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Monica's El Portal

) #61 of 1,415 Restaurants in Albuquerque ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Mexican,
321 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1448
+1 505-247-9625
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“sopapillas” (43 reviews)
“enchiladas” (18 reviews)
“beans” (10 reviews)
Opens in 23 min
All hours
Mexican, Southwestern
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
321 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1448
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Reviews (169)
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

OMG I've died and gone to food heaven... the Carne Adovada with Xmas sauces, eggs over easy is to die for! Right amount of heat... the corn tortillas are sooooo good! (So good I'm buying a dozen to take with me!) ❤️ Monica's El Portal!...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 6 days ago

On a visit to Old Town last week - my husband and I decided to have lunch at Monica's. The restaurant is small and cozy - our table was close enough to others that we could hear the waitress talking to other tables. JENNY, our...More

Thank Rachel W
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have to be GF so Mexican cuisine is always a great choice - the food here is fresh and very good for their style of Mexican food. I had the enchiladas with the red sauce and my wife had a burrito - there was...More

Thank Alan F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best New Mexican food in town, family-owned, great prices, friendly people, relaxed atmosphere. Watch out for the green chile, it is always hot!!!

Thank saradeluz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here for lunch, but they really only had a breakfast and dinner menu. That was fine because everything my family ordered off the dinner menu was fantastic. Again, not just OK - Fantastic! Service was very friendly if just a bit slow. Just...More

Thank TravellerFromTN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were just passing through Albuquerque and tried Monica's during visit to Old Town. My husband had the tostadas. He said they excellent. The guacamole was fresh and tasty. The tostada shells appeared to be made in house. I had the chicken...More

Thank Michele H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In reading the reviews about the place, I've come to the conclusion that people, before they come to Albuquerque, must live on a diet of mushy canned ravioli. The food was poor. The waitress was fine. The place is fully amortized (as in dog-earred) and...More

Thank Spiro2016
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Whenever I pass through Alburquerque I hit Monica's. It's always good and a treat. The food is authentic, reasonably priced, service nice, and I haven't had a bad meal there yet.

Thank M A
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Before I fly back home to Arlington, VA, I wanted to write this. This week was my first time in Albuquerque and was already familiar with it being known for red and green chili's. I found this restaurant in the official visitors' guide (KiMo Theatre...More

Thank jpm0703
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

My wife and I came here for breakfast and sat in the patio area. Fast and friendly service. The red chili had great flavor. I was extremely happy.

Thank Danny Y
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do you have gluten free options? Is the staff knowledgeable about cross contamination?
12 April 2015|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from MountainDream | Reviewed this property |
We had a gluten intolerant person in our group and she was able to select according to her needs. However, I did not pay close enough attention as to whether she asked them about cross contamination. She had steak with beans... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 321 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1448
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Albuquerque>  > West Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: West Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 505-247-9625
  • E-mail
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