I had the opportunity to dine at Pajarito and it was simply terrible. After waiting approximately 20 minutes for a table (after 7 PM) my friend and I were seated. The restaurant will full and there appeared to be only two servers and two bar tenders for the entire restaurant. The hostess was pulling double duty seating guests and clearing tables.
As we waited to be seated we noted who had been served and who had not in an effort to anticipate the wait and turn around time to get food.
Once seated it took approximately 10 minutes to get a drink order in. After placing an order for one glass of wine and water, it took another 5 or more minutes to get the drinks. The server was apologetic but was clearly handling far too many tables to insure good service.
We placed an appetizer order for Little Neck Clams. It took about 15 mintues for these to reach the table. They were place on the table without providing appetizer plates and were not served with bread which would have been nice especially in light of the broth. The clams were slightly tough and were lukewarm. I tasted and my friend ate the remainder.
I ordered the ribeye with a salad and requested only vegetables as a side. The menu indicated the dish was served with mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. Once served the dish came with a huge amount of the mashed potatoes and four pieces of zucchini that were raw with a slight hint of grill marks. The ribeye was prepared medium rare as ordered. I tried the zucchini but it was bitter and raw. I did not want nor did I eat the potatoes. My friend tried the potatoes and thought they were not hot enough.
We observed guests around us that had been seating just before and at the same time as were were experiencing significant waits in getting food and beverages.
Overall, the service was slow. Our server was unable to keep waters filled and the food was just not good. She was not there to suggest another wine, nor did we get checked on to see if there was anything else we needed once served. Not sure why this restaurant is popular other than there's so few places to eat in Los Alamos.
You are better off driving down the hill to Espanola to El Paragua for a great steak and better service.