About El Pinto
Albuquerque, NM 87114
Nestled in the ancient cottonwoods, 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. Experience an authentic Taste of New Mexico.
Executive Chef, Marc Quiñones, is well known for pairing tradition with innovation at El Pinto. You may know his name from Food Network shows, Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen.
El Pinto is proud to have the first and only Animal Welfare Approved laying hen program on property. 200 hens lay pasture raised eggs for use at El Pinto.
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.
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
Free live music each Tue and Thurs night from 6:30 to 8 pm.
Ample parking available on site for individuals and tour buses.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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El Pinto Ratings and Reviews
Longstanding historic restaurant that wh ...
Longstanding historic restaurant that while in the past had good food in a charming locale now seems to be resting on its laurels. Food was at best average for genre, room we were seated in somewhat dingy with no atmosphere. So while the wait service was fine would look elsewhere for New Mexican food.
We were seated at a table where there wa ...
We were seated at a table where there was actually no light. I used my daughter's iphone to read menu. When we mentioned this to our waitress, she didn't do anything.
It seemed like the waitress couldn't handled more than one task at hand. She arrived to say that she would be back but didn't take our drink order. Two of the four got their drinks 10 minutes, my son and I waited over 20 minutes. Then she came back to take our order. Our meal took over 50 minutes to get to us, we order nothing special. For a Thursday night, it was quiet so I do not know why every task took really long.
Thank you for this opportunity. We enjo ...
Thank you for this opportunity. We enjoyed our special event at el Pinto. Our waiter was good and from our appetizer to our entree was delicious! 😊 Your grounds are so beautiful though, we were there in January we have dined in the summer as well. Good job!
Must have been an off night. The food wa ...
Must have been an off night. The food was acceptable. We ordered the premium margaritas and I think they forgot the alcohol. The drink was very tart with a sweet overtone. No hint of alcohol could be tasted. Should have spoken up but by then I was a little too irritated with a door being left open close to our table with employees coming and going along with a cold breeze. The place was relatively empty for a 7:30 Saturday night reservation. My wife always gets a buzz from one drink but there was no buzz with these drinks. I felt like I was eating in a fast food franchise. Not going back for a while.
Food and service were fine, but we were ...
Food and service were fine, but we were put in the very back room of the restaurant, where the lighting was so poor, we literally had to get our phones out to read the menu. Do something about the back room lighting please!!
Really disappointed in the food. Very pr ...
Really disappointed in the food. Very pricey. Not very good. Seem to be paying for ambiance but our table was a 4 chair wrought iron patio set and was not at all comfortable. Set on uneven bricks so chairs constantly rocked. Server was great but that couldn't make up for the not very good food and uncomfortable seating. Will be a really long time before I go back. ☹️
El pinto has been one of my favorite res ...
El pinto has been one of my favorite resturants since childhood and I make a point to vist every trip back to New Mexico. Sadly the food quality and test seems to have slipped since my last visit a year ago. I am not sure if there are new receipts or if it was an off day but we all were disappointed.
Thankfully we had great service from Jamie and the location is as beautiful as ever. I particularly enjoyed the smell of piñon burning the fireplace. Great reminder of New Mexico as home.
It was good as usual, however the servic ...
It was good as usual, however the service wasn't as good as it normally is and the food was also lacking a bit. Maybe it was the "b" team since it was New Year's Eve and the usuals weren't working? We are used to El Pinto being great. We were disappointed it was only good this time, especially on NYE.
We had cancelled two previous reservatio ...
We had cancelled two previous reservations and finally we were able to go. I was pleasantly surprised at how large the facility is. So many eating areas, decorations were fabulous. Then we ordered and ate our delicious food. The ingredients were fresh and tasty. Our waiter was very helpful and attentive. The cost was less than I thought it would be - good value. I would reccommend this to anyone because it will be a great experience.
We went there hoping to enjoy a New Year ...
We went there hoping to enjoy a New Year's eve dinner. We made reservations but were seated in the very last room, patio, with patio furniture. The other two tables in the room were served and were also quite large. The room continued to fill up with other diners getting served while we waited and waited to get noticed. Eventually one of the wait staff saw us sitting there and came over and took our order. He put a 'rush' on it, and it came out speedily. We were served our drinks, chips and salsa, and meal all at once. The food was lukewarm, not hot, and the tortillas were not cooked through. We used to eat there all the time before it was remodeled and we loved the food. We spent $50.00 for a simple combo-plate and an enchilada plate, and drink. Sad. Uppity prices for mediocre food and lousy service, with the exception of the waiter who finally came to take our order.
The atmosphere was fun, intriguing and q ...
The atmosphere was fun, intriguing and quite busy! El Pinto had great food and we loved all the woodburning fireplaces . We appreciate the attention to the great flavorful honey served with the fabulous sopapillas and the hearty Colorado rice and beans. The salsa and chips were tasty! We all enjoyed our meals! Red and green Chile had awesome flavor. The only thing that needs a look at is the drinks. I ordered a turquoise trail margarita and it was ok and for the price was way not ok. I ordered it twice on the rocks and frozen. It was at best below average. I've had some awesome margaritas in New Mexico this was not one. Your atmosphere is fun and fabulous and definitely represents New Mexico! The perfect combo is to step up your margaritas and change the glass.
We had one night in Albuquerque and were ...
