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El Farolito

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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
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128 Plaza St, Healdsburg, CA 95448-4114
707-433-2807
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ate lunch here before heading to a wedding. Probably shouldn't have; totally gorged myself on the HUGE bowl of guac and the fish tacos. Food and service was great.

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Thank Matt B
Brooklyn, New York
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Welcoming place, with friendly service. But food was pretty mediocre, and sangria less than mediocre. Inexpensive, but not a huge bargain.

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110 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After reading reviews of El Farolita and learning that the restaurant had been open for decades, we expected to have meals so good or better than those served at our favorite Richmond, VA Mexican restaurant Pepe's. El Farolita disappointed both of us. The carnitas with mole sauce was greasy and without complexity. The barbacoa was bland as were the beans... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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98 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Decided to take a break from wine and ate at the bar at El Farolito just off the square in Healdsburg. Great food and many Mexican beers on tap which is nice. Bartender (Chey?) was outstanding!

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Napa, California
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had read glowing reviews on Trip Advisor but my food fell short of expectations. Chips and salsa were very good. I ordered a Carnitas plate but kitchen was out, switched to Chili Verde. The plate came with tasty refried black beans, excellent rice and green side salad. Pork was tender and succulent but chili verde sauce was very tart, tasting... More 

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simi valley
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70 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the very first time I've tried Barbacoa. And most likely the best one I will ever find. The whole menu is great and many choices you won't find elsewhere. Sat up at the bar where Chuy our bartender and waiter took good care of us.

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Thank bitemeSimiValley
Ukiah, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

My wife and I went searching for lunch that didn't involve sandwiches. On a Saturday in a fairly expensive tourist driven town. I've been coming to Healdsburg since my teens but had never stopped at El Farolito. Don't let the humble front end discourage you. The interior/dining room is clean and cool though a little stark. OTOH the food was... More 

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Thank Steve J
Santa Rosa, California
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57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

I don't remember if I reviewed El Farolito before because we go a few times a year. But this is by far the best Mexican restaurant in Healdsburg and maybe in all of Sonoma County. While they have the standard Mexican restaurant fare, they also have a number of dishes served their way. The restaurant itself is a step above... More 

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Thank whereisrick
Auburn, California
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016

We were told about this place by a local, so we thought we would give it a try. You walk in, kind of through the kitchen, and head to the back bar area. The Margarita's are out of this world. Every dish our party had was excellent. Service is great

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Thank Michael M
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

El Farolito has been a local's favorite for decades. Always great, always friendly and amazingly fast! Love this place!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 128 Plaza St, Healdsburg, CA 95448-4114
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sonoma County  >  Healdsburg
  • Phone Number: 707-433-2807

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?