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El Loco Mexican Cafe

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Mexican, American, Southwestern
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465 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210-1002
518-436-1855
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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
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 29
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 10
    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
Tries hard, but misses the mark - gluten free friendly, though!

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
honeysucklerose24
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Hopewell, New Jersey
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Hopewell, New Jersey
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80 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

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 

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Albany, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

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!

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Arlington, Virginia
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104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
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.

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Brunswick, New York
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

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 

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 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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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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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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81 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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
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?