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Romantic Albuquerque Restaurants

Albuquerque Romance

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Albuquerque has many fine restaurants, and some that make the list of being romantic. A romantic restaurant not only provides dinner, but sets the scene with a beautiful setting, starched white linen tablecloths and a perfect bottle of wine. Consider one for your next special night out.

Antiquity Restaurant

Creme brulee
Sheri L Giblin

112 Romero NW, in Old Town
Albuquerque, NM 87104
(505) 247-3545
Dinner only; call for reservations.
It has been called the most romantic restaurant in Albuquerque, and it might be, for some say every time they go, they see someone getting engaged. For 50 years, Antiquity has served memorable meals, such as Chateaubriand for two, carved table side. Start with the escargot or pan seared crab cakes, and end with a cream brulee, all complemented by an extensive wine list. Enjoy a lingering evening in the charming adobe dining room. Reservations are recommended. Parking is on the street or lot, with parking validation.

Blades Bistro

221 Highway 165 Suite L
Placitas, NM 87043
(505) 771-0695
Dinner Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 5 p.m. - 9p.m., Friday - Saturday, 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
A small neighborhood restaurant in Placitas, Blades serves locals and many who make the trek from Albuquerque. Foods change seasonally, with an emphasis on fresh and local fare. Food is a mix of European and American in a bistro atmosphere.

Cafe Jean Pierre

4959 Pan American Freeway NE, Ste. A
Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 345-3241
Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dinner Tuesday - Thursday, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Friday - Saturday 5:30 - 9 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

Cafe Jean Pierre has an unobtrusive exterior, tucked away at the rear of a building along the frontage road for I-25. But stepping inside its doors is like wandering into a small French bistro, and the food is just as good as you would expect it to be in France. Fresh ingredients, rich sauces and personal attention from Chef Jean Pierre make this a repeat restaurant for many. Food includes seasonal dishes, seafood, game, sweet and savory crepes and a good selection of wines. Reservations are recommended.

Chez Axel

6209 Montgomery NE
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 881-8104

Step inside Chez Axel and be transported to a small, elegant restaurant somewhere in France. The food features French classics such as duck stew, snails baked in butter, frog legs, beef bourguignon, and trout amandine. Dinner is Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

El Pinto

With an open-year-round outdoor patio and its rambling adobe rooms, this charming Albuquerque North Valley restaurant is perfect for a special evening meal. Patio dining beneath the ramada includes a candle on each table, and inside the curved adobe walls create a relaxing atmosphere. The good New Mexican food always comes with just the right amount of spice.

La Crepe Michel

Photo © Aileen O'Catherine

Tucked along an alleyway in Old Town, this Albuquerque restaurant's country French fare has brought locals back for years. Inside, the converted rooms of what was once an adobe home have just the right amount of charming atmosphere. The food ranges from duck to seafood to beef, but the crepes, whether savory or sweet, make the menu. Try a chocolate dessert crepe to top off a special romantic meal. For lunch or dinner, with an extensive wine list. Reservations recommended.

Los Pobalanos Inn

This year, the Inn offers a spectacular chance for romance. During Valentine's weekend, you can choose from three evenings and have a four-course prix fixe meal to celebrate the occasion. Call for reservations for Friday, February 12, Saturday, February 13 or Sunday, February 14. Seating is at 6 p.m. and tickets are $75 per person.

Wait, there's more. Dining will be by candlelight in the Grand Ballroom, and dinner will be prepared by executive chef Jonathan Perno, with fresh, local ingredients. Guests who arrive early can order drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the Library.

Lucia

125 2nd Street NW (inside Hotel Andaluz)
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 242-9090
Lucia is in the Hotel Andaluz downtown, THE original Hilton hotel. What was old is new again, as this recently renovated space has all the modern amenities you could ask for, as well as a great sense of style. Lucia specializes in a modern take on Mediterranean cuisine, offering seafood, pasta, beef and a variety of vegetarian options. An extensive wine list rounds out the menu. Dine indoors in the modern and elegant atmosphere, or outdoors on the patio.

Marcello's Chophouse

2201 Q Suite B
ABQ Uptown Center, Louisiana and Indian School
Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 837-CHOP (2467)
The upscale Marcello's specializes in chops--veal, pork, lamb and chicken--as well as plenty of steaks, tenderloins and bone-in specialties. You'll also find seafood, specialty starters and decadent desserts. They offer an extensive wine list.

P'tit Louis Bistro

3218 Silver SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 314-1110

The Nob Hill P'tit bistro is open for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The bistro specializes in French cuisine in a simple yet elegant setting. If you've always wanted to visit that quaint corner bistro in Paris, and you enjoy a simple menu done well, you can't go wrong. Their downtown location is open for lunch only. Reservations are a must.

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