Artichoke Cafe

4.3
1731 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00 - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(505) 243-0200
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Richard Winters
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Cross street
Edith
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food service ambience

I HIGHLY recommend the Artichoke Cafe! Five stars. Food is delicious, with excellent presentation. The service was exemplary. Denise was our waitress and she went above and beyond. Fast, friendly, delicious! We started with baked garlic. YUM! I had the Beef Tenderloin and it was perfection! My partner had the vegetarian spinach ravioli and declared it excellent as well. We were visiting from Santa Fe, a foodie town, and we will be BACK! I have dined in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Baltimore, and many other cities and eaten in fine restaurants, and yes, Artichoke Cafe DEFINITELY compares well! A tad pricey, BUT you definitely get a top of the line meal and service with flair and attentiveness. Perfection!

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Phoenix
54 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early flight to DC following day so quick trip to Albuquerque with friends who had never eaten here. They are now converts too. The scallops were delicious, the duck as always divine, the steak and frittes made the gluten intolerant of group happy and husband loved the pork chop. Remains one of our "carrots" for a trip to albuquerque

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RH
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food with a great variety of selections and excellent preparation and presentation. Service was excellent with the patience necessary to wait for us to walk our way through the different course selections.

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Phoenix
54 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Artichoke Cafe is one of our favorite restaurants in Albuquerque. Food is always excellent,service is too. My husband as usual started with a Caesar salad ( this one was colorful with mixed romaine lettuce), followed by prime rib. I started with tomato basil soup and had the crab cake appetizer as my entree. Perfect portions leaving room for essentials like dessert. Completing the meal was the cheesecake with candied ginger.. a nice lighter version.

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MM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was good. Our server was not especially attentive. We enjoyed our dinner none-the-less.

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LH
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service was amazing. One of our favorite date night spots.

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S
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I love artichoke cafe and we come sporadically. I do *usually think it’s one of the best restaurants in ABQ (our food scene is not great). This visit was disappointing however. I ordered the scallops which is one of their signature dishes and he scallops came out perfectly cooked and tender with a nice sear but completely COLD. I actually sent back the plate because I don’t eat cold food, which I have not done in quite some time. They did remake me an entire new dish and the second came out warm as expected. The flavors were good. The only other issue was the risotto, while tasty, was clearly RUSHED and crunchy. For a $39 entree I expect better. They gave us free dessert - a stingy attempt at apologizing in my honest opinion. They clearly would rather ensure they get as much money from me on this visit rather than work hard to make me want to come back. It’s so rare for a restaurant to go above and beyond to make up for poor service or food preparation. I would be embarrassed if I were the owner. Sad to leave this review as I love artichoke cafe, but you guys need to get it together.

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BW
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The menu is creative and the portions are large. The pasta special- ravioli was especially tasty.
Service was friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our evening there.

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L
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really delicious food, excellent cocktails, and outstanding service!

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JB
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite special lunch place. We celebrated my brothers birthday . He loved the shepherds pie . The red chili mashed potatoes accented this fabulous dish. The small muffins in the bread basket are just the right size and so delicious. The unsweetened ice tea is so refreshing. The service is always over the top! Love this place👍

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SB
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Artichoke Cafe is our pick for our special occasion meals. The food is outstanding, beautifully presented and delicious. The service is elegant. I would like to see a bit of expansion to the menu but each dish is so well done that current menu is just fine. For diners that come more often than we do I do think variety would be a plus.

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DW
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The shepherd stew was great - everyone loved the food and ambiance. Our service was a little slow for lunch-time but professional. Would always go back for great food.

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DS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent from the service to the food. Would go back if ever in the area again.

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OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Host and waitstaff outstanding. Food was not a delicious as I would have expected. My dish felt greasy and heavy for ravioli. The salads were excellent. Nice place to dine.

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F
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Sam was an attentive waiter and our food was exquisite. This was our second visit in a week to Artichoke. The farm salad was fresh and tasty, the pork chop outstanding.

