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Ancient Cities Cafe

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Hwy 60, Mountainair, NM 87036
+1 505-847-2368
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

But the green chili cheeseburger IS good. It's my "go-to" meal at this restaurant. My aunt also enjoyed her green chili burger and my son liked his carne adovada but it did NOT come with tortillas. I guess you need to ask for that. No alcohol served here as they don't have a liquor license (no one does in Mountainair.)

Thank Rebecca A
Boulder, Colorado, United States
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In an area of very small towns this little cafe was a nice stop. Nothing fancy here, just a great small town restaurant. We had the sirloin and enchilada combo. The steak was cooked to perfection,tender, and flavorful. The enchiladas with green chili hit the spot with just enough kick. Service was great!

Thank Becky K
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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180 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

I was surprised as to how good the food once. I have never been here before and did not read reviews. We were out looking at the ruins that surround the town of mountainair. I had the BLT and it was excellent. The onion rings were home made and excellent. The french fries were good also. My S.O. had a... More 

Thank Mo M
Houston, Texas
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210 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

The service was slow and forgetful. The chicken salad came without dressing because the server forgot. The chicken was too salty to eat. Not so good overall.

Thank Victel
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

new Mexican dishes are wonderful, real green chili sauce (no gravy) great red too. even the usual side of rice is well prepared, not mushy and doesn't taste like tomato paste. service leaves something to the imagination. ordered no cheese green, got cheese no green, when I asked for it to be fixed, the wait person said nothing, just took... More 

Thank HesperusAerie
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and 6yo and I were up in the mountains for the weekend and came into town looking for dinner. A local at the post office pointed us over to this restaurant. This place was amazing they have great prices. While there is New Mexican/Mexican food, there are kid friendly options. Everything is made fresh to order. My (picky... More 

Thank abqtraveler123
University Place, Washington
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

We were very pleasantly surprised that we should find such good food in such an isolated town! Our dinner was cooked to order and service was friendly and good. Much of the menu is Southwestern which we can't eat but I feel sure based on what we had it would be good as well. Although we did not have breakfast... More 

Thank Merlened1
Forney, United States
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016 via mobile

On a recent hunting trip with my husband we stayed in mountainair and Ancient Cities was across from the motel we stayed. We hunted hard every day and it was nice to have a good down home meal afterwards. Nothing fancy here just friendly staff and good food!

1 Thank ThatsJDsGirl
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66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

Mountainair is a small, rural community advertised as the gateway to ancient cities. There are Indian ruins in the surrounding area and an interesting guest center for the Gran Quivira Ruins to tour while in town. The best part of being in Mountainair is eating at the Ancient Cities Cafe located on the main drag through town. The menu has... More 

1 Thank Kaylin1941
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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78 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2015

Mountainair is small and rural. There are few eating establishments available in town. Even less after the typical lunch "rush" (like after 2PM). So, the Ancient Cities Cafe is the only place in town to eat in the late afternoon. That's how we ended up here. We were alone in the place around 2:30. I had the salad bar for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Mexican, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hwy 60, Mountainair, NM 87036
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Mountainair
  • Phone Number: +1 505-847-2368

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