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 1,838 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
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    $$ | American, International
    112 Romero St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1417
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  • #2
    Golden Crown Bakery
    #2 of 1,838 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 886 reviewsTripadvisor (886)
    $ - $$ | Wine Bar, American, Brew Pub, Pizza
    1103 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-1865
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  • #3
    California Pastrami
    #3 of 1,838 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 429 reviewsTripadvisor (429)
    $ - $$ | Deli, American, Grill
    6125 Montgomery Blvd NE Suite 5, Albuquerque, NM 87109-1449
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  • #4
    Thai Vegan
    #4 of 1,838 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 267 reviewsTripadvisor (267)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    5505 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109-2542
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  • #5
    Central Grill and Coffee House
    #5 of 1,838 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 279 reviewsTripadvisor (279)
    $ | Diner
    2056 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1404
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  • #6
    Farina
    #6 of 1,838 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
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    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Wine Bar
    510 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3520
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  • #7
    The Grove Cafe & Market
    #7 of 1,838 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 773 reviewsTripadvisor (773)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    600 Central Ave SE Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3656
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  • #8
    Mas - Tapas y Vino
    #8 of 1,838 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 789 reviewsTripadvisor (789)
    $$ | Spanish, Wine Bar
    125 2nd St NW Hotel Andaluz, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3304
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  • #9
    Monroe's Restaurant
    #9 of 1,838 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
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    $ - $$ | Mexican, American, Southwestern
    1025 4th NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
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  • #10
    Padilla's Mexican Kitchen
    #10 of 1,838 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 327 reviewsTripadvisor (327)
    $ | Mexican, Southwestern
    1510 Girard Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-1823
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  • La Crepe Michel
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 397 reviewsTripadvisor (397)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    400 San Felipe St NW Ste C2, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1565
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  • #11
    Two Fools Tavern
    #11 of 1,838 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 433 reviewsTripadvisor (433)
    $ - $$ | Irish, Bar, Pub
    3211 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-1441
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  • Standard Diner
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1036 reviewsTripadvisor (1036)
    $ - $$ | American, Diner
    320 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3516
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  • #12
    Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
    #12 of 1,838 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1090 reviewsTripadvisor (1090)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    5011 Pan American West Fwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109-2239
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  • #13
    Vinaigrette
    #13 of 1,838 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 636 reviewsTripadvisor (636)
    $ - $$ | American, Soups
    1828 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1160
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  • #14
    Rudy's
    #14 of 1,838 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 695 reviewsTripadvisor (695)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    2321 Carlisle NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
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  • #15
    Cocina Azul
    #15 of 1,838 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 546 reviewsTripadvisor (546)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Southwestern
    1134 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-1866
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  • #16
    Frontier Restaurant
    #16 of 1,838 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1933 reviewsTripadvisor (1933)
    $ | Mexican, American, Southwestern
    2400 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-3507
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  • #17
    D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro
    #17 of 1,838 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 862 reviewsTripadvisor (862)
    $ - $$ | American, Wine Bar, International
    901 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-2057
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  • #18
    Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro
    #18 of 1,838 Places to Eat in Albuquerque
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 339 reviewsTripadvisor (339)
    $ - $$ | American, Wine Bar
    3009 Central Ave NE Nob Hill District, Albuquerque, NM 87106-2214
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