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El Loco Mexican Cafe

465 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210-1002
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Ranked #228 of 602 Restaurants in Albany
Price range: $0 - $20
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican, Californian
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
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Clifton Park, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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169 reviews 169 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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112 reviews 112 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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102 reviews 102 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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Additional Information about El Loco Mexican Cafe

Address: 465 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210-1002
Phone Number: 518-436-1855
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: Southwestern, Mexican, Californian

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