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El Loco Mexican Cafe

465 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210-1002
518-436-1855
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Ranked #227 of 591 restaurants in Albany
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican, Californian
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Albany, New York
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I've been going to El Loco for several years. I hadn't been there in a couple years and was shocked at the way it has gone downhill. First thing I noticed when we looked at the menu online was there was no chicken being offered in Burritos, tacos, etc..but instead Turkey. 2nd thing that should have alerted me was when... More

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chapel hill nc
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Last night was our third visit to this restaurant in the last month. Having dined in multiple restaurants claiming to feature Mexican fare it has been a distinct treat to find this restaurant which serves not only authentic Mexican fare, not the refried beans out of a # 10 can and the ordinary white rice with canned beans that are... More

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NYC
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Fun quiet spot away from all the crowds! Fun staff, very attentive and engaging. We were surprised to stumble upon such a great find!

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Patrick N, Owner at El Loco Mexican Cafe, responded to this review

Hi! Just wanted to take a minute to thank you for your review on TripAdvisor! I'll be sure to pass this along to our staff as well. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks, Patrick D. Noonan Owner El Loco Mexican Cafe 465 Madison Ave Albany, NY 12210 518-436-1855 More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Made a reservation at 5pm for 6:30 for 4 adults and 2 children. Autumn was very sweet and explained that it may be a lesser or longer of a wait.... We arrived at 6:15 and were waiting outside with another party of 6 adults that had not made a reservation but were waiting just as long or longer. They were... More

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Albany, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Mexican food options are downright delicious, but this place outdoes itself with margarita selections, try the ginger marg.... mmm mmmm.

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Delmar, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Went there with friend for a light dinner. This place has always- in the past- gotten great reviews, and having been there several times a few years ago, I would agree they deserved them. Not anymore. We were seated at a round table, and if the diameter was 18 inches, I'd be exaggerating. Waitress comes over and asks if we... More

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Albany, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

This restaurant has literally been my favorite since I was 12 years old and I am 40 now. My husband and I have noticed that the food has not been tasting very good and has been extremely inconsistent for the last couple of years. We knew that there was a new owner so we continued to give the restaurant chances... More

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albany,ny
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

I had both a burrito (beef bean) and a turkey( don't offer chicken) chimi. Both were flavorless and bland with a bit of heat which is fine but do not mistake it for flavor. Beans tasted like paste, some fat would help but they only make them vegan and it tasted like it. Service is good, drinks are weak you... More

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Latham, New York
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

I really wanted to like this place. Great atmosphere and vibe and some great reviews here on TA. Unfortunately, I found the food very bland and frankly, tasteless. We started with chips and salsa/guacamole. Both the salsa and the guac we very bland. Sangria was good but was very pulpy towards the bottom of the carafe. Vegetarian chili was pretty... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

The food is way overpriced. I ordered a soft drink (which was over priced) and not aware that you do not get free refills. You have to pay for the chips and salsa... chips were not good and salsa was flavorless.

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