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El Loco Mexican Cafe

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Californian, Southwestern
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465 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210-1002
518-436-1855
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Today
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 27
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  • 27
    Very good
  • 8
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  • 8
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  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
A Staple

This place has been an Albany staple for as long as I can remember. The food is always great as is the service. The carne chili is always top notch. Very cool neighbor atmosphere. Whenever I'm in the area it's a must atop when in the mood for Mex.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
scotch1958
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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126 reviews 126 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This place has been an Albany staple for as long as I can remember. The food is always great as is the service. The carne chili is always top notch. Very cool neighbor atmosphere. Whenever I'm in the area it's a must atop when in the mood for Mex.

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Loudonville, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

They are still fast and friendly but the food isn't what it used to be. Their plates would take a while to prepare....and you could tell the quality. Now....it's seems like they're built for speed. Get them in and out as quick as possible. Tacos are about as simple and tasteless as you would expect from fast food. They still... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Inexpensive,great atmosphere and good food! If you're looking for healthy tex mex food, look for the quesadillas.. Vegetarian must try!!

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Albany, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Recently visited this location for dinner and was pleased with my meal and price. The restaurant is small but comfortable for families and friends to enjoy a good meal and drink.

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Albany, New York
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64 reviews 64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Authentic Mexican, Tex-Mex and great Southwestern cuisine is waiting for you here at El Loco! After my most recent visit here, I’d give El Loco the nod for the tastiest Mexican in the Albany area. Part of what makes their food so tasty is how fresh their ingredients are. From their vegetables to their black bean soup to their taco... More 

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Clifton Park, New York
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50 reviews 50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I got take-out for 5 including 3 vegetarians. When I ordered, the person on the other end of the phone read back my order. You'd think we were all set but the cheese quesadilla turned into a chicken quesadilla so one of the vegetarians was disappointed. The queso was interesting, rather like a thick cheddar/beer soup. The chicken for the... More 

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New York
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200 reviews 200 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We brought our son to dinner here recently. My wife and I ate here nearly 30 years ago. We liked it then and we like it now too. It's not really that big but it's cozy and quaint. I ordered a spicy pineapple margarita and I liked it so much I ordered a second one! It had a jalapeño slice... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

Don't believe the negative reviews. This is the best Mexican food in Albany. As good as Mexican food I've had in San Antonio. Margaritas are outstanding too. Had lunch with my family and everyone loved their food. Service was outstanding. Friendly hostess and waitresses who were very attentive. Only complaint is that it is a bit pricey but you get... More 

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Clifton Park, New York
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124 reviews 124 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Went here with a few friends--wasn't super impressed but it was still enjoyable nonetheless. We ordered chips & queso as an appetizer which was tasty. My friend and I both ordered a quesadilla for our meals and our third friend ordered a salad. The cheese quesadilla was loaded with cheese, exactly how I like it. Overall the meals were satisfying... More 

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Excellent authentic Mexican food. Very fresh ingredients, well prepared meals. Excellent margaritas. Reasonable prices.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 465 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210-1002
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: 518-436-1855

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Californian, Southwestern
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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