Tesoros Cafe

4.3
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24 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin / Spanish

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About

At Tesoros Cafe, we are aiming to simply create an ambiance that will exceed our customers' expectations. Whether it is a Signature Panini, Homemade Soup, Savory Salad, Hand Crafted Espresso Drink, or Fresh Baked Cookie, we hope our customers have a relaxing and delicious experience!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin / Spanish, Latin American, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Tue, Wed 11:00–15:00
Sun 09:00–14:00
Dinner
Thu, Fri 11:00–20:00
Sat 09:00–20:00
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Phone number
(518) 225-4703
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Beer, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.1
ambience
4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Our reservation with Open Table was for 1:30pm; the restaurant had it as 1:00pm, which worked out well because we arrived early and the restaurant closed at 2:00pm that day. We waited a long time to be seated and then still no water or cutlery. They seemed to be short staffed. We weren't aware that it was buffet only and had selected the restaurant based on the menu accessed through Open Table. Menu items were in the $10-$15 range and the buffet was $25 per person. With a party of 8, our meal cost a lot more than we expected. Having said all that, the food was delicious!

PF
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and I always come here when he is here on school. break. The food is high quality and there is always friendly service.

DA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Very surprised by the quality, quantity and dish at this place. The food is delicious, packed with flavor and good quality. The portions are plenty - if in town try it out

JA
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic experience! They a accommodated 8 people on short notice, and made a graduation celebration very special. Friendly service & delicious food!

SB
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I plan to go back to see whether it's any different when it's not a holiday. I may recommend it after a different experience.

Though the menu Open Table provided was their standard fare, one of the reasons we went there, there was no menu provided at any time and the only thing we were asked about were drinks. The very pleasant volunteer guitarist passed a drink menu from another table.

There was a small buffet set up, which we were not expecting, and we were never told to help ourselves. We flagged down our waitress after 20 minutes or so and asked if we were supposed to help ourselves. We were never given the option to order off the menu instead. We weren't aware this was an option until we saw others around us (who apparently were regulars) order something that was not a part of the buffet.

We had to ask friends at a table near us to direct waitstaff to our table so we could get a mimosa.

In spite of all that, the staff and guest were very friendly and the food we did have was very good.

LM
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. We were greeted the second we walked in the door. Staff was super friendly and helpful, and the food was delicious. Will definitely make a return trip.

K
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adore this place. It’s been a while that I go to a restaurant I truly loved. Jane was our waitress and for a minute i thought she knew my sister in law because she greeted her with so much warmth! My sister in law recommended this place but she had never met her before. Those are the kind of people that should be in customer service. The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable. We felt right at home. Nothing but smiles and good vibes. Cozy and quaint little place with a serene atmosphere. Felt like I was going over to a family members house for dinner! I would recommend this place Times a thousand if I could. Great selection of food. Menu isn’t large and confusing. Right to the point. If I could give the place 10 stars I would. Jane definitely deserves 10 stars. Best customer service I’ve had in a loooonnnng time. Don’t procrastinate people. Go to TESOROS CAFE!

T
New England
24 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food at an outstanding value. Fun place to check out. Crepes are delicious.

HW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A great little cafe with a very attentive and friendly staff. Great meal and priced right. Our Crepe for desert was amazing.

PD
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal. The service was great the food was delicious.
We will be back!

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The staff are very nice. We were there for Valentines Day. The music was excellent but loud for the small dining room. There was a buffet that did not look very appealing. I didn’t try the brisket but had the fried plantains (good!), the chicken in a white sauce (tasty but cold), rice (again cold) and some mixed vegetables (good). Also had salad that was basically a bag of mixed greens with a couple of grape tomatoes and brown mushrooms. I really want to like this place but it always disappoints. This was my third time eating there.

DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only would I recommend Tesoros Cafe, I have several times. We have always been pleased with the food, variety, and service; in addition, we look forward to coming back soon.

SP
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner. The menu is diverse with a flair for the Spanish. Quality and presentation were excellent. Prices are quite reasonable.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Food was gross.

SP
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best brunch in town by far. For $16 you get a walk up buffet and a made to order mini omelet AND a made to order mini crepe and coffee, all of which is excellent.

TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the strawberry and cream crepes. A wonde fun gem on Union Street!

MF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Father’s Day brunch. Food was excellent as usual and was able to top it off with fresh fruit crepes. Gloria the owner as always friendly and courteous and a pleasure to talk with.

BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

When we arrived there was no one to seat us. When we sat down two ladies said to us, “We’ve been here an hour and we still haven’t got our food.” My wife ordered a salad with chicken on top and they forgot the chicken. When they finally bought it out it took 15 minutes. In there defense the owner came to our table and apologized because she had two new workers.

NT
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Tesoros is a small cafe in Upper Union, Schenectady. Although I made a Mother's Day reservation in advance it was obvious they did not have us on their list (and many others as well). The four of us waited for 20 minutes in a small hallway until a table was available. Then I stood next to the table for another 5-7 minutes to receive a chair to sit in. Many other families waited as long if not longer after we were seated. I selected this restaurant because on OpenTable I looked at the menu and it was appealing. However, the menu was not available on Mother's Day and the only option was a buffet. I watched more than one group leave after arriving and learning it was buffet only. I was afraid to do that since it was Mother's Day and I had no other reservation made. Tesoros seemed very overwhelmed and unprepared. Numerous times there were people waiting for clean plates/silverware. At one point we stood in line for 15 minutes waiting for more French toast to be put on the buffet. The food on the buffet was very limited but mostly tasted good. Green salad, French toast (some pieces burnt), bacon, sausage, black beans, plantains, rice, salmon, shredded pork, shredded beef, breakfast potatoes, pasta salad, fruit salad. The fruit salad display was very attractive. Coffee and water was self service. Because I did not know about the buffet I had no idea what the cost was and got quite a surprise at the cash register. It was $100 for one adult and three children. Completely overpriced considering what the buffet consisted of and I would not do it again.

CL
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Tesoro’s has a warm and inviting atmosphere. They just recently started serving dinners so it may not have caught on yet, but it should! The food excellent and the owner immediately makes you feel at home. I’ll be back.

TG
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was amazing! I found it on Open Table and the menu looked interesting. We were welcomed with a warm greeting and were promptly seated. The waitress was kind and focused on us throughout the meal. She was helpful in suggesting items from the menu as well. We were very pleased with the food. The empanadas were crispy and delicious. The Latin crepe was exceptional! The beef was perfectly seasoned and hit the spot. It was light yet filling at the same time. It wasn't a large dining room although could seat quite a few people comfortably. It was quiet on our 5:30 arrival but starting filling around 6:30. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to someone who would like to try a twist on their regular "Mexican" meal. While the menu wasn't extensive it seems it would meet the needs of many. It was Latin not Mexican so it was in a league of its own and not your usual meal. Truly wonderful.

V
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and unique food. Wines were very good and reasonably priced. This restaurant is a real gem in Schenectady.

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner, everything was excellent. Great staff, they were very friendly and attentive. They are happy to accommodate dietary preferences. Definitely going back.

MF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I went for Valentine’s Day. They had a prix fix menu and entertainment. The food was excellent and a great value. The entertainment was nice as well. We have been here before and it was nice to come back. The crepes and Tres leches cake are to die for.