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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 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sandiapeakrestaurants.com
  • Phone: (505) 856-7899
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
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Diner Reviews
  • "This restaurant is amazing. The decor, the feel, the VIEW - woah. Fantastic. The service is great, the food is delicious. I ordered salmon with risotto and a vegetable medley. SO GOOD!!! The desserts looked divine. I got a slice of some sort of blueberry crumble thing with marscapone in the middle. OMG my new favorite thing."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Great view! Meal was a little pricey, but good. Staff was nice, and had no problems with our reservation even though we were way early."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We celebrated our 20 year anniversary at the restaurant. every one was very professional and on top of things. Steak was great."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This was truly a memorable experience. The view is spectacular and the restaurant experience, the greeting unpon arrival to all the service staff was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The food was well prepared and price value was there. I would highly recommend this restaurant experience. Take a jacket with you so you can enjoy a walk on the deck to see the city lights. It is about 35 degrees cooler on top verses at the base."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Wonderful, absolutely wonderful! The food was delicious and the staff courteous."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The destination is incredible. The food is OK and service was adequate. There are a lot of difficult logistics in running a good restaurant in such a location."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Overall the time I spent at High Finance restaurant this past Saturday was amazing. I wanted to treat my girlfriend to something special before she leaves for college and the first thing I thought of was dinner with a beautiful view. The only place to find this beautiful view in Albuquerque is most definitely at the top of the mountain. Although my girlfriend was a little disappointed with the service and the food. She had the chicken Parmesan and did not enjoy the meat. I had a NY strip steak which was rather delicious but my vegetables were not fully cooked and my potatoes were cold."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I was in town for just one night and thought that this restaurant would be a nice, romantic choice. It was awful. They told us to arrive to the tram 30 minutes early, which was not long enough. It was extremely crowded and we ended up being 30 minutes late to our reservation. Still, when we arrived we were told there were no tables available so we would have to wait. Except there were tables available.... some of them unbused and some of them were simply empty, so perhaps it was a staffing issue. When we were finally shown our table it only had one chair, the hostess had to go find a chair at another table. I also found the restaurant's cleanliness to be suspect (food on the floor, absolutely disgusting bathroom, multiple unbused tables)."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My niece and I had a lovely dinner on a Friday evening as we watched the sun set. She is only 10 years old, and this was a special occasion, but she was pleased to be given a choice of adult or child menu. She accepted the adult menu and enjoyed being treated like a grown up throughout the dinner. The hummus appetizer was beautifully presented and very tasty. The caesar salad dressing was nicely spiced and the romaine was exceptionally crisp. Our filet mignons were perfectly cooked and the sides (garlic mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes) were flavorful. However, the cheesecake dessert was a little bland and I would not recommend it. Overall, an excellent meal, beautiful view, and acceptable rates considering the unique location."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The trip on the tram and the view from above is fantastic, but skip the meal at High Finance. The menu is pretentious and food is pretty awful. My dessert was still partially frozen, cake very dried out. My entree was undercooked pasta with obviously frozen vegetables, very much like not-very-good school cafeteria food. The waiter was pleasant and service was ok, but the prices are very high and the menu leads you to expect at least fresh ingredients. A big disappointment."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The knife used to cut steak was not sharp or strong enough, the restrooms need remodeling and other than that, everything was great"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My husband and I came here for dinner one night while on our honeymoon. The amazing views were our main reason for heading up there. We requested a table by the windows and were seated at table 25 which was perfect! The sun was going down and the ambiance was just spectacular. The service was great (had read a few reviews that noted poor service and was a bit concerned to start). Our server was very attentive! The food was good, husband had the duck which was excellent, I had the ravioli which was a bit rich but fine. To anyone visiting Albuquerque this really is a must do!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Excellent dinner at the top of a mountain. Very scenic! Very enjoyable!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Unique location, great service, great food = memorable time"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Rocky start. Should have seperate lines for sight seers and diners.The ride up was amazing! Beautiful views, guide up was funny and informative. Restaurant was a bit cold, which made food cold, waitress was not very attentive, maybe announce when the tram arrives and departs? I think diners with reservations should have priority on the tram. We were not sight seeing, and had to fight to get a spot going back down. Very different from a few years back! Overall a good time, with great views!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Saw broccoli and cheese soup listed on sign board when we entered. Sounded so good. We both ordered it. Waiter came and had 2 cups. Placed mine on the table. Clearly wasn't broccoli cheese. He said, oh, they changed the board. I asked him what the soup was.. he said he didn't know.. so, he actually brought us soup we didn't want and was just going to serve it to us. wife's filet was really rare, not medium. They put chipotle in sweet potatoes, didn't list it on menu..manager said chef changed it a couple weeks ago, and others have complained... manager didn't offer to discount meal...will NOT go back.."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great ride up, the sunset and night lights are great. The food is fair. I have had much, much better food at many places in town at much less expensive prices."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Food was excellent (Hummus w/Nan Bread and Greek Salad w/ Grilled Salmon), service was outstanding, price was much better than anticipated! Would like to have seen more local wineries on the wine list particularly the St. Clair winery so I could have had a glass of their Membres White to go with our delicious dinner and appetizer!!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We had read the mixed reviews and come down firmly in the five star column. The food was well prepared, sophisticated and subtle. The service was as attentive as you could want. The sunset was as scheduled:-). What more could one want?"