Albuquerque restaurants reflect the rich cultural heritage and ethnic diversity that is the very heart of the city. Dining experiences in Old Town range from casual fare to fine cuisine. Celebrating a milestone anniversary or birthday or planning to pop the question during your stay?
We will be happy to make suggestions or reservations for a restaurant with the atmosphere and cuisine you seek. In the meantime, let us tempt you with this dining guide of some of our favorite restaurants in Old Town.
A. Restaurant Antiquity (505) 247-3545 This is our very favorite restaurant. Fine dining in an intimate, romantic atmosphere. Extraordinary food and impeccable service. Here’s a sample of some meals we’ve had: scallops in a jalapeno-citrus cream sauce; shrimp marinated in red chile and beer and grilled to perfection; veal scallopini; coconut-crusted rack of lamb. Are you hungry yet? Cocktail or business casual attire recommended. Wine or beer is available. Open for dinner only. Reservations are recommended any day of the week.
B. High Noon (505) 765-1455 This restaurant’s building dates from the 1860’s, with brick floors, whitewashed walls and vigas. High Noon offers an eclectic dinner menu featuring steaks, wild game, seafood, pasta and New Mexico specialties. The New Mexican combination plate is a wonderful sampler of regional favorites, and they offer seven different types of fabulous margaritas. Full bar; casual attire acceptable; open for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended on weekends and holidays.
C. Seasons Rotisserie & Grill (505) 766-5100 Modern American and European cuisine with an Italian influence. Wood-fired rotisserie and grill with a full-service bar. Excellent food and wonderful ambiance. The lounge on the second floor provides a great view of the sunset, with outdoor dining late spring through early fall. The mango margarita is to die for! Casual to dressy attire. Open for lunch and dinner (reservations recommended).
D. La Crepe Michel (505) 247-1251 Classic country French cuisine, much more than just crepes, although they are a specialty on the menu. Claudie is from France and has delighted guests with her delightful cooking for over 25 years. Casual dress, reservations recommended for evenings and weekends. Beer and wine available.
E. St. Clair Winery & Bistro (505-242-6560) This café and wine-tasting room is just north of Old Town. Great comfort food, many cooked with wine. Other menu items are available, but I can never get past the garlic chicken with mashed potatoes or the pot roast with Burgundy. Sample wines from St. Clair Winery as well as other New Mexico wineries, or enjoy lunch or dinner inside or out on the patio. They frequently have live music on weekend evenings in the summer. Open for lunch and dinner. Call for reservations.
F. Duran’s (505) 247-4141 Just southeast of Old Town, Duran Central Pharmacy is where the locals go for lunch. The pharmacy with the diner in the back has been there for more than 60 years, and some of the waitresses have been there what seems like forever. Watch them make the best tortillas in town. Every dish here is wonderful, although some may be a little warm for visiting gringos. Linoleum floors, chrome tables and chairs, complete with a lunch counter, and all absolutely spotless. Open Monday-Friday 11-6:00 and Saturday 11-2:00, so it’s lunch or early dinner. Closed on Sunday. Tip: either go before 11:30 or wait until after 1:15, or you’ll be waiting a while for a seat. Yes, it’s that good.