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“New Mexican food - Not TexMex” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Papa Felipe's Mexican Restaurant

Papa Felipe's Mexican Restaurant
Ranked #54 of 1,778 Restaurants in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $15
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Adobe style building outside. Flavor of New Mexico, southwest decor on the inside. We have been preparing each meal from scratch for 35 years. We use only the best and freshest ingredients, ensuring you will enjoy the best tasting dishes in Albuquerque.
Meadowlakes, TX
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“New Mexican food - Not TexMex”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

If you are visiting NM and want to experience authentic NM food (and chile) this is the place to go. If you are faint of heart and don't like spicey don't go. Emphasis is on the food. Atmosphere is OK but not a tourist trap. Definitely a favorite of the locals.

  • Visited September 2012
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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148 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Some of the best Mexican food I've ever had”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012 via mobile

My brother and I stopped here on our cross country trip and enjoyed a delicious new mexican dinner compete with a great margarita.

My brother had the Gringo Steak and I had the combination fajitas ($11!) and the magnifico margarita. Everything was delicious even the nachos which never were completely empty with speedy refills. A great find and a very hospitable staff. We give this 5 stars for it's price point. Overall $40 for a beer, margarita and the two dishes. Very pleased

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1 Thank David C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“GM DISCRIMINATES AGAINST LGBT”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

I went to bar with girlfriend & a transgender friend. She was not allowed to have drinks because her name on her id was male and she looked female. His excuse was not wanting to lose a liquor license. we had 1 drink and then cut off so to I avoid any problems.

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2 Thank Jrock213
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Beris, Social Media Manager at Papa Felipe's Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post feedback about your experience at Papa Felipe’s. I apologize for you and your friend’s experience but I hope you will understand that what happened was result of our restaurant’s very strict compliance with state liquor laws. Keeping in compliance includes not serving a wide range of people, such as those who are acting intoxicated, those who are under age with false ID's, those who have no ID, those who do not having the correct ID, etc.

Of course, this causes problems for us when we cannot serve an individual. We have older people coming in with no ID requesting to be served. State law dictates that the person being served must have a valid driver’s license/ID. We all know they are over 21 but because they do not have a valid license or ID, we cannot serve them.

New Mexico liquor laws are extremely tough but we make it a point to abide by state rules. This helps keep our patrons and other New Mexican safe. We have even hired The BARS Program (Being an Alcohol Responsible Server) come in as a customer several times a month to make sure our servers and bartenders are following company policy.

According to our manager, the picture on the ID did not match the person, thus raising a red flag and concern. We try not to be mean about this but as you can see, a situation like this rarely ends up amicably, there are always customers getting upset. I hope you understand our side of this. Again, I apologize to you and your friends.

Owner, Rudy Guerrero
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Dallas, Texas
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161 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

We met an old friend here and it was great. They let you sample the different types of chili sauces (red and green) to see which you like. Not being from New Mexico, that was helpful in making our lunch selection. Great food & atmosphere.

Visited June 2012
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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Delicious food with great prices”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

They have the friendliest servers in town and my friend goes crazy for their guac.

Visited June 2012
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