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "A group of 6 of us were visiting from out of town so we had to go to the top of the tram for the experience. I read reviews on several sites, some not very good, and wasn't really expecting the food or service to be that great. We had the spinach and artichoke dip, bruschetta, salads (I had the Greek and it was good), and all ordered either the prime rib or filet, followed by desserts. Everyone was beyond satisfied and we left full. The views and tram ride were both outstanding. Don't believe the reviews on other sites about it being overpriced. Very reasonable. Our waiter was very attentive. Cheers."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The tram ride along with good food is a place you need to visit"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food, drinks, and service was great but I was surprised and a little disappointed at how casual it felt despite the price tag! My husband and I were celebrating our first anniversary and had never been here. We were the only ones not in jeans and a t-shirt! I guess that's just Albuquerque for you. We will probably return for lunch or drinks but will choose a more quiet and romantic place in town for our next special occasion. You guys should think about at least suggesting a dress code!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "You go to this restaurant for the view. The food good and the service excellent. However the tram stopped working (due to weather) and we were stuck in the restaurant for at least an hour after we had finished and paid the bill."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We checked into the Sandia Resort and Spa and my wife and I had a spa day, followed by a tram ride up to the top of Sandia Peak. We had reservations for 7:30 P.M. and arrived at the bottom of the tram at 7:00. The ride up was informative and the views just kept getting better as we ascended to the 10,000+ ft. peak. The wine list is not expansive, but decent. The menu is very small, but what they do, they do well. I had a strip steak ($31) and my wife had a filet ($35). Neither was the best steaks we had ever had, but they were very good. The strip steak did have some gristle, but was large enough that after stripping that away, I still had more steak than I cared to eat. Sunset occurred from about 8:15 to 8:45 and was SPECTACLUAR!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner at the top of Sandia Peak, however the calamari was rather tough and chewy, Otherwise, the salmon we had was very good, and the risoto and vegetables were very good."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Charge for tram not included. Pay 20$ pp not worth bad food and service. Way over priced"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "For years we had been driving through Albuquerque, never stopping. I had heard about this wonderful restaurant atop Sandia Peak, and always wanted to go. Want a fabulous evening it was! It was everything I had expected and more. Great food! Great service and the view was second to none! Glad to scratch something off my bucket list :-)"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We reserved dinner for a night forecast as partly cloudy (end of May) but it turned out to completely cloudy with thick fog and snowing at the top of the mountain. Staff said they take a jacket year round. The food was very good and we were one of the last diners of the evening. The restaurant ambiance is quite casual, reminded us of a ski lodge, and the bathrooms need some updating/cleaning. BE sure to arrrive at the tram at least 30 minutes before the dinner reservation. The fog cleared prior to our tram ride back down the mountain and the view was amazing. We recommend this place."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "While on a trip to Albuquerque, my cousins and I decided to take the tram to the top of Sandia Peak. We made reservations the day before (very easy with Open Table) and arrived at our destination about a half-hour before the restaurant opened for dinner. After viewing the breathtaking sites we sat in the lounge area at the invitation of the hostess until our table was ready for us. Our server was both knowledgeable and very friendly, offering suggestions and answering our questions. I ordered the "shrimp cocktail" and a bowl soup for my dinner. I'm so glad that as all I ordered as the 5 "shrimp" were actually HUGE prawns and very very good. The cream of mushroom soup was to die for! All three of us were very pleased with our food."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "The bruschetta is basically diced tomato and onion - nothing special. I asked for a well done pork chop and got one that was rare. The second time around it was done correctly. Same result for my wife's order of duck breast. It is hard to understand how any competent chef would send out a rare pork chop instead of a well done one."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The view of course was amazing and the service was superb. We really enjoyed our waiter and he never seemed to forget us. We were celebrating our 1st anniversary and High Finance was a great place to do it. Thanks!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great view, good food. The beef tenderloin was perfectly cooked. Ceaser salad was nice. It's a nice place to bring people from out of town - great views and an the tram is interesting to get there. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "All was great except it was very drafty inside the restaurant. It felt like we were In a wind tunnel which made it too cold. Also, seems like we shouldn't have to buy Tram tickets if eating in restaurant. Both Combined costs made this too pricey. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "If I ever do it again, will just do the bar. Sent my mussels dinner back. Others' scampi and steak dinners were fine. View is amazing"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Beautiful view. Worth a visit. Beautiful view. Worth a visit. Beautiful view. Worth a visit. Beautiful view. Worth a visit."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Second time (10 year gap) visiting. Unique location with scenic view of northern New Mexico. Made a 60 mile detour just to visit again I remembered the tram ride and view but was surprised by the quality of the food and the excellent service. Will visit if ever in northern New Mexico again."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Of course, the reason to eat at High Finance is for the view from Sandia Peak. The only 2 ways to get there are via the Tram or by taking an 8-mile and 4000-vertical-foot hike. (Have to admit that the food tastes better if you arrive via the latter method!) I'd not been to High Finance for more than a decade. During that time they have improved the food quality and offerings quite a bit, and also increased the prices accordingly. It is now a worthy destination for both the cuisine and the view—but it's still all about the view."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We took the tram to the top and ate at the restaurant around 5pm Monday. We had reservations but they would not have been needed, though it was nice to save on the tram fare. The food was excellent; overpriced but worth it for the experience. Good drink selection, lots of different mixed drinks."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "After paying for the high cost of a ticket for the tram to the top of the mountain I would have expected more reasonably priced food. OUCHHHH! Very expensive!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Fun ride, great views from tram. Excellent ambience, service, food and views from restaurant. Reasonably priced for the quality and location. Good spirits, wine and food selection. Outstanding wait staff. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014