The Most Fun Restaurants in Albuquerque

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!

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Ten 3, Blades' Bistro, Prairie Star Restaurant & Winebar
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, International, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Albuquerque, Placitas, Santa Ana Pueblo
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Ten 3

$$$$·American·
Albuquerque
715 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

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 Pe...

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Best Ambiance in New Mexico

Blades' Bistro

$$$$·International·
Placitas
1,377 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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 includ...

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Best Overall in New Mexico
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Prairie Star Restaurant & Winebar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Santa Ana Pueblo
1,706 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

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 3...

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Romantic in New Mexico
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Vernon's Speakeasy

$$$$·Steak·
Los Ranchos
4,172 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

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 cockta...

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Best Overall in New Mexico
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MÁS Tapas y Vino

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Albuquerque
1,035 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List

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'...

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Notable Wine List in New Mexico

M'tucci's Italian - Albuquerque

$$$$·Italian·
Albuquerque
859 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date

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...

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Best Value in New Mexico

Indigo Crow

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Albuquerque
1,777 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 stre...

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Contemporary American in New Mexico
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Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Albuquerque
994 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List

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 w...

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M'tucci's Moderno Italian - Rio Rancho

$$$$·Italian·
Albuquerque
530 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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, ...

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Neighborhood Gem in New Mexico

The Melting Pot - Albuquerque

$$$$·Fondue·
Albuquerque
2,441 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 al...

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Romantic in New Mexico
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High Noon

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Albuquerque
635 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Cozy

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 “Origin...

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Steakhouse in New Mexico
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Savoy Bar and Grill Albuquerque

$$$$·Californian·
Albuquerque
972 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic

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, ...

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Romantic in New Mexico
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Vintage 423

$$$$·American·
Albuquerque
730 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

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 sandwic...

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Vibrant Bar Scene in New Mexico

Seasons Rotisserie & Grill

$$$$·American·
Albuquerque
1,262 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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 f...

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Fit for Foodies in Albuquerque
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Bien Shur - Sandia Resort and Casino

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Albuquerque
980 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Head out to the top of the Sandia Resort to try one of the most fun restaurants in Albuquerque. Bien Shur is the place to go to after trying the luck out at the tables. This colorful, engaging restaur...

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El Pinto

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Albuquerque
5,039 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

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 b...

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