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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%
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“sopapillas” (42 reviews)
“enchiladas” (19 reviews)
“indian taco” (5 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
321 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1448
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Small Mexican place in Old Town. Extensive menu, food was tasty and came out quickly. One d value for cost.

Thank DJC17
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend recommended this restaurant 2 blocks from Old Town. We had lunch of Indian Fry Bread Tacos, and the 3 Enchilada Special of the day. A small place, waitress was friendly, food came fairly quickly. We enjoyed it.

Thank Patti A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived after a long day's drive, we were seated and Ginny quickly took our order. The food was plentiful and tasty. The fry bread with honey was a great way to end the meal.

Thank Terrie K
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I eat here every time I travel to Albuquerque. It isn't fancy, but decor looks authentic. Food is prepared well, not bland , but not overly spicy.

Thank travelvaluetours
Reviewed 14 July 2017

We were passing through Albuquerque and looked for a Mexican restaurant to eat lunch. After checking two websites (including TripAdvisor) we opted for Monica's El Portal based on the great reviews. Total disappointment. All seven of us just hated the food. The Mexican shredded beef...More

Thank rmart2003
Reviewed 12 July 2017

It was all elderly people when I ate there and the food was totally bland and sloppy and expensive and the absence was like a cafeteria. So was the food.

Thank Jason P
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

This was the first restaurant I ever visited in Albuquerque. Let's just say it was less than stellar. The menu was pretty standard, which after the glowing recommendation from a gallery in Old Town was disappointing. The ambiance was, I think, rustic, though I couldn't...More

Thank Kmessmer53
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Monica's el portal offers mediocre food at a moderate price, she has a big family and plenty of friends to keep her in business's but it is not that good! Because you don't spend a lot she has customers, however she should not charge more...More

Thank Denise G
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Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

OMG I've died and gone to food heaven... the Carne Adovada with Xmas sauces, eggs over easy is to die for! Right amount of heat... the corn tortillas are sooooo good! (So good I'm buying a dozen to take with me!) ❤️ Monica's El Portal!...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 21 June 2017

On a visit to Old Town last week - my husband and I decided to have lunch at Monica's. The restaurant is small and cozy - our table was close enough to others that we could hear the waitress talking to other tables. JENNY, our...More

Thank Rachel W
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11 April 2015|
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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
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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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