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Restaurants in Albuquerque Nob Hill

Albuquerque Restaurants

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Albuquerque's Nob Hill restaurants run from casual to upscale, and local to continental. Here are a few from which to choose.

  • Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria
    2929 Monte Vista Blvd. NE
    554-1967
    Amore dishes up pizza that's a traditional staple in Naples, Italy, where the owners met. The style is healthier and the wood firing doesn't hurt, not one bit.
  • B2B Bistronomy
    3118 Central SE
    262-2222
    B2B stands for beers to burgers, and they serve both in a fresh, direct manner that keeps patrons coming back for more. Burgers are house made and grilled over an open flame. Beer is on tap, with most local craft brews. Wine and cocktails are also available, along with meatless burgers.
  • Elaine's
    3503 Central NE
    433-4782
    Elaine's uses locally sourced ingredients to bring a fresh approach to food. The upscale restaurant has a different slant on duck confit, lamb chops, salmon, tenderloin and bass. White linen tablecloths set the stage for a beautiful evening.
  • Fan Tang
    3523 Central NE
    266-3566
    Fan Tang features Sichuan Chinese food in a relaxed atmosphere. The owner also runs Chow's Asian Bistro on the westside. 
  • Flying Star
    3416 Central SE
    255-6633
    Flying Star has grown to eight locations from this original spot. The family-run restaurant has the best soups in town, good sandwiches and enough baked goods to make deciding a conundrum. My son swears by their eclairs.
  • Gecko's Bar and Tacos
    3500 Central SE
    262-1848
    Gecko's is a neighborhood gastro pub and is a favorite with Lobo and Isotope fans before and after the game. The patio is a great place to hang out and relax. The pub grub includes sandwiches, soups and salads. Try the Gecko.

  • Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza
    3403 Central NE
    266-7855
    Il Vicino pizzas have that crisp crust and even texture that can only be found in a wood oven pizza. The salads come large and fresh, and there are calzones, pastas, soups or sandwiches for those who aren't in the mood for pizza. But Il Vicino is also known for its delicious in house brews, which not surprisingly complement the fare. The service is always excellent and the pace is brisk even if there's a wait.
  • Loving Vegan
    3409 Central NE
    890-1555
    Loving Vegan is the second vegan restaurant to open in Nob Hill, after Thai Vegan. It specializes in sushi and Asian dishes. Try the Bento Boxes.

  • Monte Vista Fire Station
    3201 Central NE
    255-2424
    Long before Nob Hill became a dining destination, the Monte Vista Fire Station opened for Nob Hill visitors. Find sandwiches and entrees that include baby back ribs, fish and chips and fajitas. Its rooftop bar is a huge draw.
  • Model Pharmacy
    3636 Monte Vista NE
    255-8686
    Model Pharmacy is a bit off Central, but well worth finding. They're open for breakfast and lunch and have a wonderful old time pharmacy counter where you can order a banana split or lime rickey. 
  • Nob Hill Bar and Grill
    3128 Central SE
    266-4455
    The restaurant's owner spent years impressing locals with his other restaurant, Ambrosia. Sadly, Ambrosia is gone, but that's only because it morphed into Nob Hill Bar and Grill. Try their reinvented comfort food.
  • Nosh
    116 Amherst SE
    919-8022
    The small restaurant on the corner of Silver and Amherst packs a big wallop. With traditional Jewish dishes the mainstay of their menu, expect to find chopped liver, bagels and lox, matzoh ball soup and the like. Open for breakfast and lunch. You won't find any green chile here.
  • Orchid Thai
    4300 Central SE
    265-4047
    Orchid Thai is open for lunch and dinner, featuring combination plates, curries, fish, and more.
  • Ragin Shrimp
    3624 Central SE
    254-1544
    Ragin' Shrimp is famous for its jumbo shrimp and spicy sauces. Dishes have Cajun flavor as well as Jamaican and Indian sauces. 
  • Route 66 Malt Shop
    3800 Central SE
    242-7866
    Route 66 Malt Shop has decor that will take you back to the heyday of Central Avenue, which was once known as Route 66. Find gourmet burgers, fries, hot dogs, deli sandwiches and southwestern fare. The soda fountain has malts, shakes, sundaes, root beer floats, and more.
  • Scalo’s Northern Italian Grill
    3500 Central SE
    255-8781
    Over twenty years ago, Scalo's moved into the neighborhood and Albuquerque has been a little happier ever since. An award-winning restaurant with organic specialties and an extensive array of wines, its northern Italian dishes are a treat for the eye as well as the tongue.
  • Shade Tree Custom Cycles & Cafe
    3407 Central NE
    200-0777
    Shade Tree offers many local brews on tap, breakfast, lunch and dinner, all in a restaurant with motorcycle decor. There's also a motorcycle repair shop in the back.
  • Slice Parlor
    3410 Central SE
    232-2808
    Slice Parlor offers pizza by the pie or by the slice. There is beer on tap, some of which is locally brewed. Good for lunch or dinner.
  • Street Food Asia
    3422 Central SE
    260-0088
    Street Food Asia gathers together the many flavors of Asia in a variety of dishes. Small plates are a specialty, letting you taste the flavors of Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, Japan and China in small bites.
  • Thai Vegan
    3804 Central SE
    200-2290
    Thai Vegan specializes in creating Thai dishes with vegan "meats." You'll find the usual Thai curries, stir fries and noodle soups, only healthier.
  • Yanni's
    3109 Central NE
    266-4455
    The bright white walls splashed with cobalt blue take you right to Greece, but the food makes you want to stay. My husband swears the seafood dishes at Yanni's are better than any other Albuquerque restaurant. There are the usual Greek dishes, from lentil soup to Spanokapita, but all of it is delicious. For lunch and dinner.
  • Zacateca's Tacos + Tequila
    3423 Central NE
    255-8226
    It might be easy to brush off a "taco bar" as just an ordinary place. Zacateca's is anything but. It was a semi-finalist for best new restaurant by the James Beard Foundation in 2013. Chef Mark Kiffin mixes a cultural blend of foods and recipes. Soft tacos have fresh, organic ingredients and a Margarita bar with tequilas and beer from Mexico.
  • Zinc Wine Bar and Bistro
    3009 Central NE
    245-9462
    Zinc has won raves for its food since opening, and has a loyal clientele. The bistro is upstairs and has comfortable, posh furnishings that invite you to linger. The wine cellar downstairs has an extensive list of wines. Try the cheese plate and the seared scallops. For lunch or dinner. Live music Sundays through Thursdays.

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