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El Pinto, Albuquerque, NM

El Pinto

4.4
4.4
6993 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern
El Pinto is open for outdoor covered patio dining and 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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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 53 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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: (505) 898-1771 ext. 117
  • Neighborhood
    Albuquerque
  • Cross street
    Second Street North of Alameda
  • 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

What 6,993 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Great for brunch

  • New Mexico

    Kid-friendly

  • New Mexico

    Good for groups

  • New Mexico

    Great for outdoor dining

  • New Mexico

    Most Booked

  • Albuquerque

    Great for brunch

  • Albuquerque

    Good for groups

  • Albuquerque

    Hot spot

  • Albuquerque

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Albuquerque

    Most Booked

6,993 Reviews
  1. BigRed

    New Mexico

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's an incredibly unique experience to dine out on El Pinto's patio during this time of year. It's so refreshing and rejuvenating. Keanna did an outstanding job as our server. The food was perfect :-).

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  2. Chris

    Phoenix

    50 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always the ambiance and service are excellent! The food ugh, was disappointing.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very beautiful place! We sat outside and enjoyed the patio. The drinks and food were great but service was very slow.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our reservation was at 6 but didn’t get seated until 6:30.

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  5. JanSu

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is really good. The biggest issue is the chairs are in desperate need of replacement. The one that I had at my most recent visit had the seat completely detached from the frame. So many of their chairs are ripped and frayed and unstable. For such a great restaurant with amazing service, they have got to invest in new chairs. 

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  6. ShaneJ

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s amazing there we love it. Everything’s perfect every time we go recommend it to anyone and their red chili ribs. Best I’ve ever had.

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  7. RB65

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the ambiance! I have been there twice in the last 2 weeks, just in case the last visit was a one-off, but unfortunately, the services were very slow and very inattentive on both visits.

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  8. connies

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food wasn’t as good as expected. Employees very friendly and efficient.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    El Pinto is one of the few places we've gone to where the food and service have not declined since the pandemic. Definitely a favorite place to go!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ronnie the manager is very polite came around to see if everything was good, food and drinks were very good also the waiter was very polite and assisted us

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    It was Mother's Day so I was expecting it to be busy, however we had to wait over 30 minutes past our reservation for our table to be ready. Otherwise the food was good and the atmosphere was great - it's pretty pricey for standard New Mexican fare, so keep that in mind.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great place for Mexican food! We were there for Mother’s Day. The staff were like well oiled machines! Everything was wonderful and delicious. Cam, our server was extremely friendly and efficient!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The waitress was amazing, food outstanding and atmosphere was refreshing. Loved every minute of the meal.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oliver provided excellent service in spite of the large number of patrons. Food was served promptly and our water glasses were regularly filled. The ambient environment was very pleasant and noise was minimal. Wonderful entertainment provided by the solo guitar player. Radiant heaters were operating and took the chill out of the occasional wind gust.

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  15. BigRed

    New Mexico

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    El Pinto kindly gave all the mothers roses for Mother's Day! Our dining party was fortunate to sit right in front of live entertainment out on the patio. Our server, Oliver went above and beyond to accommodate all of our requests :-).

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  16. PickyLocals

    New Mexico

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our family's 20+ year history at El Pinto is full of great memories...ALWAYS! Mother's Day 2024 was no exception! Everything was on point from our arrival, seating, excellent live entertainment, perfect service and of course our 5* delicious El Pinto meal! Thank you El Pinto staff for your hard work on Sunday to make Mother's Day so so special for so so many! You're the Best!

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  17. WILLIAM

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had reserved/requested outside seating, but were placed inside (despite the good number of empty table on the patio). We ordered two appetizers, but only one came. The other (chicharrones) wasn't ready until we were half way through our entrees, so asked to make it go. They were over cooked and tough. I requested a medium rare steak, and it came out medium well and tepid in temperature. My Son asked for red chili on the side, and green came on top. We've eaten there at least 6 times in the last 7 months, and we had more issue this visit than all the others together. Not happy.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere is amazing, but the food was mediocre at best and lacked flavor. It was 11am and a little chilly on the patio. There was a heater over our table, but my sister was still freezing. I asked the waitress if we can get an additional heater next to her. The waitress said she'll see what she could do but never brought one over or addressed the situation again. I must point out that there was a portable heater 20ft away at another table that no one was using for our entire meal service.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Your food has improved. Your service was great. Only one request: The chili Rellanos should be fried for crispiness instead of a baked soft chili rellano.

