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El Loco

El Loco

Mexican Restaurant, Bar, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Surry Hills
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  • Andii H.
    "Try the Secret Taco - Everytime, its different...what a secret.. :-P"(5 Tips)
    Nags
    "Try the fish taco, jalapeño margarita and chorizo quesadilla."(4 Tips)
    Karin C.
    "The jalapeno margarita is intense and crazy in the best way..."(6 Tips)
    Marianne F.
    "I love the pork tacos and margatitas."(5 Tips)
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  • Elliot C.
    Elliot ChanceMay 9
    Been here 10+ times
    The secret taco changes often but it's always delicious.
  • Jonny
    JonnyOctober 29, 2016
    happy hour pints
  • Alice H.
    Alice HoldstockJuly 30, 2016
    Frozen margaritas are delicious
  • Lady H.
    Lady HobolinaFebruary 6, 2016
    Tacos are $6 now, Still great for a quick bite.
  • Tamires N.
    Tamires NogueiraJanuary 25, 2016
    The hot dog is good.. The beer a god price, the place is cool.. But in Brasil the dog sooooo much better
  • Vicky M.
    Vicky MachinanJanuary 24, 2016
    Fun food and ambiance - just cool to hang out and have a nice chat
  • Måns R.
    Måns RenntunJanuary 20, 2016
    Crowded and fun!
  • Sarah
    SarahJanuary 14, 2016
    Tacos are super small :-( 1 bite only. rather take the chips with the very good Chipotle mayo. guacamole is not that good.
  • George W.
    George WestcottJanuary 10, 2016
    Really enjoyed El Loco. Cheap and cheerful, but a lot of fun. Great spot for groups.
  • JlyG
    JlyGDecember 22, 2015
    Tacos & chorizo quesadilla
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MokSeptember 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The tacos might be what gets you in the door (try a secret taco!) and the hot dog may be deliciously cheesy, but the churros are what brings it home!
  • Greg B.
    Greg BarilaJuly 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great spot for a cerveza and some guacamole and tortillas. The soft tacos are delicious if sometimes a bit wet & soggy
  • John B.
    John BoothJuly 13, 2015
    Over rated... Food was just okay
  • Scott H.
    Scott HargrovesMarch 28, 2015
    Australia doesn't do Mexican as well as it does other cuisines. That being said, the food here isn't bad and gives you a half decent taco. The Chipotle Fries are the bomb.
  • Heather N.
    Fish Torta was lovely, if a little mild. Disappointed in my $15 cocktail though. You expect a full cup (cup is already small) my cup was only half full (frozen margarita) and passed over in a hurry!
  • Sachin S.
    Sachin SomiaMarch 20, 2015
    Great Mexican street food. They really capture the essence of this.
  • hello_emily
    hello_emilyMarch 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Can't go past the tacos. Pork, fish & tofu are my faves. Wash down with several jalapeño margaritas.
  • Paul F.
    Paul FarrellFebruary 24, 2015
    The Cubano is an insult to the great sandwich tradition. Like something you threw together in college after consuming vast quantities of narcotics of choice. Rubbish.
  • Ingrid P.
    Ingrid ProwseFebruary 22, 2015
    Food is ok. Been a bit disappointed with the last few meals I've had there. There are better Mexican options in Sydney now
  • Ashleigh J.
    Ashleigh JayneFebruary 18, 2015
    For a healthier option get the Taco with lettuce leaf. The burger was amazing so much flavor.
  • Erik M.
    Erik Michaels-OberFebruary 14, 2015
    Order a prawn taco and a jalapeño margarita. 🍤🍸
  • James W.
    James WilsonJanuary 18, 2015
    Food and drinks were great, nice selection of tacos, but I felt everything was overpriced given how small the portions/drinks are.
  • Nick F.
    Nick FongDecember 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Churros no longer on the board. But they still serve it.
  • Sharath C.
    Sharath CSDecember 10, 2014
    Melt in mouth Hot dogs, tacos and a good variety of Mexican beers.
  • L K.
    L KOctober 27, 2014
    Good music, cheap tacos and a cool crowd
  • Alex K.
    Alex KirkOctober 11, 2014
    Best classic margheritas in Sydney. Extensively tested.
  • Paris B.
    Paris Buttfield-AddisonSeptember 5, 2014
    Pork taco was great.
  • Martina M.
    Martina MeneghettiSeptember 4, 2014
    Food is good and cheap, music is awesome. Place is always packed
  • Andre S.
    Andre SAugust 15, 2014
    The only reasons to come here is the cheap tacos. Overall I'm not a fan of the vibe or atmosphere but id come here just for the cheap food.
  • Jason D.
    Jason DennyAugust 15, 2014
    Big fan of the chorizo quesadilla. Small portions so order a carne asada taco to go along with it!
  • Kunal M.
    Kunal MirchandaniAugust 12, 2014
    The casual, slightly cheesy Mexican atmosphere.
