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The Most Fun Restaurants in Albuquerque

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated November 14, 2019

In the heart of the Southwest desert, Albuquerque has grown into one of America's coolest cities mixing a remarkable history with vibrant cultural attractions and astonishing vistas. The most fun restaurants in Albuquerque deliver a fascinating and creative mix of styles, from traditional Native American to Contemporary American flavors. But where are the city's savviest, most hard-to-please diners heading out to dine when they're looking for a meal out in Albuquerque? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. Here, we've gathered information from the city's most-in-the-know diners to put together this list of the most fun restaurants in Albuquerque. The list includes options for all tastes - from local neighborhood Mexican and Southwest places to upscale downtown fusion restaurants. Grab a table tonight and enjoy dinner in Albuquerque!

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4.4
4.4 (1518)
$50 and over
American
Albuquerque

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About the restaurant
Ten 3 is an "elevated" dining experience. That means both literally and figuratively. Ten 3 is at the top of Albuquerque's Sandia Peak. To get to the Ten 3 spot, diners will need to take the Sandia Peak Tramway to visit. It's worth the trip. The restaurant features jaw-dropping views of the city and its surroundings alongside dinner. Try favorites like Wild King salmon, mole-braised short rib, and Yukon gold potato tomato tart. For drinks, try the refreshing "Jigback" with mint, cucumber, and Lillet Blanc. Beer selections include local La Cumbre "Elevated" IPA and the La Cumbre "Malpais" stout.
Top review
LaurieC
Dined on Jan 8, 2024
Fun date night. The food was good but nothing to get excited about.
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4.8
4.8 (1744)
$30 and under
International
Placitas

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About the restaurant
Blades' Bistro is one of the most stylish restaurants in Albuquerque. This fun spot is a colorful and lively place with a creative menu and plenty of excellent drink options. The appetizer menu includes favorites like deep-fried calamari with sriracha aioli and smoked Asian-style baby back ribs. The Blades' "Bistro Favorites" range from beef tenderloin with sauteed mushroom to boeuf Bourguignon in red wine, garlic, and onions. Dessert is another highlight at Blades. Don't miss the chocolate decadence trio. This features chili lime chocolate pot's du creme with a hand-crafted truffle.
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Hollywood
Dined 5 days ago
Our favorite place! Delicious food great service. Love the atmosphere
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4.7
4.7 (2099)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Santa Ana Pueblo

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About the restaurant
This classic New Mexico restaurant offers fine dining on the grounds of the Santa Ana Golf Club. Stop in to experience one of the most fun restaurants in Albuquerque. The wine bar and patio features 32 different wines by the glass and half glass along with a bar and dinner menu. Try one of the small plates like New Mexico green chile cast iron cornbread or steamed Mediterranean black mussels with julienned vegetables. For entrees, try the bacon-wrapped pheasant with a marsala-apple pan sauce or three-cheese Chile Relleno.
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Easter
Dined 7 days ago
Love the Wednesday or Thursday menus. Always a great value and delicious choice. Unfortunately, last night’s menu had mashed potatoes with wasabi. Bit too much wasabi for us, although the cod was yum.
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4.7
4.7 (4988)
$50 and over
Steak
Albuquerque

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About the restaurant
This underground favorite at the Village Shops at Los Ranchos is one of the most fun restaurants in Albuquerque. It's an engaging speakeasy-style spot with a New Mexico-driven menu and creative cocktails. Start with the baked brie, duck confit tacos, or blue crab cakes. Entrees include hatch red chile pork tenderloin, stuffed quail with dried cranberry stuffing, or tequila lime chicken with bell pepper Israeli couscous. The "Vernon's Classic" menu includes favorites like a black and blue New York strip and a dry-aged ribeye. On the seafood menu, highlights are shrimp scampi with Argentinian pink shrimp and salmon bruschetta.
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NM505
Dined 1 day ago
Our first time dining at Vernon's speakeasy steakhouse was amazing,romantic, mind-blowing, phenomenal, and memorable experience my wife and I ever have. Thank you for making my wife's birthday dinner memorable.
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4.2
4.2 (1311)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Albuquerque

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About the restaurant
Albuquerque's Hotel Andaluz is the location for this upscale local favorite for tapas and wine. It's an excellent spot for a date night or just a night out with friends. Go for some of the restaurant's signature tapas. Try the salt and pepper octopus with Chinese long beans and fried chickpeas. Bruschetta comes with manchego-mushroom crema and a fried egg. For a "Lighter Side" dinner, try the New Mexico spiced duck fat fried oysters with hatch green chile spread. Lobster bao buns feature champagne cream and tarragon salad. Don't miss the classic paella, with shrimp chicken, mussels, chorizo, and saffron rice. Get a selection from the extensive MAS wine list to go along with dinner.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
It was amazing but it took way to long to get a server! We left our table and sat at the bar just to get served
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4.6
4.6 (1111)
$30 and under
Italian
Albuquerque

