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“The red chili is really hot!”

Cervantes Restaurant & Lounge
Ranked #35 of 1,769 Restaurants in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
SW Colorado
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286 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“The red chili is really hot!”
Reviewed December 24, 2012

My husband and I tried this restaurant for the first time today. We found the chips crisp and fresh and the salsa was good too. We both ordered the combination plate #1 which came with a ground beef taco, cheese enchilada, tamale, carne adovada, rice, beans and 2 sopapillas. The food was very tasty and filling. Next visit, I want to order the taco plate and husband wants to order the stuffed sopapilla!

  • Visited December 2012
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“If you like bland, this is the place for you!”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

I ordered the seafood enchiladas (probably where I went wrong...). They said it would be steam crab and shrimp inside, but didn't mention that it would be the imitation Krab. That wasn't a deal breaker though if the sauce would have been spicy like new mexican food should be, all would have been fine. Both the red and the green were super bland and flavorless. For $12 I could have gorged myself at the Frontier and my mouth would be stinging too!

Visited November 2012
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Plymouth, Michigan
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Wouldn't miss it!”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

My wife and I drive from Michigan to Arizona every winter. One of the highlights of the long drive is our New Year's eve dinner at Cervantes. The restaurant is beautifully decorated for the holidays and the food choices are excellent. We always ask for a table by the fireplace.

  • Visited January 2012
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Albuquerque's best New Mexican food”
Reviewed November 21, 2012 via mobile

This might be Albuquerque's best kept New Mexican food secret. While everyone if flocking to Sadie's and El Patio and paying way to much for the food, I like to sneak over to this quiet place for a great New Mexican food experience. But be advised, your tolerance for hot green or red chile definitely be tested! The other thing I like about this place is the fact that I've never had to wait for a table. This is the benefit of a place that has great food, but is not widely known. If you're looking for a nice dinner in a nice atmosphere, you won't be disappointed with Cervantes.
Enjoy!

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Rochester, New York
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59 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good Food, Excellent Service”
Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

Not from ABQ but I was in town working nearby. I told my local co-worker "I want to go somewhere I can't go to in every other city I visit." He took me to Cervantes.
Menu had a lot of good choices. The menu also said all items made to order so expect a little longer wait than many of the fast Mexican restaurants. Considering we were there during peak lunch rush, our order came out very quickly and it was
definitely NOT something that had been laying around the kitchen. It tasted very fresh. Price was about average (mid-range) for what we had. Definitely a place I will return to for lunch when I am in this area again.

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