Pasion Latin Fusion
Pasion Latin Fusion

Pasion Latin Fusion

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pasionlatinfusion.com/
  • Phone: 5055037880x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:

    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm


    Dinner:

    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Caribbean, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Chef Elvis Bencomo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering anywhere from 2-1000 people at your location or use ours. Call Chef Elvis at 505-503-7880 for more info or to book your event.
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Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lomas Blvd and 8th Street
  • Public Transit: Bus Line
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: On the eastside of our building, FREE parking!
A word from Pasion Latin Fusion
Pasión Latin Fusion Restaurant serves a unique blend of Latin American cuisine spanning from the Argentinian Tierra Del Fuego, the Caribbean beaches, the streets of Mexico, the rolling hills of Spain, and the local, classic flavors from New Mexico.
Locally owned and operated, we at Pasión strive to use natural, locally grown meats, fruits, vegetables, as well as fresh, flown-in seafood whenever possible.
Located between Downtown and Old Town Albuquerque, our warm locale is welcoming for business get-togethers, a night on the town, or a romantic dinner; occasionally showcasing special events and local musicians with original music.
We invite you to take a tour of Latin America with our outstanding service, inviting atmosphere, and amazing cuisine…
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Pasion Latin Fusion reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (16)neighborhood gem (13)good for groups (8)great for lunch (3)special occasion (3)kid-friendly (2)romantic (1)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Delicious, Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My sister from the East coast saw the restaurant on "Restaurant Impossible" and when she came to visit last week, we planned to have dinner there. Our waiter was excellent and let us know some of his favorite dishes. There were three of us and we shared the tapas and ordered their fish tacos as our main course. Every dish we had was excellent, and although the restaurant was hosting a very large party, our food was brought to us hot and right from the kitchen. As stuffed as we were, we had to try the the chocolate bread pudding cake with vanilla ice cream for dessert. This totally satiated us. We had a great experience and will go back and try many more of the tapas they offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A hidden Gem
    FatFoody
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I was recommended Pasion Latin Fusion by my parents who had dined here previously. I didn't know what to expect from the location and exterior. I was however not disappointed. The location is not very good, located away from downtown and old town Albuquerque and the building it something of a fixer upper making it to be likely the last place you'd expect to go, but the food is delicious and unexpected. You have the choice of tapas or full plates. The place is reasonably priced and definitely someplace I'd recommend to others especially if you like plantains.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I will be going again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We just happened upon this little place after reading the on-line reviews. The food was good, service was great. We tried the duck tacos, the fish tacos and the guacamole. All were good, the guacamole was by far my favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable
    Isleta
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Good servings of food. Liked the Spanish beer and the passion fruit salsa - strange but good. Guacamole was exceptional. Service was excellent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A decent place needing improving
    pipesmokeVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We went since we enjoyed previous experiences. However, the food, the Cubano Libre, was extremely greasy. It slipped out of my hands. After several attempts, I had to use knife and fork. The inside tasted greasy. My wife's fish dish was okay. She did not mention particular reasons. After this visit, we will definitely reconsider patronizing it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Fusion
    foodiemvVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I love this place. Been here 3 times. Empanadas, gnocci, tacquitos, tuna tacu, tacos, everything great. love the sangria. Love the service. Would like to see a bar scene. Stay open later. Nice bar not being used. Better wine list. Nice job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    Scott
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had a wonderful dining experience at Pasion. The flavors were layered. It was spicy, but not for the sake of being hot. We were so full from the generous portions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful and great Sangria
    MDLIPOVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Four of us dined on a Sunday night and the place was fairly empty . We had excellent service and the server was attentive and knowledgeable about amount of food and the flavors. The ceviche was excellent. The quesadilla was crisp and the topping wonderful. one of the group had never had tapas and loved it . I would come back for more and much more reasonable than other tapas in town !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fusion
    Mocnm
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Albuquerque doesn't have too many Latin food options besides Mexican. Pasion Latin Fusion has all the classic foods from across Latin America with a nouveau twist. Great staff and ambiance made for a nice dinner with my father-in-law. I'm not sure if it was just what we ordered or the whole menu, but my only delta is most of what we ordered was fried and a little too greasy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Food!
    GG52
