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About El Pinto
Nestled in the cottonwoods, El Pinto was founded with eight tables in 1962. Twin brothers John and Jim Thomas, known as the Salsa Twins, 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 is proud to have the first and only Animal Welfare Approved laying hen program on property. 200 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, dryland beans from CO, healthy sunflower oil for frying, Celtic sea salt for seasoning, and local ingredients when in season.
It has been featured on Food Network, Travel Channel and the BBC among other places.
Albuquerque, NM 87114
Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm.
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm.
Alameda Blvd NW
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free live music each Tue and Thurs night from 6:30 to 8 pm.
Ample parking available on site for individuals and tour buses.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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El Pinto Ratings and Reviews
When our travels bring us o New Mexico and Sante Fe, we plan a stop at EL Pinto. We had great service and food. Plus they have a wonderful selection of tequilas. We love the food and the feel of the restaurant. The portions are big and full of flavor. Enjoy!
Was recommended by the locals for an authentic New Mexico experience - no idea how the food is even acceptable to locals. Green chili was watery and lacked flavor, rolled tacos and tamales were extremely dry, margarita too sweet and to top it off - expensive for Mexican food. The vibe of the place was good, like dining in an old house with the comfort of a fire place - but that was about the only good thing. Would not recommend this to anyone who actually wants to eat good food.
I used to love going to El Pinto with my grandma and grandpa. We don’t make it to Albuquerque often now that they have passed away, so I was excited to bring my husband and daughter to share the experience with them. The biggest problem was that we were sat on an enclosed patio. There were several open tables throughout the bar area and restaurant that we passed. When we got to the table, it was surrounded by a ton of chairs that had to be removed and had the feel of a storage area. The hanging lights were extremely dirty along with the rest of the patio. I was waiting for grime to flutter down to our plates. All the ambiance of a garden shed. The food was mediocre, definitely not a good value when there are so many amazing places to eat in the surrounding area. Our server was the one bright spot of the whole experience. She was amazing. Overall I was disappointed and very surprised that my family will not remember El Pinto warmly the way I used to.
We went for the lunch buffet and service was great, our waitress was on top of drinks and clearing old plates out of the way. The food was good for a buffet. The red chile they used for a stew and the posole was good and spicy, we really liked it. The tamales and red enchiladas were a bit dry but all in all it was good.
We were visiting Albuquerque for a meeting and decided to try El Pinto because of their gluten free options. The food was wonderful and the service was too. Very understanding of gluten allergies and our food was marked with "gluten free" wooden picks when it arrived at the table. We were also fortunate to get a seat in the back room by the fireplace which was a nice surprise.
The hostess tried to seat us way in the corner of the little room off the bar area. We told her that we preferred another table and she said that’s all she had and would come find us but she never did. We finally seated ourselves in the bar area waiting for her return. Our waiter ask us if we wanted dinner and we said yes. The hostess was most unfriendly and definitely in the wrong position in the restaurant. A very unpleasant experience and sadly our first time.
I always make the trek to El Pinto, whenever I travel west to Albuquerque. I have real problems with choosing between the addictive "New Mexico Red" and the savory green chile sauces! Oh well, plenty of trips to El Pinto is the only cure.
Service can be a tad leisurely, so it's best to plan for this place to be the star of the evening, rather than a quick in and out.
We were in town for a business conference, and a friend who lives in the ABQ area recommended El Pinto to us for authentic New Mexican food. We were not disappointed! It was amazing food and service.
I do not drink, but a friend ordered a marguerita with mezcal, which she had not had before. Apparently it is quite a unique taste, and she didn't care for it. The waitress was fabulous, and immediately offered to replace it with any other marguerita. Outstanding customer care!
I particularly am a fan of green chili anytime I am in NM, and this did not disappoint. Excellent green chili strip appetizer, and the chili verde enchilada was to die for! This is on a permanent "must visit" list for me anytime I am in Albuquerque.
Lovely environment inside and out. Attentive and knowledgeable wait staff. Very good New Mexican food and excellent margaritas. The chili is hot, so ask about heat when you order.
The four in our party really enjoyed sitting out front around the fire pit after dinner. A nice end to a lovely evening.
What a terrible experience! We've always enjoyed El Pinto in the past, but this time, something changed - new ownership, management? We had a party of 8, got stuck in the back of the restaurant with 2 small round tables. 2 of our guests had to straddle table legs and had no place to put their dishes! Bug in one of our drinks - manager was pretty much like "oh well, probably came from outside" (you think?). Took our server 15 minutes each time we ordered drinks - where did she have to go to get them? Food was awful and not worth the price paid for it. I recommend skipping El Pinto and go to Garduno's or even Los Cuates with your company. At least they have friendly employees who care about their guests and great food at a much better value.
I was in ABQ for the Day of the Tread bike ride, I came to El Pinto because they are the main sponsor, thank you for that. Beautiful setting with big trees and real sense of arrival. The green chile stew, with chicken and potatoes was worth the trip by itself. Very good with a little kick. I'm partial to green chile dishes and ordered the burrito plate topped with green chiles. My bad for ordering it mild. It was VERY mild, probably crossing the border to bland. I saved my sopapilla till last, and a sweet finish it was.
Have always loved El Pinto. Food was not as good as last few times we have been there. We were a larger group (11), so I understand service can be a little slower with groups, but restaurant was not overly busy & service was horrible. There for almost 2 hours & not because we were lingering or visiting. Will no return.
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