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El Farolito

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern
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1212 Main St., El Rito, NM 87530
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank 63-Mora
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow great place to eat and enjoy good eats and enjoy the homely atmesphere..its family operated for the past 35 years there award winning chili will take your taste buds on a ride..and enjoy the freash soppapillas with honey ..the owners are very kind and come out from the kicthen and ask how was your food somthing you dont get... More 

Thank r0adEKing
Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

Went by El Farolito for our second visit the other day, going quite a bit out of the way to stop by for lunch. Halfway through the beef enchilada with green chili, I knew it was worth it! Not fancy but very good green chili!

Thank Ed H
Fredericksburg, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

When you drive up out front and there are cars everywhere in spite of no parking lot, you have to know that the food must be to die for... and it is! OMG, there are no words for how delicious and authentic their food is!!! The best chips & salsa, beef tacos, and green chile enchiladas that we have ever... More 

Thank bblewis23
New Orleans
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

Completely an adventure getting to this 4 table restaurant while out near Abiquiu. It's known for the green chile but nobody makes a better red chile. It's not too spicy and it's almost like a masala. SOOO good! They don't take credit cards just FYI!

Thank JenniferNola
Florence, Italy
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220 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 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 

Thank Arizonapopi1
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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!

Thank Donna B
Tucson, Arizona
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243 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 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 

Thank grand old girl b
Casa Grande, Arizona
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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.

Thank tajmahauler

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, 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: 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?