We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Taqueria El Porton

Certificate of Excellence
$$
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
901 N Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701-3043
13098201625
Website
Today
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Hours:
Thu - Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

58 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 58: English reviews
Illinois
Level Contributor
103 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love that this is a no frills restaurant that being your food very quickly. The soft corn tacos are also good. But that's about all I enjoy about this restaurant. The parking lot is tiny, but so is the restaurant. You seat yourself but the tables are small so our family of 5 was crammed together. The chips are... More 

Helpful?
Thank TLH_mom_of_3
Bloomington, Illinois
Level Contributor
24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Authentic Mexican homestyle cooking. The restaurant is small and no frills but the food is excellent! Good selection of Mexican beers and soda. We usually get the taco and 3 tacos plus splitting rice & beans is plenty. As is typical, a basket of chips and salsa are offered before the meal. This is a small family enterprise that is... More 

Helpful?
Thank Patricia S
Bloomington, Illinois
Level Contributor
11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the "Taq" is our neighborhood Mexican stop for great food at a great value. Authentic dishes that aren't stingy on portions!

Helpful?
Thank John K
Omaha, Nebraska
Level Contributor
102 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This wonderful little restaurant near downtown Bloomington, IL. is right on Main Street. Great take-out. Tacos are particularly great. Get some guacamole, chips and a couple of tacos to go and have an at-home party. The tacos are soft-shell corn and larger than you would think at the price. My particular favorite is the Chili Renano (sp) taco.

Helpful?
Thank genefk
Zurich, Switzerland
Level Contributor
43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

To wrap it up we liked the food. The service was friendly and helpful but definitely understaffed. I do not like to see several dirty tables that have not been cleared when I enter a restaurant. The price is reasonable but not cheap - the austere functional style is ok - improvement on the cleanliness would make me give them... More 

Helpful?
Thank 519andreass
illinois
Level Contributor
96 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

This place does not do fancy. But it is great for bringing family or friends for authentic Mexican food in a comfortable, casual environment. Everyone in my group thoroughly enjoyed their meals. The portions were quite generous, with most people bringing home leftovers. And the prices are great. Warning: this location is vegetarian friendly, but NOT celiac or vegan friendly.

Helpful?
Thank azsuma
Champaign, IL
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

This is a very small, cozy restaurant. Everything is great here. Especially love the chilaquiles - you can very large portioned meals here, but also can get smaller items ($3 and up), and there is a children's menu. I'm a vegetarian so I get options with eggs and beans. The staff is very friendly and welcoming, and they are even... More 

Helpful?
Thank ProfessorMommy
Danville,Il.
Level Contributor
129 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Great salsa. hotter than other restaurants. great tacos.good tortas, I enjoy the guaq too.the rice and beans are average.My favorite place in town for Tex/Mex food

Helpful?
Thank Jeff M
Bloomington, Illinois
Level Contributor
124 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

I reviewed this a little over a year ago and thought the food was rather bland. I tried again yesterday and ordered their chicken enchilda dinner. They absolutely stuff their enchiladas! No searching for meat here! The sauce red sauce and accompanying beans and rice were fresh, hot and very tasty. Four huge enchiladas with all the fixin's was only... More 

Helpful?
Thank Athena_John
Bloomington, Illinois
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

I have eaten at El Porton many times and have never been disappointed. The service is usually very fast, and the food is very good with generous portions. All of the dishes are great, but I am partial to the pork tacos, shrimp fajitas, and vegetarian burrito. Free chips and spicy salsa!

Helpful?
Thank Krista K

Travelers who viewed Taqueria El Porton also viewed

 
Bloomington, IL
 
Bloomington, IL
Bloomington, IL
 

Been to Taqueria El Porton? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$2 - $25
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Television
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 901 N Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701-3043
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: 13098201625

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Taqueria El Porton staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?