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Patio Dining Resumes

Patio Dining Opened Saturday May 30th. Indoor Dining resumed June 1st

Half of the summer is over, so lets make the most of what remains!

The Patios opened Saturday May 30th! Indoor dining resumed June 1st. Although El Pinto is at 50% capacity and we have removed tables throughout our 8 beautiful patios and from our five indoor dining rooms. Our 1,200 seat capacity is down to 500, but as the largest restaurant in the Southwest, there is still a seat for you. There is free music while you dine on Sandia Patio Tuesday and Thursday nights. Patios are covered for the occasional monsoon storm and protection from the afternoon sunshine. 

Reservations are highly recommended, and most likely required for seating in the evening, so we can properly manage the flow of guests. We will be utilizing our outdoor park and new open air covered Pavilion after check-in until your table is cleaned according to COVID standards. You will enjoy the relaxed outdoor atmosphere while you wait under the Cottonwoods, with the additional benefit of drink service.

There is no better place to be. Make a reservation now.

Mothers Day

Mother's Day 2020

Celebrate Mother's Day and Let El Pinto do the Cooking

El Pinto opens at 10:30 a.m. on Mother's Day 2020 for take out delivery only. We have family meal options which will serve 4-6 people, as well as our regular dinner menu, all of which is 25% off. Advance ordering is recommended so your meal can be properly prepared for you when you want it ready. 

Family Style Meals

(Each Meal Serves 4-6 people)


CALL US AT  (505) 898-1771


The New Mexican Breakfast   $65

Fruit Bowl, Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, Scrambled Hen Hotel Eggs, Applewood Smoked Bacon, or Green Chile Sausage, Breakfast Potatoes, Tortillas, Hatch Red or Green Chile

Biscuits and Gravy   $59

Fruit Bowl, Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, Homemade Green Chile Cheese Biscuits, Green Chile Sausage Gravy, Hickory Smoked Bacon, Breakfast Potatoes 

Breakfast Taco Platter $45

Fruit Bowl, Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, Hen Hotel Scrambled Eggs, Homemade Chorizo, Hash Browns Roasted Hatch Green Chile, Flour Tortilla, Calabacitas

Hatch Red Chile Rib Dinner $64

Two Full Racks of Hatch Red Chile Ribs, Tossed Salad with our Organic Greens, Calabacitas, Dryland Pinto Beans, Spanish Rice, Sopapillas with Raw Local Honey, Chips & fresh Salsa plus El Pinto Margarita Mix

Green Chile Enchilada Casserole   $49

Your Choice of Chicken or Beef, Tossed Salad with our Organic Greens, Calabacitas, Dryland Pinto Beans, Spanish Rice, Sopapillas with Raw Local Honey, Chips & fresh Salsa  plus El Pinto Margarita Mix

Rolled Taco Platter $45

12 Rolled Tacos (Choice of Beef or Chicken) Tossed Salad with our Organic Greens, Calabacitas, Dryland Pinto Beans, Spanish Rice, Choice of Hatch Red or Green Chile, Sopapillas with Raw Local Honey, Chips & fresh Salsa plus El Pinto Margarita Mix




Balloon Fiesta at El Pinto

El Pinto is the spot to be during the 2018 Balloon Fiesta.

Iconic El Pinto Restaurant & Cantina is a must visit during Balloon Fiesta. Located 1.5 miles from Balloon Fiesta Field it is where pilots, spectators and VIP guests come to enjoy the camaraderie and spirit of Fiesta.

(From Balloon Fiesta Field go north on I-25 and exit Tramway/Roy heading west or take Alameda west to 4th St. and turn right heading North)

The smell of green chile roasting is in the air with nightly roasting of organically grown green chile from Hatch, New Mexico. Enjoy free samples to get a taste of New Mexico.

Mariachis will be performing nightly throughout Fiesta from 6-8 p.m.

The first Friday and Saturday night of Fiesta, the restored 1942 Don Julio Chevrolet will be on display commemorating when Don Julio Tequila was founded. Specials on 1942 Don Julio tequila will be available throughout Fiesta and the hand shaken "Fiesta Fresh" Margarita is featuring Don Julio tequila with Grand Marnier.

Reservations are available at ElPinto.com. Don't worry if a reservation is not available, over 60% of the seating is held for walk in guests which is an El Pinto tradition. Come experience the tastes and sounds of New Mexico while a seat is prepared for your party.


Valentine's Day to Remember 2020

Prix Fixe Three Course Menu

Valentines Day 2020
Each couple receives a red rose. There is a strolling violinist while you dine.
$49.99 per person
Choose an Appetizer:
Cup Green Chile Stew
Hatch Green Chile appetizer
House Salad


Choose an Entree:
Full Rack Red Chile Ribs
10 oz petite Filet
12 oz Ribeye and Enchilada



Choose a Dessert:
Strawberry Levante
Choco Flan
Southwestern Cheesecake



Add a Cupid Margarita or a glass of Gruet Rose
Reservations Required.  Make a Reservation Now