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Visiting Albuquerque, we decided to eat at Pasion because I had seen it on Restaurant Impossible and followed the reviews. We were very impressed with the originality of the dishes and the intensity of flavors. We started with bacon wrapped plantain and goat cheese empanadas. The empanadas were the perfect texture and were accompanied by a relish-like pepper condiment, good combo. The contrast between the plantain and the bacon worked well. I had the ceviche - Wow! A spicy, beautifully seasoned dish. My husband had the Caribbean chicken with mashed sweet plantain; excellent. All in all, we were very happy with our meal and would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some great items/Some so-so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The shredded beef taco's were very good, as were the empanada's and seafood appetizers. The meat & cheese & Olive appetizer was not worth ordering. The quesadilla was greasy and the margarita's were too sour. Had to flag down our waiter who preferred to chit-chat at the front door instead of taking our order. The restaurant was not crowded at all on a Saturday night - which could have allowed our waiter to give good service which he did not do. Gave the guitarist a big tip & asked him to keep playing - then he quit after one more song.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 25 reviews are from the Pasion Latin Fusion reviews archive.
  • Great food
    foodiemvVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food and drinks were wonderful. Menu had many items my husband and I would still like to try. The only reason I did not give this place 5 stars is due to the location. The good thing is there is a parking lot right next to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Second time we have been here. Had the entrees this time...fish tacos delicious and the hamburger was enormous as well as tasty. I prefer to order many appetizers and share, but these were all good and I would order them again. Just a fun, reasonable, and tasty place to dine. I wish it was a little less noisy, but that won't stop us from coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    dleannais
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I've been to Pasion several times since I discovered it just a few months back. Elvis Bencomo (chef), is a real talent, and at only 26 years old, promises only to get better. The food is beautifully done, with modern twists on classic Latin foods. The Croque Senortita is one of my personal favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pasion is Passionate about Food
    CinAnn
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I had eaten at Pasion prior to the Restaurant Impossible makeover and the food was wonderful back then but now the menu is smaller--but that is a good thing since a larger menu can be overwhelming. Also, our waiter was very knowledgeable of the food and was very attentive and friendly. Every item we ordered was absolutely delicious and very fresh! Will definitely be going back again! The new look of the restaurant now matches the food!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    JimTrittenVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    First time back since the makeover. My mistake. Will go back more often. :-{)
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fresh and tasty
    tealovernm
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We enjoyed our meal at Pasion. Everything is made fresh to order and well presented. The atmosphere was nice and we loved the live guitar music. I had the fish tacos and would definitely return for those again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Food Goes ZING
    Gaston
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I have been a fan of Elvis and Monica's Passion Latin Fusion for the past two years. I've seen his menu and approach change with the arrival of Food Network's "Restaurant Impossible" visit. PLF was never "impossible" and was always quite good. While there was previously more of an emphasis on entrees, now it is on tapas. Both approaches were excellent and inventive. Elvis's ability to feed a full restaurant with many varied tapas in a short period of time is remarkable. My table enjoyed his Ensalada de Casa, marvelous gambodigas, superb empanadas, beautiful fried artichokes, THE BEST corn on the cob ever, and his signature fish tacos. He makes a great white sangria. The wait staff seemed overwhelmed on a busy night, but nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Albuquerque Gem
    dleannais
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This is a fantastic little local gem of a place. The food is fantastic, a great accomplishment considering the chef is in his mid 20's. I've been there now 3 times and have not had a bad, or even mediocre meal there yet. Prices are reasonable as are portions. The menu is split into Bocaditos or "small plates" and Principales or "main" courses. If you order the Bocaditos, 2 will easily feed one person. If you order the Principales, you'll be taking food home for the next day. Regardless of how you choose to go, you will be very well pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • i heart pasion
    yumfood
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Went on a Tuesday right when they open for dinner. It was a great time to go because there was like two other tables being occupied. Fast service and amazing food! Definitely worth trying! We ordered three appetizers, three entrees, two desserts and the passion fruit with wine. Sounds like we ordered a lot of food but the portions are kind of small and we shared everything. $115 well spent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Pekachow
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We have dinner with my parents a couple times a month and this time I wanted to try something new, I was interested in this place after seeing it on Restaurant Impossible. The restaurant was clean and looked nice but the woman who greeted us at the door immediately told us that service would be slow because they were expecting a 14 top table, so our 1st impression was that we weren't welcome. The service was in fact very slow. The flavor of the food was amazing however we all ordered dishes that had pork, I couldn't even chew through some of my meat and barely finished half my plate. Every dish was way over cooked and way too dry. The dishes had potential to be wonderful but the execution was terrible.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Latin Street Food
    rbdancer
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We have been here twice in recent months, both times discovering new tastes and enjoying favorite ones. The first visit, we stayed mostly with the entrees, which were very tasty, enormous, and just different enough from the mainstream to be memorable. Our most recent trip, we were a group of seven, two of whom are 3-year-olds. It's a very kid-friendly environment, with tatami mats to cushion the concrete subfloor, and a basic but serviceable kids menu. It's faster to get the small plates than the entrees, as we discovered. Everything is prepared at the moment it is ordered, so it all tastes wonderfully fresh and at the proper temperature. We enjoyed all the small plates, though the duck taquitos were a bit on the dry side. Try the ceviche!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great changes to menu
