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El Faro

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

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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, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I've eaten the burritos before and I used to like them. But about a year ago I had a horrible burrito and swore I would never eat there again. I live close by and decided to give them another try. I had a pork burrito which was horrible. The meat tastes disgusting and was burnt. I also had nachos which... More 

Thank Suewoo2015
Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Authentic hole in the wall Mexican food. Tacos, burritos, chicken and ground beef, steak, avocado tacos all delish!!

Thank Jennifer E
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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!

Thank Kathy B
Elgin, Illinois USA
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167 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 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 

Thank Janhuss
Corpus Christi
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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.

1 Thank Marysuzane P
Elgin, Illinois
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

1 Thank Tyler F
Elgin, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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 

Thank Jeff J
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".

Thank Mitch E
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 

Thank mark s
Elgin, Illinois
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101 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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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

1 Thank Mommaof5kiddos

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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
7:30 am - 1:00 am
7:30 am - 1:00 am
7:30 am - 1:00 am
7:30 am - 1:00 am
7:30 am - 3:00 am
7:30 am - 3:00 am

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