Albuquerque: Alphabetical Index

To visit a restaurant review, simply click on the alphabetical character below that matches the first character of the restaurant in which you are interested then click on the "More" link. To "jump" back to the top of the page, please use the "up" arrow directly below the last restaurant reviewed for a specific alphabetical character.  Note:  You can also locate Albuquerque restaurants I have reviewed by using the Index by Cuisine.  The name of restaurants rated "20" or higher appears in bold red.  

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ABC Chinese Restaurant
8720 Menaul, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
If you dine frequently at the ABC Chinese Restaurant, you know that the blue menu features truly authentic Chinese dishes.  As one of the top three or four Chinese restaurants in Albuquerque, ABC Chinese has held on to its roots.   more... Chinese

Acapulco Tacos & Burritos
840 San Mateo Blvd, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM

Serving Albuquerque for more than a quarter century, Acapulco Tacos & Burritos is little more than a permanent food stand, albeit one that serves some of the best tacos and burritos in the city.  Officers and airmen from Kirtland salute this restaurant.  You will, too.  more... Mexican
Amadeo's Pizza And Subs
809 89th Street
Albuquerque, NM
Nestled within the confines of a nondescript shopping center, Amadeo's is named for its founder Amadeo Garcia and is run by his sons.  Although it's been around for nearly a decade, many residents north of I-40 have never heard of it--their loss. more... Pizza
301 Cornell, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
With its extensive diem sum menu, Amerasia is the perfect dining destination when one entree just won't do and you want a multi-course meal that tantalizes your taste buds with varied sensations (including sweet, piquant, savory and sour).   more... Chinese
The Artichoke Cafe
424 Central, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
The "saucy little bistro at the heart of creative cuisine" is one of city's most revered and highly esteemed restaurants, a 5000-square foot, 120-seat establishment you need to visit if you need reminding that Albuquerque does have wonderful gourmet food.  more... Fine Dining

Asado Brazilian Grill
4959 Pan American West Freeway, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM

Carnivores and vegetarians will both something to like at Asado Brazilian Grill, Albuquerque's second Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse).  They'll also find a festive, fun place to eat with an exciting salad bar and a wide assortment of meat selections.  more... Brazilian
Asian Noodle Bar
318 Central, S.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Talk about making a huge splash!  The Asian Noodle Bar was featured in the January, 2008 edition of Bon Appetit magazine, a mere 12-months after the launch of this fashionable downtown noodle bar.  An eclectic array of deliciousness is only part of the reason.  more... Asian
Athens Eclectic Greek
6300 San Mateo Blvd, N.E.

Albuquerque, NM
(505) 821-6908
Athens Eclectic Greek features gourmet Mediterranean specialties not found in other Greek restaurants in the Duke City.  That includes fresh seafood flown in twice a week.  Upscale and classy, this 2007 entrant into the city dining scene is a winner.  more... Greek
Ay Caramba
5555 Zuni, S.E. #24
Albuquerque, NM
Ay Caramba's menu is replete with many traditional favorites of northern Mexico as well as the wonderful mariscos found along Mexico's coastal seaways...but Ay Caramba!...the menu doesn't include Ceviche, one of the items that defines Mexican seafood.  more... Mexican
Azuma Sushi & Teppan
4701 San Mateo, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Unfulfilled promise, unrealized potential, what should have been, what could have been--these are among the most tragic sentiments of any vernacular.  That's what we experienced at this very popular Japanese sushi and teppan palace.  more... Japanese



Bandido Hideout
2128 Central, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
A now famous masked wrestler has been steering first-time patrons into the Bandido Hideout for several years.  The second time, those diners return on their own to a very good restaurant that's as colorful as many of Mexico's favorite masked luchadores.  more... Mexican
Barb's Place
6601 4th Street, N.W.

Albuquerque, NM
Barbara Vigil is a traditionalist in the best sense of the word.  She prepares New Mexican food the way a revered abuelita might have generations ago.  Her restaurant is a shrine to New Mexican culinary traditions.  more... New Mexican
Barelas Coffee House
1502 4th Street, S.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Today, if you want to take the pulse of the city, you go to Barelas Coffee House in Albuquerque's oldest neighborhood.  That's where Albuquerque's movers and shakers congregate for great New Mexican food among their constituents.  more... New Mexican
Barry's Oasis
4451 Osuna, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
For more than a quarter century, Barry Schuster has been serving Duke City residents some of the Mediterranean region's very best cuisine.  All the while, he's cultivated an image as a cantankerous curmudgeon.  Don't fear the chef; celebrate his cuisine.   more... Continental
Ben & Jerry's
11225 Montgomery, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Ben & Jerry's is a different kind of restaurant--one with a social conscience--serving premium ice cream.  There are now several Duke City Ben & Jerry's restaurants in which you can imbibe incomparable ice cream.  more... Ice Cream
Billet's Grill
1220 South Renaissance, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
If you want to be surrounded by all things bike and have a view of a motorcycle repair service area from within the dining confines, this is the place for you.  Burgers and hot dogs galore will satiate even the hungriest of road hogs.  more... American
Blake's Lotaburger
6210 Fourth Street, N.W.
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
Lotaburger's motto, "If you are what you eat, you are awesome" may describe in part why New Mexicans are fiercely loyal to Lotaburger.  It's a restaurant we proudly call our own--no other state has Lotaburger and its enchanting burgers.  more... Burgers
Boba Tea Company
4401-a Wyoming, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
The launch of Albuquerque's first Boba Tea Company made "you suck" acceptable in polite vernacular.  A "Starbucks for the younger generation" tea drinking has made a quantum departure from high tea tradition made fashionable in England.  more... Asian
Bob's Burgers
6628 Caminito Coors, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico diners have known for generations that Bob's Burgers stand outs among its brethren as a unique franchise which doesn't shy away from proffering hot chile.  Coat your tongue with asbestos and ready your antacids.  The Ranchero burger packs a punch!  more... Burgers
Brasserie La Provence
3001 Central NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 254-7644
For fresh ingredients and quality of cuisine, no region in France compares to the sunny, verdant Provence region.  Albuquerque's Nob Hill district now has a restaurant which invites comparisons to its French counterpart--and it holds up pretty well.  more... French
Bravo! Cucina Italiana
2220 Louisiana Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 888-1111
Albuquerque's Uptown shopping Mecca is home to Bravo! Cucina Italiana, a Midwest based chain making significant inroads throughout America.  In ambiance and cuisine, it's similar to other casual to fine dining Italian chains in the city, but it does have some surprises.  more... Italian
Brickyard Pizza
2216 Central, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
"The Brickyard" is the commonly used nickname for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indy 500.  Brickyard Pizza has absolutely nothing to do with the famous race.  It isn't even affiliated with Albuquerque's famous racing family, the Unsers.  more... Pizza
Bubsters: The Original Rex Hamburger Grill
5555 Montgomery, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 837-2827
For more than a decade, Rex's was one of the city's most revered burger restaurants.  After aggressive expansion (even to Santa Fe), it appeared poised to grow even further--then it closed.  In 2008, Rex's was reborn in the form of Bubsters.  more... Burgers
Burritos Alinstante
10131 Coors, N.W. 
Albuquerque, NM
The time-honored, traditional art of making tortillas on a sizzling cast-iron comal is truly one of the defining elements of both New Mexican and Mexican cuisine, a tradition that is celebrated at Burritos Alinstante--burritos in an instant.  more... New Mexican
The Burrito Lady
938 Eubank, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Hungry patrons queue outside to place their orders for the city's best burritos and though it may take a while for their orders to be taken and filled, you won't see anyone leave--and pity anyone audacious enough to try cutting in line.  more...  New Mexican


Cafe Dalat
5615 Central, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Formerly the proprietor of May Hong, James Nguyen brought with him to Cafe Dalat, all the great recipes from May Hong and added some 15 or so other great entrees and appetizers.  This may be the best Vietnamese restaurant in a town of great Vietnamese restaurants.  More... Vietnamese

Cafe Istanbul
1415 Wyoming, N.E.

