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.
112 Romero NW, in Old Town
Albuquerque, NM 87104
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.
221 Highway 165 Suite L
Placitas, NM 87043
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.
Albuquerque, NM 87109
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.
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.
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.
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.
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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.
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.
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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.