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Nellie's Cafe

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Mexican, Southwestern
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1226 W Hadley Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88005-2423
Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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168 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

The food is always good. You can order enchiladas red and green and pick the one you like the best. Good chips and salsa. I like juevos rancheros.

Thank duepplestrasse5-7
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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309 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

I had lunch here with a business colleague on a recent trip through Las Cruces, based on a recommendation from a friend. I guess Nellie’s is a long-standing locals kind of place, and it is sort of off the beaten track. We were probably the only out-of-towners in the place when we had lunch here. The food was nothing special;... More 

Thank gypsyuno
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

Wonderful traditional Mexican food. A small, family owned restaurant it's still one of the best of Las Cruces. We had a large group, but called ahead for reservations and after a short wait, we were seated and served many individual orders in a reasonable timed.

Thank Rebecca T
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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168 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2016

We had many different orders and everything was excellent. We,were a party of eight. we had tacos, enchiladas, taco salad, combination plates, everything was delicious. The chips were warm and the salsa was hot. The empanadas were the best.

Thank duepplestrasse5-7
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

In the last two weeks, I've eaten at Nellie's and came away less than satisfied with the service and quality of the food. Considering that it is only open four days a week, Tuesday through Friday, a standard of excellence should be able to be maintained. On one occasion, one of the orders in our party was not what was... More 

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Statesboro, Georgia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016

We were a party of 4. After 1 hour and 15 minute wait (when we should have left) the food arrived. 3 were very dissatisfied with their meal. Tacos had no taste. Huevos Rancheros were not good. Only green chile salsa was available. Red enchilada sauce was not good. Chip basket was not refilled. Avocado tostado was only good lunch... More 

Thank djcotten
Los Altos, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

We were in town for the day and read all the glowing reviews, so we decided to stop for lunch. We arrived after 1:30PM and waited for half an hour outside before getting seated. The hostess who seated us was friendly. The southwestern decor adds a bit of ambience. The vibrant chatter tends to get a bit loud and may... More 

Thank Monkeyed
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2016

My wife and I are locals and eat there most every week. Love the complimentary chips and salsa! Perhaps a little spicy for some softies but just right for us aficionados! Best Chile relenos in town. Everything is delicious and you'll never be sorrry you ate there! Great food, Great management, and Great service ---- What more can I say!

Thank Carrol D
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2016

If you want a local's mexican food experience in Las Cruces Nellie's Cafe is a great choice. You can get chile served HOT here. Nothing fancy but always lot's of diners so be prepared to wait for a table. It is not a long, but there is usually a wait. Long time family owned and run. Service is prompt.

Thank Diane J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2016

...at least that's what we were told. And we weren't disappointed! Family run, friendly service, generous portions, lots of locals eating here. We had a short wait to be seated but it was well worth it!

Thank B-and-FMpls

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1226 W Hadley Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88005-2423
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Las Cruces
  • Phone Number: 575-524-9982

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