Albuquerque, NM

For hard-to-get specialty products from the Middle East and for out-of-this-world deliciousness, there's only one destination necessary--Cafe Istanbul.  Its Middle East cuisine is so authentic and so good, it could broker peace.  more... Mediterranean
Cafe Milano
500 Marquette, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
This is the antithesis of the chain restaurant and its artificially sweetened hospitality.  Don't follow the line of Pavlovian diners to the corporate cabal.  Eat at Cafe Milano for an invigoration Italian experience.  more... Italian
Cafe Trang
230 Louisiana, Suite A
Albuquerque, NM
The alluring aromas emanating from the kitchen are a tantalizing tease for your nostrils; there may be nothing as intoxicating to your olfactory senses as the mingling of herbs, spices, meats, vegetables and other sundry ingredients masterfully done.  more...  Vietnamese
The Cajun Kitchen
5505 Osuna, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
The Cajun Kitchen is 1162 miles from New Orleans, 1082 miles from Baton Rouge, 918 miles from Natchitoches and closer, by far, to my heart than its Duke City Cajun competitors, almost all of which are of the chain variety.   more... Cajun
Cake Fetish
2665 Louisiana, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Cupcake Carrie's tiny gourmet cupcake bakery celebrates all great things cupcake with a luscious line-up of colorful (and colorfully described) cupcakes of all varieties, each one seemingly more delicious than the other.  more... Cupcakes
Calico Cafe
6855 4th Street, N.W.
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
In 2006, nearly two years after a fire destroyed its Corrales location,  the Calico Cafe launched in a new and much expanded location, the 19,000 square foot Village Shops at Los Ranchos--in the heart of the original Route 66.  More... American
Carrabba's Italian Grill
4921 Jefferson, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Italian innovations, effusive service and lively atmosphere make this  restaurant one of the few national chains we frequent.  Sometimes it's so good, we wish it was a mom and pop establishment we could proudly call "one of our own."  more... Italian
Caruso's Italian Restaurant
5626 Menaul, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
At more than 30 years of age, the venerable Caruso's doesn't have the pristine veneer or the effusive, over-the-top flamboyance of the chains that dominate the Duke City's Italian restaurant scene.  What it does have is excellent Italian food.  more... Italian
Casa Chaco
1901 University Blvd
Albuquerque, NM
In modern-day Albuquerque, the rambling Hilton hotel has also become a hub of activity (more than 27,000 square feet of flexible meeting space) and like Chaco, is on the intersection of heavily traversed thoroughfares.  more...  Southwestern
Casa de Benavidez
8032 Fourth Street, N.W.
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
This much celebrated North Valley restaurant is situated in a 100-year-old territorial style adobe home and remains one of the Duke City's most popular family-run dining establishments.  The sopaipilla burger is one of the reasons why.  more... New Mexican
Casa Grande Restaurant
2424 Central, S.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Casa Grande prepares unadulterated New Mexican food made to order with the realization that tourists really might want to try authentically piquant and seasoned food as the locals would prepare it.  It's an Old Town area dining institution.  more... New Mexican
Cecilia's Cafe
230 6th Street

Albuquerque, NM
If you crave authenticity and utter deliciousness in your New Mexican cuisine, don't go by the restaurant's authentic sounding name..  Instead trust Cecilia and her family to deliver you from the inauthentic parodies of New Mexican food.  Cecilia's rules!  more... New Mexican
Chama River Brewing Co.
4939 Pan American, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Situated on the Pan American frontage road and within walking distance of the Century Rio 24 movie theaters, the Chama River Brewing Company has earned accolades for its libations.  Its food, while not as highly regarded, is pretty good, too.  more... American
Charlie's Front Door
8224 Menaul, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Charlie's Front Door is renown for New Mexican comfort foods and authenticity.  Nowhere else in town can you find the dishes with which Charlie grew up in Santa Fe prepared the way his abuelita did more than seven decades ago.  more... New Mexican
Chef Jim White's Cafe & Catering
4501 Alameda, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque's celebrity chef Jim White is back in the restaurant business--where he belongs.  His newest venture is appropriately ensconced in the New Mexico design Center.  No one designs a plate better than the effervescent chef.  more... American
10701 Coors Blvd, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM 
In the vernacular of the cannabis consuming culture "rollin' fat ones" means something entirely different than what it means at Chilacas where a "fat one" is a giant flour tortilla stuffed with your choice of several ingredients.  more... New Mexican
The Chili Stop
3600 Highway 528

Albuquerque, NM
(505) 792-8509
Don't let the spelling fool you!  The Chili Stop serves some of the very best green chile in the entire state.  It comes from a family recipe that's been used for decades and it's served in a 900 square-foot edifice that still looks from the outside like a previous tenant.  more...  New Mexico
6001 Lomas Blvd, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Despite its Westernized name, Chopstix may have the most authentically Chinese menu of any restaurant in Albuquerque, featuring Beijing-style cuisine.  Intensively flavored dishes, many of which you won't see elsewhere in New Mexico, are on the menu here.  More... Chinese
Chow's Asian Bistro
Cottonwood Mall G-217
Albuquerque, NM
Chow's has been the most popular Chinese restaurant in the City Different practically since it launched in 1992.  Accolades festoon the restaurant's walls.  Two Albuquerque Chow's restaurants are starting to earn similar accolades.  more Chinese
Christy Mae's
1400 San Pedro, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
As a purveyor of quality comfort food, few restaurants are on par with Christy Mae's which has been serving some of the city's most exemplary comfort food since 1985.  Like a Norman Rockwell print, it is a piece of Americana.  more... American
Christy's Food Factory
2301-A Yale, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Christy's calls itself Albuquerque's business luncheon catering specialist, but it may be as well known for its smallish, intimate restaurant and its many sandwich options.  Your sandwich choices are actually limited only by your imagination. more... Sandwich
125 2nd Street, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
The innovative Yucatan Peninsula Region cuisine at Conrad's makes this restaurant the crown jewel of La Posada de Albuquerque, an opulent Hilton gasthaus whose guest registry has been signed by a veritable who's who in celebrity and politics.  more... Fine Dining
The Cooperage
7220 Lomas, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
The restaurant's barrel motif makes sense once you figure out that "cooperage" is used to describe any container used for aging and storing wine - includes barrels and tanks of all sizes.  This restaurant stores one of the best salad bars in town and so much more.  more... Steak
10051 Coors, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Copeland's menu is replete with the confusingly intertwined cuisines characterized as Cajun and Creole.  You might be with the spirit of laissez les bon temps roulette (let the good times roll) after eating some of these cuisines.  more... Cajun
Costa Azul
640 Coors, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
You won't find brilliant sapphire blue waters, perilous promontories and pristine sandy beaches on Albuquerque's West Mesa, but you will find a mariscos restaurant that might remind you of Mexico's Pacific coast.  If you love seafood, you'll love La Costa Azul. more... Mexican
The County Line
9600 Tramway, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
The foothills of the spectacular Sandia Mountains form a dramatic backdrop for Albuquerque's County Line which is just two minutes from the Sandia Tramway.   This barbecue joint has been 'cuing up for nearly 20 years.  more... Barbecue
Coyote Diner
7200 Montgomery Blvd, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Blink and you'll miss it and that would be a shame.  The Coyote Diner is ensconced in a shopping center and is easily overlooked.  One visit--one bite of the diner's fabulous buffalo burger or onion rings--and you'll never again overlook it as a terrific dining option.  more... American
Cracker Barrel
5200 San Antonio, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
With nearly 500 locations in over 40 states, Cracker Barrel features "old home cooking" Southern style true to its genesis in Tennessee.  Southern style basically means most of the featured fare is deep fried and heavy on the starch.  more... American


