Located right in the middle of New Mexico along the Rio Grande, Albuquerque is a popular spot for tourists making road trips across the United States, but it’s also a great city to visit in its own right! With countless sights to see and delicious food to try, you won’t want to pass up on a trip to Albuquerque.
You won’t want to pass up on the opportunity to visit one of these great dine-in restaurants in the area either! If you’re looking for great sit-down dining service to match great food, you’ve found it in this list.
And, luckily for you, every single restaurant on this list is supported by GiftYa, a virtual gift card company that lets you send someone you know a gift card to a participating location. They can set up the balance with their credit or debit card so they don’t have to remember to put a gift card in their wallet.
So, while you’re thinking about grabbing a great meal in Albuquerque, also take some time to think about treating a friend or family member who might be planning to spend some time in Albuquerque to a meal, too!
Open since 1974 in Albuquerque!
Whether you want a drink or a delicious meal, High Noon is the place to go. Image courtesy of Instagram.
425 San Felipe | Albuquerque | highnoonrestaurant.com
High Noon has been serving hand-cut steaks and award-winning artisan margaritas since 1974. The restaurant is located in a building from 1785, so you can sit down and dine and sight-see all at once! You can also book a private event or schedule catering.
In addition to the popular steaks, you’ll find specials, starters, salads, burgers, sandwiches, desserts, and New Mexico favorites on the menu. You can choose a margarita, cocktail, bottled beer, tequila, or wine to go with your food.
High Noon is closed on Mondays through Wednesdays, but it’s open from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and noon until 9:30 p.m. on Sundays.
“We love this restaurant! Always have a fantastic experience. We are heading there again this weekend and looking forward to it. Some favorites [are] red Chile beef bites, tenderloin, and drinks from the bar, of course!” - Yelp Review
Many different ways to dine at many different locations!
The atmosphere in Pappadeaux is perfect for a nice seafood dinner! Image courtesy of Instagram.
5011 Pan American Fwy NE | Albuquerque | pappadeaux.com
There are plenty of Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen locations in the Southern United States, and this one in particular is one of two located in Albuquerque. It’s certainly a great choice for dine-in, but you can also opt to order online from the curbside to-go menu or look at the banquet menu!
On the dine-in menu, you’ll find appetizers, soups, salads, cajun specialties, fried seafood, steak and crab entrees, desserts, and sides as well as chef selections and lunch features. There are separate menus for kids, gluten-free choices, and cocktails.
Hours at Pappadeaux are from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.
“Always delicious, excellent service and just about the freshest seafood you can find this far away from the ocean! We started with a shrimp cocktail served with cocktail sauce and horseradish- fresh and clean, delicious all the way around.” - Yelp Review
Gorgeous atmosphere to go with great food in Albuquerque’s North Valley.
The food looks just as good as it tastes at Farm & Table— you’ll definitely want to try. Image courtesy of Instagram.
8917 4th St | Albuquerque | farmandtablenm.com
This expansive 12 acre farm has been serving locally sourced food in Albuquerque since 2012. The restaurant itself is open for dine-in both indoors, on the outside patio, and the larger deck. You can also choose to book a private picnic on the Farm!
For dinner, you can order a small plate or entree, but Farm & Table also serves dessert, wine, beer, and seasonal foods.
Farm & Table is closed on Sundays and Mondays, but open from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. every other day of the week.
“First time here and WOW! I was blown away. The ambiance, the service, the attention to detail, and the food was EXCELLENT to say the least… The openness of the patios are so calming.” - Yelp Review
Fine-dining by reservation that will accommodate your needs!
Make sure you save room for dessert at Antiquity Restaurant! Image courtesy of Instagram.
112 Romero St | Albuquerque | antiquityrestaurant.com
Though indoor dining capacity at Antiquity Restaurant and reservations are still limited, the food is well worth calling in advance, and they accommodate couples, small groups, and large parties. It’s the perfect restaurant for a fine-dining experience that’ll please even the most picky of eaters.
Some of the most popular dishes are the fresh seafood, steaks, fowl, lamb, and veal. There are also nightly specials that are sure to please your palate.