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SandbergAugust 9, 2014
    That fluffy cheese on the hot dog is amazing! And it's a big meal.
  • Nic W.
    Nic WittisonAugust 8, 2014
    Beef Quesadilla! So delicious. Check the specials board.
  • Peter W.
    Peter WellsAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Beer and Tacos! What more do you want ffs?
  • Quentin L.
    Quentin LafonAugust 2, 2014
    Very good tacos & good atmosphere !
  • Les S.
    Les SimpsonJuly 12, 2014
    Saturday happy hour.
  • Janey E.
    Janey ElmgreenJune 29, 2014
    Worst tacos in Sydney. Wet and soggy, they fall apart. Go visit Alvarez & Sons in Tios up the street. THAT is great mexican.
  • Elliott B.
    Elliott BledsoeMarch 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the El Loco salad, a towering heap of chilli tofu topped with queso fresca cheese and tortilla chips slivers.
  • Shinta B.
    Shinta BenildaFebruary 21, 2014
    I think this place is over rated. Music is too loud, no seat available. Tacos are cheap at $5 but not tasty. Drinks are mediocre. Maybe it's popular because it seems like lots hipsters come here.
  • Abirami S.
    Abirami ShavaniJanuary 20, 2014
    Pork taco is the bomb!
  • Nags
    NagsDecember 8, 2013
    Try the fish taco, jalapeño margarita and chorizo quesadilla. The churros are good for sharing (caramel sauce > choc sauce)
  • Caroline N.
    Caroline NgoOctober 8, 2013
    Overrated - tacos were messy and disappointing & the place seems grungy
  • Gavin B.
    Gavin BAugust 2, 2013
    While the food is fantastic I felt more than slightly ripped off on my Lagerita. Supposed to be topped with Corona, but with all that ice, there couldn't have been more than 75mL of it!
  • David R.
    David Roca @daroitJune 23, 2013
    Rudest waiter ever, 5$ for a tiny taco, there's no sense of Mexican at all
  • Rachael C.
    Rachael CurrieJune 17, 2013
    The hot dog, go the dog!!
  • Old Mate Murray T.
    Think of this as totes aweso. And if you don't think it's totes aweso the lol rofl omg
  • Courtney R.
    Courtney RichardsApril 17, 2013
    Yum!!!!! Wtf $5 tacos that don't even taste like cardboard.... Amaze!
  • Dj Crazy C.
    Dj Crazy CazMarch 2, 2013
    The food here is awesome!!
  • Jono ಠ.
    Jono ಠ..ಠJanuary 26, 2013
    Tastes more like Asian food. Weeeeird. Rather hit up Cantina Mobil.
  • Kent H.
    Kent HughesJanuary 17, 2013
    meant to be one of top hot dogs in syd
  • Paula S.
    Paula SunDecember 5, 2012
    Simple but tasty menu. Love the tacos!
  • Stacey L.
    Stacey LNovember 30, 2012
    Get the hot dog, but minus the bun and eat everything with a fork. Delicious
  • Just W.
    Just WNovember 9, 2012
    Place was busy and staff ignored us so we left.
  • Howard T.
    Howard TNovember 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for double guac instead of getting the salsa.
  • Howard T.
    Howard TNovember 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You can get take away here and take it across the road to button bar.
  • Karin C.
    Karin ChiuSeptember 28, 2012
    The jalapeno margarita is intense and crazy in the best way possible. Two words: do it!
  • Rodrigo M.
    Rodrigo MartinezSeptember 16, 2012
    Tried twice, didn't like it. Under seasoned food and flavorless 'hot' sauces. I'm mexican and food doesn't really taste authentic. Sadly I was disappointed :(
  • Matt K.
    Matt KimAugust 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    amazing tacos! make sure to get the Carne Asada and check out the Secret Taco.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJuly 27, 2012
    Sydneysiders gather at El Loco’s colorful tables to munch on some of the city’s finest Mexican food, courtesy of renowned chef Dan Hong.
  • Tasha
    TashaJune 11, 2012
    Amazing pork belly taco & chorizo quesadillas w/ mayo (I'm certain is the same one used in the mini bánh mì at Ms.G's). Churros w/ dulce de leche = heaven. Pink cuco is essential. Epic cheesy hotdog.
  • Nik W.
    Nik WalkerJune 9, 2012
    Get here between 5 and 7 happy hour!!! Everything half price
  • camilo h.
    camilo hilarioJune 1, 2012
    Try the Tacos - I can't remember the names of these tacos. One's beef and the other roast pork. Only $5 each. My new drink buddies
  • Shawn M.
    Shawn MarshMay 12, 2012
    Hot Tamale - taco dinner with ADG, gaz and baby.
  • Inny S.
    Inny SoMay 11, 2012
    HOT DOG!!!!!
  • Annie B.
