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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
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...
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.
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 “
Very good as usual. The food was tasty. The pork chop was done to perfection. Nice and quiet. Perfect place to have a conversation. The music was there to listen to but not so loud as to be intrusive. My only complaint is the lack of Domestic wines by the glass. California has wonderful wines as does Washington and New York. May be my problem in that I never developed a taste for European wines. Still, an excellent meal with attentive, not intrusive, service. We certainly will return
I always enjoy going to Artichoke Cafe. I love looking at their impressive wine list and dreaming about ordering one of the many bottles I cannot afford! They have plenty of meat/poultry/fish options and one vegetarian option (for an entree). I do wish they had more to offer vegetarians (or people who just don't want to each a lot of meat) besides the pasta dish (which was very nice), salad, the occasional soup, and a few appetizers. If you want to order meat, though, you have plenty of options: duck, chicken, pork, steak, fish, scallops. Although I don't find their cuisine particularly creative, they do a good job with their fine-dining approach. I also like their cozy little wine bar.
Pear Salad was ok, calamari was very good and different. Pork Chop is outstanding and one of their top entrees. Duck was very disappointing, suggest they either do it correctly or remove from menu. Too little duck, not in a casserole, just not a traditional French style. Key lime cheesecake. Get real folks. As a native Floridian just do the real Key Lime Pie. Its way better than the cheese cake or any or variation of Key Lime dessert out there. Sure the crust variation is neat and I think that's fine. Also, portion was a little small. Seriously, go with the Key Lime Pie, Aunt Nellie's real juice with sweetened condensed milk and high quality egg yokes. Can't go wrong. But the Pork Chop is one of the best ever, even competes with Ranchers Club when they have one. Duck, stay away from the Duck. I love Duck dishes, but not this one.
We were visiting Albuquerque and been reading reviews on several restaurants. It was usually and hit or miss. Artichoke Cafe was a hit from the time we parked ( with an attendant watching over the lot) THe building had charm and the inside looked cozy. We were seated in a section that wasn’t full but it was intimate. After being seated we were offered a corner table because of a cancellation which made the evening more romantic.
Overall layout was simple but comfortable and elegant. The food was perfect, is size, taste and selection. Service was also equal to the ambiance and food
I've been to Artichoke Cafe before and the food and service were always pretty good. This time our server disappointed us. He was not attentive, he didn't have a positive attitude (ok, everyone has a bad day now and again, but at least smile), he took orders for 5 drinks and got one wrong, he took a soup order and got that wrong. The bartender, Joanne (Joanna?), stepped in to help with order taking and delivering food and she was excellent! She was friendly, attentive to detail, and knowledgeable. I'll go back to Artichoke Cafe again and hope for a different server.
Artichoke remains one of my favorite restaurants in Albuquerque; however, our orders were underwhelming and barely warm on this visit. The restaurant was very busy on Saturday night and we were seated off the beaten track in the library so may have been forgotten in the rush. The atmosphere and staff were warm and friendly and we had a wonderful time. I had had a delicious lunch there the day before so I think and hope that the kitchen just had an off night.
This could be an amazing restaurant, but it just misses the mark. If you are going to charge premium prices, then everything needs to be perfect, and it just wasn’t. Our server couldn’t speak to the wine list when we asked for recommendations, brought the wrong kind of glasses for the wine chosen, and was overall just not suited to a fine dining establishment. Too intrusive and yet inattentive about sums it up. The food was correctly prepared, but not terribly creative. Overall, it was an ok experience, but some tuning up would make this a much better experience.
It was New Years celebration so they add more tables and chairs.. tight quarters made the ambiance lower. The service was okay. had to keep asking for water. never got served any bread until we finally asked if they had any. Server as working several different unrelated areas of the restaurant but regardless did a great job. Food was very expensive and presentation was not up tp their normal standards. Regardless, taste being the overriding factor, food was very good. Prime Rib was perfect. Calamari was excellent...Not the usual heavily breaded style but fresh and tender. Espresso was extremely tiny and consumed in two sips...for the price charged one would think they could afford to serve in a regular espresso tasa. Been a customer for over 18 years and will continue to be for many more to come.
Went in with high expectations based on reviews but a bit disappointed in the end. Good food with little touches of creativity here and there but these often fell flat. We had the artichoke which was standard fare, the interesting roasted garlic and a well done fried cauliflower appetizer. The salmon was decent but the same as salmon done in half the restaurants in the US. The scallops were good but the squid ink risotto was so overcooked that it was unrecognizable as rice. The chicken was bland. In the end, a rather ordinary meal, decent enough but with a high price tag.
We dine at Artichoke cafe several times a year. Christmas Eve 2017 was not quite what I would expect for approximately $80 a person with only 2 glasses of wine and no appetizer.
The salads were superb but the rest of the dinner was moderate. My husband's prime rib was so-so tender and served on a bed of mashed sweet potatoes and sprouts but no garnish. Just a slab of meat on veggies.
My filet dinner was very good and garnished. My dessert (blood orange sorbet) was served in a glass dish - just 3 small scoops and no garnish.
Overall, food was good but presentation was poor to non-existent.
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