Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the cultural hub of the American Southwest. With both architecture and geography unique to the region, Albuquerque is a feast for the eyes. There’s also a lot to do, burgeoning nightlife, museums to visit, and top-notch cuisine to eat.
Sometimes, when traveling, you need great food recommendations and places with private rooms. If you’re visiting for work, you may want a private space to entertain your team while being able to talk business. Maybe you’re making special dining plans for a birthday, family reunion, or other meaningful events.
Albuquerque does not disappoint. There are amazing places to eat where you can also book a private room. I’m going to cover a broad range of the best food and ambiance you can find in Albuquerque’s dining scene. Check out my list of the best private dining rooms in Albuquerque below!
Best Private Dining Restaurants in Albuquerque
- Artichoke Cafe
- High Noon Restaurant & Saloon
- El Pinto Restaurant
- Farm & Table
- Ruth’s Chris Steak House
- Seasons 52
- Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant
- Savoy Bar & Grill
- Seasons Rotisserie & Grill
- St. James Tearoom
- Antiquity Restaurant
424 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Artichoke Cafe is conveniently located near the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology in downtown Albuquerque. Here, you’ll find exquisite American dishes in a modern atmosphere. There’s modern art on the walls, and the space is clean and simple. This upscale bistro is known for its great food and excellent service.
Artichoke has two private dining room options. One room can seat 20 guests, the other up to 40. As for food, there are no wrong choices—you will be wowed, as will your guests. You should definitely try the steamed artichoke starter (after all, it’s the namesake menu item), and the beef tenderloin with a side of Yukon mash was mouth-watering. They also have an extensive wine list, and the server will help you with pairings.
High Noon Restaurant & Saloon
425 San Felipe St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Located in the heart of Old Town, this long-running steakhouse has typical Southwestern flair. Come for the meat, stay for the style, come back for new seasonal fare. The traditional pueblo-style space is decorated in a classy vibe that doesn’t feel stuffy. Fun drinks like oversized margaritas give the whole place a fun feel, but the food is serious.
The 8oz High Noon Tenderloin is a rightful favorite, but there are so many savory things on the menu. The blue corn enchiladas were also outstanding. The classic New Mexican dishes are all prepped by expert meat chefs, and there are rotating specials, so you never know what you’ll need to try. For large parties, there are also some vegetarian items so no one will be left out. The semi-private dining room is surrounded by High Noon’s “old and majestic” building.
El Pinto Restaurant
10500 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
El Pinto sits just off the Rip Grande near Balloon Fiesta park, so it’s the perfect place to go after attending the balloon event! The place is one of the more beautiful restaurants you’ll see. It’s located in an old Hacienda and surrounded by greenery, fountains, and well-groomed patios for outdoor dining. The traditional wood and tile indoors have been expertly maintained and decorated.
You can book anything from a small family dinner to a large wedding-sized event taking over all or part of the restaurant. Whatever your private dining needs are, they’ll be met here.
They have special menus for corporate buffets or other events, as well as holiday party options. Make sure you get to try either the enchiladas or stuffed sopapillas—they’re customer favorites for a reason. Don’t forget to ask for recommendations from the extensive tequila bar.
Farm & Table
8917 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
Located amid the wineries of Alameda Farm & Table offers excellent upscale New American cuisine. Farm & Table serves up delicious American cuisine locally sourced from nearby farmers, ranchers, and food artisans. Head and award-winning chef Steve Riley takes what’s available and prepares memorable and delectable dishes. You’ll enjoy your food in the intimate dining room or their beautiful patio.
The location is beautiful, so any private event will be impressive here. Even the simplest dishes are beautifully presented and fantastic. The simple roast chicken I ordered was bursting with bacon and maple flavors. Save room for dessert; the peach entremet was a treat. The menu is seasonal, so whatever I recommend may not be there, but the staff that prepared my excellent meal will be. It’s not a dining experience you’ll want to miss.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
6640 Indian School Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Ruth’s Chris is located just down the road from the highly-rated National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. Plan a day out by visiting the museum and then have dinner reservations ready at the “Best Steakhouse in Albuquerque.” If you love steak, this upscale, elegant, and expensive steakhouse is a must-try.
They have private dining options for any kind of gathering, social, corporate, and lunchtime meetings. One room is even set up very much like a conference room with a television at the head of the table.
