Restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico where Booze Served
Albuquerque - Coronado/Winrock
I know what you’re thinking: a seafood shack in the desert? How on earth could this be any good? But it truly is. Slapfish prides itself in sourcing fish from sustainable farms and fishers, which means that what’s in your taco is pretty high caliber stuff. Their fish and chips are as greasily satisfying as you could want, and the ultimate fish taco (famously large enough you’ll need both hands to eat it) tastes like a surf trip down to Baja. Crack a couple cold ones on their patio and dig into the catch of the day.
Albuquerque - Corrales
Sun-Thurs: 6am-10pm Fri-Sat: 6am-11pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
Winner of Best Casual Dining, Best Veggie Burger, Best Toast, Best Healthy Breakfast and Best Desserts in our restaurant polls. Sure, you go in thinking you’ll be good and get a skinny latte, scrambled egg whites and a side of turkey and green chile sausage, but five minutes later somebody’s saying “eclair” and the voice is coming from your mouth. But, boy, do they taste good.
Sun-Thu 11am-11pm Fri-Sat 11am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Il Vicino’s thin-crusted, gourmet-topped pizzas are perennial favorites among Alibi readers, but the big salads are equally popular. Order at the register and a server brings the food to your table, making weekday lunches speedy. The open kitchen gives you something to stare at while you wait. Stop in for a quick lunch or a late afternoon microbrew on the patio.
Albuquerque - Downtown
Dim Sum Mon-Sat 11am-2pm Dim Sum Fri 5:30-8:30pm Sushi Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, Sat 12-2pm Sushi Mon-Sat 5:00-9:30pm Closed Sun (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio
Dim sum and sushi under the same roof? It's like a dream come true. The beautiful interior of this vintage filling station just East of the federal courthouse is a marked change from the cozy home interior near the university where AmerAsia used to reside. Hyangami Yi's food is just as good as ever. Expect her familiar dim sum plates and buns, and feel free to order sushi you've never had in this town from her brother Woo Youn. He's got all the usual sashimi and nigiri in his adjoining restaurant, but it's his original, creative rolls that really set Sumo apart—that, and the adorable little train that ferries your pickled ginger around the sushi bar.
Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11am-2:30pm Dinner: Sun-Thu: 5pm-9pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-10pm Happy Hour: Mon-Fri: 3pm-6pm Closed Sunday (hours can change without notice)
It just 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 heftier order of grilled curried chicken or sliced steak. Once your upscale lunch or dinner has concluded, adjourn to the sexy wine bar next door. The wine list is actually a bound leather tome featuring a massive assortment of wines. Prices start at a decent $28 or $30 a bottle and zoom into the upper stratospheres of frivolity. You can also order select vintages by the half-bottle or glass. You'll love the front-facing windows, curvy wooden bar and comfy seating.
Alibi recommends: Any of their signature drinks will pair wonderfully with the menu. The raviolis are especially wonderful.
Vibe: High-end dining in a clean, classy locale
Mon-Thurs: 11am-9:30pm Fri: 11am-11pm Sat: noon- 11pm Closed Sun (hours can change without notice)
This is the spot for satisfying pre- or post-movie cravings with a menu that traverses the Asian continent. Think pho and pad Thai with a side of Japanese cold sesame noodles. The warming Thai soup is especially restorative. Inside, it’s clean, classy and calm and open until 11pm on weekends.
Pioneers in the Albuquerque bustaurant scene, the Boiler Monkey creates and serves savory and sweet crepes. Both the serving area and the fresh food are designed with delightful attention to detail. Enjoy a Burque turkey crepe or flavorful lox and be sure to save room for a sweet crepe like the Navidad with blueberry pie filling and creamy goat cheese for dessert.
Sun-Thu 11am-midnight Fri-Sat 11am-1am (hours can change without notice)
With everything all shiny and new, you may feel overwhelmed on entry but allow the friendly staff guide you to your table and own little slice of heaven. While the menu is on the concise side, all the dishes here are executed to perfection. While you wait, watch the game or play a game—a board game, that is! With all the hubbub happening at night Downtown, this is a perfectly chill place to escape for a drink or two.
11am to 9:30pm, Tuesday through Saturday (hours can change without notice)
Rich colors and rustic textures create a quaint industrial atmosphere, much like Castilian casas of yore. The Cellar offers lunch or dinner, but dinner offers a fuller menu. Dinner features tapas—hot or cold—entrées, soups, salads and sandwiches. Discover standouts on the tapas menu. With a variety to choose from, it’s wise to craft a meal with these small plates. The espárragos (asparagus) are plump and green, deftly roasted and spiced; accompanying goat cheese and roasted red pepper add welcome richness.
