#1 Best Albuquerque Restaurants in urbanspoon.com (2012) and tripadvisor (2013). We received 11 “bests” including best food and best service.
#2 Gayot: Cosmo Tapas Restaurant Review : Sun-drenched colors, exotic cocktails and, sometimes, live jazz set the backdrop for this Nob Hill standout from the Mexican pack. Spanish and South American influences predominate, marked by ingredients little known stateside, such as cabecero Iberico (cured pork top loin), Chilean merken (a type of red pepper) and Peruvian lucuma fruit. The resulting nibbles range from classics like tortilla española or paella to creations like cachaça-marinated calamari, coconut shrimp with piña colada dip, and even a “Spanish burger” topped with jamón Serrano, manchego cheese and piquillo peppers. Among our must-tries are beef empanadas studded with chopped egg, raisins and olives, and rossejat de fideus, a Catalonian specialty featuring pan-fried noodles with chicken, chorizo and garlic aïoli — preceded by white gazpacho with grapes and followed by hot, glistening churros accompanied by hazelnut-chocolate sauce. Granted, we’d return more often if the selection changed regularly as well, but we’re glad we can rely on the joys of imbibing a glass of cava on the adobe-walled patio
#3-Trip advisor review January 5, 2013 Review title-“NOT-SO HIDDEN GEM” : After three straight New Mexican meals, we were ready for a bit of a change of pace, and something a little lighter. Cosmo Tapas certainly filled the bill. Even though it’s located just a few blocks east of the busy Nob Hill area on Central Avenue, it has the feel of being off the beaten path. It proved to be a real gem. Although there are full entrees available, we opted for several of the tapas plates. Some have a bit of an Asian influence, but we stuck with more traditional options. The lanza de carne with chimichuri sauce was delicious, as was the grilled artichoke. The bowl of sauteed mushrooms with wine and garlic was a tremendously generous portion for a mere $6. Overall, the amount of food, coupled with the quality was a great value. We also enjoyed a nice bottle of Spanish garnacha for a mere $24. The dining room is pleasant enough, and we did enjoy warming ourselves by the fireplace while live music from the bar area wafted in. The service was excellent – always available but never overbearing. We left warm, full and very satisfied. Cosmo comes highly recommended!
#4 Trip advisor review December 11, 2012. Review title- “Regular stop for locals” : We usually go to Cosmo every month or so. The tapas are fantastic and the house margaritas are some of the best in town. The wine list is also great. The owner always greets us. We like to sit in the bar and enjoy the live music they usually have. “Fabulous food, service and atmosphere!!!”
#5 Trip advisor review December 11, 2012. Review title- “Fabulous food, service, and atmosphere”: I had no idea that Albuquerque had such a delightful eating establishment, the food and service top notch. Owner’s are a delightful couple that make you feel right at home! Now my favorite place to eat and take friends to.
#6 Trip advisor review November 5, 2012. Review title-“Great Food! Check out the Flamenco Show” We love this restaurant because of the great choices for tapas, an expansive wine selection, and live shows that put you front and center to enjoy it. My favorite tapas would be the grilled asparagus wrapped with steak. Service is well paced so you can enjoy one or two tapas and relax before deciding what/whether you want to order next. We loved the flamenco show which is normally held the last Saturday night of the month. After enjoying several tapas, the show was about to start and our view was somewhat obstructed by the table of eight next to us. The owner Guillermo reseated us directly in front of the stage so as to better see the show. He is very interested in his patrons having a great experience in his restaurant.
#7 Urban Spoon review Jan 03, 2013. I met some friends here on a Friday evening in the lounge side of the restaurant and must say it surpassed my expectations by a mile! I was thinking, ok TAPAS…… small plates, small portions, high prices, right? WRONG! Ok the plates CAN be smaller and thus the portions …… but oh the selection and diversity of dishes make this trade off well worth while! The 3 of us spent about $145 which included 3 drinks per person and we left stuffed! I loved the asparagus wrapped in steak and the vegetarian mushrooms and coconut shrimp were to die for! The added treat was a guitar duo that could be the long lost cousins of Carlos Santana. My friends and I all agreed we will definitely return.
Local iQ | Global warmth | By Neal Anderson Thursday, 03 December 2009 CosmoTapas shares an international wealth of gourmet morsels and chic drinks with low-key elegance On a mission to find a delicious, international adventure close to home and feel like sharing the adventure with a few like-minded friends? Then drive to east Nob Hill, turn at the circular neon sign of CosmoTapas (formerly home to Martini Grille), step inside and experience some of the city’s most internationally diverse food, hospitable service and an upscale,...read more