El Pinto Restaurant & Cantina

Mexican Restaurant and Gluten-free Restaurant$$$$
  • Jovonsia L.
    "The food, the place, the smell is AMAZING!!!! Get the green chili."(9 Tips)
    "Food Network Top 5 Best Ribs - #3 Red Chile Ribs"(3 Tips)
    Joshua S.
    "Green chili chicken enchiladas are incredible."(2 Tips)
    Christian D.
    "Great place for large groups and good Margaritas."(4 Tips)
52 Tips and reviews
  • green chili
  • Mexican food
  • outdoor seating
  • margaritas
  • ribs
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  • Jovonsia L.
    The food, the place, the smell is AMAZING!!!! Get the green chili. Nice service. I was expressed
  • Esther M.
    Esther MontoyaNovember 26, 2016
    The Ribeye steak's bone weight about six oz out of the 22oz Total weight. Price 59.95 + tax
  • Thomas M.
    Thomas MarshallSeptember 23, 2016
    Mediocre food served in a pleasant setting by harried staff.
  • Christian D.
    Christian D.August 31, 2016
    Very large and famous NM restaurant. Great place for large groups and good Margaritas.
  • Jeffrey .
    Best ribs in the west!!!
  • Marc
    MarcFebruary 28, 2016
    Food Network Top 5 Best Ribs - #3 Red Chile Ribs
  • John F.
    John FleckensteinFebruary 3, 2016
    Great Posole!
  • Oliver S.
    Oliver ShoemakerDecember 16, 2015
    This is a great place to bring guests, especially if they are from out of town. The food is good and the setting is even better.
  • Robyn G.
    Robyn GrierOctober 16, 2015
    Enormous outdoor restaurant with excellent green chile and margaritas. Friendly and attentive staff.
  • Esther M.
    Esther MontoyaMarch 21, 2015
    Red Chilie ribs and green Chilie strips
  • Arianna M.
    Arianna MartinezDecember 24, 2014
    The refried pinto beans and fresh guacamole are the best I've ever had! The best patios in the summer!
  • Michael P.
    Michael PaddockOctober 12, 2014
    The food is amazing. The service leaves a lot to be desired.
  • AnA S.
    AnA SantosOctober 11, 2014
    Very nice restaurant' wonderful food for vegetarians !!! Done!
  • mapkook j.
    mapkook jonesAugust 14, 2014
    Food is good
  • Gillian S.
    Gillian SAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The outdoor patio is amazing. Lots of seating, but make sure you call ahead if you've got a big group
  • David O.
    David OllingtonJuly 25, 2014
    Ayden the waiter told me not to get the quesadilla because it's too big for one. #gratitude
  • Mike R.
    Mike RannellsJuly 10, 2014
    Chili rellenos!
  • Devin D.
    Devin DuncanMay 19, 2014
    Awesome atmosphere
  • Lynne S.
    Lynne SturtevantApril 16, 2014
    I almost skipped this restaurant because I thought it might be a noisy tourist trap. Glad I didn't! Nice place, great atmosphere, yummy food and boy do they know how to make guacamole!
  • Diana T.
    Diana TourvilleMarch 30, 2014
    Try the flight of Patron if you have an extra $30 to blow. It's awesome!
  • Mariah G.
    Mariah GriegoFebruary 6, 2014
    One of the best restaurants in ABQ! Everything is awesome!
  • Kyle K.
    Kyle KirkpatrickFebruary 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Marge dinner service everything!!!
  • Dave P.
    Dave PictonJanuary 25, 2014
    Dessert. Try the flan. Yummy.
  • Liz M.
    Liz MozerDecember 14, 2013
    Huge portions. Green Chili Stew is addicting, however, found guacamole to be bland
  • JP B.
    JP BulowJune 28, 2013
    They have both mild and hot choices for the red and green chile. Anything smoothered in chile is good.
  • Project F.
    Project FTOGMay 13, 2013
    Not a lot of bang for your buck, the food is decent but pricey for what you get. However, the patio is worth the price alone and the green chile is great (but only if you ask for the hot).
