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 2016.

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 that it is a great place for a special

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

Buca di Beppo
6520 Americas Parkway NE
(505) 872-2822
Buca di Beppo will be open on Christmas Eve, 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.

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.

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.

Elaine's
3503 Central NE
(505) 433-4782
Elaine's in Nob Hill is an upscale restaurant that features American fare.

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.

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." 

Melting Pot
2201 Uptown Loop Rd. #1A
(505) 843-6358
The Melting Pot features fondue in a variety of flavors, to include dessert.

Prairie Star
288 Prairie Star Road, Santa Ana Pueblo
(505) 867-3327
The romantic views of the Sandias and the charming adobe atmosphere make this an especially romantic place for dinner. Christmas eve dinner is from 4 to 7:30 p.m., $49 per person. Entrees include port braised osso buco, seared sea scallops, and NY striploin. 

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 and a great family atmosphere.

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.

Sandiago's
40 Tramway NE
(505) 856-6692
The restaurant offers spectacular views onto the city, and New Mexican cuisine.

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 an abbreviated menu with specials, and a prix fixe menu.
When: 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Scalo
3500 Central SE
(505) 255-8781
Scalo's Northern Italian Grill in Nob Hill has bistro fare with white linen tablecloths.

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. Reservation slots begin as early as 4:30 p.m. Reservations are essential.

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: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Trombino's
5415 Academy NE
(505) 821-5974
Trombino's features fine Italian dining in a classic atmosphere. The housemade pastas have made this a local favorite.

Vernon's Speakeasy
6855 4th NW
(505) 341-0831
Vernon's in Los Ranchos offers a romantic, underground spot where steaks and seafood are king. The place has a speakeasy vibe and has cozy seating.

Vintage 423
8000 Paseo del Norte NE
(505) 821- 1918
Vintage features steaks, green chile chicken alfredo, fish, veal, lamb and other American dishes. The emphasis is on fresh, local foods.

Zinc
3009 Central NE
(505) 254-9462
Zinc features fine dining in Nob Hill. Zinc will serve their regular dinner menu options on Christmas Eve, as well as holiday specials. Join them from 5 to 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 duck conift tamales, salads, soups, and entrees that include roasted game hen, surf and turf, and veal chop. Desserts include buche de noel and tres leches. 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. There will be an omelette station, chef's specialties, a carving station with turkey and ham, a risotto station, chilled seafood, a cheese display and more. Reservations are required. $59 per person.
When: 11 a.m. to 6:30 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 rib eye, prime rib, filet mignon, New York strip, surf and turf, grilled salmon and more. Cost for the holiday menu by the item.

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,breakfast and dinner items, and plenty of holiday desserts. $25.95 adults, $21.95 seniors, $13.95 kids.
When: 10:30 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 Day buffet is $19.99 with a Rewards card, open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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. There will be an omelette station, a carving station with turkey and ham, a cheese display, risotto station, and chef's specialties.
When: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for brunch

Thur Shan at Sandia Resort
30 Rainbow Road NE
(505) 798-3700
The special Christmas buffet includes a carving station with prime rib, stuffed pork loin and whole roasted suckling pig. Holiday favorites include breast of turkey with gravy, roasted mahi mahi and house smoked barbeque pork ribs. Desserts include a chocolate fountain, soft serve ice cream and an assortment of holiday desserts. $26.95, $14.95 for children ages 5 - 11.
When: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m