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El Loco Mexican Cafe

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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465 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210-1002
+1 518-436-1855
11:30 - 21:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 16:00 - 21:30
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've been frequenting El Loco's since the late 80's. I know it's changed hands at least once and the menu never suffered from it. If you're able to get there be sure to have their chili either carne or not. Order a side of their tortilla chips to dip into the chili.

Thank travelbound1960
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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53 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

A large group of my friends came here for dinner. I ordered the Nachos Classico with shredded beef. After a long wait, our meals came. My portion of nachos was definitely the largest and best value meal of what we ordered. The chips were nice and crisp, the chips had the perfect amount of gooey cheese and jalapenos. The shredded... More 

Thank Sam W
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60 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Dinner tonight after a movie. Seated quickly. Ordered a margarita. Disappointed. Smallest one I ever had. Dinner was good though - chicken and spinach enchilada and a ship salad. Service was excellent. If only the margarita was bigger!

Thank Kathleen E
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

My expectations were set when I walked in and saw the funky ambiance. El Loco delivered! I'm a vegetarian and found NO problem finding many items that I would eat. The only problem was that I couldn't eat everything I wanted on the menu! This will definately be a place to go again and again! Great coffee too, an unexpected... More 

Thank Toni P
Albany, New York
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We've been going to El Loco since they opened. I've never had a bad meal there, and they make an excellent Margarita. The staff is friendly without being phony-seeming, and they've never steered us wrong. The food (Tex-Mex, I'd say) is better than a nearby "high-end" Mexican restaurant, and the ambience is fun. An earlier reviewer thought it was pricey,... More 

Thank Ellis P
Albany, New York
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The food is good. My husband loves the burrito grande and I like to change things up and order something different. The staff recognizes us and the service is good. Clean, neat, and I love the decor and the old tin ceiling. I love to to bring friends from out of the area here or come for a work lunch... More 

Thank Katherine M
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

E Loco Mexicano is good to taste Fusion Mexican Food. It is not original Mexican food, but the service the ambient and the flavor of the food are great. Recommend it all the time.

Thank Felix Q
Troy, New York
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35 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

This place is amazingly popular but I never understood why. The food is consistently just ok, and pricey for what you get. I hate that they charge for chips and salsa. Go with low expectations and you won't be disappointed.

Thank VeronicaFitz
Roseburg, Oregon
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent chili and black bean soup. Flautas were good also. Good drinks and nice family place to eat.

Thank jwikstrom
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

This was a last minute choice because the restaurant we wanted was closed and there aren't many gluten free options in Albany. We started off as usual with tortilla chips and salsa (salad and hot sauces made right there and very good). They brought the chips out in the bag the store sells them in with a basket to pour... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?