List of the 5 Best Seafood Restaurants in Albuquerque

November 18, 2021
Food & Drink
jason wolfe
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Albuquerque is a beautiful city in New Mexico and it’s filled with all kinds of fantastic bars and restaurants. But you are here today because you are specifically looking for the best seafood place in Albuquerque right? I mean I would hope so. Otherwise I have no idea why you are here reading this article and to be honest I'm not even sure I want to because today we’re going to discuss where to find the best seafood restaurants in Albuquerque. 

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best seafood restaurants that Albuquerque has to offer. And we’ll give you the address and website to all of these locations so that way you can check out the menu or stop by if something catches your eye. And in addition to telling you where the best seafood restaurants are in Albuquerque, we’re also going to tell you which of these restaurants accept GiftYaA digital gift cards.

You don’t need to worry when you’re in Albuquerque looking for restaurants, stores, or attractions. You can check out GiftYa and search for gift cards by Albuquerque and find everything they offer in Albuquerque. The cool thing about this is that you can get a GiftYa digital gift card for you or a loved one and send it wirelessly in seconds. Anytime you or they are in Albuquerque looking for seafood restaurants.  Not only can you send and receive a GiftYa wireless, you can also keep track of the balance all right from your phone. Unlike, Unlike a standard gift card where you have to write the balance on the back everytime you use it, a GiftYa keeps track for you on your phone all the time., 

And let’s be honest, isn’t it way more likely that you will be out at a restaurant with your phone than with your gift card? Your loved one is also much more likely to have their phone on them than a gift card if you are sending on e for a birthday or celebration to a younger relative, You can count on kids and college students to always have their phones on them, but can you really count on them to have a gift card you send them. 

Not to mention their digital format makes GiftYa perfect anytime you want to send a gift card with a large sum to a loved one in Albuquerque *wink wink.*. With a GiftYa there’s no writing multiple balances all over a card and hoping you can keep it organized. You also don’t have to worry about the card being lost or stolen with a GiftYa. You can keep track of them all digitally. So you don’t even have to deliver them in person to know they got there in time. There’s no relying on the Postal Service and hoping they don’t lose it or delay it before your loved ones' big day or celebration. And I’m sure you’ve noticed more and more restaurants going with digital menus and options. Don’t be embarrassed at a modern 21st Century establishment by handing over a clunky plastic gift card when you can upgrade to a sleek digital format today.

Crackin’ Crab Seafood Boil

Most Accessible Seafood Restaurant in Albuquerque

4959 Pan America Fwy NE | Parkway/Academy Acres |

Crackin’ Crab Seafood Boil comes in at the top of the list today because it is the most enjoyable establishment to eat a meal in. And when I say enjoyable, what I really mean is fun. If you are looking for great food in a fun uplifting atmosphere thenthan Crackin’ Crab is gonna be the place for you. And the great thing about Crackin Crab is that the menu isn’t too fancy and overwhelming for somebody who is new to seafood. But it alsoBut also isn’t so simple that those with a highly discernible palette won’t find something that pleases them. And because of the accessibility of the menu, I really had no choice but to place Crackin’ Crab Seafood Boil at the top of the list today.

“Every time we come to this location, we are always greeted and treated like family! The food in house is the best , but they also make take home just as perfect . They provide the tablecloth the lemons , anything you need to make it a great experience! The staff is amazing and very attentive.” - Yelp Review 

Crackin’ Crab Seafood Boil is one of the thousands of restaurants that accepts digital GiftYa gift cards but it is also among one of the highest rated seafood restaurants in Albuquerque!

Storming Crab

Fun. Delicious. And Down-Right Messy. 

10041 Coors Blvd NW | Westside|

Storming Crab offers Cajun flavors from the heart of Louisiana right in the heart of Albuquerque, New Mexico. And although you probably will be smart enough to put the bib on, that doesn’t mean you won’t get messy when you are eating their seasoning slathered crab legs, claws, corn, potatoes, shrimp, oysters, and anything else from the Bayou your family might want. Your face and arms will probably be dripping in seasoning juices in no time, but not to worry, They always have plenty of napkins to go around for everyone. And while the food sounds delicious, I personally am not a fan of getting smothered in sauce when I eat. I usually leave that up to the food, but hey if that’s your thing, then Storming Crab is definitely the place for you.

“Just opened!  Staff was super friendly, food was really good. Seafood bread was awesome, so nice to have a Stormin Crab on the West side.   Will be back often!” - Yelp Review

Storming Crab doesn’t offer GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check back soon because we are always adding seafood restaurants and attractions in Albuquerque!


