Owl Cafe

Albuquerque, New Mexico

New MexicoDiningRoadside Attraction

Owl Cafe in Albuquerque, New Mexico is best recognized for its owl-shaped building. At the corner of Eubank and Lomas Boulevards you’ll find a striking orange-tinted southwestern stucco building with a giant owl head protruding from the ceiling. If you drive by at night, you’ll see the animal’s eyes glowing in neon lights.

But this Albuquerque roadside attraction is more than just a roadside attraction. The giant owl-shaped building is home to a retro diner that serves some of the best food on The Mother Road. Inside the restaurant feels like you stepped right into a classic 1950s diner, with more neon lights, chrome barstools, and mini jukeboxes at the tables. The menu features all the classic diner fare you’d expect with an extra New Mexican twist.

You’ll find an array of options from fried pickles to chicken fried steak to “owlchiladas” to burritos to taco salad to omelets. And each entree comes with a complimentary sampling of beans with green chiles to start you off. And don’t leave without trying one of their award-winning milkshakes, you can even take it to go!

Of course, there’s also the burger menu, anchored by the classic “Owl” green chile cheeseburger: a fresh-ground hand-patted burger topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mayonnaise, and spicy green chile.

It’s a burger that was on the map before this location ever existed.

The Owl Burger originated at the original Owl Cafe, which opened in 1949 in San Antonio New Mexico. The green chile cheeseburger became so popular that they expanded to this new location in 1986. While the owl-topped restaurant is now a well-known landmark in Albuquerque and on Route 66, it didn’t open until a year after the road was decommissioned. But that doesn’t make this restaurant any less classic

Last modified: April 21, 2024
Attraction Type: , , ,

Owl Cafe in Albuquerque, New Mexico Route 66 DIner

Owl Cafe

4 based on 1 reviews

800 Eubank Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123

7:00am - 8:00pm (Sunday - Thursday)
7:00am - 9:00pm (Friday - Saturday)


Phone Number:
(505) 291-4900

Get Directions

Disclaimer: This page may contain affiliate links from which we make a commission from your purchases. Please review our full Terms and Conditions for more information. Note that any pricing, operating hours, or other such information provided may have changed since initial publication.

Photos of Owl Cafe in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Owl Cafe in Albuquerque, New Mexico Route 66 DIner
Owl Cafe in Albuquerque, New Mexico Route 66 DIner
Green Chile Patty Melt at Owl Cafe in Albuquerque, New Mexico Route 66 DIner
Owl Cafe in Albuquerque, New Mexico Route 66 DIner
Green Chile Patty Melt at Owl Cafe in Albuquerque, New Mexico Route 66 DIner
Owl Cafe in Albuquerque, New Mexico Route 66 DIner

Know Before You Go

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

  • Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Parking is available in the attached lot.
  • Want to take home a souvenir? The sell t-shirts magnets, postcards, and more.
  • Want a drink at the end of a long day on Route 66? Owl Cafe has a bar.

Where to Stay Near Owl Cafe

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. Enjoy your room, 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.

Attractions Near Owl Cafe on Route 66

Plan Your Route 66 Road Trip

Reviews & Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

1 Review of Owl Cafe in Albuquerque, New Mexico

  1. Loved the Owl Cafe on Route 66! I got the “Albuquerque Patty Melt” which was a patty melt with green chile. So good! I also couldn’t resist taking a chocolate milkshake to go. I’m only knocking it down a star because it is kind of pricey for a diner. But the food and giant owl were still worth stopping for!


Leave a Review of Owl Cafe in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rate and Leave a Review

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share this Post ⤵

Save to My Trip