Pasion Latin Fusion

4.2
111 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
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Permanently Closed - Pasión Latin Fusion Restaurant serves a unique blend of Latin American cuisine spanning from the Argentinian Tierra Del Fuego, the Caribbean beaches, the streets of Mexico, the rolling hills of Spain, and the local, classic flavors from New Mexico.
Locally owned and operated, we at Pasión strive to use natural, locally grown meats, fruits, vegetables, as well as fresh, flown-in seafood whenever possible.
Located between Downtown and Old Town Albuquerque, our warm locale is welcoming for business get-togethers, a night on the town, or a romantic dinner; occasionally showcasing special events and local musicians with original music.
We invite you to take a tour of Latin America with our outstanding service, inviting atmosphere, and amazing cuisine… Try or book our food truck today. Call us for more details 505-363-5408
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin American, Tapas / Small Plates, Caribbean
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Hours of operation
11 a.m- 9p.m Monday - Saturday
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Phone number
(505) 503-7880
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Elvis Bencomo
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Catering
Catering anywhere from 2-1000 people at your location or use ours. Call Chef Elvis at 505-503-7880 for more info or to book your event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lomas Blvd and 8th Street
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Parking details
On the eastside of our building, FREE parking!
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Bus Line
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Entertainment
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant seems to be permanently closed. Although we had made a reservation, it was not open, and the website says it has closed as of June 1st.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible, the service was excellent

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KS
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I have been there 3 separate times and each time the food was beautiful, fresh and delicious. Most recently my mother-in-law and I celebrated her birthday with an early dinner. Dinner was fabulous and service was wonderful.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Carnitas tacos and tortilla soup were great,
as always, but $8 for a glass of wine that had barely an inch of wine in the glass was a
ripoff. Service was good,

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PK
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good - a few misses - not crazy about the octopus nachos (they were good, an interesting dish, but wouldn't order them again) or the tuna tacos (to his credit, the waiter tried to steer me away from those), but the carnitas were excellent and so were the duck taquitos; decent beer selection; hipster-y service. Was surprisingly empty for a Saturday night at 7:30, maybe only 8-10 other people there. Would like to see ABQ support this good local business, especially since it's feels a little by its lonesome there on Lomas and 7th. And they still haven't fixed the wall in the front, but it doesn't interfere with your meal, so you shouldn't let that deter you from going there. Would imagine that the more folks go, the sooner they'll be able to fix it :)

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m
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was delicious the salad was too hot I kept coughing

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AB
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always love this place. While the food leans to fried, it's tapas, so not like one heavy item. The service is always fabulous - gracious, friendly, well-paced. Second year I've gone for the January birthday special, and Chef Elvis came to our table and made the Plantain Bananas Foster right there. Love this place!

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DC
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very unique food options - ended up getting the green chile cheeseburger. Oh Wow - my search is over as this is the best.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food, prepared and presented. We enjoy the variety, it's Latin not Mexican food. My wife and I both enjoyed our meal, sampling each other's: I had the Fish Tacos and my wife had a Brazilian fish stew. The staff was available and helpful, suggesting an appropriate beer to go with our order and left us to enjoy our meal when it arrived. The check was a pleasant surprise for the delicious and different food, in a quiet atmosphere.

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CC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and great service. I also appreciate the atmosphere. You can have good conversations with your excellent food!

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New Mexico
88 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent tapas. The ceviche was to die for and the elote was delicious. Our server was very attentive as well.

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San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Hmmmmm. What to say...... My wife and I came here on one of our rare nights away from the kiddos. The sparse handful of people there at 6:30 on a Saturday night, foreshadowed the experience to come. Our first encounter with the waiter was "So are you guys ready to order". The waiter seemed like a nice enough young man. Obviously just under-trained. After some prompting he did offer some recommendations on the menu. Sadly, our food was not the best and we left feeling like we had wasted one of our few opportunities at a nice meal together. I'm hoping this was a one-off experience and not the norm.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and fun menu

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New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We always enjoy our visits to Pasion Latin Fusion. The food is imaginative and delicious and the service is friendly and attentive.

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SA
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food with interesting complex flavors!

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SF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pasion does not use open table. I was glad they had room for us!

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Austin
43 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place had some really nice flavor combinations that made for tapas that my wife and I hadn't tried elsewhere. The spinach goat cheese empanadas were very good. The curry cauliflower with cashews was nice, although it was more Mediterranean than Latin and rather large for a tapas dish, even sharing it between the 2 of us. My wife's favorite was the jalapeno margarita. The crunchy fish tacos encased in banana-chip fusion tortillas was my favorite.

