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Artichoke Cafe
Artichoke Cafe

Artichoke Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.artichokecafe.com
  • Phone: (505) 243-0200
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Richard Winters
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Susan Cianciabella (505) 243-0200

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Artichoke Cafe
The Artichoke Cafe was reopened in 1989 by Pat and Terry Keene. Pat, who was formally trained in New York City, is executive chef and Terry has 30 years experience in restaurant management. Their dedication to the best in food, wine, and service has made this 120 seat restaurant one of Albuquerque's finest dining spots. Its downtown location on Route 66 in the Historic Huning Highland/EDO District, cozy modern decor and rotating art exhibits add panache and charm to its ambience. The food is a mix of French, Italian, and creative American, using only the finest ingredients.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Initially, it took a while for our server to come to our table. We were there with friends talking, but no one came by for a little under 15 minutes. Once we put in our drinks, we were pretty ready to order as well. Our table had the beef tenderloin, pork chop, duck, and chicken. All were good, but the curry with the chicken was surprising. The pork was the favorite of the table, after everyone sampled."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We dine at this restaurant every trip to Albuquerque. Everything is top notch about this restaurant except the steak frite. They took it off the bill, which showed some class."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We had a great time. Randy our server was great. Food, drinks and service was amazing. If people want the best that Albuquerque has to offer The Artichoke Café is on the top of this list. A must for any 'foodies' or 'wineies' :o) ."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food was excellent, the service attentive but unobtrusive. Anna, the bread/water/drinks/busser, was excellent! We spent about $75/person, but we had apps, entree, salad, and dessert, and a couple of drinks. I was pleased with the quality and flavor of the food. Great night!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "After a few unsavory meals at what used to be our favorite restaurant, I believe we have found a new home. My friend had eaten here a few times and finally convinced me to eat here. I was not disappointed at all! The ambience was just right. It was warm and inviting and the staff was very friendly. Our server was always frank and helpful with our menu decisions. I could go on and tell you about our delicious plates but I will let you discover that magic all on your own. I find that it is getting harder to find great service more than great food. The Artichoke Cafe supplied that in abundance. Our drinks never ran dry and our plates never lingered on our table for very long. I highly recommend this place to anyone!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We went to Artichoke Cafe for a special lunch. We started with the steamed artichoke, which was very good. The bread we were served was fantastic, as was the Caipirinha! nice ambiance. I was undecided between the Tuna Nicoise and Fish & Chips. The waiter recommended the salad, saying that the batter on the fish & ships wasn't his favorite. Well, the Nicoise was very disappointing. I asked for no tomatoes, and it was full of them. The tuna was large, tough, overcooked chunks; it was supposed to be tuna confit, which could have been delicate and nicely flaked. Disappointing lettuce. I ate less than half of it. My husband had the lamb salad, which he enjoyed. Will give another chance sometime in case it was an off day."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The setting, the food and the atmosphere was fantastic. The server did an outstanding job in meeting out needs."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "My husband took me to Artichoke Cafe for a special birthday and we had a wonderful time. We sat by a window and watched the scene, had some very nice wine and a lovely dinner. The waiter was very helpful and nice."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Everything was good...even the artichoke. It came with a splendid aioli for dipping along with 2 other sauces. The salad with meat is beautiful, with lots of wonderful ingredients. The yellow tomato gazpacho was garlicky and good. The bread tray has lots of yummy picks. And the greetings and service could not have been warmer of more accommodating. We go back to Artichoke Cafe every time we are in Albuquerque and we are never disappointed!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We had eaten at the restaurant a couple of years ago and the service was terrible, but only for our table. The waiter was obnoxious and rude making us all feel uncomfortable and unworthy of being in such a place. I have always known the food was good and decided to try again. I am glad I did. Our waitress was very knowledgable, friendly, and professional. For appetizer we had a cheese plate with a little fruit and bread. (Add more fruit please) the cheese and fruit combination complimented each other very well. For dinner we had ravioli and steak. Just fabulous. I never finish any of the appetizers and dinner so I can have desert which was a flourless chocolate cake. Glad I saved room."