Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
341 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Mexican

Top Tags:

Casual
Fun
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.”

Get it delivered

What 341 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Throughly enjoyed our meal. Staff was very attentive - water was frequently refilled. Would visit again.

BM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love Taco Tuesdays, and the lunch services is always super quick!

KC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant won’t be a great place for a quiet, intimate conversation. But the food is spectacular, so talking is probably not super necessary. Great, fun atmosphere and super delicious food.

GM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Good happy hour deals. But stick with the good Tequila and cheap Coronas.. CBD added to any drink $5.

L
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great service, great ambiance, but no so great cooking.

BM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Taco Tuesdays are great! Easy option to pop in and out for a quick working lunch.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

They booked $30 too much from my card but food and drinks were good

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy and nice sport restaurant. Food and service was great.

CD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best tacos here, PLUS really delicious margs and pretty good value if you’re purchasing a pitcher. Everything is served fresh and fast!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch

G
Leipzig
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Tacos were great - split the 12-taco plate between two people and were stuffed. Mezcal margaritas were also fantastic. Only complaint is that we asked for one of the taco pairs on our plate to be the pork belly and instead received two chicken tacos prepared in the same way. But beyond that, it was great!

GG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It wasn't a bad place. Great idea. Great location. The taco variety was good. We were crowded into a small table for 4 of us. I wouldn't go back because there are other places near by that are comparable for dinner, or snacks and drinks.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Came in to try the tacos, turns out it was Taco Tuesday special! Great food, friendly staff. This place will be loud but atmosphere is very cute!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great vibe outstanding margaritas!!

DH
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our party was seated next to the door which allowed cold air in every time the door was opened. My wife gets cold easily so she was uncomfortable temperature wise the whole time we were there.

We ordered several things off the menu, but the standout was the burrito. The margaritas were strong but delicious. My only complaint was a pitcher cost $45! Just a little pricey in my opinion.

First time ever at this restaurant. I would go back and recommend it to others.

JK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place right off of the Mag Mile. The best guacamole I’ve ever had!

J
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was very good, attentive and prompt service are two of the most positive thoughts on this restaurant. It is EXTREMELY loud so we had to yell to hear each other. The tables are long and narrow so hard for a party of 7 to have room to eat. Over all good place.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The music, atmosphere and most importantly food were amazing! Very cool, eclectic place!!

MR
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I'll admit, I wasn't prepared for a fast-paced, energetic environment for dinner. That said, it was great! The food was really good and was served with lightning speed. Service was attentive at every step, but not pushy or rushed at all. DJ music was crankin', which was fun. I had planned on spending an hour or more at dinner before a concert, but we were done in under 30min. Definitely would go back.

KD
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taco Tuesday is a great deal, especially for the Loop!

DD
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lunch meeting. Should have known would be loud. Food is great though and service too.

JM
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get a big plate of tacos and enjoy. Fun place great food

A
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The tacos all seemed to have the same toppings, regardless of base protein . Menu sounded better than taste

Atmosphere was super loud - way too much woofer!

Tables were so crowded we couldn’t move our chairs

Service was slow. We had to ask for table to be cleared, water to be filled, and for check. ...and they weren’t crowded.

TS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Other than charging $2.00 for a refill of chips and $9,00 for the smallest serving of guacamole I've ever seen all was yummy!! Our server Daniel we wonderful, the ambiance of the whole place was energetic.

MJ
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Hostess was extremely rude — yelled at me for using open table because it “is harder on them”.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe :) Great food and drink 😋 Great service!

A
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great taco spot right in the heart of it all! Reasonably priced and fun atmosphere!

JG
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Taco Tuesday was a hit!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It suited our needs to be close to the theater for an 8 pm show. Convenient, close, fast service. We were seated right away. Server was charming and professional.
What I didn’t like was the charge for the salsa and chips. Yes. It’s on the menu. Yes, we willingly paid for it. Most Mexican restaurants provide this is as part of the experience and charm. And, the drinks were below average. The tacos and gauc were average.
Would I do it again? Maybe - just would not do tacos or chips & salsa. It just wouldn’t be at the top of my list. Too many options in Chicago

PM
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time at Broken English (Lake St. location) and I really liked it. Upon stepping in the restaurant, the decor makes you forget all of the steel and concrete of the big city just outside. Service was exceptionally friendly, helpful and energetic. The food was delicious. Great selection of tequilas. I'll definitely be back!

AH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lively place with upbeat music! Tacos were amazing and so were the drinks!

C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Not as good as it started out but fine if you’re desperate. Good chips / salsa.

E
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The restaurant was close to my hotel. My burrito had no taste. Service was slow.

CS
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Incredible place with awesome food. We loved the decor and ambiance. It was very loud, but we were okay with it!

RE
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Prices were high for the amount of food that was served. Also, we were surprised about the cost for drinks; if you have a large(r) group and you order large-quantity drinks (like a pitcher of margaritas) be sure to check on the price first.

TR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to meet up for after work food & drinks

D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved the food, however for $9, the guacamole is too little. I loved my carne asada burrito and the salsa options. The horchata was perfect! It is too loud in there to have a conversation.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was fantastic and the support staff was very helpful. I would have given a five star rating however we didn’t see our server at all really. He just took our order and brought us our bill. The server at the next table seemed very welcoming and helpful however.

HU
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food very good and reasonably priced. Service quick and efficient. Only complaint was the noise level. Couldn't hear a thing. Prob due in part to it being Loolapalooza weekend and we were there on Saturday night. Would definitely recommend and return.

RL
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The music was so loud we could barely carry on a conversation. Our waiter was not helpful in explaining the menu or offering suggestions. He was actually quite rude.