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2090 Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid, NY 12946
(518) 523-1507
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4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Tue 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
mexican food at lake placid

We came here for dinner and found it a nice spot. I was very happy with the food and service. We both left full.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 17, 2015
christopher t
Bangor, Maine
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Tupper Lake, New York
Level Contributor
55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My companion and I were quickly seated shortly after arriving. Our waiter brought some nacho chips with two sauces, which is complimentary. We both ordered Cimichangas, mine was shredded beef and my companion had the spiced chicken. The waiter was very helpful with our menu selections. The meals were sized right, no leftovers. My companion said that the spiced chicken... More 

Thank Harrythekayaker1
Bangor, Maine
Level Contributor
23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We came here for dinner and found it a nice spot. I was very happy with the food and service. We both left full.

Thank christopher t
Buffalo, New York, United States
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Just like the other person said we came in and waited waited and waited, finally we were seated. After being seated we waited waited waited again before Brennan came and introduced himself he wasn't overly friendly and not quite friendly either however the place was filled with people I couldn't understand the delay. When the food came it was pipping... More 

Thank Mercedes W
Newark, Delaware
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Nice and big restaurant. Friendly staff. Good Mexican food. Lots of vegetarian choices . Nice drinks.

Thank Bharat P
Schenectady, New York
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122 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

My friend is a local and this is one of her favorite places to eat. I had been once years ago with her and enjoyed it then. I decided to stop here with my husband for dinner while we were in town. We were seated right away, but then we just sat. And sat some more for over 15 minutes... More 

Thank jennjenn85
Oswego, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Tony our server was good. Not 100% attentive, but it was busy. 3 of us enjoyed the hearty taco salad. We taught him what a pounder was, and I got a free pen!!

Thank 28MandyBrown
Potsdam, New York
Level Contributor
255 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

On a mid-week May evening in Lake Placid, I went on a hunt for TexMex in the Lake Placid NY area and found myself at Desperados. It was a bit early for dinner, so seating was not a problem. I ordered quickly and the food came quickly - my server brought two enormous hard-shell ground beef tacos – superb flavor,... More 

Thank GeezersOnTheGo-123
Level Contributor
113 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Ok, this is not fine dinning with white tablecloths but a normal restaurant that serves very good food and tasty beer. It isn't a fast food restaurant. I had the trio of seafood chimichanga and it was was delicious. The server didn't know too much about the craft beers on the menu, but went to ask about them. Service was... More 

Thank Aime_voyager87
Ottawa, Canada
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This is a great place. Food is good, beer menu is good. And you don't have to search for parking as you would on the Main Street! Good, unpretentious food in a nice setting. What's not to like about that?

Thank James_the_wanderer
Upstate New York
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59 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Look, let's not make this place out to be anything other than what it is. That being a fast food Tex-Mex restaurant providing average fare in a busy, convivial, eccentric setting. The dishes are typical of the Tex-Mex food trend with lots of cheese, beans, meat, fajitas. The chips and salsa are average but a welcome sight when one is... 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: Families with children, Dining on a budget


Open Hours
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?