The Artichoke Café has been Albuquerque's date-night favorite since 1989 (and old-timers remember its earlier incarnation even before that). The subdued, softly-lit restaurant keeps up with food trends without seeming faddish, and the menu is always a seasonal mix of Mediterranean-ish dishes, with the occasional more exotic flavor: five-spice roasted duck, for instance, alongside homemade pumpkin ravioli. It’s a good idea to make reservations a couple of nights ahead here, and let them know if you have something special to celebrate. Next door, the same owners run the excellent Farina Pizzeria, which does crisp-crust, creatively topped pies in a more casual, industrial space.
- Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 11:00 AM to 02:30 PM, Monday to Friday from 05:30 PM to 10:30 PM, Saturday to Sunday from 05:30 PM to 10:30 PM
- Credit Cards Accepted: visa, mastercard, amex