See Seafood Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

6400 Holly Ave NE | Academy Acres | 

Slapfish is great if you are looking for a place that has a daily fish that changes everyday so that way there is a diversity in the menu and you can have something you’ve never tried before. Speaking of things you’ve never tried before, the menu is highly adaptable to your personal preference. You can get a wide variety of the fish as a sandwich, a rice bowl, or as a taco if you want to. This is great because it means that you are pretty much able to control exactly what you are eating with easer. 

Which means you can make it as healthy as you want to. You don’t have to worry that everything is completely pre prepared and you won’t get it the way you want it. And it goes without saying that if their menu is this adaptable that you can expect excellent customer service from the moment you walk in the door when you visit Slapfish. Which I mean come on. It’s called Slapfish. You know they have to be fun people with a great sense of humor. (Flounder? I barely know her) And if the fun environment and excellent food isn’t enough to convince you that they’re for you, maybe the fact that they have over four hundred reviews on Yelp and they came out with a four star rating will convince you they’re the place you are looking for today. 

“I really like Slapfish. Growing up in New England I know seafood and it's something I really miss living in NM. When I need that fix, I come here. They have a dynamic menu along with some solid regulars. It scratches my itch when I need it.” - Yelp Review 

Get a GiftYa digital gift card for yourself or a loved one to Slapfish and enjoy one of the best seafood restaurants in Albuquerque by following the link!

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Great Option for a Group in Albuquerque Where Not Everyone Wants Seafood

5011 Pan American Fwy NE | Academy Acres|

Pappadeaux is the restaurant on this list that has withstood the tests of timetim better than any of the others. Established in 1976 and passed down through the family, it is still owned by the original owner’s grandsons today. And if the charming family story isn’;t enough you can also find some hearty portions of New Orleans style seafood here. They also offer steak, salads, and all the other usuals, but since this is an article about the best seafood restaurants in Albuquerque I’m assuming you are reading it because you care about finding good seafood.

 But if there are others in your party who don’t enjoy seafood, then Pappadeaux might be your best option if you are craving seafood and they aren’t because so many other restaurants on this list are almost exclusively seafood based whereas Pappadeaux isn’t. 

“Another great experience. Food is always fresh and the service is always exceptional. I have to say the only thing that made this not so pleasant was the fact that fresh shucked oysters were not on the menu. This is my absolute favorite item but in time this is supposed to be added. Great experience and great atmosphere on the patio while it lightly rained.” - Yelp Review 

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen is one of the best seafood restaurants in Albuquerque and they accept GiftYa digital gift cards and you can grab one for you or someone on your list by following the link!

Mariscos La Playa

When You Are Looking For A Creative Take on Seafood in Albuquerque

5210 San Mateo Blvd NE | Academy Acres |

What you can expect at Mariscos La Playa is a great Mexican take on Seafood. Not only is it full of flavor and spice it is also a huge winner in the reviews left for the restaurant.  Even though it’s really more of a Mexican restaurant than a seafood restaurant, they have so much seafood on the menu that I felt they had to make the list. Not to mention the incredible Mexican styled seafood all sound incredible to me and I thought it would add some nice diversity to what is a pretty short list. I didn’t want to just recommend placesrecommend you places that you could get the same old thing you always get, I wanted there to be a good option on this list in case you were looking to try something new with bold flavors that you’ve never had before. 

“This dinner made me rethink all the other 5 star reviews I've given to restaurants in the past. I'm from South Texas where the Mexican food is fantastic and spicy but I have never had a dish blow me away like this one!

The service was also very good. My only complaint is that they don't have a full bar, it's only wine and beer, but it's still worth 5 stars for how spicy and tasty this meal was” - Yelp Review 

Treat yourself or a loved one to Mariscos La Playa in Albuquerque and enjoy one of the best seafood restaurants  by grabbing a GiftYa digital gift by following the link!

Congratulations. You now know where to find the best seafood in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Which makes me wonder… who looks for seafood in the middle of the desert?.] I mean sure Americans are bad at geography, but surely you must know that New Mexico is in the desert. So I have to say, you made a bold choice today, but now that you did, you do know where to get amazing seafood in the middle of one of the most landlocked states in the country. Which is not something everybody can say about themselves. So good job. 

Not only do you know where to find quality seafood when you are in Albuquerque, you know where to find a variety of seafood. Everything from your classics that every seafood place has, to Louisiana/Cajun style seafood and Mexican style seafood. But even if you didn’t find exactly what you were looking for here, GiftYa has something to offer for everybody when they are in Albuquerque looking for food in Albuquerque.


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