We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! You come to us for reviews — now you can book your hotel right here on TripAdvisor.

Desperados

Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
2090 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY 12946-1143
(518) 523-1507
Website
Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Hours:
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
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

189 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 188: English reviews
Pennington, New Jersey
Level Contributor
15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would say just okay Mexican. No guacomole. Shares space with a gas station and mart. Atmosphere not appealing. Wouldn't return but quenched our desire for Mexican in a desperate hungry moment.

Helpful?
Thank Deb328
Wasatch Range, Utah
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hubby and I had dinner one night a few weeks ago. He had a deep fried chimichanga that he loved; I ordered the shrimp taco and was wholly unimpressed. For $8 I received one soggy flour tortilla soft taco. At least the shrimp were tasty. As an aside, the nacho chips were an unimpressive vehicle upon which to shove the... More 

Helpful?
Thank OlaKala
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a local, my husband and I visit quite regularly. The service and pint Margaritas are always great. The food is hit or miss in quality. Last Saturday was a miss. Enchiladas and Chimi had dry, old tasting chilli Verde filling. New cooks perhaps? Probably won't return for a while.

Helpful?
Thank 489lauraj
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
84 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Called in here not really knowing what to expect, but was after reasonably priced meal and a few beers. This place certainly didn't let me down! Service was good, prompt and efficient. Meals were tasty, filling and good value. Would definitely recommend to anyone in the area after a decent meal and beers. The complimentary nacho crisps and dips were... More 

Helpful?
Thank S1805
Shelburne
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

I recently had dinner at Desperados. I was greeted quickly and was shown to my table. The wait staff was friendly and professional. The food (bean burrito) was terrific.

Helpful?
Thank Joanne D
Scottsdale, Arizona
Level Contributor
74 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Arrived on a Sunday night around 6:30 and VERY busy. Said 10 minute wait so sat at bar for drink. Had a drink got seated and had a wonderful dining experience despite how busy. Truly TexMex very tasty both our dishes and attentive waitress to detail. The bar tender seemed like manager acting as bar tender, waitress, hostess, problem solver...almost... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank richrick
East Berlin, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Atmosphere is fun, service is great , food is so- so -ok. I got the special of the day. 3 mini burritos see photo. The spices were not very interesting. Also the table salsas were not impressive. Margaritas were fair.

Helpful?
Thank steve c
Saratoga Springs, New York
Level Contributor
112 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

The decorations are so fun and the place is very active...The food is tex mex with a strange twist...Can't really explain it; you have to go...I don't think that it is a negative...Like chips are really chips and fried dough with salsa.....Portions are good size and margherita's are really good!

Helpful?
Thank Holly V
Sarasota, Florida
Level Contributor
102 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

If you are in the mood for Mexican, go to Desperados. Lots of favorite Mexican dishes, good drinks, friendly service, and all priced right.

Helpful?
Thank Edward O
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

It was delicious! Well seasoned and felt like a hearty meal. Margaritas were also very good. The Spanish rice was good, but only a small amount was on the plate.

Helpful?
Thank Donna P

Travelers who viewed Desperados also viewed

Lake Placid, NY
Lake Placid, NY
 

Been to Desperados? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

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
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Television
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2090 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY 12946-1143
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Lake Placid
  • Phone Number: (518) 523-1507

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Desperados staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?