Dagmar's Delectables
2120 Juan Tabo NE
Albuquerque, NM
Delectable, diet devastating, delicious...Dagmar Schulze Mondragon has been serving terrific Teutonic treats for more than a decade, in the process surmounting tremendous personal and business challenges that might fell a lesser person.  more... German
DaVinci's Gourmet Pizza
5809 Juan Tabo, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
In 2005, renaissance man John Mickey launched DaVinci's Gourmet Pizza  and his brainchild is spawning a renaissance of its own among pizza enthusiasts--so much so that it was named the best new restaurant in the Alibi's 2005 Readers Choice issue.  more... Pizza
Dion's Pizza
6200 Coors, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
In nearly 30 years of operation, Dion's has established a near cult following of devoted patrons.  Locally owned and operated, this exclusively New Mexico franchise gives the omnipresent corporate chains a run for their money.  more...  Pizza
Dog House Drive Inn
1216 Central, S.W.
Albuquerque, NM
The Dog House's vintage neon sign, circa the 1950s, celebrates the cultural heritage of Route 66 with an animated neon sign that, when lit up, shows a dachshund wagging its tail merrily as it consumes several sausages strung together.  more... Hot Dogs
Don Yasmany Cuban Restaurant & Bakery
4801 Central Avenue, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
There is so much more to Cuban cuisine than the Cuban sandwich which has become ubiquitous throughout Albuquerque's sandwich purveyors.  There's so much more to Cuba than Castro's despotism.  All that's great and wonderful about Cuba is celebrated at Don Yasmany's.  more... Cuban
Duran’s Central Pharmacy
1815 Central, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
The delicious, piping hot, just off the comal 16-inch buttered tortillas at Duran's Central Pharmacy are legendary.  Those steamy orbs are also featured on several of the menu's wonderful New Mexican entrees.  You can even have them for dessert.  more... New Mexican


El Bandido Hideaway Del Valle
1119 Candelaria, NW
Albuquerque, NM
El Bandido Hideaway del Valle is no longer affiliated with the Central Avenue restaurant renown for stationing a sign carrying man wearing a Mexican wrestling mask on the busy median, but it's a pretty good restaurant in its own right.  more... Mexican
El Camino Dining Room
6800 4th Street, N.W.
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
Built in 1950, the El Camino Dining Room continues to thrive as an independent family restaurant whose arsenal in the competition for hungry diners consists of reasonable portions of great meals at budget-conscious prices.  more... American
El Charritos
4703 Central, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
El Charritos has the authenticity I crave from New Mexican food--red chile unadulterated by cumin, chile rellenos with a bite and tamales in which the pork isn't overwhelmed by masa.  Mexican music fills the commodious dining room.  more... New Mexican
El Modelo
1715 Second Street, S.W.
Albuquerque, NM
The words "institution" and "local legend" are bandied about far too often, but in El Modelo, those words are appropriate.  They have been earned by nearly 80 years of continuous operation serving the duke City some of its favorite food.  more... Mexican
El Norteno
416 Zuni, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
No Mexican restaurant in Albuquerque has a pedigree that approaches that of El Norteño, a venerable elder statesperson in the Duke City's burgeoning and constantly evolving Mexican restaurant scene.   After more than 20 years, it remains THE standard.  more... Mexican
El Pinto
10500 4th Street, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
The Wall Street Journal proclaimed El Pinto's world-famous nachos as among the very best in the country.  Dignitaries in the worlds of politics and celebrity count this commodious restaurant as one of their very favorites.  more... New Mexican
El Siete Mares
709 Bridge, S.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Cross the Rio Grande onto Bridge Boulevard and you might feel you crossed into Old Mexico.  El Siete Mares provides an authentic taste of Mexico with a variety of delicious mariscos (seafood) and traditional favorites.  more... Mexican
El Taco Tote
4701 Central, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
El Taco Tote is striking a blow for everyone of Mexican descent (and anyone else, for that matter) who has ever denounced Taco Bell and restaurants of that ilk for serving inauthentic parodies of Mexican food.  This is the real deal!  more... Mexican
Evergreen Buffet
11001 Menaul, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
If you dread Chinese buffets and have stereotyped them all as lackluster and uninspired, the Evergreen Buffet might just change your mind--especially on Sundays when the dinner buffet includes Alaskan King Crab and other seafood delicacies.  more... Chinese


Fiesta Flavors
1511B Goff, S.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Mixed fruit cups, buttered corn nibblet cups, fruity refreshing beverages and frozen fresh fruit treats are the centerpieces of several quickly growing niche restaurants.  You might think there's a fiesta in your mouth after dining here.  more... Mexican
505 Southwestern
3313 Girard Blvd, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
It really is a chile factory with an industrious production line churning out salsa and chile products for distribution throughout hundreds of retail stores.  In fact, the restaurant is open only from 6:30AM to 2:00PM and accounts for only 1% of the 505's business.  more... Southwestern
The Flying Star
3416 Central, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
This burgeoning enterprise continues to be more than competitive in the coffee market despite the relentless onslaught of corporate competition, primarily from the ubiquitous Starbucks.  It's also a wonderful place in which to eat great food.  more... American
Fox and Hound 
4301 The Lane @ 25, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Bona fide Anglophiles won't feel magically transported to jolly old England when they visit this overdone and overstated American corporate concept version of a British pub.  With a few pints of ale, they might not even care.  more... American
Fox’s Pizza Den
10200 Golf Course Rd NW # E
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 899-8444
This Pennsylvania based chain is making aggressive inroads in the pizza chain market and it's doing so with take-out and eat-in restaurants that offer something different--the Wedgie, a sandwich made on pizza dough.  It's different and delicious.  more... Pizza
The Frontier Restaurant
2400 Central, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Serving Albuquerque since February, 1971, this commodious restaurant occupies half a city block, seats more than 300 patrons and features an impressive art collection.  More impressive is its green chile stew and the world famous Frontier roll.  more... American
4855 Pan American Freeway  
Albuquerque, NM
The audacious proclamation on Fuddruckers door, "The world's greatest hamburgers available" isn't quite complete.  Add the words "somewhere else" and you'll have a more accurate description of this tremendously popular grazing hole.  more... Burgers
Fu Yuang
3107 Eubank, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Culinary adventurous diners have come to recognize that Korean cuisine is an incomparable Asian treasure with distinctly pleasing tastes and aromas and for more than a quarter century, Fu Yuang  has been satisfying the cravings of such diners.  more... Korean



Garcia's Kitchen
3601 Juan Tabo, N.E.

Albuquerque, NM
Serving Albuquerque since 1973, Garcia's Kitchen is one of the city's most popular restaurants of any genre.  With seven restaurants, there's a Garcia's Kitchen in every sector of the city.  Aside from the name, what they have in common is loyal patrons.  more... New Mexican
Garduño's of Mexico
8806 Fourth Street, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Garduño's straddles that sometimes ambiguous demarcation between New Mexican food and Mexican food and in fact, serves cuisine unique to and shared by both (often the sole distinction being the degree of heat). more... New Mexican
Gecko's Bar & Tapas
3500 E. Central
Albuquerque, NM
at Gecko's Bar & Tapas chef genius Todd Lovell lovingly crafts an imaginative menu of upscale comfort food favorites plus exceptionally well done traditional bar appetizers--the very best appetizers in town as a matter of fact.  more... American
Giovanni's Pizza & Subs
921 San Pedro, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Giovanni's was named one of America's Top 100 Independent Pizza restaurants six years in a row by Pizza Monthly, a highly respected trade publication.  It's as close to an authentic New York style pizzeria as you'll find in the dessert hamlet of Albuquerque.  more... Pizza
Gold Street Caffe
218 Gold, S.W.
Albuquerque, NM

True to its name, this gem is one of the best reasons to go downtown (at least for breakfast) and one of the best indications that downtown revitalization is working.  If you're prospecting for breakfast, there's no need to look further.  more...