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "A bit pricey for our middle class wallet, but our second time dining here. It is wonderful for a special dinner with the wife; we have been treated especially well both times we ate here. First class treatment but friendly, without the pretentious vibe you sometimes get in better restaurants. Food was very good, a visual and taste treat. Appetizer was artichoke with three different dips, very tasty and engaging to eat, without filling us up.I am steak guy, so several choices there and the rib eye was nicely cooked, I had medium rare but it was tending towards the rare side, which I prefer. Potatoes were the interesting part, got my green chile in. Wine suited the meal. We had no desert. Especially enjoyed the art on the walls"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I was in ABQ ten years and ate here. On my return trip I was not disappointed."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Had heard about this place and been wanting to try it, glad we did! Great service, quiet and cozy ambience, will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Overpriced. Server wasn't friendly. Food wasn't that great .. Overall we were disappointed. Won't be returning.. sorry"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Due to overbooking, our reservation was not honored and we were not sat."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Artichoke Cafe and it was amazing. We caught them on a really busy night, but the service was great and the food was outstanding. I highly recommend the beef tenderloin - yum!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Always a great choice for special events. My wife always chooses Artichoke for her birthday and our Anniversary. Food is always fresh and prepared perfectly. Been going there for over 20 years."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Perfectly executed food. Correct level of unobtrusive, but attentive service."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The quality of the ingredients used are evident in sight, taste and texture. Seasonal selections were well paired with the entrées offered."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Truly a fine dining experience. Pork belly nachos were so inventive, using won tons, as were many menu items. The grilled peach ice cream was a total show stopper, perfectly accompanied by orange honey - Summer succulence captured like summer lightning in a bottle. Just amazing... as always!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening out without the kids for a delicious meal and great service."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I rarely do $100+ meals but we were splurging. There were three in our party and we had drinks through desert. We went early so it was not very loud. The staff was very attentive, I drink lots of fluids and my glass was never empty. My wife had a house margarita and the ravioli. They were both outstanding. I had the steak Frits cooked to perfection with house fries I am not the family foodie, so I find it considerate that there is a choice or two for a limited palate. My mother in law had the nights salmon special that was so good she cleaned the plate. A feat I have not seen I some time. We all had different deserts that we shared. All were good if a bit pricey. All in all a successful outing for one not easily impressed. ."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I came here for dinner with a groupon deal. Food was fabulous and service was good. Being a fine dining server myself, I felt service could have been a little better. Although this visit was much better than our visit a couple months back, where we waited almost 10 minute's before a server came to our table (and it was the manager who took our order), and we felt like we were being brushed off."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Took my mother here for her birthday dinner. She hadn't been to The Artichoke Cafe (TAC) in several years and wanted to return. A great choice. Ample wine list, very good food as well as very professional service. We split the braised tacos as a starter and had the apple and blue cheese salad and the french onion soup as our first course (both excellent). She had the scallops and I had the rib-eye as our entrees. Again, both very-well prepared. TAC graciously comped a shared dessert as well. Dinner for two with a glass of wine $118 (w/out tip). A good value in my opinion based on the food quality as well as the overall dining experience. We'll be back sooner rather than later."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We dined here for our last night in ABQ. Great dinner, though the restaurant was a bit crowded."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Took my parents here when they passed through Abq. Went here based 100% on on-line reviews are were not disappointed. We got a great table, we had a great, knowledgeable, yet easy going waiter, and the food was excellent! I will go again and highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food and the service were both great at Artichoke -- it's a little pricey for Albuquerque, but not too bad. Had the crepe special and my friend had a chicken/cranberry salad that she said was good. I will go back again."