As New Mexico's only speakeasy restaurant, Vernon's has won numerous awards including "Best Steakhouse in Albuquerque" by Albuquerque the Magazine, Local IQ, and Local Alibi, as well as Best Overall Restaurant, Best Food, Best Service, Best Place for a Special Occasion, Most Booked, Best Ambiance, and Most Romantic by Opentable.com. Vernon's Hidden Valley Steakhouse was selected by AOL's When.com Web site as one of "Twenty Romantic Restaurants We Love Across the Country." According to the feature: "This speakeasy-style restaurant is still a bit of a secret to most of the locals. If you didn't know there was a restaurant behind a hidden door, you'd probably never learn how romantic an underground spot can be. The atmosphere is cozy and warm a good place to cuddle up with your number one guy or gal."