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El Pinto Restaurant & Cantina

10500 Fourth Street NW (North Valley)
Albuquerque NM
(505) 898-1771
Mon-Thurs: 11am-9pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm Sun: 10:30am-9 pm (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: BrunchLunchDinner
Cuisine: New Mexican

3.72 rating (42 votes)
Touted as New Mexico’s largest restaurant, the North Valley’s El Pinto is best known for its gorgeous, shady environment (perennially Best Patio in our restaurant polls) and award-winning jarred salsa. Try it for margaritas, brunch and a little flan. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)

Community Reviews (6)
  • All ambience, little substance  [ Tue Aug 12 2008 10:42 AM ]

    The food here is ordinary at best and definitely overpriced. The outdoor patios are great, especially for tourists. Although never a regular, I have been coming here since the early 1970's. And, yes, as it has gotten bigger the food has suffered.

    That said, I went last night with a party of nine. El Pinto only takes reservations for parties of 15 or more. We waited about a half an hour on a Monday night. Service was slow, but we hardly cared because the night and the patio were beautiful and the company was great. The out-of-towners had no idea what good New Mexican food should be, and the locals in the party refrained from bringing a good time down. Everyone did agree that the tortilla chips were great (twice fried or not).

  • you're right...  [ Tue Aug 12 2008 12:46 PM ]

    El Pinto IS all about the experience and not much about the food. By the time your order arrives you're usually too full on chips and margaritas to eat more than a few bites anyway.

  • Yuk  [ Tue Oct 6 2009 3:42 PM ]

    Weak, overpriced, New Mexican flavored laxitives.

  • It's okay  [ Sun Nov 1 2009 4:48 PM ]

    If you're out for a drive in the country and get hungry stop by. Otherwise I'd skip it. Nothing overly bad about the food or service, just no "wow" factor making it worth the drive.

  • The ~ONLY~ Good thing about this place is......  [ Tue Mar 30 2010 7:39 PM ]

    Outdoor live music, in the summertime, and their somewhat wannabe imaginary sudo-potent Margaritas. Other than that you will be better off going to the drive-thru at Taco Bell down the street at 4th and Osuna to get better food @ 1/32 of the price.

    This place is a RIP-OFF SLOP-HOUSE! Stay away if you are a fool and are willing to empty you wallet. YUK!

    Last edited [3/30/10 7:46 PM]
  • I've been there, too  [ Tue Mar 30 2010 9:53 PM ]

    and was similarly underwhelmed. Dog food.

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