About El Pinto
Nestled in the ancient cottonwoods in the North Valley of Abq, El Pinto was founded with eight tables in 1962. Twin brothers John and Jim Thomas carry on the family tradition and have expanded El Pinto into the quintessential "Spot" for healthy and fresh made New Mexican cuisine. Come experience an authentic Taste of New Mexico.
Freshness is throughout El Pinto with the cuisine made from scratch each morning. El Pinto uses chile from Hatch, NM that is fire-roasted and hand-peeled, new beans from southern CO, healthy sunflower oil when making chips and frying, Celtic sea salt for seasoning, and numerous local organic ingredients when in season.
A vermiculture project on site processes food scraps creating a nutrient rich "tea." The bokashi composting project processes 600 lbs of food waste weekly. The “tea” and compost are combined with effective microorganisms for a herbicide and pesticide free fertilizer for El Pinto chile fields and organic growing.
Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm.
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm.
Alameda Blvd NW
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Ample parking available on site for individuals and tour buses.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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El Pinto Ratings and Reviews
Our food wasn't as good as it has been i ...
Our food wasn't as good as it has been in the past. I ordered the same combo plate I have in the past and when it came out, it appeared it had been sitting for a while. Plus the waiter brought both green and red sauce for my enchilada, which means there was none on it. It had been prepared without any, which wasn't anything I requested. One of my sons had stuffed sopaipillas and the top of one of his was burnt. My daughter's rice on her green chicken enchilada plate was not edible. We had to wait too long for our food, approximately thirty minutes. Probably what made this visit most unsatisfactory were the four to five kids running throughout the entire outdoor patio area where we were eating. Their parents were at the other far end of the patio and it seemed as if they sent them to play elsewhere. I stopped them when they were running behind my side of the table on one of the many times, and asked them to go play somewhere else but it accomplished nothing. I then went and asked a woman in charge of seating inside the restaurant to do something about them. She pointed directly at the kids I was referring to and asked if it was them and I said yes. She said she'd go talk to them. I don't know how the wait staff was able to do their jobs due to these kids..they should've been made to stop running around when they started not when I finally went and asked someone to address the issue. Ours was a large party of nine people, celebrating my son's college graduation, so our bill was well over $200! I don't expect to have to deal with kids running around In a restaurant like this..would've been different if it was McDonald's but I've never even had that experience there. Food was not what we've experienced in the past but didn't want to have to wait another thirty minutes for them to remake it. Will think twice before returning to el pinto again.
We were taking friends out for dinner an ...
We were taking friends out for dinner and we enjoyed El Pinto. The service was great, my friends wanted to sample the green chili and the server was sweet.The food was excellent and our server brougfht extra green chi.li for my burrito. My husband was the only one to finish his dinner, the rest of us needed carry home boxes! i want to return soon.
Waitress was absolutely awful but the fo ...
Waitress was absolutely awful but the food and atmosphere were great. Took three times to get the check right and actually sampled the bottled water off of the table next to us to "see what the fuss was all about".
So the sitting was fast and so was the s ...
So the sitting was fast and so was the service but the food was over priced and the chips tasted and felt old and the rice was nasty. The amount of food was small , actually very small for 18.99. Down to a rootbeer was over priced. For being spanish food is was not what I expected.
The ambiance was 5 star! They have a gre ...
The ambiance was 5 star! They have a great local and GMO free business view! Fresh eggs and incredible landscape make this very unique and very fantastic place to dine. The service was mediocre at best. The salsa was beyond amazing but the rest of the food was like the service. Kids food was disgusting which was the biggest disappointment to be honest certainly far from organic or GMO free. Once the server got our order right my food was tasty but had just drops of chile in it and not the HOT I asked for. Considering the hype and price it did not meet its own reputation or standards. Not sure we will go back but maybe because the atmosphere outside is that great!
It is a great restaurant but when you bo ...
It is a great restaurant but when you book through OpenTable, after you check in they cancel your reservation. It is a great way for them to save money by not paying OpenTable, and as a patron you don’t get the points. At first I thought this was a mistake. However, this has happened almost every time I book through OpenTable and go there. It’s probably a violation of their terms and conditions with OpenTable. Dominic
We are from Amarillo and always make sur ...
We are from Amarillo and always make sure we eat at El Pinto. My daughter, granddaughter and I were in Albuquerque for a girl trip last week. We had dinner at 8:00 on the patio with a live musician. The party behind us had the most beautiful dog named Neptune with them. The dogs owner was so gracious to my granddaughter and daughter. He let them pet the dog and even showed them a video of him. On the way out, we were looking at the pictures on the wall and my daughter noticed that the men in the picture with Katy Perry were 2 of the people that sat behind us and one of them was the owner of Neptune!! Needless to say, that made our evening complete!!
We have been going to El Pinto since the ...
We have been going to El Pinto since the mid 60's. When I lived in ABQ it was at least every other
week end. Now that I live in Tucson I stop at El Pinto on every trip through ABQ. My father and I knew the Twin's parents and were there when they started El Pinto. The Twins have done a remarkable job of building an outstanding restaurant.
Please keep it up, I plan to be back.
El Pinto was better than ever. I have b ...
El Pinto was better than ever. I have been going to El Pinto for years, and this last visit was probably the best. Our server, Emily, was lovely and prompt and thoughtful. We were given, as requested, a table outside that was fairly quiet (so my mother, who has hearing difficulties, was able to hear). Lovely setting. A perfect lunch for my friends, family and me. Thanks!!
The patio ambience was gorgeous with gre ...
The patio ambience was gorgeous with great music at an appropriate but energetic volume. Our server was wonderful and gracious. He even offered us bug spray which worked well to ward off mosquitoes. I had the chile con carne enchiladas and a fresh margarita which were delicious and quelled my craving New Mexican food while I was visiting my family from out of state. My dining companions also enjoyed their food very much, including one of the healthy eating options.
Lovely setting and our table was ready a ...
Lovely setting and our table was ready at our appointed time. The menu is large, although not a lot of choices for children. The food was too spicy for two of the four adults and the chili rellenos had obviously been under the warmer for awhile. The most disappointing thing about the entire meal was that sopapillas were brought to the table with the rest of the food. Needless to say, they were cold and tough by the time we were finished eating the meal. Mainly went back to this restaurant because it is a tradition. Not sure I would suggest it to others.
Attended El Pinto for my mother's birthd ...
Attended El Pinto for my mother's birthday. We had a party of 13 and we were seated outside on the patio. The weather was great, it's not loud out there, the lighting is great, and more. We all had an absolutely wonderful time and the food was all delicious! We will definitely be returning and will recommend El Pinto to others.
Went with a group and there was a delay ...
Went with a group and there was a delay getting seated. After that, however, the wait staff was terrific, the complimentary chips and salsa were quite tasty, the food was good, and margaritas by the pitcher, perfect for a hot summer day. Generally, I found the prices for Mexican entrees about $5 higher than comparable restaurants in the area. The green chili cheeseburger will never win best in New Mexico, but was acceptable. The ribs received a great review by a fellow diner.
One of the best reasons to dine at El Pinto is the setting. Set on acres of large trees, shady vines and semi tropical flowers, El Pinto is reminiscent of an old Spanish hacienda. Spacious open rooms opening to patios with large potted plants feels both romantic and authentically New Mexican.
The food was mediocre, the ambience was ...
The food was mediocre, the ambience was pretty good, service was not so good. There are several restaurants that are more appealing and I don't plan to go back to El Pinto. That is a shame because they have great potential, they are just missing the mark.
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