We had one night in Albuquerque and were so excited to eat at El Pinto, however our group of 8 all agreed that the food was just ok and way overpriced. Love the idea of fresh, local ingredients, but honestly, our meals didn't taste fresh. The restaurant has a very neat ambiance and we had great service, but the food was ho-hum and overpriced. Disappointed.
Our December 26 visit wasn't up to their ...
Our December 26 visit wasn't up to their usual standards. We were in an enclosed patio that had wrought iron furniture, was either too hot or too cold,when tables were full it was very noisy and the food wasn't very good.
After being ignored by the two bartender ...
After being ignored by the two bartenders for more than 10 minutes while we sat at the bar waiting to order our first cocktails of the evening, we went to the hostess and asked to be seated early so the waitress could at least get drinks for us. From that point forward the service was great, fantastic waitress, can't say enough good things about her. Food was ok, not great, drinks were ok not great. There's better places in ABQ and better value for what you get. Won't be back to El Pinto...
The one item on the above list that's mi ...
The one item on the above list that's missing is, 'Ambiance'. I like El Pinto for it's ambiance, decor, good food, moderate prices for today's eating out experience, and authentic New Mexican Food. For those of us who can't tolerate cilantro in everything you don't have to ask if a dish contains it, because they don't use it at all! A good place for celebrations.
We got together for our annual Christmas ...
We got together for our annual Christmas luncheon. There were 7 of us we picked El Pinto because one of the ladies has some trouble finding places and she is good coming here. I have been coming to this resturant for years and the place looks great but the food is not as good. We all had a nice time and the service was good. We had to ask for things like chili and such that should have been on our table. I heard from 2 other ladies and they had the same feelings
I've said it before, but it's worth sayi ...
I've said it before, but it's worth saying again. I absolutely LOVE that El Pinto locally sources as much of it's food as possible, including the Hen House out back that produces some 180 eggs per day. This time, I read the little card that talked about the 'real' honey on the tables at the restaurant. Further, El Pinto has not raised their entree prices out of reach, despite their farm to table approach.
We had a large group and were comfortably seated in a quiet room. The food was awesome, especially the carne adovada (my favorite), the margaritas were fab, the ambience terrific and our waiter incredible.
Good job all!
WE HAD ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED OUR COMPANY ...
WE HAD ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED OUR COMPANY CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR 15 PEOPLE ON SATURDAY THE 17TH. THE LADY SAID THAT WE WOULD BE IN THE GENERAL DINING AREA BECAUSE THERE WERE A LOT OF RESERVATIONS THAT NIGHT. SO AFTER I HAD RESERVED IT AND THOUGHT ABOUT HOW WE WOULD LIKE A MORE PRIVATE AREA SO WE COULD DO OUR WHITE ELEPHANT GAME WITH OUT DISTURBING OTHER PATRONS, I CALLED AND RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY. THE YOUNG LADY TOLD ME THAT YES SUNDAY DIDNT HAVE MUCH RESERVATIONS AND THAT WE WOULD BE IN OUR OWN ROOM TO ENJOY OUR PARTY. WE GOT THERE AND WE WERE IN AN OPEN DINING AREA WITH ROUND COVERED PATIO TABLES. THE AREA WAS OK BUT I WAS REALLY HOPING TO BE IN OUR OWN AREA WITH STRAIGHT TABLES AND NOT SO HEAVY AND LOW CHAIRS. WE HAD A GREAT TIME DONT GET ME WRONG BUT I WAS TOLD ONE THING AND THEN GOT ANOTER WHICH WAS THE REASON FOR ME RESCHEDULING IN THE FIRST PLACE.
FOOD WAS GREAT WE WILL COME BACK, THANK YOU.
I booked a company Christmas dinner 2 mo ...
I booked a company Christmas dinner 2 months in advance on open table for 12 people. I followed up with a phone call to make sure they were aware that this was a special occasion and requested a table in a nice room with a fireplace. I received a call the day of the party, which was nice, confirming the information.
Our table was in an enclosed patio, the windows would not shut all the way, it was very drafty and cold. There was a fireplace in the room, but our table was not near it, so no true atmosphere. The room had one poinsettia and several dead trees. The patio door leading back into the restaurant would lock every time someone went inside to use the restroom, so we would have to knock on the door to get out of the patio.
The service was good, several of the orders were not correct though.
I would not recommend this restaurant for special occasion's.
OMG. This is the real deal for authentic ...
OMG. This is the real deal for authentic New Mexican cuisine. The food, atmosphere, and great service is worth the drive away from everything else. Read the El Pinto story before going or while you are there to appreciate the experience even more. Ask for a quick tour of the property and you will be glad that you did. From what we learned, this place changes from summer to winter (temporary walls, etc.). We enjoyed the internal heaters and wood-burning fireplaces. I look forward to returning during the summer months when they open it up. Our waiter was a true professional and understood the delicate balance of when to check on us and when to leave us alone. We also met one of the managers that has been working there for more than 20 years. You won't regret going to El Pinto. I recommend planning ahead with a reservation on OpenTable as it worked well for us.
El Pinto is an Albuquerque tradition but ...
El Pinto is an Albuquerque tradition but honestly I have always thought it was just ok. The new menu and this weekends waiter changed my mind. The food was delicious and our waiter was friendly, courteous and attentive to our large party. I would recommend El Pinto any time.
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