  • JD
    JDMay 12, 2013
    Parking lot will be packed but come on in, they're quick & good food!
  • Patrick
    PatrickMay 11, 2013
    Also staff is extremely professional, friendly and create a very nice environment. Would return for the atmosphere and staff.
  • Patrick
    PatrickMay 11, 2013
    Food was good, not great. Chile lacked heat. Salsa and sauces tasted a little bit commercial (and granted they do make commercial salsa's and sauces) but all that being said the place is GORGEOUS!
  • Libby W.
    Libby WadeMarch 21, 2013
    I had to send my food back because it tasted like bleach. There is much better food in the city than this.
  • Bjørn W.
    Bjørn WulfMarch 4, 2013
    Chile Ribs are awesome. Lots of trd chile as dry rub.
  • Cory H.
    Cory HughesNovember 25, 2012
    Great fun environment - quality food - chicken enchilada w/ green chile was amazing
  • Damitric E.
    Damitric E.November 12, 2012
    Some pretty good Mexican food.
  • Matthew G.
    Matthew GilmanNovember 9, 2012
    What happened to the El Pinto I used to know?? Todays experience was not at all what it used to be. Food is gross. Come on guys pull it together.
  • Becca
    BeccaOctober 23, 2012
    Sitting on the patio? Keep an eye out for the neighbor's cats (Gracie and Boots).
  • Terry T.
    Terry TellerSeptember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Navajos say that if chili is too hot, it means you are jealous. If the server asks you, "Hot or mild?" tell them, "Test my jealousy," if you want hot chili! :-)
  • Shane H.
    Shane HenryAugust 2, 2012
    Really, really good mexican food.
  • Sonja S.
    Sonja StarkDecember 5, 2011
    Go for the hot tamales and don't forget to order up quite a few margaritas! Read more
  • Sonja S.
    Sonja StarkDecember 5, 2011
    I learned how to roll a hot tamale here ~ wonderful people.
  • billy l.
    billy l.November 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    happy hour is the best!!!
  • Seann G.
    Seann GraddyOctober 10, 2011
    Beautiful atmosphere. A great outdoor pation. Authentic New Mexico. A must visit when in ABQ.
  • Missy M.
    Missy MartinezSeptember 20, 2011
    Really pretty, fun setting. Feels like Mexico....well, the better half at least :)
  • Rob C.
    Rob CepelakSeptember 4, 2011
    If you like fancy and high prices come here. $14 for a chicken taco plate - no flavor! I can get tacos from Chipotle half the price and better. There were flies everywhere. This place sucks
  • Don B.
    Don BennettAugust 13, 2011
    Don't fall for the hype. Nachos are bland and the red Chile ribs were full of seeds and pods.
  • Crystal P.
    Crystal PJune 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Their fiesta appetizer is a great deal. You get red chile ribs, guacamole, queso, and salsa. A must have. Also try the Levante, best dessert in town!
  • Dean H.
    Dean HamackMarch 14, 2011
    Great lunch buffet!
  • Bill B.
    Bill BatemanJanuary 3, 2011
    Love their food - listening to the Airport concession controversy on the radio today
  • Salsa T.
    Salsa TwinsOctober 18, 2010
    Rated by ABQ Magazine reader poll as #1 for: Best Patio, Best Green Chile, and Best Guacamole in the city.
  • Joshua S.
    Joshua StilwellAugust 16, 2010
    Green chili chicken enchiladas are incredible.
  • Jeremy J.
    Jeremy JojolaApril 18, 2010
    Vince and Brian are awesome bartenders. They will treat you well. This place also has the best sopaipillas, so make sure you get your fill of those.
  • Hannah S.
    Hannah ShotwellJune 3, 2016
    Quesadillas, tacos, SALSA
  • Adalberto Q.
    Adalberto QueirozSeptember 14, 2014
    A melhor comida mexicana do pedaço e, se você curte pimenta, Chili e jalapeños ever...
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