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El Farolito

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

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  • 76
    Excellent
  • 26
    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
My Favorite Mexican Restaurant in OC!

Family-run for generations. Authentic food and homey ambiance, just like Grandma's house. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Never had a bad meal or bad service. Just go (or get take-out)....you won't regret it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Taybug_1st
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Placentia, California
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112 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Placentia, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Family-run for generations. Authentic food and homey ambiance, just like Grandma's house. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Never had a bad meal or bad service. Just go (or get take-out)....you won't regret it.

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Placentia, California
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very good also reasonable prices. Very crowded all the time, get there early , but worth the wait. Also have good margaritas

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Placentia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

The carnitas & carnitas de machaca are my 2 favorites and by far the the best in Orange County as well as anywhere else for that matter. The arroz con pollo is amazing with nice chunks of white breast meat instead of that grizzled dark thigh meat most places use. You can grab a beer out of the fridge while... More 

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Placentia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

A Mom & Pop, friendly place that serves great food at a very reasonable price. Great breakfasts, as well as lunch & dinners.

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Placentia, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

As a long-time resident of Placentia, I have eaten at El Farolito several times (usually at some visitor's enthusiastic request). The building is a run-down, dirty, cramped, converted home. The service and food are average. Parking is a challenge in our "historic" district. The popularity of this place mystifies me. I can' help thinking of Frozen Mexican food heated in... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I came here a few months ago with my mom and fiancé for a later brunch on a Sunday. There was a long waiting list so we waited about 30 min. Needless to say, the wait was worth it. The food is very inexpensive, but the service and taste is excellent! It's a small restaurant, but don't be fooled by... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

Delicious!!!! We've been twice and can't wait to go back again. Great beans and rice. Margarita weak though. Very good service.

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Placentia, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

There are two exceptional Mexican restaurants in old downtown Placentia, and one of them is Farolitos. Farolitos is probably the most popular of the two and has grown its reputation by consistently serving up some of the best Mexican food in Placentia. There is Mexican food and there is MEXICAN food. Farolitos serves the latter. The food tastes authentically Mexican.... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I wanted to try a new place on our recent visit to SoCal, so once again I turned to Tripadivsor. The restaurant looks like it was a house and that the front porch area was closed in to use for part of the restaurant. It was very busy the evening we dined here, but were able to find a parking... More 

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Mesquite, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This is probably the very best home style Mexican food I have ever had! The carnitas are always succulent, the chile verde is awesome, the chile rogo is fabulous and the chile relleno is out of this world. My wife and daughter just go crazy for the enchiladas. The real secret to this place is that the cooking is done... More 

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Additional Information about El Farolito

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

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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
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?