Restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico with Catering
Albuquerque - Downtown
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 -Fri: 6:30am-6:30pm Sat: 8am-3pm Sun: 9am-2pm (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: Coffee/Tea/Espresso, Deli/Sandwiches, Dessert, Diner, Organic/Locally Grown, Take Out/To-Go
$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Delivery • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Lounge
The menu changes weekly, but Hartford Square always features high-quality, locally-sourced food with both eat-in and take-out options. Salads are well stocked with fresh, seasonal ingredients, and there are always a few hot options like Canadian salmon or ratatouille pot pie. The tea selection here is simply divine. Try the Sandia spice tea, a steaming cup of the herbal blood orange tea or go big with a vanilla tea latte. If you’re early enough, you’ll get first crack at the crossword in the house copy of the New York Times.
$ • Vegetarian Available • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
There are indeed “few choices left to get that cool Haight-Ashbury ’60s feeling.” Don’t get the wrong idea though, this neighborhood coffee shop isn’t overflowing with hippies. It attracts a diverse crowd of cyclists, artists, musicians, hipsters and grown-ups just looking for a cuppa joe (albeit one with in-house roasted beans). The food is simple and satisfying, from freshly baked scones to waffles, sandwiches and salads. Warning: The scrambled-egg breakfast burrito may cause you to moan out loud. Don’t worry though, the people sitting around you will understand.
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.
228 Gold Ave SW (Downtown)
Albuquerque NM 87102
Albuquerque NM 87102
Mon-Sat: 11am-2pm and 5pm-9pm Sun: Closed (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
This petite space serves the pinnacle entrées of French cuisine. Nestled in a cozy nook Downtown, Le Troquet has both a fine atmosphere and fine dishes so pull up a chair and enjoy. They’re open for lunch and dinner, offering vegetarian dishes seafood and dessert. Don’t expect to leave without a freshly baked baguette.
A tiny house on the northern cusp of Downtown is home to this New Mexican eatery. Papa Frank’s specializes in authentic food for the to-go crowd, so expect styrofoam and plasticware beneath your enchiladas. The red chile is made fresh daily and packs a flavorful punch.
Mon: 11am-6pm Tue-Sun: 11am-8pm (hours can change without notice)
Frozen Mexican-style paletas made with real fruit and organic cane sugar create an experience unlike the frozen treats you find in a box at the store. You won’t find high fructose corn syrup here, but you will discover Grandma Alvarez’ horchata and limeade recipes, as well as exotic paleta creations like guanabana, mimosa and, our favorite, avocado.
501 Roma Ave NW (Downtown)
Albuquerque NM 87102
Albuquerque NM 87102
Downtown chowhounds can enjoy a light, simple and delicious breakfast or lunch at the Roma Bakery and Deli. Choose a salad from the deli case (the spicy tuna is a must-try) or get the Magnífica deli-style sandwich, filled with salami, pepperoni and turkey topped with balsamic vinaigrette, for a filling meal at a great price. As a bonus, Oscar tucks away a homemade cookie for dessert or you can eyeball other fresh bakery treats behind the glass to take for later.
Mon: 7:30am-3pm Tue-Thurs: 7:30am-3pm, 5-9pm Fri: 7:30am-3pm, 5-10pm Sat: 9am-2pm, 5-10pm Sun: 9am-2pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • 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.
Mon-Thu: 11am-10pm Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm Sun: 11am-9pm (hours can change without notice)
Meat, meat, meat. All-you-can-eat meat. And then there's the salad bar. This joint’s got more dead meat than you can shake a chunk of meat on a stick at. From the kill to the grill, Tucanos makes all your dreams come true. That is, if you dream about meaty hunks of marinated flesh sliced right at your table. This lively, busy and fun Brazilian-themed restaurant next to the Century 14 movie theater is open late.
Open only for breakfast and lunch, Zohra's caters to the 9-to-5 crowd with a little bit of everything a Downtown diner could possibly want: Afghan foods, American standbys, even Indian tacos. But stick with the Middle Eastern stuff. Chicken kabobs are moist and unbelievably tender, served with peas on fluffy rice. There’s also chicken salan (stewed in a rich, warm gravy heavy with cardamom and mint, among other aromatic spices), gyros and a number of vegetarian choices that come à la carte or as a meal.
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
Mon-Fri 10-5:30pm Sat: 10:30-4pm Sun: Closed (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Lunch
Baggin’s prepares satisfying hot and cold sandwiches at a decent price. The Sundown is a staple for chronic dine-’n’-drivers: basically a turkey dinner in sandwich form, complete with stuffing and cranberry sauce. Try it on toasted whole wheat or sourdough instead of the standard roll. This old-school sandwich emporium has been at the top of our BoBR categories for Best Sandwich and Best Soup many times over the years.
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.
Mon-Fri: 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm Sat: noon-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm Sun: noon-9pm (hours can change without notice)
The Cooperage is old-school Albuquerque, right down to the dusty light fixtures. The barrel-shaped steakhouse has been a standby for 30 years thanks to its mile-long complimentary salad and soup bar, aged steaks (at a place like this, prime rib is king) and a big dance floor that’s always packed on the weekends.
You know what’s good here? The chicken. Also, the waffles. Ex-Lobo basketball player Frank Willis’ food has proven to be a staple in the Burque foodie scene. Willis and family know their way around a kitchen and serve up some great soul food, from the titular combo platter to cheese grits and beef hotlinks.
Cuisine: Barbecue/Soul Food
Proprietor Daniel “Pepper” Morgan has an impressive résumé. More importantly, he learned to cook from his grandmother, who taught him the recipe for her barbecue sauce (tangy, smoky and practically drinkable) and passed on to him the soul of soul food. All of the barbecue at Pepper’s is spectacular. On the side, good luck choosing between collard greens with smoked turkey, garlicky mac ’n’ cheese, molten hot fried okra and sweet potato corn bread. Closed Mondays.
Albuquerque - Far Northeast Heights
Mon-Sat: 11am-2am Sun: 11am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
The Barley Room is a watering hole in the far Northeast Heights that fills patrons up with live music, lots of libations and a surprisingly ample menu. Snack on bar-friendly fried things (say yes to the sweet potato fries!), or have a proper meal with burgers, salads, pasta, New Mexican dishes, and a few grilled meat and fish entrées. There’s a palpable sports bar feel to the place, but a diverse clientele keeps this bar/grill comfortable for just about everyone. The kitchen stays open until midnight every night; go ahead and linger.
Mon: Closed Tue: 5pm- 9pm Wed-Thu: 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-9pm Fri:11:30am-9:30pm Sat: 11:30am-9:30am Sun: 11:30am-9pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio
Everyone loves good, old-fashioned barbecue, and you’ll find heaps of it at the County Line. It has everything you could want: sweet corn on the cob, coleslaw, brown-sugar beans, you name it. Oh, and meat, meat, meat. The baby back ribs are especially good, as is the homemade hickory barbecue sauce. Wash it down with a pint and phenomenal city views, and you’ll be feeling right at home on the range.
Sun-Thurs: 10:30am-10pm Fri-Sat: 10:30am-11pm (hours can change without notice)
Aside from winning past Best of Burque Restaurant polls for “Best Pizza,” Dion's also has a wonderful selection of salads (particularly the Greek or any of the “gourmet” salads with fresh greens) and sandwiches (the pastrami is especially good). The pizza is made fresh and you can see them rolling and tossing the dough. Dine in or order takeout.