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“Glad we were hungry” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Leon's

Leon's
135 Crescent St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-5004
(518) 587-2346
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Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Bethlehem, NY
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Glad we were hungry”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Decided we wanted Mexican food on a circuitous route home from a VT ski outing and found this place on Google. It was rated the best of the Mexican restaurants in the Saratoga area. We visited early on a cold, snowy Sunday evening; there were half a dozen cars in the parking lot, one large party at tables pushed together in the middle of the restaurant and a couple of the booths along the wall were taken. The place consists of a large open room with an adjacent bar. Skimpy decorations and not much ambience - we were there for the FOOD, though, having not eaten since breakfast. We were seated immediately, brought the usual chips and salsa, which were fresh and tasty, and our drink orders taken for one N/A beer and a Mexican beer. They were all out of the N/A. Okay - chose something else... Menu selections seemed skimpy - tacos, enchiladas, flautas, quesadillas - few of the usual entrees we see at authentic Mexican places. Placed our dinner order and waited a reasonable length of time. Service was friendly and reasonably efficient. Significant Other chose Mexican tacos - two steak and one chicken and said they were "kind of bland". My chicken flautas were just plain chicken wrapped and deep fried inside flour tortillas over which some queso fresco was drizzled. The chicken tasted gamy (probably thigh meat) and seemed lacking in any kind of seasoning whatsoever. It was fairly tender and there was plenty of it, but it was quite tasteless otherwise. We both made liberal use of the bottle of Cholula Chili Lime sauce on the table. Entrees were accompanied by the ubiquitous rice, refried beans and a little scoop of similarly bland guacamole on a few shreds of iceberg lettuce - nothing special there either. Our bill came to about $48 for three beers and two entrees. We left feeling full, but unfulfilled. Our bill came with a coupon for $10 off our next visit, but I doubt that we'll return. We've gotten spoiled by a couple of really good and very authentic Mexican restaurants in Albany.

I wish I could rate this place 2 1/2 stars because it wasn't really "Poor", but don't feel comfortable giving it 3 stars either. Maybe we just hit it on a bad night.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Saratoga Springs
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Love the authentic Mexican food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

We go to Leon's several times a year... They serve very authentic Mexican food at a good price and the service is always excellent.. Love their fajitas and the Flan for dessert is always excellent.

Visited August 2012

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Penfield, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“kind of expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We tried this mexican restaurant during off racing season and found the very high priced for what you received. Drinks were costly as well, nice atmosphere, food was a little on the dry side, but we couldnt get away from the high prices, so we ordered very little and had to split a dish.

Visited August 2012
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Niskayuna, New York
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183 reviews 183 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Authentic Mexican”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Hard to find better around this area ! It's a little secret to find this place. I had to have people who moved to this area tell me about it, so now we drive up from Albany every chance we get ! Rachel Ray even has a dish on the menu! Always fresh , always great !

Visited October 2012
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Albany, New York, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Best Mex Around”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

For great mex food, chips and salsa, friendly service.. this place has it all and prices are great too. I have got the items recommended by the TV cook a couple times and was not disappointed. One time I tried the flaming fajita and it ended up burnt so I wouldn't suggest that.

Visited December 2012
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