eat an amazing meal at some of the best Old Town Albuquerque restaurants

Old Town Albuquerque Restaurants

Albuquerque, New Mexico, has many qualities that make it an ideal vacation destination.  A city full of opportunities for adventure, Albuquerque is known for its fascinating historic sites and exciting outdoor recreation.  One of its finest qualities, however, is its great dining. This city is filled with countless restaurants, each boasting its own tasty and unique cuisine.  You can find some truly amazing places to eat in Old Town Albuquerque, the historic district that was the origin of the city in 1706.  Discover some of the best Old Town Albuquerque restaurants to grab a bite to eat and plan your unforgettable trip to New Mexico today.  

9 of the best Old Town Albuquerque restaurants you will love

1. High Noon Restaurant and Saloon

If what you’re craving is a delicious, flavorful steak perfectly prepared, High Noon Restaurant and Saloon in Albuquerque, NM, is the right place for you.  Specializing in preparing great steaks and wild game, this place is a popular spot in Old Town Albuquerque.  Located in one of the oldest buildings in Old Town, High Noon features a spacious main dining room with southwestern furnishings, a copper-topped bar and a cozy lounge called the Santos Room. They have the best margaritas in town!

2. Seasons Rotisserie and Grill

Seasons Rotisserie and Grill combines contemporary and upscale style with creative menu options and an extensive wine list. A couple of our favorite entrees are the wood-grilled bistro steak medallions and Seasons’ signature rotisserie half chicken. The rooftop cantina includes a full-service lounge and outdoor seating, and is a popular venue for live jazz on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Arrive early for a great rooftop table with a fabulous sunset view of the mountains.

3. Restaurant Antiquity

Restaurant Antiquity offers an intimate environment that is perfect for a special event or celebration. Enjoy extraordinary steaks and seafood, accompanied by a selection from their very extensive wine cellar. Some of our favorite dishes include Scallops Jalapeno — fresh jumbo sea scallops prepared in a citrus cream sauce with tarragon, sherry and finely chopped jalapenos, and their famous Henry IV steak–a bacon wrapped filet mignon on a bed of artichoke leaves, topped with an artichoke heart and crowned with bearnaise sauce. Leave room for one of their fabulous desserts.

4. La Crepe Michel

This charming country French restaurant in Old Town Albuquerque is bound to delight your taste buds.  While La Crepe Michel specializes in crepe dishes both for entrees and desserts, it also offers other classic French cuisine, such as sole Muniere.  We particularly like the Crepe aux Epinards and the black Mediterranean mussels. Choose from dining inside their cozy cafe or outside on their lovely patio.

5. Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette in Albuquerque offers about 20 different salads, as well as mouth-watering soups and sandwiches. Visitors with food allergies or dietary restrictions have many options to choose from here. About 70 percent of the produce used at Vinaigrette is grown at the owner’s farm, and the menu features organic and locally-sourced ingredients. With its airy dining room and garden patio, Vinaigrette is very popular, so make plans to eat at this great spot today.

6. Monroe’s Restaurant

Without a doubt, Monroe’s prepares some of the best New Mexican food you’ve ever tasted!  Stop by and enjoy traditional huevos rancheros, tamales, enchiladas, or chile rellenos. Better yet, get a combination plate to try several together. Here’s a tip from the locals: if your entree comes with a sopaipilla, ask for it to be served at the end of the meal. It’s a traditional fried bread eaten with honey–best when they are fresh and hot!

7. Backstreet Grill

The extensive menu at Backstreet Grill in Albuquerque, NM, has something for everyone. Backstreet Grill has taken Mexican street tacos to a whole new level. Try the Old Town Street Tacos with barbacoa beef or the duck tacos with corn and black bean relish and mango mole sauce. Enjoy some award-winning local beers at this excellent restaurant in Old Town Albuquerque.  Don’t forget to save room for dessert!  They create a wide variety of tasty treats that include a Sweet Potato Maple Layered Cheesecake and Backstreet Baja Bread, their own take on bread pudding.

8. St. Clair Winery & Bistro

St. Clair Winery has both a great restaurant and an extensive wine-tasting room. Enjoy dishes like country pot roast braised in merlot and served with garlic mashed redskin potatoes or Chicken Marsala. Every dish on the menu is accompanied by a suggested wine pairing. You can buy a wine flight to try six different wines in their tasting room and take home one of our extraordinary New Mexico wines.

9. Amore Pizza

Amore Pizza has just opened its second location in Albuquerque, NM, very close to Old Town.  It’s a certified Neapolitan Pizzeria using many ingredients sourced from Italy. Its dough, sauce, bread and Mozzarella cheese are all fresh crafted in-house, and other ingredients are locally sourced from Albuquerque growers. Take advantage of our great weather by dining outside in the courtyard and enjoy a variety of New Mexico beers or Italian wines.

Come stay with us at the Bottger Mansion of Old Town!  

Front Yard and Patio of Bottger Mansion
front yard of the Bottger Mansion

After an unforgettable day of dining at some of the finest Old Town Albuquerque restaurants and enjoying some of the other local attractions, take some time to unwind in comfortable and convenient accommodations.  The Bottger Mansion of Old Town is a historic  bed and breakfast in Albuquerque offering lovely rooms, outstanding amenities, and friendly hospitality.  Explore the many things to do in Albuquerque or simply relax in the peace and quiet of our shady courtyard.  You will love your time in our beautiful oasis in New Mexico, so check our availability and book your stay today!

To learn more about the many things to do in Albuquerque, download our free Vacation Guide!

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