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Christmas Dining in Albuquerque

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The holidays can be busy, and finding the time to cook can be difficult. Christmas dining in Albuquerque offers a few options for celebrating with family and friends.

Prices do not include tax and gratuity. Information is kept as up to date as possible.

Updated for 2013.

Christmas Eve
Consider going to eat prior to walking through Old Town on Christmas Eve, where the luminarias are on display. There are several restaurants in walking distance of the seasonal delight. Be sure to make reservations since this is a busy night.

Artichoke Cafe
424 Central SE
(505) 243-0200
The Artichoke Cafe gets voted a top city restaurant so often, it's almost a given.

Bien Shur at Sandia Resort
30 Rainbow Road NE
(505) 798-3700
Bien Shur offers elegant rooftop dining with amazing views. Reservations are essential.

Church Street Cafe
2111 Church St NW (in Old Town)
(505) 247-8522
A favorite with tourists and locals alike, find New Mexican food and house specialties. Reserve early, as they book up quickly.
When: Open until 9 p.m.

Coolwater
2010 Wyoming NE
(505) 332-2665
The fusion restaurant offers a variety of plates, from comfort food to specialties. Coolwater's Blue Corn Chicken made the top ten list for best dishes for Albuquerque 2011 in Local Flavor magazine. Call ahead for reservations, or book online.

Corn Maiden at Tamaya Resort
1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo
(505) 771-6060
 The Corn Maiden has fire roasted cuisine in an elegant atmosphere.

Council Room at Sandia Resort
30 Rainbow Road NE
(505) 798-3700
The Council Room at Sandia Resort offers a buffet of appetizers, soups, salads and entrees.

Elephant Bar
2240 Louisiana NE
(505) 884-2355
The restaurant offers fusion foods from Europe, Asia and America. Find it in the Uptown Center.

El Pinto
El Pinto offers a charming atmosphere in the north valley. Along with its New Mexican fare, the restaurant has eliminated all trans fats in its cooking. Open until 8 p.m.

Flying Star Cafes
The Flying Star cafes are located across town. They will be open Christmas eve, but only until 6 p.m.

Forque at Hyatt
330 Tijeras NW
(505) 842-1234
Open: Breakfast 6:30-11am, Lunch 11am-2pm.
Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Forque is offering a three course seasonal dinner available on Christmas Eve.

Hacienda del Rio
302 San Felipe NW
(505) 243-3131
Located off the Old Town Plaza, the restaurant offers burgers, steaks, chicken, and traditional New Mexican plates. 

High Noon Saloon Restaurant
425 San Felipe Rd NW, in Old Town
(505) 765-1455
The High Noon has a loyal following, and specializes in hand cut steaks, wild game and New Mexican foods. Their Christmas Eve dinner requires advance reservations.

La Crêpe Michel
400 San Felipe NW in Old Town
(505) 242-1251
La Crepe Michel offers French bistro food, beer and wine and a warm atmosphere make this a local favorite. Open 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; reservations a must, and spaces fill up fast.

La Placita
206 San Felipe Street NW
(505) 247-2204
Have a taste of New Mexico and warm up before or after walking through Old Town, taking in the luminarias. The restaurant is located off Old Town Plaza.

Le Cafe Miche
228 Gold SW
(505) 314-1111
Chef Claus offers a Christmas eve dinner that begins with French onion soup or shrimp cocktail, followed by Gravad Laks or smoked duck breast salad maison. Entree choices are Danish Christmas duck just like grandmother made, stuffed with prunes and apples, or salmon stuffed with crab or New York strip or Chateau Briand. Dessert is Buche de Noel. $42 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Little Anita's
2105 Mountain NW
(505) 242-3102
Little Anita's offers New Mexican dishes in a folk art atmosphere, steps away from Old Town.

Marcello's Chophouse
2201 Q St. Suite B, Uptown Center
(505) 837-CHOP (2467)
Two words sum up this local restaurant: great food. The Chophouse gets high marks from anyone who has ever eaten there. Shrimp, steaks, chops, with the emphasis on chops and steaks.

Mas Tapas y Vino at Hotel Andaluz
125 2nd Street NW
(505) 923-9080
Deck the halls with dinner on Christmas Eve at Mas Tapas, which features Chef James Campbell Caruso, who has been nominated five times for the James Beard award for "Best Chef of the Southwest." The five course meal features warm duck breast and truffle salt rubbed beef tenderloin. A limited Mas menu will also be available. 

Quesadilla Grill
328 San Felipe St. NW, Poco a Poco Patio
(505) 242-2921
Tucked away in the Poco a Poco patio, the grill specializes in quesadillas.

Route 66 Casino
West of Albuquerque on I-40 at Laguna Pueblo
(505)352-7866
Christmas eve in Buffet 66 offers a variety of buffets such as southwestern Mediterranean, Pacific Rim and more. Thunder Road will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Johnny Rockets will also be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas eve.

