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El Faro

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1315 Lillian St, Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 697-9058
Today
7:30 am - 3:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 7:30 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 3:00 am
Dining options: Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Good mexican food

We are happy we found this little gem. Best darn Mexican food! The prices are great for the amount of food you get. Very fresh. We love going here!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 5, 2015
Kathy B
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Elgin
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Elgin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We are happy we found this little gem. Best darn Mexican food! The prices are great for the amount of food you get. Very fresh. We love going here!

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Elgin, Illinois USA
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129 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

El Faro burritos are the ones by which I measure all burritos. They are huge, delicious and chock full of flavor without being greasy. The chips and green salsa are also excellent (the pico de gallo would benefit from riper tomatoes but is tasty nevertheless). The fish tacos were also excellent with a large fillet of crispy nice flaky fish.... More 

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Corpus Christi
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

if you are looking for authentic Mexican style food this is a poor representation. The staff is friendly and prompt. The food taste like it all has come prepackaged then reheated and served. There are better more authentic Mexican restaurants in the area.

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Elgin, Illinois
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I went in El Faro one Friday night around 10:30 pm. Got out of my car and noticed It smells like garbage around the back. So I Walked inside, only to be overwhelmed by how crowded it is. I order a burrito with Guacamole which was made relatively fast. Cool, I go home and eat my burrito, and yes, the... More 

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Elgin, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I have been coming here for years. Either by myseif or with my niece. Both of us absolutely love it. I have never had a bad meal here. I recently talked my wife into finally trying it. She is officially hooked on El Faros. I know longer have to beg. Any bad review you read about this restaurant is an... More 

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Elgin, Illinois
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Delicious Mexican food with all natural ingredients. Plenty to eat at a very reasonable price. Always a family treat when it's "El Faro Night".

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Elgin, Illinois
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

The worst place I have ever tried to have breakfast in. Bad service, dirty utensils, disgusting food and horrible atmosphere. I love Mexican food and this so called restaurant brings Mexican food to shame. I have meant to share these thoughts sooner but unfortunately I was incapable of writing a review through my phone. I hope this helps in your... More 

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Elgin, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Delicious burritos, tacos, etc. I love their specials and their choices of salsas. Fits our entire family's tastes. Authentic - not Taco Bell. And the servings are more than plentiful

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We travel from Rochester Hills M to Rochester MN often. This is a must stop. Found it a few years ago and never miss it. Try the pastries next door for a great Mexican treat. Enchiladas are great and try the Puerco Gasada.

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Elgin, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

El Faro is a good authentic place to get Mexican food..they have pretty fast service and the size of the food is huge.

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Additional Information about El Faro

Address: 1315 Lillian St, Elgin, IL 60123
Phone Number: (847) 697-9058
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Elgin
Open Hours:
Monday 7:30 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday 7:30 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday 7:30 am - 1:00 am
Thursday 7:30 am - 1:00 am
Friday 7:30 am - 3:00 am
Saturday 7:30 am - 3:00 am
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1315 Lillian St, Elgin, IL 60123
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Elgin
  • Phone Number: (847) 697-9058

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Monday
7:30 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
7:30 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
7:30 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
7:30 am - 1:00 am
Friday
7:30 am - 3:00 am
Saturday
7:30 am - 3:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?