El Pinto

4.4
5040 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.

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
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Tasty
New Orleans
33 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1food4service3ambience1

They DO NOT USE COVID PRECAUTIONS!!! And there is a state mandate to do so.

I dined here for decades but will NOT return.

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vipClintH
New Mexico
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Still the best New Mexican food goto place with atmosphere.

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vipCarmella
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

My first experience was on a Saturday and the food, sangria and service was excellent which is why I returned. I came this second time with my daughter. Waiter/service was good but his nails were dirty. The food this time was not hot. We were served food that may have just been sitting there and not even under a hot/heated lamp. I’m not sure why a Sunday afternoon experience was so poor. I’ll cherish my first experience but I won’t be returning.

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MarijanaB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

This place was highly recommended to us first time in Albuquerque. Really was a disappointment. Our server was wonderful, but the food was nothing special and for the price point definitely fell short. I think it’s mostly a worn out tourist attraction. Would not recommend.

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JayM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This resturant has so much history and charm and ambience. Very unique with all the different patios with fireplaces. Unfortunately the food quality doesn’t match the ambience. A little pricey nothing really unique. And our waitress was rather annoying coming back several times for our order not reading the table well.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All was good. Appetizer came out with meal. Took a while to get initial greeting and drinks. Waitstaff had large 15 top next to us. Once they got their food, we were attended to.

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LDKay
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good was ok. Service and drinks were the greatest.

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vipbfullerfoto
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and plenty of it! Rustic, southwest-style environment. Very open space so it didn’t feel crowded at all. Fantastic service to boot! I will absolutely be dining here again!!

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vipBigRed
New Mexico
52 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dad and I were incredibly spoiled to dine next to a cozy fireplace. The ambiance was cheerful, the food was perfectly delicious, and our server, Elias, was excellent! El Pinto is the best :-).

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Sylstank
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was recommended while traveling through the area, so glad we stopped for dinner everything was very good and greasy and loved sitting by the fireplace was a bonus!

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BeeDee
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A little pricey, but worth it. Great food, wonderful setting, very good service.

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FSerrano
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. Server was very attentive and personable. Food was hot and fresh. Ambience is always great.

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vipWonderful
New Mexico
33 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent flavor for most items especially the chili con carne. The chili replenish is stringy.

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RichardN
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Great food and service. We were seated in the bar, nice but was looking for something with more ambiance especially as neither my wife and I drink. Seemed like since we had reservations for 4 and only 2 came we were downgraded to the bar seating area. Disappointed that occurred.

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KimD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience2

the waiter was polite and service was timely. the food was luke warm and BOTH dishes were mostly tasteless. there was very little music and the patio gas heaters were not hooked up. this was our 5 time visiting this location. maybe our last.

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DianaF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good but one dish was sent back. Calbasitas were under cooked

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JoeC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service. Really enjoyed our dinner.

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Shelly
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the atmosphere at El Pinto. The food is great and I enjoy the building.

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Boog
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

I’ve only eaten there twice, two years apart! If it weren’t for the ambiance I would not have taken friends there this time! The food is just okay, so it’s overpriced! Great setting and story though!

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BethH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

previous visits were better when less crowded. we were seated in an aisle where wait staff passed repeatedly which made it feel congested and not very relaxing. staff seemed tombe moreminterested in the New year's Eve crowd they expected later than our dining experience (at 4pm) which seemed misplaced. Also, when you order take out ( as we did in addition to our in-house early dinner), note that tortilla chips are only packaged in a paper bag, somorder only amount youmcan consume in day ormso (cannot buy packaged for future use).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Been coming here since they opened so I’ve had many experiences here that were pleasent and i still highly recommend it! Unfortunately, we were placed in an odd back room (I had requested outdoors) that looked like a storage area had been fixed up and draped with plastic. Not what I had hoped for since I was treating a very special person from out of town. It looked like it was set up for a temporary medical facility (kidding but it was that bad). Regardless if you come here I suggest avoiding being seated in this area. As far as food goes it wasn’t very hot and just not great for the $$. Our waitress was delightful so at least she made it better!

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RonnieM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best experience from start to finish! Our server was awesome.

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DonG
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service is outstanding. A little pricey for Mexican food but the quality is excellent.

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KennethH
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined an El Pinto many times and have always found the food, drinks, and service to be outstanding. Keep The good work.

Would recommend for Dining on for any occasion.

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vipDave
San Antonio
34 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good could have been served warmer but it tasted delicious.

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vipAnnW
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a customer of El Pinto for the past 40 years it is impressiver that I can still give them a very positive review. The food is consistently excellent. Our service has been excellent throughout covid. We moved across town away from the restaurant but we will always come back there for Mexican food. Great margaritas, fresh sopapillas, real honey, lovely atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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joycita
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We were really looking forward to taking our Christmas company to El Pinto because of the quintessential NM atmosphere. I requested a table by a fireplace. We got that but in a dreary room and no fire. A group of young people seated near us was very, very loud. Maybe they had too much to drink. This was after Christmas and I reserved well in advance.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both my son and I 29 year old son enjoyed the entire dinner that we took last night we Android the lighting the low level of noise Express temp service as well as the hot food which was made completely the way we enjoy eating our dinner again El Pinto truly has outdone themselves what a way to go New Mexico when you want to eat New Mexico food to me it is the best in the green chili is truly remarkable oh yeah there rib appetizer was out of this world the entire dinner was out of this world and very pleasurable thanks to our waitress the Buster chef as well as neighboring diners

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We were seated in the bar area with our kids. Then the light over us was out. The server was not wearing a mask to serve our food in the beginning. (I asked if the server should be wearing a mask, then she was given one). The food is so very over priced!!! My Husband had to ask for the table to be wiped because it was sticky. We had taken my Mom for her Birthday, next time we’d rather get a pizza!

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Kami
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent server. Reservation required NO wait time to be seated. We were seated in a large room with 2 other parties but there was no noise competition.

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KCSeattle
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We celebrated lunch with our three grandchildren (ages 7-14). The service was a little slow which is understandable, but they were accurate, friendly and kind. We loved all our meals. We sat on the patio under a good warmer in a room with well spaced tables and good airflow. This is a family favorite and we’ll be back!

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RachelS
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant. Will come here every time we are in Albuquerque

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ABaca
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shelby was an amazing server! Highly recommend asking to sit in her section. She is awesome(:

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DawnR
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

As usual excellent food, hostess a little rude( maybe just a long night) would request not the far back patio, our server was very delightful.
Disappointed in Covid protocol.

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JessicaP
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at El Pinto on Christmas Eve. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was delightful! I highly recommend El Pinto!

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ShaynahJones
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice server named Jaqua, beautiful restaurant. Seated on time with our reservation.

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KathleenS
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience1

The hostess should have told us the bar was actually much nicer than the dining room area. The dining area is old, run down, ugly colors, horrible worn dirty carpet, horrible lighting, really horrible. I’m so disappointed and wanted a nice ambiance and pretty atmosphere for dinner with my son that flew into town from Austria. We ended up in a dumpy ugly room with a turquoise wall and a worn carpet.
VERY DISAPPOINTED

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food is definitely over priced for the quality and the amount you get. I won’t be returning any time soon.

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PHYLLISH
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a regular at El Pinto I bring out of town guess here when they ar in town.

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 5040 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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