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El Metate Tamale Factory

) #13 of 90 Restaurants in Gallup $ Mexican,
610 W Mesa Ave, Gallup, NM
+1 505-722-7000
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“tamales” (57 reviews)
“tamale plate” (6 reviews)
“chicken” (10 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 20:00All hours
Mexican, Southwestern
610 W Mesa Ave, Gallup, NM
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Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

It's really hard to say anything positive about a place when it's impossible to get service. I walked in and everyone in the restaurant stared at me. No one offered to seat me, tell me what the process was for obtaining food, or offered any...More

Thank Gruffco
Reviewed 29 June 2015 via mobile

Coming from CO to az we decided to stop and eat lunch vs. going through a fast food drive thru...saw that this place is #2 on trip advisor... it was delicious!!! Glad we stopped!!!

Thank tgallegos1
Reviewed 24 June 2015

....but I was so wrong! El Metate is the Real McCoy, (or the Real Enchildada). Mmmmm.... SO good! I can't wait to go back again and again and again. My advice? Eat here.

Thank Lois A
Reviewed 17 June 2015 via mobile

Why isn't this place #1 in Gallup? From the exterior, it doesn't look like much but do yourself a favor and go inside! It's an older house turned restaurant run by a couple. The food is AMAZING! We got the combo platter with both red...More

1  Thank Jen W
Reviewed 4 June 2015 via mobile

We started out at here but after a child gave menus, drinks and chips, then no one took our order for over 10 minutes; Others around us waiting as well, we left. We Had people next to us (locals) say they're slow because "they only...More

Thank DCrystal M
Reviewed 30 May 2015 via mobile

Needed a bite to eat, so checked Trip Advisor as always. Intrigued by the reviews, we stopped in. It is in an older neighborhood in a converted house. The menu is impressive. To keep things easy, a lot is pre-prepared and warmed when ordered, but...More

Thank Alicia P
Reviewed 15 May 2015 via mobile

I had the taco plate and my husband the tamale plate. Amazingly fresh and delicious. It is a small restautant off the beaten path but well-worth finding. Highly recommend.

3  Thank Irma K
Reviewed 6 May 2015

This is one of those places that you'd never go into unless it was recommended, but it is a good little place, especially for Gallup. The tomales are super light and very good, and the enchiladas were good too. The owners were very sweet and...More

Thank Stuart P
Reviewed 25 April 2015 via mobile

We were traveling through and were hungry. This place has good reviews. So we went there and it is a little drive from the highway, but it's totally worth. She made us fresh tamales, and it was the best I've ever had.

Thank ExplorerDoctorD
Reviewed 20 April 2015 via mobile

Transmission problems landed us overnight in Gallup and gave us the opportunity to discover Metate's restaurant. What a find, great down home Mexican food. The huevos rancheros were delicious and the eggs were perfect. The shredded beef gordita was excellent as well. Even the beans...More

Thank Rita H
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Do you serve margaritas
12 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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