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El Metate Tamale Factory

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610 W Mesa Ave, Gallup, NM
+1 505-722-7000
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible6%
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“tamales” (58 reviews)
“chicken” (10 reviews)
“sample plate” (6 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
610 W Mesa Ave, Gallup, NM
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Reviewed May 6, 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 April 25, 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 April 20, 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
Reviewed April 3, 2015

This place is very small and hard to find, but well worth the trip. Family owned and operated, even down to the children, it's what dining out used to be about. The food was wonderful and the tamales were the best my wife has ever...More

Thank dqdick
Reviewed March 20, 2015

We ordered a la carte, each selecting the chorizo and egg burrito (fantastic!) and a tamale. The chorizo had incredible flavor, and what a treat to find fresh homemade tamales at a restaurant.

Thank stilltravellingSC
Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

So glad I looked at Trip Advisor. This place has great food! We ordered tacos, shrimp fajitas, steak fajitas and the tamale combo. Everything was delicious. The sweet lady that waited on us had a warm smile and was accommodating. Fresh food with REAL Mexican...More

1  Thank Teaswood
Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great food,service was fabulous. Budget friendly while no sacrifice in quality. Definitely off the beat & path but worth the extra turns off the main drag.

1  Thank HKBottoms
Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Food had good flavor and taste. Clean, but the service was poor. It was okay, but my family was a little disappointed for being ranked high.

Thank Sharilyn M
Reviewed February 13, 2015

This little gem stands out in Gallups desert of places to eat. Homemade chips and spicy green salsa, tamales, carnitas and vieja ropa. ALL delicious !

Thank Jim M
Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is the only "mexican" restaurant in town that uses the cheeses and combinations that are traditionally found south of the border. They do ol' mexico food and New Mexico chili sauces, if you haven't had enough of them yet. The fish tacos and shrimp...More

2  Thank RoamNHoliday
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March 12, 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, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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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