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2090 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY 12946-1143
+1 518-523-1507
15:00 - 20:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 15:00 - 20:00
Mon - Tue 16:30 - 21:00
Wed 16:00 - 21:00
Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 21:30
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

They have a nice selection of tequila, but the food is terrible. Truly awful. The locals love it and call it "Despos" but i guess they have never had real mexican food. Maybe by the time they have had a few shots of tequila you can't taste the food anyway.

1 Thank straight-shooter324
New York City, New York
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79 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took awhile to get seated. The service was very slow but it was because one person was working every table it seemed like and was crowded. Waitress was very nice and pleasant, perhaps some of the wait staff called out that day, not her fault. Had the special dinner burrito BBQ pulled pork, beans and rice. I really didn't enjoy... More 

1 Thank TopBloke999
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing drinks. Bartender is really amazing and fixes everything perfectly. For being so far up North the food is very good as well. One of the better restaurants in Lake Placid.

1 Thank Robert P
Cadyville, New York
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We went to this restaurant after hiking and shopping in the Lake Placid area. If you don't know here it is you may miss it as it is right next to a Stewart's convenience store. We got there at 3pm which is when it opened on Sunday. The accommodated our party of 6 with no problem. Our drink order was... More 

1 Thank retiredohardscrabble
Bronxville, New York
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We visit Desperados every time we're in Lake Placid. Very good margaritas and the food is pretty good too. The gas station outside may unfortunately scare some off, but this is a great place for a casual dinner.

1 Thank MrsDougherty
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Bartender was enjoying a spirited conversation with his friends while we waited for our drinks. Waitress was apologetic, but what could she do....he's the owners brother. Both our dinners were awful, left most of it on the plate, went to Mickeys.

3 Thank Ralph N
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

I had been to Desperado's many years ago and it was always reliable. I brought my Dad and we were very disappointed. He wanted a steak, no steaks on the menu but a steak fajita. Tortillas and meat were warm at best. The "steak" strips were overcooked and served with some sad lettuce/tomatoes and soggy tortilla, $16.95. I had a... More 

3 Thank Nicole S
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Can we give zero stars? We've eaten all over Mexico. This place is clueless. Food was garbage & that's where it ended up. Even a margarita tasted like toilet mix. These people seem like they're trying = LAUGHABLE. Our condolences. Eat hotdogs from a gas station.

2 Thank Ligaya M
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

The food came before the drinks, which were just a mango margarita and a Diet Coke. Just average everything. The server was pleasant.

Thank Tracy L
Buffalo, New York
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Rude, rude, rude. Stopped in. Asked if they allowed dogs on the patio, and the guy behind the bar just held up a sign that read, "No dogs on the patio". Um... maybe you should hang the sign near the door instead of keeping it behind the bar. Based on attitude alone, I wouldn't eat there even if they did... More 

1 Thank Puppalolly

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
Good for
Open Hours
15:00 - 20:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2090 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY 12946-1143
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Lake Placid
  • Phone Number: +1 518-523-1507

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