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315 Old Santa Fe Tr.
Santa Fe NM
Sun-Thu: 5-9pm Fri-Sat: 5-9:30pm (hours can change without notice)
315 is the kind of French restaurant Albuquerque doesn't have. It's got a casual atmosphere in an old converted house, but the food is knock-your-socks-off stellar. Chef Louis Moskow uses the finest ingredients (think foie gras and beluga caviar). Before you order, your server will bring over a chalkboard showing the day's specials; they're often the most exciting offerings. This is also a great place to have just a snack and a glass of wine from the incredible list. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Mon-Thu 5pm-9pm Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm (hours can change without notice)
It’s a classy kind of joint, this Antiquity; tablecloths, waiters with bow ties and fancified French food that will push you toward ecstasy even as it drains your pocketbook. But it’s unmistakably Albuquerque too. For one thing it’s in an ancient Old Town hacienda, the kind with an uneven floor, two foot thick walls at every doorway and rooms that ramble back farther than you would ever guess from the outside. For another, the blue-jeaned may mix freely with the formally attired in that wonderful New Mexican way that so annoys the Easterners among us. (Alibi Staff, October 4, 2012)
Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11am-2:30pm Dinner: Mon-Sat 5:30pm-10pm Sun 5pm-9pm Happy Hour: Mon-Fri: 3pm-6:30pm (hours can change without notice)
Once your meal at the upscale Artichoke Café has concluded, you’ve got to adjourn to the sexy wine bar next door. The wine list is actually a leather-bound tome with a vast assortment. Prices start at a decent $28 or $30 a bottle and zoom up into the upper stratospheres of frivolity, but you can also order select vintages by the half-bottle or glass. Those with a taste for the harder stuff should take a look at the artisan cocktails. You'll love the front-facing "big city" windows, curvy wooden bar and comfortable seats. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
30 Rainbow Rd NE
Tues-Sat: 5-10pm Closed Sunday & Monday (hours can change without notice)
The nickel slots are bright, noisy: Bien Shur is subdued, quiet, tasteful. The dining room is classy and beautiful but still comfortable, leaving diners to contemplate the wonderful contemporary cuisine, signature cocktails and stunning views of the city and Sandia mountains. After your meal, you can head back downstairs into the casino scuffle for some live jazz in the Tlur Pa Lounge and a hand of video poker. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
653 Canyon Rd.
Santa Fe NM
It's one of the fanciest restaurants in a city that has a lot of fancy restaurants. What makes The Compound different is a beautifully designed interior, lush gardens, a killer sommelier and really freakin' good food. Chef Mark Kiffin doesn't mess around with too much Southwestern stuff (though he did when he was at Coyote Café), favoring dishes like tuna tartare topped with osetra caviar and preserved lemon. Try this place for lunch during the week or dinner any night. And in good weather you should absolutely sit outside. (Also, The Compound has a package liquor license, so you can leave with nearly any bottle from their huge cellar.) (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
1300 Tuyuna Tr.
Santa Ana Pueblo NM
Wed-Sat: 5:30pm-9pm Closed Sunday, Monday & Tues (hours can change without notice)
You’ll worry you’re lost the whole way out to the beautiful Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, home of The Corn Maiden restaurant. The resort is a stone’s throw from Bernalillo but feels much, much farther from town. The views from the restaurant are unmatched (except by neighboring Prairie Star), and the luxurious Southwest ambience is stellar, especially combined with a cucumber daquiri or other cocktail. Expect the food to be beautiful too. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
New Mexico’s most famous restaurant, Coyote Café is where Chef Mark Miller came to fame as the king of Southwestern cuisine. This beautifully renovated restaurant serves only dinner, but the rooftop bar, Coyote Cantina (open in the summer), has a wide selection of tequilas and an affordable Latin American menu. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
808 Canyon Rd.
Santa Fe NM
This is another one of our all-time Santa Fe favorites. We go for Spanish-style tapas in one of the quiet dining rooms; Chef James Cambell Caruso (who briefly owned Stars Café in Albuquerque) does wonders with shrimp and garlic. Sometimes we stop in for a late-night drink and some entertainment in the lively bar up front. Whether it's a flamenco guitarist and dancers or a Western swing band, the bar is always fun. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
First off, you might want to dress up a little so you don’t feel like a total boob in Elaine’s intimate, hip/luxe dining room. Secondly, make sure you’ve got a full wallet before going in—we’re talking $55 a person minimum. And finally, ready your palate for some spectacular food. We recommend the yellow fin tuna crudo or the Pat LaFrieda tartare, but really, it’s hard to go wrong at a place like this. (Alibi Staff, January 28, 2014)
Most people consider Geronimo the best restaurant in Santa Fe. Chef Eric DiStefano’s signature dish is a peppered elk tenderloin atop garlic mashed potatoes and bathed in a mouth-watering brandied mushroom sauce. Generously dotted with applewood-smoked bacon and big, meaty morel mushrooms, and served with a superb glass of red wine, it is yum-um-ummy. The ambience here is a little uptight, but the food is what matters, right? If money is an object, try lunch; it's just as good and way cheaper. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Tue-Sat: 5-10pm Closed Sunday & Monday (hours can change without notice)