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We celebrated our 43rd anniversary. Great place for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We ate dinner here for our anniversary out of NYC in ABQ... What a lovely find. The waitress happily split our market salad which was farm-to-table fresh & for us 50/50 worked perfectly. I had the duck which was succulent, fresh & perfectly cooked. It came with a piece of puffed rice, it was great to have that crisp, but unfortunately it was so grease-logged, I was unable to eat more than a bite. My husband enjoyed his scallops although I thought they had a slight metallic taste. (I've grown up in Boston/NYC so I'm a fussy seafood eater) the wines were unusual & delicious. Overall, the flavor combinations were ambitions & well executed. Prices were reasonable for the quality & the service was top notch without being overbearing or stuffy."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food was fabulous. The only place I will order beef. Cooked to perfection. Will ask for our waitress again. She was accommodating, didn't hover. It was a perfect evening."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We were on vacation and the restaurant was recommended. Because we did not know the restaurant we allowed ourselves to be seated in a area that became obvious that it was out of the way. We waited too long to order drinks, to receive drinks, to order apps. When manager asked how things were, we complained of slow service. It picked up after that until we waited and waited for a bill and to be cashed out. Manager finally took our card and finalized the bill. App and dessert were comped, but the inattentive service ruined a lovely meal."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "one of the true standouts in Albuquerque for 20 years, you cannot go wrong"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My first visit to Artichoke Cafe was marked by excellent, attentive service, a wonderful appetizer (pork belly wonton nachos), a superb main entree' of Indian-inspired chicken, and a delightful fruit tart for dessert. The restaurant decor is attractive and inviting. The location in downtown Albuquerque is very convenient, also. For anyone visiting Albuquerque, this is the place to go. I also need to return here as there are many items on the menu that I still want to sample."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We always LOVE this restaurant and are never disappointed. This time we tried one of the specials, Red Snapper, and it was absolutely divine. If its ever on the menu when you are there, you must try. Also enjoyed the roasted garlic appetizer and peach salad immensely. We'll look forward to going back as usual. Thanks for the great food and terrific service!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This is a small gem of a restaurant. All three elements of a fine restaurant are present: fine food, attentive professional service and comfortable ambiance. The menu is creative and the wine list reasonable. We would not hesitate to return to Artichoke."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We have been to the Artichoke Café many times and it never disappoints. We started in the bar with an appetizer and bottle of wine and were treated well by the bar staff. We moved to our table and everything went well there. We wanted to try a different wine and our waiter brought us a sample of what we thought we wanted. It turned out we bought another bottle. Our server was patient and waited as requested to take our order since we wanted to have a glass of wine before eating. My wife had the duck and I had the rib eye steak. Both were cooked to perfection and were delicious. The accompanying vegetables and potatoes were great as well. It was a wonderful evening at the Artichoke Café."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Food is still creative / GREAT flavor and combinations / Has aged very well / Not an easy thing for a restaurant with high standards to achieve / price to food value is excellent!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I found Artichoke Café to have consistently great service, food & wine. The atmosphere is classy but not pretentious and the staff are welcoming and helpful. The food is fantastic--innovative and tasty with a California/Southwestern spin. A wide spectrum of wines are available and on special occasions I opt for a $65 California old vine Zinfandel at $65 and love it. I have eaten here 3-5 times per year for 5 years and it never disappoints. Moderately priced at lunch and has dinner entrees from $12 to $29. Try the mini-beef taco appetizer and fresh fish specials."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I have only been to the cafe twice, including the evening I'm reviewing. It has a very cozy feeling. I think I even sat at the same table. The early evening sunlight reflected on the outside view was great. Food and service was great. Not a fan of the peach crumble. Have to send it back, cinnamon was too overwhelming. It wasn't at all what I was hoping for. Recommend they bring a desert tray around with samples first."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great service. Too much salad dressing on the Market salad. I would recommend decreasing the amount of bread in the crab slider appetizers. Too filling. The menu would be improved by adding more fish choices."
    Dined on 6/13/2014