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El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant

289 Hamilton St Ste 291, Albany, NY 12210
(518) 432-7580
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Ranked #66 of 591 Restaurants in Albany
Price range: $0 - $20
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Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Syracuse, New York
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was highly rated on Tripadvisor so I went. I was very disappointed. The enchiladas were not baked, no cheese inside and only lightly sprinkled on top. No flavor and it was drowned in red sauce, more like red soup. We had 4 others at our table feeling the same way. Rice was dry and black beans were not... More

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Jubail, S. Arabia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Restaurant was almost empty except for 3 locals. Arrived an hour before closing time. Food tasted as it was "pre-cooked & re-heated". One of the rare cases of exaggeration of ranking. I don't know if this is legal or not, but the restaurant levied a 20% on the bill as a gratuity because our family was 8 people "and asked... More

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

We stayed near by for Albany orientation. Found the other location 144 Washington avenue close to downtown Albany. You know what they say about those small holes in the wall the food is great and it truly was. Had the chicken fajitas and wAs so good and fresh. The margaritas were awesome will go back when visiting my son at... More

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Delmar, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This review is for the Washington Ave restaurant since the other is closed due to a fire. The whole experience started off poorly. When we entered there were very few people seated. For some reason the hostess tried to seat us at an obscure, out of the way table next to the kitchen. When I balked she cheerily moved us... More

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Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

I always love a quick sit down meal at Mariachi's whenever I go back to visit friends. Their jalapeño poppers are fantastic. Their ingredients and decor are very inspired, very cozy atmosphere.

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Schenectady, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We stopped by after attending a hockey game at the Times Union Center. We didn't know anything about the service, # of tables, etc. so we put 2 hours worth of quarters in the meter. We were served so promptly that we were finished in under an hour. Very enjoyable experience. The chips and salsa served free of charge were... More

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Albany, New York
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119 reviews 119 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We went there recently hoping for some fish choices for Lent. We were thrilled to find many options, including some awesome choices on their "limited time" Spanish food menu. Keep in mind that this is a Mexican Restaurant and that is the type of food they are known for but we found the Spanish food to be decent. I have... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Consistently good and authentic food, but don't order the American basics. Try the posole or tamales, and the creme de elote soup is top notch. Great outdoor patio area for when the weather allows. Lunch menu is sort of pedestrian, but good and a bargain.

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Delmar, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Excellent, authentic Mexican food. The food is fresh and done just right. Service is also very good along with the drinks.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

The staff were very unwelcoming and rude, the food was good compared to the whole experience but overall thumbs down.

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