Golden Crown Panaderia
1103 Mountain Road, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Old-fashioned is an appropriate term for the Golden Crown Panaderia which crafts its magnum opuses on equipment that is ancient by modern automation standards.  Situated in a ramshackle old building just outside Old Town, it wears its golden crown proudly.  more... Bread
Golden Pride Chicken
5231 Central, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque's cruiser culture which for years has made Central Avenue their desired driving destination has one chicken choice on the Duke City's far west and one on the far east side.  It's Golden Pride, Barbecue, Chicken and Ribs.  more... Chicken
Great Fortune 
2918 Eubank, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Some of the very best Chinese restaurants are relatively unknown--hidden gems, little holes-in-the-wall with unfailingly loyal clientele.  Such is the case with Great Fortune which serves some of the very best orange beef in the Duke City.  more... Chinese
Great Harvest Bread Co
6301 Riverside Plaza, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Great Harvest Bakery still bakes bread the old-fashioned way.  Using premium wheat berries from America's "golden triangle" where North Dakota, Montana and Canada meet, Golden Harvest kneads its bread not by machine, but by hand with lots of tender loving care.  more... Bread
8516 Central, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
At one time, the Griff's Burger Bar chain was mentioned in the same breath as McDonald's.  The interstate chain owned by the Griffiths family had outposts from Louisiana to Arizona and was entrenched in some Midwestern states. more... Burgers

The Grove Cafe & Market
600 Central Avenue, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM

Dining at the Grove Cafe & Market may make you feel as if you're dining in a "different" Albuquerque altogether, maybe portending the type of high-end quality, high energy breakfast and lunch dining experience that will help carry the Duke City forward to a bright future.  more... American
Gruet Steakhouse
3201 Central, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Expectations are always high that the Gruet Grille's steaks will be comparable in quality to the highly regarded wines proffered at the local Gruet winery, an award-winning winery with worldwide acclaim.  That's a tough order to fill.   more... Steak
Gyros Mediterranean
106 Cornell, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
When it's on, Gyros Mediterranean is among the very best Mediterranean dining establishments in the Duke City area.  Aside from perhaps the very best gyros in town, this is a great place to watch Albuquerque's diverse citizenry   more...  Greek


Hannah & Nate's
6251 Riverside Plaza, NW
Albuquerque, NM

Hannah & Nate's is a home decor and market cafe ideally suited for gentrified ladies with a lot of time on their hands.  It's not a restaurant at which a boorish lout will sit patiently then be satisfied with what he would consider "finger foods."  more...

Hua Chang
5333 4th Street, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Unlike Chinese restaurants that are all flash, the only flash at Hua Chang comes from the wok where Mr. Lim prepares everything to order.  The walls are pretty stark, but the menu is replete with Chinese favorites prepared exceptionally well.  more... Chinese
Huong Thao
1016B Juan Tabo, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
During its 2000 edition of Southwest restaurants, Huong Thao was the only Vietnamese restaurant rated by the Zagat Survey.  It garnered a rating of "very good to excellent."  Over the years other Vietnamese restaurants have surpassed what remains a gem.  more... Vietnamese


10701 Coors, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Ichiban means "number one" in Japanese and after several visits, I'm not always inclined to agree.  Perhaps Ichiban's "number one" designation has to do with the steep bill of fare patrons receive at the end of the meal.  more... Japanese
I Love Sushi
6001 San Mateo, Suite F-4
Albuquerque, NM
"I Love Sushi" pretty much describes the devotion sushi aficionados have for this quirky food.  This Northeast Heights treasure definitely has several "must have" sushi rolls including the unique "burrito" roll.  You'll love it !  more... Japanese
Il Vicino
3403 Central, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Il Vicino was one of only two New Mexico pizzerias even mentioned in Ed Levine's classic book, Pizza, A Slice of Heaven, the definitive guide to the appreciation of America's favorite food throughout the country.  Pizza and award winning libations define this neighborly pizzeria.  more... Pizza
India Palace
10701 Coors, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Indian cuisine provides an incomparable feast for the senses of smell and taste with its uniquely pungent, alluring and arousing spices and sauces, all of which have been perfected over the centuries.  In New Mexico, nobody does it better than the India Palace.  more... Indian


Japengo Sushi
4959 Pan American Freeway
Albuquerque, NM
Its proximity to the Century Rio 24 movie theater has made Japengo Sushi a popular dining destination among movie goers.  The quality and freshness of ingredients will make it a destination despite sushi that shouldn't receive top billing in the restaurant's marquee.  more... Japanese
Jasmine Thai And Sushi
4320 The Way, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
One of Albuquerque's most beautiful Thai restaurants, Jasmine Thai has a heritage that includes one of the city's very first and most popular Thai restaurants.  It serves authentic Thai cuisine almost as fragrant as the flower for which it is named.  more... Thai
JB's Restaurant
1620 Rio Rancho Drive, S.E.
Rio Rancho, NM
Years ago, the world-famous Big Boy name, concept, menu and mascot were franchised to JB's, a regional chain with several New Mexico locations.  That affiliation no longer exists, but JB's continues to thrive with a wide variety of menu options for all diners.  more... American
Johndhi's BBQ
3851 Rio Grande, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
With the wafting aroma of barbecue, Johndhi's (known for 18 years as Geezamboni's before changing its name in 2005), a charming smokehouse restaurant on picturesque Rio Grande Boulevard just south of Ranchos de Albuquerque welcomes you to Bar-B-Querque. more... Barbecue
Juan's Broken Taco
2740 Wyoming, N.E., #8
Albuquerque, NM
Juan's Broken Taco offers the unique and unlikely combination of New Mexican food and Romanian ambience.  It also offers some of the most unique tacos in town, the broken taco.  You won't go broke eating at this charming family owned and operated diner.  more... New Mexico


K&I Diner
2500 Broadway, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Serving Albuquerque since 1960, this South Valley institution has changed ownership a few times, but it hasn't changed its time-tested formula for pleasing its patrons.  The "Travis" is its legendary signature entree, but there is something for everyone at the K&I.  more... American
823 Isleta, S.W.
Albuquerque, NM
At Kathy's Carryout, you're treated to not only one of the very best green chile cheeseburgers in New Mexico (ergo, the universe), but excellent take-out Mexican and New Mexican food.  Greatness emanates from this garage sized building with a kitschy purple facade. more... Burgers
Kim's Vietnamese Gourmet Cuisine
8019 Menaul, N.E., Suite A
Albuquerque, NM
September 22nd, 2006 was Albuquerque's "Kim Lucky" day with the launch of yet another excellent Vietnamese restaurant.  French influences on Vietnamese cuisine are readily apparent at this charming dining establishment.  more... Vietnamese
Korean Barbecue House
3200 Central, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Initially serving both Korean and Chinese food, this Central Avenue restaurant now focuses exclusively on Korean food and has already captured quite a loyal following--for good reason.   The bulgogi is sweet, savory and delicious.  more... Korean


La Crêpe Michel
400 San Felipe Drive., #C2
Albuquerque, NM
Crepes have been known to confound even accomplished chefs, but at La Crêpe Michel, they are an art form, crafted to perfection each and every time.  This is one of Albuquerque's very best alternatives to New Mexican cuisine and maybe the city's best French restaurant.   more... French
La Esquina Restaurante
30 First Plaza, N.W. #60
Albuquerque, NM
One of the Duke City's best practitioners of the art of preparing and serving excellent red or green chile is La Esquina Restaurante on the Galeria Mall in the bowels of the First National Bank building at Tijeras Avenue and 3rd Street.  more... New Mexican
La Fonda Del Bosque
Hispanic Cultural Center
Albuquerque, NM
The sprawling National Hispanic Cultural Center complex includes this beautiful restaurant which showcases New Mexico's incomparable cuisine in a relaxed, authentic atmosphere, whether under Albuquerque's cobalt skies in the courtyard or in the bright, art filled dining room.  more... New Mexican
La Norteñita
9119 Central Avenue, N.E.

Albuquerque, NM
For the very best corn tortillas and chilaquiles around, don't head south to Mexico.  Head north--as in La Norteñita for wonderfully authentic and delicious Mexican food in an ambience that will transport you in spirit to Old Mexico.  More...  Mexican
La Placita Dining Rooms
208 San Felipe, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
For convenience, if not for the fiery New Mexico authenticity of its cuisine, you can't beat La Placita, a yawning restaurant housed in the historic Casa de Armijo hacienda on Old Town Plaza.  You might even dine with a genuine ghost at this circa 1700s edifice.  more... New Mexican
La Salita
1217 Eubank, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque's La Salita restaurant embodies the spirit of the sala, not necessarily because it is relatively austere, but because diners are always made welcome and treated like valued friends, not paying customers.  more... New Mexican
Las Mañanitas
1800 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM
Despite sharing its name with a traditional Mexican birthday sone, this historic adobe setting doesn't quite live up to the lofty pedestal in which the song is held.  That's too bad because the posole is among the very best in town.  more... New Mexican
Leroy's New Mexican Restaurant
1209 Old Coors Drive, S.W.

