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“Well done” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Artichoke Cafe

Artichoke Cafe
424 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3518 (Huning Highland Historic District)
505-243-0200
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Ranked #15 of 1,398 Restaurants in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Continental
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Huning Highland Historic District
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.
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“Well done”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2008

A pleasant surprise. The steamed artichoke is excellent and the Southwest Cobb salad is among the best I've ever had; well done.

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“Not What We Were Expecting”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2008

We were very excited to visit The Artichoke Cafe and had heard wonderful things about it. We are mostly vegetarian but consume seafood also - and the menu looked amazing. There was a lot of fish to be had - everything from ahi tuna tartar to salmon. We are also very big into artichokes and make them at home quite a bit, so we thought we were in for an absolute treat.

We were treated with a delicious and flavorful glass of wine at the beginning of our adventure. Our next dish was the artichoke, cooked pretty well, but not to our exacting standards of tenderness and succulence. The artichoke was very small and cost more than we would have expected for the portion size. It was served with a delicious garlic aioli, an almost flavorless butter sauce with no substance, and a very acidic raspberry vinaigrette that was very tart and almost obscured the entire flavor of the artichoke. We ordered the salmon entree and the "house-made pumpkin squash ravioli".

Our server was very nice and efficient but the entrees were not exactly wonderful. The ravioli was served cold and was so bland and flavorless we sent it back. The pasta shell was overcooked, the filling was not fresh and tasted like it had been made days before and frozen, and the flavors were entirely lacking. The surrounding sauce was hardly noticeable - less than worthwhile for the price. The salmon, unfortunately, may have been better than the pasta initially, but was undercooked in the middle portion and bordered on sashimi. It was obviously farm-raised, and though it was seasoned slightly better than the pasta, it was barely cooked. The accompanying cranberry rice medley went poorly with the savory chili spice that adorned the fish. A green, almost spinach or kale textured vegetable resided between the salmon and sweet rice mixture and tasted very tart - almost like underseasoned collard greens. Overall, the combination was not satisfying and left much to be desired. Because we had heard such great things about the cafe, we were severely disappointed - to the point of indigestion.

The cafe may offer delicious artichokes to those who are not as culinarily inclined to the truly succulent and delightful flavors the vegetable has to offer - but to the attuned palate, the appetizer is one to be avoided - especially as it was also served cold. The pumpkin ravioli is not seasoned well and arrives in a very small portion with very little substance and flavor. The salmon was undercooked, had an odd pairing of spices and accompaniments and resulted in a very long evening of regret and disappointment.

All told, I would not return to the Artichoke Cafe again, but can understand that the hearty meat entrees they had to offer may have been preferable to our selections. For a vegetarian couple, definitely give this a miss.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2008

Stu is dreamy, but not as dreamy as Doug at the anodyne

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“Great food, great service. Gotta love the Artichoke hearts...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2008

Great food, great service. Gotta love the Artichoke hearts...

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“A great classy place without the prices. I only wish that they menu changed a bit more. For the three years I've...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2008

A great classy place without the prices. I only wish that they menu changed a bit more. For the three years I've eaten there, the special seems to always be the same thing.....a place to be seen and see.....

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