Restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico serving Craft Beer
Albuquerque - Corrales
Sun-Thurs: 6am-10pm Fri-Sat: 6am-11pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
Winner of Best Casual Dining, Best Veggie Burger, Best Toast, Best Healthy Breakfast and Best Desserts in our restaurant polls. Sure, you go in thinking you’ll be good and get a skinny latte, scrambled egg whites and a side of turkey and green chile sausage, but five minutes later somebody’s saying “eclair” and the voice is coming from your mouth. But, boy, do they taste good.
Sun-Thu 11am-11pm Fri-Sat 11am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Il Vicino’s thin-crusted, gourmet-topped pizzas are perennial favorites among Alibi readers, but the big salads are equally popular. Order at the register and a server brings the food to your table, making weekday lunches speedy. The open kitchen gives you something to stare at while you wait. Stop in for a quick lunch or a late afternoon microbrew on the patio.
Albuquerque - Downtown
Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11am-2:30pm Dinner: Sun-Thu: 5pm-9pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-10pm Happy Hour: Mon-Fri: 3pm-6pm Closed Sun (hours can change without notice)
It only makes sense to order the steamed artichoke at the Artichoke Café. Slathered in lemon-caper oil and a raspberry vinaigrette, it makes a great starter before trying a more hefty order of grilled curried chicken or sliced steak. Once your lunch or dinner at the upscale Artichoke Café has concluded, you’ve got to adjourn to the sexy wine bar next door. The wine list is actually a leather-bound tome with a massive assortment of wines. Prices start at a decent $28 or $30 a bottle and zoom up into the upper stratospheres of frivolity, but you can also order select vintages by the half-bottle or glass. You'll love the front-facing "big city" windows, curvy wooden bar and comfortable seats.
Mon-Wed 4pm-midnight, Thu-Sun noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Wine • Cider • Live Music • DJ • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
This indoor-outdoor brewery is as cozy as it is fun. The bartenders are friendly and informative, and you’ll often find the owners working the taps with a smile. The identifying feature of the outdoor patio are metal towers stretching high above the building. Enjoy Asian-fusion food from their resident food truck, Kitsune, or order a pizza from their wood fire pizza oven.
Sun 1-8pm Mon-Thu noon-10pm Fri-Sat noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • DJ
Grab one of the many sampler trays from the deli while unwinding with a pint of your favorite locally crafted beer at this cavernous bar, deli and gallery. We recommend the Stacious and Fiction.
Sun: 8am-3pm Mon: Closed Tues-Sat: 7am-3pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
This ray of sunshine in EDo serves gourmet breakfast and lunch, sells house-made English muffins, and has a mini-shop filled with goodies like honey, jams, mustards and vinegars, not to mention non-edibles like cookbooks, serving vessels and cards. A tiny wine list is just as chic—five reds and five whites are marked on a chalkboard, and all are constantly changing. This list is extremely well thought-out and offers a sampling of some of the most esoteric varietals and brands available in Albuquerque. There’s also a large, shaded patio, incredible house-made cupcakes and too-cute French macarons.
Mon-Thu 11am - 10pm Fri-Sat 11am-11PM Sun:11am-9pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio
The New Mexico grass-fed Holy Cow burger comes on a brioche bun, while an ahi tuna sandwich, veggie club and dinner salads offer some more choices for bovine-averse diners. Beer and wine, plus shakes, malts and floats are available to complete the sacrament.
Sun-Wed: 11am-10pm Fri-Sat: 11am-1:30am (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Wine • Delivery • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Jukebox • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
Get your late-night pizza fix and a pint on Downtown’s favorite patio. It makes a perfect vantage point for people-watching on the weekends. The back room is stocked with vintage ’80s tabletop arcade games, several beers on tap, flat-screen TVs and a discreet outdoor patio. Just wander back through the parking lot to the north of the existing NYPD or spread out in the expanded front room.
Cuisine: Latin American
This jovial atmosphere full of color preps the mind for some fiery and fresh foods. The duck cubano is tasty and filling with zesty pickled onions, hefty pieces of bacon and a creamy tomatillo salsa served on the side and the duck enchiladas are notably unique for their rich duck meat, chopped green chile and remarkably sweet red chile. Be sure to grab some short rib tacos, as are another fan favorite.
Mon-Thur 3-11pm, Fri 3pm-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-10pm (hours can change without notice)
If you’re in need of a good conversation and a personalized sampling flight, Sidetrack is the best brewery to go to. The servers are personable and chatty, but if you’re feeling introspective or want a private conversation, take your drink and meal (the food is provided by local restaurants that they have on rotation) and head out to the gorgeous patio. The beer selection is always changing, so there’s always something new to try at this modern taproom.
