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 crushed into a powder to make the sauce. Which one is hotter? That varies year-to-year, depending on how much water and sun the crops received, and other factors. The main difference is in texture; red tends to have a smokier flavor. A good chile dish shouldn’t set your mouth on fire; it’ll have a zip, but most importantly you should be able to savor its flavor. Can’t decide? Order your meal Christmas–a combination of red and green chile. Classic traditional chile, corn, meat and cheese dishes have been taken to new heights by Albuquerque's fine restaurants. New Mexico ingredients are a playground for our inspired chefs, many of whom have earned James Beard Awards and other honors. Like New Mexico itself, our food invites tastes and styles from all over the world, and recombines them into flavors found only here. When visiting Albuquerque, you owe it to yourself to experience a fine-dining meal, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about it’s origins and inspirations; our passionate chefs love to talk shop.






High Noon Restaurant and Saloon
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Housed in a 250 old adobe on the north side of Old Town Albuquerque, the High Noon restaurant has been serving great food for 38 years. Upon entering this special place dating back to 1785, you'll find a cozy bar lounge with southwestern santos...  Read More



Bring your french accent and your appetite to this cozy hidden spot located back in one of the cute alley ways on the east side of the historic Old Town Plaza. Unlike its New Mexican food counterparts, you will be pleasantly surprised at the...  Read More

Bien Shur
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Dine in Southwestern elegance on the 9th floor of the Sandia Resort and Casino at the Bien Shur Restaurant, with incredible views of the Sandia Mountains. Bien Shur offers a beautiful dining room and top notch service, open Tuesday through...  Read More

Indigo Crow
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Indigo Crow is the epitome of "Corrales cool." Rustic, charming and Southwestern relaxed can describe this restaurant in an old adobe, serving scrumptious contemporary American cuisine with a taste of the Southwest added to some dishes. ...  Read More



Since 1986, Scalo, in the heart of Nob Hill, has been delivering great italian food, steaks, fish and pasta in this trendy, open grill eatery. Scalo is the recipient of Open Table's Diner's Choice Award and Spectator's Award of Excellence for...  Read More

Seasons Rotisserie & Grill
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Seasons Rotisserie and Grill, situated just north of Old Town Albuquerque, is an elegant restaurant, but with contemporary casual flair. Its open kitchen serves as the backdrop for white tablecloth dining, with hardwood floors, large fresh...  Read More



At the Prairie Star restaurant on the Santa Ana Pueblo, you'll experience great food and spectacular scenery while dining in an old adobe mansion from the 1940's, complete with hand-carved wooden accents and cozy corner fireplaces. Enjoy the...  Read More



When entering the Artichoke Cafe, your first reaction might be, "I'm not in Albquerque anymore," as the vibe here feels like a swanky little New York restaurant, with its elegant decor and artwork. The energy is good here and the wait staff...  Read More



The Antiquity Restaurant in Old Town, is this tucked away gem that locals in the know rave about. This almost hidden treasure is worth finding, as customers rave about leaving this restaurant with a very happy tummy. Also, many couples...  Read More

North Valley


Cherie Montoya Austin, who grew up in the North Valley of Albuquerque, the greenest and most fertile part of the city, started Farm and Table restaurant, an obvious culmination and continuation of her values and traditions. Chefs prepare...  Read More


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