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El Loco Mexican Cafe

$$ - $$$Mexican,
465 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210-1002
+1 518-436-1855
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good32%
  • Average12%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible12%
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“burrito” (16 reviews)
“chili” (8 reviews)
“carne” (2 reviews)
Opens in 4 min
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Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
465 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210-1002
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter picked out El Loco on a recent early Friday evening. We were able to get a table for 2 easily. It was a lively place with mostly people in their 20's - 30's range. There were a few families with small kids too....More

Thank Linda147
Reviewed 24 August 2017

From the outside this cafe may not look attractive, but what awaits you inside is pure, succulent joy. The Mexican food is outstanding. They understand allergens as my husband has celiac and can't eat gluten. Our party ordered nachos, burritos, chili, and tamales and all...More

Thank Mitzithemarvelous
Reviewed 10 August 2017

We had a large group that descended upon El Loco on a busy Friday night recently...including a wheelchair diner. The staff handled this all with professionalism and flair. The food was stellar, the margaritas awesome, and the evening great. A good choice overall.

Thank timjstark
Reviewed 3 July 2017

We have been going to El Loco Mexican Cafe since it opened as "El Loco Taco" in 1983; and after all these years, the place is still a solid choice for Mexican food in the Capital District. Nearly every table was full during our most...More

Thank HVRoadWarrior
Reviewed 3 July 2017

What a great group of waitresses. What great food! Best coffee in albany? maybe!? Loved my meal. Never saw mole sauce with tofu before. It was a tasty combo. I will return!

Thank ravenwell
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Great selections, many combo platters, excellent Margaritas, reasonable priced. Outdoor dining. Attentive and friendly staff. Great location, near Washington Park.

Thank Deborah H
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Visiting Washington Park around dinner time with my daughters looking for inexpensive kid friendly place and walked past El Loco. So glad we stopped in. Not your average Mexican. The place had only one table taken when we sat down but shortly filled up to...More

Thank DadhitstheRoad
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Great food, perfect for lunch or dinner...we have done both and enjoy a nice lunch there on Summer Saturdays.

Thank David S
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Heard about this place on EQX radio and it did not disappoint. I had a turkey burrito and he had the ancho chicken quesadilla. Both were satisfying. There is actual alcohol in the margaritas, which is different from other restaurants we have visited. Overall a...More

Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 24 December 2016

It started with cold tortillas chips that you have to pay extra for, then went down hill from there. Food arrived, on the same place, portions were cold and too hot to eat. There was cilantro in items that weren't supposed to have cilantro in...More

Thank irishtwinsny
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
Mexican, Southwestern
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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: +1 518-436-1855
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