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Tomato Cafe

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5920 Holly Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113-2538
+1 505-821-9300
11:00 - 20:30
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We've been dining at the Tomato Cafe for years-since our kids were babies. The food is ALWAYS fresh. The staff is great and the owner Debra makes it a point to talk/visit with all the tables. The vegetarian posole is my favorite. Soooo good. And the pasta, sauces and pizza are just as delicious.

Thank Charlotte J
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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732 reviews
328 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 295 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

The food here is just ok, but the good part is it's a buffet so there is a choice that will make everyone happy. The pre-cooked pasta was a bit overcooked and soft, but the sauce was pretty good. They do not offer plain Italian bread which is odd (just buttered-up breadsticks).

Thank 3RedDoxies
Taos, New Mexico
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154 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Not only is this Restaurants serve excellent food with great customer service. They care about the community and the people they serve. Mgr. Deb went above and beyond making sure the Taos Rush Soccer Team was taken good care and family/friends had a fantastic gastronomical delight too. Everyone serves themselves to a wonderful buffet with salad, pizza pasta/meatballs, vegetables, drinks... More 

Thank taosgranny
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 September 2016

A buffet with an open kitchen. Very friendly, clean and good quality food. The variety is some what limited. Especially the salad bar. Several types of pizza, pasta and similar items. Wine, italian sodas, ice cream cones. They donate unused food to food banks and are active in their community.

Thank mygarbagedump
Saudi Arabia
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86 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

I can't imagine going out for fast food when you can pay just a little bit more and have a family-friendly buffet meal. Everyone gets what they want - pizza, pasta, salads, etc. I particularly enjoyed the salad bar, bread sticks and Pasole; although the BBQ chicken pizza is good too. I recommend Tomato Café for a family friendly lunch... More 

Thank expatrick
Placitas, New Mexico
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158 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

The food at Tomato Cafe is by no means bad, it's just not very memorable. Offerings include serve-yourself pastas and a choice of sauces and small pizza slices. The sauces are fairly thin and a bit watery and all are rather bland (would not pass muster for east-coast Italians). There is a choice of beef or beef and pork meatballs.... More 

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Near Fort Worth, TX
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120 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2016

Tomato Cafe serves and buffet with salad, pizza and pasta. The food was good and plentiful, although the pizza choices are somewhat limited.

Thank jakh58
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

We were traveling through and looking for a spot to get a non fast food lunch. This really delivered. We were greeted warmly and even being mid afternoon the buffet was fresh and delicious. The salad was far above your usual bagged salad, the past offerings were varied and included whole wheat spaghetti without special request. The pizza was tasty... More 

Thank Jenimanon
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2016

My mom has stomach issues so this is the place we always go to when we are in Albuquerque. All of the food is fresh. The staff pays very close attention to the quality of this food.

Thank Casa S
Albuquerque, NM
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125 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2015

We love this place! It has something for everyone, and is ALWAYS delicious! I like the Gluten Free options, the Veggie Pasole, Pizza options, Steamed Broccoli and the Garlic Green Beans!! My hubby loves the meatballs and the salad. This is even my kid's favorite place for a family lunch out. If you like pizza, fresh pasta with unique sauces,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5920 Holly Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113-2538
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Albuquerque
  • Phone Number: +1 505-821-9300

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?