This is American food at its best. Jennifer James and Nelle Bauer, along with a dedicated staff, have definitely set the bar high. A surprising location—in a Menaul strip mall—seems to suggest that JJ is separate from the Nob Hill gang in more than just geography. The menu is short and sweet: a smattering of primary and secondary courses followed by dessert, all of which change often to suit the available local ingredients (reverently selected and prepared) and the chefs’ moods. Though not lengthy, the wine list is lively and exciting, every glass or bottle a magnificent venture. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
2201 Q St NE (in ABQ Uptown Shopping Center) (Uptown)
Lunch: Mon-Sat: 11am-3pm Dinner: Mon-Thurs: 5-10pm Fri-Sat: 5-11pm Closed Sunday (hours can change without notice)
$$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Delivery • Live Music • Wireless Internet
Get ready to drop some serious dough on this place, but if anything will get you into someone’s pants, it’d be a meal here. This joint is cool, smooth and classy, the foie gras and Kobe beef are tender and delicious, and even the mac and cheese is fancy-schmantzy with a sprinkling of shaved black truffles. Have an excellent glass of wine, an order of oysters Marcello and don’t forget to lay on the charm. Open late—10pm weekdays, 11pm Fridays and Saturdays—of course. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Tues-Thurs: 11am-10pm Fri-Sat: 11am-1:30am Sun: noon-9pm Closed Monday (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • DJ • Dancing • Outdoor Patio
If you like your comfort food with a gourmet twist, it’s here. Nob Hill Bar & Grill boasts meatloaf (crowned with smoked bacon) and burgers (American kobe). The appetizers and classic cocktails alone are worth the visit. Cheese sticks encrusted in nuts and miso-seared ahi tuna on wontons go down swimmingly (did we mention the saltwater aquarium?) with a signature cocktail or an organic ale. A few vegetarian entrées, decent hours, a full bar and comfy but chic atmosphere make Nob Hill Bar & Grill a solid addition to the neighborhood. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
288 Prairie Star Rd.
Santa Ana Pueblo NM
Tues-Sun: 5:30-9 pm (hours can change without notice)
Situated in an old adobe mansion with stunning views of the Sandia Mountains, Prairie Star is tailor-made for intimate special occasions. Bold New American dishes are as beautiful to behold as they are to eat and go down flawlessly with selections from the Wine Spectator- honored cellar. This wine list is immaculate and includes 50 by-the-glass pours maintained in an argon gas Cruvinet. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Mon-Thurs: 5:30-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 5:30-10pm Sun: 5:30-9pm (hours can change without notice)
Ranchers Club is arguably the city’s fanciest restaurant, where fine steaks and seafood are king. Certainly it has the dining room with the most formal service—you know, tuxedos and golden-domed plates and all—but with live music and expertly crafted cocktails, the resplendent bar is also worth your time. This is the place we like to go for really special occasions—like when someone else is paying or when we want to break a hunger strike. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11am-3pm Dinner: Sun-Thurs: 5-10pm Fri-Sat: 5-11pm Brunch: Sun 11am-3pm happy hour 3pm-6pm (hours can change without notice)
Wine flights are the best way to try different selections without going broke, and Savoy has some interesting choices. They pair perfectly with the restaurant’s stunning interiors and lovely New American meat and fish dishes. In addition to a brilliant wine list, Savoy offers patios, drink specials throughout the day and a cordial and well-informed staff. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Sun 11amâ€“2:30pm & 5pmâ€“9pm Monâ€“Thu 11amâ€“2:30pm & 5pmâ€“10pm Friâ€“Sat 11amâ€“2:30pm & 5pmâ€“11pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Lounge
The surprising thing about Scalo is that it’s simultaneously more fancy and less expensive than you’d think. It’s just as breezy and classy as ever in its high-ceilinged dining room. All of the bottles on the wine list are half-price on Monday nights, and there’s free, live music in the bar. Voted Best Italian for 2013. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11:30am-2:30pm Dinner: Daily starting at 5 pm Rooftop Cantina: Mon-Thu 4pm-11pm Fri-Sat 4pm-11:45pm Sun 4pm-10:45pm Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4pm-6:30, 9pm-10pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
Seasons’ rooftop patio is one of our favorite wine-drinking destinations, especially when it’s nice out. There are heaters up there for chilly nights, the courtyard fountain provides a calming gurgle, the view of the mountains is great, and the happy hour menu has outstanding dishes at more-than-reasonable prices. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Mon-Thurs: 11am-10pm Fri: 11am-10:30pm Sat: 3-10:30pm Sun: 3-9pm (hours can change without notice)
Trombino's Bistro Italiano has been an institution of family-style Italian dining in the Heights for almost 30 years. It houses an impressively fat menu that includes a full bar, espresso drinks and an ample wine list. The service is quicker than a Hollywood marriage, and the waitstaff seems particularly knowledgeable about the food and wines. Gravitate to the more rustic Italian fare—lemon-basil chicken salad, grilled homemade Italian sausage or meatballs, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and manicotti are amply portioned and tasty. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Daily Reservations: 4:30-9:30pm Black Diamond Lounge: 4:30pm-close Cocktail Hours: Mon-Fri 4:30pm-6:30pm Fri-Sat 9pm-11pm Live music Wed through Sun. No cover. (hours can change without notice)
$$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Smoking Permitted • Lounge
Vernon’s is a swanky underground spot for good eats and high times, delivered speakeasy-style. The dining room is walled with lustrous, ebony adobe, and the tables are clothed in crisp, black and white linens. By the glass or bottle, there’s plenty of quality hooch. The menu is classic steakhouse stuff, with beef tournedos in a silky demi-glace, fresh fish and a damn fine veal Oscar. Voted Best Steakhouse for 2013. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
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