Where to Eat in Albuquerque NM You’ll Love 2024

UPDATED December 19, 2023–Looking for where to eat in Albuquerque, NM? I love the food in Albuquerque! Here are places to eat in Albuquerque that I’ve tried and tasted. When friends ask where to go eat in Albuquerque, this is the insider scoop that I give them. Now you have my exclusive foodie picks, too!

El Pinto Restaurant and Cantina

El Pinto Restaurant and Cantina is a New Mexico experience that lets you rub elbows with locals in an enchanting hacienda setting. Grandma’s recipes deliver authentic tastes of New Mexico: green and red chile sauces, salsas and more. Of all the places to eat in Albuquerque, don’t miss El Pinto, maker of  lauded salsas distributed across the nation. $-$$

Campo at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

Campo at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm is like walking into a New Mexican home-style magazine. The rustic farm venue compliments food crafted from seasonal ingredients, harvested onsite plus provisions sourced from local farmers. Food & Wine magazine recommends where to eat in Albuquerque NM by naming Campo best breakfast in the state.  V, GR $

Pueblo Harvest

Pueblo Harvest at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is where to go eat in Albuquerque when you want to get true tastes of local Native culture. Chefs use regional ingredients that date to pre-contact times when foraged foods were essential sources of nutrition. Pueblo-inspired game dishes. Go for amaranth and corn fritters served with fermented black beans.

D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro

D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro in Old Town Albuquerque presents quality American food in a fun, wine-tasting room atmosphere. After 6 generations in the winery business, this family knows how to make you feel at home by dishing up epicurean-style food and pouring noble New Mexican wines. This is where to eat in Albuquerque for families and couples. V-GF $-$$ 

Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque

Flameco dancer on stage silhouetted by two people at table with wine glasses. Where to Eat in Albuquerque, NM? This is a must

Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque – When looking for where to eat in Albuquerque NM, you might overlook Tablao Flamenco, but rest assured that you can make a meal out of their authentic Seville-style tapas, Marcona almonds or fine imported charcuterie. My Camino friends will love  Tortilla Española. I’ll try the Sherry Fig Sangria next time I visit. GF $$$

LVL|5 Restaurant & Lounge

Level 5 Restaurant & Lounge at Hotel Chaco. Chef MQ builds his menu around a core of native Puebloan ingredients. See Julie Diebolt Price’s report below.  Recommended: Buffalo Short Rib Hash and rooftop lounge as an outstanding place to eat in Albuquerque. In-room dining available. V, G-F $$$$

MÁS Tapas y Vino

Rustic wooden table

MÁS Tapas y Vino at the Hotel Andaluz is where to eat in Albuquerque if you are looking for authentic Spanish tapas and a hip wine bar. Gambas con chorizo and Iberian Black Pig Secreto brought back the tastes of Spain for me. Our server was el mejor.  V-GF $$

The Grove Café & Market

The Grove Café & Market Ask any hipster local where to go eat in Albuquerque, and they’ll mention The Grove in “EDO,” east downtown. They line up for breakfast and lunch, and you will too once you try the deliciousness found there. V, GF $$-$$$

LVL 5 at Hotel Chaco

man in navy chef jacket and woman in pants stand together at Albuquerque restaurant on rooftop overlooking mountains in background
Chef Marc Quiñones and travel writer and photographer Julie Diebolt Price on LVL5 rooftop lounge

Continued from above as reported by Julie Diebolt Price.

How Chaco Canyon Influences LVL 5 at Hotel Chaco in Albuquerque

The dramatic architecture for which Chaco Canyon in northwest New Mexico is famous was recreated at Hotel Chaco in Albuquerque. Every detail of this hotel tells the story of Chaco Canyon while blending modern aesthetics and ancient Chacoan inspirations.

LVL 5 at Hotel Chaco

The top floor at Hotel Chaco provides stunning views of the plateau and surrounding mountains from the rooftop and picture windows inside LVL 5 restaurant.

LVL 5 earned the name because the ancient ruins at Chaco Canyon have five levels. “They took the real true idea and brought it to the modern era,” said Executive Chef Marc Quiñones.

Executive Chef Marc Quiñones

A long-time resident of Albuquerque, an accomplished chef, and mentor to his team, Chef MQ believes that New Mexican cuisine is the last true authentic cuisine.

During the Chocoan age, the Puebloan people preserved wild game. “We do those things here–buffalo, elk and chimichurri. Cooking the food of our ancestors done in a contemporary format. The thought process is true and honest.”

Sunday Brunch Samples

I sampled the carne adovada eggs Benedict, buffalo short rib hash, pork and beans and apple pastry with caramel sauce. All dishes were creatively designed and presented by Chef MQ.

Julie Diebolt Price is an award-winning professional photographer, educator, author and travel writer. Julie educates and mentors aspiring photographers. As a journalist who loves to travel, she creates memorable experiences and shares them with words and pictures. www.PhotoTravelWrite.com

More places to eat in Albuquerque

Check out Along Comes Mary’s Gluten-free Guide to Albuquerque

Find more places to eat in Albuquerque at VISIT ALBUQUERQUE

With so many incredible restaurant experiences in Albuquerque, please don’t tell me you stopped at CHILI’s on the way through town. That’s sacrilege!

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As is common in the travel industry, UNSTOPPABLE Stacey was provided with accommodations, meals, and other compensation for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the Arizona travel writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

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