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El Loco Mexican Cafe

465 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210-1002
518-436-1855
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Ranked #234 of 591 Restaurants in Albany
Price range: $0 - $20
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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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Rensselaer NY
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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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71 reviews 71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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East Schodack, New York
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63 reviews 63 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I originally visited to have a few Margaritas with my Fiancee. We decided to try a few different top shelf brands and they were all very good. There are specials during happy hour as well as some tapas options. I waited to review until my second visit when we had more food. The drinks were again good but the food... More

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East Lyme, CT
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Our daughter used to rave about this place although that was quite a while ago (years). Looking for a place for lunch, I thought since I was solo, this would be a good opportunity to try El Loco. I was lucky on the parking out front at noon...good start! I walked in and there was only one other couple. Hopefully... More

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Albany, New York
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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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35 reviews 35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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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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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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