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Whether you are looking for a relaxing lunch, family-friendly dinner or night out to enjoy excellent margaritas, the Old Blinking Light welcomes you! Influenced by a Taos, NM background, the superb menu offers a wide range of fresh flavors and tastes. American food with a Southwest soul!
PRICE RANGE
$15 - $25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Mexican, American, Southwestern, Bar
FEATURES
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed October 2, 2022 via mobile

After the last 2 times going to eat, the food was honestly desgusting The enchiladas and ribs was ice cold and when it arrived plus it tasted old …tasteless dry rice and the ugly beans … we just pay and leave because the service too...slow…never come back… !More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 26, 2022

This is a regular for my wife and I. We regularly take friends there. But the company is rapidly changing its identity. All chairs have been replaced for absolutely no reason. Service is slow. The fries were brown and terrible. But the worst is the...piped music, which has been switched to rap. And the staff wouldn't change it back though I complained. I cannot stand rap and I know not a soul who likes it. Despite coming here since opening, I will not be returning to this venue.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 1, 2022 via mobile

I'm really disappointed with the lack of concern from Management. I got my food to go for my family to eat because we were going out of the country the next day. I was so shocked that they actually thought it was ok to pack...up burned/as in black gnocchi and raw kettle chips. I get it that restaurants sometimes have an off day. But burned pasta and raw potatoes? Living 15 minutes away, I didn't feel like going back out again because I was finishing packing but there were no food in the house because we were leaving at 3:30AM to go to the airport. My youngest daughter was crying saying she was hungry. She got to have a cereal bar for dinner that I bought for the trip but the rest of us went to bed without dinner. I called them within 5 minutes of getting home, I wrote to them online and I even mailed them a letter. When I called them, the manager asked me for my address and she'd send me a gift card. It's been 6 weeks. No gift card, no email to follow up, nothing. I had been willing to give them another chance but it's obvious they don't care about their customers. I just don't see how the chef, seeing that the pasta was black, thought it was ok to serve me that!!!!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 22, 2022 via mobile

We ate on a Sunday evening around 6:45 and called ahead by about 30 min and were seated immediately. Our waiter was warm and friendly. The ambiance is lovely and not too loud, easy to hear across a booth. The on tap mexican lager was...delicious. Our appetizers were amazing. Diablo eggs and mahi mahi ceviche. I am a huge fan of ceviches and this one was in my top five. It reminded me of the kind of ceviche I get on the beach cafes in Puerto Vallarta. Dinner was also outstanding. We had the prime rib special, the bison meat loaf and the pork chop. All were amazing but the bison meatloaf is a star! So flavorful. We did two deserts and I recommend them both: the bourbon bread pudding and the mud pie. The mud pie is cookie crust with coffee ice cream and an espresso thin crust and chocolate sauce. It was phenomenal. We left in a food coma but with a promise to come back.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 14, 2022

This is the place to go for good food. I had the New Mexico Red Crusted Salmon and it was delicious. My friend had the Lamb Sirloin with Gnocchi and was very satisfied as well. We went on a Saturday late afternoon and did not...make reservations, but I would recommend them for after 5 pm. Atmosphere was great. We didn't feel crowded or rushed to finish quickly. The service was ok, just didn't check back with us as often as we were used to. They were not that busy. But, over all, it was a good experience and I would return.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 14, 2022 via mobile

Excellent food and drinks. Clean, friendly, fun atmosphere. I had beet salad and tuna tartare, my husband had the most amazing quesadilla. We didn’t have a reservation, but staff found us a spot. I tried to reserve on Open Table but didn’t work.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 27, 2022

Had dinner and ordered the lamb and duck tacos. Both were excellent and portion size was very good sized. Taquitos as an appetizer made it a excellent meal. Service was excellent attentiveness but not over bearing. Had a Nothing bundt cake from across the parking...lot which was an great finish to a excellent meal. Atmosphere was nice, conversation possible makes for a pleasant experience.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed March 25, 2022 via mobile

Many of our entrees came out cold. My bread pudding was also missing a key ingredient. I’ve never been before and will not go back.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed January 5, 2022 via mobile

Every time I eat here I’m amazed at how good the food is. Usually I have the sweet and spicy shrimp or fish tacos or Baja shrimp tacos or the King Ranch casserole. Yesterday I had the classic burger adding bacon,cheese, and avocado. It was...exactly what I was craving. Very tasty. I only wish the bun was a bit bigger and the meat not as thick-same amount of meat just spread out a bit to fit a bigger bun. The fries are among the best I’ve ever had. I feel like the menu gives an eclectic range of options and prices. I do wish the restaurant staff were wearing masks. My friends and I wore masks at all times except when actually eating. Unfortunately not one staff member had a mask on. We did plan our visit on a day and time that typically is not crowded. My server was great but the gal who delivered the order was a bit irritable. I will definitely be back but will likely wait awhile until the virus O-variant spike dies down.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 10, 2021

My mom's homeschooling group came here last night for drinks and dinner and had the best experience. Delicious appetizers, great drink selection, and entrees are of a great portion. Our waitress was a fiery, friendly server and was on top of everything. I had a...delicious Lemon Drop martini, Mac n cheese, and the Mudpie for dessert. All tasty and spot on. Will definitely be back!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 20, 2021 via mobile

The chips served with salsa were stale and the chicken and steak fajitas were tasteless. Steak was tough to eat. The wait server was gone most of the time and did not check on our table.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed August 25, 2021

Mango margarita on the rocks…the mango was rotten. Chips were absolutely the cheapest you can buy. Salsa was nasty as was guacamole. The place is dark and musty.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed May 3, 2021

Such a cool looking place loved the fireplace inside and one outside but why is bar area closed- everything is open but not the bar which is allowed so don't understand that but we were given a seat in restaurant. Drinks are excellent they know...how to make the best Cosmo and Margarita here!! But we were there at happy hour and there was NO happy hour - Covid doesn't stop restaurant from having happy hour for their patrons! So that was BS!! Turkey sandwich was the best but given choice of sides and ordered the squash soup wasn't told it was uncharge (take away fried and uncharge for soup) and it wasn't good at all didn't eat it but waitress just cleaned it up and never asked otherwise service was good. Just wish they had more variety on their menu and some more bar food not sure what this restaurant is trying to be. Perfect place for some live music in bar area something this area is missing and could pack people in with some specials and music otherwise it was dull and quiet. Not a place to hang out and probably wont be backMore

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed February 5, 2021 via mobile

I have been here 10 times. When they first opened I was ecstatic because I love the food of New Mexico. After all the lockdowns and quarantine closures and 8-10 years later it has not changed. Overcooked and unimaginative food. Everything tastes like it was...made yesterday and tonight at 1/4 occupancy the waitress got our order totally wrong. I got the “special “ and it was awful. Simple ingredients of tomato’s, peppers and garlic mixed with gnocchis and cream but on steroids. Everything was overly salty including the pozole. Better New Mexican food can be found at any truck stop along Route 66. The best thing I can say is they make a good cocktail and the atmosphere is excellent. Worth coming for a drink!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed September 27, 2020

The service was fantastic. Son ate all of the fish n chips. Fries are good cold as well. Daughter had zucchini noodles n blacken chicken. My husband had the slow roasted prime rib n veggies. I had fajitas. All well done. bread pudding was shared...for dessert. Excellent end.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
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