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Artichoke Cafe
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Ranked #23 of 1,791 Restaurants in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, 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 October 16, 2013

Funky little place downtown, totally unexpected. The food was bistro...sandwiches, interesting entrees and good service. I ordered the Chicken BLT, which had avocado and a zippy sriracha mayo. Fellow companions had the lamb and steak, both were enjoyed. I would return the next time I'm in town.

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Reviewed October 16, 2013

The restaurant was very pleasant and the food was good, although we did find it expensive it was a very enjoyable meal.

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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Okay. I have been trying to find fine dining in ABQ. This was a delightful dining experience. Thanks to other Trip advisors for their advice. We started with the ahi tarter and seasonal soup with chicken and curry. Delicious. Then French onion soup was a bit too salty but okay for some. Next was the pan seared pork chop...tender and juicy. Also had the hanger stew with frites. Oh sooo good. I'm not a big fry person but the frites were worth it, coupled with a Vine Nobile from Montepulciano this was a very reasonably priced meal from a fine dining perspective. They had a good wine selection with a prosecco starter. All in all, this was my best meal in Albuquerque. Denise, you were an excellent server and very engaging and interested in making this a memorable dining experience. Thanks to Jessie the wine expert of the house who directed us well. I will be back.

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Thank drjohnrx
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Sometimes everything just comes together and that happened for us on our last night in New Mexico at the Artichoke Cafe. Since we had an early plane, we were seated early and so it was quite quiet until just as we were leaving. Noise could be a factor for some. The wait staff was exceptional, accommodating our wish for course by course service and splitting our salad and appetizers when asked. Our meals were the best we had on the trip, and we ate at some of the best restaurants in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Just wish it were closer to home!

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Thank Charlene B
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

We had heard of the Artichoke Cafe for a few years and finally made it for dinner while visiting Albuquerque. Upscale "big city" ambiance inside but with a casual local vibe that removes any pretentiousness.

We both had caeser salad which was hearts of romaine leaves with well executed caeser dressing. Our entrees were: 1) pan-fried chicken which I would rate BEST ever, flavorful, succulent; and 2) lamb, also rated "excellent" by my companion.

With a glass of wine, a beer, and no dessert, the bill before tip was $84. Not bad for a special occasion dinner. It was certainly on par with restaurants of that caliber in "big cities." If the dinner had been less than excellent, I would have complained. But this will be a great place to return on occasion. However, there are several other local eateries in ABQ that we prefer for convenience, menu and price.

The neighborhood is walking distance to some hotels downtown, but I would venture to guess that most people drive.

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Thank frgjms2040
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