$$$ Restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico
Albuquerque - Downtown
Mon: 11am-9pm Tues-Fri: 11am-10pm Sat: Noon-10pm Sun: 5-9pm (hours can change without notice)
Across Edith from the Artichoke Café, Farina’s proximity to some of Albuquerque’s most established fine dining isn't an accident. Farina is the punked-out younger sibling of the jazzy Artichoke and brings tantalizing options to the neighborhood: pizza, beer and wine, all of it damn good. Sharp and concise, with 20 superb choices offered by the glass or the bottle, Farina’s wine list is focused and straightforward. The bar is comfortable and every wine can be perfectly matched with the kitchen’s chic offerings.
Sun: 8am-3pm Mon: Closed Tues-Sat: 7am-3pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • 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-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.
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)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
This petite Downtown restaurant serves tres magnifique French cuisine. Le Troquet has a cozy atmosphere and sumptuous dishes so pull up a chair. Open for lunch and dinner, Le Troquet offers vegetarian dishes, seafood and even dessert. Don’t leave without a fresh-baked baguette.
Mon closed, Tue-Wed 4-9pm, Fri-Sat 4-10pm, Sun 4-8pm (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Dinner
By day an unassuming coffee shop, Seared puts on its ball gown at night and serves a beautiful dinner menu to those who know. Make reservations ahead of time and ask the server what’s good that day. Seared specializes in meat dishes like French-cut pork chops and filet de boeuf, but they’re happy to accommodate vegetarian or gluten-free dietary restrictions as well.
Alibi recommends: Filet de boeuf, kababs, or whatever’s on special.
Vibe: An upscale joint hidden in a coffeeshop facade.
Mon: 7:30am-3pm Tue-Thurs: 7:30am-3pm, 5-9pm Fri: 7:30am-3pm, 5-10pm Sat: 9am-2pm, 5-10pm Sun: 9am-2pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • 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-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.
Albuquerque - Fairgrounds
Mon-Sat: 7am-6pm Sun: 9am-3pm (hours can change without notice)
A whole room at this shop is dedicated to displaying wedding cakes, its forté. Kids' cakes can be adorned with anything from Shrek to Kermit the Frog. Basic sheet cakes can be ordered to serve anywhere from 15 to 96 guests. Choose from cakes like marble, German chocolate or carrot; fillings like Bavarian cream, blueberry or chocolate fudge; and icings including butter cream, chocolate chipped cream and cream cheese. Cakes aside, a wide selection of Danishes, like strawberry cheese, praline and apricot, are also very tempting. The cookie selection is worth testing, especially Chinese almond and lemon coconut.
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.
Albuquerque - Far Northeast Heights
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.
5900 Eubank Blvd NE (Far Northeast Heights)
Albuquerque NM 87111
Albuquerque NM 87111
Sun-Thu: 11am-9pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
This is Greek food that’s elegant, straightforward and absolutely delicious. White tile and recessed blue light create an island oasis that’s suggested rather than spelled out (no 8-foot murals here), and the service is friendly and attentive. The lentil soup is seasoned with just a whisper of aged balsamic vinegar, perfect with a toasty triangle of imported pita bread and a light Greek salad.
Dinner: Daily from 5pm The Lounge: Daily from 3pm Happy Hour: Daily 3-6pm (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: Fine Dining, American, Bar, Dessert, Fusion, Organic/Locally Grown, Seafood, Steakhouse, Vegetarian, Wine Bar
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
Wine flights are the best way to try different selections without going broke, and Savoy has some interesting choices. They pair perfectly with the restaurant’s stunning interiors and lovely New American dishes—stovetop clam bake, grilled peach salad and the house charcuterie plate. For dessert, there’s praline-chocolate torte, house-made blackberry-Chambord ice cream, cheese plates and, of course, a glass of La Spinetta Moscato d’Asti.
