The Best Restaurants In Old Town, Albuquerque

Photo of Tomahawk Tindo
9 February 2017

With a long and diverse cultural history, Albuquerque, New Mexico‘s largest city, sits in the scorching desert. It is brimming with historic buildings, welcoming locals and charming, Native American traditions. Founded in 1706, Albuquerque boasts an old town with stunning Spanish architecture and majestic monuments as well as some of the best Mexican food in the area. Here’s our guide to the best restaurants in Old Town, Albuquerque.

Eclipse sunset in Albuquerque I | © Robert Adams/Flickr

Monroe’s Restaurant

Restaurant, Mexican, American, Vegetarian
Margaritas at Monroe's
Margaritas at Monroe's | © Rick A./WikiCommons
Offering some of the best New Mexican cuisine, Monroe’s is one of the most popular restaurants in the region. Today, you’ll find scrumptious dishes like the Monroe’s Famous Skillet, or chorizo and eggs on offer every morning. Later in the day customers can sample a Tortilla Cheeseburger, or try out a New Mexican platter such as the Carne Adovada option. Monroe’s also offer a fine selection of wines and Margaritas which add to the late-evening charm of this destination.

Old Town Pizza Parlor

Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian
Pizza in Old Town, Albuquerque
Pizza in Old Town, Albuquerque | ©
For a flavorsome and freshly baked oven pizza, you’ll want to venture to Old Town Pizza Parlor on Rio Grande Boulevard. This restaurant boasts a gratifying range of wines to accompany all main dishes. Old Town Pizza Parlor makes an ideal afternoon spot in which to enjoy hand-stretched pizzas made to perfection. Customers can choose from a selection of toppings like Kalamata olives, anchovies and fresh local basil, a wide and varied choice of ingredients to suit every taste. For a special dish try the tasty pizza blanca, or the hot and spicy ring of fire, if you can handle the heat.

Antiquity Restaurant

Restaurant, Steakhouse, American, Vegetarian, $$$
Fine shrimp in Old Town, Albuquerque
Fine shrimp in Old Town, Albuquerque | © Tracy Hunter/Flickr
Antiquity Restaurant is located in an 100-year-old Adobe building in the historic Old Town. The venue delights regulars and new visitors alike with its intimate and quaint setting, perfect for a romantic dinner. It also boasts a stunning selection of dishes with ingredients freshly sourced from both the surrounding region and the Pacific North West. Customers can enjoy some fresh seafood here, sumptuous shrimp or a sizzling steak. For dessert, don’t miss the rich and delicious chocolate mousse.

Backstreet Grill

Backstreet Grill is a Baja California style grill with a reputation for quality food and top-notch customer service. It serves local produce and wines and offers an appetizing menu featuring dishes such as the Backstreet burrito, baja shrimp burrito and beefy taco salad. Visitors can enjoy a sunny Old Town outing, sultry afternoon or spectacular Albuquerque sunset on the spacious and airy outdoor patio here.
Address & telephone number: 1919 Old Town Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM, USA, +1 505 842 5434

Hacienda del Rio

For a fresh taste of New Mexico accompanied by some of the best and most refreshing margaritas in the city, head to Hacienda del Rio on San Felipe Street in the Old Town. This venue offers Happy Hour specials on their highly-regarded cocktails, and boasts a wide selection of tasty food to match. Enjoy a stuffed sopapilla or blue corn enchilada, followed by a unique and creamy dessert of fried ice cream. They also bottle their own special brand of salsa, an all-natural and organic blend which is incredibly moreish. If you’re lucky, you may catch a live band performance in the evening.
Address & telephone number: 302 San Felipe St NW, Albuquerque, NM, USA, +1 505 243 3131

Church Street Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, American, Mexican, $$$
Church Street Cafe is located in an historic Casa, a charming house named the “Casa de Ruiz” near the center of the Old Town, and one of the oldest original Adobe buildings in New Mexico. The restaurant occupies a gorgeous space and features creative artwork on the walls. Inside customers will be greeted with live music as they enjoy some of the spot’s popular and delicious dishes. Top menu picks include the cheese enchiladas with red sauce, Old Town turkey and the Spanish hot chili dip.

La Crêpe Michel

Bistro, Restaurant, French, Vegetarian, European, $$$
French restaurant in Old Town, Albuquerque
French restaurant in Old Town, Albuquerque | © Alpha/Flickr
La Crêpe Michel transports customers headfirst into the center of a Parisian bistro whilst keeping their feet firmly on the ground in Old Town Albuquerque, with its delicious European food exuding the flavors and splendor of fine French cuisine. A delectable menu is on offer here, with delicacies including crêpes, pate de campagne maison, truite aux amande and much more. The setting is especially cozy, and a wide selection of wines, beer and aperitifs will add festivity to any dining occasion. Modeled in the design of a sophisticated French food spot, La Crepe Michel’s small size ensures all customers receive quality time and attention.

High Noon Restaurant and Saloon

Restaurant, Steakhouse, Mexican, American, $$$
Juicy steak in Old Town, Albuquerque
Juicy steak in Old Town, Albuquerque | © FotoosVanRobin/Flickr
High Noon Restaurant and Saloon is housed in a tastefully decorated, 250-year-old Adobe house in Old Town, with the building itself enjoying a colorful history and looking like a saloon transplanted straight out of the Old West. Renowned for fine steaks, High Noon Restaurant makes a great spot for dinner when the city slows down and the festivities move inside. The venue exudes an amiable and dynamic atmosphere, and offers a diverse selection of steaks, wild game and homemade New Mexican treats, with plenty of fine tequila to go with them.

Seasons Rotisserie & Grill

Bistro, Restaurant, American, Beer, $$$
Pasta Danielle
Pasta Danielle | © Photo Courtesy St Clair Winery & Bistro
Seasons Rotisserie & Grill is located in a newer building overlooking Old Town. One of the best places to eat in New Mexico, this rotisserie and grill boasts fine seasonal foods in an upscale setting. The restaurant has delicious dishes that include braised Colorado lamb shank, wood grilled gold canyon flank steak and Seasons’ signature rotisserie half chicken. For dessert you can enjoy selections like layered carrot cake and other seasonal foods.

St Clair Winery & Bistro

Bistro, Restaurant, French, American, Wine, Vegetarian, $$$
A truly elegant spot perfect for a memorable dinner or a group party, St. Clair Winery offers wine-tasting and fine dining seven days a week. The vintages served here are sourced from the St. Clair Vineyard located 47 miles North of Deming, New Mexico, with the grapes grown at an elevation of 4500 feet. The resulting crop produces unique selections of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, fruity moscato and zinfandel varieties, allowing this restaurant to give customers top tipples to accompany choice dishes such as country pot roast, the bistro burger and Chicken Picado.

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