Albuquerque Restaurants

The Duke City has long been a place for hearty home-style cooking in big portions, and to this day it's easy to find great steak-and-chops houses, retro diners, and authentic New Mexican restaurants. The trick is finding them amid Albuquerque's miles of chain options and legions of dives, but if you look, you'll be rewarded with
The Duke City has long been a place for hearty home-style cooking in big portions, and to this day it's easy to find great steak-and-chops houses, retro diners, and authentic New Mexican restaurants. The trick is finding them amid Albuquerque's miles of chain options an
The Duke City has long been a place for hearty home-style cooking in big portions, and to this day it's easy to find gre

The Duke City has long been a place for hearty home-style cooking in big portions, and to this day it's easy to find great steak-and-chops houses, retro diners, and authentic New Mexican restaurants. The trick is finding them amid Albuquerque's miles of chain options and legions of dives, but if you look, you'll be rewarded with innovative food, and generally at prices much lower than in Santa Fe or other major Southwestern cities.

In Nob Hill, Downtown, and Old Town many notable new restaurants have opened, offering swank decor and complex and artful variations on modern Southwest, Mediterranean, Asian, and other globally inspired cuisine. A significant Vietnamese population has made that cuisine a star, but Indian, Japanese, Thai, and South American traditions all have a presence, making this New Mexico's best destination for ethnic fare.

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  • 1. Duran Central Pharmacy

    $ | Old Town | Mexican

    A favorite of old-timers who know their way around a blue-corn enchilada (and know that the red is the chile to pick for it), this lunch counter...Read More

  • 2. Farina Pizzeria & Wine Bar

    $ | Pizza

    A stellar spot for truly artisanal thin-crust pizza, Farina draws loyal crowds inside an ancient former EDo grocery store with hardwood floors...Read More

  • 3. Model Pharmacy

    $ | Nob Hill | American

    Real-deal 1940s soda fountain, check; dependable grilled-to-order sandwiches (the standards, from tuna to bagels and burgers, all updated with...Read More

  • 4. The Grove Café & Market

    $ | Café

    This airy, modern EDo neighborhood favorite features locally grown, seasonal specials at reasonable prices. Enjoy such fresh, quality treats...Read More

  • 5. Antiquity

    $$$$ | Old Town | American

    Within the thick adobe walls of this darkly lighted, romantic space off the plaza in Old Town, patrons have been feasting on rich, elegantly...Read More

  • 6. Artichoke Café

    $$$$ | Contemporary

    Locals praise this smartly contemporary EDo historic-district stalwart, and its intimate wood-lined bar area, for attentive service and French...Read More

  • 7. Barelas Coffee House

    $ | Barelas | Mexican

    Barelas may look like a set in search of a script, but it's the real deal: diners come from all over the city to sup in this old-fashioned chile...Read More

  • 8. Campo

    $$$ | Los Ranchos de Albuquerque | American

    Pink light rising on the Sandias, lavender fields aglow; dining at Los Poblanos—its menu wholly committed to finely prepared dishes made from...Read More

  • 9. Church Street Café

    $$ | Old Town | Mexican

    This spacious, traditional adobe eatery remains as authentic as its menu, which features family recipes spanning four generations, with fresh...Read More

  • 10. Farm & Table

    $$$ | North Valley | American

    Set in the rural far-north end of town, yet all of 15 minutes from Downtown, you will find this much-reported friend-of-farmers dining spot...Read More

  • 11. Flying Star Cafe

    $ | Nob Hill | Café

    Flying Star is a staple here, and each outpost of this locally owned order-at-the-counter-first café suits its neighborhood. At the original...Read More

  • 12. Frenchish

    $$$ | Nob Hill | French

    Innovative, flavorful, fun, and, indeed, French-ish. In 2016, Nob Hill welcomed the return of the renowned culinary team of Nelle Bauer and...Read More

  • 13. Frontier Restaurant

    $ | University of New Mexico | Café

    This definitive student hangout—it's directly across from UNM—is open seven days from 5 am till the wee hours, and hits the spot for inexpensive...Read More

  • 14. Garcia's Kitchen

    $ | North Valley | Mexican

    Gotta have some green? Local mini-chain Garcia's does it—and red—right, and offers them served-up fast (and vegetarian-friendly). Come here...Read More

  • 15. Golden Crown Panaderia

    $ | Old Town | Bakery

    On the eastern fringe of Old Town, this aromatic, down-home-style bakery is especially well known for two things: its hearty green-chile bread...Read More

  • 16. La Crêpe Michel

    $ | Old Town | French

    When red-or-green chile overload sets in, Old Town offers an antidote: this tiny, French creperie tucked down a side alley, in what feels like...Read More

  • 17. Rancher's Club

    $$$$ | University of New Mexico | Steakhouse

    This clubby, old-world steak house in the Crowne Plaza Hotel is popular with deep-pocketed carnivores for its aged steaks, and harder-to-find...Read More

  • 18. Range Café

    $ | University of New Mexico | American

    A local standby for any meal, the Range Cafe has a high comfort quotient with hearty dishes like their Chimayo grilled-chicken sandwich with...Read More

  • 19. Sadie's

    $ | Los Ranchos de Albuquerque | Mexican

    Remembered fondly by old-timers for the days when its home was inside the Lucky 66 bowling alley next door, Sadie's is still a lively scene...Read More

  • 20. Scalo Northern Italian Grill

    $$$ | Nob Hill | Italian

    In the heart of Nob Hill, this contemporary eatery draws a crowd for its upscale sheen and its people-watching patio scene. Pasta is prepared...Read More

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