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El Farolito

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern
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1212 Main St., El Rito, NM 87530
+1 575-581-9509
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Taos, New Mexico
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

We ate at El Farolito during a stay at Ojo Caliente Springs and Spa. Driving from Ojo to El Rito is lovely and relaxing. El Rito is a tiny farming village nestled in the foothills. El Farolito is a very tiny restaurant but they serve authentic New Mexican comfort food at very reasonable prices. Order the combination dinner plate for... More 

Thank gailgoldenjewelry
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

Great place for local New Mexican food. Nothing fancy (by any means), but good meal, friendly service and great value. BYOB and cash only. Recommend for the traveler who likes the "off the beaten path" restaurant experience.

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Denver, Colorado
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197 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

The food is simple, filling and tasty. There is no pretension in this place, only really good food. We went there after a long day of hiking and we couldn't have been more satisfied after our meal. Service was friendly and welcoming.

Thank Bryan G
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Great small restaurant in El Rito. Amazingly friendly staff, really good food! A sure thing if you are passing through or in nearby Ojo.

Thank Amanda M
Pepeekeo, Hawaii, United States
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Six of us gathered there for our last supper after a week of hiking and enjoying our time together. This is a wonderful little restaurant not far from Abiquiu, NM. We had enchilada and tamale with both red and green sauce. The chili's were very fresh and everything was just right. We brought our own "adult beverages" for our last... More 

Thank Kerry G
Lake Grove, NY
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123 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

This tiny little restaurant is a terrific, authentic, multi-generational New Mexican eating establishment. On the day we were there, we were greeted with joy by Dominic, the co-owner who was our server, busboy, chef and local lore guide. What fun he was! And serious about his purpose, eating well and enjoying his restaurant. I had the Special combo, relleno and... More 

1 Thank vinoperson1
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

What a funny & funky little place. Several people, including us, were standing outside waiting for the place to open for dinner. The service was friendly and excellent.

Thank Deborah S
Washington, the State
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400 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

We arrived early and waited until they opened for dinner. We had a very long wait for our food, the place was packed. Folks who arrived later than us were served before us. I had the "house special", however, was not impressed with the food. Others in our group found the food good, but not spectacular. They expect cash payment... More 

Thank simivalley1699
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Went on a rainy day and we were first in the restaurant. I ordered the chicken enchiladas which were delicious, but my friend ordered the cheese enchiladas and had a plate full of liquid (and fat). The food tasted good, but our plates did not look comparable to what others were eating. Won't go there again if I'm in the... More 

Thank TXRosie50
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

If you're in the neighborhood of Abiquiu, take the short 12 mile drive to El Rito and stop here for lunch. It's really small and we almost missed it. Luckily there was a truck in front that caught our attention! There's only 8 tables so it's quite quaint. The owner/chef, Dominic, is absolutely adorable! The women who makes the pies,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1212 Main St., El Rito, NM 87530
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  El Rito
  • Phone Number: +1 575-581-9509

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