On Tuesdays through Thursdays, Antiquity Restaurant is open from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and hours are from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m
“We were celebrating our anniversary so we were looking for something more spendy and romantic. I always hail to YELP before checking out any establishment and all of the reviews were right- this spot is phenomenal!” - Yelp Review
Only the best ingredients to serve you Spanish-inspired cooking.
Enjoy delicious food and a great view from the comfort of your own hotel at this restaurant! Image courtesy of Instagram.
125 2nd St | Albuquerque | hotelandaluz.com
If you choose to stay in the popular Hotel Andaluz during your time in Albuquerque, you won’t even have to walk to go to this great restaurant. Of course, it’s still worth a visit no matter where you’re staying or even if you’re just passing through the city.
This full service restaurant and tapas bar has a variety of delicious dishes that take inspiration from bold Spanish flavors with a reinventive twist. MAS Tapas y Vino places an emphasis on fresh, organic, and locally-sourced ingredients of the highest quality.
MAS Tapas y Vino is open for breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. all seven days a week.
“My husband and I made two visits to MÁS Tapas Y Vino during the past week. We went with our family for our first visit a week ago, and by ourselves today. There are so many fun dishes to choose from!” - Yelp Review
Every kind of Italian food you could want in a casual, fun setting.
You’re sure to have a good time if you come to dine-in at Buca di Beppo’s. Image courtesy of Instagram.
6520 Americas Pkwy NE | Albuquerque | locations.bucadibeppo.com
Despite the fact that Buca di Beppo is a popular Italian restaurant chain, this is the only location in Albuquerque, and it’s definitely worth a visit. You can order takeout or catering online, but the fun atmosphere in this Italian restaurant makes it worth a sit-down.
On the dinner menu, you’ll find appetizers, salads, pizzas, fresh breads, entrees, traditional pastas, specialty pastas, stuffed pastas, shareable sides and desserts, as well as a kid’s menu and lunch options!
Hours are from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Sundays through Wednesdays and from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
“Went to eat for a birthday dinner with [my] family. The atmosphere and energy was very inviting and great. The food was very good and lots of it. The server was so great and hospitable.” - Yelp Review
Fresh, seasonal ingredients and French-style cooking since 1989.
Fresh seafood is one of the most popular choices on the menu at Artichoke Cafe, but there are lots of other great options, too! Image courtesy of Instagram.
424 Central Ave SE | Albuquerque | artichokecafe.com
This family-owned restaurant has been serving great food in Albuquerque for decades, and it’s become an important part of the community. With its fine, fresh, and seasonal ingredients, it’s no wonder that these French-inspired dishes are delicious.
Artichoke Cafe has a wide selection of sides, starters, and mains for your dinner, but that’s not all! In addition to some fantastic desserts, there’s also wine and other spirits, plus great happy hour deals.
The Artichoke Cafe is open from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and it’s closed on Sundays.
“I'm still sitting at the table. I haven't ordered dessert yet but feel compelled to write this review before I leave… The menu offers variety without being overwhelming. Food, cocktails and wine were great. So was our server.” - Yelp Review
The classic, fine-dining steak bar with a casual reimagining.
The menu at Ruth’s Chris Steak House has so much to choose from, and you’ll want to try a bit of everything. Image courtesy of Instagram.
6640 Indian School Road NE | Albuquerque | ruthschris.com
With locations in many different cities in many different states, this steakhouse has certainly earned its place as the most popular one here in Albuquerque. In addition to delicious bone-in steaks, you can choose from a wall of award-winning wines, as well as order seafood, sides, and desserts.
The food definitely qualifies as fine-dining, but the atmosphere of this restaurant is inviting and comfortable with a two-level open floor plan so you’ll have plenty of space to dine under the glass dome ceiling. Nooks allow for more intimate dining experiences, as well.
The restaurant is open for dinner from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. all seven days of the week. Happy hour is from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on weekdays and Sundays.
“The whole experience from start to finish was great. We sat upstairs at the "fine dining" section and the service was above and beyond what I could've ever imagined. I've eaten at Ruth's Chris before in LA but this was incomparable!!! Simply amazing service.” - Yelp Review
If you’re thinking of coming to Albuquerque and you want a wonderful spot for a night of sit-down dining, none of the options on this list would disappoint. While you consider which ones you want to make part of your trip, also consider purchasing a GiftYa for them!