$$$$ Restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico
Most people consider Geronimo the best restaurant in Santa Fe. Chef Eric DiStefano’s signature dish is a peppered elk tenderloin atop garlic mashed potatoes and bathed in a mouth-watering brandied mushroom sauce. Generously dotted with applewood-smoked bacon and big, meaty morel mushrooms, and served with a superb glass of red wine, it is yum-um-ummy. The ambience here is a little uptight, but the food is what matters, right? If money is an object, try lunch; it's just as good and way cheaper. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
309 West San Francisco
Santa Fe NM
Mon-Sun: Breakfast: 6:30-10:30am Lunch: 11am-2pm Light Menu: 2-5:30pm Dinner: 5:30-10pm Lounge: 2-11pm (hours can change without notice)
Look for The Old House tucked away in the deluxe Eldorado Hotel. Here you’ll find mostly French-inspired food like sautéed diver scallops with a portobello and foie gras Wellington, wilted greens, Xeres sherry and Meyer lemon sauce. Everything, from the silverware to the service, is top-notch. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Albuquerque - Uptown
2201 Q St NE (in ABQ Uptown Shopping Center) (Uptown)
Lunch: Mon-Sat: 11am-3pm Dinner: Mon-Thurs: 5-10pm Fri-Sat: 5-11pm Closed Sunday (hours can change without notice)
$$$$ • 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. Open late—10pm weekdays, 11pm Fridays and Saturdays—of course. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Ojo Caliente is a local treasure, and you’re cheating yourself if you don’t stop in once in a while. Come for the water, but stay for dinner. And breakfast, for that matter, if you can afford to spend the night. The Artesian restaurant features New Mexico inspired dishes that trade heavily on local ingredients, as well as a variety of fine dining fare. It’s the perfect way to complete your Ojo experience. (Alibi Staff, April 16, 2014)
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, especially combined with a cucumber daquiri or other cocktail. Expect the food to be beautiful too. (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)
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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