Made reservations late in afternoon for 7:30. Place (as usual) was busy. Minor confusion at reservation hostess, but our party of 7 was seated promptly. Service and food was very good.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am a local but whenever I have out of town guests, one of the "go-to" places is always El Pinto. The patio dining is awesome. The food is always great as is the service. If you have a large group I wold highly recommend a reservation.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice that they take reservatio
Very nice that they take reservations..This something new..
wait staff very good..Only compaint most expensive Mexican food in ABQ. Although food is good , there are so many good Mexican restaurants in ABQ, you don't need spend $18 for a plate of good mexican food.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a happy experience!
Always a happy experience! We overnighted in ABQ just to eat at this restaurant !
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great time dining here. We ate on the outdoor patio, which was nicely shaded. The food was fantastic; the waitress could have been a little more organized-she forgot things we asked for more than once-but overall it was a great experience.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's been five years since I've been to El Pinto (and five years since I've enjoyed good New Mexican cuisine). For my first meal during a much-anticipated New Mexican vacation, I was not disappointed; and the bar was set especially high for my other dining experiences. The Calabacitas Burrito was excellent; the squashes were perfect. Refritos are creamy and delicious. The house Margarita was just right (not too sweet, and I could taste the tequilla). I could easily consume a gallon each of their salsa and green chili. I will always dine at El Pinto whenever I happen to be in Albuquerque.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Memorable Time
The atmosphere on the patio was very pleasant and relaxing. It was very enjoyable evening for a very special event.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ryan our waiter was fantastic. It was a large group and he did a great job. We often bring relatives to El Pino that come from out of town.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Patio is beautiful!
Patio was beautiful. Full of flowers! Service was very good. I had not been in a while and I thought the food was improved. Loved the choice of sides!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
In Town for a Visit
I was in town for a visit and a friend's husband said I had to eat here. I'm SO glad I did! Portions are large and chips, salsa, and other goodies are complimentary on the table, so bring an appetite!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
El Pinto after 40 years
I ate at El Pinto many years ago. It certainly has changed, and seems to be about 5 times as big. The food is still memorable and delicious. I did not enjoy sitting outside as much as I had thought I would. It is very pretty, and has lots of shade. Some people would love it. I like their online reservation system; we arrived from out of town and it was nice to know we could get in on a busy day.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Intro to New Mexican cuisine
We are new to the area & wanted to find a place to bring out of town visitors. We found it in El Pinto! The host was very welcoming and warm. The patio was charming and inviting. Our server went out of his way to answer our questions regarding the menu and anticipated our needs. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced. We definitely will be back!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect evening on the patio
I met an old friend who was in town for the weekend for dinner on the patio. The tables on the patio were far away enough from one another, ambience was lovely and the server did a great job at being attentive without hovering and making us feel rushed.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
El Pinto has stepped it up!
We frequent El Pinto, especially when taking out-of-town guests for a taste of the SW. My husband has always like it more than I and didn't seem to mind paying the rather stiff prices. Last time we went and made reservations through Open Table. Was great not to have to wait for a table and we were seated outdoors as requested. My order of the lower fat enchiladas (1 each of chicken, pork and beef) served w/ rice and beans and Christmas sauces was excellent and my husband's choice of a chicken adovada was sublime. Food was piping hot, well seasoned and our server was top notch.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our hostess Clare was amazing.
Our hostess Clare was amazing. We sat for 45 minutes without service, apparently the waiter didn't realize we were in his service area. When we asked management went above and beyond to ensure our dinner was the best. We used to live in New Mexico and El Pinto was a favorite and still is.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for date night!
My boss recommended this place since I'm fairly new to the area. I met my date here and we were both impressed! It is such a gorgeous historic hacienda style place and was totally romantic. Mood killers for me are kids running around out of control - but not here. Definitely a 'grown folks' atmosphere. It was amazing.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been going for years . . .
like the ambience and food . . ,
like the atmosphere . . .
