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Monica's El Portal

££ - £££Mexican,
321 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1448
+1 505-247-9625
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“sopapillas” (42 reviews)
“enchiladas” (19 reviews)
“indian taco” (5 reviews)
Closes in 29 min
All hours
Mexican, Southwestern
££ - £££
321 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1448
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

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

1  Thank Andrew R
Reviewed 8 April 2017 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.

1  Thank gypsietown
Reviewed 4 April 2017

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...More

Thank Crista2010
Reviewed 1 April 2017

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...More

Thank TedRecupero
Reviewed 23 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...More

Thank Woof928394956
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....More

Thank MarineAir10
Reviewed 19 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...More

1  Thank Arjuna R
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...More

Thank worldview2016
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...More

Thank Terrygrim3
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
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Response from MountainDream | Reviewed this property |
We had a gluten intolerant person in our group and she was able to select according to her needs. However, I did not pay close enough attention as to whether she asked them about cross contamination. She had steak with beans... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, 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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