Spanish Restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico
Albuquerque - Downtown
11am to 9:30pm, Tuesday through Saturday (hours can change without notice)
Rich colors and rustic materials create a quaint industrial atmosphere (much like the 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. The standouts belong to the tapas menu, and with many to choose from, it might be wise to craft a meal just using the small plates. The espárragos (asparagus) are plump and green, roasted and spiced with a deft hand. The accompanying goat cheese and roasted red pepper add welcome richness.
Mon-Thurs: 4pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 4pm-midnight (hours can change without notice)
This rooftop bar offers a breezy patio, a menu of small plates and specialty cocktails for those looking to relax after a long day at work (the kind where you wear suits!). The food is hit or miss, but the house-created cocktails—like the spicy-yet-refreshing cucumber-jalapeño margarita—make it well worth a visit.
Mon-Sat: 7am-10pm Sun: 7am-9pm (hours can change without notice)
As the name reveals, the focus of the restaurant is on tapas—dainty plates of beautifully presented and succulent morsels. And, as you may have guessed, there’s vino aplenty. Best of all is the location inside the historic and beautifully renovated Hotel Andaluz. We suggest a glass of sherry with a plate of assorted Spanish cheeses.
Santa Fe - Santa Fe
This is another one of our all-time Santa Fe favorites. We go for Spanish-style tapas in one of the quiet dining rooms. 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.