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El Loco Mexican Cafe

Mexican, American, Southwestern
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465 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210-1002
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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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, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Not real Mexican food, but great flavor!

The place is cozy and service in good. The food is more a fusion of Mexican food and some other style. I bought the ANCHO-CHIPOTLE CHICKEN WITH MEXICAN RICE and my friend the BURRITO, CHIMICHANGA Loco Combo. The food was good. If you like a real Mexican place, this is not for you. If you like a new... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Felix Q
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The place is cozy and service in good. The food is more a fusion of Mexican food and some other style. I bought the ANCHO-CHIPOTLE CHICKEN WITH MEXICAN RICE and my friend the BURRITO, CHIMICHANGA Loco Combo. The food was good. If you like a real Mexican place, this is not for you. If you like a new flavor experience... More 

Thank Felix Q
Dundas, Ontario
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to El Loco for lunch at around 12:30 pm today. I ordered the chili that had a poor semblance to Mexican chili. There was a dearth of beef, beans, tomatoes and taste. The corn bread accompanying it was cold and dry. Disappointing! My partner chose a corn chicken burrito. There was scanty amount of chicken in the burrito... More 

Thank Nosho
Hood River, Oregon
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We liked the area, and found this place easily near the Inn where we were staying. It was kind of an off hour and we received great attention. I thought they did a great job combining authenticity with gourmet touches and options. I rarely order only vegetarian dinners, but this time did order something with mushroom and spinach and it... More 

Thank Skye H
Adrian, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 709 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This diminutive Mexican place is located in a nostalgic neighborhood in Albany near downtown. The facility creates a very pleasant atmosphere. The food is tasty, the service is good and the prices are OK. We were visiting our son in Albany and we took him and his girlfriend to a late lunch at this place. They had been here before... More 

Thank Debbie K
New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

We have been going here for many years and I can honestly say that El Loco delivers a good meal at a reasonable price. For Tex-Mex the selection of dishes is varied and the flavor is good. We have sampled everything from the fajitas to chimichangas and burritos, all have been tasty. Service is always spot on and the food... More 

Thank nytraveler17
Hopewell, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

We tried this place on a visit to RPI. Great decor and friendly service, and a separate gluten-free menu is available. The major problem, is that the food is just average and very overpriced for what you get - even NYC doesn't charge these prices for such average food. Pass on the $14 nachos with chips from a bag and... More 

Thank honeysucklerose24
Albany, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

I love to go to El Loco , sit at the bar, have a drinks and some great Mexican fare. A very lively Spot with terrific , authentic Mexican food. Love to go there on the weekend as a date!

Thank momofone8
Arlington, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Seating in the outdoor patio is less than comfortable, but you'll probably be sucking down margaritas and won't notice after a few. The guacamole here was overly lemony and not too tasty, but the service was fairly quick. Not great, not terrible, El Loco will satisfy your craving for a taco or two.

Thank Qlever
Brunswick, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

Can't say enough about the food. The Chile Relleno was large and perfect, covered in a red sauce. Beef Enchilada was stuffed with juicy, shredded beef. Tacos were tasty. Gazpacho was fresh and had just a touch of bite. The desserts are good too, but personally I think the perfectly silky flan was ruined by the addition of coconut. My... More 

Thank MTMknits
Saratoga Springs, New York
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145 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

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.

Thank scotch1958

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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: Mexican, American, Southwestern
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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?