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Restaurants in Albuquerque

New Mexican cuisine is based on key native ingredients like corn, beans, squash and chillis, which means dining out in traditional restaurants in Albuquerque can be quite a spicy affair. Its cuisine incorporates Mexican, Native American and Spanish flavours - but chilli is always the most important part. Beyond this, the city offers a diverse culinary scene.

The restaurants below have been grouped in three different pricing categories:
Expensive (over US$40)
Moderate (US$26 to US$40)
Cheap (under US$25)
These prices are for a three-course meal for one, with half a bottle of house wine or equivalent. Tax and tip are included.

Expensive

Artichoke Café

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Located downtown on historic Route 66, the Artichoke Café has a cosy, modern décor with rotating art exhibits and a creative Mediterranean and American cuisine. Its fine-dining menu focuses on New American cuisine, using fresh, seasonal ingredients and classic French cooking techniques. Choices range from crab cakes or fried artichokes for starters to lamb rack, duck breast or scallops for mains.

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Telephone: +1 505 243 0200
Website: http://www.artichokecafe.com

High Noon Restaurant & Saloon

Cuisine:

This Old Town restaurant has a colourful history. Built as a private hacienda in the 18th century, it later became a gambling parlour and, so they say, a brothel. Modern-day diners are urged to find their inner cowboy by tucking into great steaks and wild game. The signature High Noon steak is a brown, sugar-coriander cured tenderloin, served atop wild mushroom enchiladas, while spicier alternatives include crab relleno and green chilli stew.

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Telephone: +1 505 765 1455
Website: http://www.highnoonrestaurant.com

Zinc Wine Bar and Bistro

Cuisine:

A handsome, romantic, yet reasonably priced restaurant in hip Nob Hill, Zinc serves an exemplary French bistro menu, complemented by a wide selection of wines by the glass or bottle. Expect warm colours, stained glass, and freshly cut flowers in the dining room, a zinc-top bar serving up cocktail, plus a bar offering views of the open kitchen. Come to savour steak frites, French onion soup, smoked trout on potato pancakes, or sea bass served over a chilled noodle salad.

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Telephone: +1 505 254 9462
Website: http://www.zincabq.com

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Hotel Andaluz

Built just before World War II by local-born Conrad Hilton, as the flagship property for his new hotel chain, this magnificently restored downtown gem is a delightful place to stay. Guest rooms are beautifully furnished and very comfortable, while the public spaces are superb, and include an excellent Spanish restaurant.

Hotel Blue

Just west of downtown along legendary Route 66, this four-storey 1960s hotel has spacious, airy rooms at reasonable rates, decorated with a certain Art Deco flair. The rooms are on the small side, but there's complimentary breakfast, coffee, and a free shuttle service to and from the airport, bus or train station.

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

A short walk north of Old Town, this 11-storey hotel blends Native American, Mexican, Spanish and Western cultural traditions and includes a fitness centre, two well-respected restaurants and bars, and an Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool. There's even a wedding chapel, should you decide to get hitched.

Embassy Suites Hotel Albuquerque

One of the city's most attractive hotels, on the northeast edge of downtown, this all-suite property features a full-service day spa and a lovely open atrium with a cascade and meandering water trails. Each of its sizeable suites features a separate living area with sofa bed, armchair and well-lit work/dining table, wet bar, refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker.

Sandia Resort & Casino

Showcasing the native American heritage of the Southwest this swanky Pueblo-owned hotel occupies a dramatic mesa-top location in the city's northeastern quadrant. Amenities include a full gaming casino championship golf course full-service spa and several outstanding restaurants. Some of the fanciest rooms in the state boast lavish bathrooms and enjoy breathtaking views of the Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande Valley.

Econo Lodge Old Town

It's hard to find cheap rooms near the Old Town, so this attractive, well-kept chain motel, just a couple of minutes' walk west towards the river, is a real boon. Features include free breakfasts and wi-fi, and a heated indoor pool.