High Finance  Restaurant - At the top of the Tram
High Finance Restaurant - At the top of the Tram

High Finance Restaurant - At the top of the Tram

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sandiapeakrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 505-856-7899x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily except Tuesday: 4:30 - 8:00pm Tuesday 5:30 - 8:00
    Dinner reservations will receive a discount for the Tram ride. Lunch reservations do not receive a Tram discount; except for groups of 20 or more with prior arrangements.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Crews Brandhorst
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: The International Balloon Fiesta will be from October 6-14 any groups bigger than 6 people please call the restaurant at 505-856-7899 to check availability.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tramway Blvd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: A spacious public lot is available at the base of the Tramway. There is a $1 fee per vehicle until 5:00 PM daily. The dollar goes to security and the Forest Service.
A word from High Finance Restaurant - At the top of the Tram
Located atop Sandia Peak on the eastern outskirts of Albuquerque NM, is High Finance Restaurant. The location and unique mode of transportation sets High Finance apart from any other restaurant.
The 2.7 mile Tramway takes our diners through spectacular scenery, lifting off from the desert floor and landing on the mountain top. The restaurant sits at 10,378' and the views take in 11,000 square miles of New Mexico scenery. Taking a Tram ride is the number one attraction for visitors to Albuquerque, but the locals love it to get out of town and enjoy a staycation.
Not only is the Tram worth the trip but the atmosphere and award winning menu at High Finance will double your pleasure. The gorgeous bar and fine wood work are worthy of the name, High Finance. The amazing views can be enjoyed from any table in the house. From a casual lunch, to an elegant dinner, the most traveled diner will enjoy the creative dishes which await you.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
High Finance Restaurant - At the top of the Tram reviews from OpenTable diners
148 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (136)special occasion (103)romantic (74)good for groups (21)fit for foodies (18)great for outdoor dining (16)great for lunch (13)hot spot (13)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (11)neighborhood gem (11)notable wine list (10)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Excellant Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    From the Front of the restaurant to the table, we had Exceptional service. I made a mistake and booked the wrong day and they found us a table within 30 minutes! They were booked and extremely busy but found a way to get us a table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Reservations @ 7. Checked in at 6:50 & weren't seated until a little after 8. In my reservation we requested a window seat but ended up seated 3 row away from the window. After waiting for over an hour to be seated we just wanted to eat, at that point the view didn't matter. The meal was underwhelming. The posole had good flavor but no broth. We asked for our ribeye medium rare and it was extremely rare. We just ate it because we were hungry. Mashed potatoes were over whipped and gummy. Steak was underseasoned.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Long Wait - Fair Meal
    Gunner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had reservations for 7:00 PM and they did not have a table ready for us until an hour later. The views are awesome and the service was good. The food was way overpriced and not very good. I had the filet with lump crab, which was undercooked. The best part of my meal was the garlic mashed potatoes. My wife had the shrimp scampi, which was fair. Her portion was soo small, she was still hungy. I wouldve gave her some of mine, but didnt like the sound of the cow screaming when I stuck the steak with my fork.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    cherylg
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The total experience was wonderful, from the wait in the bar to the eating experience. We had an 8 pm reservation but got there early. We got a table at 8. Our waiter, Thomas, was very polite and made sure everything was perfect and the view was beautiful!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment!
    Bill
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We took my visiting sister to the top of the tram and had dinner at High Finance timed to coincide with sunset. We accomplished that! The Zin we selected to drink was good. We ordered prime rib (Sunday special) and the listed ravioli. Cheese and Spinnach Ravioli on a bed of spinnach topped with Maranara Sauce arrived. The spinach was still somewhat frozen, the ravioli was cold and tasteless and the sauce tasted canned. We sent that course back and they did not charge us for it. The Prime Rib was okay. I guess food at the top of the tram is expected to be average, even thoough its advertised as gormet. I'll most likely not eat there again. The sevice was good, the server obviously embarrassed by the food he was serving.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too tough!
    mommcubed
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My friend and I arrived on time for our meal. We waited for our drinks; hers wasn't forthcoming. First, the restaurant was out of her first choice; when we asked about the replacement, the waiter admitted that he'd dropped it, and another was being made. Then, when we asked if he could order, he said yes (we'd earlier asked to have our drinks and THEN order, but...). We inquired about our meals after almost 30 minutes, and were told a large party had come in and had placed their orders before us. The waiter said, "You wanted to wait for your drinks to order." "And our drinks weren't here BECAUSE...???" I asked. The meal appeared five minutes later.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A "must go" when visiting ABQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Make no mistake, it's expensive. But the view is totally worth it. Pick a clear day and bring a jacket. Even in summer, Sandia Peak is chilly and wind swept. The lights of Albuquerque at night are not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice for anniversary
    kerry
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I went there with my wife for our 5 yr anniversary. I asked them accommodate us by putting our flowers on our table that was done! They also added a white table cloth. No one else had the table this is what made the time special for us. Thanks for the experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Staff
    TennesseeFriends
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The Duck was wonderful as was the green chili stew. Food had amazing taste. Staff was very professional and always close by for whatever we needed. We were not rushed and had an enjoyable visit with our friends. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservation wait?
