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Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street, Chicago, IL

Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street

4.5
4.5
497 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
From the minds of Adolfo Garcia (Son of a Butcher, Pearl Tavern) and long-time restaurateur, Phil Stefani, comes Broken English Taco Pub. Located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street, Broken English is steps away from Millennium Park, and in the center of the new vibrant hotel and residential area.

On the name, Garcia says, “I speak English with my friends, and I often find myself mixing in Spanish words because there are some phrases that simply don’t translate to English. This happens in many other languages and cultures, but that is what makes the name ‘Broken English’ fun – it is part of our daily slang.”

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

  • Hours of operation

    Taco Pub Open Mon–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Brunch & Drink Specials Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Kitchen Hours Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 929-3601

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Frank Valdez

  • Catering

    FIESTA TIME!<br />Book a private event, a venue buyout, or reserve an area for your corporate & social parties and group dining needs. Our planners will help you design customized party menus with in-house catering, choose unique beverage packages with specialty cocktails, and create an elevated entertainment experience for your guests.

  • Private party facilities

    Book a private event, a venue buyout, or reserve an area for your corporate & social parties and group dining needs. Our planners will help you design customized party menus with in-house catering, choose unique beverage packages with specialty cocktails, and create an elevated entertainment experience for your guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Cross street

    N. Michigan Ave.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Red Line, Blue Line, Brown Line, Purple Line, Orange Line, Green Line, CTA #3,CTA #146, CTA #147, CTA #151

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 497 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago

    Mexican

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On vacation, great tacos!
  2. RC

    RichC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food &amp; Margs and great start for the Kenny Chesney show.

    Broken English Taco Pub - Lake StreetResponded todayHi Rich, that’s wonderful to hear. Thanks so much for leaving us a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  3. MC

    MichaelC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Service was poor and it was too loud. We waited 20 minutes to be even greeted, three tables around us got there after us and got service before us. I let the Waitress know most important thing you could do is get drinks right away for everybody and buy yourself a little time people won’t be as frustrated then to wait a little to take your order. Won’t go back
  4. LM

    LaurenM

    Kansas City

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Shrimp tacos and brisket tacos. Excellent margaritas! Ended our meal with piping hot churros! Service was outstanding. Our server was Jonathan and he was the best! The manager was great too…kept checking on us. Highly recommend! Can’t wait to come back.

    Broken English Taco Pub - Lake StreetResponded on June 17, 2022Hi Lauren M, thank you so much for the review! We cant wait to see you back in either!

  5. TH

    TiffanyH

    Chicago

    97 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    I did not enjoy the margaritas or the food. It was very disappointing.
  6. CG

    CherylG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food!!! Great atmosphere, music and staff.
  7. CB

    CB425

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was so delicious and service was extremely fast!
  8. LP

    LPatt9

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My cousin and I are visiting from St. Louis and the food/vibe here is amazing. I enjoyed the cauliflower taco! Definitely will be back to visit!
  9. f

    fishbain

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bottomless Sangria great tacos and fun atmosphere. It’s a must visit in the Chicago Loop.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    When we arrived, they sat us at a booth in the back of the restaurant and the smell from the bathrooms were overwhelming, not in a good way. They did move us after we asked and sat at a high top booth towards the front of the restaurant. The drinks took a little while to get to our table but they were good. Carne asada and al pastor tacos were the best, the chicken taco was a little dry and the shrimp didn’t have much flavor. The guacamole was a home run. A group of 4 guys and 3 girls were watching the Bulls game, the guys were very loud and obnoxious yelling at the tv and being overly rowdy. It would have been nice for the staff to step in and ask them not to disrupt other guests.
  11. S

    Shananana5

    Atlanta

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, the food was delicious and the service was amazing.
  12. CE

    ColtonE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Some of the BEST tacos I have had, and I have had a lot of good tacos before. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Loud, loud...good food
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Wayyyy too loud of music inside - but food and service were good. It was like a club though, and I’m 22 and was like wow this is too much.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks, and vibe!
  16. CA

    CaraA

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    2nd time coming here from out of town. LOVE LOVE LOVE the food and margaritas. Its a little noisy, but the food makes up for it. Anxious for summer to arrive to try one of their other locations that will have outdoor seating. I'm a fan thou, I will definitely be back!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stayed for quiet a time and they were so hospitable, Johnny was an amazing server!
  18. MM

    MikeM

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Highly recommend the carnitas! Best value in the loop also.
  19. KW

    KimW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We came on $2 taco night and the food was good. Salsa was pretty watery and tasteless but everything else was tasty. The music was incredibly loud! So hard to carry on a conversation.
  20. j

    josephm

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and decor. Beautiful, authentic presentation. Too loud!
  21. SP

    SusanaP

    Columbus

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the place! Deco, atmosphere, service, food, everything fun and delicious. Looking forward to going back and trying other tacos!
  22. LQ

