Albuquerque Travel Guide

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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
    Golden Crown Bakery
    #1 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 825 reviewsTripAdvisor (825)
    $ - $$ | Wine Bar, Brew Pub, Southwestern, Pizza
    1103 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-1865
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  • #2
    Antiquity Restaurant
    #2 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 780 reviewsTripAdvisor (780)
    $$ | American, International
    112 Romero St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1417
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  • #3
    Central Grill and Coffee House
    #3 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 224 reviewsTripAdvisor (224)
    $ | Diner
    2056 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1404
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  • #4
    Thai Vegan
    #4 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 243 reviewsTripAdvisor (243)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    5505 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109-2542
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  • #5
    California Pastrami
    #5 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 380 reviewsTripAdvisor (380)
    $ - $$ | Deli, American, Southwestern, Grill
    6125 Montgomery Blvd NE Suite 5, Albuquerque, NM 87109-1449
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  • #6
    Vinaigrette
    #6 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 574 reviewsTripAdvisor (574)
    $ - $$ | American, Soups
    1828 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1160
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  • #7
    The Range Cafe
    #7 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 331 reviewsTripAdvisor (331)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, American, Southwestern, Cafe
    2200 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107-1721
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  • #8
    The Grove Cafe & Market
    #8 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 737 reviewsTripAdvisor (737)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    600 Central Ave SE Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3656
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  • #9
    Monroe's Restaurant
    #9 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 767 reviewsTripAdvisor (767)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, American, Southwestern, Soups
    1520 Lomas Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1255
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  • #10
    Padilla's Mexican Kitchen
    #10 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 282 reviewsTripAdvisor (282)
    $ | Mexican, Southwestern
    1510 Girard Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-1823
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  • #11
    Farina
    #11 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 388 reviewsTripAdvisor (388)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Wine Bar
    510 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3520
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  • #12
    La Crepe Michel
    #12 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 370 reviewsTripAdvisor (370)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    400 San Felipe St NW Ste C2, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1565
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  • #13
    Mas - Tapas y Vino
    #13 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 733 reviewsTripAdvisor (733)
    $$ | Spanish, Wine Bar
    125 2nd St NW Hotel Andaluz, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3304
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  • #14
    Cocina Azul
    #14 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 466 reviewsTripAdvisor (466)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Southwestern
    1134 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-1866
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  • #15
    Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
    #15 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1016 reviewsTripAdvisor (1016)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    5011 Pan American West Fwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109-2239
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  • #16
    Rudy's
    #16 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 665 reviewsTripAdvisor (665)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    2321 Carlisle NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
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  • #17
    Standard Diner
    #17 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 966 reviewsTripAdvisor (966)
    $ - $$ | American, Diner
    320 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3516
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  • #18
    St. Clair Winery & Bistro
    #18 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 790 reviewsTripAdvisor (790)
    $ - $$ | American, Wine Bar
    901 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-2057
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  • #19
    California Pastrami
    #19 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 109 reviewsTripAdvisor (109)
    $ - $$ | American, Deli, Grill, Soups
    10131 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114-4045
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  • #20
    Saggio's
    #20 of 2,019 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 236 reviewsTripAdvisor (236)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    107 Cornell Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-3508
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