El Azteco
1016 W Saginaw St, Lansing, MI 48915, United States
Review №1

Extremely friendly customer service, huge portions, amazing value. Killer margaritas

Review №2

I have gone here since I was a child and it's always been a great experience with great food. May I recommend the nachos and a dessert sofa pia.

Review №3

Delicious traditional Mexican food at great prices with friendly service. Chips and salsa are both homemade and excellent. I've been visiting El Az since the late 1980s and choose this location over the EL location any day. Awesome new patio addition!

Review №4

I Enjoyed the 3 Taco Dinner with 2 Beef Tacos & 1 Chicken Taco with Cheese, Lettuce & Tomatoes & Side of Beans & Rice. My guest enjoyed the Jocco Plater with 3 Cheese Enchiladas smothered in Red Sauce & Baked in Cheese, Rice & Beans too! Simply ~ {{{Scrumptious}}}

Review №5

We sat on the patio which had heaters which was nice since it was windy. The food was delicious, as usual.

Review №6

Excellent service, food pretty good. Salad was great, Gordita a little bland. Remembering for the future that the salsa is pretty spicy as well. We really enjoyed sitting outside- one of the best patios in the area! Great spot for a casual drink and snack.

Review №7

Great service, great food and amazing company! The ambience was entertaining with the reserved signs on the table..LOL!!We will be back.

Review №8

Wonderful service and fabulous food, like always. Glad to be able to dine in again. Staff is doing a great job of following Covid guidelines and keeping the staff and customers safe. Thank you for keeping your standards high, treating your guests so well, and the tastiest Mexican Food in town.

Review №9

Amazing food . Generous portions . Great service. Salsa was the bomb. El Porto in owosso ahould take cooking leason from them. Real mexican food

Review №10

Just one of my favorite local places to dine and support. Food is always great.

Review №11

Great place! Food is good prices are fair and service was excellent! Sat at the bar on the patio and I highly recommend it.

Review №12

Lacked flavor. The spicy sauce on my enchiladas tasted like marinara. The shredded beef on my tacos had zero flavor and was dry! The only taste that can through in beef nachos was the jalapenos.

Review №13

Anyone that has ever come here knows that their menu is awesome with lots of choices but their tortilla chips, salsa and cheese dip is incredible and a must have! A great place to enjoy with family and friends!!

Review №14

Nachos are microwaved to warm up. A lot of meat but no lettuce and meat had big chucks and microwaved to long dry. To expensive for the quality.

Review №15

Place is clean, staff is friendly.Order steak fajitas, tortillas came sticky and soggy, beans were dry, rice still hard. Meat and the beer was only good qualities of the meal.

Review №16

I got carryout. The food was awesome, as usual, but the bartender wore a cute sparkly mask that she could barely keep over her mouth, let alone her nose.

Review №17

Free chips and salsa, lots of food, decent flavor and it was good food. Place feels rustic, and it can seat crowds up to 12 easily.

Review №18

Came here twice and the food was delicious both times, had the tacos and burritos and I was truly impressed.

Review №19

Best TRUE Mexican food on the west side of Lansing. Great food and service. Noise level can be a bit loud when they are busy.

Review №20

Had the chips with salsa for my appetizer and it was delicious! The portions are large and the service is fast.

Review №21

Service was great but not impressed at all with the food. Worst enchiladas I've ever had. Tough and dry tortillas, acidic sauce, beans and rice weren't good either. It's too bad because the staff was so nice there.

Review №22

Ordered a combo no beans and they gave me beans. Literally 2/3s of my order was "no beans." LmaoAte around them, everything was pretty good. The combo there had a taco, a tamale, 2 enchiladas, rice and beans. For $12 and some change. It's an ok deal. Nothing tasted bad, just pretty average.

Review №23

Food was excellent, all employees were masked up and social distancing was followed. Nothing to complain about

Review №24

Ok place fore a quick meal, nothing special.

Review №25

Reasonable prices and the BEST Mexican food I've had anywhere. The margaritas and top notch as well!

Review №26

I really like the atmosphere, the food is delicious, especially the tacos, the service is prompt and the staff is very friendly and kind!

Review №27

El Az has a beautiful patio! They built it in a way that obscures the view of the hood. There are hanging planters with pretty flowers, giving it a nice vibe. We were there at the same time as the monkey van, so that was a bonus.Oh yeah, the food, drinks, and service? All are great!

Review №28

Great chimichangas! Awesome staff! I go here regularly

Review №29

El Azteco is one of my favorite restaurants in Lansing. The tapopo salad is amazing! But it is HUGE so split with someone or order the half size. The cheese dip is also very good. The westside location added a patio which is awesome. I would recommend sitting outside.

