1614 Central Ave, Albany, NY | Directions 1220542.718570 -73.834388
Editorial Review by Christy Buena – Restaurant located in the Capital District serves a variety of authentic Mexican cuisine and margaritas. A kid's menu is offered.
No flavor, worst mexican food – I'm from California and lived in Los Angeles for the past 4 years. I have been trying to find a decent Mexican restaurant out here, but so far I have failed. Garcia's chips didn't taste fresh, the salsa was too much like tomato sauce with no fresh tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro etc. in it. I ordered chicken flautas which had no flavor and were incredibly greasy and the beans tasted like they were from a can. Don't go there if you are looking for Mexican food, do go there if you like bland food with no flavor. (when I asked them about why the salsa has no flavor they said 'there's hot sauce on the table, people complain if we make it spicy'...If you don't like it spicy, don't go to a mexican restaurant!!!)
Is It Really Mexican?? – I eat a fair share of Mexican food here at home and was eager to try some new restaurants during a trip to Albany. Garcia's seemed to attract quite a crowd so my wife and I stopped in to give it a try. The food was, to myself (two way burrito), fairly bland and not at all as "Mexican" as I'm used to in PA. I commented to my wife that we are used to restaurants run by Mexicans and this one, apparently, is not or is of the "Tex-Mex" variety. In their defense I will state that my wife had a chimichanga which appeared to be baked rather than fried and she thought it was superb though, again, it also was rather bland. I will again state that the place was crowded so the locals must appreciate the food there and all I can conclude is that thoe people of Albany have never actually tasted good Mexican food.
Processed not handmade Mex – While it is a friendly place, the food is mediocre at best. Everything comes from a jar or a can--chips, salsa, tortilla shells, chiles--and it is not very tasty or spicy. The pork carnitas or chicken taco are pretty good, with quality meat, but bland. Skip the relleno--a greasy cheese ball. Margaritas are super sweet (syrup not fruit). The decor and kid-friendliness are the best features.
Great Food, Great Atmosphere – I think that Garcia's is my favorite restaurant. I have been going there with my family since I was at least six years old. I am a very picky eater but I would reccomend Garcia's to anyone! Whenever I go to a restaurant I always get the same thing. However, at Garcia's I can never decide...I like a variety of things on their menu. The food is always very good, very hot, and the homemade chips and salsa are a great appetizer. I never leave hungry. Another appetizer I would recommend is the Espinaca con Queso. The only thing that I do not care for at Garcia's is the wait staff. The last couple of times I have been there, they were not very attentive. However, the delicious food and atmosphere always make up for it. If you are in the Albany area this is a great place to eat!!
No complaints here. – I have been to Garcia's several times and can't remember a bad expeirince. I think the food was good. I like the Fajita's and the Twice grilled BBQ burito. The drinks are good and the service for the most part was usually good. I haven't been there since last summer for I live in Arizona now.
Things can change. Parking was sometimes bad on Saturday evenings.
I do miss Chi Chi's and Carl R's in Glens Falls. Best mexican resteraunt I found was in Albuqurque, New Mexico.
The worst Dinner I have had – This restaurant provided me the worst dinner I ever had. The food took almost an hour to arrive, it arrived cold, and the taste was horrible. I will never go there again and would not recommend it to anyone. Also the service was terrible with the waiter avoiding my table when ever we tried to summon him.
THE BEST MECICAN FOOD EVER!!! – What can I say there food is great. The chips are made fresh daily as well as the salsa. The buritos are big and filled with meat and cheese and not mostly rice like most places. There food is great quality and the quanity is big. If you don't check them out it will be something your missing.
I guarantee It.
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