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El Pinto, Albuquerque, NM

El Pinto

4.3
4.3
5914 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 61 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (505) 898-1771

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    El Pinto Restaurant is the spot for events. We have the capacity to host everything from small family groups to very large corporate events with our signature 4-Star service and exceptional attention to detail for a truly stress free affair. Reservations are required for parties of 10 or more.

  • Private party contact

    Tanish De La O: (855) 643-1478

  • Neighborhood

    Albuquerque

  • Cross street

    Alameda Blvd NW

  • Parking details

    Ample parking available on site for individuals and tour buses. Reservations strongly recommended.

  • Entertainment

    Free live music each Tue and Thurs night from 6:30 to 8 pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,914 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Good for groups

  • New Mexico

    Great for outdoor dining

  • New Mexico

    Most Booked

  • Albuquerque

    Good for groups

  • Albuquerque

    Healthy

  • Albuquerque

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Albuquerque

    Most Booked

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  1. CA

    CarterA

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere when visiting Albuquerque
  2. TD

    ThomasD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, great food and service. Used the two for one special which made the evening even more enjoyable!
  3. LK

    LisaK

    Grand Rapids

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always delicious but the prices are growing at a rate which doesn’t allow us to enjoy El Pinto as often as we used to
  4. KH

    KathyH

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The worst Mexican food ever. So overpriced and tasteless! The only good thing about this restaurant is the venue which needs a good cleaning! Staff is not friendly and no one carried we were there to celebrate a 30th birthday! We won’t be back!
  5. C

    Cassie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food for a pretty decent price. The environment is always wonderful and their fresh vegetables and fruit are to die for.
  6. EH

    EdieH

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere with authentic New Mexican dishes. Great chips and salsa. Red chili ribs were delicious. My favorite part was the free sopapillas with local honey to end the meal.
  7. D

    Danno

    New Mexico

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Natasha was an amazing server! We appreciated her bright and friendly personality!
  8. MT

    MelT

    Austin

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! This is gem. The staff is on it, the ribs, and salsa were amazing! We will be back. Great for a date, quick meal, and family.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matt is an excellent server. He was very patient and thorough in his explanations of the various wonderful selections.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The sopaipilla is wonderful. The salmon is over cooked and dry. The server is attentive.
  11. GP

    GlennP

    Phoenix

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, atmosphere, margarita and service. Thank you so much for a great evening!!
  12. DH

    DawnH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Noise level was perfect, could carry on a conversation with no problem
  13. BR

    BigRed

    New Mexico

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Natasha was so friendly and tentative to all of our dining requests. El Pinto cuisine is always five stars, and the customer service is outstanding :-).
  14. YS

    YvonneSomerville

    New England

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a birthday with family and friends. Michael was such a knowledgeable and convincing server we ordered half the menu with no regrets. The Red Chile Ribs really are all that!
  15. JV

    JeremiahV

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The good is good. Atmosphere is nice, but it's pricey. Come on $70 bucks for 2 cheese enchilada plates? Inflation, I know, but give me a break. Beans, rice, corn tortillas, cheese, chilie, $3 max in costs. But it was good.
  16. LG

    LongtimeGuest

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Enjoyed the dinner, but 2 of 3 in the dinner party fell ill following our meal.
  17. S

    Scott

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall2food2service5ambience1
    Food isn’t anything special except it costs twice as much. We were sat in a closed in patio on old, dirty cloth chairs with cigarette burns. Beans had a rock in it. I know that happens but at $21 a plate place drinks I expected better. 1st and last time we will go there. There are too many nicer places to go.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food…great service…nice and cozy fires. Love the Red Chile!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    Ordered freshly squeezed orange juice and paid $6.00 for a supposed 12 oz for it to be bottled orange juice. So disappointing and quite frankly upsetting that we were fooled twice. Once for calling it freshly squeezed and two for saying that was 12 oz.
  20. LP

    LoriP

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm wood fires and great options for margaritas and enchiladas
  21. JJ

    JuJu

    Denver

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Pinto! Service is exceptional and the food is wonderful! I had stuffed sopaillas with ground beef and my husband had a burrito. Both were plentiful, fresh, and delicious. We love the side sopas and dessert empanadas with ice cream. I had a great margarita. The fireplace was on creating a great atmosphere.
  22. E