Review №30

Pros: friendly staff & the chimichanga tasted pretty good!Cons: Patio floor filthy, rice just under lukewarm, guac looked inedible, and had a miserable stomach ache afterward

Review №31

Food was good. Service was a bit slow but not obnoxiously so. I'll go back for sure.

Review №32

Topopo salad is the best. Friendly & gracious staff.

Review №33

Food was phenomenal just couldnt eat inside to enjoy the atmosphere

Review №34

Someone suggested I not go here because it was a rough part of town. It didn't look rough, but I'm not from Lansing so I can't really comment in this, what I can say is this was the best $9 mole I've ever had. It was fantastic. Service was great. Patio is beautiful.Being from the Southwestern US, one of my gripes is that finding good Mexican food in Michigan can be difficult. Look no further, this is the place to fill your taco, enchilada, and mole needs.

Review №35

Meh. Food would be ok if you were drunk and didn't know any better. Probably won't eat here again. Nothing is authentic or homemade.

Review №36

Chef Mike establishment. If you know you know. Got the shredded beef flautas and it was literally the taquitos from the frozen food section. Service was great though and the waiter works wayyy too hard for how busy it is. Props to him for keeping places like these afloat.

Review №37

The food was delicious as always and our server was great!!

Review №38

Best nachos anywhere. Love the cheese dip and chips too.

Review №39

It was crazy busy when we went due to Christmas rush and being down a server. Even so, our food came quickly after being ordered. It was hot and delicious as always. I was pleasantly surprised to find that on Monday kids 12 and under eat free. We had to ask for chips to go with our cheese dip and hunt down someone to get our check but everyone was helpful and very apologetic. They work very well as a team and made a genuine effort to make it work.

Review №40

Im shocked at how many people actually say the food here is good!? To be quite honest it was the nastiest most bland uncooked food I have ever eaten in my life. Meat is dry and flavorless, chips are stale, my corn taco shells were falling apart as if they had been warmed up in the microwave, quesadilla looked like it had been warmed up then dipped in the fryer- there was so much grease on it that's all you could taste. Tapopo salad was discolored and old looking. I would highly recommend EVERYONE steer clear of this dump.

Review №41

I have been going there since I can remember as a kid. LOVE their burrito plates, my favorite platter! The spicy burrito needs to be spicier though. Went there right after I graduated from Michigan State and it was awesome!

Review №42

Service was below average. Food was good.

Review №43

Amazing food and I'm litty after two margaritas. Cute place, not super packed and had a very relaxed environment. We will definitely be back.

Review №44

Service was great and friendly. Atmosphere was nice. Music was fun. Decent menu selections - not many vegetarian options. They do have Sol beer! The tacos I ordered were dry. Tortilla chips that were delivered to the table were stale. Maybe on a busy night the food would be better?

Review №45

Good Mexican eats! Wonderful margaritas!

Review №46

I'm probably biased because I've gone here FOREVER, but I love the atmosphere and food. Casual laid back with very tasty food. Topopo salad is always good for leftovers, and not because it doesnt taste good. And wait staff are always pleasant without being over bearing.

Review №47

Got to love the enchiladas. Not to mention the tacos are just as exquisite. If you're looking for a laid-back Mexican restaurant with a really good selection this is the best one in the area. The staff are friendly as well.

Review №48

Good food and great service.

Review №49

Great food & atmosphere, always!!

Review №50

Decent if you in the downtown area and jalapenos is closed

Review №51

My food was over cooked could not even chew the soapa... the gordita was thrown together and had about a teaspoon of meat. Wait staff was very friendly and the ice water was nice and cold... I would not eat here again.

Review №52

Good good and not a long wait. I was impressed how quickly the good came out for how busy the place was.

Review №53

Food was very good. Service was slow I think due to there being too few staff for how busy it was. Still, would recommend.

Review №54

Hands down best Mexican food anywhere.

Review №55

Good food and service . Patio was great

Review №56

My beans always taste like they use liquid smoke in them??! Apparently they use old bean juice to rehydrate beans instead of water....so be careful if you eat them. otherwise the food is usually decent and food proportions despite the price increases.

Review №57

Great food as always

Review №58

Terrible! Food was disgusting, and service was friendly, but completely unprofessional. Employees arguing with each other in front of guests

Review №59

Very popular place for mexican food.

Review №60

Service was great, food about average

Review №61

I have to be honest. Food was good, nice place. It has changed since Art ran the restraint. my first time was when it was downstairs on M.A.C ave, mid 80's ish. Food is not quite the same. I can't say it isn't good, just different. I can still recommend El Azteco. Still bringing back memories.

