Matanza Beer Kitchen-Nob Hill
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Great Place - so elegant and classy!! We went for Mother's Day -- it was excellent!!
I think this is the best place for dinner, happy hour, a nice get together with friends. The food is reasonably priced and DELICIOUS, especially the desserts. My friend ordered the house margarita and I almost (almost) parted with my own brew for his!
My friends and I are very happy with our experience at Matanza! The food and service was spectacular. We’ll be back.
Cinco De Mayo brunch
The food was cold and our server was absolutely lost.
We went for a pre theatre dinner which was a mistake. After an hour an a half the dinner still hadn’t been served. We left without dinner. The beer was flat . The place is so noisy it’s hard to hear the person across the table.
Have been to Matanza more than a few times, and I think they have one of the best happy hours in town. A great selection of tapas-style tacos and great, local, and value-priced beer.
Good beer selection and nice bar/location. The food however was not so good...at all. Odd combos, over dressed salads and the fish from my tacos tasted boiled. It is a cool spot but just for a beer cause the food was not good. Maybe we ordered the wrong things...maybe should have gone with pork but all the food seemed like odd versions of New Mexican food. Seems like the creator of the menu was off on the food and what I as a New Mexican love about our food.
The hummus is great. Good cocktails and the ambiance is nice.
Had a really bad experience. They didn't have anything on the menu. Had to order 4 times before they had the item in stock. The dessert that we went there for was so salty and nasty we could only take one bite and could not eat it. The food we did end up with had no flavor and felt like we were slopped.. Would not go back. The only good part was the waitress who was really embarrassed by the management of the restaurant and we very nice to us.
We always get amazing and above ordinary service here. The ambience is wonderful for any occasion. Parking is hard, but worth the walk. The food seems like it isn’t as good as before, but still better than most. Love the unique menu items and names. Still one of my favorite Nob Hill restaurants.
Our waitress was very nice. I was trying to figure out a good wine to order and she suggested I inquire about the wines from the bartender. He was rude and said he only knew about beer and reminded me that I was in a beer joint. I said that I was quite aware of where I was and I expected that the bar tender would know about the wines on the wine list provided to me at the table. He was rude and told me that the wines from New Mexico weren't good. He was right about that! They are horrible.
I paid for the bottle of wine, topped the waitress and left. I was willing to try a new restaurant, and even order beer, but that attitude was the clincher. Note to owner: add better wines and your menu and please make sure all your staff knows about The items on your menus.
Excellent food and excellent service! The portions are huge and the prices are very reasonable!
Went with the family to try something new.
We've driven by it several times and it looked like a pretty cute place to have dinner. Very disappointed, but we honestly tried our best to give it a fair chance before deciding we'll definitely not be back. Aside from the overall experience, the music was so loud, it was uncomfortable to sit and enjoy the company because we had to practically yell across the table.
Chips and Salsa: stale chips with overly spicy salsa
Shady Lady Tacos: cold, flavorless cod, mushy coleslaw, & spicy. Served with potatoes, that don't really match the meal. Originally wanted the side of calabasitas, but was advised that other patrons said it was way too spicy and it was pre-made, so, there's no way to control the spice.
Enchiladas: Just spicy.
Flatbread: strangely sweet meal with chorizo, pecans and honey, not a good combination.
Grown Up Mac N Cheese: tasted like Velveeta cheese and served with uncooked chicken. This was the last ditch effort for us.
Our waitress was very nice & we truly tried our best to like the restaurant, but it was terrible. We had a good time because we love spending time together and just laughed it all off. There is a good selection of local beer, but honestly, if you're looking to have a bite, you're better off going to one of the actual breweries or other restaurants down Central.
We had a get together for my son's birthday and we all enjoyed our meals. I had the chile rellenos ad it was delicious. More food than I could eat. The fajitas were cooked just right with a sizeable portion and my son and his girlfriend spilt the Matanza experience and couldn't stop raving about it. The service was fast and attentive. The atmosphere was a little noisy though so hard to have a conversation. We all agreed we be back!
We had a party of 10 for a birthday dinner. Service was pretty good when the first 5 arrived but after the remaining 5 were seated (15-20 later) the drinks weren’t coming out very quickly. I ordered the trifecta, their signature appetizer (which doesn’t provide enough chips) and they ran out? that took like 20-30mins I actually thought our server forgot but she kindly said they had to make more Because they ran out. Really? Dinner was not any better. Our server was courteous and friendly when she serving us, I don’t know if she had too tables but management should consider hiringmore servers, kitchen help & Bartendars. We arrived at 7pm and didn’t end up leaving until 9:45-10pm. Wouldn’t recommend for a large group. The food was good but not worth waiting 45mins for.
Although the food was good - the service was horrible. Our waiter did not check on us for more water, drinks or otherwise. He made sure to take care of the tables around us, but we did not get the same service. We noticed the other servers taking care of their tables, but we were not that lucky. It's unfortunate that some servers don't do their job service. When people ask me if the place was good - I say the food was, but if you go, you better hope you get one of the female wait staff because the male waiter was awful. We were there on January 16th in the evening. I do not know the name of the waiter, but I am sure you can figure it out. We did not want to leave a tip, but our daughter felt that was wrong so a tip was left, but if she had not been with us - we would not have left anything. Hope things change - thank you
Overall the experience was good. The wait staff delivered half of our meals to the wrong table, so we had to wait for new food to be made, but they offered us a round of free drinks for the mistake and the manager apologized. The house margarita was NOT good, all sweet mix, but the beer and wine is much better. My husband enjoyed the surf and turf fajitas very much. I had the black and blue tacos and they were good, the papitas were great! The dip sampler of guacamole, salsa & quest wasvery good and generous in portion size. Overall I would go again but it wasn’t fantastic.