Albuquerque, NM
(505) 764-0135
Leroy's New Mexican Restaurant has been feeding Southwest Albuquerque since 1982.  That's nearly 30 years of palate pleasing, belly busting meals in a humble restaurant many Duke City residents don't even know exists.  more... New Mexican
Lindo Mexico
416 San Pedro, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Lindo Mexico celebrates the culinary heritage of Mexico.  Its menu features many of the standards American diners have come to know as well as mariscos (seafood) entrees you won't find at the stereotypical Americanized Mexican restaurant. more... Mexican
500 Central, S.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Situated on historic Route 66, Lindy's may be a living reminder of Albuquerque's nostalgic past, but has assured its future by serving hearty, homestyle meals for more than 75 years.  One of Albuquerque's longest continually operating restaurants, it launched in 1929.   more... American
Los Compadres Restaurant
424 Isleta Blvd, S.W.
Albuquerque, NM
In Hispanic New Mexico, few titles hold as much reverence and esteem as "compadre," a term which essentially means co-parent.  It's easy to imagine compadres getting together for good Mexican food at this Isleta standard.  more... Mexican
Los Cuates
4901 Lomas, N.E.

Albuquerque, NM
In Albuquerque, a New Mexican restaurant won't survive on its salsa alone, no matter how storied that salsa may be--and Los Cuates' salsa is famous.  Fortunately Los Cuates' menu is replete with traditional favorites prepared from recipes passed on through generations.  More... New Mexican
Los Equipales
4500 Silver, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Los Equipales, a fabulous Mexican fine dining restaurant patterned after some of the fine cosmopolitan restaurants of Mexico City, serves many of the staples with which the Aztec despot Montezuma was so familiar, but he never had it so good.  more... Mexican
Loyola's Family Restaurant
4500 Central, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
The etymology of the name Loyola obviously comes from the word "loyal" and with this popular restaurant, that just makes sense.  A framed placard on one wall proclaims "Mi restaurante es su casa" and you just might feel that way.  more... New Mexican
Lucky Boy
3521 Constitution, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
The most paranormal thing about the Duke City Lucky Boy is its "east meets west" dining concept.  Nowhere else in town can you order Chinese and American food so inexpensively under one roof.  The Egg Foo Yong sandwich is worth a visit.  more... Burgers
225 4th St NW
Albuquerque, NM
Luigi's is one of the few (if only) restaurants in town to serve braciole, a traditional dish made famous on Everybody Loves Raymond.  Luigi's also offers a Friday night seafood buffet that make this north valley restaurant a great "date night" dining destination.  more... Italian


Marcello's Chophouse
2201 Q Street N.E., Suite 9B
Albuquerque, NM
Sizzling, flame-kissed slabs of prime beef overfilling your plate--that's what you expect at a high-end chophouse and that's what Marcello's delivers, albeit at a premium price.  This restaurant has the pedigree to be Albuquerque's finest restaurant of any genre.  more... Steak
Mario's Pizza & Ristorante
2401 San Pedro, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
For old-fashioned southern Italian cuisine and all its red sauce glory, you can't beat Mario's Pizza & Ristorante, a venerable Albuquerque institution with a heritage tracing back to the mother country.  There's a reason Mario's continues to thrive against formidable competition.  More... Italian
Mariscos Altamar
1517 Coors, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
You might feel magically transported to Coastal Mexico thanks to boatloads of flavorful seafood at Mariscos Altamar which features traditional Mexican seafood (mariscos) restaurants--the type you might find in Guanajuato or Mazatlan, Mexico.  more... Mexican
Mariscos Culiacan
3250 Coors Blvd, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
More than any other mariscos restaurant in Albuquerque, Mariscos Culiacan has the feel of a restaurant deep in Mexico, a restaurant frequented by paisanos and rarely by Americanos.  It's a restaurant in which a little Spanish goes a long way.  more... Mexican
Mariscos La Playa
4420 Central, S.W.
Albuquerque, NM
In November, 2006, the Ortega family launched the first Duke City installation of their popular family restaurant--Mariscos La Playa.  Similar to its Santa Fe and Espanola locations, it serves invariably fresh and delicious bounties of the sea.  more... Mexican
5312 4th Street, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 344-0439
Marlene Mondragon loves her job!  As proprietor, chef and ambassador for her eponymous restaurant, she loves treating her guests to New Mexican food the way she learned to prepare it.  She treats all guests like welcome family members and feeds them well.  more... New Mexican
Mary & Tito's Cafe
2711 4th Street, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Old timers whose opinions I respect consistently rate Mary & Tito's as Albuquerque's best restaurant for New Mexican food, a restaurant that has been pleasing the most savvy and unindoctrinated palates alike since 1963.  more... New Mexican
May Hong
9800 Montgomery, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
In late 2002, long-time proprietor and friend James Nguyen sold May Hong, keeping this wonderful jewel in the family by selling it to his sister-in-law--but not until fully ensuring she could perfectly prepare the recipes that have made May Hong the best.   more... Vietnamese
330 Tijeras, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
The Hyatt's signature restaurant, McGrath's is named for the most famous madam in the city's long-gone red light district.   McGrath's is one of the city's fine dining treasures even though it appears to be frequented more by visiting guests than locals.  more... Fine Dining
Mediterranean Cafe
513 San Mateo, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Tunisian style accoutrements and soothing sitar music in the background lend to the charm of this small restaurant which celebrates the culinary traditions of the Mediterranean.  You'll celebrate your good fortune with each and every bite of its incomparable cuisine.  more... Mediterranean
Mick's Chile Fix
2930 Candelaria, N.E.

Albuquerque, NM
(505) 881-2233
Even though chile isn't medically addictive, some chile lovers may be "hooked" on the endorphin release triggered "high" they get....just ask anyone in New Mexico who loves the stuff.  A great place to get your fix is at Mick's.  more... New Mexican
Milton's Family Restaurant
725 Central, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
While many restaurants may lay claim to one menu item that distinguishes itself as truly memorable, Milton's lays claim to several.  Aside from serving one of the very best breakfast burritos in town, Milton's makes the very best pancakes I've ever had. more... American
Mimmo's Ristorante & Pizzeria
3301 Coors, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
If long lines and crowded tables portend an excellent meal, Mimmo's should be one of the Duke City's premier Italian dining establishments.  On a busy night hungry patrons queue up from the restaurant's entrance to the host's station.  more... Italian
Ming Dynasty
1551 Eubank, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
The Ming Dynasty was renown as one of the greatest periods of governmental and societal stability in the history of mankind.  Before long, history will recognize the Ming Dynasty restaurant as the greatest Chinese restaurant in Albuquerque, maybe the best ever. more... Chinese
Mis Amigos
(Juan Tabo & Constitution)
Albuquerque, NM
After the death of its owner, four employees of a long-established New Mexican restaurant struck out on their own and launched Dos Amigos at the site of a former Village Inn.  It later moved to Juan Tabo as Mis Amigos.  It may be better than the restaurant which inspired it.  more... New Mexican
Model Pharmacy
3636 Monte Vista, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque's Model Pharmacy is an anachronism--a genuine throwback to the days in which old fashioned drug counters shared retail space with lunch counters and soda fountains. You're well advised to get your seat at the lunch counter early.  more... American
16th & Lomas
Albuquerque, NM
Despite the unlikely Anglo name "Monroe's", this restaurant has been serving New Mexican food since 1962 in its Old Town area location.  A newer location in the Northeast Heights hasn't been around nearly as long, but has a good following.  more... New Mexican
Monte Carlo Steak House
3916 Central, S.W.
Albuquerque, NM
The Monte Carlo Steakhouse is an anachronism, a bona fide throwback to a bygone era--and indeed, the restaurant has been in business since 1970.  Excellent steaks and the city's best prime rib have made this a Rio Grande favorite for years.  more... Steak
Mr. Powdrell's Barbecue House
5209 4th Street, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
The term "institution" is bandied about too easily, but in Mr. Powdrell's Barbecue House, Albuquerque does have an institution--a landmark restaurant serving some of the very best barbecue in the west.  Mr. Powdrell was an institution, too.  more... Barbecue
Murphy's Mule Barn
9700 2nd St, NW
Albuquerque, NM
Murphy's Mule Barn, a popular North Valley restaurant, hasn't posited any law (e.g., Murphy's Law) that I know of, but if it did, the law might read something like "friendly folks, great food, huge portions, small check."  more... American


