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El Farolito

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Mexican
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201 S Bradford Ave, Placentia, CA 92870-5616
714-993-7880
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 91
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Neighborhood favorite

This place is a family's legacy to their parents. The food is always great and fits every budget. The drinks are cheap and good, and service is always terrific. Whenever our crowd can't decide, we always end up here. Prepare to wait on the weekends. It is NOT the fake copycat in downtown Fullerton... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
AuntieJoy
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Fullerton, California
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Fullerton, California
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128 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is a family's legacy to their parents. The food is always great and fits every budget. The drinks are cheap and good, and service is always terrific. Whenever our crowd can't decide, we always end up here. Prepare to wait on the weekends. It is NOT the fake copycat in downtown Fullerton. This is the original!

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Thank AuntieJoy
Puget Sound, Washington
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151 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good Mexican food but wouldn't call it the best I've ever had! Portions are huge, however...best to visit this place when hungry.

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Thank azzure
Orange County, California
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a family owned and operated Mexican restaurant and you feel like you are dining with the family when you eat here. The food is plentiful and good if you like authentic Mexican food. This is not a Tex Mex place and if that is what you like then steer clear. The price is really good for the portions... More 

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Thank Goodfoodperson
La Habra, California
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

This place has been around since I was a kid. Since then, it has been remodeled but one thing has never changed: the quality of the food. I was there the other day for dinner and even though there was a small crowd waiting to be seated, we were seated in 10 minutes, greeted with chips and fresh salsa and... More 

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Thank TheRealDetentroph
Placentia, California
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Have been going here for years, but only recently joined Tripadvisor, so if you are looking for a great Mexican meal, you definitely need to go to El Farolito. I recommend the Steak Picado with corn tortillas.

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Thank Rich Y
Yorba Linda, California
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

This small Placentia restaurant, owned for years by the Sandoval family, is hands down the best Mexican restaurant in all of orange county. Their chips and salsa are superb and the recipes are unique and authentic. There are two new locations which is a testament to their much deserved success.

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Thank corinne l
New York
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Whenever we want authentic home cooked Mexican Food we go to El Farolito. Some friends took us a few years back and it's been a favorite ever since. The family owns and operates the restaurant so it maintains the same quality of food and service. A Great place, with great food. Always crowded for obvious reasons.

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Thank Michael G
Placentia, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

There are numerous place to eat Mexican food, fortunately Placentia has some of the best authentic Mexican food in North Orange County. This is a reasonably priced and the food is very good. I like their soup, its very good and they serve big portions. I believe its family own and the locals love to go and eat here.

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Thank Bay59
Placentia, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

This is out favorite Mexican restaurant. Everything is delicious! They have the best beans! The food is consistently great!

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Thank Lmnavamba1
Placentia, CA
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284 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We have a lot of company and always like to take them here to El Farolito. The service is good and with a smile and the foods is authentic Mexican and always tasty.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 201 S Bradford Ave, Placentia, CA 92870-5616
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Placentia
  • Phone Number: 714-993-7880

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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