Our waitress Celine was awesome and very knowledgeable of your menu!!!
Excellent cocktails. My rellenos were probably the best I've ever had. My date's enchiladas were bland, her refried beans were really dry and her rice pilaf was crunchy.
First time in Albuquerque and this was a great find! Amazing beer selection
Every dish we ordered was terrific. The shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, chicken and waffles were great, all with a distinctive New Mexico flair.
Matanza has a very innovative menu with something for everyone! I am used to hot chile but many of the dishes would be quite chile hot for a traveler! If you're looking for typical New Mexican food, this may not be familiar food but if you're looking for a twist on the typical New Mexican food restaurant, Matanza fits the bill! I did find the extremely loud atmosphere a bit too much after awhile!
The service was excellent and such a great selection of beer. They also have a decent selection of wine as well. Some of the food is spicy hot but so delicious. I highly recommend it. It's something different in Albuquerque and Nob Hill. It's amazing.
I've eaten at Matanza twice and I've found it's just ok. The food is overpriced, the atmosphere gets loud easily because it's one big room. All the decor has a brown shade and the lighting is poor, it isn't an appetizing ambiance.
I didn't like the food, mashed green beans? The meal was small and not filling, sorry. The beer selection was the best part of the meal. I am sorry I will never eat there again.
We had a reservation through OpenTable, but the staff at the restaurant did not have a table for us. The restaurant is very loud and the staff was inattentive. We had to continually get our own silverware, plates, and water, and go to the bar to get our own drinks. The food was not very good either; it seemed like it had baked under a heat lamp.
Loved the food! Great beer and cocktails selection.
Wonder different New Mexican fare.
1. They did not have my Open Table reservation when I got there! Fortunately they could seat my large party.
2. FABULOUS beer selection- definitely the biggest attraction. Beer was fairly reasonably priced (for craft beer).
3. GREAT food - one of the best chile rellenos I have had! Food was very spicy but not intolerably hot.
4. POOR service! I ate here for dinner twice in one week (for the great beer and food) but had slow service each time. No attention to empty glasses, lost appetizers, everyone sitting with closed menus waiting to order... Servers were pleasant but ineffective.
Our food took over an hour to get to our table and when it finally arrived it was cold! It was a Saturday night but there were several open tables. When I pay $20 a plate at the VERY least I expect it to be warm.
Way too loud. Kitchen sent entrees before appetizer. Rice was not cooked and was crunchy. Ran out of guacamole. Etc etc etc...
The place is good, I hope they survive the chaos of the ART project on Central Avenue. Parking sucks, access sucks, construction barriers block the sidewalk. Had I known about what I was getting into I would have most likely not booked here. Hadn't been in Albuquerque for a while. I will be avoiding Central from now until this project is done.
Food was different but great flavors. The decor is chic but comfortable. Staff could be more friendly. They are a little snobbish but not enough to prevent me from returning at this point. The only (BIG!) negative is that they don't give samples of beer and they advertise themselves as a craft beer restaurant. They do have a large varied selection but this is the first place I've been in town that doesn't give any samples. That would keep me from going back in the future. There are so many breweries in town that are more accommodating. If the food was on a higher level it might make me overlook the beer issue.
Matanza is in a great location. Access will improve if construction on Central avenue is ever completed. The first thing I noticed when we arrived was the deafening noise and it wasn't even filled yet. There is lots of space so tables are not near each other which would be comfortable, but you are still subjected to the conversation at every table which gets louder as more tables are occupied. The good point is the biggest selection of local and regional draft beer I have ever seen in Albuquerque. I wasn't very hungry so the option of a half size Cesar salad with seared tuna was perfect. There was one unimpressive blob of blue corn which I guess was a crouton. Other than that the salad was fresh and very tasty. One of us had the grown up mac and cheese which was spicer than usual though quite delicious. It was accompanied by Parmesan garlic bread. The crispy top made up for the soft crust. The grilled chicken was dry and overcooked but well season. The other diners liked their blackened fish tacos ok. They reported that there was no blackened flavor and there was too much black bean mush on the plate. The calabacitas had too much jalapeño so were left behind when the take out box was collected. I don't think that we will return unless it's mid afternoon and the place is quieter.
Great service. Recommended a great beer. Food was awesome and unique.
First visit, long time
NM resident. Ordered hummus, Matanza Adovado, a sandwich(can't remember which one), and lemon cheesecake stuffed sopapilla. The humus was great, recommend a repeat on that. The Adovada plate is a nope. Overall little flavor, the pork belly and ribs were burnt, and had a tablespoon of bacon that was supposed to be chicharones. The rice was glutinous w/shriveled peas. Beans were good. The sandwich w/coleslaw side, again, little flavor. The sopapilla was hard as a rock, and although served w/a spoon, required knife and fork to cut. Never had a sopapilla like that before. Beer selection fantastic, and good space between tables for privacy. Overall can see where it could be fantastic. But the bright flavors expected for this type of food just isn't there.
Great meal and drinks. Very loud, hard for conversation.
The food, beer and service were great. I do find it odd that they do not have anything they can do for a birthday i.e. free dessert, or even just a candle on a paid for dessert...Wouldn't recommend for a special occasion since it won't feel very special, but otherwise good experience.
With 100 beers on tap and very good food, what's not to like? The wait staff was friendly and efficient. They have some awesome happy hour specials. And the option of 4 oz pours let me try some beers - especially the 10+ ABV ones - without overdoing it or ending up with a large glass of something I didn't like.