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El Loco Mexican Cafe

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Mexican, 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
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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
Good for:
Outdoor seating

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 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
Tex -Mex

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Phyllis F
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  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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147 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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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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98 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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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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Rensselaer NY
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Delicious authentic Mexican food. You can eat in or order out. Seating is limited so go early. Highly recommended.

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Albany, New York
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70 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I got tofu fajitas as takeout for dinner on a Thursday night, and this place was busy when I picked up! It's a smallish place, but nice. They gave enough soft tortillas to make three fajitas, which was a satisfying amount, and there was plenty more tofu, peppers, and fixings to make a fourth. Decent portions for the price. The... More 

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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 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Californian, Southwestern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating
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

Questions & Answers

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