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came from Texas to visit friends
Came from Texas to visit friends and this was a great gem of Albuquerque. Great food and good ambience!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to bring out-of-towners
Having recently moved to the state, we were seeking a place to bring visitors for authentic New Mexican cuisine in a delightful atmosphere. We found it in El Pinto. Our guests loved the patio dining, ambience and food.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food and service!
I love El Pinto! It's a must have when I visit ABQ. This time I was smart and bought chiles to take back to PHX with me. The rental was smelly on the ride home but it was totally worth it! The margaritas match the food and are equally amazing. Thanks El Pinto for another great meal.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better than Ever!
We hosted an extended family dinner of 11 people. The restaurant could not have been more beautiful Friday evening. The crisp fall air, smell of pinon wood burning in the far North Valley fireplaces and of chile roasting outside the entry greeted us as we entered the restaurant. The food and the margaritas could not have been better. The red chile ribs were to die for! Our wait person was incredible! Our long table was located in the most perfect inside spot in front of the fireplace in the back "garden room." A perfect 10 of an experience none of us will ever forget. The funny thing is that we have been to El Pinto numerous times over the past several decades, for both lunch and dinner, and this visit was truly the best ever!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
El Pinto was just great. Excellent Food! Very attentive service, fun, festive atmosphere. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a great meal and a great night out!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for groups or date
Great atmosphere and fun with a group or romantic for a date. One of the best places in town and food is good as a far as New Mexican goes.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Red Chili a Ribs were Great!
Ribs, chips, salsa all great! First time at restaurant with friends from out of town, had famous red chili ribs with soup. They were great. Margaritas were good but a little pricey.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed but Wait Staff are Kids
Excellent food but this place fails to rise to the true level of being great because the wait staff are immature and unfocused. Waiter was not attentive and seemed to have attitude.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved our visit to this iconic Albuquerque restaurant. Still great after all these years!
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Setting, Food and Fun
We went during The Balloon Fiesta. With Open Table Reservations we had our table in 10 minutes. Ambience and food birth very good. Great place for a group...not for a romantic evening!!
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Very first after 17th years
The food was exquisite, a perfect dining experience on a very spacial 17th wedding day remembrance.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Time Visit
El Pinto was the perfect spot to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary with our two children ages 9 and 11. The ambiance was excellent but the lighting could be a tad brighter-the menu was a little hard to see. It was very crowded that night but you would have never know it , things ran very smoothly. The staff was very prepared. We WILL definitely visit again and recommend.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, great service, food slow
This time it took 40 minutes to get our food. Table next to ours came after we arrived and got their order before ours. Other than that, terrific service, grand food, and the birthday flan is to die for (with 4 spoons provided...thoughtfully).
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything on the menu was
Everything on the menu was clearly labeled for our table of mixed eaters (from vegetarian to no-spice to very spicy).
The waiter was very patient with our questions and seemed very knowledgable about the dishes.
The portions were very big so plan on bringing home some leftovers.
We plan to go again soon!... Reservations recommended!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Traditional New Mexican Food in a wonderful setting. They have multiple rooms and patios with fireplaces and no matter how many times I've been here, we always get a good seat. Their dishes are amazing, the margaritas are top notch, and the service is always very good. One of my favourite places to eat when I come back home to visit!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service...eventually
We love El Pinto's food and go whenever we are in Albuquerque. Unfortunately we spent a lot of time waiting. Despite having a reservation they made us wait about ten minutes. The only reason we got seated when we did was because another party of two walked in after us and got seated right away. When I asked why, they said they could seat us right away. It was like they forgot about us. Then after we were seated we waited another ten minutes while we watched the server who would eventually bring us chips wander around looking bored. Once our actual server came, he was great and the food was, as always, the best New Mexican food in Albuquerque! We have had issues with service there in the past. And my parents stopped eating there altogether.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Family Dining Experience
This is my second time at El Pinto and each time has been a great experience. The friendly, almost home-like atmosphere is great! The service was great and each member of the staff was very friendly. The food was outstanding and the presentation was great as well. The Mexican combination plate consisted of two enchiladas, rolled taco, rellano, chili con carne, and of course covered in delicious New Mexico red chili. As the title indicates, this was a family outing and the grandsons age 2 and 7 were along as well. They enjoyed the experience and our server was gfeat at interacting with them as well. For great food, atmosphere, service, and a feel-good home-style dining experience be sure to visit El Pinto.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service for a large group
The food was tasty, but the service was outstanding. Friendly, not rushed but timed quite well, good maintenance.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
El Pinto is fantastic!