    Annie BettisApril 17, 2012
    The hot dog is absolutely amazing & the tacos are good-reminds me of street tacos at home. As much as I love Margs I have to say this one isn't worth it. Made w/ syrup and a tiny cup filled with ice.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HopkinsApril 1, 2012
    Can't got wrong with $5 tacos!!
  • ThePlasticDiaries.com
    ThePlasticDiaries.comMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go wrong with the $10 Pork Sandwich. I usually don't even eat pork!
  • ThePlasticDiaries.com
    ThePlasticDiaries.comMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Hot Dog is famous, and really delicious, but don't attempt it unless you are really hungry.
  • Ben S.
    Ben ShepherdMarch 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get 1x each a beef, chicken, prawn and pork taco and wander into flavor country
  • Simon B.
    Simon BloomfieldMarch 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Join Club El Loco and try this: chicken, chorizo and egg sandwich! #awesome
  • James H.
    James HendersonMarch 2, 2012
    Dont order the mystery taco..
  • Selina P.
    Selina PhothisarnFebruary 14, 2012
    Over 18's only.
  • Julian B.
    Julian BuenoFebruary 4, 2012
    Jalapeno Margarita don't be pussy
  • Jugernauts G.
    Jugernauts Go!January 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The hotdog is amazing. Get it.
  • Andii H.
    Andii HeiJanuary 19, 2012
    Try the Chorizo And Mozzarella Quesadilla - Second best to the el hot dog only...
  • Andii H.
    Andii HeiJanuary 19, 2012
    Try the Secret Taco - Everytime, its different...what a secret.. :-P
  • Andii H.
    Andii HeiJanuary 19, 2012
    Try the El hot dog - It's even better than the tacos..!
  • Andii H.
    Andii HeiJanuary 19, 2012
    Tacos may drip (VERY probable), use the boat to avoid spilling on yourself. Now stop reading and ENJOY!
  • Evgeny M.
    Evgeny MJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Prawn tacos and Jalapeno Margaritas!
  • Heather R.
    Heather ReycraftJanuary 15, 2012
    The vegetarian tacos were disgusting, mostly mayo. So NOT Mexican.
  • Anastasia D.
    Anastasia DrakopoulosJanuary 13, 2012
    Try the grilled fish with fennel salad. AMAZE!
  • Mooksy ♔.
    Mooksy ♔December 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    pink cuco, hot dogs and tacos! what else :)
  • Marianne F.
    Marianne FDecember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I love this place but the music is too loud!
  • Kae Yen W.
    Kae Yen WongDecember 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Dance on the tables. Go on.
  • Marianne F.
    Marianne FNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I love the pork tacos and margatitas. Yum!
  • D S.
    D SmithNovember 19, 2011
    The sauce on each of the tacos is the same, so other than the meat/tofu, they're not that different flavourwise.
  • Helen A.
    Helen ArvanitopoulosNovember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Gotta have the hot dog, damn its good with all that cheese!
  • Citibank A.
    Citibank AustraliaOctober 10, 2011
    In October, chefs and clever culinarians share their skills and secrets. Roll up your sleeves, tie on an apron and cook up a storm. Taste the fruits of your labour afterwards as part of the CSIFF 2011
  • Liana Z.
    Liana ZOctober 9, 2011
    Best hot dog ever.
  • Citibank A.
    Citibank AustraliaOctober 7, 2011
    In October, Sydney’s coolest bars mix it up for you – with a creative Chambord cocktail and matching canapé for just $20 as part of the CSIFF 2011.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MulhernOctober 1, 2011
    Tacos are redic!!!
  • Shaun H.
    Shaun HeronSeptember 22, 2011
    Respect the 'hood. Be quiet when you leave!
  • Leanne Y.
    Leanne YinSeptember 21, 2011
    El Hot Dog is the best hot dog ever!!!
  • Geoff K.
    Geoff KimSeptember 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The fish "torta" sandwich is a must! Read more
  • Bjorn T.
    Bjorn The Social TravelerSeptember 9, 2011
    Say Hola Que tal to the people around you. Be Social.
  • everguide
    everguideAugust 24, 2011
    Go for the tempura zucchini flower taco with miso mayo and red radish. It's on the specials board sometimes.
  • Leeroy T.
    Leeroy TAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome Food, Hotdogs are the best!
  • AskMen
    AskMenAugust 12, 2011
    Take on The Excelsior hot dog, an epic sausage bleeding deep meaty flavour into soft bread beneath a smothering blanket of melted fairy-flossed cheese, pickled jalapeno and creamy mayo.
  • Simon B.
    Simon BloomfieldAugust 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Was a bit sceptical about this place, but I was impressed. Interesting flavours, nice experimentation in pretty cool space. (Go the secret taco - I dare you) Read more
  • Jen S.
    Jen StarJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Seriously best hot dog I have ever tried. Also on Time Out's picks for best hot dogs in Sydney.
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