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OT
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Wrong appetizer, stakes were hard, fries were super good.

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J
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome. Dinning spaces were very nice too. Service was really good, but I can say our server’s personality was not of my liking. We all could plainly see the personality and service was great on purpose, not genuine. Sometimes could feel a little like we were a inconvenience by dining there. I only mention this because we spent $100/person avg, meaning this is a fine restaurant, great wines, and amazing food. I have higher expectations for the service too. To be clear, service was great, but personality was not.

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L
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The service was sub-par that evening. It seemed a bit chaotic as far as wait staff goes. The one guy's main job was handing out bread by coming around with the basket. Several times he went to the table next to us and didn't even think to ask any other tables. He seemed a bit lost, many times standing and just looking around like he was lost. Not impressed with service nor the food for the cost. I used to consider it my favorite restaurant, but sorry I can't say that anymore.

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Great evening, good value

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C
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The chicken dish w/ grains did not taste good. Broccolini hard to cut if not impossible. Friend's chicken was dry. Mine was swimming in distasteful sauce and very little grain.

Other friend w/ scallops was great. I've had the salmon before and it was great.

Prefer my calamari fried. Artichoke always good, tho missed the aioli w/ garlic. With the bacon it was too heavy.

Sorry to say the above -

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E
New Mexico
21 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is an exceptional Albuquerque restaurant. The food is great and ambiance is very nice. I recommend highly-you will not be disappointed.

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RB
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DELICIOUS!! The scallops were worth every penny!! Will be back!!

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F
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, quiet adult atmosphere. Good service. Good wine list. Just a fine adult dining experience.

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s
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive, but high quality in service, ambiance and food quality. Comparable to some of the best restaurants in Santa Fe and a thoroughly enjoyable meal with plates that were also beautifully presented. If you don't mind paying for this quality then would recommend for a business dinner or special occasion.

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JJ
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn’t been here for several years, still doesn’t disappoint.

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All in all a great experience. Their wine guru helped us select the perfect wine.

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OT
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow!Excellent!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dinner with great service

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CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

It was our first and last visit to this restaurant. We were given the wrong appetizer and my steak was overdone. The staff didn't really have any pride in the establishment. They were just "at work". And the prices were too steep for what you actually got.

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BL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I enjoyed Valentines Day dinner at Artichoke. We have been many times and are never disappointed. Despite it being a very busy day for the restaurant, the service was outstanding, as was the food (I had beef tenderloin, and my wife had a ravioli dish).

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T
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Crab Cakes, Steak and Lamb were very good. The desert of Creame Brûlée was excellent! BUT the most OUTSTANDING feature was our fantastic waitress who has a delightful personality, warm, gracious, accommodating and a true professional. I believe my receipt identifies her as Chloe. She truly made our dining experience exceptional...
Thomas White

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BM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines

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LC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, incredibly delicious and worth every penny.

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RR
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Special dinner, ambiance , menu and service were all fabulous.
The staff was positive, prepared and gracious. Dinner was excellent.
So happy we ordered the delicious steamed artichoke. Very nice.
A memorable Valentines Day.
With gratitude
RR!

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OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place for a date night romantic dinner!

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LP
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went here for a lunch date on Valentine’s Day. Food quality was very good. Service started out well, but waitress forgot to bring our drinks in a timely fashion. Quaint interior with interesting artwork and design.

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KJ
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Artichoke Cafe is one of our "go to" places. The menu is excellent, service is great, ambiance is good. The wine list is well built. Bottle prices are not "ouch" unless you select from the reserve list, and the selection of wine by the glass is exceptional.

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LR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent and service was great even thought there were a couple of instances we felt rushed.

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DL
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I had been twice before, what a gem ! I am from out of town, out of state.

Met some new friends for dinner, from ABQ, my treat, and I bragged on the place.

This time the place was OK, but not as great as I remembered ...everything was “ok, but nothing was memorable “

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is solid but nothing to write home about. Not really worth the cost imho. Ambiance was okay. But the service was good.

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