Review №62

I come here for two things - the cheese dip and the verse chili burritos. Both are simple to look at, but have a fantastic flavor and a comfort food factor that keeps me retuning whenever I can. I live an hour's drive, one way, which is probably a good thing all considered!

Review №63

Excellent food and extremely fair prices! Would highly recommend

Review №64

The chips & salsa: chips were hard. Salsa was a bit too hot. Rice was dry & didn't have much flavor. (Taquilas in Charlotte is better!)

Review №65

My girlfriend and I came to have dinner before the game yesterday, and the owners son so he proclaims took mine and my girlfriends drinks and poured it all over the counter and was calling us names. never have I been in such a position of horrible customer service and feeling completely embarrassed. . Will never be back to this establishment ever again.

Review №66

Good food. Good salsa.

Review №67

I went here on a recommendation. I think the friend who recommended it probably hasn't been here in a while. The chips were stale and difficult to chew. The rice was dry with little hard pieces in it. The red sauce on the enchiladas was actually marinara sauce. I took a couple bites and couldn't believe it. I felt like I was eating pizza. This is the worst Mexican food I've had anywhere.

Review №68

Sat down and no acknowledgment. People walked in after us and got waited on. Waited another 5 minutes, nothing so got up and left.

Review №69

Great atmosphere great food & new patio that's unbelievable!!! service is great with karaoke on Friday nights. it's a great fun place to go & the owner is probably the coolest prettiest sweetheart of a woman on the face of this Earth!!! go to El Azteco I guarantee you promise you won't break be sorry

Review №70

Best food in all of Lansing . Salsa is off the chazain yo!

Review №71

It's kinda dirty but they've got some of the best nachos on earth.

Review №72

Great food, but most of the staff is unwelcoming.We were one of two tables of 2. The Hostess had us wait apx 3 minutes before appearing, grabbed menues and started walking. She tosses the menus on a table and walked off. No words ever spoken. Our waiter was wonderful, as was the food.There were more workers than customers and we heard all the local and internal gossip. One of the female staff member's child even walked into the restaurant, with no shoes on.Good food, horrible atmosphere.

Review №73

$7 for a very small portion of browning guacamole, literally less than 8oz. The driest chicken I have ever had with some very disappointing rice. The waitress was very friendly and patient with the confusing group of grandparents. 5 stars for the wait staff -3 for everything else.

Review №74

Excellent food and service.

Review №75

Love this place. Best Mexican food in the area for both locations.

Review №76

I don't understand these other reviews. Two stars is being nice. Refried beans are dry like they just came out of a can. Rice was dry and not flavorful. Salsa likely came from a commercial vendor. Thick and salty. Salsa is always a tell at Mexican restaurant. If there isnt chips and salsa, it is not good!!Guacamole came in a plastic single serving ramekin that plastic packaging cover was torn off and put on a plate. Its not fresh. Its all packaged. No real flavors of there own here. The ground beef wasnt seasoned. Our whole table had one knife. Server said yeah, i dont know why they dont have more knives.My friend lived nearby and we walked. He said, yeah i guess i remember now why I haven't been there in a long time. They need to spend some time on youtube and realize fresh food tastes better and it is cheaper!

Review №77

Great food and drinks.

Review №78

Great food & wonderful service!!

Review №79

Generally order the Topoppo. Always a good choice!!

Review №80

In my opinion the dishes are a bit less flavorful than they used to be, but they're still a very solid choice for dinner. Eat in and enjoy the chips and salsa while you wait for your burrito plate, or order takeout for some delicious and generously-portioned nachos to eat while watching the game.

Review №81

I've always loved the food at El Azteco. It will remain one of my favorite Mexican food restaurants.

Review №82

Been eating here for 30 plus years. The food is always tasty, quick, and priced well. Not fancy, and not necessarily in the best part of town, but always a crowd pleaser.

Review №83

Favorite place to eat

Review №84

Yummy homemade chips and salsa. I love the vegetarian Topopo salad - the full order is plenty for two to split. Check out their daily specials and happy hour! Only downside is they don't really have hot sauce, so if you're a hot sauce nut like me, remember to bring your own!

Review №85

So ... we drove all the way across town for burritos - somewhat of a treat on a hot summer Saturday. With only 8-10 cars in the parking lot, we were hopeful we'd be in and out in good time. We were wrong. Despite over a half dozen servers who crisscrossed the floor for over 10 minutes, there we sat with no water and no typical basket of chips to munch. I theorized that we must have been invisible, although my kids could plainly see me with a long face at the table.At the 12 minute mark, since El Azteco apparently didn't need our business, we packed it in and left. Must be nice to be so far into the black that a business can pass up a while table of customers.

