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El Farolito

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1212 Main St., El Rito, NM 87530
575-581-9509
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  • 36
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  • 12
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Hidden jem

Happened on this restaurant after a friend gave me the tip. Have been there 4 times even though we have lived in KS, Portland and Seattle. Every time we are in the area, we stop by. Have even taken family and friends. I would recommend it to anyone wanting authentic SW food and the best ambiance... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Rene M
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Seattle, Washington
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Happened on this restaurant after a friend gave me the tip. Have been there 4 times even though we have lived in KS, Portland and Seattle. Every time we are in the area, we stop by. Have even taken family and friends. I would recommend it to anyone wanting authentic SW food and the best ambiance. Great place to be.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Great food, great service, everything was wonderful, affordable, fun environment, nice people working.

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Largo, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

El Rito is about as unassuming a town as they come. There seems to be one active business in town and that is tiny “El Farolito” Restaurant. Inside are just a few tables. The whole place seems to be operated by a brother-sister team. I had the green-chili-cheeseburger and it was wonderful. Finally, a place that serves a burger on... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Pulling up to this place, you don't assume much. You walk in and see all of the awards for their green chili sauce and then realize you in for a treat. I ordered the Green Chili burrito with chicken, and it was incredible. It is off the beaten path, but well worth the drive if you are in the Abiquiu... More 

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New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Living in El Rito, I get the privilege of going here at least once a week (once is a skip-the-diet day, and the other is a too-lazy-to-cook day!). However, their food and service is so good, my in-laws from upstate NY just call us from the restaurant the first day of each visit! The atmosphere is cozy and feels like... More 

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Boyd, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This has to be one of the most out of the way restaurants in the U.S., also one if not the BEST. If someone does not tell you about it, you would never know it exist. My wife said this was the best Chili Rellenos she has had in her life. I had the New Mexico version of Frito Chili... More 

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Portland Or
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Definitely worth the 25 mi round-trip from highway 84! We both had the house special combo dinner plate. Probably the best $11 each we ever spent. The chile relleno was so delicious! Everything else on the plate plus the sopapillas was excellent. Had a piece of pie and some cookies to go and they were tasty too. Service was friendly.... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We were told by several peopl at the Ghost Ranch to go check this restaurant out! So glad we did! The best chili relleno in the history of ever. The owner and her family run the place and are so nice. Take your own bottle be they do not have a liquer license.

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Garden City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We're glad they did too! We just love finding out about these little "hole in the wall" places that serve up authentic mexican food. The service was really good and genuine. I loved the sopapillas they serve up with the meal. Excellent combination! Didn't do me any favors towards my waistline…but what the heck - I'm willing to cheat every... More 

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Webster Groves, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Driving into El Rito, New Mexico, a backroad intersection with a dot on the map, you could drive right by El Farolito if you weren't looking for it. Hidden on the side of the road between garages and run down houses, you probably wouldn't stop much less go in to eat if you hadn't read about this wonderful family run... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1212 Main St., El Rito, NM 87530
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  El Rito
  • Phone Number: 575-581-9509

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget

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