Not far from Old Town, it's convenient to get to and worth trying, especially if you're looking for something a little different from the traditional New Mexico food.

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Z
Austin
46 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was superb. Many menu items were stuff you won't typically expect. The duck taquito was our favorite. Try a portion of the sweet potato chips. Service was friendly and efficient. Highly recommended for a casual meal.

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KM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional flavors and creative dishes. The tapas sound wonderful! We had the banana chip fish tacos which were deliciously crunchy and flavorful. Great happy hour margaritas too!

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El Paso
24 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Different. Guacamole was great. A blending of different cultures

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food is amazing if heavy on fried items. Our group tried just about everything on the tapas menu. The only item that some of us didn't like (and that seemed to all of us to be out of place) was the Moroccan cauliflower. There were several misses with the service, including forgotten orders, an incorrect bill, and difficulty accommodating a gift card. However, the staff was friendly and the food was worth the inconvenience. We will return.

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Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This was not our best experience. We asked the waiter to bring soup first. Instead he brought all our guests food and he ate by himself. When soup came it was lukewarm. We did not say anything because our guest was already finished and we hadn't started.

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RM
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great time with kids for lunch, great service and wonderful food!

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AB
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I bring all my out-of-towners here. This time it was son & his wife, both foodies with SF sophistication (!). They loved it (of course!). Only problem ever at PF is that the food is so wonderful, each dish so unique, the service with just the right pacing, that we all overeat - because no matter how full, we can't pass up the scrumptious desserts :)

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New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Interesting blend of flavors.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and Mitch was a knowledgeable server. Will be back again soon to try more menu items.

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New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time here but this time we came with friends. We many several tapas which were all delicious. The restaurant is calm and cozy and our server was very attentive. Get the avocado panna cotta for dessert!

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New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our second visit to Pasion Fusion because we had had such a great experience the first time. We went for lunch during restaurant week. The food was really good. I had the olive dish for the appetizer, the fish tacos for my entree, and a wonderful chocolate cake for dessert. The fish tacos were delicious and the cake was perfect in that it was really tasty but not too sweet. I did find that the entree was served a little too soon as it came while we were still enjoying the appetizer. The only other negative wasbthat the restaurant week menu was confusing in that the appetizer and dessert were shared items, but this was not described on the menu. Despite the small issues , I would definitely go back.

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AB
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite place in town! I always bring out-of-town friends here. Food is fabulous, and the service is unbelievable - personable, attentive but not intrusive, warm and friendly. Just a gem!

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Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very unique twist on Latin Food. Nice selection of tapas. Not many entrees but what we had was very good.

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New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Don't get the pitcher of margaritas because it is a rip off. A pitcher only gives you 2 1/4 margaritas for $20. A single margarita costs $6. Do the math and you will see the pitcher falls quite short. The service staff was not on it. More training can be done for them. The place is much better after it was renovated by the FoodTv Network show.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, Mich is THE best server in the world! Definitely recommending to all our friends and for sure coming back to this gem!

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Pleasant ambiance. The food was delightfully different. We went as a couple for a quiet dinner and were not disappointed.

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New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and lots of variety!! The white sangria is delicious, too.

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AB
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I have been to Pasion Latin Fusion several times. I bring all my out of town visitors, and this time was a local who'd never been before. She agreed! Food is fantastic, and regardless of which server, the service is always extraordinary - friendly but not intrusive, perfect timing/pacing. Fun to go with a small group as you can order so many tapas to share, but even with two, can't be beat.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is great restaurant for meeting friends to catch up over sangria and tapas. The service is fantastic and they understand that sometimes you just want to spwnd hours sharinf good food and good stories. They are nwver in a rush to have you clear out for the next table.

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m
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Creative treatment of comfort food classics with quality fresh ingredients.

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

If you are in downtown Albuquerque walk on over to this restaurant. The vibe is nice, the wait staff are nice, and the food is nice too. Just be certain to leave your large group elsewhere. The restaurant is not equipped to handle tables of 15 or more.

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Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Wonderful neighborhood spot. Creative vegan and gluten options as well, which are delicious whether you eat a special diet or eat everything as I do! A must in downtown Albuquerque. Dependable nice service, good quality food.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2015
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food at this place is absolutely amazing! Both of our dishes had carnitas and they were hands down the best carnitas we have ever had. Their take on the Cuban sandwich is very unique and is a must-try. Would definitely come here again.

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