Maria Teresa's

This restaurant is known as one of Albuquerque's most haunted locations. With that in mind, we visited in the hopes of running into a spook or two! Understand, we're not serious ghostbusters or anything. If we happen to run into a spirit, as we have at other places, then it's a bonus. If not, then we still enjoy exploring the old houses and their beautiful antiques!
Maria Teresa restaurant is located just north of the Old Town at 614 Rio Grande NW. In fact, if you find the statue of the horse and rider at the corner of Rio Grande and Mountain Road then look north on Rio Grande, you'll see this view of the restaurant a short block up. Although it's an elegant place, we went in and shorts and tee shirts and felt right at home.
Originally, it was a twelve-room hacienda enclosing a central patio. It faced south toward the Old Town Plaza and San Felipe de Neri church, which at the time was at the time was the heart and soul of Albuquerque. Although the structure has changed slightly over the years, for the most part you can see it much as it was originally built. To enter the building today, you walk under the shelter of the old porch. It's a one hundred-sixty year old house, and you really get a sense of that out here.
There's a beautiful fountain in the courtyard, and weather permitting, this would be a great place to enjoy a meal. Unless, like us, you're hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the older inhabitants of the place - one of the spirits that haunt this restaurant.
You really get a feel for the place when you walk into the lobby. While you're waiting to be seated, take a moment to look at the photos, antiques, mirrors and such. If you're looking for the ghosts at the place, don't be shy about asking your host for the best table for viewing the latest phenomenon. We found them extremely friendly and excited to talk about the ghosts.
This room is right off of the bar, and it is a small, intimate alcove. It's filled with artwork and mirrors, and one of the things to understand is that many of the reported sightings are in the mirrors of the restaurant. Not to mention that the fireplace makes the room very cozy, if you happen to visit during the cooler months.
This room, just to the west of the bar, is called the Wine Press. It is one of the later additions to the house, but that doesn't render it immune from the supernatural. It seemed peaceful enough when we visited, though, with sunlight streaming in through the windows. Be sure to check out the etched glass in this room!
This is one of the most haunted rooms in the restaurant, according to the person that we talked to. The waitstaff often catch glimpes of figures in antique garb in the mirrors, and sometimes they even appear at the tables with the patrons. One of the most frequent manifestations is as follows: before locking up, the tables have to be set up for the next day's business - the staff often return the next morning to find the silverware piled in the center of the tables!
When everyone is gone and only a few people remain in the restaurant, this piano in the Armijo room is sometimes heard playing. It may be a tune, or just a few notes. The only thing certain is that no one will be sitting at the bench. This usually happens only in the wee hours, though, and is not likely to be witnessed when the crowds are there.
The bartender at Maria Teresa's told us several stories about this painting, which bore the name "Dona Jususita Salazar de Baca". In person, the eyes are piercing and the old woman is genuinely beautiful. Apparently one of the waiters was making fun of her looks, though, and from that point on he was constantly tripping every time he walked in front of the portrait. He dropped trays, fell down, and finally walked out one night in the middle of his shift. Whether this woman haunts the restaurant, or the ghosts just like her picture, we'll never know. We complimented her to no end, though, just in case.