    artlogancondon
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The tapas selection was good and each one we tried we very good. Some were spicy but not too spicy. Served as they were ready from the kitchen which was fun and allowed each dish to be savored at the temperature the chef intended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    NMNATIVEVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Our experience at Pasion Latin Fusion was just ok. The service was ok, the menu selections are pretty limited. We chose the Caribbean Chicken which was seasoned really well - very tasty - but had bones and was messy/challenging to eat gracefully. We had bacon wrapped plantains as an appetizer and they were very good. The place was well attended the night we were there - it seemed from the parking lot that there might be some kind of event happening. No event - just well attended. Wine selections are extremely limited although the red sangria was tasty. Overall experience was mediocre and I'm not convinced we will return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice interesting menu
    Abqlocal
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Three of us enjoyed supper there very much. We ordered four little plates and one entree and split them between us. We will try this restaurant again. The restaurant has its own convenient parking lot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Experiance
    NewFoodie
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    They did all I asked in setting the mood and making a perfect night go off without a hitch! I live in NC and was worried about everything correct in how I needed it set up. I arrived in NM and could not call to confirm in front of my date. Showed up 30 mins early and yet in still, they were ready! The service was great and the date went PERFECT! Didn't even know that would have live music that night... A++++. Would love to eat there on the regular if I lived there. There was a father and his 6-7 yr old, both nicely dressed, enjoying a great meal- having just as much fun as we were, so yes- VERY kid friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    MaryT
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    I discovered this small Latin "fusion" restaurant on UrbanSpoon. I was in Albuquerque at a conference, and alone for the night. It was not crowded, but the service was great, and I felt welcomed and not self-conscious about eating alone. Good salad, wonderful oysters, interesting Jalapeno margarita!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place for great food!!!
    Sunny
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Wonderful dining experience. Delicious food!! Enjoyed the acoustic guitar playing in the background.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Valentines Day Dinner
    Judy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We invited a friend so we were three. Had a wonderful time, great food, fun atmosphere and friendly wait staff. We will go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    NickABQ
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Nice....good food and live music!! The food was hot and large portions. I really enjoyed the drinks and the meal. A very nice evening especially if you are spending it with one you love or may learn to love....
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    Nicki
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My husband and I wanted to have lunch together on Valentine's Day. This was near our daughter's school so we thought we could grab a bite before going to her Valentine's Day party. THe Empanadas were great. We split the Caribbean Chicken which was nicely roasted and surprisingly tasty with the bacon bits. For dessert, we split the Pasion Platain Cake, which was delicious served cold. Think banana cake... We plan to return. Our server was absolutely the best. Can't remember her name right now. But she worked at Capos on Central for many years.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a party of 4-we ordered 6
    Harris
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    a party of 4-we ordered 6 plates of bocadillos plus wine and water. The first plate came before the drinks. The drinks finally came but no water which we requested. We asked the server, manager and another server for water. After we were almost done with 5 of the 6 plates, the water was served. The server kept asking us how w were doing and we kept telling her we still didn't have our last plate. After sitting about 15 minutes, again with her asking how we were doing, we cancelled the last plate. Food was good but not sure if we'll go back due to service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • new menu
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    The restaurant has a new menu which I did not care for very much. Lot's of small plates add up to one huge bill. I do not think that I will be returning to this establishment anytime soon. Also, I had asked several times to speak with the owner and he kept blowing me off. That is not a good sign of a business owner that cares.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Place was nice and was highly
    AdventureVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    Place was nice and was highly rated by open Table and Yelp. I came in with a group from business and had mixed reviews from the group. Menu was limited, but had nice pricing. The mixed reviews on the food can be chalked up to one or two who like mainstream food and others being ready to try new things. Service could have been a little quicker. .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great casual dinning
    OutofTownersVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    This restaurant was a real pleasant surprise! The food on their limited menu was great and the service was too. The interior is fairly basic but in a really nice way with some eclectic elements. They Spanish guitar player was also really good. For the price this place would be hard to beat.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative and Delicious Latin Food
    Carole
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    The food was delicious with very creative blends of flavors. The plantain crusted fish tacos gave the fish a sweet taste and then the pickled cabbage gave the entree a tangy flavor. Perfect blend of flavors. The co-owner waited on us and gave very detailed explanations of each entree which I needed due to my weird food allergies. Much appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet