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El Faro

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1315 Lillian St, Elgin, IL 60123
+1 847-697-9058
07:30 - 01:00
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Fri - Sat 07:30 - 03:00
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22 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Roselle, Illinois
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

It's fast, flavorful and the pork burrito is my favorite of the three (beef, chicken, pork, never tried chorizo). The green hot sauce is my favorite as the red tends to be a little too smoke-flavored for my taste. If you're in the neighborhood, it's worth a stop.

Thank Brett W
Elgin, Illinois
Level Contributor
15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

The tacos and burritos are great. There are three El Faro's near us, they are family owned. The chips and salsa are home made

Thank Bob T
Elgin, Illinois
Level Contributor
78 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

The food is good but the two other El Faro's in the area are better. The meat is a bit gritty. It's hard to get in and out of the place.

Thank U8077HKlindah
Elgin, Illinois
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015

I've eaten the burritos before and I used to like them. But about a year ago I had a horrible burrito and swore I would never eat there again. I live close by and decided to give them another try. I had a pork burrito which was horrible. The meat tastes disgusting and was burnt. I also had nachos which... More 

1 Thank Suewoo2015
Chicago, Illinois
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104 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

Authentic hole in the wall Mexican food. Tacos, burritos, chicken and ground beef, steak, avocado tacos all delish!!

Thank Jennifer E
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62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2015

We are happy we found this little gem. Best darn Mexican food! The prices are great for the amount of food you get. Very fresh. We love going here!

Thank Kathy B
Elgin, Illinois USA
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212 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2014

El Faro burritos are the ones by which I measure all burritos. They are huge, delicious and chock full of flavor without being greasy. The chips and green salsa are also excellent (the pico de gallo would benefit from riper tomatoes but is tasty nevertheless). The fish tacos were also excellent with a large fillet of crispy nice flaky fish.... More 

Thank Janhuss
Corpus Christi
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2014

if you are looking for authentic Mexican style food this is a poor representation. The staff is friendly and prompt. The food taste like it all has come prepackaged then reheated and served. There are better more authentic Mexican restaurants in the area.

1 Thank Marysuzane P
Elgin, Illinois
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2014

I went in El Faro one Friday night around 10:30 pm. Got out of my car and noticed It smells like garbage around the back. So I Walked inside, only to be overwhelmed by how crowded it is. I order a burrito with Guacamole which was made relatively fast. Cool, I go home and eat my burrito, and yes, the... More 

1 Thank Tyler F
Elgin, Illinois
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

I have been coming here for years. Either by myseif or with my niece. Both of us absolutely love it. I have never had a bad meal here. I recently talked my wife into finally trying it. She is officially hooked on El Faros. I know longer have to beg. Any bad review you read about this restaurant is an... More 

Thank Jeff J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:30 - 01:00
07:30 - 01:00
07:30 - 01:00
07:30 - 01:00
07:30 - 03:00
07:30 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1315 Lillian St, Elgin, IL 60123
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Elgin
  • Phone Number: +1 847-697-9058

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