Restaurants in Albuquerque
This restaurant at the Rancho de San Juan hotel presents sublime Continental cuisine (try the duck-confit timbales with crispy polenta) in an intimate, unrushed setting.
Rescued and restored in 2005 following years of neglect, the Shaffer Hotel is one of the state’s rare remaining Pueblo–Art Deco structures. Rooms are basic, with claw-foot tubs and Southwest prints.
Inside Acoma’s light-filled cultural center, Yaak’a Cafe serves hearty regional fare like elk burgers and traditional Acoma lamb stew.
A popular steakhouse.
Indigenous and global ingredients come together in preparations like buffalo carpaccio with shaved asiago, and grilled elk chop with caramelized acorn squash.
For a lofty post-balloon-ride meal, dine at the High Finance Restaurant and Tavern, which serves southwestern-spiced seafood and chops high atop Sandia Peak (reachable via the 2.7-mile-long Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway).
Adjacent to the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the homey La Fonda del Bosque serves New Mexican especiales like stuffed sopapillas (fried, honey-sweetened pastries) and beef tostadas.