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Talking Drums

1606 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108-4820
+1 505-792-3221
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible3%
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African, Ethiopian, Caribbean, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1606 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108-4820
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

First of all, the address shown in Trip Advisor is INCORRECT. Talking Drums in now located at 1606 Central Avenue, SE. When we were there last month, street construction right in front on the restaurant made access inconvenient; hopefully, that won't be a problem much...More

Thank vcv
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Being in a strange city, my friend and I sought to find unusual food for dinner. Although we arrived after Talking Drums Restaurant had closed for the night, they graciously unlocked the door and invited us in to order food to go. What wonderful, delightful...More

Thank Picardone
Reviewed 18 April 2017

I had fufu for the first time at this restaurant and now try to make it back every time we're in Albuquerque because it's the best thing ever. The version with pounded yam, peanut sauce and a side of collards is just amazing. Definitely worth...More

Thank Rmaymoore
Reviewed 15 January 2017

So I was in Abq for something and I had to be here for the weekend. I decided to see if I could find some native food (I am Nigerian) and voila! I found this gem of a place. I had amala, ewedu and fish...More

Thank KemiBello
Reviewed 16 October 2016

I love Caribbean food, so when I got a Groupon for Talking Drums, I decided to try it. The jerk chicken was tender, delicious, and perfectly seasoned. I loved the fried rice and the green beans that were served with it. Of course I had...More

Thank Trish L
Reviewed 19 August 2016

I went to this restaurant mid-afternoon and it was empty, but I figured that was due to the fact that it was after the lunch rush. Ordered the jerk chicken, which came with green beans and rice. Although the food was plentiful, it was pretty...More

1  Thank Ginny1234_5678
Reviewed 20 June 2016

Our first visit and sadly probably our last. Firstly, although the place is very clean it lacks any real African atmosphere. A few flags hanging and a poster or two. Take that stuff down it could be a Mexican restaurant. One lonely wait staff among...More

1  Thank Michael N
Reviewed 18 June 2016

We enjoyed our dining experience at Talking Drums. The food was very tasty and unique. We ordered the Jamaican patties, one beef and one chicken. I liked the chicken one better and my dining companion liked the beef one better. For the entrees, I ordered...More

1  Thank lyrix428
Reviewed 20 May 2016

We visited Talking drums on a saturday afternoon and the place was empty we were the only table and I wondered why if seems so good. Then I realized why... The portions of the plates are very small for more than $10 each plate plus...More

Thank Grisel G
Reviewed 18 May 2016

We had a great meal, enjoying African and Caribbean dishes. The grilled jerk chicken was spicy and tender, some of the best I've ever had. The staff were friendly, courteous, and responsive to our requests. We will return soon!

Thank ParkhillK
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1606 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108-4820
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Albuquerque
  • Phone Number: +1 505-792-3221
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