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Ama Cocina, Albany, NY
Ama Cocina, Albany, NY
Ama Cocina, Albany, NY
Ama Cocina, Albany, NY
Ama Cocina, Albany, NY

Ama Cocina

4.8
4.8
263 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Located in Downtown Albany, ama cocina delivers a fresh and funky twist on
modern mexican street food.

Our mission is to encompass the three most important elements of life -food•laughter•love

Let's get back to the days when we bond over a good meal and tasty beverage. Discuss our dreams, plan our next adventure, and remember the feeling you get when a thoughtfully prepared meal hits you. Don't forget to relax and laugh while you’re here - we will do the rest.
 Welcome to our kitchen - and know that there is a lot of thought, fun & love here at ama.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Regional Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (518) 776-4550
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    At BMT Hospitality we have all the key ingredients to provide you the perfect holiday party, celebration, gathering or event! Let us bring the food to you or take advantage of one of our great spaces!<br /><br />Planning your next event?<br />We have a variety of spaces for corporate events, private parties, family celebrations or we would love to bring a full catering service right to you.<br /><br />For more information email: party@bmtmgt.com
  • Private party facilities
  • Neighborhood
    Albany
  • Cross street
    Pearl St and Sheridan Ave
  • Parking details
    On-street parking in the Downtown BID is free after 5:00 PM! <br /><br />Riverfront Garage: 2 Columbia Street Open 24 hours daily, 7 days a week Free parking from 5:00 PM to Midnight <br />(except for special events) <br /><br />Quackenbush Garage: 25 Orange Street Open 6:00 AM to Midnight <br />Monday through Friday <br />Free parking from <br />5:00 PM to Midnight <br />(except for special events)
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 263 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Capital District

    Best Value

  • Capital District

    Hot spot

  • Capital District

    Lively

263 Reviews
  1. Norbert

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ama cocina is my go to for a Friday night dinner. Their margarita flight is very delicious especially if you like more than just the normal lime margarita. Not to mention their queso fundido is to die for!!

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  2. Jack

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a great Valentine’s Day meal at Ama Cocina. It is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Albany in my opinion. I recommend getting the pitcher of margarita for the table. You can choose between a few different kinds, we decided to go with the strawberry. The pitcher came with free chips and salsa as well, which I think is a great idea. Between the two of us we both had four margaritas and had to get an Uber home but it was such a great time! Our waitress brought over a new glass with ice and sugar rims every time we went through a margarita. I was very impressed with the service and the attention to detail we received from the staff. The guacamole and queso was delicious and I would definitely get it again when I go back. The tacos were all good but I have to admit the barbacoa was my favorite one. It had a great flavor to it that I never had before. I can’t wait to go back. Thanks!

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  3. ScottH

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good. There was a large variety of options for everybody in our party.

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  4. Dinethyme

    New York City

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent authentic food with attentive servers.

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  5. SuzanneB

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit and will definitely return. Bar very understaffed but still excellent.

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  6. BillG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ama Cocina is fantastic. Can’t recommend it enough. You won’t be disappointed.

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  7. utahdude

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My partner and I love this place. The food, atmosphere, and ambiance are exquisite just to say the least. The service is very friendly, quick, and attentive. It’s a very low stress environment which make us so much nicer to just focus on your party and enjoy the food. The drinks are amazing. Hands down the best ever. They have a huge selection of tequilas. Anything from top shelf to house well. The inside is so clean, romantic, cozy, and the best part is that you don’t leave smelling like the food! lol enjoy!! We highly recommend

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and staff!

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  9. RobertD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a quiet night downtown Albany... usually this place is very busy ... Food was terrific service wonderful .. Definitely will go back

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  10. WilliamD

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always welcomed back warmly when we walk thru the door. The waitstaff is very attentive and knowledgeable. The food is always fresh and delicious. We work our way thru the menu each time we come, trying new dishes from the smoked tortilla soup, street corn and tacos to the burritos . We look forward to our next visit even before we leave!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We have enjoyed eating at AMA Cocina for years. Since it has reopened, we’ve been back a few times. We miss some of the menu items from the original menu But the food and service are still great. Always excellent drinks!!!

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  12. Katherine

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here to eat early on Saturday night and it was wonderful! Such a bright and modern vibe with a low light ambiance. Happy hour had great prices and the food was fantastic!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It be was great food and place. Great service too

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vibe of the restaurant was great. Tisean went out of his way to make sure we had the best experience possible. The service was top-notch on every level and the food was amazing and very reasonably priced. Will definitely be returning again soon. 

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  15. Katie

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Ama Cocina. Happy hour was delightful and we sat at the bar. Queso dip is my favorite. Tried the street tacos and a quesadilla as well. Thought the chicken was our favorite meat. Will be back again soon!

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  16. JosephB

    New York City

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Ordered Carne Asada and also Fish Tacos. Portions were very small for the price. Carne Asada was served with a tiny piece of over done meat. Best part of the meal was the Modelo Especial beer. Probably won’t return, at least for dinner.

