El Loco Mexican Cafe

5.0 stars 5.0 out of 5 23 ratings
$$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Dairy-Free + 6 more
100% of 14 votes say it's Celiac friendly

465 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210

(518) 436-1855
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    5 ratingJune 01, 2017

    My boyfriend is GF and now we've started coming here weekly. Recommend the gluten free nachos fantasticos as well as the GF chicken fajitas! Dedicated GF! The staff is amazing to top it all off!

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    5 ratingJanuary 14, 2017

    Very knowledgable staff.. gluten free menu...delicious...!!!!

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    5 ratingOctober 21, 2016

    Our server was absolutely fantastic. She made sure we had gluten free chips and she double checked that everything was right with my food before bringing it out. Both my non-GF husband and I absolutely enjoyed our meal and we plan to return.

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    5 ratingJuly 31, 2016

    Loved loved this place! We were passing through Albany on our way home to MA and saw the great reviews on here. Decided to stop in and am so glad we did. I got the nachos- which were amazing. It was my first time having Mexican food at a restaurant since I got diagnosed with celiac and it was worth the wait. Wish I lived closer!!!

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    5 ratingJuly 14, 2016

    The food is awesome. I love coming here for the margaritas and all the different GF options. The staff is super knowledgeable and accommodating. It's a great place for a special occasion, dinner or just drinks and chips!

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    5 ratingJuly 02, 2016

    Lots of options for gf. Had tamales with black bean soup - very good.

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    5 ratingJune 17, 2016

    Waiter was very responsive when I ordered a GF beer.. Food was great!

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    4 ratingApril 13, 2016

    The food isn't that great but the staff is super gf knowledgable and the ambience is relaxed and fun. I'm a super sensitive celiac and I've never gotten sick here I recommend the nachos (they open a fresh bag of certified GF chips for you) and the margaritas.

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    5 ratingDecember 26, 2015

    Good food, nice space, seemed to pay attention to GF needs

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    5 ratingJanuary 22, 2015

    Wonderful night. When ordered chips and salsa and was brought a whole bag that was closed.OMG! The staff have almost no turnover and they truly care you don't get sick. When we visit Albany again this will be the first trip to eat. Wish I could pack them up and bring them home with me.

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    4 ratingMarch 09, 2014

    Small little place right on madison. Went fro linch with my husband, 3 yr old and 5 yr old. We all ate from the GF menu. Ordered 2 quesadillas and chicken fajitas (only get 3 small sized shells) 2 kids drinks and 2 sodas. The bill came to $50! The all food was delicious, just a bit pricy for lunch. Fyi: The tacos do not come with meat, only beans for the GF menu and only soft shell.

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    5 ratingAugust 28, 2013

    Completely obsessed with their nachos, but everything else is good too. Always a pleasant experience, never been sick.

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    5 ratingAugust 05, 2013

    WONDERFUL GF dining experience! Staff extremely understanding and accommodating. Everything delicious, especially the frijoles and the salsas. I did not dare try the GF corn tortillas because they were produced off-site by a third party. No problem, they said. They noted celiac a often forego the tortillas and so they serve entrees in a bowl. If you can tolerate items certified GF at a 10ppm level, the chips (provided in an un-opened bag) make the salsa even more enjoyable. The neighborhood is funky, the restaurant is tiny, the prices are great. If you are in Albany, venture away from downtown for a fabulous, safe, and tasty GF meal here.

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    4 ratingAugust 02, 2013

    Great food, although menu wasn't detailed enough so I didn't get what I thought I ordered (I'm not an expert on Mexican food).

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    5 ratingOctober 27, 2012

    This was one of the best GF dining out experiences I have had yet. They were VERY knowledgeable and careful and had an extensive separate GF menu. The food was fantastic. They even serve GF chips in an unopened bag. Excellent job El Loco. Thank you so much.

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    5 ratingJuly 27, 2012

    This place is amazing! Absolutely delicious and staff was incredibly accommodating.

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    5 ratingJune 24, 2012

    Great restaurant - very GF friendly, with a GF menu, special GF chips for salsa, and very aware staff! The food is delicious as well! One of my favorite spots!

Gluten-Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly
  • Gluten Free Menu


  • Dairy-Free
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Vegan Friendly
11:30 am - 9 pm
11:30 am - 9 pm
11:30 am - 9 pm
11:30 am - 10 pm
11:30 am - 10 pm
4 pm - 9 pm
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