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“Keeps improving !” 4 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 #21 of 1,533 Restaurants in Albuquerque
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Continental
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
Merida, Mexico
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217 reviews 217 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
“Keeps improving !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We have dined here before and it just keeps getting better. The service was excellent and made us feel welcome and comfortable. It was a Friday and the parking in the area was not difficult. plenty of on street parking and the lot was not yet full (as it can be at times). We both ordered the Fish and Chips with a starter of their steamed artichoke with three dipping sauces (which we shared). The fish was perfectly prepared in a light batter and the tarter sauce with capers was great. The herb seasoned fries were a plate filling taste delight along with the slaw. We noticed the other diners around us were all enjoying their lunch as well (no complaints or issues) and all appeared to enjoy the same friendly service. Most restaurants can have off days now and then, but this was not one of them. Looking forward to a return visit.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Tampa
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109 reviews 109 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Incredible wine, beer and specialty drink selection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Midafternoon drinks and appetizers at the bar were fantastic. I had to have the namesake artichoke (who serves a whole steamed artichoke at a restaurant?) Delicious! Three accompanying sauces were perfect accompaniment.

Visited May 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Fine dining in Albuquerque”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

My wife and I were staying in Albuquerque and after a long day visiting various national monuments, thought to treat ourselves to what we hoped would be a nice dinner. Our hotel was just 4 blocks from Artichoke, and we'd seen that I it got good reviews, so made reservations for two at 7PM Wednesday. It was a good thing we did because it was packed! We were promptly seated, and the first thing I noticed was that the table for two was spacious enough to avoid crowding, a fault I often see at even good restaurants, but Artichoke doesn't short diners' space.

Ah, the food. Since we think of ourselves as foodies, we ordered more than we expected to finish, to get the total "Artichoke experience." We split a Caesar salad, which was generous and about as good as it gets, with several white anchovies (not the salty kind). Appetizers were pork belly won-ton nachos and a tuna & shrimp "ceviche." Very different: the nachos were spicy and rich with melted cheese and a pink sauce. Very filling and delicious. The ceviche was not the usual ceviche mix, but separated little mounds of cubed tuna tartare marinated in something that made it so tasty, and the shrimp were marinated in something different, and there was this great mango salsa. After appetizers and the salad, plus the great bread they keep serving, a fresh piece at a time, we were pretty full, and wound up taking most of our entrees home. I had lamb chops, which were very good, and my wife had salmon, also very good. The lamb chops came with an extraordinary white bean-feta cheese puree. The grilled salmon was a "special" with this tasty chutney and mango salsa and fried basmati rice.

We've never had better wait service than we received at Artichoke. Our water glasses were always filled; we never felt rushed. Our meal, from start to exit, was 1-1/2 hours.

With two glasses of good wine (the chef suggested a wine pairing with the salmon), and a generous tip, reflecting rhe great service, we paid ~$160. This seems like a lot, but we way over-ordered, and could easily have shaved $40 but probably still wouldn't have room for dessert, which looked good.

Any negatives? We are quiet people ourselves, and had some difficulty with conversation owing to the noise of other diners. The women's bathroom is the "one stall, lock the door kind," and my wife (and other ladies) were obliged to wait on one lady who spent 5-10 minutes, effectively denying others access.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kansas City, Missouri
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74 reviews 74 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“A nice dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Was taken here for a nice dinner while in town interviewing for a job. Food was delicious. Quiet enough to have conversation. Parking nearby on street.

Visited April 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Duck was Divine!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We arrived in town and this was the first place we chose to have dinner! Reservations are advisable, but we just arrived, and the host was very accommodating and found a table for us! The place was packed and full of locals which is always a good sign!
I ordered the duck which was fixed to perfection, crispy on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside! My fiance had the filet mignon, which was excellent meat cooked beautiful. Our waiter was attentive, though he had quite a few tables.
The couple next to us had the scallops which they said were the "Best we ever had" and that is the dish that the waiter recommended by our waiter.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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