Adventurous eating in Albuquerque
Albuquerque's New Mexico cuisine is as colorful, adventurous, diverse and savory as the city. From simple dishes that have been enjoyed for centuries, to Southwest fusion tastes that have created their own genre, New Mexico’s distinct culinary legacy is known throughout the world. Chile is the foundation for most of New Mexico’s classic dishes. Technically a fruit, this pepper has been cultivated into several varieties to vary heat and size. Green and red chile are made from the same peppers; greens are younger and reds are fully ripe. Green chile tends to be meatier; red chiles are dried, usually in colorful ristras, then... Read more »
- Cuisine: American, European, Fusion, Southwestern
- Average Main Course Price: $22
- Neighborhood: North Valley
Local Expert Tip: "Make reservations at least two weeks in advance. It is difficult to get in, as it is very popular."
- Cuisine: European, French, Seafood, Steakhouse
- Average Main Course Price: $24.95
- Neighborhood: Old Town
Local Expert Tip: "The crab cakes are to die for."
- Cuisine: American, European, French, Italian, New American
- Average Main Course Price: $22
- Neighborhood: Downtown
Local Expert Tip: "With two private rooms seating up to 40, the Artichoke Cafe is available for private parties."
Excellent food and paired wine list served in this flowing New Mexico structure with great views of the Sandia Mountains.
Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to request a window table when making reservations, to catch the sun setting on the Sandia Mountains."
Contemporary cuisine with plenty of New Mexico accents, coupled with a more-formal downstairs and relaxed... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Go upstairs to the Cantina for a more sports bar type environment inside, or relaxing vibe outside on the patio, with views of the mountains, Old Town and live jazz music accompaniment. Drink specials and bar menu available."
This stalwart Albuquerque restaurant in Nob Hill is a great place for fine-dining, people watching and... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Check out Wine and Dine Wednesdays, when the chef prepares a special menu paired with select wines."
- Cuisine: American
- Average Main Course Price: $23
- Neighborhood: Corrales
The Indigo Crow serves consistently excellent food in a beautiful Corrales location.
Local Expert Tip: "Ask about the pre fixe wine dinners, and enjoy a patio table during warm weather."
The sweeping views of Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains complement the solid menu and extensive wine list.
Local Expert Tip: "Bien Shur creates fabulous buffets on holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Mother's Day. They are also available for Christmas parties and other events."
La Crepe Michel offers a taste of authentic French cuisine in Old Town.
Local Expert Tip: "Make reservations for this small, high-demand restaurant."
- Cuisine: American, Fusion, Southwestern
- Average Main Course Price: $20
- Neighborhood: Historic Old Town
This fine-dining restaurant in Old Town is housed in a cozy, historic building and serves one of the best steaks in New Mexico.
Local Expert Tip: "Check out the santo room and enjoy a stroll around Albuquerque's Old Town after your meal."
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