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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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Vancouver, Washington
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110 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 

1 Thank Arjuna R
Newport Beach, California
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60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 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 

Thank worldview2016
Haverhill, Massachusetts
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192 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

OK, so I am such a pale gringo that I get second-degree sunburns looking at pictures of tropical beaches. But, I really really like tamales, and seek them out when in California or Texas, so I'm not a novice. I'll even try them in New England if I have not been out west for a while, but I'm usually pretty... More 

Thank Terrygrim3
Santa Fe, New Mexico, Usa
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is really like being invited into the home of the owner .The owner takes pride in her food and makes the effort to always please.The best sopapillas always fresh and made by hand.Always a great experience Live a little.Try Authentic New Mexican cuisine.

1 Thank Eric C
Richmond, Virginia
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Great local food and definitely would recommend the Feisty Fajitas if you're hungry! Leave room for the sopas with honey!

Thank SandiaBlue1912
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

1st time there. Hubby had the dinner special (steak, enchiladas verdes, rice, beans, aguacate), I had nachos grandes, kids had quesadillas and crispyb tacos. We all loved everything. Be ready for BIG portions, even the kids meals covered entire plate. Highly recommed this place. Oh and don't forget to order a margarita. Yum! Staff and price were AWESOME!

Thank jenjen1398
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77 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

I was disappointed with our business lunch. Entertained an out-of-country colleague and the green chili was hot as described by our server but the presentation was sloppy and my green chili enchilada was dry 😕. No one complained but no one cheered about their plate either. Our servers voice was really loud and hurt my ears when speaking to our... More 

Thank Tony J B
Auckland, New Zealand
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Excellent service and a great beef/bean Taco salad - really worth a visit. Close to Old Town. Was a windy day so entire area pretty quiet

Thank alisontoia

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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
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?