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  17. JennyO

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So good, we are thrilled they're open again. Everything we had was great, and my husband said his burrito was one of the best he ever had. Love the fish tacos!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    service was amazing and the food was even better!!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So happy to have this restaurant open again! The cuisine is tasty and the menu offers options for large, medium and small appetites. The servers know the cuisine and are enthusiastic about it. I try birria around the country and Ama Cocina's is as good as any in the southwest. Don't miss the espresso martinis! Another plus is the stylish decor-- looking forward to the warm weather when the glass wall can be opened again.

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  20. DebbieK

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great ambiance, great customer service

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  21. maristgrad

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit. Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Bartender was knowledgeable and friendly. Great atmosphere. Looking forward to our next visit.

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  22. Khoff

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and drinks. We will definitely be returning.

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  23. ScottH

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good value for happy hour. Food is good and drinks very well prepared.

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  24. ROBERTG

    New York City

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, margaritas and service (kassandra) were great. Very reasonably priced

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  25. DebbieK

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From start to finish, our meal was fantastic. Great menu and portions. Lovely server was very attentive.

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  26. Chris

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I may be biased because I know the owner but gotta say the food was great and the drinks were amazing. The perfect spot for before a show since they are across from empire and down from the theater.

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  27. ChrisH

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Waitress was attentive but the bar service was terrible. It took 10 minutes for first drink and waited over 15 minutes for second drink before canceling order. Asked waitress for check, owner asked how dinner went. We said “service was horrendous” and he was making excuses about being busy.

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  28. MichaelH

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Each had different taco dishes and both were delicious. We'll be back again.

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  29. Atbeachdeb

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and Margaritas were delicious. The Tres Leches cake was one of the best I ever had.

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  30. YUMisgood

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So glad to be back there!! Everything was exceptional & our server Patrick spot on…as were all other servers/waitstaff. Food was delicious & plentiful. Can’t wait to return

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  31. CharlieB

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. Friendly staff. Would definitely go back.

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  32. ScottH

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good and the happy hour is a great deal

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  33. Casey

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place! So glad you’re back! Food was awesome!! Cannot wait to return! My only request is for there to be more chips 😊

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  34. KathrynA

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious Mexican street corn and sopapillas. Service was quick. Shrimp tacos, my favorite.

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  35. DaveM

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is excellent! I’ll be making regular trips for sure. Didn’t know about it until a couple weeks back but I’m glad I know now!

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  36. ChristopherR

    Portland

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress Anastasia was wonderful, food was tasty and drinks were on point. Only complaint is the music was super loud and difficult to hear.

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  37. LoriM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were outstanding! I'm so glad they opened again, and I think they are even better than before! Music level could be a little lower, but if that's the only thing I would change, that's pretty great.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Ama is a restaurant that still needs to get its feet underneath it. The ambiance is interesting, but the food isn’t. The menu gives expensive Chipotle vibes, and drinks cost about the same as the mid- to pricier entrees. The food itself was not particularly high quality, not hot and the spice level was disappointing. They just opened so obviously there’s things to work out, but this wasn’t a promising start.

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  39. MikeM

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Met another couple there last night. Used to go a fair amount until it closed due to COVID/Jessica move years ago. SO GLAD you patiently preserved the experience until the time was right and the right person to lead the effort was chosen. While there was an issue with some of the gas/stoves last night and a few of the things weren't available last night, the staff was very accommodating and we had an EXCELLENT meal, experience, cocktails, etc. Didn't get a chance to meet the new manager but will introduce myself next time. Glad to hear the coffee infused tequila was carried forward, albeit with some new twists. Wes Miller told me all about it last night. I saw that someone else suggested free chips and salsa-let me make a suggestion that might accommodate that but still keep costs in control. Purchase 4+ margheritas or a pitcher of margheritas and get a complimentary chips and salsa. More salty chips may bring more cocktails ordered, and there's something there to absorb lol-everyone wins! Looking forward to going back regularly and spreading the word. Ama was missed. (P.S. consider adding some of the tequila "flights" back in at some point).

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  40. Janelle

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were delicious! Service was great and friendly. We will definitely go back.

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FAQs

Ama Cocina is rated 4.8 stars by 263 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Ama Cocina

4 Sheridan Ave, Albany, NY 12207-2227

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Pearl St and Sheridan Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Albany
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Regional Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    On-street parking in the Downtown BID is free after 5:00 PM! <br /><br />Riverfront Garage: 2 Columbia Street Open 24 hours daily, 7 days a week Free parking from 5:00 PM to Midnight <br />(except for special events) <br /><br />Quackenbush Garage: 25 Orange Street Open 6:00 AM to Midnight <br />Monday through Friday <br />Free parking from <br />5:00 PM to Midnight <br />(except for special events)
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Phone number
    (518) 776-4550
  • Catering
    At BMT Hospitality we have all the key ingredients to provide you the perfect holiday party, celebration, gathering or event! Let us bring the food to you or take advantage of one of our great spaces!<br /><br />Planning your next event?<br />We have a variety of spaces for corporate events, private parties, family celebrations or we would love to bring a full catering service right to you.<br /><br />For more information email: party@bmtmgt.com
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