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El Pinto

4.5
4.5
5370 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern

El Pinto is open for outdoor covered patio dining and distanced indoor seating.

Open daily. Monday through Thursday from 11am-9pm. Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm. Sunday 10:30am-9pm.

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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Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (505) 898-1771

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    El Pinto Restaurant is the spot for events. We have the capacity to host everything from small family groups to very large corporate events with our signature 4-Star service and exceptional attention to detail for a truly stress free affair. Reservations are required for parties of 10 or more.

  • Private party contact

    Tanish De La O: (855) 643-1478

  • Neighborhood

    Albuquerque

  • Cross street

    Alameda Blvd NW

  • Parking details

    Ample parking available on site for individuals and tour buses. Reservations strongly recommended.

  • Entertainment

    Free live music each Tue and Thurs night from 6:30 to 8 pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,370 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Great for Brunch

  • New Mexico

    Good for Groups

  • New Mexico

    Outdoor Dining

  • New Mexico

    Most Booked

  • Albuquerque

    Best Ambiance

  • Albuquerque

    Good for Groups

  • Albuquerque

    Healthy

  • Albuquerque

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Albuquerque

    Outdoor Dining

  • Albuquerque

    Most Booked

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  1. KM

    KMCassels

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    We always love El Pinto and we eat there every time we get a chance to get up to Albuquerque. Very good food and wonderful atmosphere! The jalapeño margaritas are exceptional!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was great!

  3. TM

    TrishM

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Best patio around. Great service. Food is good, but pricey.

  4. R

    Ronald

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food and service with very pleasant outside dinning.

  5. SH

    SusanneH

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The venue is beautiful and they offer lovely outdoor seating and good social distancing. The server was lovely and attentive and the food was good.

  6. BA

    BarryA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The atmosphere of the restaurant was inviting and unique. The service was top notch and the servers were all very attentive and friendly. The food was excellent.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    WAs not alerted that they stop serving wine at 9pm and we arrived at 8pm

  8. GM

    GlennM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best, period. A must visit when in ABQ. The appetizers were enough to be a meal, but we powered thru.

  9. L

    Lorraine

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is my favorite restaurant in Albuquerque. As usual, it was wonderful. Great food, drinks, and service. We love sitting outside on the patio. I highly recommend El Pinto.

  10. B

    Barela

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    We go every year to celebrate our wedding anniversary in June and sit in the Sandia patio where our reception was held on our special day. We love the area and the memory this place holds. In previous years the server always asks if we’re celebrating anything special and would bring us a dessert to share at the end of our meal. This time our server did not ask which isn’t expected but he did seem very distracted and forgot a few things we asked for as well as our meal being made wrong. Service was not what we are used to when we visit here but nonetheless we still enjoyed our time together and the atmosphere of El Pinto.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely atmosphere. Trees are huge and spectacular! Highly recommend especially if you've never been to ABQ!

  12. KZ

    KarenZ

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Our waiter may have been new but was less then attentive. Kept us waiting most of the evening for what ever was to come next.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    mmmmm Next time we’ll skip basic dishes & go for the green chili app, red chili ribs, queso, and salsa.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    Had my wife’s birthday there food was good but took over a hour to get food

  15. T

    Truelove

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyable dining experience, food was delicious and the service was great!

  16. k

    kimf

    New Mexico

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Waitstaff was overwhelmed on Father’s Day. Forgot multiple items and took about 90 mins to get meal delivered to table. Portions have been shrunk by about 25% but prices stay the same

  17. F

    Foodie

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed a great Father's day early dinner. Weather was perfect. Food was amazing. Appreciate the covered patio and fans outside.

  18. BR

    BigRed

    New Mexico

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server, Annalisa, worked so hard to accommodate our large family gathering. She did an excellent job. It was refreshing to dine outdoors for a Father's Day Celebration. The food was perfect! :-) The staff is so friendly!

  19. CB

    CarolB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect setting to enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine.

  20. d

    danielv

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    El Pinto operates the premier outdoor setting and eating experience in NM. The exceptional patios alone, make dining at El Pinto worth the patronage.

  21. A

    Ashie

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I ordered the huevos rancheros and was easily satisfied. Just enough spice without burning everything

  22. EG

    EmilyG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    Service was great. Food was mediocre, eggs cold

  23. TF

    TravelingFam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Are here while visiting friends. Service was friendly, attentive, and lovely. Food was also lovely. Fresh sopapillas we're amazing. We are outside on the patio which was beautiful and quiet. Inside seemed very reasonable on noise level but we weren't inside for long.

