It was the evening of our wedding anniversary so we decided to try Bien Shur for the first time since moving here 5 years ago. The Sandia Resort & Casino has grown into a behemoth of a place. Beautiful grounds and ample parking in a rural setting close to the city. If you aren't a smoker make sure you find out exactly the right part of the building and best doors to use to enter and exit the building and get directly to the elevators so you can avoid having to walk a long distance through smoked filled rooms, not to mention the menagerie of goofy looking people gambling away what is probably their last dollar.
Upon arrival on the 9th floor and approaching the hostess desk, we waited 5-10 minutes before anyone acknowledged us even though we were right on time for our reservation. We were seated at a table with a beautiful view of the Sandia's. Our waitress was very attentive and provided good service. Their choices for white wines by the glass is poor and I had to send back a couple that were flat and tasteless. Our meals were nicely presented and were tasty. Pricing on the entrees and deserts was very reasonable. You would think they might provide a complimentary desert on the evening of an actual anniversary for two older folks, but not so.....I suppose too many people took false advantage of it and that ruined it for the rest of us. It used to be pretty common to get a piece of cake or other sweet recognition of a big event but times change I suppose. One last thing, and this really bugs me......when you dress up nicely to have dinner at what is supposed to be a top tier restaurant it is pretty disappointing and sometimes disgusting, when management allows people dressed inappropriately (like pigs!) to dine next to you. If you just came from working on your truck or mowing your lawn and you look like it, you should be asked to change into decent apparel.
All in all we would recommend Bien Shur for a location that is a cut above without breaking the bank.