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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Albuquerque

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Albuquerque? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Vernon's Speakeasy restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5086)
$50 and over
Steak
Albuquerque
About the restaurant
Vernon's Speakeasy is the only speakeasy restaurant in New Mexico! We feature exquisite steaks and seafood and American cuisine in a superb dining atmosphere. The culmination of live music, great food and top notch service, as well as the need for "the Password", create an atmosphere and dining experience that surely proves to be one of a kind.
Top review
MichaelL
Dined 3 days ago
This was my first visit here. I was pleasantly surprised from the entrance to being seated to the amazing food. Everything was fantastic. I will recommend my friends and family to visit here for sure! Thank you! Michael
A photo of Ten 3 restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1594)
$50 and over
American
Albuquerque
About the restaurant
Welcome to America’s most breathtaking dining experience!

TEN 3 is perched atop the area’s distinct, burgeoning culinary landscape. Our menu features international, Mediterranean, New Mexican, and American dishes, all thoughtfully and responsibly prepared from scratch, emphasizing the unique flavors of the region, and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. We strive for straightforward beauty in every dish with the hopes that each bite will create moments of communal joy you’ll want to return to time and time again.

Although the alpine dining experience can present amazing opportunities to create lasting memories, weather can occasionally present unexpected challenges related to our remote tram access - please be patient with the rare and unavoidable delays or cancellations that may result due to high winds or adverse weather conditions.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Overall, staff service was the best even for the first time our waitress was doing restaurant service as she was working at the bar before Pricing on food is a little high for the portions I received, but the taste was great. Understand why prices have to be the way they have to be considering location and view, which was wonderful every time I visit always try to make it a point to eat there.
A photo of Seasons 52 - Albuquerque restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2158)
$31 to $50
American
Albuquerque
About the restaurant
Seasons 52 is a Fresh Grill and Wine Bar offering a seasonal menu that is naturally lighter and always flavorful. Our seasonal menus feature ingredients at their peak of freshness, oak-fire grilled or brick oven roasted (without a fryer in sight) to be naturally lighter and more flavorful. We also offer an extensive list of wines by the glass and bottle. Here, you'll always feel free to enjoy every bite, every sip, every moment. Lunch and dinner daily with happy hour Monday-Thursday from 3-6PM.
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RyanT
Dined 1 day ago
Food was perfect and our server Lisa did a great job.
A photo of Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1108)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Albuquerque
About the restaurant

Zinc is a lively three level bistro in Historic Nob Hill. Featuring an open, urban ambiance, Zinc offers casual fine dining on the main level and the loft mezzanine. For those looking for an exciting show, the exhibition bar offers seats right along the open kitchen. The menu focuses on high quality - yet affordable - American bistro fare and utilizes seasonal ingredients, many of which are sourced from local farmers. The Cellar Bar offers the same extensive wine list and premium cocktails as the upstairs, but in a more intimate lounge atmosphere with a lighter menu. Visit www.zincabq.com for menus, pictures, and upcoming events!
Top review
Life2short
Dined 4 days ago
We enjoyed it all! Excellent wine selections, varied and delicious menu and considerate service. Would definitely go back!
A photo of Blades' Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1777)
$30 and under
International
Placitas
About the restaurant
Chef-owned, Blades' Bistro features innovative international cuisine known for its open kitchen, quality menu offerings, and attentive service in a casual, country setting. Specialties include Grilled Salmon, Chicken Française and Roasted Beets topped with Goat Cheese, Fried Calamari and world class French Onion Soup along with salad courses, daily specials, seasonal entrees, and homemade desserts. The owners are committed to use fresh ingredients and support their Local Farmers whenever possible. Look for exciting Wine Dinners pared with wines from regions from all over the world. Blades' Bistro is a classy blend of classic, whimsical; it is an oasis of sophistication thriving in Placitas. Everything about Blades' Bistro is nicer than you expect, in the best possible way. The dining room is refined and the exhibition kitchen classy. By Andrea Lin For the ABQ Journal
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NeilSvip
Dined 2 days ago
Consistently great food! Chef Kevin is a fine French trained chef!!!
A photo of M'tucci's Moderno Italian - Rio Rancho restaurant
4.7
4.7 (937)
$30 and under
Italian
Albuquerque
About the restaurant
Our mission is to open a few restaurants that take care of our guests in every way-treating them like guests in our home, making sure that they feel embraced by the joy with which we extend our hospitality, and making sure that they become entranced by our restaurant. We understand the value of 'regulars' returning weekly and in many cases more frequently. We hope that all of our guests will feel that they belong to a private club, to which we welcome them again and again. M'tucci's Moderno located in Rio Rancho is a sister of our first restaurant, M'tucci's Italian, which is located at Coors and Montano on Albuquerque's West Side. At Moderno, we continue to offer a moderately priced, Italian menu built on a foundation of both traditional and contemporary recipes. The menu, together with the bar (full liquor license) menu, is offered in a contemporary building with black steel elements, high ceilings, and a big garage door that opens to the Sandia Mountains. Inside the steel, we have inserted a more traditional looking wood clad restaurant featuring traditional lighting and Edison bulbs, as well as other playful elements. Our congenial bar and mezzanine offer alternative spaces within which to enjoy M'tucci's food and beverage. Moderno's bar program features our unique shrubs as well as a new collection of original cocktails to complement our food and wine. Our mezzanine can also be reserved for private groups. M'tucci's Moderno is located just west of Presbyterian's Rust Medical Center. At the end of 2016, Jeff Spiegel, Katie Gardner, and John Haas, founders of M'tucci's Restaurants, welcomed five new partners to their ownership team: Austin Leard, Sherri Rivenburgh, Cory Gray, Shawn Cronin and Chris O'Sickey. This ensures that M'tucci's Restaurants are here for the long haul.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The food just melts in your mouth. We were served by two waitresses (one was in training) and we were treated like royalty. Keep up the good work!!!
A photo of Pars Cuisine restaurant
4.7
4.7 (336)
$30 and under
Persian
Albuquerque
About the restaurant
Pars Cuisine is offering prepared takeout options for guests while our dining room is closed. Each meal option feeds two people. Select a party size of 2, a time for pickup and choose from the following specials:

