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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
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.
Hits and misses. Sent steak back twice. Ordered pink got well done. Secondition try rare and bloody. Chicken was very good. Chef needs to go to a few French places to realize French onion soup should taste like beef stock and onion and not over taken with sage or rosemary. Also very little cheese.
I first visited Artichoke Cafe in 1996, and was pleased to see them still in business -- and apparently thriving -- 21 years later. Our server was attentive and informative, and my husband and I both enjoyed our meals very much. I would happily return if I'm in Albuquerque again.
Everything we ordered was well prepared and delicious. We started with an artichoke, given the name of the restaurant. It was quite good. My entrée was excellent and my wife's dinner salad was very fresh and tasty.
The wine I ordered was also very good. The service was leisure away but everything arrived fresh and hot. Overall the experience was excellent.
The experience overall was barely fair.
Spotty and at times questionable service. Our waiter was unfamiliar with the hard wax seal on the wine. He used his fingers to remove the wax on the mouth of the bottle - a little unhygienic. I ordered the duck which was moderately cool when served and the fingering potatoes were only warm and underdone. Our guest who ordered the same meal was served burnt potatoes - ugg.
The puree was served cold which I was not expecting; and wasn't sure if intentional.
The wine was excellent, a Morgon Beaujolais at a fair if not a bit high-price.
The noise level was distracting and our table was adjacent to the reception desk. Not a prime seat; and why would you even do that to a patron?
Artichoke Cafe is expensive ($218 including 20% tip for 3 entrees, one appetizer, two cocktails and a bottle of wine for three people: $72/person) and for the experience - not worth the price point. I'm from Chicago and it was big city pricing for an unremarkable meal.
Daryl in the parking lot could use a little lesson in customer engagement as he was friendly enough but came off as the "lovable" bouncer and barely looked up from his cell phone. We couldn't even get his attention to tip him. For a place that's touted as one of Albuquerque's fine dining experience I think there were far too many details left out.
Won't be returning unless our guests request it again.
Just excellent! Everything we had was bursting with flavor. Started with the crab cocktail - beautifully presented and the vinaigrette complemented all the ingredients. Also had the roasted garlic as an offset - the roasted garlic and olives, goat cheese, red peppers and baguette toasts came together wonderfully. For entrees we had steak-frites and the ravioli. Best frites I've ever had and we cleaned up every bit of the pasta sauce. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful with selections. Overall a great experience and will definitely go here on our next trip in the area.
Although pricey the scallops were beautiful and cooked perfectly. Slightly less sauce would have made them perfect. The flavor of the sauce was very nice, but so much takes away from the delicate scallops. We ordered an artichoke but had to send it back. We had to peal away more than half of the artichokes before we got to a leaf that wasn't too tough to eat. WAY undercooked. They offered to cook us another but we denied because it was getting too late. Their bread is nothing special, cold and absolutely nothing special. If they would start with delicious warm bread, cook their artichokes so the first leaf is al dente, and a little less sauce, it would be five star.
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