  24. GG

    GeorgeG

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    We were underwhelmed with our dinner at El Pinto. It definitely has the feel of a restaurant that is resting on its laurels (it has a huge outdoor space and can cater large parties and has done so for years). Where we sat outdoors it felt kind of run down. However the food was quite good and our server was very nice. One minor note - they had a 'Best of the Eagles' soundtrack going that seemed a little out of place for the ambience (although I do like the Eagles), but what was kind of annoying was that it repeated after like 40 minutes and we got to listen to it again.

  25. JP

    JennyP

    New Mexico

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    It was ok; we went there for our anniversary. The frozen margarita wasn’t blended and had regular ice pieces in it. We didn’t get the baked potato we ordered; I was given green chili rather than red. The patio roof was dripping rain onto my chair. We were seated 20 minutes after our reservation.

  26. c

    ckrr

    New Mexico

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    We got there and checked in 15 minutes early, they said they would text us when our table is ready. Never got a text went in at 20 after 5. I got‘your table has been ready for a while now’ we were finally seated. Already bugged!

  27. H

    Hr253

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We waited over half an hour for our reservation to be ready. Half an hour after we were seated we still only had water and not even enough for the whole table. We ended up leaving because it was taking forever.

  28. NP

    NoelP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience1

    We made reservations ahead and we still had to wait 30 minutes to be seated. I had to ask 3 times when we would be seated. Their were lots of available tables. We asked for a table for 5, 4 and a high chair. Instead we were seated at a four top with no room for the high chair so we had to ask for another table to be moved over. The woman who helped us huffed when I asked her. Because we were so far back in the restaurant it took awhile for someone to come and move the table. They seated us all the way in the back of the restaurant where no one was seated and then gradually seated other families with lots of children so that it became very noisy. We didn’t ask to be seated in the kids section. This is the second time this has happened. The food is very expensive and not any better than any other New Mexican restaurant in town. We were celebrating a special occasion and decided to do it at El Pinto. The place shows it’s age. It is completely living on its reputation and not doing any improvements. We won’t be back. We are residents not tourists. I guess they want tourists with big wallets. We will steer our family and friends who visit to other better, more inexpensive New Mexican restaurants. You might be one of the oldest and largest, but you certainly aren’t the best.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    Special 1st Date

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Traveling and a great place to stop for great NM food.

  31. GA

    GlenAndLorieAnderson

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We just moved back to NM after living in Texas for two years. El Pinto was our first stop and they have not missed a beat since the last dime we dined with them two years ago! Fabulous service and amazing food! The green chili stew, stuffed sopapillas, and queso are always out of this world! One of my family’s favorite dinner spots!

  32. HH

    HeatherH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love to eat here when in Albuquerque! The people are friendly, sitting outside is lovely, and the food is good. The place is huge but tends to be full so recommend making a reservation. It doesn’t feel crowded or anything because the setting is so lovely!

  33. CH

    ClintH

    New Mexico

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Had steaks. They used to be the best in the county. I hope you can return to that old standard.

  34. TB

    TravisB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5

    The food is mediocre, but the ambience is probably the best in Albuquerque. Absolutely beautiful.

  35. PG

    PeterG

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Ambience can't be beat. Service was outstanding...food middle of the road quality. Food was good, but not as good as I have had there several times before.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Greater atmosphere.

  37. VY

    VenetiaY

    New Mexico

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were glad that the1/2 pitcher of margaritas that we ordered contained the right amount of tequila, that has been a problem the last few trips we made to El Pinto, you could barely noticed that there was any in it. Today was fantastic! And Gracie and Ty were our servers and they did a fabulous job!

  38. DB

    DianeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My friends loved the margaritas. I loved the chicken adovada.

  39. MS

    MicheleS

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We always have a great meal here. It’s a fun atmosphere and authentic New Mexican food. We have always sat outside regardless of the weather. Great for families of all sizes! If you come to ABQ, you need to eat here!

  40. JH

    JenniferH

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was awesome. The food was delicious. Highly recommend!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 5370 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 2 times today
Google Map for El Pinto

10500 4th St NW Albuquerque, NM 87114

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Alameda Blvd NW

  • Neighborhood

    Albuquerque

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Ample parking available on site for individuals and tour buses. Reservations strongly recommended.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Free live music each Tue and Thurs night from 6:30 to 8 pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (505) 898-1771

  • Private party facilities

    El Pinto Restaurant is the spot for events. We have the capacity to host everything from small family groups to very large corporate events with our signature 4-Star service and exceptional attention to detail for a truly stress free affair. Reservations are required for parties of 10 or more.

  • Private party contact

    Tanish De La O: (855) 643-1478

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