Historic High Noon in Old Town Albuquerque
Located just two blocks from our hotel, Hotel Chaco, is the legendary Historic High Noon Restaurant & Saloon. Built in 1785 this building is one of the original structures in historic Old Town. The building has gone through numerous owners and businesses including a popular brothel and a gambling casino at one time. Just the name alone conjures up thoughts of cowboys walking through saloon doors ready to shoot it out. This old adobe shows its age in many areas including the entry and in some of the woodwork, but that’s part of its charm.
The foyer and Santo Room are part of the original structure. The Santo Room reflects the Spanish heritage of New Mexico. The Gallery Room shows the Angol influence in New Mexico with its costumed figures from the Gay Nineties. And the Kiva Room embraces the Indian heritage with Hopi kachinas, Navajo rugs and Acoma pottery.
As you enter the building be sure to check out the wooden phone booth. It’s not as old as the building, but it has some history!
Now I was told by Albuquerque Tourism that I should eat here because they have the absolute best steaks in town. I was a bit skeptical as my experience with historical restaurants in tourist areas don’t usually have really good food. But it was worth a try. Even if the food wasn’t good the building was worth the visit. But my hopes were slowly going up when I found out High Noon has been a steakhouse for over 40 years. They have had plenty of time to hone their steak cooking skills.
Known for their certified Angus steaks, wild game and seafood all cooked with a southwestern flair, as well as hand-shaken Margaritas, I was pretty sure what I would be ordering.
First it was Margarita time with the High Noon Margarita, a concoction of Jose Cuervo, triple Sec, fresh cucumber, lime juice and simple syrup in a glass dressed with chili salt. Add some line & cucumber slices for a pretty awesome looking and tasting cocktail.
To go with that margarita, the table ordered the Tres Amigos; roasted salsa, guacamole & queso for a starter.
Entrees were the Bison Burger on a brioche bun, hand-cut shoestring fries and a pickle slice. It was moist, tender and yummy.
Then there was the High Noon 14 oz Rib-Eye with some wonderful cheddar whipped potatoes and charred asparagus all with a drizzle of red chile jus.
The 8 oz High Noon Tenderloin which was brown sugar cured and served over two enchiladas stuffed with wild mushrooms, mashed potatoes and truffle oil all in a red wine demi glaze was the bomb. All the steaks were fork tender and so juicy and full of flavor, we are still raving about them.
And yes, there was dessert!
First was the Spanish flan with lots of caramel and toasted pine nuts on top for a New Mexico flair. Who doesn’t love a good flan. I know I love it!
The Dulce de Leche Cheesecake was also a winner on the sweet tray. I was told this is an award-winner so it stays on the menu all the time. I’m not sure how they make this magic happen, but it is delicious.
High Noon also has an extensive wine list as well as a full bar for those signature margaritas.
I am no longer skeptical about this restaurant. When you visit Albuquerque, you have to go there. It now comes highly recommended this local San Antonio influencer & restaurant reviewer and Albuquerque Tourism! This is truly new food from the old west, but without the gunslingers.
Location: 425 San Felipe St. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mon – Sat 11am – 9pm
Sun 12 – 9pm
For more information about places to eat and things to see and do go to www.visitalbuquerque.org.