Nana's Italian Ristorante & Pizzeria
3325 San Mateo, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Despite some concessions to American expectations (such as the stereotypical red, white and green ambience), Nana's is as real as it gets with authentic "old country" tastes and aromas.  The manicotti is as good as it gets with a ricotta blend that is truly special.  more... Italian
Nob Hill Bar & Grill
3128 Central Avenue, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 26
In 2008, über chef Sam Etheridge moved his base of operations from Old Town to Nob Hill and in doing so deprived the former of its best restaurant while conversely endowing the latter with another place to be on Nob Hill.  more... American


The Owl Cafe
800 Eubank, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
With an upscale urban 50s ambience and an anthropomorphic architecture featuring garish neon pink and turquoise lights, this metropolitan version of a world-famous restaurant has a much more expansive menu than the original.  more... Burgers


Pacific Rim Asian Bistro
10721 Montgomery, N.E.

Albuquerque, NM
A spectacular entrant into the Albuquerque dining scene, the Pacific Rim Asian Bistro celebrates the cuisine of Vietnam, Japan, China, Thailand, Korea and more with a fusion of explosive tastes in an ambience as beautiful and mysterious as the countries of the Pacific.   more... Asian
Padilla's Mexican Kitchen
1510 Girard, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Padilla's Mexican Kitchen was a mainstay on the list of the top 50 Hispanic restaurants in America for three consecutive years (2002-2004) by Hispanic magazine.  There are many who say it should remain a perpetual entry on that list.  more... New Mexican
Painted Horse Coffehouse
9311 Coors Blvd, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
This is a horse of a different color--streamlined, avant gard, eclectic and utterly delicious.  It features a veritable treasure trove of chic panini sandwiches, wondrous pastries, exotic coffees, Italian sodas, a salubrious and savory soup of the day and much more.  more... American
1935 Eubank, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
What makes Paisano's one of the best Italian restaurant in the city?  It's more than 25 plus years of doing things right for Duke City customers.   The right things are often the small things such as paying attention to the details, the real difference makers.   more... Italian
Papa Nacho's
7648 Louisiana, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
With two malls and a burgeoning uptown presence, Louisiana is one of the city's most heavily trafficked streets.  Nearly at the northern-most part of the boulevard is Papa Nacho's which is far from the well-beaten, well-eating path, but well worth a visit or ten.  more... Mexican
Paul's Monterrey Inn
1000 Juan Tabo, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Paul's Monterrey Inn is an anachronism because it truly is a throw-back to the 1960s era of the dark paneled, dimly lit, smoky steakhouse with rich naugahyde seating that swallows up diners and menus dominated by thick cuts of beef and seafood entrees.  more... Steak
Pelican's Restaurant
10022 Coors, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
This long-time Albuquerque establishment has been pleasing Duke City patrons with unfailingly fresh and fresh frozen fish and seafood entrees for nearly 20 years.   It is the very best seafood restaurant in Albuquerque by a nautical mile or more.  more... Seafood
Courtyard by Marriot 
5151 Journal Center
Albuquerque, NM
True to the restaurant's name, Peppers chefs play tribute to chiles and peppers so ubiquitous to New Mexico cooking, incorporating New Mexico green and red chile, chipotle, Chimayo red chile, Habañero, Serrano, Pepperonici and red and green bell peppers in their cuisine.  more... American
Perea's New Mexican Restaurant
9901 Central Avenue, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Perea's New Mexican Restaurant is almost as much a landmark as Route 66, the "Mother Road" on which it sits.  Many Albuquerque residents can't start off their mornings without their breakfast fix at this popular diner.  Long lines out the door attest to that.  more... New Mexican
Perennials Restaurant
6601 San Mateo, N.E. 
Albuquerque, NM
It's admirable that Perennials doesn't capitalize on the fame of its most famous family member whose image is conspicuously absent in the pleasant country dining room.  That's probably because the food is attraction enough.  more... American
Pho #1
414 San Pedro, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
if I were to count the ways I love beef, the count might stop at seven--as in the special seven courses of beef offered at Pho #1, yet another outstanding Vietnamese restaurant in the Duke City.  Those seven courses are good enough to convert vegans.  more... Vietnamese
Pho Linh
5000 Central, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Swimming pool sized bowls of steaming pho are a house specialty.  New Mexicans who appreciate the hangover assuaging properties of menudo will also appreciate the several variations of Pho Linh's savory soup in which tripe is the featured meat.  more... Vietnamese
Pizza Castle
1309 Eubank Blvd, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
A pizza's home is its castle in Albuquerque where Pizza Castle has been tossing and baking some of the best pies in town.  Its trappings are like the castle's moat or dungeon (absolutely no ambience) but the pizza is fit for a knight or king.  more... Pizza
Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits
10074 Coors, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Contrary to the images the name might conjure, Popeye's is not a nautical themed restaurant which serves spinach.  That might be why the restaurant's full appellation is "Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits."  This is chicken with a peck.  more... Chicken
Porky's Pride Real Pit BBQ
6770 4th Street, N.W. or 2906 Juan Tabo, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 292-7427
In January, 2008, Guy Nix launched the first of his two barbecue restaurants, serving real pit barbecue but th-th-that's not all folks.  His menu includes several surprises you won't see on any other Duke City menu.  He's got lots of reasons to take pride in his 'cue.  more...    Barbecue
The Pueblo Harvest Cafe
2401 12th Street, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
To showcase their historical and contemporary accomplishments from pre-Columbian time to the present, those nineteen Pueblos launched the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in 1976.  The Pueblo Harvest Cafe celebrates their culinary traditions.  more... Native American
Pupuseria Y Restaurante Salvadoreño
1701 Bridge, S.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque has become a rich melting pot in which the world's cultures integrate easily and contribute to the fabric of the city.  In 2005, the city's first Salvadoran restaurant added to that fabric with a wonderfully homey dining establishment.  more... Salvadoran


905 Yale, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
One of Duke City’s oldest and most revered barbecue joints, Quarters is a restaurant teeming with loyal patrons who will tell you that it puts the 'cue in Albuquerque.  With three locations, it has captured much of the Duke City barbecue market.  more... Barbecue
6421 Montgomery, N.E.
Albuqueruqe, NM
Quizno's motto is "Deliziosa e rinfrescante--delicious and refreshingly good!  Unlike assembly line sandwich competitors, each Quizno's sub is made to order and each is toasted.  Those oven toasted sandwiches do taste better.  more... Sandwich


Rancher's Club of New Mexico
1901 University, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
No matter how successful you become, you always wonder if you're successful enough to dine among the well-heeled at the Rancher's Club, the opulent crown jewel of Albuquerque's Hilton where thick slabs of beef will thin out your wallet.  more... Steak
RedBrick Pizza
8101 San Pedro, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
RedBrick Pizza purports to address the gap between the delivery-oriented market and the more traditional sit-down restaurant approach with a revolutionary "fast casual" concept.  Better than its pizza is its Italian ice creams.  more... Pizza
8019 Menual, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
In 2004, Relish earned "best sandwich" accolades in the Alibi's readers choice poll for 2004.  It also tied for "best new restaurant" in the city.  With an enviable sandwich menu that includes both hot and cold sandwiches, it's easy to see why.  more... Sandwich
Richard's Mexican Restaurant
3301 Menaul Blvd, N.E.

