Located along the Rio Grande Bosque, El Pinto's shaded patio draws diners from throughout New Mexico. Established in 1962, this dining gem has maintained its reputation for serving authentic New Mexican dishes. A number of tables are situated in private nooks for more private, romantic dining. Award-winning salsa precedes each meal. Generous portions of New Mexican dishes such as carne adovada, chile rellenos, enchiladas, and burritos are offered. As ultimate proof of its glowing reputation it has been visited by President Bush and Mick Jagger (separately, of course).
Weekend brunch hours at the Grove Café and Marke find it packed, and for good reason. The Grove offers a delicious selection of freshly made breakfast items, hot and cold sandwiches, and salads (try the Farmers Salad: a medley of golden beets, almonds, goat cheese, asparagus, yellow peppers and greens). Cocktails brighten up the brunch hour: sample a glass of vinho verde (Portuguese "green wine", which can be hard to find in the United States) or play it safe with a mimosa. Last but not least, The Grove also makes the absolute best cupcakes in town.
Farm & Table brings fresh farm food directly to your table. This charming restaurant mainly uses local ingredients as well as food from their on-site farm. Dine on seasonal dishes, such as garlic-encrusted pork tenderloin, mushroom & kale empanadas, and shrimp taco salad. Since the menu changes to reflect the season you'll always have new entrees to try. They also have a terrific craft beer and wine selection. On a sunny day dine outside on the patio that overlooks the restaurant's farm.
Vinaigrette is a charming restaurant that focuses salads. The menu has everything from traditional salads, like the Caesar or Greek, to signature creations, like The Beet Goes On or Cherry Tart. You can even personalize your meal by adding a topping including grilled shrimp, lemon-herb chicken breast, and grilled flack steak. Best of all, most of the ingredients are organic and come for local sources. If you're not in the mood for a salad then try one of their sandwiches or soups. Make sure you save room for dessert, with options like homemade ice cream and keylime cheesecake.
St. Clair Winery and Bistro offers a variety of experiences to choose from: an affordable lunch or dinner, a beautiful outdoor patio packed with flowering plants and an indoor bar area for drinks, a special events room, and a tasting room. Whichever the occasion, you will be served St. Clair's wines from their own New Mexico vineyard, which is located in the Mimbres Valley in the southwestern corner of the state and has been run by the same family for six generations. St. Clair also offers a novel gift idea: buy a bottle of wine and they will hand paint a design onto it appropriate to the occasion.
Modeled after California wine country establishments, Savoy has the same local owners as the prominent and well-loved Albuquerque restaurant-bars Seasons and Zinc. Savoy is comprised of a large, bright dining room, an outdoor patio, a lounge, a wine tasting room, and a private room for group events. Delicious appetizers include the Grilled Peaches & Arugula or Seared Sea Scallop salads; entrees are mostly steaks and seafood. The wine list is the establishment's key feature, and includes French, Spanish and Italian alongside the extensive selection of Californian. Come on a Tuesday for the bargain "Half Price Featured Wine Night."
Annapurna Ayurvedic Cuisine and Chai House serves healthy and delicious vegetarian Indian food and drinks, and specializes in vegan fare prepared in the Ayurvedic tradition. It was awarded "Best Vegetarian Menu" and "Best Vegan Baked Goods" by readers of the Weekly Alibi, Albuquerque's alternative weekly newspaper. Try the thali, which translates as "plate" in Hindi and effectively serves as a sampler. Served in a series of small bowls on a spinnable round tray, it is a fun way to experiment with a selection of different dishes. Keen chefs may want to inquire about the Ayurvedic cooking classes available from the restaurant's knowledgeable owner.
El Patio is so named because the majority of the seating is on an attractive tree-lined patio, ideal for people watching in Albuquerque's only pedestrian-friendly area of town. Reservations are not taken and the establishment is relatively small so to ensure an outdoor table, avoid the busiest times of day. They serve all the usual New Mexican fare, such as substantial portions of enchiladas, tacos and fajitas accompanied by sopaipillas. Should you forget that they do not accept credit cards, you can get in line for the money machine inside with the other diners who did the same.
The food offered at Il Vicino is rich and distinctively Italian. Classics such as wood-fired pizza, calzones, savory sandwiches are all modestly priced. The homemade-tasting sweets include crunchy biscotti, a flourless, silky chocolate cake and a down right decadent, chocolate-soaked cannoli. The atmosphere is busy, modern and modest with tables and chairs Al Fresco for those who want to take in the great outdoors. An in house microbrewery brews up full flavored ambers and ales.
Gecko's may not be the hottest bar and restaurant around, but its modest and casual atmosphere still makes it a hit with a younger crowd. The bar has a very warm and inviting feel to it. It specializes in a variety of wines, beers and other intoxications because of which its is frequented by the local bar mongers a lot as well. And if you're a sports freak, then this is where you can catch up on you favorite sports too, while enjoying some delectable tapas on offer. Youngsters usually come here for their daily quota of junk food as Gecko's is really famous for its burgers and sandwiches. The interiors are done very intricately with funny murals adorning the walls to retain the youthful and relaxed atmosphere of the place. Come here to enjoy a round of drinks with your friends.
Located at the intersection of Amherst Drive Southeast and Silver Avenue Southeast, Mata G is known for their variety of vegetarian and vegan meals. Their healthy eats include burritos, soups, salads and sandwiches. They also serve a selection of hot bowls that are inspired by various international cuisines like Indian, Asian, Lebanese and others. This restaurant’s spacious and light-colored interiors exude a warm and friendly vibe. They also offer packed meals which are perfect for those who want to grab a quick bite.