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Desperados

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2090 Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid, NY 12946
(518) 523-1507
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Dining on a budget
Lunch
Dinner
Takeout
Delivery
Late Night

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  • 41
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 27
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Bad Mexican food. There are better options

I went to Desperados for takeout. Some simple dishes - burrito, jalapeno poppers and the like. The margaritas looks very good - although I didn't try one. The food, on the other hand, was universally disappointing. The burrito was smothered in sauce and just wasn't very good. The fried shrimp... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
sfriedenthal
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Newton, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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134 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Newton, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I went to Desperados for takeout. Some simple dishes - burrito, jalapeno poppers and the like. The margaritas looks very good - although I didn't try one. The food, on the other hand, was universally disappointing. The burrito was smothered in sauce and just wasn't very good. The fried shrimp poppers, in addition to being overly breaded had toothpicks stuck... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

The "Irish-Mexican" theming is amusing, but the enchilada plate and Cadillac margarita were dead serious. Both were delicious, and the atmosphere was bright and warm on a cold night.

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weluvadks
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Love Desperados! We live in Richmond where the Mexican food is terrible. Desperado's is always consistent. LOVE the Queso and Casa Rolla. Never had a bad meal there.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The food takes a while to come out, but it's worth the wait. Chimis, enchiladas, even the wings are all excellent. Best Mex in LP!

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Malone
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61 reviews 61 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I have been here many times over the years and have not been disappointed until now. We sat at the bar and the bartender was just awful. She poured our drink, brought our chips and salsa, and just disappeared. I have had the salsa many times and especially liked the verde, but it was tasteless this time, lacking in salt,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Last Friday night we went to DESPOS, which we usually love. The food and service is usually fine and the whole family loves the food. But I watched one server who has worked there for several years pick up a chip and dip it into the salsa they serve to customers. I watched her do it several times. It made... More 

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Saranac Lake, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I worked at this restaurant for several years and I still go there with my wife and friends monthly(VERY often for us). Everything is HAND made FRESH DAILY, from the chips and salsa, to the quacamole, even the sauces are hand made... The wings, half chicken, and ribs are smoked on site. Out of the 4 restaurants I've worked, it... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We had the spicy chicken chimichanga. It was very good. Large portions plenty leftover for lunch the next day. Would definitely dine again when visiting the area.

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Ithaca, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Guacamole -- no taste. Chile rellenos -- cheese melted but chile almost raw. Refired beans -- dry. Not too much good Mexican food here at all. Dom't bother. Good news is that white wine was only $6/glass. Need a lot to wash down the disappointing food.

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New York City, New York
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117 reviews 117 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Not your typically Mexican restaurant. The food was good and had a novel selection, but again if you're looking for typical Mexican this isn't the place. The food was a bit in the higher side with quesadillas starting at $14. Portions are big, but still pricey. The service was friendly and food came out quick as well. I'd go back... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2090 Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid, NY 12946
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Lake Placid
  • Phone Number: (518) 523-1507

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget

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