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El Loco Mexican Cafe

465 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210-1002
+1 518-436-1855
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible12%
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Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
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465 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210-1002
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting the museum and our kids love Mexican so we stopped by for lunch. We loved the food, and the boys loved it too. We are only a family of 4 so seating was easy. It’s a small place so if you have...More

Thank Kelly V
Reviewed 21 November 2017

We have been coming here for the last 25 years --always a wide variety of menu items, good vegetarian offerings, reasonably priced, fresh, yummy drinks, and friendly service. It can be tight seating but its funky, fun decor. Every November they offer their 2 for...More

Thank bluesmama11
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

We haven’t been to El Loco in some time so we were surprised by the nice menu and lunch specials. Although the specials are limited, we all enjoyed our choices. Portions are generous and the service is great. The other menu choices offer a nice...More

Thank sheilal921
Reviewed 24 September 2017

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 23 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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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