Artichoke Cafe
Artichoke Cafe

Artichoke Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.artichokecafe.com/
  • Phone: 5052430200
  • 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 5052430200

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Artichoke Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
135 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (92)special occasion (82)neighborhood gem (68)romantic (52)notable wine list (46)great for lunch (25)good for groups (20)hot spot (14)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (6)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Evening at the Artichoke Cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We enjoyed our evening at the Artichoke Cafe. We were greeted at the door with a smile. Made us feel welcome right away. We were asked if we had a preference on seating and showed us what our options were. Took us a while to order since we weren't familiar with the menu. The waiter checked with us several times but we did not feel rushed. We were splitting an entrée, and the kitchen was kind enough to spit it for us....no extra charge. It's sometimes the small things that make a difference. Would highly recommend the Artichoke Cafe. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Layers and layers of flavors
    DrJanVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Each dish is its own complex symphony of perfectly choreographed tastes and textures that is simply unmatched at any other local restaurant we go to (many). This is our special place. And you always feel like family here, service is easygoing, cheerful and warm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Robert & Susan
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We can not say enough about this restaurant as our dining experience was one that we will remember fondly! This was our first time in Albuquerque, and Artichoke Cafe was the highlight of our visit. We have been around the world and around the country, and we have experienced so many wonderful dining establishments...A/C ranks among the very best that we have enjoyed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good find...
    Willieray
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    You could walk by this palace 100 times and not give this place a second thought. It's on a corner of east central surrounded by other newer food venues; but if you ever walk through the doors of this establishment, you will be hooked. From the outside the place looks small and cramped-but the place is actually very spacious and nicely laid out. The wine list is pretty extensive and the food is good; however DO NOT walk in thinking that this is a Mexican food restaurant-you will be seriously disappointed. But if you want a nice place to eat and/or entertain a friend; a place that provides a great alternative to the regular ABQ food scene. This is the place...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food good service
    abqfoodlover
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The restaurant is deceiving from the outside at first glance, because it's quite elegant once inside. A little crowded at the front especially if you're moving to the back for seats. The service was excellent, when more than 2-3 tables are filled it gets noisy and hard to hear anyone at your own table. A little pricey for the food servings, especially the artichoke which was hard to manage. Lamb was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best yet . . .
    bmwfoodie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This was my first visit to the Artichoke Café and it certainly won't be my last. I can't understand what took me so long to try it. Not only was the food delicious, it was presented as works of art! Almost too beautiful to disturb but definitely worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love This Place!!!
    LCFoodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Every time I am in Albuquerque, I make the Artichoke Café one of my stops. It never disappoints!!! The food is incredible, and their cocktails and wine are a great accompaniment to great food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Event
    mikey1
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had not been to Artichoke for some time, but our experience was as we remembered. Food and service was excellent. Our only downside was that we chose a window seat in the bar, but the noise level there was dominated by one patron who absolutely had to be seen and heard for his own gratification. Fortunately he left midway through our dinner. Should have stayed in the dining room which was originally offered to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Menu is creative and provides nice options. Service staff was efficient and friendly. Would recommend to anyone who is visiting Albuquerque.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful place and meal
    JimsCrewVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Part of a wonderful meal is service. From the hostess to our server, Amy, to the lady assisting her, we felt cared for. The food was pretty, cooked perfectly and delicious. And, I don't think we have ever had better tenderloin. It was a great place to be on a rainy evening! Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overwhelmed but attentive
    Solasscc
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I think they were down some servers when we were there. The table wasn't ready for our reserved time, and we ended up seated in the bar area which was very loud. However, they owned the situation and ensured our dinner was good and we weren't ignored. Food was quite good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovegoodfood
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The food was excellent. The noise level was a little high. The service was a little slow. But overall, we enjoyed it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • notagain
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    made reservation early but waited 20 minutes for table. Hard to hear my table companion - very loud ambient noise. Cafe has too many people in space that needs noise reducing baffles. The food and service were fine, but will not go again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A very mixed bag
    MaryC
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Really liked the decor and overall atmosphere - you could enjoy conversation without being on top of others. For us dessert was the highlight (pumpkin tiramisu) because there were flaws in our other courses - caesar salad was drowning in dressing, duck had unusual sides that weren't really eaten and the overwhelming quantity of fries with Steak & Frites were also not consumed. Pretty wasteful. . .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best in the city
    foodavoresVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Reliably excellent food, creative, interesting and changing menu. Great bartenders and offerings, informal and knowledgeable servers. Always a treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lamb shank luke warm
