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2090 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY 12946-1143
(518) 523-1507
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All 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
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Cadyville, New York
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to this restaurant after hiking and shopping in the Lake Placid area. If you don't know here it is you may miss it as it is right next to a Stewart's convenience store. We got there at 3pm which is when it opened on Sunday. The accommodated our party of 6 with no problem. Our drink order was... More 

1 Thank retiredohardscrabble
Bronxville, New York
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visit Desperados every time we're in Lake Placid. Very good margaritas and the food is pretty good too. The gas station outside may unfortunately scare some off, but this is a great place for a casual dinner.

1 Thank MrsDougherty
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bartender was enjoying a spirited conversation with his friends while we waited for our drinks. Waitress was apologetic, but what could she do....he's the owners brother. Both our dinners were awful, left most of it on the plate, went to Mickeys.

2 Thank Ralph N
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

I had been to Desperado's many years ago and it was always reliable. I brought my Dad and we were very disappointed. He wanted a steak, no steaks on the menu but a steak fajita. Tortillas and meat were warm at best. The "steak" strips were overcooked and served with some sad lettuce/tomatoes and soggy tortilla, $16.95. I had a... More 

3 Thank Nicole S
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Can we give zero stars? We've eaten all over Mexico. This place is clueless. Food was garbage & that's where it ended up. Even a margarita tasted like toilet mix. These people seem like they're trying = LAUGHABLE. Our condolences. Eat hotdogs from a gas station.

2 Thank Ligaya M
Level Contributor
21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

The food came before the drinks, which were just a mango margarita and a Diet Coke. Just average everything. The server was pleasant.

Thank Tracy L
Buffalo, New York
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Rude, rude, rude. Stopped in. Asked if they allowed dogs on the patio, and the guy behind the bar just held up a sign that read, "No dogs on the patio". Um... maybe you should hang the sign near the door instead of keeping it behind the bar. Based on attitude alone, I wouldn't eat there even if they did... More 

1 Thank Puppalolly
Pennington, New Jersey
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 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.

Thank Deb328
Wasatch Range, Utah
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 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 

1 Thank OlaKala
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016 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.

Thank 489lauraj

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Television
Good for
Families with children
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
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

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