    Myopinion
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had reservations for 5pm on 9/20/14. We arrived at 4:50pm and were told to sit in the bar area until something was available? There were about 10 tables occupied at the time. Finally, at 5:20, I went to the hostess to inquire about the delay, she said "we were just about to call you", but would not give me a reason for the delay. This was very frustrating. She was not very customer oriented. When we were seated, the server (Hillary) came to our table and was very upbeat and energetic. Hillary did an excellent job of serving us and made the whole experience great. She should be commended for her attitude and work ethics. The chef also visited our table due to a small problem with some sweet potato's.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 25th BDay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Waitress did an excellent. Food was great. Would eat there again
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a must do for visitors!
    2milehighClub
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Last minute romantic dinner. A bottle of wine 10,000 ft in the air goes a long way. Memorable! Highly suggest for anybody passing through Albuquerque! We shared a plate of the duck breast. Incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food served cold and steak not cooked as ordered. Service excellent
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic views
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    High Resort was an excellent date idea. The tram has spectacular views and the restaurant sat us right next to a window so we could enjoy looking at the city and sunset at two miles high. No restaurant in Albuquerque can compete with those views. My girlfriend loved the surprise and dessert was one of the best we've had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time
    luv2dineout
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I went there to celebrate 10 years of marriage. The food is ordinary. Nothing special, but the tram ride, the hiking at the top and the views make it a dinner to remember. I would recommend going for the package, the dinner is just another (good) dinner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • View. Great. Food. Not so great
    imacook
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The tram the view the sunset...amazing. High Finance you can do with out. The food was okay at best. My wife asked for med. Well it came out bleeding. I asked for medium and had to remove the hoof before I could eat it. We were one of 4 couples in restaurant at the time and I had to hunt down my waiter to get water and assistance with the food issues. Has the potential to be the best restaurant in Albuquerque, after a major over haul.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wolf
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Everyone was fantastic and can't wait to return the walkways we safe and beautiful scenery. We started in the bar and then went to dinner. Everyone and the food was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs Improvement
    SFRio
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The service needs improvement. We waited a very long time for our drink order to be taken and then a long time for it to finally arrive. Once my drink arrived it had not been made properly. I had to send it back and it actually came back worse the second time. I didn't bother to send it back again. The waiter forgot that he had not yet taken our food order. He brought our appetizer/salad at the same time as our main course. I don't know what the restaurant is like at the bottom of the Tram but I recommend that you eat somewhere else and then just take the ride of the Tram afterwards. It runs late until around 10 pm.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mile High Dining
    ABQrocks
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The view from High Finance can't be matched. The restaurant sits atop Sandia Peak with views of the entire city of Albuquerque, the distant Santa Fe, Mount Taylor and the east mountains. The food is superbly prepared and the service is fast and friendly. We always treat our new visitors to the experience of the Tram flight and the fine dining!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I was visiting Albuquerque and decided to eat here since I wanted to ride the tram. The food was okay, I had the filet that was cooked to my specifications. The steamed veggies were not seasoned at all and neither was the risotto. The service was better than I expected despite the previous reviews on here. If you come here without high expectations you should be okay with what you get, although they could season their food properly.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mak1
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    view was nice food portions small , was disappointed in having to wait 30 minutes for desert to be brought to table.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view and Good food
    dinesoutfrequently
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoyed a three-cheese appetizer that was very good followed by acceptable prime rib accompanied by excellent grilled asparagus.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Killer view, great steak
    Dmitria
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Of course, the view is extraordinary. The steak was the best I ever had, but the vegetables were a disappointment. The green beans were too crunchy, but worse, had no flavor. The steak was cooked perfectly, tender and juicy, and the seasoning was superb. I had the blueberry/marzipan cake for dessert. It was excellent. My companion had the triple-chocolate cake. He thought it was so-so. The service could be better. It was adequate, but for these prices, it would have been better to see the waiter more often and to be fussed over more. Still, a lovely dinner and worth the effort and price.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ladybug
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    If your going to take the tram up to see the view you might as well stop by for food and a drink if possible. Remember it's cooler up at the top so dress appropriately.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful View- disappointing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Eating on a mountain top is the key to this restaurant. It is very nice that you get a tram discount with a dinner reservation. The food was ok, but not great. The bone in pork chop is a great option but the meat was over cooked and the . The filet was cooked to the proper temperature, but was of a poor quality and the reduction sauce was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprisingly good.
