El Pinto

4.5
3890 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern
El Pinto has dining but due to the decrees of the Governor, only outdoor dining is available. Natural fireplaces are on most patios, and all patios have heaters. However, please dress warmly.

Open daily 11am-7:30pm. Patios are open at 25% Capacity.

Nestled in the cottonwoods, El Pinto was founded with 10 tables in 1962. Twin brothers John and Jim Thomas, carry on the family tradition and have expanded El Pinto into the quintessential "Spot" for healthy and fresh New Mexican cuisine. Experience an authentic Taste of New Mexico.

The Salsa Twins are pairing tradition with innovative healthy nutrition at El Pinto. El Pinto established the first and only Animal Welfare Approved laying hen program on property. 250 hens lay pasture raised eggs for daily use. An onsite green house produces over 5,000 lbs of organically grown greens.

Freshness is throughout El Pinto. El Pinto uses chile from Hatch, NM, pasture raised pork from Kyzer Farms, and local grass fed beef.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 3890 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
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4.7
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4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Betsy
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The red Chile was not favorable and the potatoes were greasy and soggy. Certainly not worth the 40.00 we spent on lunch.

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MarianaM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family had an excellent meal in a truly authentic New Mexican food. We were in a hurry to get to the airport and we were in and out very quickly too. Thanks for the great service!

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FSerrano
New Mexico
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great appetizers and of course, the house margaritas! Nice ambience, as always. We were sat next to one of the nice outside fireplaces.

Had a great time with my wife.

JT
JeffreyT
Western NC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Albuquerque after a long absence and wanted to get back to El Pinto. The food and staff were excellent. Not disappointed. Five of us dined and everyone truly enjoyed their meal and the experience. Food was authentic and drinks were excellent.

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BarbaraF
Austin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I thought it seemed dirty.

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ArchieS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining area was clean and socially distanced. Food was excellent. Waitress was friendly and courteous. A nice dining experience

NE
NancyE
Little Rock
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chili ribs were bar none the best ribs that my husband and I have ever eaten. Just excellent

LJ
LeifJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is excellent. Best stuffed soap possibly ever.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome, it was so great to be able to sit down to a nice meal there again! Satisfied in all respects!

DA
Den2Abq
Denver
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Best margaritas anywhere!

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Deidre
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met friends for a girl’s night. It was fun, beautiful, clean, drinks were amazing and the food was good.

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LarryP
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible service, food. Truly FRESH Mexican cuisine, not boiled, fried or micro-waved crap. Do not pass this place up if in Albuquerque.

JL
JackieL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food but over priced! Too expensive to go to often.

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Robin
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ribs were tender and juicy. Margaritas were great. Tamales and Chile relleno were very good. Chips and salsa were so good. The only disappointment were the sopapillas. They weren’t hot and didn’t seem fresh.

JP
JenniferP
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very tasty. Great salsa. A little pricey but good quality food.

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GabrielleD
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had so much fun! Our server, Stephanie, was awesome (and her assistant Gracie was a huge highlight of our patio dinner), and the food was amazing.

GG
GloriaG
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience, great traditional New Mexican foods.

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FoodieN
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Reservations were on time. Staff was very friendly and gracious.

MF
vipMichelleF
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had reservations. Had to wait 20 minutes past our reservation. Then, the hostesses (including a supervisor) talked for an additional 5 minutes at the hostess stand before seating us.

Our server, Dayna was fantastic. She was friendly, attentive, & thorough.

JM
JMcD
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I moved out of state. And as soon as the restaurants opened up in Albuquerque,El Pinto was on the top of my list. LOVE the red Chile ribs, quest and guacamole 🥑! Then tostadas and the very best soppapillas!

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome time just family going out to eat. Food was great! Server was outstanding, her name was Maria she was friendly and gave us great service.

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KMax
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding! This a great venue

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch and margaritas were delicious! Sitting next to the cozy fireplace topped it off. Will definitely be back!

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julianneP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance, food and service excellent. I will return when in albq.

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LINDAL
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service great, the taco salad was awesome, other members of our party loved their food as well

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Martib
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and staff!! So glad they are open again!!❤

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ElenaP
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although their food is very good, it is pretty expensive. We only go on special occasions and for the atmosphere. All employees are very hospitable and pleasant and service is very good.

BV
BarbV
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently good. A reliable restaurant for a good meal and great ambiance.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food. Perfect service. Perfect environment. Great drinks...

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Wolfgang
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good COVID accommodation, usual excellent food, a pretty location in the ABQ valley

MB
MadelineB
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Pinto is one of my favorite restaurants in ABQ. It’s a lovely restaurant inside and out, spacious, and the food and drinks are always delicious!

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SonjaR
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was wonderful to have a good meal, in a beautiful location with wonderful service, and great company. El Pinto is am exceptionally nice location to enjoy with family and friends.

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ClydeHam
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Green Chile is super good !

10/10

Spicy spicy spicy

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great great

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Foodzoc
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Appetizer arrived with dinner. Waitress served wrong plate. Didn’t adjust our price. Couldn’t get a hold of her to correct the price so took it out of her tip.

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KirstenA
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to place for margaritas and tacos.
You can't go wrong with any of the menu items.

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cherylk
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Consistently good food! Love the atmosphere and appreciate the heaters on the spacious patios. We feel very comfortable, welcome and safe.

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CathyF
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service was great, we sat in the patio near fire place we had ashes all over us and table the high winds kept pushing plastic tarp into our table and hitting the guests.

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SherryB
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful authentic New Mexico restaurant. Great atmosphere.

AB
AmyB
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful meal in a beautiful setting. Delicious food and delightful staff. Absolutely wonderful!

FAQs

El Pinto offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 898-1771.

El Pinto is rated 4.5 stars by 3890 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.

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