Obviously, you need to try steak while you’re here—any steak. Buttery and perfectly cooked to your specifications, there is no wrong choice. They also have seafood—a seasonal special is their steak & shrimp and surf n’ turf, so you don’t have to choose. Pair with any of their handcrafted cocktails or wine from their extensive list.
6600 Menaul Blvd Pad 2, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Seasons 52 is a large dining room located in uptown Albuquerque near Quigley Park. This is a fancy and modern restaurant. The food is all beautifully presented and delicious. Seasons 52 has semi and completely private dining for up to 80 guests. You’ll get to pick or create a menu and work with their sommelier.
If this is a family event, please note that they do have a kids menu and plenty of kid-friendly options from the larger menu. The wood-grilled boneless rainbow trout was a refreshing (not too heavy) and tasty dish. The lobster flatbread appears to be a fan-favorite too. Make sure you go with people who will share because you’ll want to try everything.
Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant
6520 Americas Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Though it’s a chain restaurant, Buca di Beppo gives off the homey vibe of a local red-sauce joint. It’s very fun and kitschy. It’s conveniently located uptown near other corporate event spaces and hotels.
It’s great for a family gathering as adults will love the taste and quality of proper Italian food, and kids won’t say no to pizza or pasta. They also have salmon and chicken dishes if you’re not interested in the carb-heavy options.
The shrimp fra Diavolo is exceptionally tasty (with the right amount of spice), and the brussels sprouts & prosciutto side is perfect to pair with all the pasta. Note the portions are family-style; you can select small or large sizes (that serve three to five people). They offer free event consultation to help you book your private dining experience.
Savoy Bar & Grill
10601 Montgomery Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111
In the Eldorado Heights neighborhood just outside Cibola National Forest, you’ll find Savoy Bar & Grill. Reward yourself (and your group) after a day of hiking through a national park with a fantastic dinner. This venue was (according to their site) “inspired by California wine country” and has beautiful indoor and outdoor patio dining options.
They locally source their ingredients, so everything is always fresh and new. Their private dining rooms can fit up to 45 people, so come here to plan a small, exquisite event.
The extremely fresh oysters were to die for, and the cauliflower soup was a surprisingly tasty starter. The house-aged Pitman Farms duck breast is worth treating yourself to. Make sure not to neglect the wine list.
Seasons Rotisserie & Grill
2031 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Seasons Rotisserie & Grill is conveniently located just a short walk from the Albuquerque Museum. The interior is sleek and modern, and the second-level balcony has some lovely neighborhood views. They often have live music, usually jazz. All of this makes for a perfect event space.
Seasons has four options for private events, ranging from small to almost the whole restaurant. They also have their rooftop available if you’re looking for something outdoors.
The food at Seasons is fantastic; it’s a lot of simple dishes extremely well-prepared. Like others on this list, they favor locally sourced ingredients. The party menus have both buffet and sit-down plated options. Try to select one that includes their great rotisserie pork loin if you can.
St. James Tearoom
320 Osuna Rd NE # D, Albuquerque, NM 87107
St. James Tearoom is located in Northeast Valley near other upscale lounges and wineries. Here you can have a traditional English tea service either indoors surrounded by kitschy old-fashioned tea sets or outdoors on the lush patios.
The menus change somewhat frequently, and they have special menus for special events. For example, there is a “Christmas Carol” menu in December.
You can expect a selection of imaginative and savory finger sandwiches, delectable baked goods, and all with a beautiful pot of flavorful tea. English afternoon tea is a very specific and fun experience. If you’re looking for something special, booking a private event at St. James Tearoom will be a great afternoon.
112 Romero St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Located in Plaza Vieja, Antiquity Restaurant is a romantic and upscale steakhouse. The vintage brick and wood interior is beautiful and simple, making it a great location for a special event. Antiquity is extremely popular and well-known for its fresh seafood and charcoal-grilled meats.
You don’t want to miss either their meat or seafood so go for surf n’ turf or share. The Spiced Shrimp, sautéed with beer, spices, cream, and New Mexican red chile, is too good to consider anything else for seafood. As for meat, everything in there smells fantastic, but I had Tenderloin Au Poivre, which is sautéed with brandy, green peppercorn, and mushroom cream sauce. Book your event here for outstanding food in a perfect location.
There are so many great places in the city to book a private event. Whatever kind of space you’re looking for or food you like, you’re sure to find something to make your night special.
Need more food recommendations while you’re in the area? Check out our favorite restaurants in Albuquerque.
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