Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street

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$31 to $50
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Mexican

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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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J
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
19 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
Chicago
7 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
1 review
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
33 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
28 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
12 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.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Incredibly rude waiter. Completely ruined dinner. I will never go back.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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BF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tacos, big margarita pitchers, great murals on the walls. It was a fun dining experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Broken English is one of my favorites! The food is always excellent and service is great.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burrito I have ever had!

JM
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t believe I waited this long to try this place. It always seems to be busy when I walk by. We ordered a plate of 12 vegetarian tacos for a party of five. Absolutely delicious. Fun atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Flew up to Chi town to watch Hamilton!......choose this Taco Pub as our Friday evening meal...did not disappoint ...food was good! service was quick! Must try the guac! Was a bit loud ...but hey it is a pub!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious as was the Mango Margaritas. But be warned the margaritas are small and expensive especially if you get flavored they add an up charge for that but don’t tell you until you get the bill. Better if buying the pitcher.

P
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Decent street tacos. Fun vibe. We sat outside but the inside was really loud.

r
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

I definitely recommend BE if you're looking for drinks and also happen to want to munch on tacos. We came here for dinner but were disappointed with the food selection. The pork al pastor was delicious, but it doesn't come with beans and rice. They have great happy hour deals, too. Wouldn't recommend BE for someone looking for a full on Mexican dinner, but definitely for drinks, a fun place to hang out & drink, or if you just wanted a few tacos.

F
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The food was great but it took them 45 min to bring 12 tacos, so we had to eat in a hurry.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! It’s small but cute and cozy. Our server was absolutely amazing. The food and drinks were delicious!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience5

It looks fantastic, colorful, fun inside & the servers were nice, but the food was awful. We love trying new restaurants & are open to flavor variety & a range of pricing. Here - pretty much everything - including drinks - is pre-packaged when tacos are best w fresh ingredients. Chips & guac app included slightly stale chips & not even a full very small bowl of guac for $9. Whatever. Three of us split a quesadilla & 3 types of tacos. Quesadilla was by far the “highlight” bc it tasted like a bit jazzier version of quesadilla from just abt anywhere. Server offered a free dessert for our incorrect order, but then we were charged for it. Mistakes happen, no biggie. But again - staff good, cute place, food bad.

AP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived about 20 minutes before our reservation, but they were able to seat us early. The food was delicious. While we ate inside their outdoor seating also looked nice.

KP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Crazy busy given taco tuesday. Understaffed to serve given how busy it was.

AV
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was really loud and the service wasn't great. But the food was yummy!