About Artichoke Cafe

424 Central SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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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.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(505) 243-0200

Website:
http://www.artichokecafe.com/

Executive Chef:
Richard Winters

Private Party Contact:
Susan Cianciabella: 5052430200

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

good food, service

Dined 4 days ago

the food was very yummy and we had a wonderful server! I highly recommend for dinner.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

casual fine dining

Dined 5 days ago

We are vegetarians and were happy to find several interesting options on the menu. The quality was excellent, the service non-intrusive, and the couscous lime custard was fabulous.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food1
ambience1
service3
value1

Stay away vegetarians.

Dined 5 days ago

Not good for vegetarians. Food was unimaginative. Tempura veggies was bread laden, salty and soggy. The dipping sauce was too heavy and salty. The ravioli so we're too rich with cheese and the sauce was overly concentrated and laden with salt.

food3
ambience4
service3
value3

The staff was cordial but could have mad ...

Dined 5 days ago

The staff was cordial but could have made more of an attempt to be friendly. This was probably the biggest complain I have of the restaurant.

food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Very good lunch. we would return here. S ...

vip
Dined 6 days ago

Very good lunch. we would return here. Service was good also.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Service

Dined on April 24, 2016

We were in too much of a hurry to enjoy our food, which was a shame, because it was excellent. We will go back again when we can sit and enjoy it. Service was excellent, though, as we got our food quickly thanks to the server, and were able to still make it to Popejoy for the show.

food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Reliable

Dined on April 24, 2016

I am never disappointed when I dine here, especially when I am with a friend that has never eaten here. They are never disappointed either. We had crab cakes and fish of the day. Fresh and delicious.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

Excellent food, excellent service

Dined on April 23, 2016

When traveling through Albuquerque again, which we frequently do, we will definitely eat here again! Our server was especially good - perfect balance between attentive but not obtrusive.

Tags: special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Very good – great find in Albuquerque

Dined on April 23, 2016

This is a bit of a trendy place – with a good wine list and very good food. One of the appetizers we started with included a roasted head of garlic. Different and very nice. Our entrees included rack of lamb and tenderloin. Both were cooked to perfection. The side with the beef was a garlic mashed dish, but the star of the meal was the side to the lamb. It was a layered dish of potatoes, eggplant and squash. Delicious. Good wine list and very reasonably priced. Kudos to the service. Joshua was our server – attentive and prompt. Also a note of appreciation to Anna who was bussing tables and helping in a hundred different ways. Good team work and our experience was very good.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

My girlfriend and I had an amazing exper ...

Dined on April 22, 2016

My girlfriend and I had an amazing experience dining at Artichoke. Visiting a city is always fraught with unknowns, but the service at Artichoke made us feel warm and welcome. I had the port chop, which was perfectly glazed outside and pink inside. My girlfriend had the trout special, a perfect combination of well-seasoned/prepared fish and an authentic tomatillo sauce. Not only was the food great, but Carter, our server, was a rare treat. He was friendly, helpful with suggestions, and...funny! We had a wonderful time chatting with him throughout our meal. Thanks Artichoke for a great time, see you next time around.

food3
ambience2
service3
value2

Mediocre food, poor value

vip
Dined on April 21, 2016

This review applies of course only to the food we consumed. The Caesar salad was nicely dressed, and fortunately came with the requisite anchovies. However, the presentation was very unattractive. It could have been greatly improved had the lettuce leaves been served whole, rather than presented as small pieces. Moreover, many of these small pieces appeared to have been cut or chopped with a knife, rather than torn, as would have been more appropriate. Second, the cheese should have been shaved, not ground over the salad. The main course of steak frites offered a decent size piece of meat. Unfortunately it was at best choice, certainly not prime. The French fries which accompanied it suffered by comparison with those available at any McDonald's. i

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

This place was perfect. Staff was kind a ...

Dined on April 21, 2016

This place was perfect. Staff was kind and considerate of my daughter who is 3. Food was to die for. The salad, the onion soup, the trout and the dessert were all delightful. The moscato was also perfect and delicious.

