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The Best Restaurants in Albuquerque, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

The most noticeable characteristic of Albuquerque's dining scene – one that somehow spans all cuisines – is an obsession with local green and red chiles. It's not an unreasonable infatuation, as the fiery peppers enliven everything from burgers to pizzas as well as the full canon of New Mexican cuisine. Yet the complexity of the city's culinary landscape goes far beyond a single iconic ingredient. The best restaurants in Albuquerque draw upon the rich indigenous, Mexican and Spanish influences of the local cuisine to create their own unique and contemporary menus. So where do the most seasoned, savviest diners eat out in ABQ? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We compiled data covering thousands of restaurants to determine the top spots among OpenTable's smartest, most expert diners. From Old Town to downtown and beyond, many of these top tastemakers in the city boast glorious Sandia Mountain views, historic adobe venues, and striking outdoor dining spaces. Book a table at one of these amazing restaurants and get ready for an unforgettable sensory experience.

Restaurants:Indigo Crow, Seasons Rotisserie & Grill, Blades' Bistro
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, American, International
Neighborhoods:Albuquerque, Placitas
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Indigo Crow

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Albuquerque
1,525 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Creative Cuisine
Diners at Indigo Crow in Corrales might have a hard time choosing where to sit. There’s a large patio shaded by stately elm trees, a bar area with a wood-burning kiva fireplace, anRead more
87% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Albuquerque
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Seasons Rotisserie & Grill

$$$$·American·
Albuquerque
942 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Seasons Rotisserie and Grill is one of the best restaurants in Albuquerque with one of the best locations in the city. It’s steps from the historic Old Town Plaza and offers glorioRead more
90% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Albuquerque

Blades' Bistro

$$$$·International·
Placitas
1,172 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Worth the Drive
Blades’ Bistro brings elevated, European-influenced cuisine to the village of Placitas. Chef-owner Kevin Bladergroein, who was classically trained in Paris, designs his dishes to rRead more
98% recommended
Best Value in New Mexico
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Prairie Star Restaurant & Winebar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Santa Ana Pueblo
1,525 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Romantic
Prairie Star Restaurant and Wine Bar occupies a century-old adobe mansion at Santa Ana Golf Club. The former ranch house retains original viga ceilings and offers views of the sunsRead more
Scenic View in New Mexico
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Church Street Cafe

$$$$·Mexican·
Albuquerque
147 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
Church Street Café, one of the best restaurants in Albuquerque, claims as its venue one of the oldest houses in New Mexico. It occupies an early 18th-century adobe with original tiRead more
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Campo at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

$$$$·American·
Albuquerque
1,295 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm is notable as an outstanding agritourism destination and architectural landmark. It also entices foodies from near and far with its acclaRead more
94% recommended
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Farm & Table

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Albuquerque
3,474 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
Grazing cows, fields of alfalfa and an expansive produce garden add to the appealingly rustic atmosphere of Farm & Table. That acreage produces incomparably fresh vegetables (and oRead more
92% recommended
Best Overall in New Mexico
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Rancher's Club of New Mexico

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Albuquerque
1,516 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Rancher’s Club of New Mexico has maintained a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Albuquerque since its opening back in 1985. Its space inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel takesRead more
89% recommended
Steakhouse in New Mexico

High Noon

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Albuquerque
505 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
High Noon, a circa-1785 adobe home in Old Town, has welcomed a crowd evenly split between tourists and locals since 1974. Its lengthy menus include authentic New Mexican cuisine anRead more
92% recommended
Steakhouse in New Mexico

Savoy Bar and Grill Albuquerque

$$$$·Californian·
Albuquerque
726 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Savoy Bar and Grill opened in 2006 to immediate acclaim. It is a third feather in the cap of the same twin-brother team behind Albuquerque’s Seasons Rotisserie & Grill and Zinc WinRead more
97% recommended
Notable Wine List in Albuquerque

Vernon's Speakeasy

$$$$·Steak·
Los Ranchos
3,434 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Vernon’s Speakeasy, one of the best restaurants in Albuquerque for special occasion dining, leans into its prohibition-era inspiration. The signage-free venue, with its light-blockRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in New Mexico

MÁS Tapas y Vino

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Albuquerque
683 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
MÁS Tapas y Vino is a traditional Spanish restaurant and tapas bar inside the Hotel Andaluz. The hotel is a stunning property dating to 1939 that’s listed on the National Register Read more
92% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Mexico

Vintage 423

$$$$·American·
Albuquerque
541 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
Vintage 423’s signature is USDA prime steaks seared to order on a 1200-degree infrared broiler. It also claims one of the largest wine collections in Albuquerque. The major enticemRead more
92% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in New Mexico

The Cellar: Tapas, Beer, Wine

$$$$·Spanish·
Albuquerque
349 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
Imaginative tapas, great local craft beers and a convivial atmosphere characterize The Cellar. The Albuquerque eatery opened in 2015 in a century-old building with a modern makeoveRead more
Neighborhood Gem in New Mexico
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Sandiago's Grill At The Tram

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Albuquerque
394 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
At the base of the Sandia Peak Tramway, one of Albuquerque’s biggest tourist attractions, is Sandiago’s Grill. Packages combining lunch or dinner with a tram ticket are available. Read more
82% recommended
Scenic View in New Mexico

BRAVO Cucina Italiana - Albuquerque - Uptown

$$$$·Italian·
Albuquerque
483 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
Fluted columns resembling Roman ruins, soft lighting and white tablecloths give Albuquerque’s BRAVA Cucina Italiana an old-school family restaurant vibe. The local outlet of a popuRead more
86% recommended
Best Value in New Mexico

Trombino's Bistro Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
Albuquerque
1,354 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Romantic
Old-style, from-scratch family recipes are the backbone of Trombino’s Bistro Italiano. Since it opened in 1979, the ever-popular Northeast Heights eatery has established itself as Read more
100% recommended
Best Value in New Mexico

El Pinto

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Albuquerque
2,706 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
El Pinto is a genuine Albuquerque institution, a favorite of locals since 1962 and now in its second generation of family ownership. The restaurant seats as many as 1200 diners in Read more
87% recommended
Kid Friendly in New Mexico

Bien Shur - Sandia Resort and Casino

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Albuquerque
979 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Bien Shur occupies the rooftop of the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. This location affords diners an unmatched mountain panorama through walls of windows. The bright and Read more
85% recommended
Scenic View in New Mexico
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Brixens

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Albuquerque
103 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Happy Hour
Brixens in downtown Albuquerque presents creative, modern cuisine in a historic (circa-1909) building. In contrast to the setting, contemporary touches include an interactive iPad Read more
98% recommended
Best Overall in New Mexico
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