Gardunos of Mexico Cocina & Cantina- Winrock Mall

4.2
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Garduño’s Restaurants was founded in 1981 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by Dave Garduño and his family. In the summer of 2011, a group of local investors created Southwest Brands which stepped in and saved this well known New Mexico Brand, immediately setting its goals to re-establishing and expanding the once proud Garduño’s brand of the past. There are two corporately owned themed restaurants that exist today, the Garduño’s Chile Packing Company located at the Winrock shopping center in the Northeast part of Albuquerque, and the Garduño’s Margarita Factory and Blue Agave Bar located on the Westside of Albuquerque at the Cottonwood Shopping Center. Each concept remains fresh and appealing through continual design, decor, and menu updates. At the same time, new concepts are evolving and expansion is moving forward through a number of licensing agreements where the concept and great food can be shared with the rest of the country.
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WV
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The service at the front podium was awful!! The 2 young ladies up there were very rude when checking me in. They didn’t sit me for 25 minutes because my reservations were just made 10 minutes previous to my arrival as they stated. My waitress was amazing!!! Once I got a table I was very well taken care of and really enjoyed my evening.

p
Corpus Christi
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The menu is not the same that shows in the app. Margaritas completely underwhelming and my tacos al pastor tasted like they had been prepared hours ago. We had gone based on Open Table reviews and we will definitely NOT go again.

OT
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

And a great dining experience after 15 years of being away from Albuquerque!

d
New Mexico
102 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good food and fairly inexpensive but slow service. I don't believe our drinks got refilled the entire time we were there. Gardunos is a decent place to bring out of town guests

CG
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Poor food and service. Little knowledge of food allergies.

DO
Columbus
47 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

My husband liked his enchiladas just fine, but my "mahi mahi" was so bad that I could not eat more than one bite. I don't even believe it was actually mahi mahi. They took it off the bill, which was nice, but I cannot recommend a dish with fish there.

WE
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We arrived at noon. No one was at the front to seat us for 5 minutes. We ordered and had to wait 48 minutes for our food. We were at lunch, and my attorney had to leave at 1:15pm to go to a Hearing. Very bad service from the kitchen. The manager was pleasant and the waitress was pleasant, but I will NEVER go hear again.

MD
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was nice and courteous. He brought out our food in no time, brought us extra napkins and refilled our drinks without us having to ask! Thank you!

D
New Mexico
34 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

So, I received a No Show message from Open Table. This reservation was not a good one and I've made enough of them. Mother's Day brunch that started off wrong due to my chronic illness and I was attempting to notify the hostess that I was going to be about 10 mins late. I was informed by hostess that they should not have been accepting reservations and that I would have to wait just like everyone else. The wait was 45 mins. I informed her that I had the reservation since that previous Tuesday and they could have phoned me with enough notice. Showed up and asked about reservation and then immediately asked for a manager. Then I overheard that there was outside open seating and went for that. On my way, a manager was standing there so I introduced myself and the situation. Manager immedately apologized and said he would take care of things. Thank you for still honoring my military discount.

My server, Keano, was absolutely the best. Made sure he was tipped right! Food was good. Egg station cook who has been there 4 or 5 years was so delightful.

OT
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mexican atmosphere, really tempting menu, delicious food, excellent service, best coconut margaritas anywhere. What more can you say!

F
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

My husband and I were traveling through Albuquerque and this was recommended by our hotel. I guess I’d just have to say that the food at best was “meh”. It’s just like any chain Mexican restaurant.

a
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

The food was horrible, the service was abominable. When the food arrived they placed food in front of a 14 month old, luckily it was cold, otherwise my son would have burned his hands.

G
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food and service were good, but watch out for the red sauce...it's HOT!

E
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The hostess was very rude. I felt like we were Putting her out. We arrived 15 mins early for our reservations and she told us she’d seat us at 6:15 for time I had reserved and then proceeded to seat customers that had come in after us. When we were seated our friends were already waiting for us for about 15 minutes! The hostess did even know that half of our party was already there! Then our waiter spilled a
Margarita on our shoes. My husband can not longer wear his shoes nor can I. When we told the waiter that we had ticket to pope joy he was very rude and dismissive. That will be the last time we spend money here!

MH
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Used the app to get a 6:45 reservation and was not seated till almost 7. Ordered sizzling fajitas and they came out not sizzling with water on the bottom of the skillet. Everything was over priced

KS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is so authentic and good! Plus service was amazing and fast even on a busy night!

OT
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was ok, our margaritas tasted watered down and food was just ok today. Have been here plenty of times in the past and was much better. Just seemed to be off their game tonight.

