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.

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  • #1
    Antiquity Restaurant
    #1 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 863 reviewsTripadvisor (863)
    $$ | American, International
    112 Romero St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1417
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  • #2
    California Pastrami
    #2 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 428 reviewsTripadvisor (428)
    $ - $$ | Deli, American, Grill
    6125 Montgomery Blvd NE Suite 5, Albuquerque, NM 87109-1449
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  • #3
    Thai Vegan
    #3 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 265 reviewsTripadvisor (265)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    5505 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109-2542
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  • #4
    Central Grill and Coffee House
    #4 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 277 reviewsTripadvisor (277)
    $ | Diner
    2056 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1404
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  • #5
    Golden Crown Bakery
    #5 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 884 reviewsTripadvisor (884)
    $ - $$ | Wine Bar, American, Brew Pub, Pizza
    1103 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-1865
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  • #6
    Farina
    #6 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 415 reviewsTripadvisor (415)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Wine Bar
    510 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3520
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  • #7
    The Grove Cafe & Market
    #7 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 773 reviewsTripadvisor (773)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    600 Central Ave SE Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3656
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  • #8
    Monroe's Restaurant
    #8 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 870 reviewsTripadvisor (870)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, American, Southwestern
    1025 4th NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
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  • #9
    The Range Cafe
    #9 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 437 reviewsTripadvisor (437)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, American, Southwestern, Cafe
    2200 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107-1721
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  • #10
    Padilla's Mexican Kitchen
    #10 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 325 reviewsTripadvisor (325)
    $ | Mexican, Southwestern
    1510 Girard Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-1823
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  • #11
    Mas - Tapas y Vino
    #11 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 786 reviewsTripadvisor (786)
    $$ | Spanish, Wine Bar
    125 2nd St NW Hotel Andaluz, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3304
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  • #12
    La Crepe Michel
    #12 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 397 reviewsTripadvisor (397)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    400 San Felipe St NW Ste C2, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1565
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  • #13
    Standard Diner
    #13 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1034 reviewsTripadvisor (1034)
    $ - $$ | American, Diner
    320 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3516
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  • #14
    Two Fools Tavern
    #14 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 432 reviewsTripadvisor (432)
    $ - $$ | Irish, Bar, Pub
    3211 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-1441
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  • #15
    Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
    #15 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1081 reviewsTripadvisor (1081)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    5011 Pan American West Fwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109-2239
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  • #16
    Vinaigrette
    #16 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 634 reviewsTripadvisor (634)
    $ - $$ | American, Soups
    1828 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1160
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  • #17
    Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm
    #17 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 230 reviewsTripadvisor (230)
    $$ | American
    4803 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107-5520
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  • #18
    Rudy's
    #18 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 694 reviewsTripadvisor (694)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    2321 Carlisle NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
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  • #19
    Frontier Restaurant
    #19 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1930 reviewsTripadvisor (1930)
    $ | Mexican, American, Southwestern
    2400 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-3507
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  • #20
    Cocina Azul
    #20 of 1,839 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 541 reviewsTripadvisor (541)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Southwestern
    1134 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-1866
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