Albuquerque, NM
(505) 881-1039
If, at the very least, healthy New Mexican food sounds like an oxymoron or if it sounds bland and tasteless, Richard's Mexican Restaurant might make a believer out of you with a nice array of healthy and delicious New Mexican specialties.  more... New Mexican
Rincon Del Pollo
9129 4th Street, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
...And in this corner (rincon) weighing six ounces, a chicken burrito from Rincon del Pollo, a restaurant specializing in poultry Mexican style.  You might be surprised at how diverse and delicious chicken can be, but you can do so only until 3PM.  more... New Mexican
Roma Bakery & Deli
501 Roma, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Made from scratch sandwiches, salads and soups all crafted from the freshest ingredients; pastries and cookies better than mom could bake on her best day.  That's the Roma Bakery & Deli, a culinary oasis in an area otherwise known for lawyers and bail bondsmen.  more... Sandwich
Roper's Restaurant
8810 Central, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
The ambience is definitely all cowboy--from barb wire framed prints of old west scenes to faux cow hides on the walls.  The cheerful waitresses have been there for years have.  While the menu may have changed a bit, the food is still as wonderful as it always has been.  more... American
Route 66 Malt Shop
1720 Central Avenue, S.W.
Albuquerque, NM
"Get your green chile cheeseburger at the Route 66 Malt Shop" just might become the mantra for devotees of outstanding burgers.  This is indeed an old-fashioned malt shop, one of the few restaurants in the area to offer "phosphates" and homemade root beer. more... Burgers
Ruben's Grill
9708 Candelaria, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
This tiny hole-in-the-wall doesn't have nearly enough seats to accommodate everyone who wants to eat there during peak times.  As such, it does a robust take-out business with diners lining up nearly out the door to place their orders.  more... Mexican
Rudy's Country Store & Barbecue
10136 Coors Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM
Rudy's offers Texas style tangy barbecue in a country store setting.  It markets itself as the world's worst barbecue, but then there's just no truth in advertising, is there?  You've got to sample Rudy's sause, even if it's the sissy variety.  more... Barbecue


66 Diner
1405 Central, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
The best of Albuquerque's nostalgia restaurants, this Central Avenue classic features a 50s theme replete with pony-tailed waitresses in blue skirts and bobby socks.  The 50s music blaring from the jukebox brings to mind Arnold's Diner of Happy Days fame.  more... American
Sadie's Dining Room
6230 Fourth Street, N.W.
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
Sadie's is renown for several things, among which are: its rags to riches success story, consistently hot chile and prodigious portions.  Over the years it has developed a growing and faithful following that has remained steadfast in its devotion.  more... New Mexican
107 Cornell, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Line up a slice of each of the three best pizzas in Albuquerque, piping hot right out of the oven and it's my bet the one you'd finish first would be from Saggio's a long-time Duke City institution.  That's because a slice of hot Saggio's pizza is impossible to put down.  more...  Pizza
SaiGon Restaurant
6001 D4 San Mateo, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Despite not being located anywhere near Albuquerque's tightly-knit Vietnamese neighborhoods, chef Vicki Truong has cultivated a loyal and diverse patron base who visit her restaurant to partake of a 145-item menu.  more... Vietnamese

Sakura Sushi
4200 Wyoming, N.E. C-2

Albuquerque, NM

Could Laotian cuisine follow in the footsteps of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine as the next great American dining trend?  It just might if diners visit Sakura Sushi, whose Laotian dishes will introduce you to the fresh and invigorating taste of Laos, soon to be a secret no more.  more... Asian
Salsas Grill
5109 Coors, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Salsas Grill features outstanding cuisine served with a Guatemalan flair, style, grace and hospitality. Several superb sandwiches are a restaurant mainstay and all are served on fresh Parisian bread.  These sandwiches are better than any tortas we've had in Albuquerque. more... Southwestern

Sandia Chile Grill
7120 Wyoming Blvd, N.E.,

Albuquerque, NM

Talk about humble beginnings.  The Sandia Chile Grill started off serving burritos at convenience store/service stations.  You can't keep a good product down and the Sandia Grill provides excellent New Mexican cuisine now in a real restaurant storefront.  more... New Mexican
Sandiago's Mexican Grill
38 Tramway Place
Albuquerque, NM
You don't have to go out of town to dine to feel like you're dining out of town.  A drive to Sandiago's Mexican Grill on the base of the Sandia Tramway will do that for you.  This colorful restaurant evokes images of Mexico Lindo Y Querido in all its splendor.  more... Mexican
3500 Central, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
As one of Albuquerque's most popular, highly acclaimed and revered restaurants, much is expected out of each and every visit to Scalo.  For us, it didn't always deliver until recently when an ownership change, new chef and new menu made all the difference.  more... Fine Dining
Scarpas Brick Oven Pizza
9700 Montgomery, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
With two locations in the Duke City, Scarpas is a long established restaurant with a reputation for good brick oven pizza.  There are some who say Scarpas torte di mele is the best dessert in town, too...and the pasta is pretty good as well.  more... Pizza
Seasons Rotisserie & Grill
2031 Mountain, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM

One of Albuquerque's premier dining establishments this Old Town area treasure earned its reputation by combining a casually elegant ambience with impeccable service and marvelous American cuisine prepared well with the freshest ingredients.  more...

Fine Dining
3310 Central, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
It stands to reason that what is conceivably Albuquerque's best sushi restaurant is named for the Shogun, the title accorded the supreme ruler of Japan for about eight centuries.  That's because this Nob Hill area dining treasure rules!  more... Japanese
Siam Cafe
5500 San Mateo, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
The Siam Cafe is quite possibly the most aromatically enticing (to the olfactory senses, it must be almost sensual) restaurant in the Duke City with its exotic spices and herbs wafting like a gentle summer breeze over all diners entering Albuquerque's best Thai restaurant.  more... Thai
Slate Street Cafe
515 Slate, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Nestled in the heart of the legal district, the Slate Street Cafe is Soho cool, San Francisco Nob Hill hip and sixties funky.  It's a breath of fresh air in a burgeoning downtown district where revitalization appears to be working.  more... American
Sophia's Place
6313 4th, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
You'll be completely won over by Sophia's Place's inventive, eclectic menu--a menu that includes a "noodle board," a range of sophisticated salads and soups, extraordinary sandwiches and lots of pleasant surprises.  more... American
Spinn's Burgers & Beer
6601M Winter Haven, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM

The first restaurant venture for a Texas born and bred entrepreneur, Spinn's Burgers & Beer serves over 99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer....but the bigger draw is the food.  You might even like the "chili" but don't tell any New Mexican you do.  more...

Standard Diner
320 Central, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
The restaurant is situated in Albuquerque's East Downtown (EDO) area, a burgeoning residential and business district regarded by real estate experts as one of the "top five up-and-coming" areas in the nation."  It specializes in fresh, homemade comfort foods. more... American
St Clair Winery & Bistro
901 Rio Grande
Albuquerque, NM
In 2005, St. Clair Winery launched a wine-tasting room and bistro on the outskirts of historic Old Town Plaza and on the site of the now defunct Rio Grande Cantina.  Baccus would be proud. The bistro's menu is a vehicle for the diversity of St. Clair wines.  more... American
Stone Face Tavern
8201 San Pedro, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
The Stone Face Tavern is a bar I might frequent if I imbibed adult beverages and didn't choke in the proximity of the blue haze that permeates a smoker's hang-out.  Still, it's worth a visit if only to check out the unique sensory overloading ambience.  more... American
Sunshine Cafe
1134 Mountain Road, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
The Sunshine Cafe launched in 2007 and had an effect similar to the bright rays of the sun on a dreary, gray day.  Situated in an increasingly more chic historical area north of Old Town, this charming restaurant and market offers food that will brighten your disposition, too.  more... American
Sushi and Sake
3200 Central, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Sushi and Sake features an "all you can eat (AYCE) in an hour" dining concept, but unlike American buffet restaurants, takes precautions (such as only one reorder) to minimize waste.  If you thought sushi was just "raw fish", you need to try this restaurant.  more... Japanese
Sushi Gen
5210 San Mateo, N.E. #8
Albuquerque, NM
How good could all-you-can-eat sushi bars possibly be?  Pretty darn good if the sushi bar is Sushi Gen which launched in 2004 to the delight of bargain seekers throughout the Duke City.  Inexpensive doesn't mean cheap.  This is very good sushi.  more... Japanese
Sushi King
9421 Coors Blvd, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 890-6200
With one location in Albuquerque's hip and happening downtown area and one on the Duke City's burgeoning West side, Sushi King is poised to become a real player in the city's sushi scene.  Freshness and creativity are highlights of this purveyor of very good sushi.  more... Japanese
Sweet Tomatoes
10126 Coors Blvd, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Only in recent years have creative cuisine crafters added imagination, flair and flavor to what used to be the bland and unimaginative greenery which reminded dieters that the word "diet" was simply "die" without the letter "t."  more... Salad


