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“Surprisingly good food, dynamite view” 4 of 5 stars
Review of High Finance Restaurant

High Finance Restaurant
40 Tramway Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122-2018
505-243-9742
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Ranked #243 of 1,533 Restaurants in Albuquerque
Price range: $21 - $50
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Tramway Blvd.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Surprisingly good food, dynamite view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Rather than count on the spectacular view and unique location as the only food option at the top of the Sandia Crest tramway to draw customers, this restaurant and bar, with its alpine ambiance and wrap-around view, serves good, fresh food at a fair price. Other reviewers, and some of our Albuquerque friends, have been disappointed; so the quality might vary from one day to the next. But on our recent lunch visit, one member of our party raved about the Albuquerque Turkey sandwich, while the vegan in our group pronounced the grilled Portabello mushroom on focaccia perfect. Our own wedge salad, ordered large, had a rewarding crunch and a pleasing balance of bleu cheese dressing and crumbled bacon. Spinach and artichoke dip made a tasty appetizer. It was too early in the day for us to order one of the specialty drinks, but we wondered if those who did realized that alcohol would hit them harder at 10,400 feet than at sea level or even at Albuquerque's mile high. Our only complaint was with the service; it was pleasant, but our waitress did a mysterious 15-minute disappearing act.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Albuquerque, NM
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“So-So...Won't Return”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

It might sound like a great option after taking the tram to the top of Sandia Peak, but you will pay a premium price for a so-so meal and service. Count me out for a return trip...I would rather pack a lunch.

Visited May 2014
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Jacksonville, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“loved this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The food is wonderful, the setting is dreamlike, the service is friendly…..loved it all. A little pricey but well worh it. During an unexpected storm, 10,000 feet up, everyone came into the restaurant. We were able to get tea, coffee, hot chocolate, desserts, etc. and wait out the storm. The staff was patient and friendly, even though there were people everywhere. This place is totally worth experiencing.

Visited July 2014
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Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“What a waste!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Great idea but it was awful. The Ceasar salad had an after taste and could not be eaten. The service was SLOW and not good. The manager finally stepped in and began to help out. But it was too little, too late. Too bad as this could really be something fabulous.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Las Vegas, Nevada - USA
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314 reviews 314 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 70 cities Reviews in 70 cities
476 helpful votes 476 helpful votes
“Nice Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My husband and I ate at this restaurant, located at the top of Sandia Peak, during lunch hour on a weekday. Restaurant was busy during that time, as everyone had the same idea of having lunch there.

Menu options are basic but there is enough to make a satisfactory choice. Hostess and Staff are efficient and attentive despite being busy.

Our server arrived quickly and took our drink order. Available beverages are limited. We ordered a Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Naan Bread (wonderful), Iceberg Lettuce Salad (very good), and a Stew. All items were served reasonably fast and were delicious. Wine, Beer and Alcohol (Tequila, Scotch) are also available.

There is High Finance merchandise that can be purchased and are on display near the Hostess Stand. These include hats, shirts and sweatshirts, mugs and glasses. Vending Machines are located on the bottom level of the restaurant (drinks and snacks). Both the men’s and women’s restrooms are also located in this area, however, the toilet is strangely configured and too high – it’s placed on a platform or step up. Anyone that is in a wheelchair will need to use the ADA Porta Pottie located on the patio.

Nice views are plenty in the restaurant, and many diners sit at tables near the window. Food came in a reasonable amount of time. I felt it was a nice overall experience, and would return again.

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