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About 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.

424 Central SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
Edith

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(505) 243-0200

Website:
http://www.artichokecafe.com/

Executive Chef:
Richard Winters

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Artichoke Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (37)
Special Occasion (33)
Fit for Foodies (28)
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Creative Cuisine (26)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Romantic (16)
Business Meals (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Healthy (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Cozy (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Casual (7)
Seasonal (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Authentic (6)
Fun (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Organic (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined 2 days ago

Very good food, innovative and creative. Service was a little slow in noticing us, but very attentive and thoughtful once service began. Wine selections good. Don't like Bitburger NA beer, please add another option.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 3 days ago

Not my best experience there. Ordered the artichoke appetizer and we left most of it in the plate. At $9 it was ridiculously overpriced considering it had almost no edible meat. Entrees were ok but nothing special even though I'm the past they'd been very good. Finally the server lost my credit card and we found it under the table next to us. For what we paid I was pretty disappointed.

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·Dined 3 days ago

The young man who waited on us was friendly and eager to accommodate us, although rather new to his job. The duck was wonderful and the crab stuffed artichoke was delightful.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 7 days ago

Girls lunch!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our second visit there and another wonderful meal. Salads were fresh and local. Scallops weee perfect. Service was friendly and our waitress had a e sense of humor. Recommend without reservation and I will return there on my next visit to Albuquerque.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 10, 2017

From start to finish this was a fine dining experience! Great food! Great service! And, a fabulous Pinot Noir!

We highly recommend The Artichoke Cafe!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing food and our server Chloe was awesome 👍🏼

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Not up to their old standards, sorry to say. We've been going there for many years. The food was good, but used to be great. Service was so-so. We were going to a concert after dinner and it was frustrating trying to get our check and be on our way. Will give it another try before crossing it off our list of favorite places.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Always a delight although it was quite loud this time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent service, wine list and food. Really enjoyed our evening.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

My date wanted to sit at a particular table, which was where we happily were. The service was attentive and at the point where we became pressed for time, responsive to our need to finish.

My only quibble was the steak taertere was finely chopped rather than ground and therefore not quite what I expected (or have had at other restaurants). That is not to take from the taste or quality which were both good but rather an appearance/texture issue.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Excellent service ,food,ambience and cocktails- highly recommend

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Fun, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

I particularly wanted to come to the Artichoke Cafe for my birthday celebration and to treat out-of-town guests, who were very impressed, telling us how much they had enjoyed the evening. As they come from Texas, they were happy to see the opportunity to get a whole artichoke, something that is rarer where they come from. I loved the scallops meal that I had, plus that the chef honored my lactose free diet. We will surely return the next time we want a celebration.
Our only disappointment was the high level of ambient noise.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Authentic, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food, great ambiance and fantastic wine selection

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Delicious! We enjoyed Artichoke. The service was great and the food was delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Cozy, Organic, Romantic
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Kudos to Artichoke Cafe that they have always maintained a high standard in all aspects of the restaurant business.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Artichoke Cafe never fails to be enjoyable, although we both thought the kitchen was too heavy-handed with the spices, as our dishes were overwhelmed by the heat. I had the scallops diavolo, and, yes, I expected some heat. My husband had the crab cakes. The wine list could be extended and maybe include half bottles.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Delicious food in a beautiful setting served by amazing staff. We will be back the next time we are in Albuquerque!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The Artichoke is just solid. It's a reliable fine dining destination. We were a party of four for dinner. The service started off a bit slow but I got the sense our waitperson had several tables seated at once. Everything after that ran well. The noise level is a bit high for this type of restaurant but I'm sure if you asked they would work to find a quieter table.

The entrees were excellent. I had scallops, which I immediately insisted my companions sample because they were, truly, the most perfectly prepared scallops I have ever had.

The desserts were a bit of a disappointment but flourless chocolate torte and creme brulee - well there's only so much you can do with those so not a deal breaker.

I'm grateful The Artichoke is here. I certainly can't afford it very often, but when I go I know I will be rewarded with an excellent experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 3, 2017

A very enjoyable evening. Great food, great service and great conversation.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We had a lovely time. Three of us had the pork chop and raved about it and the polenta. Had the Best lemon drop vodka martini I have ever tasted.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Lived in Albuquerque for several years and we've been to Artichoke Cafe a few times. It's not as if the food is bad it's just OK. Service is always friendly and attentive. I've never once left there and been impressed with the food. I don't care what the price is, I just want something to remember. I know people love this place and I can see how it might make for a memorable evening but if you're looking for cuisine to keep your coming back for more, search elsewhere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The timing of courses with the drinks was spot on.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Have always thought Artichoke cafe was top notch. Can't really judge by lunch. Beef stew soup mediocre. Friends crepe, good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Very pleasant dining, really good food and service, very pleasant atmosphere. Overall, we had a really nice experience and would certainly recommend the Artichoke to others.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Service was fair. Also, asked for extra lemon slices - never got them

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Said to be “really good”, but it was “generally ok “.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Nice decor with wide choice of entrees at reasonable prices- service was very good- I had the steak frites and Caesar salad- would certainly go back

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This was our first time dining at The Artichoke Cafe and we were highly disappointed. The service was terrible. Our server was rude from the start, to the point we thought we had done something to offend him. My date's meal was undercooked, mine was nearly cold. We will not be returning.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 18, 2017

A lovely place for everyday and special occasions. Excellent food , great service. A bit noisy but we were sitting in the bar. Our waiter was truly excellent. He made very knowledgable suggestions, was attentive without hovering, and helped make a special occasion even more special. He even brought a surprise birthday dessert which was the PERFECT finish to a birthday meal!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Dinner Food was sub par for price. Happy hour drinks and eats are decent.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The artichoke was overcooked and the duck was undercooked , less than "medium rare" and hence tough (the knife would not cut it through). The duck had good flavour, what I could cut up and eat.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Good food, but slow service. Went for Anniversary and almost walked out. Several tables nearby also asked if it was always slow.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Loved the service and the decor. Great New Mexican wines. Was certainly satisfied with our meals, but have had many better Caesar salads and my ravioli was not as exciting as the ingredients led me to expect. Husband loved his Caprese salad and scallops, however!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Exceptional food. Amazing service. The scallops in particular melt in your mouth. And the deserts!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great restaurant! I am from LA and so I am spoiled and this restaurant was very delicious and the service was good. I had the French Onion soup and Cesar salad.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Organic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Fabulous food and service in a beautiful restaurant. Would return in a minute. Server could not do enough for us. Food so very well prepared. Excellent all around.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Healthy
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Enjoyed it.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great place ... excellent food (best pork chop I've had in some time) and great service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our service was excellent, food and cocktails were absolutely outstanding. Prices were a bit high, but it was for a special date night with my husband, and really it was worth it for the excellent service and delicious food! I can't wait to go back here again.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly
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