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About El Pinto
Nestled in the cottonwoods, El Pinto was founded with eight tables in 1962. Twin brothers John and Jim Thomas, known as the Salsa Twins, carry on the family tradition and have expanded El Pinto into the quintessential "Spot" for healthy and fresh New Mexican cuisine. Experience an authentic Taste of New Mexico.
The Salsa Twins are pairing tradition with innovative healthy nutrition at El Pinto. 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 daily use. An onsite green house produces over 5,000 lbs of organically grown greens.
Freshness is throughout El Pinto. El Pinto uses chile from Hatch, NM, dryland beans from CO, healthy sunflower oil for frying, Celtic sea salt for seasoning, and local ingredients when in season.
It has been featured on Food Network, Travel Channel and the BBC among other places.
Albuquerque, NM 87114
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
Good food and service with one exception, though not our servers fault. Another server took two of our meals and we had to wait for them to be cooked again. Nothing that would stop us going back again, unless it becomes a trend.
We ate on one of the outside patios and were able to have normal conversations amongst the 12 of us. Will be going again next time we are in Albuquerque.
This is a great place for feeling like you've gone somewhere special and unique. Large, plenty of seating options (patio, inside, cozy, open) and the menu had really great options. Flavors and freshness were as expected. Service was above expectations. I'll be back when in town again.
The prices were too high for what was served on the plate.
It was disappointing. There was not enough chile on the Mexican dishes. The Chile Relleno served dose not rate among the best. Hope they were just having a bad. The atmosphere was great as well as the service.
Food was good. There was an accident in the parking lot involving our motorcycle. The GM told us they were not responsible in any way because it was in the parking lot. Did not offer any kind of help or discount even though we were clearly very upset and did not finish all of our meals. I think it could have been handled differently.
When in Albuquerque, El Pinto is a restaurant that we have enjoyed for 10 years. However, our experience on this occasion and the past yeas has not been the best.
Thanks to OpenTable, we did have a reservation when we walked in and the wait time was less then 5 minutes.
First, we ordered a pitcher of Margarita's and was disappointed with the quality. Mentioned this to the waiter and his reply was "this is the standard recipe". In times past, the margaritas have always been great, not so much this time, it was like drinking limeade.
Second, when the food arrived it was cold and three of the five made comments their plate was tasteless.
Third, the waiter took our orders, ignored our compliant on the margaritas, took a long time to deliver our meals that they were cold, ignored our comment on the food being cold, and came back only to give us our bill.
My husband and I are retiring soon and will be moving to Albuquerque and I am not sure El Pinto will be on our list of restaurants that we will frequent.
As always, the service at El Pinto is great. Their chicken enchiladas and chicken tacos were very tasty and very generous portions. We love their Original Margaritia's by the pitcher. We ordered an individual Margarita by the glass and the proportions were not as flavorful as the pitcher.
Sitting outside is pretty and relaxing.
We travel often and have stopped here several times. This time it just wasn't as friendy and delicious.
Margarita was not served in a margarita glass, it was watered down.
Our stuffed sopapilla was not stuffed as normal, very skimpy..
Will not stop again going back thru NM.
Great stopover in Albuquerque. We learned El Pinto is quite an establishment lived by locals and travelers alike. The people were very friendly and the food was delicious, authentic New Mexican fare. It is very large and we arrived later in a Sunday evening. The staff were very accommodating with our 7:30 reservation but it was clear by 8:30 they were exhausted and ready to go home after a long day. They were cleaning the dining area as we are, so that was a bit distracting but understood as they said they had 2 weddings and served over 1200 people that day
Food was cold and looked like it has sat out for hours. The waitress was awful and did not handle the situation well when we asked about the cold food. The manager was rude and unreasonable. The food was over priced especially as it looked like they had sent us another tables leftovers. Would never go back.
We made lunch reservations for four,with Open Table, for El Pinto at 230 PM on a Thursday. Online the lunch menu states lunch is served from 11 AM to 4 PM, Mon-Fri.. The server gave us dinner menus,not lunch menus.The cost was 30% more. To dispute this when dining for a special occasion is unpleasant(we did not dispute the fact that we should have been brought lunch menus.The server should have done this automatically.). The food is good and the ambiance is very nice.
We made a mistake on Opentable by not entering the correct number of people...there were only 2 of us. Instead of puting us at a smaller table and in the nice outdoor seating area, we were seated way in the back in an outdoor area that didnt look clean nor used very often. They had set two table together for my mistake of the number of people...but the waitress wasnt very accomodating in seating us in a quieter more comfortable area. We moved the table around ourselves. The noise from the street was loud. The food was dry and not very flavorful. However, the margaritas were great! Happy hour would be a good time to go and request the nicer outdoor seating area with the lights, table clothes and more pleasant ambiance.
Always a favorite. Travel frequently to Albuquerque and always try to work an evening in at El Pinto.
Service is quick and very accommodating. Food is fresh, great presentation and flavor is excellent.
Good variety and very clean and comfortable with an atmosphere that is inviting and comforting.
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