709 Bridge Blvd SW (Downtown)
Albuquerque NM 87105
Albuquerque NM 87105
Mon-Thu 7 am - 8 pm Fri-Sat 7 am - 9 pm Sun 8 am - 3 pm (hours can change without notice)
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Mon-Wed 4pm-midnight, Thu-Sun noon-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Wine • Cider • Live Music • DJ • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
This indoor-outdoor brewery is as cozy as it is fun. The bartenders are friendly and informative, and you’ll even find the smiling owners working the taps. The identifying feature of the outdoor patio are metal towers that stretch high above the building. Enjoy Asian fusion cuisine from resident food truck Kitsune or order a pizza made in the wood-fired oven.
Mon: 11am-9pm Tues-Fri: 11am-10pm Sat: Noon-10pm Sun: 5-9pm (hours can change without notice)
Across Edith from the Artichoke Café, Farina’s proximity to some of Albuquerque’s most established fine dining isn't an accident. Farina is the punked-out younger sibling of the jazzy Artichoke and brings tantalizing options to the neighborhood: pizza, beer and wine, all of it damn good. Sharp and concise, with 20 superb choices offered by the glass or the bottle, Farina’s wine list is focused and straightforward. The bar is comfortable and every wine can be perfectly matched with the kitchen’s chic offerings.
Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
The Feel Good shares a lineage of family recipes, palates and tastes. Passed down through the decades, this cultural DNA is very much alive here for luncheon or supper and continues to thrive. Efforts to preserve and nurture permeate the food—mostly soups, sandwiches and tartines—and culture and will leave you feeling, well, good.
Sun: 8am-3pm Mon: Closed Tues-Sat: 7am-3pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • 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 even has a mini-shop filled with goodies like honey, jams, mustards and vinegars, not to mention cookbooks, serving vessels and greeting cards. The tiny wine list is just as chic—five reds and five whites marked on a chalkboard and constantly changing. This list is well thought-out and offers some of the most esoteric varietals and brands available in town. There’s also a large, shady patio, incredible house-made cupcakes and adorable 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
Hartford Square’s menu changes weekly but always features quality, locally sourced ingredients in dine-in and take-out options. The salads are stocked with fresh, seasonal ingredients, and there are always a few hot options such as the Canadian salmon or ratatouille pot pie. The tea selection is simply divine. Try the Sandia spice tea over ice, a steaming cup of an herbal-blood orange blend or go for broke with a vanilla tea latte. Get here early enough, and you’ll get first crack at the crossword in the house copy of the New York Times.
Mon closed, Tue-Wed 3pm-10pm, Thu 3pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight, Sun noon-9pm (hours can change without notice)
How awesome is a distillery with both knockout drinks and a great small plate and entrée menu? It’s pretty darn awesome, which is why you’ll frequently find us sipping a cucumber-infused gin fizz at Hollow Spirits’ bar and sharing cassava fries and charcuterie with our homies.
Alibi recommends: Bloody Mary flight, gin fizz, avocado toast
Vibe: Casual and social: great place to bring a bunch of friends after work
Mon-Thu 11am - 10pm Fri-Sat 11am-11PM Sun:11am-9pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio
The New Mexico grass-fed Holy Cow burger comes on a brioche bun, while the equally yummy ahi tuna sandwich, veggie club and dinner salads offer bovine-averse diners a larger selection. Beer and wine, shakes, malts and floats are available to complete the sacrament.
Mon-Thurs: 4pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 4pm-midnight (hours can change without notice)
This rooftop bar offers a menu of small plates and specialty cocktails to relax with after a long day at work. The food here is fine, but the house-created cocktails—such as the the spicy and refreshing cucumber-jalapeño margarita—make a visit to Ibiza well worth the trip.
Sun-Wed: 11am-10pm Fri-Sat: 11am-1:30am (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Wine • Delivery • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Jukebox • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
Get your late-night pizza fix plus a pint on Downtown’s favorite patio. The outdoor seating at JC’s New York Pizza Department makes a perfect vantage point for people-watching on weekends. The back room is stocked with 1980s tabletop arcade games, flat-screen TVs and there are several beers on tap to complement your slice.
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 Downtown restaurant serves tres magnifique French cuisine. Le Troquet has a cozy atmosphere and sumptuous dishes so pull up a chair. Open for lunch and dinner, Le Troquet offers vegetarian dishes, seafood and even dessert. Don’t leave without a fresh-baked baguette.