$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Cider • Bar snacks • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • DJ • Dancing • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
The cavernous, ground-floor counterpart to Anodyne, Sister is a space tailor-made for happenings. This is a perfect spot for enjoying a quiet dip into the vast draft beer selection with your comrades after work or boogying to the multitude of live bands that occupy its stage nearly every night. Foodies must try the kimchi fries and the divine brisket tacos.
Mon: 7:30am-3pm Tue-Thurs: 7:30am-3pm, 5-9pm Fri: 7:30am-3pm, 5-10pm Sat: 9am-2pm, 5-10pm Sun: 9am-2pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Lounge
Slate is on a quiet, blink-and-you-miss-it avenue between Fifth and Sixth Street, nestled right in the heart of the legal district. Like the space itself, the menu is polished and unintimidating. Don’t miss the ahi tuna sandwich (with gluten-free bread available!). It's all very affordable for its level of quality. There’s also a fabulous wine loft with the wines listed by style—“just a little sweet,” “ABC: Anything But Chardonnay” or “sexy, elegant, austere”—not varietal or region. Demystifying the label like this makes it easy for patrons to pair wine and food.
Sun-Thurs: 8am-9pm Fri-Sat: 8am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio
Matt DiGregory, owner of Range Café, updated this 1938 Texaco Station to include a modern kitchen, large, sleek, jazz-inspired dining areas and a small front patio. Think San Francisco meets downtown Albuquerque. The menu is composed of upscale comfort food, much of it using local ingredients, and it’s priced accordingly (without being too inhibitive). Don’t forget your rock-candy stick to stir your coffee (or just eat off the stick like you did when The Beach was still around).
Mon-Thurs: 11am-9:30pm Fri: 11am-11pm Sat: noon-11pm Sun: noon-9:30pm (hours can change without notice)
Sushi King is a small, hip, but casual spot located a few doors up from the Century 14 Downtown movie theater. They serve fresh nigiri, sashimi and sushi rolls, plus an interesting assortment of seafood salads and noodle dishes. They’ve also got excellent sake, so be sure to split a bottle with your sushi chef.
Tues 430PM-9PM, Wed-Thurs 11AM-130AM, Fri-Sat 11AM-130AM, Sun 430PM-1130PM (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • DJ • Karaoke • Dancing • Outdoor Patio • Smoking Permitted • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
For your consideration: Zullo’s Bistro. Pop over to sip a glass of pinot noir and munch on a insalata caprese in their spacious back patio, complete with twinkle lights and overhead shades.
Albuquerque - Fairgrounds
5615 Central Ave NE (Fairgrounds)
Albuquerque NM 87108
Albuquerque NM 87108
Consistently one of the best Vietnamese joints in town. Da Lat does a magnificent breaded frog leg appetizer. The crispy golden legs are scrumptious dipped in Da Lat's salty, tangy nuoc cham sauce.
Cielito Lindo is named for a love song that is considered to be the unofficial national anthem of Mexico. While it may not be completely authentic Mexican seafood, it is terribly wonderful and a popular hidden gem with in-the-know locals. We recommend the medium oysters, they’re delectable.
Thurs-Sat: 5pm-10pm (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Dinner
Located at the end of a long corridor in the Downs Casino, the Crown Room’s very existence is something of a surprise. Even more surprising is just how elegant the cozy dining room is. The chaos of the casino outside the door quickly fades away as you dive into cuts of steak that rival the finest in town. Sure, it’ll set you back a few bucks, but the experience is not to be missed.
5901 Central Ave NE (Fairgrounds)
Albuquerque NM 87108
Albuquerque NM 87108
Mon-Thurs: 11am-9pm Fri: 11am-10pm Sat: noon-10pm Sun: noon-8pm (hours can change without notice)
You may remember Bangkok Asian Fusion, which used to occupy this place. Now there’s a grand, shiny sushi bar with a huge fish tank behind it that lays out generous portions of great sushi. A plate of sashimi, densely and artfully arranged, turns the table into a school of piranhas. Each variety of fish is carefully garnished with complementary flavors, with the squid tossed in wasabi tobiko being particularly memorable. The seafood salad has so many chunks of raw fish among the greens that you can’t stick your chopsticks in without getting any.
1100 San Mateo Blvd NE Ste 50 (Fairgrounds)
Albuquerque NM 8710210
Albuquerque NM 8710210
Everyone’s a little Irish at this friendly place! Bring the kiddies, bring your grandpa—everyone else does (which means it can get a little crowded and noisy, but we love it anyway). The whole joint smells wonderfully like hot cereal and the brewery tanks are visible from the eating area. We recommend the perfect fish and chips paired with a pint o’ the Rye’t Side of Dublin. Sláinte!