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“The "Real Deal' for New Mexican food!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Barelas Coffee House

Barelas Coffee House
1502 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4319
505-843-7577
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Ranked #169 of 1,535 Restaurants in Albuquerque
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Coffee Shop, Californian
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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112 reviews 112 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“The "Real Deal' for New Mexican food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

I have lived in Albuquerque-area for 20 years and never eaten at Barela's until today. My husband and I had almost given up going to any local New Mexican restaurants because they all had begun to taste "mass produced". Barela's has restored my faith in good, local New Mexican food! The restaurant is large and casual, and it was packed at lunchtime. It is near downtown, so you see clientele from all walks of life - lawyers, politicians, families, little old ladies. Everyone is welcome! The wait staff is fast and efficient and friendly. The food is hot and plentiful and the red and green chile is TASTY! I had the beef enchiladas with frijoles and hash browns, topped with a fried egg and red chile (~$8.00) . . . delicious! Parking is difficult, so you may have to park down the street or on the next block, but it is worth it. They are only open until 3:30 and are closed on Sundays.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Although parking can be challenging, it is worth the trip to step into this wonderful place. Authentic NM food with all the details. You can order a plate or a bowl of green chile and beans with homemade tortillas at the counter.

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Newport, Oregon
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41 reviews 41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great Carne Adovada, love this place. Not fancy but flippin fantastic!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

If you are looking for terribly quick seating, no. If you are looking for the most technically perfect wait staff,no. If you are looking for authentic, delicious, home-style NM food then this is your place. The waitstaff has been around long enough to know their customers, the red is great and I love this place. We always go after a trip to the farmers market for a full blown NM blast. Only complaint is that the coffee is mediocre at best and you sometimes have to arm wrestle the waitstaff to get a refill. Other than that...do your self a favor and go. Thumbs up!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Aurora, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“very homey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

excellent breakfast. My family's go-to place. Wait staff very friendly, know your name. ample portions, good prices

Visited July 2012
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Albuquerque
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67 reviews 67 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Good, but needs coffee with caffeine in it.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Title says it all. The food is very good, coffee needs work.

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