Albuquerque Travel Guide

USA  #2 in Best Places to Visit in New Mexico

What to Eat in Albuquerque

When dining in Albuquerque, you'll encounter your fair share of strong and spicy flavors, and in doing so you'll also gain a deeper understanding of how food plays into the city and state's history and defines its identity. New Mexican cuisine is a combination of Mexican, Native American and Spanish flavors. Dishes are built on a foundation of native ingredients, namely corn, beans, squash and, perhaps most importantly, chiles. The chile comes in two varieties: red and green. If you're at a restaurant that serves New Mexican cuisine, you'll likely be asked, "Red or green?" If you want to taste both, say you'd like your dish served "Christmas-style." High Noon Restaurant and Saloon in Old Town is a favorite New Mexican eatery that's as popular for its steak as it is its tequila. But if you really want to heat things up, plan on attending the annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show in March, which features more than 200 booths filled with more than 1,000 products related to chile peppers.

Another element that makes Albuquerque's food scene so unique is the city's wine. Spanish missionaries planted the first grape vines in New Mexico in 1629, which means the Rio Grande Valley is the oldest wine making region in the country. You'll find a variety of wineries around Albuquerque and Corrales, New Mexico (the visitors bureau offers a directory), but if you want to sample a bit of everything, consider visiting during the Albuquerque Wine Festival, which takes place in May. Prefer suds to grapes? The city is also home to a variety of craft breweries. You can map out your own brewery crawl, or attend one of the city's beer events like ABQ Beer Week, ABQ Blues and Brews or the Albuquerque Hopfest.

Beyond its New Mexican eateries, Albuquerque offers a variety of fine dining restaurants. Travelers and locals particularly enjoy Restaurant Antiquity and Artichoke Cafe. If you'd like to sample some authentic Native American cuisine, both travelers and the visitors bureau suggest you head to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, which has its own cafe and bakery.

Find the Best Restaurants in Albuquerque

  • #1
    Antiquity Restaurant
    #1 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 862 reviewsTripAdvisor (862)
    $$ | American, International
    112 Romero St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1417
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  • #2
    Thai Vegan
    #2 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 264 reviewsTripAdvisor (264)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    5505 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109-2542
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  • #3
    Golden Crown Bakery
    #3 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 883 reviewsTripAdvisor (883)
    $ - $$ | Wine Bar, American, Brew Pub, Pizza
    1103 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-1865
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  • #4
    California Pastrami
    #4 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 425 reviewsTripAdvisor (425)
    $ - $$ | Deli, American, Grill
    6125 Montgomery Blvd NE Suite 5, Albuquerque, NM 87109-1449
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  • #5
    Central Grill and Coffee House
    #5 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 272 reviewsTripAdvisor (272)
    $ | Diner
    2056 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1404
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  • #6
    California Pastrami
    #6 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 147 reviewsTripAdvisor (147)
    $ - $$ | American, Deli, Grill, Soups
    10131 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114-4045
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  • #7
    Farina
    #7 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 413 reviewsTripAdvisor (413)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Wine Bar
    510 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3520
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  • #8
    The Grove Cafe & Market
    #8 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 775 reviewsTripAdvisor (775)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    600 Central Ave SE Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3656
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  • #9
    The Range Cafe
    #9 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 436 reviewsTripAdvisor (436)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, American, Southwestern, Cafe
    2200 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107-1721
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  • #10
    Monroe's Restaurant
    #10 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 859 reviewsTripAdvisor (859)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, American, Southwestern
    1025 4th NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
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  • #11
    Padilla's Mexican Kitchen
    #11 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 323 reviewsTripAdvisor (323)
    $ | Mexican, Southwestern
    1510 Girard Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-1823
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  • #12
    Standard Diner
    #12 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1031 reviewsTripAdvisor (1031)
    $ - $$ | American, Diner
    320 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3516
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  • #13
    Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
    #13 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1078 reviewsTripAdvisor (1078)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    5011 Pan American West Fwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109-2239
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  • #14
    La Crepe Michel
    #14 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 397 reviewsTripAdvisor (397)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    400 San Felipe St NW Ste C2, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1565
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  • #15
    Mas - Tapas y Vino
    #15 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 784 reviewsTripAdvisor (784)
    $$ | Spanish, Wine Bar
    125 2nd St NW Hotel Andaluz, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3304
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  • #16
    Two Fools Tavern
    #16 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 432 reviewsTripAdvisor (432)
    $ - $$ | Irish, Bar, Pub
    3211 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-1441
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  • #17
    Rudy's
    #17 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 692 reviewsTripAdvisor (692)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    2321 Carlisle NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
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  • #18
    Vinaigrette
    #18 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 632 reviewsTripAdvisor (632)
    $ - $$ | American, Soups
    1828 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1160
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  • #19
    Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm
    #19 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 229 reviewsTripAdvisor (229)
    $$ | American
    4803 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107-5520
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  • #20
    Frontier Restaurant
    #20 of 1,843 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1928 reviewsTripAdvisor (1928)
    $ | Mexican, American, Southwestern
    2400 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-3507
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