    Busch
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We wanted to surprise our out-of- town guests by taking them for dinner at High Finance to enjoy the spectacular view at dinner. We thought the food itself would be an after thought to the view. The food was surprisingly good, Ethan's service was outstanding, portions generous, and the overall experience was extremely pleasant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was much better this time
    travelKfromSA
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    High Finance must have a new Chef because the food we ate was delicious! The last time I ate at this restaurant I left disappointed, not this time. The restaurant was very crowded and the bar was slow due to only one bartender - but the staffs attitude was great and that also helped to make this dining experience a plus. I am looking forward to our next trip to Albuquerque to try another delicious dish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely nice evening all around
    Brandon1200
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Dinner was very good! Rib-eye and New York strip,,,,One Oscar style and the other with the red wine reduction sauce recommended by the waiter....Both outstanding. Calamari appetizer was awesome also....Great drinks,,,,,a little pricey, but the ambiance and views are unbeatable. Highly recommend for a special night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful experience.
    WoWWoW
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    WoW! What an incredible experience. The semi-tour guide in the tram was fun and informative. Food was good, and the service was friendly. Most of all, however, are the views. Outstanding! The rain, hail, thunder, and lightening were an added bonus. Even waiting for the lightening to move on before being allowed to take the tram back down was adventurous. The experience was “one of a kind” and very unique.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner with increadable view
    dubc
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have not been disappointed by the food or service on any of the many occasions we have dined here. View is wonderful. Wait staff attentive. Nice selection of wine. One of the better dinning experiences in Albuquerque for sure!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dining experience!
    trinka54
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food is pricey for the quality, but good choices. The view is amazing. I've read reviews about the restrooms having standing water on the floor, but that was not our experience. We were very happy we took the tram and ate at this restaurant, although we think it could have a better name than "High Finance".
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2 Miles to Dinner
    Rick
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food here was much better than I expected. The prices are steep, but so is the scenery! If you want to impress a date or spouse, this is the place to take them. This locale is the highest I have ever eaten a meal, being at 10,300 feet above sea level. When you are on an airliner, the cabin is at 5,800, and they don't serve meals like this anyway. It is truly a memorable experience, and one you will talk about for a long time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunset dinner@10,378’ in elevation
    JennieVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Amazing views on the aerial tramway located adjacent to Albuquerque, New Mexico. It stretches from the northeast edge of the city to the crestline of the Sandia Mountains and it is North America's longest aerial tram. The High Finance Restaurant & Tavern is located near the top tram terminal; the highest full service restaurant in North America and a “must do” for the city lights and the sunsets are spectacular. We started with the calamari served with thai dipping sauce; I ordered the grilled salmon with risotto / vegetables and my fiance had the beef filet made to order with vegetables and a baked potato. The staff was attentive but this “dated” restaurant/bathroom needs a major overhaul. Not my style in décor but was adequate.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Susan
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I've read reviews for this place and it seems like it's a "hit or miss" when it comes to both the food and service. We went in a Thursday evening for dinner. The tram tickets are half off if you made reservations. The server was great and so was the food. I have the salmon. The salmon was cooked perfectly. Vthe rice pilaf was over cooked so it looked like sticky rice with a couple of pieces of mushrooms. My husband had the chicken parmesan on a bed of risotto. He liked it all. For dessert, we tried the raspberry and macadamia nut bread pudding. It tasted great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The views from High Finance Restaurant cannot be equalled. It is just beautiful. The food is fine and the service is very friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High Finance for high quality
    MLMmarketing
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Interesting menu, fresh, delicious, low/no salt, quality, appealing presentation, accommodating staff, personable, delightful food in an exhilarating environment which building is a substantial wooden structure of formal architecture.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High Finance
    not4me
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food was good not great. The service was friendly but not nothing special. Our waiter though extremely pleasant did not do a very good job. We had to ask for things that should have been a given. Like plates with our appetizer. Also no bread was served with the meal. Dessert was just ok. Honestly I was disappointed with the whole experience. We will not go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hoppy66
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I have ate here many times in the past and take family and friend‘s when they come to town. Then quality of the 12 oz. steak was fatty and grizzley no bread or salad came with this $33.00 steak and potato choice was limited. Price is up and quality is down did‘t use to be that way and mix drink seemed watered down,
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highlight Of Our Visit
    RoadTripGuy
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We only had one night in Albuquerque and the High Finance Restaurant was the perfect way to spend what time we had. I will remember our time there as the highlight of our visit. My 15 yr old boy loved the ride to the top and really enjoyed his food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was fair 3 star maybe at 5 star prices. The service was great. However, the restsurant was very hot inside which made it not relaxing. Plus, unusually heavy tram traffic and had to wait 1 1/2 hours to get to the restaurant
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.