    jpk2
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was generally very good and the sea bass that my dining companion had was great but the lamb shank I ordered came out luke warm. The entire plate with cous cous was not warmed up sufficiently. my assumption was they did not get the timing of the fish and the lamb shank right and they just screwed up. they took it back and heated it sufficiently but by then i was out of snyc with my dining companion so it threw the whole experience off. I did not ask for any adjustment but assumed at a nice place like this they would have automatically made some adjustment or offer free desert but nothing was done other than apologies from waiter and floor manager.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a tasting experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The menu on our visit had some unusual/unique and interesting options: the salmon came with a "popcorn" puree...and it was to die for; also an apple/pear pie dessert that was not a piece of pie at all but four delicious empanadas; and a pumpkin-bacon tiramisu with a ginger/bacon cookie that has to be tried to be believed. Overall a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect spot
    freedog16
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Staff were terrific, the food was excellent and the vibe was alive and friendly. This was a great find after travelling the southwest for three weeks and encountering mediocre fare. Food was particularly good and they really accommodated a food allergy to the allium family (which is no mean feat in a gourmet restaurant that relies heavily on onions and garlic). Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energetic Dining in Downtown ABQ
    Libtechgirl
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had dinner for two at 7:30pm on a Saturday night. We had a reservation and were immediately seated. The restaurant was full when we sat down, always a good sign. Service was up and down, e.g. they tried to take our cocktail order almost immediately (i.e. before we could look at the menu) and then disappeared for a very long time before coming back to actually take the order. The service pace was off the entire night (appetizer arrived before cocktails, server forgot to take our wine order, even though we told him we were going to order wine w/dinner). Bartender/sommelier (unsure) offered a few tastings for us to choose our dinner wine, which was nice. Food was excellent- we had the artichoke, apple and bleu salad, chicken and pork.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    Momcat
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The wait staff and hostess treated us wonderfully. The food was outstanding and the selection not overwhelming. I have heard about artichoke from friends and it exceeded all expectations. We had a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Delecious
    DanielB
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    One of my favorites in Albuquerque. Food/Service/Atmosphere are consistently awesome. We normally have dinner in the bar as the bar staff is phenomenal, but we made reservations for the dining room for this visit, the service was great. Also you have to try the salt/hand scrub in the restrooms, your hands will love you for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful evening.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Good food, attentive and courteous service, we had a lovely evening at Artichoke Cafe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cwabq
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was absolutely perfect. Branzino and Chinese duck breast. The wait staff was awesome. Perfect meal.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    NMFoodie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I've been to Artichoke many times and it is one of the few restaurants in town that I am never disappointed with. Certainly some visits are better than others, but always good. The wine steward offered great selections of interesting wine at affordable prices. I'm always a fan of their ravioli selections, and the other guests enjoyed risotto and some other specials. Overall, you can't go too wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hard Choices!
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    There are always many tempting items on the menu! It never gets boring or ho hum...either the regular menu or the special crepe of the day. I went for the namesake artichoke to start and then the fish and chips. Enjoyed them both. Next time the crepe maybe. I wish this restaurant was in the far northeast heights...we need it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • long wait
    fluke
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It took forever to get bread and 40 minutes to take our order. It is our favorite restaurant we celebrate special occasions there, we were celebrating my birthday and it was never aknowleged, we usually celebrate our anniversary and have always had great service. We will go back for our anniv. hope it was just a fluke this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the money
    Den2Abq
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went to artichoke cafe before our play because it had been written up in many magazines. Everything was fair. The food was good, but not great. Our son had lamb and said it just tasted like a roast. The apple blue cheese salad was very good. Service was good, not great. It was quiet and we were able to have a conversation--something rare now days. The prices were expensive. It was given $$, but $$$ is closer to price range.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice experience
    GreatDate
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    the server was knowledgable and helpful. The drinks were good and the food was solid. As the name indicates the artichoke was great. Wonderful calamari as well.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, not great
    Eatacrosstown
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I recently had the grilled salmon for lunch. It was on a bed of Jasmine rice with Bok Choy and a sauce. It was an okay dish but not outstanding in any way. The bok choy was stringy and difficult to eat. The salmon was grilled in an ordinary fashion and somewhat overcooked. The sauce did not integrate into the dish. My guests seemed happy with their meals - another salmon dish and a chicken crepe which looked pretty good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Albuquerque Classic
    osogrand
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The Artichoke has been at its current location for many years and has served as an anchor for the (EDO) neighborhood's redevelopment. We can always depend on on interesting and high quality dining experience with attentive service and fair prices. The management is confident without undue pretense and the clientele is a nice mixture of mostly local couples and groups. Try the inventive and tasty signature cocktails. Convenient and safe parking too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best In Alburquerque!
