude. Bar service was limp and the parking out front was impossible as well. Service was excellent - food not well seasoned...mediocre at best. Unhappy about this dining experience.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Always good

Dined on December 31, 2015

Trombino's always has good food with good service. Parking was an issue on a Wednesday night at 6 pm but shows how popular the restaurant is.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

Always good.

Dined on December 31, 2015

Jason was a great server, attentive but not at all over-bearing. The chicken, orzo and bean soup was outstanding; could have had that for dinner and been happy. Spaghetti with meat sauce/meatballs always good. Thanks for a great New Years dinner.

Tags: notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Our friend from NY said the pasta with p ...

Dined on December 30, 2015

Our friend from NY said the pasta with pesto sauce was the best he has ever had anywhere. The house cabernet is very good and reasonably priced. I had the trout almandine and could not detect a single piece of almond. On a previous visit, I had the salmon and would opt for that again. It was very good and cooked perfectly. My spinach salad was excellent. The service was outstanding. Trombino's is the restaurant where we take all of our out of town visitors.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

Good food, spotty service

Dined on December 25, 2015

The hostess desk was scattered when we arrived. We were greeted immediately, but it took ten minutes or so to be seated despite reservations. Our hostess disappeared several times and did not inform us what caused the delay. Another couple was having the same problem. However, another couple was seated immediately! Our salads were excellent, my hubby's Chicken Parmiagiana and our apple torte was great as well. My Chicken Piccatta tasted burned. Not nearly as good as the Marian Burrow's recipe I make at home. Service was excellent during our drinks and salads. Then waiter disappeared. I had to go ask for coffee refills! I am grateful they were open on Christmas Eve, but service was not up to par.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Italian Family Comfort

Dined on December 24, 2015

The food is home made, comfort food. Great atmosphere. Reminds me of a small Italian family type of restaurant that we went to years ago, but more updated. Very attentive wait staff. We will be back for all our family occasions.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service3
value3

Great Pizza

vip
Dined on December 19, 2015

Don't go across the street when you can come here for the best pizza on Achademy Road in Albquerque.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

Matt Bryan and staff were excellent.

Dined on December 13, 2015

Great Appitizers. Lasagna is the best I have ever had. The wife's seafood pasta was very good. I highly recommend...

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5

Great spot

Dined on December 12, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed this spot... the food was delicious and the apple/ice cream desert is my new favorite... awesome all around..

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5

Trambino's never disappoints

Dined on December 9, 2015

Another enjoy evening with good friends, eating good food and drinking good wine. Mussels are excellent. Chicken Marsala is always delicious too. Everything was good. Great service also.

Tags: neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service3

This place is meh. It isn't awful but is ...

vip
Dined on December 8, 2015

This place is meh. It isn't awful but isn't great either. The cucumber martini is pure booze though.

food5
ambience5
service5

Our favorite place to go!

Dined on November 30, 2015

We love going to Trombinos. It is our favorite go-to place

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

2nd visit. Huge portions. Tried fritti c ...

Dined on November 24, 2015

2nd visit. Huge portions. Tried fritti combo-delicious and squid cooked perfect. My chicken involtini very tasty with lots of leftovers! Will come back!

food5
ambience5
service5

The best place to be

vip
Dined on November 22, 2015

Some days are not good, and the most reliable way to save it is have dinner at Trombino's. Everything comme il faut :)

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

Trombino's Bistro Italiano

Dined on November 21, 2015

Excellent Italian food; great marinara sauce. Lot's of menu options. Yet to have a meal that was anything but excellent.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Great place for business dinners and lunches

Dined on November 19, 2015

Reserved a large table for a group of about 20 for a business dinner. The service was organized and the food was good and fresh. The restaurant was quiet enough for us to talk business.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list

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