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Artichoke Cafe

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Huning Highland Historic District
Italian, International
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424 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3518
505-243-0200
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11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 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, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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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    Very good
  • 41
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  • 14
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best in Albuquerque

As dedicated foodies, we've tried all the upscale restaurants in town and this one is best, for many reasons: innovative chef, excellent service and a terrific wine list. We enjoyed several in the trendier Nob Hill part of town, but not as much as this one downtown. The cured tuna crudo was truly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

As dedicated foodies, we've tried all the upscale restaurants in town and this one is best, for many reasons: innovative chef, excellent service and a terrific wine list. We enjoyed several in the trendier Nob Hill part of town, but not as much as this one downtown. The cured tuna crudo was truly outstanding, as was the deconstructed citrus meringue... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

have been to this restaurant several times. My wife likes rack of lamb even though she thinks Yanni is better. We often order artichoke which is quite good as well.

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albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We had an anniversary dinner planned which included some drinks at the bar side and dinner in the restaurant. The place is very nicely laid out although a in a bit of an oddity, all bar patrons had to walk through the party room (where a party was in swing) to enter or exit the bar. The bar is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

Followed TA's advice and were very glad we did! The plates were are excellent, the service was perfect, and the ambiance was great. We'd return in a heartbeat!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Located in East Downtown, Artichoke is a great spot for a special occasion. The also have a wine bar for less formal options. All around divine! They have scallops wrapped in prosciutto that you'll still be savoring years later...

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Albuquerque
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Artichoke Cafe is one of the nicer places on Central, sandwiched between the U district and downtown. It is elegant, offers great service (even when you don't have a reservation), and the food is wonderful. I've never been disappointed with either food or service here.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is the place I take VIP out-of-town visitors for lunch, they are never disappointed. Many dishes on the menu have interesting creative twists to them, the service and the atmosphere are excellent - upscale without being stuffy.

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California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I wasn't expecting a lot. I had spent the last five days eating in cafe's and restaurants Edgewood, Moriarty, and Albuquerque.. However, my wife wanted to go to a nice restaurant. We looked something up on TripAdvisor and we found this place. We were really surprised and delighted to have wonderful cuisine, nice wine, and a nice ambiance as well... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

When ever my family get together for larger special occasions this if the place most of them like to come to, not inexpensive but food is outstanding. The staff is friendly and caters to even the very young.

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Carbondale, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A nice, white-tablecloth, sit-down restaurant, and a nice place to relax after a day of touring Albuquerque! Food was excellent, service if possible even better. Breads and salads presented nicely, main courses looked like photographs and tasted even better! Central avenue is a busy street in the no-man's land between the university and downtown with a lot of trucks and... More 

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Additional Information about Artichoke Cafe

Address: 424 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3518
Phone Number: 505-243-0200
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Albuquerque>  > Huning Highland Historic District
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
Cuisine: Italian, International

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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, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic

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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