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Talking Drums

1606 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-4478
+1 505-792-3221
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good25%
  • Average11%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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Caribbean, African, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1606 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-4478
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in for lunch on our journey of 'foods of Central Avenue' one Wednesday afternoon. Although a fairly large dining area, we were joined by only one other party during our visit. I ordered red beans and fried plantains and my husband selected a...More

Thank 944phyllisk
Reviewed 30 December 2017

Every dish cooked to perfection. Delightful conversation with Alex. We will definitely be returning.

Thank Rufus_K12
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

I've previously reviewed this restaurant but am writing another review since I was recently there for about the 8th time and was with a friend who had never had West African food. She loved it and having run restaurants herself, is very knowledgeable about food...More

Thank vcv
Reviewed 4 August 2017

I'm glad we found this place; they said they had only been here three years after moving from another location for two. I got the rice/tilapia combination platter; it was delicious. There was some spice, but not much at all. The beans were very good...More

Thank Austin H
Reviewed 21 June 2017

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1606 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-4478
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Albuquerque
  • Phone Number: +1 505-792-3221
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