Fine Dining Restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico
4515 Corrales Rd
Tue-Sat 11:30am-9pm Sun 10am-9pm Closed Monday (hours can change without notice)
A classy kind of place in the wilds of Corrales with astounding lobster ravioli. And who could resist the call of chipotle clams and flourless chocolate torte? Head on in for dinner and a nice bottle of wine or Sunday brunch on the patio. It’s only a few miles thataway, as the crow flies. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
212 Hwy 165
Lunch: Fri-Sat: 11am-2pm Dinner: Tues-Thurs: 5-9pm Fri-Sat: 5-9:30pm Brunch: Sun: 10:30am-2pm Happy Hour: Tues-Thurs: 4-7pm Closed Monday (hours can change without notice)
At Blades, the mood is jovial and boisterous, in keeping with the neighborhood bistro feeling to which its aspires. A stainless-steel counter at one end extends the feeling of openness by offering a view into the kitchen, while across the dining area is a beautifully crafted hardwood bar. On the short, dinner-only menu, there’s an eclectic mix of appetizers (roasted beets with toasted goat cheese and balsamic glaze), European-style entrées (paella), and several salad and soup options, all beautifully presented. (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)
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)
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)
309 West San Francisco
Santa Fe NM
Mon-Sun: Breakfast: 6:30-10:30am Lunch: 11am-2pm Light Menu: 2-5:30pm Dinner: 5:30-10pm Lounge: 2-11pm (hours can change without notice)
Look for The Old House tucked away in the deluxe Eldorado Hotel. Here you’ll find mostly French-inspired food like sautéed diver scallops with a portobello and foie gras Wellington, wilted greens, Xeres sherry and Meyer lemon sauce. Everything, from the silverware to the service, is top-notch. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Santa Fe NM
Mon-Sun: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-9pm (hours can change without notice)
Food Network star Ming Tsai worked here for a few years in the mid-’90s, and the menu still shows a strong Asian influence in dishes like shiitake-and-cactus spring rolls with Southwestern ponzu dipping sauce. Close to the plaza, but not too pretentious, SantaCafé is an old standard. Ask to be seated on the lovely enclosed courtyard. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Albuquerque - Uptown
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. Your date (and your libido) will thank you for it. Open late—10 p.m. weekdays, 11 p.m. weekends—of course. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Santa Ana Pueblo
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. Expect the food to be beautiful, too. Open until 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. (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 created by award-winning Executive Chef Heath VanRiper are as beautiful to behold as they are to eat and go down flawlessly with selections from the Wine Spectator- honored cellar. Be wowed by the giant scallops, rabbit relleno and to-die-for pecan pie. The new wine bar alone is worth the trip. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
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)
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