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El Loco Mexican Cafe

Mexican, Southwestern
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465 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210-1002
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Albany, New York
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Service at El Loco is great - especially when compared to El Mariachi, another Mexican restaurant in the same neighborhood. The food, however, leaves something to be desired. My meal tasted like a thawed TV dinner and was disappointing. What redeems this restaurant is its reputation for solid, friendly service, indoor and outdoor seating and because it's a magnet for... More 

Thank Khamel A
Kinderhook, New York
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had the most boring cheese enchiladas ever. Just two lonely little enchiladas with a tiny bowl of rice and beans. Was not asked if I would like a choice of sauces for them. Just two naked enchiladas. How sad This was my last trip to El Loco. I've been here a few times over the years but not again.... More 

Thank Prudence T
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

I've been here twice now and I truly enjoy these stiff margaritas! They are never made with sour mix and are just fantastic. There are NOT a lot of vegan options here. There's barely any vegetarian options but you can't expect too much- It's a Mexican restaurant! I did, however, have the Tofu and Veggie Black Mole dish which was... More 

Thank Stephanie H
Galway, New York
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

Homemade Salsas are incredible. Food was great, I had turkey burrito and enchilada combo. My GF had the Shrimp Fajitas. We both were very pleased with quality and quantity.

Thank Bob S
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

The place is cozy and service in good. The food is more a fusion of Mexican food and some other style. I bought the ANCHO-CHIPOTLE CHICKEN WITH MEXICAN RICE and my friend the BURRITO, CHIMICHANGA Loco Combo. The food was good. If you like a real Mexican place, this is not for you. If you like a new flavor experience... More 

Thank Felix Q
Dundas, Ontario
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5 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2016

We went to El Loco for lunch at around 12:30 pm today. I ordered the chili that had a poor semblance to Mexican chili. There was a dearth of beef, beans, tomatoes and taste. The corn bread accompanying it was cold and dry. Disappointing! My partner chose a corn chicken burrito. There was scanty amount of chicken in the burrito... More 

Thank Nosho
Hood River, Oregon
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2016

We liked the area, and found this place easily near the Inn where we were staying. It was kind of an off hour and we received great attention. I thought they did a great job combining authenticity with gourmet touches and options. I rarely order only vegetarian dinners, but this time did order something with mushroom and spinach and it... More 

Thank Skye H
Adrian, Michigan
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2,078 reviews
1,261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 779 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This diminutive Mexican place is located in a nostalgic neighborhood in Albany near downtown. The facility creates a very pleasant atmosphere. The food is tasty, the service is good and the prices are OK. We were visiting our son in Albany and we took him and his girlfriend to a late lunch at this place. They had been here before... More 

Thank Debbie K
New York
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106 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

We have been going here for many years and I can honestly say that El Loco delivers a good meal at a reasonable price. For Tex-Mex the selection of dishes is varied and the flavor is good. We have sampled everything from the fajitas to chimichangas and burritos, all have been tasty. Service is always spot on and the food... More 

Thank nytraveler17
Hopewell, New Jersey
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85 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

We tried this place on a visit to RPI. Great decor and friendly service, and a separate gluten-free menu is available. The major problem, is that the food is just average and very overpriced for what you get - even NYC doesn't charge these prices for such average food. Pass on the $14 nachos with chips from a bag and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 465 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210-1002
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: 518-436-1855

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