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 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.
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.
Mon-Sat: 7am-10pm Sun: 7am-9pm (hours can change without notice)
As its name reveals, the focus of this restaurant is tapas—dainty plates of beautifully presented succulent morsels. And, as you may have guessed, there’s vino aplenty. Best of all, though, is the space, inside historic, renovated Hotel Andaluz. We recommend trying 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.