Tags: kid-friendly, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Always good food. Good service. Not che ...

Dined on April 17, 2016

Always good food. Good service. Not cheap, but worth the money. Highly recommend.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Always nicely done

vip
Dined on April 13, 2016

I brought some business colleagues here for dinner knowing all would go well. And, it did. I was pleased with the duck Asian inspired preparation and my vegetarian friends found great entrees as well. We all caved into the ice cream!! Fabulous all around.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food1
ambience4
service4
value1

Food took a nose dive

Dined on April 7, 2016

Have been a regular patron at the Artichoke for years. There has always been some variability. But this was a real low point. The menu was out of season with lots of heavy, calorie dense offerings during a warm spring month. My vegetarian dish was very poorly executed. Couldn't taste the vegetables for all of the salt and soy. First time I have not finished a meal at the Artichoke ever. My wife's was fine, but quite heavy pasta that was a bit undercooked. Service and ambience were very good. But I was really disappointed in the food. Cocktails were excellent. We did not have dessert as the menu was not terribly inspiring.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

we deserve a nice dinner

Dined on April 3, 2016

My work has been stressful lately and my wife has had to absorb some of that so I wanted to bring her out for a special dinner. We had a wonderful dining experience the waiter was knowledgeable the pace was comfortable the food was outstanding and the ambience just right. As I write this I realize I'm ready to bring my wife back pronto.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience2
service2
value3

The Artichoke is a favorite restaurant of mine

Dined on March 31, 2016

We usually go earlier, However our reservations we for 7PM. The restaurant was LOUD and not a great experience. Also the service was not what I usually experience at the Artichoke . We had to ask twice for bread, my drink was not as I had requested. And the wait was LONG for our food, too long. At the end of the meal, I had to go find the waiter to pay our bill. Yes I will go again, the food is good. If I have another experience like the one we had last Wednesday, I will take the Artichoke off my list of favorite resturants.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Leslie from AL

Dined on March 29, 2016

Found this delightful cafe during our visit to Albuquerque for a college visit. We all enjoyed ourselves! We will return when we are back in the area!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Pork chop had to be sent back to the kit ...

vip
Dined on March 27, 2016

Pork chop had to be sent back to the kitchen twice since it was not cooked properly the first and second time.

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Excellent Lunch

Dined on March 25, 2016

Delicious. Met there for lunch and it was perfect. Intimate enough to comfortably talk and enjoy a terrific lunch. I had the Salad Nicoise which included artichoke hearts!! Tasty bread basket. The waiter was terrific - the perfect combination of attentive when he needed to be but left us alone to enjoy our lunch. Would highly recommend!

Tags: great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Relaxing Dinner

Dined on March 25, 2016

A birthday dinner that was not only enjoyable but relaxing. The service was very good but not intrusive. We ordered beef tenderloin and it was better than expected. Wine pairing was appropriate with the food selection. The dessert was a strawberry-rubarb pie which was unusual and tasty.

Tags: special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Lovely dinner!

Dined on March 24, 2016

Soup salad and appetizers were amazing! I found the lamb to be a little off on the fatty side, but otherwise everything else was perfect .

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Nice Place

Dined on March 21, 2016

All the food was excellent expect for the teamed artichoke, which was overcooked and tasteless. Sort of Ironic!!

food5
ambience5
service5

Perfect place for dinner after a hectic ...

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

Perfect place for dinner after a hectic week with no time to talk.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best Eatery in ABQ

Dined on March 18, 2016

Have been enjoying the delicious food and wonderful service at this fine Central Ave restaurant for years--as well as its companion, Farina (unique pizza and salads, plus other specialties, located just across the street). I'm proud to take friends from all over the country here; the most discriminating find the Artichoke as perfectly-pitched as any of the nation's top spots. Beef is always remarkably prepared; the fish sparklingly fresh. This time I had one of the best chicken dishes I have ever sampled . . . the delicate balances of flavors, freshness, portion size, and nutritional value compete winningly with any of my favorite dishes found in the Bay Area or East Coast. And again the service! Everyone from the hospitable, hands-on owner, to the superior chefs, servers of all kinds, including the bread-and-butter staff, make the dining experience exceptional. (NB: This "A+" is based solely upon the wish that the Artichoke remain forever . . . I'm a fan without any other motives or connections.) Thanks to everyone for making all our visits such a pleasure.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Always a great experience

Dined on March 16, 2016

Fresh and delicious. Menu is not complicated but there are selections for all palettes.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

A delicious meal!