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About the restaurant
This longtime favorite is one of the most fun restaurants in Albuquerque. M'tucci's is full of classic Italian dishes like spaghetti and meatballs, five pork bolognese, and braised wild boar ragu. For dinner, try the chicken Milanese with spicy house marinara or the chicken piccata with caper-white wine sauce and creamy garlic mashed potatoes. For pizzas, go for the meatball and spicy bacon with fresh mozzarella and house-roasted red pepper. The "Genovese" pie features basil pesto and Italian sun-dried tomato.
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RogerB
Dined 7 days ago
We had reservations and we were seated upon arrival. Our server, Alisia was outstanding. As a first-time customer, our server took the time to explain the different items on the menu and kept our glasses full. Outstanding!!
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4.6
4.6 (2344)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Albuquerque

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About the restaurant
This multi-level hot spot is one of the most fun restaurants in Albuquerque. It's a colorful and lively place with an extensive Mezcal collection and micro-brewed beer. Appetizers include Mexican street corn, duck fat truffle fries, and avocado CBD toast. For local entrees, try the ancho-glazed shrimp with fresh corn grits or the Molcajete Verde seafood stew. Indigo Crow also boasts a selection of beers from Cave Creek Beer Company. Try the BSM Blonde Ale, New England-style Creeker IPA, or the Local Honey Wheat.
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DallasTraveler
Dined 2 days ago
Hadn’t been here in many years and was happy to find it just as inviting and the food as good as I remembered.
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4.7
4.7 (1080)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Albuquerque

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About the restaurant
This upscale but welcoming spot is one of the most fun restaurants in Albuquerque. Trek out to the Nob Hill District to find some of the city's best wine and some excellent modern specialties. Start with the grilled wild game sausage and rosemary polenta fries or crispy duck confit eggrolls. Seasonal entrees include blue corn crusted winter squash Relleno and Atlantic sea scallops with tuxedo fettuccine. Along with the fine wines, try some of Zinc's excellent beers. Go for the Bosque Brewing lager or the La Cumbre "Elevated" IPA.
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ArthurG
Dined 6 days ago
Food and service was excellent! Menu is also excellent
A photo of M'tucci's Moderno Italian - Rio Rancho restaurant
4.7
4.7 (910)
$30 and under
Italian
Albuquerque

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About the restaurant
M'Tucci's Moderno is a sister restaurant of the Albuquerque favorite. This is one of the most fun restaurants in Albuquerque. Head in for the weekday happy hour for specials on cocktails, draft beer, and house wines. It's also an excellent spot for lunchtime favorites. Try the crispy green chile fried pork tenderloin sandwich or the Italian grilled pastrami sandwich. Pizzas come artisan-style or as a flatbread. Go for the "Affumicato," with roasted grape tomato, smoked buffalo mozzarella, and local basil.
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MichaelNoonanvip
Dined on Feb 20, 2024
If you are looking for a place to enjoy some delicious Italian cuisine with a modern twist, look no further than M'tucci's Moderno in Rio Rancho, NM. This cozy and elegant restaurant offers a variety of dishes that will satisfy your taste buds and make you feel like you are in Italy. We visited M'tucci's Moderno on a Monday evening and were greeted by our friendly, attentive and distracting attractive server, Kayla. She recommended some of their happy hour drinks, which were refreshing and well-balanced. One Old Fashioned and a Slice of Heaven microbrew. We ordered the family charcuterie board, which was a feast for the eyes and the palate. It featured an assortment of cured meats, cheeses, olives, tomatoes, homemade burratta, homemade shrub jam, and homemade bread, Umbria extra virgin olive oil, Colonotta butter, all of which were fresh and flavorful. For our main courses, we decided on the Harris Ranch Hanger steak, the Affumicato pizza, and the shrimp campanalle pasta. The Hangar steak was cooked to perfection, tender and juicy, and served with salt water crispy potatoes that were crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The Affumicato pizza was a masterpiece of smoky and savory flavors, topped with smoked mozzarella, prosciutto, arugula, and balsamic glaze. The shrimp campanalle pasta was a creamy and comforting dish, with succulent shrimp, grape tomatoes, and parmesan cheese in a light sauce. We were so full from the charcuterie board and the main dishes that we had no room for dessert, but we were tempted by the mouthwatering homemade options on the menu. Maybe next time! M'tucci's Moderno is a gem of a restaurant that offers high-quality food, service, and ambiance. We had the best M'tucci's dining experience yet and we can't wait to go back. Highly recommended! ```
A photo of The Melting Pot - Albuquerque restaurant
4.3
4.3 (2320)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Albuquerque

