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El Farolito

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Mexican, Southwestern
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1212 Main St., El Rito, NM 87530
575-581-9509
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Florence, Italy
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211 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is the real deal for New Mexican food. Came here on a family recommendation and it wasn't really on our way. Family owned and operated, Dad was cooking, son was serving. Menu offered only rolled enchiladas but there was no problem getting them flat with an egg. Sopapillas so hot you couldn't pick them up. Too bad we don't... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Heard about this from someone at the farmers market. Boy was it a hole in the wall but well worth the drive! Homemade everything. Get the tamales and the chile rellano. Best I've ever eaten!

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Thank Donna B
Tucson, Arizona
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227 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

OMG! This is the smallest most unassuming hole in the wall we have ever driven 15 miles to eat at!!! But this is the REAL DEAL. Wonderful red sauce, redolent with deep tomato flavors. It's the same old stuff -- chili rellenos, enchiladas, tacos. But these are just richer in flavor. We loved the local customers who frequent this restaurant... More 

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Absolutely GREAT. I had a really good green chili cheeseburger and my wife had great Mexican food. We are staying in Abiquiu for the summer and will be back many times. I've heard that their chili rellano is the best ever-- I'll find out next time. This place is well worth the drive.

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Thank tajmahauler
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

If I were being executed tomorrow, my last meal would include El Farolito's fresh tortilla chips & bright, zippy salsa followed by a couple cheese enchiladas smothered in their award-winning green chile & accompanied by their perfect-in-every-possible-way crispy beef tacos for my last meal. Yes, it's that good. The fresh & authentic food served here is simply as good as... More 

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Thank Memakm
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

We had a wonderful meal in this tiny little restaurant. Don't let the small size deter you from stopping. The food and service were excellent.

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Thank Angela M
ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

This tiny restaurant was recommended by our B&B host and he was not wrong. We had great Mexican food and the service was outstanding. Highly recommended. (Be careful not to pass it by, it is directly across from the closed general store).

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Thank fllyover
Santa Fe, NM
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Don't let the small size of this El Rito icon fool you. The food is some of the tastiest northern New Mexico cuisine you will find anywhere in the State. Highly recommend the Chile Relleno dinner.

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Thank Tony B
Minneapolis
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

a little hole in the wall place with great food. small locals obviously like the spot, and good service

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Des Moines, Iowa
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

This is a tiny dive with great food. It's a "sticky table" kind of place, with dusty clutter up front and in the corners. It was packed for dinner, with people arriving for carry out as well. We'll be back.

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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
$10
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
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

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