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Monica's El Portal

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
West Old Town
Mexican, Southwestern
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321 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1448
+1 505-247-9625
09:00 - 15:00
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Tue - Thu 09:00 - 20:00
Fri 09:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 15:00
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Parma, Ohio
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262 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Real quality New Mexican food. The man in the Church gift store recommend this place. A short walk from the Old Town visitor center. We enjoyed Cheese Enchilada and Chile Rollinos fantastic. This is no Taco Bell, Mexican food the way it should be, fresh. Thanks young man . Be smart ask a local and review TA

Thank MMandSM
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the first place I ever ate in Albuquerque. It was a little different than I expected, but it was pretty standard fare. We were the only ones in the restaurant and the service was slow.

Thank Kmessmer53
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wasn't expecting much, but wow this was good. The staff was friendly and helpful. The food was perfect. They were a little slow.

Thank Andrew R
Alpharetta, Georgia
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tamales were delicious. Just the right amount of filling, well favored meat and masa. The homemade salsa had great flavor. Good kids menu with plenty of options.

Thank gypsietown
Kuna, Idaho
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was impressed by the stuffed sopapillas with red chile - really good red chile, hot and smoky! Everyone enjoyed their meal and the price was low. I took away a star because the atmosphere is very mediocre. It is directly across Rio Grande from Old Town, so save some money and get great food here, instead of the overpriced... More 

Thank Crista2010
Kanosh, Utah
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135 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First Time in town. Went with relatives of a friend. Very glad I went. It was a bit pricey, but worth it. The food was fresh, served properly and care was obviously taken in it's preparation. The decor was nice. Service was as good as I've had. I'd go back without any coaxing. I had the chicken sandwich. Ya, I... More 

Thank TedRecupero
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Salsa middle of the road hot with excellent texture and taste. Tostada compuestas were served flat instead of shaped into cups. Were mild with lots of flavor. (Could have used a little more salt to my taste but in the interest of good health, they were just fine.) Plenty of meat and stuff on top and they were really good.... More 

Thank Woof928394956
Vancouver, Washington
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121 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

Huge portions of authentic Southwest Mexican food. The service is fast and the staff is friendly and welcoming. This is some of the best Southwest Mexican food I have ever had. The location in the Old Town Albuquerque area is prefect for lunch while shopping. Plenty of parking.

Thank MarineAir10
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Monica's El Portal is one of the only authentic "New Mexican" food restaurants left in the Old Town area. This restaurant has an incredible history, authentic ambiance and amazing food. From the amazing homemade salsa to the homemade sopapillas everything on the menu is sure to satisfy. If you are looking for an authentic New Mexican meal this is definitely... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Such a wonderful layering of flavors. Typical traditional Mexican gets old while traveling. This place was such a relief to be offered some real chilli depth of flavor. We probably have a much more sophisticated palette due to travel and my own cooking skills. I had the Indian taco salad with beans and meat. It was perfect. The salsa served... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 321 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1448
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Albuquerque>  > West Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: West Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 505-247-9625

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