Leave assumptions about New Mexico dining at home; there’s more than meets the eye in Albuquerque’s restaurant scene. Despite Albuquerque’s reputation for being filled with restaurants where South America-inspired New Mexican cuisine is king, the list of restaurants that deliver excellent food in every style of fare, from American to French, is impressive. The highly competitive world of restaurants in Albuquerque isn’t massive, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in quality. Sometimes, it seems like it would be harder to find a restaurant in Albuquerque that hasn’t won an award. No matter what you’re looking for, be it cool cafés with Wine Country vibes, stellar gourmet steakhouses, mind-blowing French restaurants or Argentine oases, the good ole City of Albuquerque will almost surely be able to sate your craving.
With tons of natural light, French doors and cool, earthy tones accented by espresso furnishings and the occasional bright blue painting, the Artichoke Café is has the ambiance of a hip little Wine Country bistro. The amazing, creative dishes reflect the influences of French, Italian and American cuisines, and the stellar wine list leaves little room for disappointment.
214 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque NM 87108
The Desert Fish is a chic Albuquerque restaurant where Northwest-inspired seafood creations reign supreme. In addition to the full oyster bar, this restaurant tempts diners with starters like spicy grilled shrimp gazpacho and bacon wrapped scallops, and entrees like cioppino, linguini & clams, whole Dungeness crab and halibut hoagies.
High Finance Restaurant – At the Top of the Tram
40 Tramway Rd NE, Albuquerque NM 87122
On the eastern outskirts of Albuquerque, High Finance Restaurant sits on top of Sandia Peak—at a breathtaking elevation of 10,378 feet—and offers outstanding views alongside delicious, contemporary American cuisine. The menu includes everything from traditional dips and robust salads to hearty entrees like mushroom-topped New York Strip, grilled ahi tuna with risotto, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin and vegetarian ravioli.
4500 Silver Ave. SE, Albuquerque NM 87108
When craving incredible, authentic Mexican food in Albuquerque, Los Equipales is one of the best places to make your taste buds happy. This critically acclaimed restaurant boasts a menu of genuine south-of-the-border cuisine, highlighting the fresh, flavorful dishes of Central and Coastal Mexico.
Lucia at Andaluz Hotel
125 Second St. NW, Albuquerque NM 87102
Located within the only “green,” historic and AAA four-diamond hotel in Albuquerque, Lucia at Andaluz Hotel matches its posh surroundings with superb Mediterranean fare. The menu is comprised of dishes crafted from fresh ingredients to be paired with fine wines or specialty cocktails.
Nob Hill Bar & Grill
3128 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque NM 87106
Nob Hill Bar & Grill is a stylish yet casual Albuquerque restaurant offering upscale American comfort food in a fun and vibrant setting. The menu kicks off with a list of “Munchies” that includes crab cakes, seared miso tuna wontons, applewood smoked chicken wings, and panko-crusted mozzarella sticks, then evolves into a tempting selection of surf and turf dishes that promise to satisfy even the most diverse palates.
4320 The 25 Way, Suite 100, Albuquerque NM 87109
Reminiscent of an exotic castle, Pars Cuisine is an Albuquerque restaurant where diners can enjoy a lengthy menu of Persian and Mediterranean cuisines, as well as unique luxuries like belly dancers, a Samavar Bar and an alluring Tea Room. Called a Persian Paradise by New Mexico Business Weekly, this restaurant also impresses with fully appointed private dining areas complete with audio/visual amenities and free WiFi.
Rancher's Club of New Mexico
1901 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque NM 87102
Diners don’t have to be steak lovers to find their own slice of heaven at the Rancher’s Club of New Mexico. At this fantastic fine dining restaurant in Albuquerque, the award-winning wine list pairs brilliantly with prepared seafood, poultry and American cuts of tender steak from corn-fed, dry-aged USDA Prime beef.
