El Patron

4.5
36 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Enjoy traditional New Mexican food prepared fresh daily: hearty carne adovada, stuffed sopapillas, spicy chile and
so much more! We serve USDA choice steaks, great seafood and homemade desserts. Gluten-free and vegan dishes
available.

El Patron is one of a kind restaurant that gives you a sense of dining in an old Mexican plaza. Join us for live
music events, book a private party room or enjoy brunch outdoors on our dog-friendly patio.
What 36 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
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JulieC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Drinks were excellent, service was great, food was decent but the flan was lacking

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We had an early reservation for 5:30 PM so we could put our kids to bed at a decent hour. The waitress forgot our appetizer order and we were waiting over an hour for our food. They did not put cheese on my daughter's cheeseburger and they had to take it back to the kitchen to add it. We had very hungry and grumpy kids. A couple that arrived after us got their food before us. The food was good and the live music in the dining room was nice, but the service was lacking this time. We have had lunch here before and had a better experience.

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DaleA
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience was fantastic. Food was really good. Three member mariachi band was very enjoyable.

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vipChristopher
Denver
55 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Authentic New Mexico Mexican Food! Amazing posole and red chile!

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RoyD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really made a special Valentine's Day! Everything is so good!

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JonathanG
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Hostess sat multiple walkins before even though we had reservations at 615. Was rude when approached about the fact that walkins were getting seated before. Tables were packed into small spaces. Not enough room to sit without elbows bumping or knocking the table.

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Susan
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A nice restaurant for my husband and I to celebrate Valentine's Day.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Excellent service. Sopapilla were heart shaped for Valentine's day

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LoveForFood
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Choices for everyone. Wonderful service. Nice ambiance. Little loud.

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DaleA
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Portion sizes very generous. Their house specials were exactly that, very special.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was surprisingly delicious, and not terribly crowded for the time we came. We will come back, for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great staff

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MichaelG
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

El Patron is good and service is excellent. I think the drinks are overpriced. The mexican food is no where near the best in town but the ambiance makes up for it.

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ScottA
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience2

The restaurant was busy but most tables were getting adequate service. Unfortunately, our table (and two others) had almost no service. Had to refill my own water glass while waiting 15 minutes for a drink to come from the bar. The food was good and a reasonable value. The mariachi band was too loud and made conversation difficult. Finally, the restroom was disgusting. Two of three toilets were literally overflowing as was one of the two sinks. I hope the kitchen was in better shape.

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vipSuzyC
Oklahoma City
19 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This was our third try at El Patron and we will not be going back. The service was OK, but the food was terrible. The two baskets of complimentary chips were completely greasy and most inedible. (You need to get tips from Chili’s restaurant! Their chips are always perfect). The watered down Mexican rice was tasteless. The taquitos were hard and difficult to eat - Overcooked. The only saving grace were the sopapillas -they were delicious this time.

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vipMasa
New Mexico
56 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall very good food / social experience for our group. The kitchen was overwhelmed with multiple group orders so delivery to table was a slow. Waiter and manager were very good about letting us know of kitchen crunch. Comp on total bill was provided and appreciated.

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GeraldG
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, food was outstanding and service was also.

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vipMaximillian
Chicago
140 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First visit here and really enjoyed it. Spicy queso, tasty salsa and the chile rellenos were great as were the steak tacos. Drinks were good, not outstanding. It was nice having a live mariachi band there and the waiter was excellent. Bathrooms could use some regular attention and updating.

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TomB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had a great time. Food, ambiance , everything. I have always enjoyed El Patron especially their patio in the Summer and Fall.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The side dishes are just average or below average. The main dish items, however, were very good

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CaitlynP
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service! Food was delicious and our server was excellent. The food its reasonably priced for the amount that you get.

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sylviam
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great. The food and drinks were very good. We had a great time!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The attendant at the airport rental car exit gate suggested this place and it did not disappoint. Fun, yummy and great ambiance. Always listen to the locals!

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MillieF
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

There was 8 of us. But they said our reservation was for 6 at 5:30. So we had to wait for a table that wasn’t very nice for us. Food was just fair.

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KImK
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, lovely experience. Food was superb. Attentive service despite very busy night

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KrisS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted a very special place to dine with out of town friends we hadn't seen in many many years. El Patron met every expectation! Food, service, atmosphere was superior.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the sea bass and naked relleno, and it was fantastic. Waiter was great. Live music. Perfect dinner!

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and atmosphere! Quiet enough for conversation, but lively enough with music!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Order had to be sent back as it had been sitting in the “window” way too long!

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NikiR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and the waiter was outstanding. Our glasses never got below halfway and was constantly checking on us. They were pretty busy at the time but the food came very quickly.

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PlacitasPicky
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Some excellent options. Lots of cheese (the way I like it)--thin chips. Salsa and some dishes (e.g. Enchilada Casserole) can run pretty hot for non-native-seared-tongue folk (as the menu properly warns).
Overall, I consider this the most upscale of the Mexican restaurants in ABQ, and feel the food warrants the prices (though would still like to be able to buy a pitcher of Margaritas or Sangria :).

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New to the area got their about 15 minutes early and they did not have a problem seating me early. The service was quick and nice the food was prompt delicious and hot!

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vipDecanters
New Mexico
22 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of the best happy hours in ABQ, at least that we've found since moving here. We always eat in the bar for that reason. The food was great, as was the service. Not sure we could ask for more.

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RobArmstrong
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great crema on calabacitas

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Scottie
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We did not get the correct orders. We waited a very long time for food. Some of us got our food before others in our party. Overall, some of the food was cold and did not taste as good as it usually does

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We were seated within minutes of our reservation time. The service to order drinks and food was a bit slow. The food and drinks were very good and the prices were great. We will be back.

FAQs

El Patron offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 275-0223.

El Patron is rated 4.5 stars by 36 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.