Gyros Meal for two -$38+tax
Chelow Kebab Meal for two - $40+tax
Vegetarian Meal for two - $43.00+tax
Soulaki Meal for two $46.00 +tax

If you are ordering for more than 2 people, please place additional orders under the same name and time as the first. When reserving, allow 30 minutes for us to safely prepare and package your food for pickup. We will call you to collect your payment information.

Call the restaurant at (505) 345-5156 when you arrive for pickup and we will bring your order out to the table by our front door.

You may also place an a la carte order from our website.
We offer delivery through Grubhub, Doordash, UberEats, and Postmates
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Amazing first experience. Delicious food and atmosphere
A photo of Prairie Star Restaurant & Winebar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2171)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Santa Ana Pueblo
About the restaurant
Prairie Star Restaurant and Wine Bar at Santa Ana Golf Club has offered an unforgettable dining experience since 1986. Housed in a renovated 100 year-old adobe ranch house, the warmth and intimacy of Prairie Star is intoxicating. You may absorb the NM Territorial atmosphere of handmade adobe walls, kiva fireplaces and full viga and latilla ceilings while enjoying awe-inspiring and sweeping views of the golf course and the Sandia Mountains.

Our culinary team masterfully creates stunning Contemporary New American cuisine with global influences and Executive Chef Myles Lucero changes our menu seasonally to reflect the time and freshest ingredients at hand. Each dish is carefully crafted from the finest ingredients, locally sourced when possible, and organic, sustainable and fair trade items preferred.

Prairie Star serves prix fixe menus on major holidays, and you can find details at prairiestarrestaurant.com. We are closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Top review
DelEvip
Dined 5 days ago
Great atmosphere with food being off the charts good. Always a special experience.
A photo of Indigo Crow restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2422)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Albuquerque
About the restaurant
Indigo Crow is located in the Village of Corrales. Owners Don and Regina Raber, along with their staff, have created an amazing place for friends and family to gather and enjoy great food and wine.
At the Crow, we love food. It is our passion to pair great food with exceptional wine for a memorable dining experience. Join us and enjoy this inspired menu with local produce, southwest touches, as well as international flavors.
Enjoy patio dining under our elm trees or cozy up to one of our two fireplaces in the cooler months.
Please call Indigo Crow for Happy Hour reservations from 3-5pm.
If you are unable to make a reservation during business hours online, we may have limited seating. Please call to make your reservation.
505-898-7000
Top review
VivianeD
Dined 5 days ago
The food here is exceptional for a local restaurant. I had the lobster ravioli, which was one giant ravioli and a lobster tail in a delicious cream sauce. I wasn't aware that it came with a lobster tail and the waitress talked me into ordering another one which drove the price way over what I wanted to spend. The prices are already on the high side, but I'm willing to pay more for superb culinary talent. I was looking forward to an equally good dessert, but we were disappointed that the key lime pie we ordered was already sold out. It wasn't that late, so I think they need to have more on hand in the future. The building itself is very much old New Mexico with charming ambience. I highly recommend the Indigo Crow for special occasions or just looking for a great meal!
A photo of High Noon restaurant
4.4
4.4 (937)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Albuquerque
About the restaurant
Old Town’s original steakhouse! Celebrating 47 years of serving exceptional steaks, wild game, hand pattied burgers and small-batch New Mexican food in a historic adobe building built in the 1700's. Join us for a meal or stop in to enjoy our handmade margaritas, extensive Tequila selection, and thoughtfully selected beer and wine offerings in our charming Santos lounge.
Top review
PapaGvip
Dined on May 18, 2024
We ate here twice while in Albuquerque. It’s the best option in old town for Southwestern cuisine in my opinion. Dishes we ordered included shrimp enchiladas, the seafood pasta, and the chicken enchiladas. Everything was excellent. Service was attentive and professional. Their standard margarita was one of the better that we had in a two week trip in the southwest. Their high end Margarita had a cucumber that I can’t recommend, but the prickly pear margarita was excellent. One night was a birthday dinner, they acknowledged the birthday, gave us great table, and comped us a dessert, tres leches cake, which was delicious. Easily walkable from all hotels in the old town Plaza area, we really enjoyed our experience. Prices are moderate, but reasonable compared to many of the other higher and local eateries. 
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