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El Loco

El Loco

(Now Closed)
Mexican Restaurant, Bar, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Surry Hills
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  • 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.
  • Stephen M.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • 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.
  • Greg B.heart icon on user image
    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
  • 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.
  • Denea G.
    Denea GourmetRabbitJune 15, 2011
    Tasty hideout in the midst of a distinct lack of good food spots. Tacos are $5 each and pretty solid value, flavoursome and complex but still a rocking late night feed. Open late, real late.
  • Michael S.
    Michael ShafranJuly 4, 2011
    Don't think of this as Mexican but our best example of US food truck fare. The pork burger, on a soft bun, is the best menu item. And try the tofu taco - so much better than it sounds!
  • Jason D.heart icon on user image
    Jason DennyAugust 15, 2014
    Big fan of the chorizo quesadilla. Small portions so order a carne asada taco to go along with it!
  • Paul F.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • hello_emilyheart icon on user image
    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.
  • Scott H.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Elliot C.heart icon on user image
    Elliot ChanceMay 9, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    The secret taco changes often but it's always delicious.
  • Louise M.heart icon on user image
    Louise MesserDecember 14, 2018
    Friendly staff, good service and cheap. What’s not to like 🌺
  • Elliott B.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • N N.
    N NDecember 8, 2013
    Try the fish taco, jalapeño margarita and chorizo quesadilla. The churros are good for sharing (caramel sauce > choc sauce)
  • 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.
  • Marianne N.heart icon on user image
    Marianne NMarch 11, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    The tacos here used to have amazing flavours, now it’s kinda like eating cardboard 😝
  • George W.heart icon on user image
    George WestcottJanuary 10, 2016
    Really enjoyed El Loco. Cheap and cheerful, but a lot of fun. Great spot for groups.
  • camilo h.
    camilo hJune 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
  • Tamires N.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Esther A.
    Esther AssaadJune 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Al Pastor pork taco is the best of the bunch, though the prawn and beef are pretty delish too! Get a variety to share.
  • James W.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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
  • Heather N.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Kristen S.heart icon on user image
    Kristen SandbergAugust 9, 2014
    That fluffy cheese on the hot dog is amazing! And it's a big meal.
  • Ashleigh J.heart icon on user image
    Ashleigh JayneFebruary 18, 2015
    For a healthier option get the Taco with lettuce leaf. The burger was amazing so much flavor.
  • 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
  • Vicky M.heart icon on user image
    Vicky MachinanJanuary 24, 2016
    Fun food and ambiance - just cool to hang out and have a nice chat
  • Sharath C.heart icon on user image
    Sharath ChandrasekharanDecember 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Melt in mouth Hot dogs, tacos and a good variety of Mexican beers.
  • everguide
    everguideAugust 24, 2011
    Go for the tempura zucchini flower taco with miso mayo and red radish. It's on the specials board sometimes.
  • 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.
  • Nic W.heart icon on user image
    Nic WittisonAugust 8, 2014
    Beef Quesadilla! So delicious. Check the specials board.
  • 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!
  • Martina M.
    Martina MeneghettiSeptember 4, 2014
    Food is good and cheap, music is awesome. Place is always packed
  • Alex K.heart icon on user image
    Alex KirkOctober 11, 2014
    Best classic margheritas in Sydney. Extensively tested.
  • Karin C.
    Karin ChiuSeptember 28, 2012
    The jalapeno margarita is intense and crazy in the best way possible. Two words: do it!
  • Sachin S.heart icon on user image
    Sachin SomiaMarch 20, 2015
    Great Mexican street food. They really capture the essence of this.
  • Erik B.heart icon on user image
    Erik BerlinFebruary 14, 2015
    Order a prawn taco and a jalapeño margarita. 🍤🍸
  • Stacey L.
    Stacey LNovember 30, 2012
    Get the hot dog, but minus the bun and eat everything with a fork. Delicious
  • L K.heart icon on user image
    L KOctober 27, 2014
    Good music, cheap tacos and a cool crowd
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Jen S.
    Jen StarJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Seriously best hot dog I have ever tried. Also on Time Out's picks for best hot dogs in Sydney.
  • Andii H.
    Andii HeiJanuary 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Tacos may drip (VERY probable), use the boat to avoid spilling on yourself. Now stop reading and ENJOY!
  • Quentin L.
    Quentin LafonAugust 2, 2014
    Very good tacos & good atmosphere !
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Simon B.
    Simon BloomfieldMarch 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Join Club El Loco and try this: chicken, chorizo and egg sandwich! #awesome
  • Sarahheart icon on user image
    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.
  • Kunal M.heart icon on user image
    Kunal MirchandaniAugust 12, 2014
    The casual, slightly cheesy Mexican atmosphere.
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