    Edwe

    Phoenix

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    For the first time ever, not the greatest relleno.
  23. B

    Bikerguy

    New Mexico

    154 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    154 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our House Margaritas and Chicken Enchiladas were very good and we like that the salsas are offered as hot or mild. The Ribs were tasty.
  24. R

    Rennie

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent, the server was special, and they had every convenience for our disabilities. I have eaten here periodically since 1970, with everything an excellent experience. When returning from an 8 year living in Costa Rica, El Pinto was the first restaurant I visited...to get back that NM green chili.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The ribs fell off the bone, the margaritas may be the best in town.
  26. JA

    JudithA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time. The service was excellent. We were surprised to find the temporary walls up in the beautiful patio area, however, we sat near a lovely fireplace with open windows and had a nice breeze. Overall, everyone was so sweet and our server was so kind, I wish I had his name.
  27. AC

    AnnC

    New Mexico

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My husband & I had a late afternoon Sunday meal at El Pinto. We ordered Traditional Combination plates. Food and service were excellent! Thank you
  28. LS

    LindaS

    New Mexico

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    The restaurant was really dirty. The food was too salty, and the quality wasn’t even close to the past quality. We will never go there again.
  29. A

    Andrew

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Was expecting more from this restaurant establishment. Food was ok but not great for what we paid. We sat under cobwebs in the patio area, table wobbles and chairs were all torn. Our waitress was good but others where behind a panel saying profanities and we couldn’t believe it, especially my teenage kids.
  30. J

    Jusboopin

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We were seated on an enclosed patio. At first it was very comfortable, then the heat was shut off or significantly lowered and it was cold. Because it was uncomfortably cold, it seemed like it took a long time to receive our drinks and the check (it took longer for our table than other tables). Food was good and service was friendly.
  31. BR

    BigRed

    New Mexico

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Katlyn is definitely one of the best servers at El Pinto. She's top notch with customer service. The food was incredibly delicious, and we were so fortunate to enjoy our spicy dinner next to a cozy fire. :-) 5 stars =D.
  32. S

    Stacie

    New Mexico

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, as always. Phil was a great server and checked on us often.
  33. LM

    LorreoM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our meal, they easily accommodated us when three extra joined our already large group.
  34. AB

    ABQMIMI

    New Mexico

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and service were outstanding. Been going to EP for 50 years. Finally got hot food on a hot plate. Good service too. We asked for the quietest possible table and still had to ask the server to turn down the 'muzak'..junk noise. Why put on the open table form a request for the quietest possible table when you don't have a room without junk music?
  35. LL

    LeonardL

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Stuffed sopapillas were great. A lot of food for the price. Salsa and chips good but the cueso dip was better. Christmas chili also topped the meal off.
  36. HL

    HaydenL

    Tulsa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty food, they had a guitar player for some background noise that was at a reasonable level and great ambiance.
  37. RR

    RonR

    New Mexico

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lunch menus are very good although limited and a good value.
  38. AB

    ABQnative

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Food was excellent! Ambience- perfectly NM!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    It was an okay experience. Checking in , the hostess was not very friendly unfortunately. We were seated in an area that looked messy and was cold sadly. Usually El pinto is top notch, not sure what happened but the night was ok.
  40. R

    Rich

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Start to Finish!! Food was very well prepared. Really enjoyed the atmosphere.

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

FAQs

El Pinto offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 898-1771.

El Pinto is rated 4.3 stars by 5914 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 61 times today
Google Map for El Pinto

10500 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Alameda Blvd NW

  • Neighborhood

    Albuquerque

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Ample parking available on site for individuals and tour buses. Reservations strongly recommended.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Free live music each Tue and Thurs night from 6:30 to 8 pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (505) 898-1771

  • Private party facilities

    El Pinto Restaurant is the spot for events. We have the capacity to host everything from small family groups to very large corporate events with our signature 4-Star service and exceptional attention to detail for a truly stress free affair. Reservations are required for parties of 10 or more.

  • Private party contact

    Tanish De La O: (855) 643-1478

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