El Azteco Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 225 Ann St

    East Lansing, MI 48823

    Map & Directions
  • 517-351-9111

About El Azteco Restaurant

Hours
Tue-Sat: 11am-12pm, Sun: 12pm-11pm, Mon: 11am-11pm

Food

Food
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The meals that they have in here are so close the authentic ones that they have down south. They pretty much have the things in check and they continue to improve gradually.

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★★★★★

The meals that they have in here are so close the authentic ones that they have down south. They pretty much have the things in check and they continue to improve gradually.

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Horrible. We just relocated to East Lansing for grad school and were having cravings for Mexican. Being a dual-military couple, we've experienced a lot of mexican restaurants around the country. In terms of food quality, El Azteco on Ann

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★★★★★

Horrible. We just relocated to East Lansing for grad school and were having cravings for Mexican. Being a dual-military couple, we've experienced a lot of mexican restaurants around the country. In terms of food quality, El Azteco on Ann

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It's good. It's a student classic. Key word: student. I grew up on it and keep going. The salsa is awesome and I don't get why people complain about the heat. Sometimes it's spicy, sometimes its insanely mild. For anyone who's made salsa,

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★★★★★

It's good. It's a student classic. Key word: student. I grew up on it and keep going. The salsa is awesome and I don't get why people complain about the heat. Sometimes it's spicy, sometimes its insanely mild. For anyone who's made salsa,

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They have amazing authentic mexican food! The service is always good and the food is always amazing! It is very affordable. We get the tapopo (sp?) salad for take out all the time!

4
★★★★☆

They have amazing authentic mexican food! The service is always good and the food is always amazing! It is very affordable. We get the tapopo (sp?) salad for take out all the time!

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El Azteco was one of my favorite places to eat when I would visit East Lansing, Mich. To my surprise, they had moved the restaurant from its former home in a basement space to a new street side, first floor location. We were greeted by a woman in a very dirty uniform (yeah, I know it's a restaurant but come on!) We chose a booth near the window. They gave us some beat up menus. We ordered the food from another waiter. We asked guacamole which was market price (found out later it was $7.25). The food came. Chips and salsa also arrived with the guacamole. Only one level of spiciness for the chips was available...extremely hot. My tongue never recovered. I ordered the chicken quesadillas. They were very bad. The chicken did not taste fresh. My husband's burrito was also bad (and Mexican food is among his favorites). They did not refill our drinks in a timely manner. I will never visit this restaurant again. Positive experiences with this restaurant will have to remain in the 1980s and 1990s.

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★☆☆☆☆

El Azteco was one of my favorite places to eat when I would visit East Lansing, Mich. To my surprise, they had moved the restaurant from its former home in a basement space to a new street side, first floor location. We were greeted by a woman in a very dirty uniform (yeah, I know it's a restaurant but come on!) We chose a booth near the window. They gave us some beat up menus. We ordered the food from another waiter. We asked guacamole which was market price (found out later it was $7.25). The food came. Chips and salsa also arrived with the guacamole. Only one level of spiciness for the chips was available...extremely hot. My tongue never recovered. I ordered the chicken quesadillas. They were very bad. The chicken did not taste fresh. My husband's burrito was also bad (and Mexican food is among his favorites). They did not refill our drinks in a timely manner. I will never visit this restaurant again. Positive experiences with this restaurant will have to remain in the 1980s and 1990s.

Pros: It was open

Cons: Dirty, bad food, bad service

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El Azteco is somewhat of the centerpiece of the East Lansing main town square but unfortunately is not the finest the city has to offer. When you first walk in, you can see the dishwasher right away which immediately strips the restaurant of ambiance, which is clearly the weak point of this place. Unless you get a table on the roof for a nice day, it is just not a pleasant experience. The food is OK, but overpriced for mexican, and the service leaves a bit to be desired. Average at best.

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★★★☆☆

El Azteco is somewhat of the centerpiece of the East Lansing main town square but unfortunately is not the finest the city has to offer. When you first walk in, you can see the dishwasher right away which immediately strips the restaurant of ambiance, which is clearly the weak point of this place. Unless you get a table on the roof for a nice day, it is just not a pleasant experience. The food is OK, but overpriced for mexican, and the service leaves a bit to be desired. Average at best.

Pros: Location, Roof Dining

Cons: Ambiance, Service, Prices

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I was very suprised at the cleanliness of the restaurant, and the service was excellent. My first time in I ordered and it came up hot and fresh, and fast!

4
★★★★☆

I was very suprised at the cleanliness of the restaurant, and the service was excellent. My first time in I ordered and it came up hot and fresh, and fast!

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I remember when this place was in the basement of a building down the street from where it is now located. The view is definitely better, and the food looks even better (couldn't see before as it was very dark down there, lol). If you like Mexican food, you will love this restaurant. Walking distance from MSU.

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★★★★★

I remember when this place was in the basement of a building down the street from where it is now located. The view is definitely better, and the food looks even better (couldn't see before as it was very dark down there, lol). If you like Mexican food, you will love this restaurant. Walking distance from MSU.