Review №86

Always a must visit location when I'm near Lansing. It's a hidden gem that is very unassuming yet familiar to local residents and commuters.

Review №87

Great food and excellent service!

Review №88

We eat on the patio and it was a hot day but it was very comfortable. Waitress was pretty slow and didn't listen she brought me the wrong food and argued with me about it. Interior always seems dirty

Review №89

The food is just terrible. I would give them one star but at least their drinks were reasonable and the service was good.

Review №90

Great Tappopo salad

Review №91

Only rated a “One”, because a “Zero” rating is not an option.Greatly disappointed with the abhorrent lack of service at El Azteco West. Although it has been a favorite restaurant of my family for years, we've never experienced such lousy service.With fewer than ten cars in the parking lot, we figured it would be a slower Saturday afternoon. We were seated for over 10 minutes without any acknowledgement from the wait staff despite having SEVEN servers chatting behind the bar. Although my family and I drove across town to dine here, we left rather than wait indefinitely to be acknowledged.For those of you still wishing to dine at El Azteco West, save your time and money and visit the East Lansing location instead.

Review №92

Burrito was great, service not so great

Review №93

Authentic, they serve Coke, had every kind of Mexican beer, and service was good.

Review №94

Food was obviously reheated in the microwave not fresh cooked. Pulled chicken was dry. Rice was dry. We stood in the lobby long time before someone seated us. Even though they were not busy. Another long wait for waitress to show up at our table. We won't be going back.

Review №95

I gave this place another go after the first time I left feeling let down. This trip was no different. The burrito's we got were pretty good, but plane. We also tried the veggie fajitas. Those were a complete disappointment. I have never been to a place where fajitas come with only lettuce and beans. All in all, it just isn't going to be a place I'm going to make it a point to go back to.

Review №96

Best Mexican food around. Very casual too.

Review №97

So we've tried this place three different times over the last year. They are unwilling to change anything on the menu. Everything is prepped ahead of time, so you can't even ask for a chicken chimichanga without the beans that they have already prepared it with. They are simply unwilling to work with you in any way on any of the food. This last time was the kicker and we finally decided to just pay for our drinks and leave. They will not sell you anything as a side, even if it is not a problem for them to do. Our example is that we wanted to get a steak fajita plate with an extra serving of steak in it. That was not something that they could do in any way for us. Just simply not willing to figure it out.

Review №98

One of my favorite Lansing staples. Much better than the East Lansing location.

Review №99

Dont ever ever ever get the rice i dont think its made daily. But other than that their spicy burritos are my favorite. Nice atmosphere.

Review №100

My first and last eating experience here. I didn't care for the salsa and the chips tasted stale. The tacos smelled of what I can only describe as "old man medicine" and the water tasted "sugary"...kind of like they didn't clean the glass after having pop in it. The service was fast and they were all friendly, but I don't see myself going back.

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3.8 Rating
  • Address:1016 W Saginaw St, Lansing, MI 48915, United States
  • Site:https://www.facebook.com/ElAztecoWest1016/
  • Phone:+1 517-485-4589
  • Mexican restaurant
  • Latin American restaurant
Working hours
  • Monday:11AM–10PM
  • Tuesday:11AM–11PM
  • Wednesday:11AM–10PM
  • Thursday:12–9PM
  • Friday:11AM–9PM
  • Saturday:11AM–10PM
  • Sunday:11AM–10PM
Service options
  • Outdoor seating:Yes
  • No-contact delivery:Yes
  • Takeout:Yes
  • Dine-in:Yes
  • Delivery:No
Health & safety
  • Mask required:Yes
  • Staff required to disinfect surfaces between visits:Yes
  • Fast service:Yes
  • Great cocktails:Yes
Popular for
  • Lunch:Yes
  • Dinner:Yes
  • Solo dining:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible entrance:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible parking lot:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible restroom:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible seating:Yes
  • Alcohol:Yes
  • Coffee:Yes
  • Comfort food:Yes
  • Happy hour food:Yes
  • Kids' menu:Yes
  • Late-night food:Yes
  • Quick bite:Yes
  • Small plates:Yes
  • Vegetarian options:Yes
Dining options
  • Catering:Yes
  • Dessert:Yes
  • Good for kids:Yes
  • High chairs:Yes
  • Casual:Yes
  • Cozy:Yes
  • College students:Yes
  • Groups:Yes
  • Tourists:Yes
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