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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.
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Artichoke Cafe Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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