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Personally I feel as though this restaurant always looks dirty inside. The service is always so-so. There are definitely better Mexican restaurants in the area.

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★★★☆☆

Personally I feel as though this restaurant always looks dirty inside. The service is always so-so. There are definitely better Mexican restaurants in the area.

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My husband and I met at a blind date at El Azteco 26 years ago...the marriage and the food are still good!!! Try the Enchiladas de Jocoque-mild or a Botana (or anything really...everything is good....these are just my personal favorites!)

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★★★★★

My husband and I met at a blind date at El Azteco 26 years ago...the marriage and the food are still good!!! Try the Enchiladas de Jocoque-mild or a Botana (or anything really...everything is good....these are just my personal favorites!)

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I've never liked Mexican food, until I tried this place. Everything (that' I've tried) is fantastic. Their burritos, enchiladas de queso and tacos are superb. You can't go wrong with what you order. On the negative side, this place is usually busy (the waiters occasionally forget to clean/wash the table before you sit down) and getting your order can take a while. Still, I would recommend El Azteco to anyone.

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★★★★★

I've never liked Mexican food, until I tried this place. Everything (that' I've tried) is fantastic. Their burritos, enchiladas de queso and tacos are superb. You can't go wrong with what you order. On the negative side, this place is usually busy (the waiters occasionally forget to clean/wash the table before you sit down) and getting your order can take a while. Still, I would recommend El Azteco to anyone.

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My husband and I would go to El Azteco weekly while living in the area, boy do we ever miss it! The food is amazing, and the other reviewer is right about the cheese dip. High quality foods and a unique place in general. We have even held birthday dinners there!!

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★★★★★

My husband and I would go to El Azteco weekly while living in the area, boy do we ever miss it! The food is amazing, and the other reviewer is right about the cheese dip. High quality foods and a unique place in general. We have even held birthday dinners there!!

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El Azteco hands down has the best margaritas ever! They have awesome mexican food too! Don't miss out on their cheese dip appetizer or blue corn enchiladas, other favorites are the enchiladas de queso and the topopo salad. I discovered this little gem while attending MSU, so be prepared for a college crowd. I wouldn't say their service is the best either & they're always busy but these are trivial compared to their awesome food and drinks. They have takeout too if you don't want to sit with the college kids.

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★★★★★

El Azteco hands down has the best margaritas ever! They have awesome mexican food too! Don't miss out on their cheese dip appetizer or blue corn enchiladas, other favorites are the enchiladas de queso and the topopo salad. I discovered this little gem while attending MSU, so be prepared for a college crowd. I wouldn't say their service is the best either & they're always busy but these are trivial compared to their awesome food and drinks. They have takeout too if you don't want to sit with the college kids.

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Poking around online, people seemed to recommend El Azteco. I'm NOT a picky eater but would not return. They charge for chips and salsa; chips did not taste fresh and salsa was too spicy to eat. Waiter said they only have one salsa, which varies in hotness from day to day. Taco salad entree ($10.50 for whole salad, $10 for half order????) was a mountain of shredded lettuce impossible to eat--laced with green peas, weird chix, and loaded with green onions despite my request for onions only on half. Our waiter was disinterested and unattentive - literally said "I don't know, I'm just here to put in my hours", as he served my lukewarm iced tea. Menu said dessert was included with my husbands enchilada dinner, but none was offered or mentioned. My advice: Skip it!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Poking around online, people seemed to recommend El Azteco. I'm NOT a picky eater but would not return. They charge for chips and salsa; chips did not taste fresh and salsa was too spicy to eat. Waiter said they only have one salsa, which varies in hotness from day to day. Taco salad entree ($10.50 for whole salad, $10 for half order????) was a mountain of shredded lettuce impossible to eat--laced with green peas, weird chix, and loaded with green onions despite my request for onions only on half. Our waiter was disinterested and unattentive - literally said "I don't know, I'm just here to put in my hours", as he served my lukewarm iced tea. Menu said dessert was included with my husbands enchilada dinner, but none was offered or mentioned. My advice: Skip it!!

Pros: location

Cons: bad food, bad service

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The food here is good, and during the summer being able to be seated on the roof is a huge plus! The salsa is quite spicy so watch out, but it's really good. Go for the pitcher and nacho special, but don't expect to see food for the first 25-30 mintues you are there. Not good if you are in rush so be warned.

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★★★★☆

The food here is good, and during the summer being able to be seated on the roof is a huge plus! The salsa is quite spicy so watch out, but it's really good. Go for the pitcher and nacho special, but don't expect to see food for the first 25-30 mintues you are there. Not good if you are in rush so be warned.

Pros: Good food

Cons: SLOW SERVICE

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If you've spent anytime in EL you know El Az. Expect good food, cold beer and bad service. This place is a legend. Long live El Azteco . . .

2
★★★★☆

If you've spent anytime in EL you know El Az. Expect good food, cold beer and bad service. This place is a legend. Long live El Azteco . . .

Pros: Chips, Good Grub

Cons: Bad Service

 

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