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Balloon Fiesta at El Pinto

El Pinto is the Spot to be During the 2021 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)

Reservations are available at ElPinto.com. If a reservation is not available the Cantina has first come first serve seating with a full menu. Additionally, seating is held for walk in guests as is available.

Current decrees by the Governor require face masks indoor unless seated for dining. Fortunately 80% of El Pinto dining uses open air patios with free air flow. We encourage guests to use personal caution according to advice from their individual medical professional. All El Pinto staff members are monitored daily for their health.

El Pinto has a largest Tequila bar in the Southwest and one of the largest in the United States with over 180 different bottles of 100% blue webber agave with an additional 40 agave Mezcals and Sotols. Each margarita is hand shaken using fresh squeezed juice, organic sugar, coupled with an orange liqueur of your choice.

Our seating ranges over eight different patios which are covered and heated for cool Balloon Fiesta evenings. Indoor dining is in multiple hacienda style rooms, each with their own personality and feel. Seating allows over 1,000 guests separated among numerous rooms and patios, with multiple fountains, waterfalls, and fireplaces.

 Come experience the tastes and sounds of New Mexico.


Sunday Yoga Series with SWEAT Yoga

Sweat Yoga Summer Yoga at El Pinto

Join SWEAT Yoga all summer long as friends gather to practice in the fresh air and beautiful gardens of El Pinto. The pavilion is surrounded by ancient cottonwoods, grass, wisteria vines and flowers. It is the spot to practice with all of the favorite SWEAT instructors. 

Bring a mat and a friend for the 10 am classes that last one hour. Make reservations for brunch after your session at elpinto.com. Open seating maybe available, but reservations are best.

Class is $10 per person and each participant will receive a $5 food/drink discount from El Pinto. Class starts at 10 a.m. for one hour each Sunday, but there are a few adjustments due to holidays so check this page for the schedule.  

“The trees in the El Pinto park that cool the area were grown as saplings by my brother and I,” explains John Thomas. Birds now call the park home and it is a peaceful location on the side of El Pinto used for special occasions. 

Reservations are not needed for the best yoga spot in town but reservations for brunch are needed. Enter the main entry and you will be directed through the patios to the park. If you know El Pinto, you can also use the side gate entering the park directly. Please bring a yoga mat. Margaritas during class are allowed as of July 1. Class begins at 10 a.m.


About El Pinto Restaurant & Salsa Co:


Established 59-years ago, El Pinto is a quintessential icon for New Mexican cuisine. El Pinto continues to expand with an emphasis on serving nutritious, locally raised, and organic foods. El Pinto Restaurant has grown from a few tables in one room started by John and Jim Thomas' parents, to become the most famous restaurant in New Mexico with beautiful patios, natural wood burning fireplaces, and healthy New Mexican cuisine. Conveniently located in the North Valley of Albuquerque just off I-25, the serene patios located under beautiful cottonwood trees provide an iconic experience. El Pinto is known nationally for its fire-roasted green chile and fresh flavorful salsa distributed across the nation in local grocery stores. The salsa and green chile factory is located on the same grounds as the restaurant. For an authentic taste of New Mexico, visit El Pinto for its fresh iconic food, traditional margaritas, and award winning chile. www.elpinto.com

View the SWEAT Instructor Profiles

June 6th: Sarah

June 13th: Mia (Note that class is from 9-10 am this week)

June 20th: NO CLASS, Father's Day

June 27th: Nathen

July 4th: NO CLASS, Independence Day

July 11th: Ali

July 18: Kacey

July 25: Lindsay

August 1: Sarah

August 8: Angela teaching Pilates

August 15 - Ali

August 22 - Kacey

August 29 - Jenna

Schedule subject to change so check back.

Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Patios and Indoor Dining is Open

Dining indoor and outdoor patio dining is open.

New Mexico continues to be under some restrictions, however, El Pinto has 600 seats for dining outdoor in open air covered patios and additional seating indoor within small rooms.

Patio and indoor dining is allowed and masks are only required by Governor decree when indoor. Please make a reservation at www.elpinto.com to help us manage customer flow. 

(updated Oct 2021)

Big Game Party Box Take Out

Enjoy the Big Game without the stress

Everything for your football party is made in house and ready to heat. Enjoy El Pinto's famous Hatch red chile ribs, rolled tacos, hot wings, and more for your Big Game party.

Order online or by calling 505-898-1771 to schedule a pick-up. Order by Saturday, Feb 6th by 5 p.m. with a last pick up Sunday Feb 7th by noon. Please help us by ordering early so we have time to prepare each order.


Big Game Party Packs

$55.00 + tax per Party Box

Party Boxes served Cold

(Each Meal serves 4-6 people)

Order your meal by Saturday February 6th by 5:00 PM

Orders must be picked up on Sunday February 7th no later than 12:00 pm


Red Chile Riblets Party Box

1 Dozen Red Chile ribs with ranch or blue cheese dressing, celery and carrots

1 Pint Chile con Queso

1 Pint Guacamole

1 Pint salsa


Chocolate Chip cookies

Hot Wings Party Box

1 Dozen Red Hot wings with ranch or blue cheese dressing, celery and carrots

1 pint Chile con Queso

1 Pint Guacamole

1 Pint Salsa


Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rolled Taco Party Box

1 Dozen Rolled tacos (Beef or Chicken) with ranch or blue cheese dressing, celery and carrots

1 Pint Chile con Queso

1 Pint Guacamole

1 Pint Salsa


Chocolate Chip Cookies

Party Box Combo $65.55 + tax

½ Doz. Riblets, ½ Doz. Hot Wings & ½ Doz. Rolled tacos (Beef or Chicken) with ranch or blue cheese dressing, celery and carrots

1 pint Chile con Queso

1 Pint Guacamole

1 Pint Salsa


Chocolate Chip Cookies