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Artichoke Cafe

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Huning Highland Historic District
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424 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3518
505-243-0200
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Artichoke Cafe was reopened in 1989 by Pat and Terry Keene. Pat, who...
The Artichoke Cafe was reopened in 1989 by Pat and Terry Keene. Pat, who was formally trained in New York City, is executive chef and Terry has 30 years experience in restaurant management. Their dedication to the best in food, wine, and service has made this 120 seat restaurant one of Albuquerque's finest dining spots. Its downtown location on Route 66 in the Historic Huning Highland/EDO District, cozy modern decor and rotating art exhibits add panache and charm to its ambience. The food is a mix of French, Italian, and creative American, using only the finest ingredients.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 192
    Excellent
  • 121
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
My favorite restaurant in ABQ

This is by far my most favorite restaurant in Albuquerque! It has been consistently good for over 15 years and a family favorite. The food is excellent and the bartender Julien is amazing. I gave him a recipe for a drink made for me in Germany. It called for elderflower nectar and the restaurant... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Megan S
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Farmington, New Mexico
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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369 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Farmington, New Mexico
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This is by far my most favorite restaurant in Albuquerque! It has been consistently good for over 15 years and a family favorite. The food is excellent and the bartender Julien is amazing. I gave him a recipe for a drink made for me in Germany. It called for elderflower nectar and the restaurant just happened to have some from... More 

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Halifax, Canada
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Fortunately we had a reservation, as the Artichoke is very popular - and with good reason. It is a classy cafe with excellent service, a great wine list and an interesting menu - new combinations as well as old standards. Our waiter, Joshua, was exceptional; helpful and attentive without being in the way. Ice water came immediately, and assorted breads... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We went there on a recommendation from a co-worker. It was a bit out of the way from our hotel but it was worth the drive. The food was fantastic and the the staff was very helpful and friendly. Can't wait to go back again the next time we're in Albuquerque.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We stumbled on the Artiichoke Cafe on our way from Cleveland to Tucson. Dinner began with a wonderful martini for me and a pepper vodka cucumber drink for my beloved. Both drinks were great. I had chicken with brussel sprouts, squash purée and a goat cheese bread pudding. My partner had a 10 oz pork chop that was perfectly cooked... More 

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new york
Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Warm, welcoming environment for a special dinner for our anniversary far from home. We started with a glass of sparkling Gruet wine, local to New Mexico but known nationwide. Delicious. We enjoyed the steamed artichoke appetizer. And my husband enjoyed the seared ahi tuna, perfectly prepared. Our grilled duck breast and pumpkin ravioli main courses were also very well prepared.... More 

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Illinois
Top Contributor
166 reviews 166 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We took our daughter here for her birthday. The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. What an awesome time we had. Thanks Artichoke Cafe for making our daughters birthday a great one.

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Edmonton, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I have been here a few times as well. I really like the food, the service is good. It's a bit more 'upscale' than the other options nearby so if you're looking for that sort of experience, this is the place for you! The food and drinks are great. You really can't go wrong here!

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Portales
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Had a most memorable meal at Artichoke Cafe, as always. Started with a BBQ pork slider appetizer, with flour chips and queso. Shared an apple and bleu salad (too yum for its own good), and each had incredible meals: I had a pork chop with creamy polenta (be still my heart) and my husband had a beet ravioli dish that... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Simply a great place to dine in: Good atmosphere, good service and the best gourmet food in town. I highly recommend it.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

...and most fell short! We ate at the bar - though we did have a full meal - shortly after arriving in Albuquerque and had an unexpectedly amazing meal. Everyone had praised the restaurants we would encounter later when we arrived in Santa Fe and not one measured up. Artichoke Cafe is every bit as good as any of my... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 424 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3518
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Albuquerque>  > Huning Highland Historic District
  • Neighborhood: Huning Highland Historic District
  • Phone Number: 505-243-0200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian, Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

The Artichoke Cafe was reopened in 1989 by Pat and Terry Keene. Pat, who was formally trained in New York City, is executive chef and Terry has 30 years experience in restaurant management. Their dedication to the best in food, wine, and service has made this 120 seat restaurant one of Albuquerque's finest dining spots. Its downtown location on Route 66 in the Historic Huning Highland/EDO District, cozy modern decor and rotating art exhibits add panache and charm to its ambience. The food is a mix of French, Italian, and creative American, using only the finest ingredients.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?