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.

El Farolito

Is this your business?
1212 Main St., El Rito, NM 87530
+1 575-581-9509
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
Travelers talk about
“sopapillas” (16 reviews)
“chile relleno” (13 reviews)
“chilli” (13 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Mexican, Southwestern
1212 Main St., El Rito, NM 87530
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (117)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 117 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I wouldn’t eat here if my life depended on it. The food was nothing special at all. We actually drove out of are way too. Waste of time and energy. After reading the bad reviews AFTER eating there, I hope I’m alive tomorrow. Not joking.

Thank WyoBruin
Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

we had green chile bacon cheeseburgers yesterday and Mexican food dinner today. delicious both times. very pleasant server. quaint atmosphere.

Thank Alice W
Reviewed March 19, 2018

Just came upon a picture from our meal at El Farolito during the summer of 2008 (before Trip Advisor). Had a great meal (wet burritos) on our way from Ghost Ranch to Toas. So happy to see it is still flourishing. My picutre of the...More

Thank CarlvE
Reviewed February 21, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I had dinner at this small, out of the way place visited mainly by locals from the El Rito area. What a fabulous experience! The Mexican food is out of this world and the atmosphere is fantastic. Not fancy at all. Boots...More

1  Thank DerylGotcher
Reviewed January 27, 2018

We finally made it to El Farolito after many recommendations from friends. Tiny town and tiny restaurant in beautiful countryside. I had the chicken enchiladas with green chile and they were some of the best I've ever had. My husband had a green chile burger...More

Thank Nancy W
Reviewed December 28, 2017

We arrived at 7PM. They seated us and the server was at our table in a few minutes. Took our drink order and then came back in good time to take our food order. Didn't take long to get the food. Stopped here while Staying...More

Thank timwhite1960
Reviewed December 16, 2017 via mobile

Definitely call before if you can. Arrived at 6:30 when place was supposed to be open until 7:30. There was a group of 5 seated who had already eaten. 3 of us sat down and woman came out to say they were closed. "I thought...More

Thank Matthew B
Reviewed November 30, 2017 via mobile

My husband is from El Rito, so we eat here almost every time we visit. Hours always seem to vary, but food is always good (not as good as my mother-in-law's cooking but pretty close...lol). Bring cash, place is super small, and it can be...More

Thank Teresa V
Reviewed October 30, 2017

On our recent trip to New Mexico, the four of us had lunch at one of my favorite restaurants - El Farolito in the small town of El Rito. Native son Dennis Trujillo and his wife Carmen have been serving award-winning traditional northern New Mexico...More

1  Thank Henry A
Reviewed October 24, 2017

The owners of the home we rented told us about this place and we are glad they did. My wife was apprehensive by the look of the place, but the food was the best Mexican food we have ever had. Also, cheap. But bring cash...More

1  Thank johnxstockton
Nearby HotelsSee all El Rito Hotels
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa
1,355 reviews
8.01 miles away
Taos Trail Inn
89 reviews
8.47 miles away
Rock Pool Gardens
3 reviews
19.05 miles away
Ohkay Casino Resort Hotel
60 reviews
21.11 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Artesian Restaurant
351 reviews
8.01 miles away
Bode's General Merchandise
214 reviews
11.99 miles away
Michael's MiniMart Deli
6 reviews
17.54 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa
634 reviews
8.01 miles away
Plaza Blanca
151 reviews
10.02 miles away
Vivac Winery
43 reviews
18.28 miles away
New Mexico River Adventures - Day Tours
638 reviews
19.19 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
October 25, 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Kerry G | Reviewed this property |
Don't think it is the same place.
Kent M
February 14, 2015|
Response from RogerB987 | Reviewed this property |
El FarolitoDirections 4.7 6 Google reviews Restaurant Address: NM-554, El Rito, NM 87530 Phone:(575) 581-9509 I am not affiliated with the restaurant although I have probably been responsible for further spreading their... More
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
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
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