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Duran Central Pharmacy

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$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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1815 Central Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
+1 505-247-4141
09:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Tue 09:00 - 18:30
Wed - Sun 09:00 - 20:00
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful family dinner to celebrate winter holidays with visiting family. Nice variety with beer or wine in the evening. 9 people for $120!

Thank manuelca2016
Mona G, Owner at Duran Central Pharmacy, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review! We appreciate the support! More 

Seattle, Washington
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unique experience to find a friendly good restaurant with excellent red chili tucked away in a pharmacy. The wait staff all worked together to provide great service to go with the delicious food. We're visiting but if we lived in Albuquerque we be back often.

Thank GinnyE231
Mona G, Owner at Duran Central Pharmacy, responded to this review

Ginny, Thanks for your support and positive review! More 

Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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87 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

The food here is good quality, served by a friendly and efficient staff. I love the chili (Red & Green) here, and the food is genuine New Mexican. The strange thing is, they don't do hash browns with breakfast, they do mashed potatoes..... If your is the area give it a try, you'll enjoy the experience. Beware of the traffic... More 

Thank glkaiser2015
Mona G, Owner at Duran Central Pharmacy, responded to this review

Thank you for the positive review. We appreciate the support! More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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73 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

This place is always busy, so just be prepared. It's worth the wait though! The food is great and chile is hot. If you need a fix, you can just get a bowl of chile with beans and a tortilla on the side. Otherwise, the torpedo is great loaded with potatoes and chile. One of the best things about Duran's... More 

1 Thank ABQvolcanogirl
Mona G, Owner at Duran Central Pharmacy, responded to this review

Thanks for the positive review and supporting a locally owned business! More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Well, it's overpriced, and always busy, but the wait staff is good, and always friendly. Much better than Garcia's across the street!

2 Thank 557katesanders
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122 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

All virgin experiences are interesting but not necessarily enjoyable. Visiting Durans for the first time is both interesting and enjoyable. Interesting because you must walk through a pharmacy to get to the restaurant and it's always full. Enjoyable because it's got the best red chile in town; predictably delicious food and a wait staff that reminds me of a New... More 

Thank Mark R
Plano, Texas
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103 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

I used to live in Albuquerque and returned for a family visit. Duran's is a favorite spot of theirs so we went to lunch on my second day. There was one table left when we arrived so we had good timing. The staff was running around chaotically the entire time we were there. It took 5 minutes of people rushing... More 

5 Thank TravelJunkieABC
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I have lived in New Mexico for over 25 years and had never tried Duran's Pharmacy. We have been missing some great food! Tiny place but worth any wait you have. The hands down best Carne Adovada I have ever eaten (pork marinated in red chilli). Fresh made hand rolled tortillas, and great friendly service.

Thank Scott J
West Hartford, Ct
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36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Fun diner lunch, but the gift items in the store are the best. Lots of Archie McPhee stuff. We picked up the Dress-Up Crazy Cat Lady to plan our retirement! Albuquerque is a quirky fun city - was very pleased by how much I liked it.

Thank eafinct
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

I went at lunch. Place was very busy, sat at the counter so no problems getting in at all. The menu is true New Mexican food. I had a hard time deciding so I got the blue corn chicken tacos! Wonderful!!! The guacamole is good, and I'm very picky. Sitting at the counter was good, I talked with several different... More 

1 Thank Carrie P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 18:30
09:00 - 18:30
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1815 Central Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Albuquerque
  • Phone Number: +1 505-247-4141
In business since 1942, Duran Central Pharmacy is one of the oldest commercial establishments in Albuquerque. The pharmacy has grown considerably over the years, reflecting changes in the health and medical fields. The original soda fountain has grown into a small restaurant, serving New Mexican food and is famous in the area for its red and green chile. Duran's offers a wide variety of products from all over the world - from medicinal herbs to imported chocolates and fancy soaps to trendy gadgets. In addition, there is no better place for a genuine New Mexican enchilada or green chile cheeseburger!

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