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  20. BillK

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very god service and food on a Saturday night. We loved sitting outside- my wife was happy to be under a heater. My son says it’s the best restaurant he’s been to in New Mexico.

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  21. charlesm

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The only hitch was that we asked for an indoor table but were given an outside table. Food was great. Atmosphere was awesome. Will definitely return

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  22. LORRIO

    New Mexico

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We had asked for an outdoor table and I told them there would be two wheelchairs. They crammed six of us around an iron table that is better suited for four on the uncovered patio - it had been raining off and on all afternoon. Our seats were wet and the table was only partially covered by the umbrella. We asked the hostess what happens if it started raining hard and she said they would re-seat us in an hour to an hour and a half. All of us got rained on at some point during our time there. Thankfully it wasn’t a hard rain. This was a Mother’s Day dinner for my mom. She’s 85 and rarely gets out of the house except to go to a doctor’s appointment. We were trying to give her a beautiful dinner experience. Our server was very good, that was the saving grace. My food looked it had been slapped on the plate and had hardly anything in the burrito. Maybe two tablespoons of filling. It was a Calabacitas burrito, a favorite of mine. My sister-in-law had the chile rellenos and said they tasted like they’d been frozen. Our family has gone to El Pinto my whole life. My husband and I are there several times a month. This was a disappointment. The hostesses need to behave like they care about you when come rather than make you feel like it’s a bother to seat you.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a reservation for 9 people at 3pm for a graduation celebratory meal. We didn't get seated until an hour later at 4pm. Granted it was a busy weekend Saturday. But please don't take the reservation if you can't honor it.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this restaurant! The tamales are spectacular!

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  25. WileyW

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    In need of a serious update! We booked a table inside, but were seated outside (very windy evening). When asked if we could move inside we were told it would be another 15 mins. Food was just not very good! Server was friendly and attentive.

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  26. Delicious

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful spot with excellent food. A little sorry we were seated inside as the garden area is so pretty, but service was exceptional- never felt rushed. Food is great. Only problem is trying to narrow down the decision of what to have.

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  27. DavidD

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food has always been delicious & the wait staff is always friendly.

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  28. JLJone

    New Mexico

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an exceptional dining experience - the food and the environment on the patio. Wait staff is cordial and friendly. If you want to be able to hear and have a pleasant conversation, ask for a table away from the entertainment (which is VERY good, and appropriate for the setting - but it is loud). Thank you!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed returning to a family tradition, which did not disappoint.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful experience and delicious food! We met the owners and they were great!

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  31. MaeMae

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Our server left us for half an hour before taking our orders and then got two out of three of them wrong.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Giavwnna (so) was a great server…friendly and very attentive…

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and great atmosphere! Will be back again

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  34. DickW

    New Mexico

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    They really need to improve the bathrooms, upgrade or fix the chairs and just complete an overall refresh. We love this place, but they haven't cleaned or fixed anything in many years.

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  35. Mike

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    El Pinto is always amazing. Best restaurant in Abq.ambience can’t be beat!

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  36. ConnieM

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We waited for a long time to get service. They need to get more help.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. We love dining at El Pinto!

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  38. joey

    Los Angeles

    64 reviews

    3.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    On arrival the front desk told us to wait while they cleared a table. About 10 minutes later they yelled out our name and we were the only ones waiting. We sat down and realized the table was dirty and had not been completely set. Our server fixed that. The food was on the fair side.

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  39. LORRIO

    New Mexico

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    My food came out looking like it had been thrown on the plate. My hubby and I are regulars and we’re used to the ups and downs. There were a lot of very large parties there that evening which delayed our food. I was with a friend and we were having a great conversation so we were chill about it. What I didn’t like is after we were served the waitress must have interrupted five or six times to ask if we were finished with our plates.

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  40. SpencerS

    New Mexico

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    food was dry and no flavor. not happy with cc service charge of $6.46

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FAQs

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

El Pinto is rated 4.4 stars by 6993 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 53 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for El Pinto

10500 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Second Street North of Alameda
  • 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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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: (505) 898-1771 ext. 117
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