Sandiago's Mexican Grill
40 Tramway Rd. NE.,Albuquerque NM 87122
Sandiago’s Mexican Grill in Albuquerque offers more than great food for lunch and dinner. Located at the base of the Sandia Peak Tramway, this restaurant offers phenomenal views of the city and sunset alongside both contemporary and traditional preparations of flavorful Mexican cuisine.Don’t miss the baja tacos, the grilled salmon with a three-pepper glaze or the over-sized signature margaritas.
Savoy Bar and Grill – Albuquerque
10601 Montgomery Blvd., Albuquerque NM 87111
If you’re in the mood, but out the funds, for a trip to Northern California’s Wine Country, Savoy Bar and Grill Albuquerque is a darn fine alternative. This chic, contemporary little hotspot features a vine-covered patio, a bright and open interior with elegant décor and a stunning tasting room filled with fresh flowers and amazing vintages. Savoy Bar and Grill is a nice place to enjoy the Albuquerque weather during a dining experience. The Californian cuisine is top-notch and varied enough to leave even the pickiest eaters coming back for seconds.
3500 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque NM 87106
A recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and celebrated for delectable traditional Italian cuisine, Scalo is one of the hottest restaurants in Nob Hill. The atmosphere is classy, yet casual, and the seasonally changing menu offers amazing dishes prepared with locally grown organic produce.
Seasons Rotisserie & Grill
2031 Mountain Rd., San Felipe Plaza, Albuquerque NM 87104
Seasons Rotisserie & Grill is a chic yet casual restaurant located just north of historic Old Town Plaza in Albuquerque. This breezy restaurant features a large, open dining room, a beautiful patio and a rooftop cantina, all of which welcome diners to relax and enjoy dishes like pecan crusted three-cheese relleno, warm pear & brie salad, house-made autumn squash & mushroom ravioli, grilled double cut pork chops and rotisserie half chicken.
St. Clair Winery & Bistro
901 Rio Grande Blvd., Suite 100, Albuquerque NM 87104
In the summer of 2005, the popular St. Claire Winery opened a bistro and tasting room near Old Town Albuquerque to offer locals and visitors a winning combination of creative fare and outstanding wines. The menu boasts dishes like artisan cheese plates, bistro crab cakes, flat iron steak with cabernet-infused blue cheese crumbles, and grilled salmon with lemon butter. Also, live jazz music is featured Thursday through Sunday nights.
Terra American Bistro
1119 Alameda Blvd. NW, Albuquerque NM 87114
Located in the heart of Albuquerque’s North Valley, Terra American Bistro & Wine Bar is a celebrated restaurant that has received praises from publications such as the Albuquerque Tribune and Zagat. The seasonally changing menu takes advantage of fresh, locally grown ingredients woven into dishes of contemporary French and Italian cuisine.
The Melting Pot – Albuquerque
2011 Mountain Rd., Albuquerque NM 87104
A Mecca for fondue lovers, the Melting Pot in Albuquerque is the place to go for stupefying four-course meals and a coolly elegant setting. The meals begin with creamy cheese fondue, then move to refreshing salads, then to one of the amazing entrée fondues and are finished with a dessert of to-die-for: chocolate fondue. Anyone who’s trying to stay true to a diet will have a hard time resisting the rich and delicious fare here.
Trombino’s Bistro Italiano
424 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque NM 87102
Since 1979, Trombino’s Bistro Italiano has remained a favorite in the Albuquerque dining scene. This warm and friendly restaurant features a large menu of home made pastas, prime steaks, fresh seafood and indulgent deserts. The extensive wine list also offers ample pairing opportunities.
Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro
3009 Central Ave. NE, Albuquerque NM 87106
Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro is a slice of heaven for lovers of fine dining, fresh fusion cuisine and incredible wines. This three-level bistro is alive with a playfully sophisticated ambiance, and the prices aren’t anything that will break the bank. Zinc is one of Albuquerque’s signature restaurants, and is equally popular for its hip and classy downstairs lounge, the Cellar Bar, which serves amazing drinks and live jazz performances.