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El Azteco

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
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225 Ann St, East Lansing, MI 48823-4320
+1 517-351-9111
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Mon - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I loathe El Az. the staff are always overworked and inattentive, food is overpriced, and almost everything is made in the microwave. Their cheese dip is good, but is like everything else overpriced. Since it's mostly cottage cheese and one of the freshest things in the place, it's especially galling. The Topopo Salad is one exception as it is pretty... More 

Thank G_Seven
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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253 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'd give it only a three, but Nick our server, was awesome on the busiest day of the year and our party of eight. Premium margaritas are a rip off but the food is above average. Come for the drinks, stay for the Migas!

Thank Lungfruit
Cadillac, MI
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158 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The rooftop outdoor seating is wonderful and a great spot to people watch. The service is good, not great and the food average. Overall a fun stop for drinks.

Thank sking81
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248 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Good food, good service. I like the upstairs patio when weather is nice. I have been here many times over the years. The food is consistent.

Thank DGoat
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Since the first month I moved to East Lansing 19 years ago, this has been a favorite place for us to get together with friends! We usually start off the year here when they open the roof during the East Lansing Art Fair in May with our traditional Ritas On The Roof. All our friends who are available come up... More 

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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

El Az is an East Lansing classic and tradition! Too bad the patio isn't open! Great margarita's and Mexican food in the heart of downtown. A favorite with students, locals and visitors!

Thank nancyn1968
Alpharetta, Georgia
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105 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

El Azteco has changed a lot since I was in college, but it is THE place to go for Mexican food around East Lansing. No longer found in a drab, scary basement, the best of El Azteco is outdoors, on the deck (weather permitting of course--which is not often!) enjoying a drink celebrating the game or a reunion with other... More 

Thank spartanwalkingmom
Rockford, Michigan
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

I know the reviews are spotty for El Azteco, which I don't understand. We love it! Every time we are in East Lansing we make a point to stop here. The chips and salsa are amazing. The margaritas are also great! The blue corn tortilla enchiladas are awesome too. Of the countless times we have dined here, we have never... More 

Thank Spartans95
East Lansing, Michigan
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

El Azteco is always on our menu of places to eat, The food is good,portions are generous and the roof seating is always pleasant (weather permiting). Eating inside is a bit noisy, but that is the nature of the building.

Thank packy43
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Visited El Azteco for dinner last Monday to take my son out. Manic Monday $3 margarita specials and tacos that did not disappoint. Server recommended appetizer size guacamole instead of each of us ordering a side which was a nice $6 cost savings. So we had another round of margaritas. Delicious food served quickly, especially enjoyed free hot chips and... More 

Thank Cathy K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 225 Ann St, East Lansing, MI 48823-4320
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ingham County  >  East Lansing
  • Phone Number: +1 517-351-9111

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?