Romano's Macaroni Grill - Albuquerque

3.7
60 reviews
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$30 and under
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Inspired by Italian trattoria cuisine, culture and conversation, Romano's Macaroni Grill believes every meal is a chance to celebrate and toast to life, pasta and of course, vino! Every meal is started off right -- with a bottle of wine at the center of the table, encouraging guests to pour as they please while exploring the extensive menu of handcrafted Italian classics. Macaroni Grill restaurants feature an open kitchen that allows guests to see its fresh ingredients and preparation techniques that blend Italian traditions with progressive culinary inspiration, in a polished casual atmosphere.
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JA
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made reservations and we went and it was closed down! I wish we would have known it ruined my daughters birthday dinner!

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AM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

When we got there they where closed for remodeling, would have been nice to know after making a special reservation for our 37th anniversary. Had to wait for 2 hours at another restaurant, inform people when you are closed please. very embarrassing.

Alan Moss

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D
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was closed due to fire. Pretty annoying as I had my CLIENT with me.

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DS
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We frequently have lunch on Sundays. Always have great food, and great service. Servers are exceptional.

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LV
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Food came out cold, had to have it reheated. Manager was apologetic and gave us a nice discount.

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m
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food but pricey. Tables were packed in tight - making it too crowded and noisy. Also slow/long time to get anything. Was mother’s day and graduation weekend so might be different in another day.

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EG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we arrived for our reservation we were seated very quickly. Our server was very polite and checked on us often, the food was great.

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JG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We arrived into town late and hungry and decided to go here because it is a "known entity". However, the service was very slow considering we were one of the server's two tables - salads arrived long before my glass of wine, the food was luke warm and it took a long time to get the check. This dinner was not remotely close to the value of the cost.

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J
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food. Pasta dishes were the best in Albuquerque! Will return soon.

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R
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice food and consistent service

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OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Never imagined this class of restaurant would not train there employees, waiter was new and trying and I don’t blame him, called the manager and he said hostess had to set up the utensils and napkins on the table and didn’t. Waited so long for drinks, no plates or butter knife for bread, no teaspoons for coffee. These are things that employee should be trained for. Called David the manager who really seemed ignorant on the situation after explaining nicely, 30 mins later while having our brunch the table next to us were having the same exact situation. At a fast food joint yes I have to ask for all that I understand but I thought I was at a full service sit down restaurant. I visit uptown Albuquerque restaurant frequently and mostly have good experiences but this was not a good one for sure.

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PG
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was cold! The waiter seemed like a rookie with no training. Manager was flirting with the host staff. Just a horrible experience!!

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LA
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This used to be our favorite restaurant with the kids, but no more. Not only did the food take at least 45 minutes to come out, it wasn't really that good. The mushrooms on my Chicken Marsala were under cooked, my husbands lasagna tasted like it was from the freezer isle and my sons macaroni and cheese was very similar to something made with a big block of processed cheese. On the upside, our waitress was super nice and the focaccia bread was excellent. Probably not going back.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Other than the front desk NEVER answering the phone then NOT having our online reservation, we were seated promptly and did enjoy our dinner.

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CC
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Underwhelming. The past was cooked to pre al dente and was chewy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was nice. They were out of the meal I wanted because it was right after Valentine’s Day. I got the Chicken Parmesan instead and it was amazing. I loved the service and I highly recommend

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made reservations to walk in and be told we had 10 people in front of us. This is the second time iv done this and had to eat elsewhere. Horrible.

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We understand that valentines is a busy day, but when people are walk-ins and get seated before you even though you made reservations Is ridiculous. We got seated 20 minutes after our reservation time. The service was terrible, people who were seated after us got their bread, drinks, and food before we did. The waitress had attitude with us, because we had asked to speak to a mamanger. We were told our food was made wrong the first time and they wanted to give us fresh food, Yet the food wasn’t even fresh! I was very disappointed with everything.

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VM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a nice dinner date. Would definitely recommend.

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ME
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Valentines Day dinner for two. The server didn’t know any details about the special menu for the night. He had to keep asking the kitchen the details.
We usually enjoy the restaurant, but not this last time.

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B
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is always one of our favorite places. Oooo, that focaccia bread.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thank you for a lovely evening. Food was good and atmosphere was grest.

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j
Naples
25 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had great service and the food was delicious. What was disappointing was being one of the first to arrive when the restaurant opened for the day 2 food items on the menu were not available(an entree and a desert). Otherwise our visit was pleasant and unrushed.

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JD
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, freshly prepared food, bread is excellent. The servers always polite and prompt. I love going there. The pastas is excellent, the preparation is right out in front.

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SS
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Had to ask or remind about the order a couple times. Everyone was very busy so we where okay with it.

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HE
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING, MARVELOUS, GREAT, FABULOUS, & WONDEFUL.!!!!!

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d
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there for Christmas eve and the dinner was great as was the service.

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CA
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service is great! The food was good but not as good as I expected. Especially for the price.

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BG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good but not hot enough by the time it reached the table. Some of the grilled asparagus was yellow--i would have thrown it out. They did replace it when we complained. Service is always slow here. We gave it another shot hoping things had improved....also, no.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Server tried to open a bottle of wine and couldn’t. Had to get help. Olive oil dipping oil was rancid. Chicken piccata was dry and not served very hot. Everything was just average, at best. Server was kind, although very underprepared and overwhelmed. He needed help, as he was new, and just didn’t get any support. Not necessarily his fault, but it created a level of frustration with the experience that couldn’t be overcome. Because of the mediocre food, I would choose another restaurant next time.

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New Mexico
141 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately, this was not a great night for Macaroni Grill! Possibly the restaurant was busier than anticipated, or our waitperson, Seth, had too many tables, because our service was poor at best!

When we ordered, there was no mention of the unlimited soup or salad, as we would have ordered a second salad for my wife, and I would have asked for a bit more salad than what was received. When we asked our waitperson for something, we either never received what we asked for or it took an exceptionally long time to get it, with the exception of our meals, which came out before I could finish my salad.

Needless to say, there needs to be some additional training for some of the wait staff at this location, as when a patron comes to a restaurant, they are looking for good food, good service and a memorable experience! We certainly got the memorable experience; it just wasn’t a good memory!

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K
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This Macaroni Grill always has good food and a varied menu, so when I have guests it's always a 'sure thing.' It's a very central place for people from different areas to meet, easy to find. The service is always great and friendly. When I needed to substitute for pasta, they made me the vegetables I requested mixed as a side instead. We mentioned one guest had a birthday, and they gave her a free dessert + 6 spoons. We all partook, and she still had some to take home. It was a great time before we went to a concert in the area.

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VR
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service and seasonal menu. Service and desert made this event special.

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PB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

My husband and I opted for the Thanksgivig menu, the soups were good but the brusselsprouts were inedible.. The main course was bland and when we asked for extra gravy we were charges for it. The cheesecake was so-so. Ptetty much a great disappointment all the way around!

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LO
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Lobster Bisque was very good, but my chopped salad looked old and had too much dressing.

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Mississippi
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our visit. The GM was phenomenal when we had a small issue arise on our end. He helped us find a good solution and ensured everyone was taken care of. Food was great as was the service. Hadn't been there in years, and now I can't wait to go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was just a bit disorganized and the food wasn’t the best, it was good though. Everyone was really nice.

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OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Adriana was awesome!!

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OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good time and good food:) salted caramel gelato was to die for

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N
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Our waitress was not attentive, we had to ask for everything and waited for her to respond. I have eaten the chicken Scaloppine several times in the past, but my plate this time was not even appetizing.

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