    LQEW

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Great value for the tacos and margaritas
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great $2 tacos on Thursdays - strong drinks for the price. Would definitely recommended! Fun vibe in the restaurant overall!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good portion are definitely shareable and all the food was so delicious. Music was upbeat and fun. Loved the atmosphere.
  25. R

    Rachel

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best fish taco and churro desert I’ve ever had! Very cool place and really wonderful service. Definitely a fun and upbeat restaurant. Highly recommend!
  26. JN

    JasonN

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and the food was fresh and delicious
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    The churros we're amazing!!!!
  28. KD

    KimberlyD

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We loved the food and our server was super nice and helpful. We were stuck in traffic and they held our reservation. We will eat here again. The food prices were a little high but in line for the location. The churros are a must!
  29. JL

    JoLyndaA

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best tacos in Chicago. You know when it starts with a food truck you are in for a treat.

    Broken English Taco Pub - Lake StreetResponded on February 24, 2022Hi JoLyndaA, that’s wonderful to hear. Thanks so much for leaving us a review. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  30. JL

    JenniferL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful really enjoyed myself and can’t wait to go back
  31. J

    Jared

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were stopping to get some dinner before our flight. We had an amazing experience. This place had the best reviews out of all the other restaurants during this time. After walking in it was clear why it had the best reviews. The decor inside made the wife happy because she could take a picture for Instagram. With our reservation we were seated right away. Our waiter greeted us with a smile and showed us how to find the menu. He gave all of his recommendations which were spot on. The wait for our food was literally less than 10 minutes! When the food came out it was delicious. So many flavors bursting in my food mouth made my tummy so happy 😅😊. The vibes inside were just right. A mixed crowd full of eccentric people. We will definitely visit this place again when we come to Chicago. Go Packers Go, Go Brewers Go 😅
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Mediocre tacos, I can have these same tacos for less money elsewhere
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The oh my cod tacos were sooooo good! The place was very busy, they seemed short staffed but handled all the tables VERY well. All of the staff were really friendly and attentive. A little loud, but worked really well for our quick dinner before a show nearby!
  34. J

    Jenn

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good vibe.Unique, tasty food!

    Broken English Taco Pub - Lake StreetResponded on February 9, 2022Jenn, thank you for the review. Hope to see you again in the near future!

  35. KC

    KristinC

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience2
    If you're in search of great service and mid-quality bar food, this is your place. Service was excellent and speedy. Margaritas were top-notch. If you want healthy food and quiet ambiance, look elsewhere.
  36. GM

    GinaM

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Good place for groups and after work gatherings. $2 tacos on Thursdays
  37. C

    Constance

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Went for drinks and seen a rat in the dinning area. I was shocked when the waitress said sometimes this happens when the door is open. The fact she alluded to this happing regularly is alarming! I’m actually kind of sad because I used to like this place but now all I will be thinking about is the rat 🤨🥲
  38. D

    Delaney13

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Broken English Taco Pub was a perfect follow up to a show at the Chicago Theatre. It was within easy walking distance and the restaurant had a casual but energetic atmosphere. The taco platter option provided a nice variety at a very reasonable price (for the area). Solid beverage selection as well. Highly recommended.
  39. J

    Jlbi

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Very loud and crowded but overall very good.
  40. JN

    JonN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Street tacos are becoming more commonplace so good riddance to the days of Taco Bell tacos. These are not the traditional Mexican street tacos but a kind of Tex-Mex Americanized tacos. They are really good! My wife and I split the brisket and the carne asada tacos. Both were outstanding although the carne asada seemed more like barbacoa. The only other thing to remember is if you have a bigger appetite I'm not sure if two tacos will be enough. Street tacos tend to be on the smaller side so for a normal appetite, three should be enough. Either that or load up on chips and salsa... Otherwise, we really enjoyed our time there before a show at the Chicago Theater.

FAQs

Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 929-3601.

Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street is rated 4.5 stars by 497 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today
Google Map for Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street

75 E Lake St Chicago, IL 60601

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N. Michigan Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Taco Pub Open Mon–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Brunch & Drink Specials Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Kitchen Hours Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Red Line, Blue Line, Brown Line, Purple Line, Orange Line, Green Line, CTA #3,CTA #146, CTA #147, CTA #151

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Frank Valdez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 929-3601

  • Catering

    FIESTA TIME!<br />Book a private event, a venue buyout, or reserve an area for your corporate & social parties and group dining needs. Our planners will help you design customized party menus with in-house catering, choose unique beverage packages with specialty cocktails, and create an elevated entertainment experience for your guests.

  • Private party facilities

    Book a private event, a venue buyout, or reserve an area for your corporate & social parties and group dining needs. Our planners will help you design customized party menus with in-house catering, choose unique beverage packages with specialty cocktails, and create an elevated entertainment experience for your guests.

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