Tried this restaurant twice for client dinners. Great Southwest food. Good atmosphere. Would definitely go again. Green Chili Stew rocks!
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to take out of
Great place to take out of town guests. They get a real feel for New Mexico and Albuquerque
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great New Mexican food at El Pinto
This was my second time dining here, the first time was over ten years ago, and both times were wonderful. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Albuquerque. We were taken there by locals, so it must be consistent. Wonderful Green Chile with charred peppers. Delicious!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went for a family members birthday. The service was excellent, Anthony, took very good care of us and was very pleasant. The chili ribs were awesome and definitely a must taste
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
The red chili ribs were excellent. All the food was delicious, expecially the hot red chili sauce. The service was great, and eating outside on a nice evening made for a wonderful dining experience.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Problem with survey request time
My dining experience was wonderful.
The only thing I would complain about is that I recieved this survey request at 12:15 AM. I have to keep my cell phone on because I'm on call for my company. I'm sure you could send the email out during regular daylight hours.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for lunch on a Saturday. We were a little early so it was a little slow. It looks like a destination type restaurant. They greeted as right away at the front and seated us right away. The waiter was attentive and informative. The craft beer they had was excellent. I had the Nachos and they certainly use potent peppers.
The building looks a little dated but we went there to get more of a unique local look that the newly built chain restaurants don't have.
Enjoyed the experience.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
I come here probably too often but they never seem to fail us. Everything is always excellent. Plus you can purchase your very own bottle of El Pinto's Double Barrel Reposado by Herradura. We are working on our second bottle. Makes a perfect Margarita!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
I grew up in Albuquerque and we used to eat at El Pinto for special occasions 30 years ago. I periodically get back to Albuquerque and I always want a good Mexican food dinner. I had not been to El Pinto in 15 years so I thought I would give it a try on my most recent trip. The place still has the same charm and feel it did 30 years ago. The service was great and the food outstanding. We started with guacamole, a cup of posole and then a combination place of chile rellano, tamale and enchiladas. All were outstanding and the meal was complete with a sopapilla. Great beers and wine list, also wide variety of menu for all tastes. Great job keeping El Pinto outstanding after all of these years.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Out of town guests requested this restaurant because of previous visits. The atmosphere and service were outstanding, however, the food was not as good as I remembered from previous visits.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a pleasant surprise!
We happened to see an ad for the restaurant and decided to try it. Was happy we could make an reservation thru open table but happier when we arrived. It is located in a wonderful park like setting on acres adjacent to their salsa manufacturing plant. Beautiful entry, bar area and numerous garden setting dining rooms. Fantastic house made red and green chilies and salsa is a must on all the dishes. Thoroughly enjoyed the house special zucchini squash burrito. Will definitely return with anyone visiting Albuquerque and will try the happy hour very soon!!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service was excellent. They were not too busy when we were there and the food came extremely quick.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always good food and atmosphere.
Always good food and atmosphere. Service was a little slow, and they forgot one of our meals, but overall we had a very enjoyable dinner!
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
The hostess on the phone was so so friendly but our waiter Brian that night was great attentive even with my 3 year old son we had a great time
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to El Pinto to celebrate my son's graduation. The service and setting was ideal. I was initially concerned that with such a large facility, the service and food would be routine. However, both were great. Loved the Red Chili Ribs!
12/14/2013 4:00:00 PM