Mon-Thurs: 4pm-10pm Fri: 4pm-10:30pm Sat: 3pm-10:30pm Sun: 3pm-9pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go
Trombino's Bistro Italiano has been an institution of family-style Italian dining in the Heights for more than 30 years. It houses an impressively fat menu that includes a full bar, espresso drinks and an ample wine list. The service is quicker than a Hollywood marriage, and the waitstaff seems particularly knowledgeable about the food and wines. Gravitate to the more rustic Italian fare—lemon-basil chicken salad, grilled homemade Italian sausage, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and manicotti--all are amply portioned and tasty.
8000 Paseo Del Norte NE (Far Northeast Heights)
Albuquerque NM 87112
Albuquerque NM 87112
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Albuquerque - I-25 Corridor
Mon-Thurs: 11am-9pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm Sun: 5pm-9pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
For something a little more out of the ordinary, pay a visit to Pars Cuisine, the Persian restaurant near the Century Rio 24 theater. Vegetarians will appreciate the nonmeat options and meat lovers are sure to love the spicy kabobs. Linger on your floor cushions while belly dancers roam through the dining room.
Albuquerque - Nob Hill
Mon: Closed Tue-Fri, Sun: 11am-9pm Sat: 11am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Take Out / To-Go • DJ • Dancing • Outdoor Patio • Lounge
Finally, the Fried Chicken. When talking with someone at the bar the next day, he asked what I should order, and I told him the fried chicken, wherein I described it as “the crispiest, crunchiest skin you’ve ever had, packed full of seasoning, all holding in some of the most moist white chicken you’ve ever had, with the perfect pairing of sides and a hot sauce that doesn’t need to be there, but is so much better for existing for it.” Afterwards, he told me I undersold the dish to him. I cannot begin to tell you how highly I think of this fried chicken. With a buttermilk brine, the mashed potatoes and gravy and that incredible hot sauce, it is so incredibly good I felt shame when I couldn’t finish my second piece.
Alibi recommends: The fried chicken, the meatloaf, and the barbacoa nachos.
Vibe: High-end-dining featuring American cuisine with a cocktail lounge.
Closed Monday Tuesday through Thursday: 11am-2pm, 5pm-8:30pm Friday: 11am-2pm, 5pm-9:30pm Saturday: 4pm-9:30pm Sunday: 4pm-8pm (hours can change without notice)
This New Orleans-style seafood restaurant on historic Route 66 serves up a mean Cajun-style shrimp with an emphasis on spicy, although Jamaican and Indian sauces have been added to the offerings. The menu includes sandwiches, salads and Louisiana classics like pan-fried gator, jambalaya and gumbo.
3310 Central Ave SE (Nob Hill)
Albuquerque NM 87106
Albuquerque NM 87106
Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11:30am-2pm Sat: 12:00pm-2:30pm Dinner: Mon-Thurs: 5:00-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 5:00-10:30pm Closed Sunday (hours can change without notice)
Shogun serves sashimi, nigiri and sushi rolls in a fashionable Nob Hill setting. Park yourself by the sushi bar to watch the chefs skillfully prepare Japanese specialties as outgoing orders float past you on little wooden boats. The spider roll (with fried soft shell crab) is highly addictive, so be sure to order enough for everyone in your party.
Brunch: Sun: 11am-2:30pm Dinner: Sun: 5pm-9pm Mon-Thurs: 5pm-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm Cellar Bar: Tues-Sat: 4:30pm-12am Mon: 4:30pm-11pm (kitchen until 10pm) (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: American, Fine Dining, French, Organic/Locally Grown, Wine Bar, Bar, Dessert, Fusion, Steakhouse, Vegetarian
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Wireless Internet
Zinc is a delightfully renovated historic space in Nob Hill, reborn as an upscale restaurant serving elegant American food with noticeable French inspiration. Downstairs, the cellar bar attracts a younger crowd for drinks and music. The happy hour menu, wines by the glass and prices are the best around. Give the brunch a try, and while you’re at it, try a Taos Mule from the bar.