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Review of Artichoke Cafe

Artichoke Cafe
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Ranked #21 of 1,828 Restaurants in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, 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.
Reviewed December 26, 2012

I'm torn between average and good overall, but a few things brought it down, the food was good but nothing great - i've had much better burgers in a bar - but my sweetie enjoyed her crepe. service was s.l.o.w.... and the place had lots of open seats for lunch. the tables were too close, in my opinion. i could reach over and touch my neighbor's plate. i had what was suppose to be a "gourmet" burger but it was barely warm when it arrived - and the lettuce was wilted, even slightly slimy, add a dry tough bun. taken together, it suggests that someone put it in a microwave to heat it up and melt the cheese. the waitress stopped by about two minutes after she served and never returned, even thou we were out of water. and another strange thing happened - when i paid in cash, she brought back the bills but not the coins - maybe they round up??? ok, i admit i'm spoiled as i often dine in portland, where this place would rate a "2"... as it's in ABQ, we'll give it a "3".

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Had a Christmas dinner party with a group of business friends at this place and was very favorably impressed with the quality of the food, the presentation and the excellent service.
Our small group was in a back room, away from the main dining area, and we ordered from a limited fixed price menu arranged for the occasion. Prices seemed on the high side-especially for Albuquerque- but it seemed that the value was there to justify the cost.

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Reviewed November 26, 2012

In the end, the Artichoke Cafe is about the food. I took a client to dinner here my first time in New Mexico. The service was outstanding. Just the right amount of attention. I started with the salad special, a fresh greens number with dried cherries, red onions and pears. A perfect light start. For an entree, I stayed on the light side with their prosciutto wrapped scallops. Amazing flavor combo! My guest had the lamb. It looked and smelled amazing.

This left enough for their dessert tasting menu. A great item to share and keep the coversation flowing. You won't be disappointed.

The atmosphere is contemporary with a number of different rooms, nooks and crannies. I liked it. The space allowed for easy conversation.

Artichoke Cafe is not inexpensive. Dinner for two was about $150 with a tip but it's worth it.

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Thank Brian L
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

We visit Albuquerque fairly often and this is our first go to dining spot. With fresh ingredients, and innovative style it ranks high on our list for any town. The meals are consistent and the wait staff friendly and professional. The veal piccata, my favorite, is tender and seasoned perfectly with a balance of lemon, capers, and sauce. We like to find places where locals go and not just tourists and this fits that requirement..

Thank Toni B
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Our party of 8 was taken through a fairly noisy area to back room where we the only group. One of us was hard of hearing so it was perfect for us all to hear each other. The food was great, the service was great.

Thank Jean A
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