Taco Cabana
3301-01 Coors, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Few would have envisioned that the humble San Antonio taco stand he launched in 1978 would eventually expand to more than 130 restaurants throughout Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and a few other states or that it would serve over 46 million guests in a year.  more... Mexican
Taco Shel
7001 San Antonio Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM
Taco Shel (the second "l" was dropped as a mnemonic) has been around for about 20 years, tucked into a nondescript Northeast Heights shopping center.  Its food can certainly be described with such adjectives as wonderful and delicious.  more... New Mexican
Taj Palace
1435 Eubank, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 296-0109
The Taj Palace showcases the cuisine of Northern India in a homey setting that's replete with the intoxicating fragrances of delicious entrees served by an accommodating staff.  Indian cuisine is one of the world's great cuisines and the Taj Palace will show you why.  more...  Indian
Thai Basil
5201 4th, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
Lemongrass, mint, ginger, lime, chile peppers and particularly Thai basil combine in congruent deliciousness to make Thai cuisine among the most popular ethnic cuisines in North America.  Thai Basil employs those great ingredients to create flavorful dishes.  more... Thai
Thai Cuisine
6200 Coors, N.W. Suite E-3
Albuquerque, NM
In Albuquerque, Thursdays are green curry day at Thai Cuisine where a Thai cuisine lunch buffet and full-service dinner menu provide traditional Thai treasures whose common denominator is lively flavors--as in the hottest Thai food in town.  more... Thai
Thai Tip
1512 Wyoming, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
The gregarious Tippewan "Tip" Sherrod, for whom the restaurant is named, is a dynamic and passionate restaurateur who just might take time out to recount her background as a midwife in her native Thailand as she extols the healthy qualities of Thai food.  more... Thai
Theobroma Chocolatier
319 Central, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
In ancient polytheistic Mayan cultures, chocolate was a gift to appease the gods.  Today mere mortals can derive the sensual, stimulating pleasure that only chocolate can evoke.  One of the Duke City's most arousing pleasure palaces is Theobroma Chocolatier.  more... Chocolate
Tomato Cafe
5901 Wyoming, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Tomato Cafe's mission statement is to "Provide our guests with delicious, high quality food, friendly service in a pleasant atmosphere at a good value."  Mission Accomplished!  For excellent Italian food and excellent value, the Tomato triumphs.  More... Italian
Tony Roma's
10015 Coors, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
With more than 260 locations worldwide, Tony Roma's can be found from Aruba to Venezuela and 25 countries in between. One of the most famous barbecue chains in the world, it can also be found in Albuquerque where truly great barbecue is scarce.  more... Barbecue
Trombino's Bistro Italiano
5415 Academy, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Our three experiences at this venerable Northeast Heights Italian bistro have us shaking our head in wonder at how this very popular dining destination continues to thrive.  Could it be we're not destined to ever "mangia bene" at this Northeast Heights favorite?  more... Italian
Tucanos Brazilian Grill
110 Central, S.W.
Albuquerque, NM
The gaucho style of grilling, called churrasco (roughly the Portuguese equivalent of "barbecue"), is today celebrated from Rio de Janeiro to Albuquerque in Brazilian steakhouses called Churrascarias.  Tucanos does it with flair.  more... Brazilian
Twisters Grill
9358 Eagle Ranch Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM
Founded in 1998, this ubiquitous New Mexican restaurant can be found in nine locations throughout the Duke City as well as in Rio Rancho, Las Cruces and Aurora, Colorado. The premise behind Twisters is that customers wanted quality food at fast food prices and speed. more... New Mexican

Two Fools Tavern
3211 Central Avenue, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque's only authentic Irish pub launched in 2006 inviting Duke City diners to experience the true warmth, spirit and soul of Ireland.  Irish eyes are indeed smiling as they enjoy a pint (or ten) and a stew at this fun and frolicking tavern.  more... Irish




Vernon's Hidden Valley Steakhouse
6855 4th Street, N.W.
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
Vernon's Hidden Valley Steakhouse exudes charm as one of the city's few speakeasy themed, high-end dining establishments.  The ambience may be Prohibition era inspired, but the cuisine is definitely contemporary fine dining at its best.  more... Steak
Viet Taste
5721 Menaul Blvd, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Picture perfect plating, contrasting textures, invigorating aromas, and delicate, light, yet complex flavors--this is what your five senses will experience with a meal at Viet Taste, already one of Albuquerque's very best Vietnamese restaurants in a city with several great ones.  more... Vietnamese
Villa Del Mar
5001 Central, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Villa del Mar is poised to compete with Albuquerque's very best mariscos restaurants.  With an unbeatable green chile and jalapeno salsa and sweet, succulent seafood, it promises to quickly gain a loyal following among savvy seafood savants.  more... Mexican
Village Subs
7901 4th Street, N.W.

Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM

To paraphrase an African proverb, "it takes a village to make a great sub."  Village Subs, appropriately situated in the village of Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, crafts an excellent sub!  They also make a great green chile cheeseburger and a pretty good pizza, too.  more...

3118 Central, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Vivace is a veritable pantheon for the celebration of fine Italian cuisine at its very  best.  That's because of the proprietor/chef's meticulous attention to detail and unbridled passion for quality and authenticity may be unrivaled in the Duke City. more... Italian


Walker's Popcorn Company
2720 Central, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Who doesn't love popcorn?  Along with hot dogs, apple pie, hamburgers and barbecue, it's been an American favorite--or should I say tradition--for generations.   The very best popcorn in New Mexico can only be found at Walker's.  more... Popcorn
Western View Diner & Steakhouse
6411 Central, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM
In the shadow of one of Albuquerque's most prominent neon spangled signs, one which celebrates Route 66, is the Western View Diner & Steakhouse which has been serving Albuquerque since 1941.  Horace Greeley was right when he advised "Go West."  more... American
4400 Wyoming, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Sure Albuquerque is in the Sonoran desert but that's no reason chicken wings and legs should be so wrinkly dry.  The menu claims the garlic parmesan wings are "worth wrecking your breath for" but what really wrecks this offering is the dust bowl sized dousing of parmesan. more... Chicken




Yanni's Mediterranean
3109 E. Central
Albuquerque, NM
Over the years, Yanni's has been recognized by national, regional and local publications for its outstanding cuisine.  It has also earned the unwavering devotion of teeming masses who patronize the city's best Mediterranean restaurant.  more... Greek
Yasmine's Cafe
1600 Central, S.E. 
Albuquerque, NM
The dessert display case houses the best baklava in New Mexico while the menu is replete with the many wonderful culinary treasures of the Mediterranean.  You'll never find better hummos than at this Central Avenue restaurant.  more... Mediterranean 
Yen Ching
4410 Wyoming, N.E. #N
Albuquerque, NM
Have a yen for Chinese or Korean cuisine?  Can your appetite be sated only by the nasal-clearing, smoldering heat of Szechwan style cooking?  Are the cravings that consume you affixed on succulent sushi and eye-watering wasabi.  Get them all at Yen Ching.  more... Chinese


Zea Rotisserie & Grill
4800 Montgomery, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
Zea was founded in New Orleans in 1997 and that its founders goal is to celebrate the cultural phenomenon that is eating and drinking for the sheer pleasure of it (sounds like my kind of people).  You'll love Betty, the best waitress in town.    more... American
Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro
3009 Central, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM
505)-254-ZINC (9462)
While considered a premium fine dining destination, Zinc's generous portions are comparatively value priced--your bill may approach three figures, but you'll feel you got your money's worth. Zinc has become a destination worthy of the Mother Road on which it sits.  more... Fine Dining


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