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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.
1.0 star rating 5/19/2019
I will never go to this restaurant again. We had reservations for Mother's Day only to discover that Artichoke cafe was closed when we arrived. There was no mention on their site that they would be closed on this day. What's more we were asked to confirm the reservation! If that wasn't bad enough, the manager, Shane, tried to blame the mishap on the digital confirmation service, Resy, when I called to tell him what had happened. He said there was nothing he could do. He could have cared less. If this was my business, I would have been mortified and done whatever necessary to try and keep that customer happy. Based on this, I'd say the restaurant is poorly managed. Given that it bills itself as a fine dining experience in Albuquerque you would expect top-notch care and attention, especially when you've been a repeat customer over the years. Friends, there are other, better places to have a fine meal in Albuquerque. I'd recommend Los Pablonas instead. You'll experience excellent food, excellent service, and top-drawer management!
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!
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
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.
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.
The food was good. Our server was not especially attentive. We enjoyed our dinner none-the-less.
Very good food and service was amazing. One of our favorite date night spots.
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.
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.
This was a special evening out and highly talked about. It’s pricey - and the portions quite small. But it was delicious. If you want fancy, this is your place!
Really delicious food, excellent cocktails, and outstanding service!
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👍
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.
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.
Everything was excellent from the service to the food. Would go back if ever in the area again.
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.
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.
Wrong appetizer, stakes were hard, fries were super good.
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.
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.
Great evening, good value
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 -
This is an exceptional Albuquerque restaurant. The food is great and ambiance is very nice. I recommend highly-you will not be disappointed.
DELICIOUS!! The scallops were worth every penny!! Will be back!!
Outstanding food, quiet adult atmosphere. Good service. Good wine list. Just a fine adult dining experience.
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.
Hadn’t been here for several years, still doesn’t disappoint.
All in all a great experience. Their wine guru helped us select the perfect wine.
Beautiful dinner with great service
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.
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).
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...
As always, incredibly delicious and worth every penny.
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.
Our favorite place for a date night romantic dinner!
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.
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.
Food was excellent and service was great even thought there were a couple of instances we felt rushed.
Artichoke Cafe is rated 4.3 stars by 1733 OpenTable diners.