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El Patron

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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10551 Montgomery Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111-3846
+1 505-275-0223
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We hadn't planned to go to El Patron, but so glad we did. We beat the dinner rush just a bit so we given a table right away. The first thing you notice is the great decor and the great music from the mariachi two-some. Close your eyes and you're in Mexico. After a margarita and appetizer we chose the... More 

Thank curbs4
Gallup, New Mexico
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I recently celebrated our anniversary and went out to dinner at El Patron. It was my wife's request because she loves the green chili chicken lasagna. I choose the steak tacos and they did not disappoint. During our dining experience they had a mariachi performing which made it that much better. I highly recommend El Patron, you... More 

Thank Joseph S
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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104 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to El Patron as part of a large (15) person family group. We had reservations for 6:30 and were seated close to that time. So far so good. We were put in a back room where we had privacy, a nice touch. Unfortunately after 2 hours of waiting for our meals and our single waiter who was also... More 

1 Thank ALincoln53
New Hampshire
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112 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

The wait staff was very friendly, prompt and although a Friday night seemed unrushed. The restaurant has adequate parking and is easy to find. It is clean and has good atmosphere. I would say the food is average to slightly above average New Mexican.

Thank tobynh
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87 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

My daughter lives in ABQ and this has become my favorite place to go when I visit her. They have good margaritas and lots of tequilas to choose from. Also, salsa with a kick and great nachos (the small is plenty big enough for 4!). But, their enchilada casserole is one of the best dishes I have ever had. That's... More 

Thank darwinmoore
Williamsburg, Virginia
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

The decor of El Patron sets it apart from most other restaurants with a vaulted ceiling and a balcony for live music. The service was friendly and efficient and the dishes were beautifully presented, flavorful and quite tasty. I had my burrito served with both red and green chili sauce -- the red was pretty hot; it left my mouth... More 

Thank happyhamster123
Wichita Falls, Texas
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58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Great experience. Excellent place for great Mexican food. I really enjoyed my fajitas, while the nachos served with salsa and guacamole were fresh and tasty. The waiter was competent and very friendly. The Mexican singer (and guitar player) would have been a nice romantic tool (if only I was with my wife, instead of being there for an official dinner).... More 

Thank Enzo T
North Carolina
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63 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Went with a group so got to see several dishes. All were quite good. Seemed more Mexican than New Mexican food.

Thank maureane
Kyle, Texas
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55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We had a lovely birthday dinner with over 20 people. It was so well received by the staff. They were great and even let us bring in our own cake. They brought us plates, forks, and a cutting knife. It made the evening so much fun! The food here is the BEST in Albuquerque. Maybe in all of New Mexico.... More 

Thank ourgrandpasattic
Cincinnati, Ohio
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82 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Great atmosphere, wonderful food. Service was great. Salsa was perfect, spicey. Large food portions, reasonable prices. Guy singing and playing music walking around the tables. Has outdoor dining also.

Thank Debby456

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Television
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10551 Montgomery Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111-3846
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Albuquerque
  • Phone Number: +1 505-275-0223
Very new restaurant. Moved into one of the closed Garduno's after they filed bankruptcy.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?