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About the restaurant
Fondue is on the menu at The Melting Pot, one of the most fun restaurants in Albuquerque. Head into the local outpost of this national chain for the unbeatable cheese and bread combination. There's also an excellent happy hour with deals on margaritas, draft beers, and cheese and chocolate fondues. Go for the "Best of Albuquerque" fondue option, with hatch green chile, aged, cheddar, and lager beer fondue. That comes alongside chocolate bourbon pecan fondue with caramel. Pair dinner with the Melting Pot Mule, with fresh mint, lime, and Absolut vodka.
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Char
Dined 5 days ago
The food was great and overall the service was good. I ordered a drink to go with dessert but it never came, that was disappointing.
A photo of High Noon restaurant
4.6
4.6 (916)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Albuquerque

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About the restaurant
High Noon is a classic Old West-style saloon with one of the most creative menus in town. It's the perfect New Mexico stop after a trip to the nearby Museum of Natural History and Science. The "Original Old Town Steak House" features tenderloins, strips, chicken, and seafood. For a New Mexico meal, try the blue corn enchiladas with spicy chicken or beef barbacoa. High Noon also features a buffalo burger with low-cholesterol ground American bison. Try the double chocolate torte with raspberry sauce and dark chocolate cake for dessert.
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Lsu1vip
Dined 7 days ago
We loved our dining experience at high noon! The food was quality ingredients and well prepared and the staff was very friendly. We enjoyed meeting the owner Carla who is running this family business. Highly recommend High Noon!
A photo of Savoy Bar and Grill Albuquerque restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1275)
$30 and under
Californian
Albuquerque

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About the restaurant
This fun restaurant in Albuquerque offers a taste of California wine country in New Mexico. Grab a glass of some of the excellent wine at Savoy and pair it with appetizers like crab cakes, antipasto, and baked local goat cheese. For dinner, try favorites like braised elk Osso Bucco, filet mignon, and pan-seared scallops "Oscar." For cocktails, try the Autumn mule with fresh lime juice and Gosling's ginger beer.
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JFTDvip
Dined 5 days ago
Our table had 3 meals off the menu: 2 filet mignon dinners, 1 salmon and 1 fish special.. They were all delicious! The server was prompt and attentive. We eat at Savoy every couple of months. Also, since I have celiac they are very conscientious with gluten free meals.
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4.4
4.4 (1093)
$31 to $50
American
Albuquerque

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About the restaurant
An atmospheric, intimate local favorite, Vintage 423 is a stylish spot for drinks or dinner. It's an excellent spot for lunch in the heart of Albuquerque. Go for some of the selections off the sandwiches menu. Favorites include the Santa Fe prime rib with roasted green chile and pepper jack cheese. The bacon pork shoulder sandwich features jalapeno aioli, lettuce, and tomato. For dinner, try the pan-roasted duck breast with sweet potato puree and haricot verts or the double bone-in pork chop. A six-hour braised short rib includes chive mashed potatoes and whole-roasted hatch green chile.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Amazing service and food. I had an enjoyable evening.
A photo of Seasons Rotisserie & Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1739)
$31 to $50
American
Albuquerque

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About the restaurant
This laid-back Albuquerque restaurant is a spot for a relaxing meal and some live music. Stop in for some dinner or a drink after a day exploring the Old Town section of Albuquerque. Shareables like fried duck confit stuffed ravioli and sweet potato stuffed poblano pepper are perfect for appetizers. Entrees include parmesan-crusted organic chicken breast, braised lamb shank, and prime rotisserie prime rib. Pair the meal with the Sierra Nevada "Celebration Ale" or one of the local La Cumbre "Elevated IPAs." There's also the signature "A Lo Cubano" cocktail with rum and spiced syrup.
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KeithB
Dined 7 days ago
Thank you for an amazing evening and dinner. We totally enjoy the evening!
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4.4
4.4 (6871)
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern
Albuquerque

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About the restaurant
El Pinto is one of the most fun restaurants in Albuquerque. It's also one of the most beautiful. Head out to this 4th Street hot spot for an excellent meal in a classic Southwest location surrounded by gardens. Start with the restaurant's most famous dish, the red chile ribs. These fall-off-the-bone favorites come marinated in red chile and with an optional side of slaw. Another favorite is the "Best Nachos in America" with green chile and fresh jalapenos. Grab a selection off the "New Mexico Grill" like the tomahawk pork chip or ground chile queso burger.
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ISMAELV
Dined 2 days ago
I server (Danielle? I’m pretty sure) was amazing as well as the food and ambience!! My whole family loved it!
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