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Duran Central Pharmacy

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Mexican, Southwestern
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1815 Central Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
+1 505-247-4141
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Tue 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wed - Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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87 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The food here is good quality, served by a friendly and efficient staff. I love the chili (Red & Green) here, and the food is genuine New Mexican. The strange thing is, they don't do hash browns with breakfast, they do mashed potatoes..... If your is the area give it a try, you'll enjoy the experience. Beware of the traffic... More 

Thank glkaiser2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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73 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is always busy, so just be prepared. It's worth the wait though! The food is great and chile is hot. If you need a fix, you can just get a bowl of chile with beans and a tortilla on the side. Otherwise, the torpedo is great loaded with potatoes and chile. One of the best things about Duran's... More 

Thank ABQvolcanogirl
Mona G, Owner at Duran Central Pharmacy, responded to this review

Thanks for the positive review and supporting a locally owned business! More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, it's overpriced, and always busy, but the wait staff is good, and always friendly. Much better than Garcia's across the street!

1 Thank 557katesanders
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122 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016 via mobile

All virgin experiences are interesting but not necessarily enjoyable. Visiting Durans for the first time is both interesting and enjoyable. Interesting because you must walk through a pharmacy to get to the restaurant and it's always full. Enjoyable because it's got the best red chile in town; predictably delicious food and a wait staff that reminds me of a New... More 

Thank Mark R
Plano, Texas
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97 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

I used to live in Albuquerque and returned for a family visit. Duran's is a favorite spot of theirs so we went to lunch on my second day. There was one table left when we arrived so we had good timing. The staff was running around chaotically the entire time we were there. It took 5 minutes of people rushing... More 

4 Thank TravelJunkieABC
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I have lived in New Mexico for over 25 years and had never tried Duran's Pharmacy. We have been missing some great food! Tiny place but worth any wait you have. The hands down best Carne Adovada I have ever eaten (pork marinated in red chilli). Fresh made hand rolled tortillas, and great friendly service.

Thank Scott J
West Hartford, Ct
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30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Fun diner lunch, but the gift items in the store are the best. Lots of Archie McPhee stuff. We picked up the Dress-Up Crazy Cat Lady to plan our retirement! Albuquerque is a quirky fun city - was very pleased by how much I liked it.

Thank eafinct
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

I went at lunch. Place was very busy, sat at the counter so no problems getting in at all. The menu is true New Mexican food. I had a hard time deciding so I got the blue corn chicken tacos! Wonderful!!! The guacamole is good, and I'm very picky. Sitting at the counter was good, I talked with several different... More 

1 Thank Carrie P
Tacoma, Washington
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432 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

Duran Central Pharmacy is a great place for food and gift items. The boutique in here is a little more upscale and fun than the average drug store. They have great purses, souvenirs, kitchen items and gourmet food stuffs here. Then there's the diner - very low key and simple in the best way. Old school diner in atmosphere more... More 

Thank jay s
NW Chicago Suburbs, IL
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59 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

Everything made onsite. Service was fantastic. They have extended their hours recently. Just a really cute quirky diner. Interesting souvenirs in the pharmacy too and everyone was friendly.

1 Thank BK2
Mona G, Owner at Duran Central Pharmacy, responded to this review

BK2, We appreciate your positive review! We are happy your experience was good, and we hope you come back and visit again! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:30 pm
9:00 am - 6:30 pm
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1815 Central Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Albuquerque
  • Phone Number: +1 505-247-4141
In business since 1942, Duran Central Pharmacy is one of the oldest commercial establishments in Albuquerque. The pharmacy has grown considerably over the years, reflecting changes in the health and medical fields. The original soda fountain has grown into a small restaurant, serving New Mexican food and is famous in the area for its red and green chile. Duran's offers a wide variety of products from all over the world - from medicinal herbs to imported chocolates and fancy soaps to trendy gadgets. In addition, there is no better place for a genuine New Mexican enchilada or green chile cheeseburger!

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