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El Metate Tamale Factory

610 W Mesa Ave, Gallup, NM
+1 505-722-7000
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible6%
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“tamales” (57 reviews)
“pork” (7 reviews)
“sample plate” (6 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
610 W Mesa Ave, Gallup, NM
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Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

My hubby and I both ordered the combination plate. It was some of the best Mexican food I've ever had. Please move to California so we can visit regularly.

Thank Susan O
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Ate here some 6 mo ago---EXPANSIVE and Interesting Menu....Unusual items for Gallup listed. There are: Shrimp Tacos, Fish Tacos, Tamales, Buretos, Fajitas....on and on... LOTS of CHOICES....I got a Shrimp Entree' and it was good-Tasty! The interior is modest, old...needs a 'Make-Over' or Pick Me...More

Thank Michael D
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Not a place to go for atmosphere, but the place was clean. I would liken this to a "pizza place" but instead of pizza, it sells Mexican food. The food was good as was the service. No alcohol is served including beer. This is a...More

Thank Judy F
Reviewed 19 October 2016

First off, let me say this is not in a scary area of town. Maybe if you come from some gated community you might be over imaginative. It is in a regular SW small town neighborhood, that's all. Servers very friendly. Food was great. I...More

Thank Ken L
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Don't expect upscale white table cloth here! But do expect good service, outstanding food and reasonable prices. This is a locals place and has been featured on the Food Network according to the owner. We had heard the tamales were really good, so a couple...More

2  Thank pilot92270
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

This is a converted old adobe home in a residential area, not pretty but clean and tidy. And the lady who owns it and runs it is a great cook and provides you with authentic Mexican cuisine at a fair price. If you are a...More

Thank Susan W
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

My sister loves these tamales and now I know why! I ordered the green chile chicken tamales. The green chile is just right, not too hot with lots of flavor. You can also ask for it on the side, if you're not sure about it....More

1  Thank s r h
Reviewed 20 July 2016

This restaurant was a great find! Friendly service, delicious food. The best red sauce I've eaten. Be sure to eat here if you're in Gallup.

1  Thank Nick M
Reviewed 3 July 2016

Read reviews and was very excited to find a "hole in the wall" with good food.We often seek out the local fare that has great food, and don't care about atmosphere. Sounded very much what we often seek, I agree the service was friendly, It...More

2  Thank shawclan
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Stumbled on this great tamale and Mexican food place. Cheap, fast and delicious pit stop on our drive from Albuquerque to Telluride.

1  Thank Docterloeb
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13 March 2016|
Response from S00ziI | Reviewed this property |
I do not know. We were NOT impressed with the food.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 610 W Mesa Ave, Gallup, NM
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Gallup
  • Phone Number: +1 505-722-7000
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