Mexican Connection

4.4
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Mexican Connection Restaurante y Tequilera has been serving home made Mexican and Southwestern cuisine for over 30 years. It all started when Marilyn Farrell bought a little pizza place on Court Street in downtown Saratoga and started selling tacos out of it. A true pioneer, Marilyn was the first to bring Mexican cuisine to the Capital region in 1979. As business grew, she moved the restaurant to it's current location on Nelson Avenue. After working for Marilyn for several years, Jason Friedman purchased the restaurant from her in 2002. Joe Parisi purchased the restaurant from him in July 2014. All food is made-to-order on premises, providing the freshest and best tasting food possible. We have a committed and caring staff dedicated to serving your needs. There is a total of over 80 years of experience at the Mexican Connection between our five longest tenured employees. What an amazing testament to their dedication and service! Please be our guest at the restaurant.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Normally the food here is great, and this is our 1st Choice for Mexican food. Something was off this might, food came out cold, the steak was tough and grizzly.

W
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food is not the same. Chips salty, chicken chimichangas were soggy.

JH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent food and service! My personal fave is the ground burger nachos with spicy sour cream. Just for the record, their spicy sour cream is perfect for everything on the menu. Been eating here on the regular for five years now, consistently Amazing! Go to tha Mex and have a good time!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time at the Mexican Connection-as always!

PA
6 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was outstanding.

SA
New York Area
160 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This a great place... food is usually very good, margaritas are tasty, and the staff is very friendly. This last visit was a very busy night and the soft taco shells were a bit dry when they came out, but I can cut them some slack because of the size of the crowd. Our server was great and we will return!

BL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it there. The food is always great and we always have awesome servers!

J
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Mexican Connection continues to be a favorite of race trackers. It’s still where the starters and gate crew and assistant trainers hang out. If you want to overhear the insiders, this is still the place to go. The bartenders though are not the professionals they used to be. A margarita not shaken? Noooo. And here is.a place that specializes in margaritas but no longer stocks Cabo Wabo or most of the other better labels. Another nooo. The food is merely workmanlike, now that the brilliant Chef Donna, who made every dish special, has retired. The best things left on the menu are the spinach cheese dip and the dessert that features a fried taco dripping with honey. For dinner in-between that app and dessert, well, you could try the Cantina on S. Broadway.

NT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome and so was the service. we had a wonderful time.

SA
New York Area
160 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I've always liked this place... it has it's own brand of ambiance and the food is quite good. The Mexican Connection has been around Saratoga for years and thats a good sign of how good a restaurant is.

MJ
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent but it took over an hour to get it.

SO
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The food was tasty and the server was pleasant. But the food arrival was very, very slow, despite the fact that we were one of two tables at the restaurant at the time. It took more than an hour for us to get our entrees. Also the portion sizes were odd. Some of the appetizers were huge and some of the entrees were super small, but it was very inconsistent. Overall, I would probably not return.

ND
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The steak fajitas were very tough and chewy with not much flavor. Very disappointed

k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience1

Too noisy, too many small children at 8-9pm. Service was great

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Surprised to get a seat during track season- service good except order wrong at first. We are regulars and it never disappoints $

J
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience2

Great Food--Excellent Service... but, the tables are so close servers cant get to customers without a squeeeze......capacity overload.

EK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in Saratoga! We always have a good meal here.

DS
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as always!! We have never been disappointed here! The staff is friendly and efficient, the food is amazing, and the margaritas are to die for!!!

PW
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our fantastic waitstaff Heather made our evening extra enjoyable! The food is always outstanding! The table was waiting for us when we got there.

JG
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food here! Chicken chimichangas are AHmazing!! Highly recommend!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

A staple of Saratoga dining for as long as I can remember. We started frequenting Mexican Connection in the 80’s when it was located on Court Street, next to the old Spring Street Market. It’s probably the first Mexican food I ever had, and it’s still the same, and just as good, as it was then. The fare is basic, but it’s all good, and the portions generous. Pro tip: go in the off-season, or when the track is closed. It’ll be a way better experience.

OT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful house margarita and food! love everything about this place

C
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Terrible service!! Not enough menus for table of 6, had to ask for napkins and place settings, waited forever for drinks and then for the meal. Asked for a larger box to accommodate my leftovers and waitress snapped at me.

e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mexican Connection never disappoints! The food and service is always on point. We went Friday and it was great to see it so busy. Only down side is it gets really loud. We’ll be back!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food! Great Margaritas!

LM
London
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious ! Hardly want to give it a review lest it become too popular ! Still ... You should go !

KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were happy to get right in on a saturday night. The food that all four of us had was delicious! We didnt feel rushed. The drinks were tasty! We all gave it two thumbs up!

BL
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Would have given 5 stars, but the waitress (whom we've had before) messed up my husband's order. She did notice it and put it in correctly, but this is the second time it has happened, so it was a little frustrating.

CG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Ordered the Taco Salad with chicken, $18 (a bit pricey for a salad) and my wife had the quesadilla. After a few bites I found hairs in my salad, waitress asked if I wanted another salad in its place, which I did....but only at the insistence of my wife. Waitress didn’t offer a free drink or take the meal off the bill. Disappointed at the experience at the restaurant this evening. One waitress kept coughing very loud while going back and forth through the tables...I’m thinking we probably won’t be back.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It wS very busy but it was national margarita day. So it was packed and VERY loud.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Longtime customers...great food, great margaritas & friendly efficient staff!

HL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

You go to to the Mexican Connection for good, fairly standard Mexican-American food, the refills of homemade taco chips and salsa, the Margaritas and good service. Oh, and reasonable cost.

m
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food is always good, great value. Our service was outstanding. Guacamole was excellent, one of my favorites.

NY
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great meal and yummy margaritas. Our waitress Heather is awesome!!

KS
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have gone here for years. Moved away and always make it a point to come here when in the area. We always ask to sit in Heather's section, wonderful server!

M
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not authentic, 1/2 of a plain cheese quesadilla 9$!!, everything is “extra” sour cream, guacamole, sauces... waitress was less than thrilled to serve us 😕

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Visited for a late lunch on a January Saturday. We had almost the whole restaurant to ourselves. Our waitress was very attentive and accommodating to all of our requests. Food was quick, fresh, plentiful and very tasty. All of our 3 kids devoured their meals- kids tacos and burritos- then helped to finish my fajitas.

JH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Taco Tuesday is always fun, three huge tacos at a really good price. You can’t go wrong with Nachos Supreme with spicy sour cream either! Monday’s have the Happy Hour extended hours through dinner too which is pretty awesome. I love this place, and you get points for dining here with OpenTable too, pretty sweet deal.

CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food- been there a dozen times, never fails. Fresh and authentic.

OT
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here several times. The food is always very good. The portions are large, and the prices are reasonable . We went with friends last night, and we did not feel rushed out .