Dined on March 16, 2016

I was in ABQ for a meeting and asked a local colleague for his recommendations. The Artichoke Cafe was on his list and a short walk from my hotel. The food was delicious (I had the ravioli as well as the pear salad, plus the strawberry-rhubarb tart for dessert) and service outstanding. I knocked one star off the "Value" rating because the prices seemed a bit higher than I thought was appropriate (given the high quality of the food and service).

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Can't go wrong with a meal at Artichoke- ...

Dined on March 15, 2016

Can't go wrong with a meal at Artichoke--decent wine list--nice to have free off-street pkg across the street

food5
ambience3
service5
value4

Ate in the bar

Dined on March 11, 2016

We got there early on a Friday night and so ate in the bar. It was great at first but got noisier and noisier at the after work crowd came in. Food and service were excellent. But next time, we'll move to the dining area after drinks.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

My 1st time dining @ Artichoke Cafe, awesome

Dined on March 9, 2016

The waiter Chris was superb, the food was beautiful to look at and the combination of flavors was awesome. I plan on going back my next trip to Albuquerque, the whole experience made trip to NM beyond my expectations.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Vaughn's praise, check 44,Table40 - 3/5/16

Dined on March 6, 2016

Five star special parking and employee. You took a tumble on the appetizers . The cheese plate and calamari were poor in quality and quantity. Our five star server, JOSHUA, T, picked the perfect wine for us - would like its name. Artichoke #1 on our return list.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Artichoke Café is consistently first cla ...

Dined on March 2, 2016

Artichoke Café is consistently first class dining! Everyone makes you feel special and the food is wonderful! One of my favorites lunch spots in the 505!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Artichoke Cafe ABQ

vip
Dined on February 28, 2016

Everything was excellent, only thing was the sound levels got very high occasionally but that would not prevent us from going back. This was better than most of the high end dining establishments. We will definitely try to get there when in ABQ. Only concern was parking.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Outstanding Service

vip
Dined on February 26, 2016

Awesome porkchop with a fantastic bottle of red. Always partake in Artichoke when visiting ABQ!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Competent and friendly service

Dined on February 25, 2016

Serving staff excellent. Tomato soup tasted like you were visiting Tuscany, Italy.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Great find !

Dined on February 25, 2016

One of the finest menus and food we have found anywhere. The rack of lamb and duck breast were both to die for.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

Pleasant surprise!

Dined on February 22, 2016

Last minute reservations, new town,not sure what to expect. Surprising wine list; we love good wine, but decided to try the New Mexico wines. The semillion was light but pleasant. The Gruet Pinot Noir was very good! Artichoke lover that I am, had to try the fried artichokes. It was more like a salad, but excellent. So was the baked garlic and goat cheese. Both the duck breast and prime rib were done to perfection. We will be back in June!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
food2
ambience2
service3
value2

Fair

Dined on February 16, 2016

Food was very average. Low flavor. Not the best, not horrible. Expectations may have been too high. No music, no vibe, just in/out. Dessert menu average, Menu average, not a great selection. I was somewhat dissapointed. I have had way better food, for less. I think the wine list is good.

Tags: notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5
value3

Best Wine List in Albuquerque

vip
Dined on February 16, 2016

This is our go-to place if we want a good wine. No young "restaurant" wines here. Instead there are pages and pages of great selections. You can't really choose poorly. The food is good as well although we really go for the wine and the service. Sam took great care of us this time and he is just so friendly and times everything perfectly.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4

Great lunch spot! French onion soup was ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

Great lunch spot! French onion soup was delish, the crepe was wonderful & the chicken sandwich was perfect. We will be back again! The service was a little off at first, but once I flagged down a waiter everything was fine!

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