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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
274 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 19 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 274 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
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Capital District

    Best Ambiance

  • Capital District

    Best Value

  • Capital District

    Hot spot

  • Capital District

    Lively

274 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server jen was great! Food was quick and delicious!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just amazing!!! Loved everything we ordered there!! Can’t wait to go back!! Delicious drinks and food!! Loved Mexican pizza from apps!

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  3. ljuman82

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food & drinks were delicious! Our server was very friendly and helpful when we were ordering. There was a DJ (it was a themed night) and the music was good but not so loud we couldn’t still have a conversation. Great time overall & can’t wait to go back!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and restaurant. Love the dip trio. Love the feel and people

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  5. PamelaM

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went on a Friday evening for the first time. The food and service were excellent.

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  6. EmilyM

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great experience here! Was solo before a huge event so I got sat at the bar, no biggie. (They did ask if I was okay with this when I called to say I was a few minutes behind - so not a surprise) But, the bartender was so INCREDIBLE I’m glad I ended up there. Had a mango then a strawberry margarita and they were delicious. I wish I got her name, but the bartender probably made 100 margaritas in the time I was there and was so bubbly and kind even though the place was packed. She was taking orders while making orders at neck breaking speed, the woman next to me also commented to me about how fun she was to watch and how easy she made it look. For food, I had the shredded chicken quesadilla and I’m still thinking about the Baja crema. Really yummy. Price was super reasonable, too. Hostess was very pleasant and kind even when I was about 5 minutes late. Just an all around great experience from when I made my reservation to the moment I left.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband noticed when he got his food that the steak looked suspicious & if wasn’t steak at all..we later overheard the manager telling the bartenders “if people ask for steak try to steer them away from it, and if they insist we’ll make it work”. Essentially, he was given a different meat to pass for steak because they were “running low”. It wasn’t said directly to us, but we overheard it directly in front of us as we were sitting at the bar..Luckily my husband still found his “carne asada” bowl good, but it was unfortunate. We’ve always had a 10/10 experience but this left a bit of a sour taste in our mouth this time around. Hoping next visit will make up for it.

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  8. Dinethyme

    New York City

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This has been my go-to place for about a year now - service is always terrific and food is very authentic.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Starting to make this our Tuesday Night thing. DJ was on point last night definitely will be back again & again

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  10. Dinethyme

    New York City

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent authentic food with exceptional service - highly recommend

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So we eat here often because it is delicious, service is solid, drinks are yummy, and cost is low.

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Dinethyme

    New York City

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. utahdude

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 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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  23. 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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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. DebbieK

    New York City

    12 reviews

    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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  32. maristgrad

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. ROBERTG

    New York City

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 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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  36. DebbieK

    New York City

    12 reviews

    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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. MichaelH

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 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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  40. 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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FAQs

Ama Cocina is rated 4.8 stars by 274 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 19 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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