Santa Ana Cafe at Tamaya Resort
1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo
(505) 771-6060
The cafe's regular dinner will be accented with seasonal specialties.

Savoy
10601 Montgomery Blvd. NE
(505) 294-9463
Savoy features classic American fare, and an extensive wine list. Savoy will have its a la carte menu as well as a prix fixe dinner, with or without wine pairings. 
When: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Seasons
2031 Mountain Road NW
(505) 766-5100
With its close location to Old Town, Seasons is a convenient place to dine before or after a luminaria tour. On Christmas Eve, the restaurant offers a three-course prix fixe menu. Dining times for the holiday meal are 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. Reservations are essential.
When: 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Seasons Christmas Eve dinner is SOLD OUT.

Thur Shan at Sandia Resort
30 Rainbow Road NE
(505) 798-3700
Thur Shan has a buffet with a wide variety of regional and international favorites that include Mexican, Italian and American cuisine. 
When: 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

 

Christmas Day
Find restaurants open in Albuquerque on Christmas Day, from hotels and casinos to larger chains. Some offer early afternoon buffets, others dinner, and some offer both.

Bien Shur at Sandia Resort
30 Rainbow Road NE
(505) 798-3700
Bien Shur's holiday dinner menu features French onion soup, salad with wild boar bacon, entree choices of lobster Newburg, sous vide antelope loin, steak Diane and guinea hen. Dessert will be eggnog tres leches cake. An a la carte menu is also available. Bien Shur offers elegant rooftop dining with amazing views. Reservations are essential.
When: 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Buca di Beppo
6520 Americas Parkway NE
(505) 872-2822
Buca di Beppo will be open on Christmas Day, with its usual menu of Italian specialties. They also offer Buca to go. Reservations can be made online.
When: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Corn Maiden at Tamaya Resort
1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo
(505) 771-6060
The café offers brunch for Christmas. The buffet brunch will feature holiday favorites and inspired specialties from the award winning chefs.
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch

Council Room at Sandia Resort
30 Rainbow Road NE
(505) 798-3700
The regular a la carte menu will be available, along with a holiday feast menu that includes a three course meal. Start with a salad or posole, and choose an entree of roasted turkey, ham, duck or veal. Dessert is chocolate soup or Mexican capirotada. Cost for the holiday menu is $29 per person.
When: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Forque at Hyatt
330 Tijeras NW
(505) 842-1234
Dinner: 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Forque is offering a three course seasonal dinner available on Christmas Day dinner.

Isleta Casino and Resort
11000 Broadway SE
1-877-475-3827
The Isleta Resort's Bow Tie Cafe offers a buffet on Christmas day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy ham, chicken, sides and holiday favorites.

Mas Tapas y Vino at Hotel Andaluz
125 2nd Street NW
(505) 923-9080
Deck the halls with brunch on Christmas day at the Mas Tapas, which features Chef James Campbell Caruso, nominated five times for the James Beard award for "Best Chef of the Southwest." The brunch features turkey, prime rib, salmon and other choices with sides, salads, cheeses and desserts. Brunch is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

MCM Elegante
2020 Menaul NE
(505) 884-2511
The Christmas Day brunch buffet features traditional foods as well as southwestern favorites. With a salad bar, soups, turkey with giblet gravy, prime rib, ham with pineapple, red chile cheese enchiladas, turkey stuffing, green beans, dinner rolls, and plenty of holiday desserts. $22.95 adults, $19.95 seniors, $12.95 kids 5-12, children under 5 eat free. Seating begins at 10:30 a.m.
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rancher's Club of New Mexico
1901 University NE at the Crowne Plaza Hotel
(505) 998-6410
The Rancher's Club has earned its reputation as a fine dining experience. Call ahead for reservations for Christmas dinner, which includes the regular menu and some Christmas specials.

Route 66 Casino
West of Albuquerque on I-40 at Laguna Pueblo
(505 )352-7866
Celebrate Christmas Day in Buffet 66 with brunch or dinner. The Christmas seafood buffet is $16.99 with a Rewards card, $18.99 without. Thunder Road will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Johnny Rockets will also be open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Christmas day.

Santa Ana Café at Tamaya Resort
1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo
(505) 771-6060
The café offers brunch for Christmas. The buffet brunch will feature holiday favorites and inspired specialties from the award winning chefs.
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch

Thur Shan at Sandia Resort
30 Rainbow Road NE
(505) 798-3700
The special Christmas buffet features a carving station with ham or prime rib, and from the smoker there will be sliced brisket, smoked chicken, smoked ribs, or pulled pork. Regional favorites include turkey and gravy, pork loin, or grilled salmon. Green chile chicken enchiladas, carne asada and carne adovada will also be choices. Other stations include an Asian station with crispy duck and teriyaki chicken, an Italian station with pizza, lasagna, stuffed crab shells and salmon trio. There is also a dessert station, and special food for the kids. $25.95, $12.95 for children under 12.
When: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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