SW
New Mexico
30 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience3

Too many tables seated at once time for good service. Received lots of excuses why we did not get decent service - new bartender, too few servers, slow kitchen. I think I was paying the same as others that got good or great service. No management involvement even after complaints.

C
New Mexico
22 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first time here. Nice ambiance, attentive service, good food and margaritas. Very good salsa made with fresh ingredients. A fun place to go to with friends.

SM
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and delicious. Love this place. Thank you, Gardunos.

SD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have to admit I only tried it because Breaking Bad was filmed there. But honestly, the shrimp tacos and the tableside guac are to die for! So yummy! Wish I lived in NM, because I'd be a regular if I did. I'll definitely come back when I'm in the area!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was terrible. Restaurant was not busy, actually almost empty, but server had too many tables. We had to ask manager to get someone to help. Had a 7:30 reservation and didn't get our food until 9:00. Food was just ok, not the Gardunos I remember, menu is much more limited and pricey for New Mexican food. Page of margaritas with no prices, prepare for a surprise on your check.

M
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was terrible and the staff was rude had to get my own water and silverware

KG
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I primarily visit Garduno's for the Sunday Brunch Buffet - it's great! For one price one gets access to a ton of great food options...for being a buffet, the quality is very good. Primarily New Mexican food (like Carne Adovada) with some traditional American favorites (like French Toast), this is a great way to have a hearty Sunday meal.

KG
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous as always, service was fantastic!

SM
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall2food5service5ambience5

I found that the hostesses do not pay attention to the requests that we put in for a special occasion on the Open table reservation. I brought this to their attention at the end of the meal, and they did nothing. Disappointed to say the least.
The food, sooooo great.... even the service was sooooo great. But it would have been an even better evening had they just paid attention to the special requests.

RB
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on vacation and are "Breaking Bad" fans and wanted to eat where the cast ate on the show. Gardunos did not disappoint. The food was excellent as was the ambience. The staff went above and beyond and even talked to us about the show. We were able to dine at the same table as the cast. It was a big thrill for us. Thank You.

RD
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I took my sister and step-mother for a late lunch on Mother's Day. Upon arrival, I was told they were not honoring reservations made on-line (which I had made through OpenTable). I told the hostess there was nothing on their web site regarding this and we were finally seated. We ordered margaritas and the second ones tasted nothing like the first ones we were served. Our food arrived after one hour, was not hot, and we never received any sopaipillas. This was a HUGE disappointment and we will never return. I realize Mother's Day is a very busy day for the restaurant industry, but they should be better prepared by now!

WW
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience5

It happened to be cinco de mayo so it was super crowded and the service was not great as a result. Forgot our appetizer and they didn’t have any menus. I felt bad for the servers because they were so busy

AD
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was awesome ! Carmella Montoya was friendly and provided 5 star service ! Thank you for a wonderful experience

C
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We asked for a more comfortable table and were denied, then watched as people without a reservation were given the table we requested. Then staff dumped a large drink on the table, splashing everyone and drenching one of us. We had to move to a new table and then later had an issue with the bill. Brent was a good waiter, though and tried to make the best of an unfortunate situation.

PT
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I used to live in Albuquerque so was excited to take my husband and niece there for good Mexican food. Frankly, it was just ok. The place was crowded so evidently my opinion is not shared with a lot of people, but between the mediocre food and the less than attentive service, I think we will scope out other Mexican food restaurants on the next visit.

TS
Omaha
16 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent food and very ample servings. A little on the noisy side but the service was great and there was no waiting with the reservation. Would definitely return when in the area.

H
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience4

I went for Valentine's Day with my wife and 2 sons. We were very happy that we went. When we went there several years ago, the food was inconsistent in terms of quality and service. We did not go for a few years. We decided to try them out again since things have calmed down with the larger previous business issues. We are happy that things have changed for the better. The food is now consistently good, service has improved, and it seems like the community has re-embraced them as well as it was full that night. I'm glad we had reservations. The 2 suggestions I have are that the stage should be used or moved to allow for more tables. I vote for using the stage with local New Mexican and Mexican singers (NM traditional music, Mexican Mariachi or Trios). I would also make sure that you re-introduce the restaurant to the region. I think more exposure to remind folks you and there and your appreciation for them will do you wonders.

Continued success,
Pedro Vallejo

AR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was great. Biggest disappointment was the restaurant said they did not have the confirmed Open Table reservation. We were seated eventually, but were concerned until then.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The restaurant did no have any record of my open table reservation and gave me a hard time despite there being plenty of available seating. The wait service was very good.