66 Diner

Albuquerque, New Mexico

New MexicoDining

Craving that classic diner experience while road tripping Route 66? This Albuquerque restaurant has it all: vintage design, neon lights, memorabilia, photos ops, an exemplary menu, and some of the best milkshakes on The Mother Road. Pull over for lunch or dinner and step into the 1950s at 66 Diner in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

66 Diner is located on Route 66 Albuquerque, New Mexico. The restaurant is housed in a converted old-school gas station that features authentic art-deco style architecture lined with neon lights.

Inside you’ll feel like you stepped right into the 1950s, with vinyl turquoise booths, jukeboxes, boomerang formica countertops, and memorabilia and murals at every turn. While you’re dining be sure to look up and to see one of the world’s largest collections of PEZ dispensers that is proudly displayed throughout the space.

The menu features all the diner classics you would expect at a classic Route 66 diner: chicken fried steak, meatloaf, liver and onions, hamburgers, and hot and cold sandwiches. They also serve a few New Mexican favorites, like Huevos Rancheros, breakfast burritos, and their signature Pile Up (a pile of pan fried potatoes, chopped bacon, chopped green chile, two eggs any style, and cheddar cheese topped with red or green chile sauce).

Don’t leave without ordering one of 66 Diner’s famous milkshakes. Voted “Albuquerque’s Best Milkshakes” by readers of Albuquerque The Magazine, these thick and abundant shakes are properly made at their authentic soda fountain. There are plenty of standard flavors to choose from, like Vanilla, Chocolate, and Strawberry, but you’ll probably want to try one of their Deluxe Shakes. These have fun flavor combinations like Dreamsicle, Mud Pie, Chocolate Covered Banana, and Turtle. They also have two specialties: The Elvis (Peanut Butter and Banana) and the 66 Diner Pink Cadillac milkshake. That one has strawberry ice cream mixed with crushed Oreos.

Before or after your meal be sure to stop for photos outside with the wall of signs in the 66 Diner parking lot. The collage features an assortment of vintage advertising signs for businesses like Phillips 66, Coca-Cola, Quaker Oats, GM, and Pennzoil and road signs like Bump, One Way, and Dead End.

Last modified: April 21, 2024
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66 Diner in Albuquerque, New Mexico

66 Diner

5 based on 1 reviews

1405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

11am-9pm (Sunday-Thursday), 11am-10pm (Friday-Saturday)


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(505) 247-1421

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66 Diner in Albuquerque, New Mexico
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66 Diner in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the 66 Diner in Albuquerque, New Mexico, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Save room for dessert! The milkshakes and sundaes are just as good as the burgers and fries.
  • Look up! 66 Diner is home to one of the world’s largest collections of PEZ dispensers. They are proudly displayed in rows across the ceiling.
  • This Route 66 restaurant can get crowded, plan to wait or go at off hours. Seating is available at tables, booths, and a counter bar.

Where to Stay Near 66 Diner in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these Albuquerque hotels near Route 66.

El Vado Motel

El Vado Motel opened in 1937 and was one of the first Route 66 hotels in New Mexico. The hotel has been fully renovated and features historic character and charm combined with modern comforts and amenities. After dinner at 66 Diner, relax by the pool or grab a beer at the on-site tap room.

The Monterey Motel

The Monterey Motel has been attracting Route 66 travelers since 1946. The motel emits a vintage vibe while offering a modern touch . A stay here promises you’ll “go straight from the road to relaxation.”

Enhance your visit to Albuquerque with a tour! Whether you love walking tours, museums, or family-friendly adventures (like a hot air balloon ride), there are plenty of options for everyone.

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Reviews & Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

1 Review of 66 Diner in Albuquerque, New Mexico

  1. I LOVE this diner! Not only does it have a quirky design and decor, but the food was so good! I got a fried chicken salad (I needed some vegetables after all) and OF COURSE had to get one of their famous milkshakes. I got the 66 Diner Pink Cadillac milkshake with strawberry ice cream and crushed Oreos. Can’t wait to go back to try more. Be sure to look up to admire the impressive PEZ dispenser collection!


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