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Padilla's Mexican Kitchen

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1510 Girard Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-1823
505-262-0115
Today
11:00 am - 7:45 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 7:45 pm

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  • 50
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  • 11
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
This is where the locals eat!

Not fancy but authentic and fun. The staff are friendly, the food is far better than any fast food you will find! I always, when looking for a Mexican restaurant ask a local where there is a place with an abuelita (little grandmother) in the back kitchen. This is that type of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 21, 2014
bratface
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Massachusetts
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English first
Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Not fancy but authentic and fun. The staff are friendly, the food is far better than any fast food you will find! I always, when looking for a Mexican restaurant ask a local where there is a place with an abuelita (little grandmother) in the back kitchen. This is that type of place. Sopapillas are the best- they are like... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I LOVE Padillas! I have lived in Albuquerque over 20 years, and this is my favorite place for Mexican food. Be aware about the cash only. AND it closes at 7:45 pm, so you can't eat late. In New Mexico, sopaipillas are served with the meal, they are NOT dessert, so of course, they will be less hot if you... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Family-run restaurant; Great no-nonsense Mexican food; cash only for payment; they have yummy sopapillas too!

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Long Beach, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 via mobile

don't be fooled by the exterior and modest look of Padilla's, the food is outstanding and very reasonably priced. I had the chile relleno and sopapillas a la carte. My husband had the carne adovada plate which came with two sopapillas. Outstanding and delicious. The relleno crust was crispy and not soggy. The cheese filling was nicely melted and generous.... More 

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

While visiting ABQ I met a local couple and asked them for recommendations on the best New Mexican food. They both agreed that for quality that this was one of their two top favorites (the other is Duran's Station). I hit them them both and they were beyond expectations. Fresh, delicious, and homemade. I will definitely be back when I... More 

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We ate lunch here on the recommendation of a friend. The restaurant is obviously a family owned local dining spot. You could easily tell that 70% of diners were locals, not tourists. Wife and I both had the basic chicken enchilada's with green chile, beans & rice. The portions were good and when I finished cleaning my plate I was... More 

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Tulsa
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81 reviews 81 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Was told this is the place to eat while in Albuquerque. Im a tough critique and this place was not hard to rate. The place doesn't take credit cards!!! Seriously?? what fine restaurant doesn't take credit cards? The food was mediocre at most, nothing I would ever go back for. They didn't even roll up my enchilada and they use... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Great New Mexican food, I had the enchiladas with green chile. It was really good, however I would have preferred it to be spicier. My meal also came with sopapillas or fry bread, not sure what it is called there but they were great. The waiter was very prompt and provided great service. It truly was some of the best... More 

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

If you're looking for a peaceful meal where you can converse with others at your table, this is not the place. It always seems to be full or nearly so and the sound is deafening. In the past service was quick and meals came out of the kitchen with little wait, but at my last visit it took over 20... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

My first time eating there last week and can't wait to go back! Had lunch and it was very busy, but staff is very much on the ball and food was excellent and the prices are very reasonable.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1510 Girard Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-1823
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Albuquerque
  • Phone Number: 505-262-0115

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 7:45 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 7:45 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 7:45 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 7:45 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 7:45 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?