Albuquerque restaurants are a mixed bag: you will find many New Mexican and Mexican restaurants on this list as well as French, Mediterranean and other ethnic cuisine. Here is a list of our picks for the top Albuquerque restaurants.
Frontier Restaurant is a popular hangout on Central Avenue – formerly Route 66. The menu items are relatively inexpensive American and New Mexican fare. The restaurant boasts of fresh-squeezed orange juice and a large private collection of John Wayne paintings and other national and local art. You will also see steer horns and collector’s rifles hanging on the wall. Tip: try the sweet rolls with a glass of orange juice!
2. Church Street Café
This popular restaurant in Albuquerque is located in historic Old Town in an old adobe house that dates back to the founding of the city in 1706. Casa de Ruiz, as it is known, is one of the oldest buildings in New Mexico and has remained in the same family for 300 years. The Church Street Café’s menu includes Green Chile Chicken soup, Old-Fashioned Chile Rellenos and imported Mexican beers. The Café also offers vegetarian options. You can find more information here: http://www.churchstreetcafe.com.
3. Café Jean Pierre
Café Jean Pierre is one of the best restaurants in Albuquerque! It’s a fantastic French bistro that could easily be overlooked by passersby because of its humble outer appearance. But when you enter Café Jean Pierre, you are transported to Paris where you partake of pate, baguettes, crepes and good wine served up without pretense. This quaint locale presents the freshest ingredients of the season including steaks and fish with rich, flavorful sauces—truly a gem in Albuquerque’s fine dining scene. French food at its finest in a comfortable setting! http://www.abqfrenchrestaurant.com
4. Marcellos Chophouse
Located in the vibrant ABQ Uptown, Marcellos Chophouse is a fine dining interpretation of the classic American steakhouse. Wonderful Steaks, (including American Kobe) and seafood in a great steakhouse setting. http://www.marcelloschophouse.com/
5. Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill and Opa Bar
Yanni’s is located in the popular Nob Hill district; its décor is trendy and upbeat with blue mosaic tile and Mediterranean landscapes. This contemporary Greek restaurant is linked to a bar which houses live music performances. If you are looking for something to spice up your night, try the Souvlaki. Check out their menu at http://www.yannisandopabar.com/index.html.
6. Artichoke Café
The Artichoke Café is an Albuquerque top restaurant. This trendy, formal restaurant has white tablecloths and wine service. The walls host an art gallery and the waiters are plenty knowledgeable about the food. All in all a great place to go if you want luxury, gourmet food and personal attention. Peruse their menu online at http://www.artichokecafe.com.
7. Jennifer James 101
Jennifer James, arguably one of Albuquerque’s best chef, creates simple, clean food. Her food is prepared with the freshest, seasonal local ingredients available and is executed so well that those ingredients literally speak for themselves.
8. Los Cuates
Los Cuates has long been a favorite of Albuquerque natives. They offer freshly prepared Mexican comfort food. Their menu includes a large variety of New Mexican food cuisine, as well as a variety of appetizers. Good food, fast services and reasonable prices keeps their customers coming back time and again.
9. El Pinto
El Pinto is hands down the best Albuquerque restaurant to sit on the patio and have a margarita. Located Albuquerque’s beautiful North Valley, El Pinto is a great place for friends and families to gather, eat, and enjoy the enchantment that New Mexico has to offer.
10. Sadie’s Cocinita
Sadie’s is a local favorite offering great New Mexican fare. This North Valley location also bottles and sells its famous salsas and sauces. Most loved by Albuquerque natives: Sadie’s Roasted Green Chile Salsa. Get these award-winning sauces on your entrees. I’m warning you: it will be hot, hot, hot! Check it out at http://www.sadiessalsa.com/.