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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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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 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 celebrated our 43rd anniversary. Great place for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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 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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "I've been enjoying Artichoke Cafe for 15 years. It has become our special event place. The locally sourced food just melts in your mouth. Each visit, as the first delicious bite meets my mouth, I think " why do I ever go anywhere else?" Amazing place, food and service."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We celebrated our friend's birthday on Saturday at the Artichoke Café. The food, service, drinks and atmosphere were wonderful. Our waiter, Greg, was attentive and very pleasant. The food was fresh and very well cooked. The drinks were yummy, as was the dessert that we shared. Would we come back? Without a doubt, one of the best in Albuquerque. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A lovely restaurant and a nice dining experience. We would certainly go there again."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Not bad. Though I would have liked to have seen a Vegan entree (even their salads were covered in meat). I had their Napoleon sandwich (various cooked veggies with goat cheese) it was tasty but I'm not a huge fan of goat cheese. Maybe next time I'll ask it to be sans queso. Overall, it was a quaint place, like a mix of Nob Hill Bar & Grill, and The Grove."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "They did not have our reservations. The noise level was very high when the restaurant was full. The food was very good snd the service was excellent."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We're regular visitors to Artichoke. Consistently a class act--food and service always terrific."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Wonderful downtown restaurant. Secure parking. The meals, drinks and dessert were very good. The waitstaff were on top of things. A stormy weather day turned into a very pleasant evening meal. Happy anniversary to the love of my life."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I ate here and were very happy with the food. The scallops were amazing. Our only complaint was that we felt like we were in a fish bowl sitting by the window."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Excellent service, great food. The wait staff was attentive, good drinks, wine nice ambiance."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Didn't have the best introduction to Artichoke Cafe - waited 30 minutes for two brunch items only to find that one - the Eggs Florentine - was soup. The Manager came over and offered no reparation while we showed the soupy eggs we asked for more bread to deal with it! Then the waiter came stated he will comp the order. Not exactly the Mothers Day brunch we had hoped! The place has a nice atomsphere and we will try it again as the one meal that was good - the quiche - was excellent."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Good service, wonderful food, delightful atmosphere. This was our first time there, but not our last!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This place is great all-around... pleasant atmosphere - delicious food - and great service. I'll go back again and I'll recommend it to anyone in the area."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "I had the Rib Eye steak it was cooked perfectly medium rare as I ordered it. Staff was professional and helpful. the waitress looked after us even though the restaurant was very busy. I enjoy this restaurant because you can have a conversation during dinner without having to shout at each other. I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Every dish is cooked perfectly. The fish and meats not overcooked and the accompanying sauces are perfect. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We were just passing through and were in a comfort food mode. We had the calamari to start which was generous but overly breaded. My wife's marinated filet was tasty, but more medium than the medium rare she ordered. My steak was a bit on the tough side probably not prime, and my frites were soggy and greasy, I suspect they were cooked before the oil was hot enough. In the resraurant's defense, they would have replaced them had I said something, but I was not up to complaining. The menu had some very appealing sounding items. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Our only complaint is they must have been short-staffed in the kitchen because arrival of dishes was slow and dinner ended taking almost two hours. Granted it was Saturday night and the place was full, but I wonder if it's like that every Saturday. All the same, I would go back. The service, although slow, was pleasant, solicitous, and apologetic. The food was imaginative and delicious."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We had excellent, attentive service. We arrived early for our table to find the place 75% full at 6:00 p.m. Nontheless, the manager found us a nice table but we enjoyed the bar area so much we stayed and eat there. The wine list was reasonably priced and bartenders recommendations were good."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Our food was amazing. We had two guests from California who are gourmet cooks and they were very impressed. Our waiter was awesome , just enough attention and great recommendations on food and wine. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "This is always a gem. Great food, service and ambiance Even refurbishing parts of interior."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "We always go to the Artichoke when we have a big decision to make and we need a quiet, pleasant place to have dinner and a good discussion. We both enjoyed our meals. Service was quite good. Only complaint is the seating. My fanny was uncomfortable and so was my back, sitting on one of the booth seats. Get that fixed and Artichoke will be perfect!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "The food was very good overall, but the Chicken Picata was overpriced and quite bland. We pointed this out to the waitress who was able to exchange the dish for something else, which was excellent. The service was very good and the employees were professional and knowledgeable. This restaurant is a neighborhood institution. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We were celebrating a birthday during our visit. briefly mentioned it to Greg our waiter.......Greg remembered the comment at dessert time and the birthday person got a free dessert. The pork chop dinner was out of this world, tender, moist and thoroughly cooked, Overall, excellent food, excellent service and will return. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "food was great. service a little slow. waiter seemed uninterested in us or the food "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Artichoke is one of the older fine dining establishments in abq. Consistently good to very good but never knock your socks off great (not any of those in NM). Well prepared and presented food. Definitely worth a trip. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014