Backstreet Grill

3.9
25 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Backstreet Grill was created with the intention of bringing affordable, innovative Southwestern cuisine to the Old Town area of Albuquerque. We started as a small location nestled in Plaza Hacienda, and began building a reputation for having quality food and amazing customer service. In the two years since our opening, we have expanded to a full scale, full service, 160 seat restaurant. We feature foods made with locally sourced ingredients, as well as beers and wines crafted right here in New Mexico. We also have a very large and beautiful patio, perfect for enjoying a nice sunny day here in Old Town! Here at Backstreet Grill we use locally produced ingredients to create innovative, southwestern style meals for an affordable price. Some of our customer favorites include our famous fresh table-side made guacamole, baja sandwiches and duck tacos. Our from scratch recipes bring together a perfect blend of flavors from traditional Mexican street food to American classics.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, American
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(505) 842-5434
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Christopher Cordova
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
The parking lot wrapping around our building from the south to the west to the north is a private lot, It cost 5 dollars to park The large parking lot to the east is maintained by the city and is unaffiliated with Backstreet Grill
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 25 People Are Saying
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4.3
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3.6
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RP
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good. I am a regular customer

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p
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

this was our second visit to this place. the food is wonderful. four guy's golf trip. great place for good food. have whatever you wish. you will not be disappointed.

peter

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K
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I have to admit that the setting of a back porch overlooking the parking lot sort of set me off here, but the food was reasonable and the service was attentive. We had calamari and tacos that were fresh and well prepared.

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R
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

only complaint was glare from sun and no way to block it other than move to different table.

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R
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

AC very poor on a hot day. Excellent food. Many new twists on old dishes. Lots of potential

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RP
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here many many times and it is always excellent.
Can be noisy at times and the scraping of the outdoor chairs on the pavement can be painful

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RS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Backstreet Grill was recommended to me by a number of people, but I found it disppointing. We sat outside because it was a hot day and with no air conditioning, the temperature inside was insufferable. Of course, it was hot outside, too, even in the shade. The tables on the outdoor patio are awkward with large, heavy and uncomfortable chairs. The staff were friendly enough, but seemd to have too much going on and often seemed unavailable when we needed them. The menu claims to be based on "Baja Cuisine" but seemed to have nothing to do with any authentic Mexican cuisine and instead to be based on the philosophy of taking creativity to the point of being weird and avoiding anything that is really fresh or healthy.

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r
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Never got seated. Had made a reservation online but got put on a waiting list on arrival. There was plenty of seating so we don't know why. We left after waiting about 15 minutes...very disappointed

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RP
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always guaranteed of an excellent experience
The Table-prepared Guacamole is a winner every time
Tacos could not be better.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

We visit Albuquerque once or twice a year to see our son. This is the first time we’ve been to this restaurant. The food was good, but it was so hot in the restaurant, I had a hard time enjoying dinner. There was no air conditioning and no fan. Staff was very nice and attentive. They don’t serve hard liquor, but do serve wine and beer.

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M
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

We made a reservation but were told to wait. I asked what the point in a reservation if we had to wait? They DID get us a table. Food was just ok. We sat outside. That was really nice. I'll go back and try them again. As an aside, the hostess was very in-charge and impressed me with her competence.

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Mainz
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice restaurant in Albuquerque's old town district. Food was plenty and tasty - typical Southwest cuisine with a nice drink menu, including draft beers on tap.

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D
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall nice restaurant in old town Albequerque. Restaurant was busy and servers were hustling but they were attentive and on the mark for all. Tortilla soup was very good, the Baja beef? appetizer was delicious. Taco entrees (one duck, one steak) were both good as well. Would go back again if in Albequerque.

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B
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal at Backstreet. Booked for NYE with out of town visitors and everyone enjoyed the food and atmosphere so much. Thanks!

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OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome experience!!! We will be back. Old town nachos were the bomb.

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EW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner and thought it a great value.

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Had a disappointing experience while visiting Albuquerque. Service was quick but incomplete. Food came out at odd points without much planning. My family were all done with their meals prior to mine arriving (it was a burger and fries). The food was acceptable but nothing notable. Would not dine here again.

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v
New Mexico
27 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

This was the first time in all the times we used OpenTable that when we arrived for our reservation the table was not ready. We had to wait an additional 25 minutes for a table to clear. The food was good; however there was a lot of noise inside the restaurant with all the people talking which seamed to elevate everyone's voice. Also, our waitress seemed like she was in a bad mood and was more short in conversations.

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SR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday evening dinner with family, delicious food, thoughtful service, I highly recommend.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff handled our large party perfectly, food, service, ambiance excellent.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was spectacular. It was a very special evening. Waitress, was great...very animated. She did get busy, the restaurant got very busy. Older crowd. . .like us. We can't wait to go back.

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a double date with good friends. Me and my friend actually work together and we each got gift cards from a child in our class.
We are sure glad we decided to go to backstreet because the food was incredible and we had a wonderful time. Me and my husband are from Louisiana and a lot of what is on the menu was what was also on the menu at our wedding. I love scallops and brussels sprouts so I had requested the pilaf to be replaced by Brussel sprouts and they allowed my request with no hesitation and I was the happiest Lady in the room. We sat inside because we were afraid of the heat and humidity but looking back I think we all wish we would've sat outside and they're beautiful courtyard because I think it really sets the tone but even inside was amazing and at times with that we are the loud ones even though we were quite quiet. I highly suggest the signature cocktail with the lavender and flowers in it if you are a light drinker.
We will definitely be going back for future date nights.

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p
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

loved it. just what we wanted. easy. fun. good food.

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G
Edmonton
67 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good dinner out! It was conveniently located close to our VRBO. Would return.

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New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time eating there- new on Open table. Food was pretty good- always hard to know what to order for first time at a restaurant. Service was great, Ashley was our server. He was very energetic and helpful. We sat out on the patio. Everyone was very friendly.

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