Wellhead Restaurant / Brewpub

332 West Main Street, Artesia, NM, 88210, United States
(505) 746-0640
Latitude: 32.84224, Longitude: -104.40049


  • Monday: 11:00 AM 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed
Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $$
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 3.55 | Atmosphere: 3.80 | Service: 3.55 | Food: 4.00
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jjturcheck (28)
Saturday 21st of July 2012 08:08:30 AM
This was my first impression of New Mexico beer and I have to say I was very impressed. Not awesome by some standards but very good for a small place. Tucked into the small town of Artesia and down the street from the oil refinery it fit right in. Name and all. As we entered the building at open there wasn't anyone there to greet us but then again we went in literally right as they clocked turned 11am. So we invited ourselves into the bar area and they immediately greeted us and told us to sit where we pleased. First up we ordered their beer sampler and waters. The sampler came out with 6 beers. ALl were very good with one surprising beer. It was their Indian Basin Wheat. Brewed with cinnamon, this was by far my favorite. Something I had never had before or seen. Very refreshing.

This place was rather large considering it looks kinda small on the outside. When you first walk in there's quite a large area for restaurant seating. If you go in a little further and turn left it goes into the bar area where its nearly as big as the other area. This area has TVs all over and a large bar. Then there's the outdoor seating which I didn't see but you can see on their website. Lots of seating suggests this place is the place to be on the weekends or for sports games.

As far as the service goes, it was touch and go. Being greeted first off was nice and our order was taken as soon as we figured out what we wanted, but I do seem to remember that we went awhile without someone to check on us. We were nearly done but wanting water but it took forever for someone to come ask if we needed anything. So it was good for the most part, just that one little thing that got me and the wife irked.

Now onto the food. They had a good variety of food and I could decide what to get. Then I saw their Mexican food and I had to get something from there. I can't seem to remember the name of what I got but it was a burrito smothered in green chili. Probably the best I've ever had. Not a culinary specialty, but it was awesome none the less.

I will return here for sure if ever Passing through Artesia.
Selection: 4 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 3.75 | Food: 4.0

Rocks2GW (47)
Wednesday 29th of July 2009 12:56:06 AM
I stopped by the Wellhead today on my way through to points north. Artesia is an interesting place for a brew pub, but this one is done very well. I tried 3 of the 4 beers they make (they also had 2 other craft brews on, Stone IPA & Wedmere).
Cisco Canyon - Light blond, Kolsch style, smooth, crisp clean finish, light hops/malt very nice for a light.

Wellhead - APA, med hop, amber, light nose, well balanced, nice head, good!

Roughneck Red - dark amber/red, malty with a light hop bite, roasted notes. Nice!

All of the beer was really good. I didn't try the food, but if it is of the same quality as the beer, eat up!!
Selection: 4 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4.75 | Food: N/A

sudsy (2)
Sunday 1st of February 2009 08:37:58 AM

This person needs 3 or more reviews on the site for their scores to start counting.

The hours of operation are limited. but in a town of only 15,000 I'm was greatful to even find a brewpub. They open at 11AM. The waitress told me the kitchen closes at 9PM. She said the bar stays open till 10PM, but they do stay open later if they have customers. However, at 9:30 the bartenders began giving a very pushy last call at 9:30 with 20 people in the bar. Apparently it takes more than 20 customers for them to stay open later than 10PM. They are not open at all on Sundays.

There is plenty of parking right behind the building. The outdoor patio does not open until 5PM. I was told the patio is open on Fridays and sometimes Thursdays and Saturdays, too. There is no smoking allowed on the outdoor patio. Yet, you can stand on the sidewalk (3 feet from the patio) and lite-up.

There was a seasonal brew on tap that was awesome. It was a pumpkin beer. I usually don't care much for the flavored beers, but this was a unique tart pumpkin. In my opinion the kind of beer that would win most any specialty beer competition. Unfortunatly, when I came back the next day to get a few growlers to go they were out. I guess I'll have to come back next year.

The stout was excellent! There was also a very good spicy wheat and an a fairly hopped up pale ale which I also enjoyed very much. The Red and Blonde were good, but nothing to rave about.

I had a decent cheeseburger that came with some very tasty large cut fries. The service was great, except for getting thrown out so early.

The oil field theme is very cool. It really gives the pub a local small town feel. It's kinda like a little oil field museum.
Selection: 4.75 | Atmosphere: 5 | Service: 4 | Food: 4.0

de-brew (16)
Sunday 30th of March 2008 08:39:14 AM
stopped at the wellhead early one saturday, before they were open. had to mark time around artesia until they did, and found a restaurant called "chaos" that's worth visiting for the food...ask around and you can get directions.

do not eat at "la fonda"

anyway, about the brewery....

very clean, well kept interior of the restaurant. the brewer (i think her name is diane) was very nice, and accommodating when i asked for a tour. small-scale brewing area and tanks, but the brews she created are very nice.

the pepper beer was nice and spicy, made with locally grown and roasted chilies. the other beers on tap were nice presentations of their style.

well worth stopping by, although i didn't eat there, so i cannot comment on the food.
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4.5 | Food: N/A

hiikeeba (19)
Friday 7th of March 2008 10:24:10 AM
My cousin and I stopped by hoping to meet his brother for lunch. He had to teach at the academy and couldn't join us. His loss.

It was hard to tell if they were open, there were no hours on the door. Inside was sparkling clean with lots of oil field memorabilia. We arrived before the lunch rush, and had two or three waitresses helping us. The food was good, I had the Philly Quesadilla.

The beer was good. I am not an amber beer fan, but I thought theirs was very good. I had the stout next and it was outstanding!

My cousin and I decided we would be back. Great place. If you ever find yourself in Artesia, you need to stop in.
Selection: 4.25 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4.5 | Food: 4.0

mkiester (24)
Tuesday 27th of November 2007 12:02:35 AM

I arrive at the wellhead at 9pm after a 10 hour drive from oklahoma. the place is easy enough to find but that is about all good I can say. The place was in the throws of closing even if it was before closing hours. They stayed open 'until the last customer leaves' but I guess I did not count. No beer, not growlers, just get out the door.

They advertied a Chile beer but am suspect of it. I did not sample it, not the stout.

I was much disappointed.

Mike Kiester
Selection: 1 | Atmosphere: 1 | Service: 0.25 | Food: N/A
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