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El Farolito

201 S Bradford Ave, Placentia, CA 92870-5616
714-993-7880
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Ranked #1 of 87 Restaurants in Placentia
Cuisines: Mexican
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This was my FAVORITE Mexican restaurant. I left a really great Yelp review when I used to Yelp often. We finally visited again (been here 5x), and this visit was not the same. Service was abysmal. Wait times were a mess (so many parties ahead of us going first). We waited 15 minutes before being asked what we wanted to... More

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New York City, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Used to eat here at least 3 times a week when I lived behind the Orange Curtain many moons ago. To this day, I still use El Farolito as the litmus test for what good, home-style Mexican food should be. I have yet to find better or even on par with the Sandoval Family's amazing recipes. Hands down the best... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Our friends brought us here for dinner. We came to town from Phoenix, AZ where Mexican food is also everywhere. So I didn't expect much. We waited 30 minutes for our table of 12 so that's pretty fast for a very busy little restaurant with lots of customers. I don't like waiting, but I had no choice since this we... More

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45 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

In an area saturated by Mexican restaurants, this little place stands out! We had a great experience: the food was excellent and the service was good. I had the Carnitas plate and it was done to perfection. The rice and refried beans were among the best I ever had. The Enchilada plate was good, but the Carnitas was noteworthy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

In old town Placentia. Almost always full of happy customers, often there is some waiting. Serves breakfast all day, but the lunch and dinner menu is more attractive to me. I especially like the Ranchera sauce on strips of chicken white meat, with rice, beans, and tortillas.

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Placentia, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

this is the best mexican food I have ever tasted,which includes many trip ,well over a hundred ,to Mexico,family owned and operated,great people to share a meal with

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Get your own beer and they just count the bottles!. Chips are made to order and the food is excellent. Want Menudo on Sunday. They have it!! Excellent and good pricing!

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Oxnard California
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159 restaurant reviews
204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

I had a business lunch here. The place is obviously well known as most of the tables were taken but luckily we got a table even though it was just before noon. My business partner told me I wouldn't be disappointed with the food, and he was right, my pork carnitas plate did taste good. And unlike other chain type... More

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Placentia, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

family run, authentic, LONG waits, priced right. what's not to like? All of the food is good - Tampiquena is very good.

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Placentia, California
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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Little place with tight parking ( more parking nearby), but the good Mexican food is here. Nice combos and cute, quaint surroundings.

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