    SandDollar1
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We did some research because the dinner was going to be my Birthday dinner on our final night in New Mexico. Not only were my wife and I thrilled it turned out so well, I feel compelled to add my accolades to those already popping up on Trip Adviser, Yelp, etc. Quite simply, it was a great meal at moderate prices and I unequivocally recommend Artichoke as THE BEST IN ALBURQUERQUE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner Perfection
    Steve
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We always go to a special restaurant for our anniversary and this year this proved to be our best choice yet for this occasion. Our meals were incredible and the service was outstanding. When I mentioned to our waitress it was our anniversary, she served a special dessert at no charge and said some wonderful things to make the moment even more special. That is what makes a restaurant special for us. Thank you. PS - We have eaten here several times and have always enjoyed our meals, the service and the atmosphere. And - highly recommend the Artichoke Cafe to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good4ever
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have dined at the Artichoke Café for the last 30 years and it is always a nostalgic moment in a time when I revisit. I was pleased with my Cesar salad and really enjoyed the special of the day, Red Trout. My quests enjoyed their meal but one stated the lamb shank was too dry and the other the chicken was a little underdone. My server Joshua did a good job and handled all the requests with care and attention. So glad the Artichoke is still open and providing me with more good memories of New Mexico.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant dining experience
    Hahnecho
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This is an all-around good restaurant that we chose for my partner's birthday. Food was excellent to good, service excellent, and reasonably quiet so conversations were not strained. Some people would have been turned off by a street person begging for money inside the restaurant, albeit close to the door; was favorably impressed at the kind treatment of the person but definitely a surprise at a restaurant of this reputation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JMack
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Always one of my favorite places to go. Food is consistently excellent and the noise level allows for easy conversation, which I appreciate more as I get older. The pork belly egg rolls were sensational .and the Asian duck breast was delicious and perfectly cooked. Service was spot on. It is great that a place that is so good is also so reliable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special lunch gem
    Gr8food4livin
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    A girlfriend and I wanted to top off our Albuquerque shopping trip with a nice lunch and The Artichoke fit the bill perfectly! Deliciously prepared, beautifully presented, no hurry lunch with great service. The perfect addition to our girl's day out. I'm on a diet and my friend is vegetarian (accept for fish) gluten free and there were multiple wonderful choices. Well priced too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phil
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Last year, we visited the Artichoke and our memories are very good. For the this new visit we were really not disappointed. All was perfect. Maybe, the service was a little sufficient
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Menu, Well-Executed
    benalu
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Love the menu because it is different from most ABQ restaurants. Not only that, but dishes are prepared excellently. Wonderful food, beautiful presentations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place to Dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I was visiting Albuquerque and decided to check this place out because of all the good reviews. It was well worth it. First of all, I had Crystal as my server. You should be lucky if you have her as your server. I was dining alone and she help me decide on a couple of items on the menu and she checked in throughout dinner to see if everything was to my expectation. Besides the excellent service, the food is just as good. I decided on the lamb since I wanted to try something different. The meat was tender and flavorful and fell off the bone as I cut into it. I'm so glad I ate here when I was visiting and I would do it again if I'm back in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Outstanding service. Arrived at the restaurant at about 11:30 . Great time because we beat the lunch crowd . We eat at this restaurant every time we are in Abq.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet