Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street

4.7
460 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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vipDelaney13
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 15, 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.

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Jlbi
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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JonN
1 review
Dined on December 29, 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.

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LoganS
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The margaritas were good and we enjoyed the 6 pack of tacos.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing and perfect for sharing so you can try multiple tacos. We got a pitcher of margaritas and 6 tacos to share, it was perfect. Make sure you save room for the Churros, they are the best I’ve had.

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PaolaC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute place. The drinks were amazing and the food was good

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. The Esquites Fundido was so good. A great starter! The fried chicken taco and carne asada were my faves but definitely have to try a few others next time. Service was great and very attentive! We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our office holiday outing and the service was excellent. We received complimentary shots and churros (both were delicious!) towards the end of our evening. I highly recommend. 10/10 experience for me and my coworkers.

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more2eat
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Tried 5 different tacos and found 4 of them to be among the tastiest I’ve ever had. Nothing bland here. Very flavorful. Prices moderate. Service attentive and speedy. Menu is small, and beer selection small, but they do what they do well. I will be back

Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street
Responded on December 9, 2021

Thank you so much for the great review, we love to hear it!! We can't wait to have you in again.

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CasandraM
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food and service were ok but the ambience was amazing!!!

Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street
Responded on December 9, 2021

Casandra, thank you for the constructive criticism, and sorry we couldn’t make it a 5 star experience. It’s important for us know how we can better serve our customers and your comments will be shared with the team.

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DylanE
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the employees were super friendly/inviting! Will come back again!!!

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PBJJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and our waiter was super friendly. Can't wait to go back!

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fishbain
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tacos I have ever had. This place is a must. Corner of Lake and Michigan. I’ll be back again and again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was great - minus the tiny portions (specifically guac) for the high price. Service & atmosphere was great as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good!!! Server was very nice and attentive!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food and service was good; not remarkable in a way I’d tell people “you have to check it out.” Space was tight, and slightly noisy as a result.

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JenniferD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun Vibrant place. Excellent Service. Food was Delicious. The bottomless mango mimosas were a bonus. I give it a 10.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. It was great and reasonably priced in the loop.

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Quintana
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place great tacos. We went on short notice and everything was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The service and food was very good. The queso was amazing and I would eat it every day. It was a fun environment. The music was too loud to really feel relaxed. Especially with masking it was very hard to hear the server. At one point the server asked to turn the music down a bit so we could hear him which was very nice.

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Lesa
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Not your ordinary tacos. Music was loud for 330pm.

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SteveG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Fun and lively taco joint. Reasonable prices, tacos were good, not great.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Well worth a trip if you’re in the loop. Unfussy. Delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time! They have $2 tacos on Thursdays. The spicy margaritas were pretty good. Our server Raul was amazing and really went above and beyond for us. We really enjoyed the music as well. I’ve read reviews that say the music is too loud, but we didn’t think so. We were able to hear each other talking with no problem. Very fun atmosphere. I will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fast service for drinks and food, tacos were small but good! Hard to have a conversation, music was too loud.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al pastor tacos were amazing
Guac tacos pretty decent
I got the Al pastor tacos to go as well 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

The Horchata alcoholic drink on the rocks and the flinapineapple alcoholic drink were sweet and very good

Definitely a place to go back to again and again

We went around 5:30pm in a Saturday and hardly no one was in there so pretty good vibe …..it started to get crowded later though

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SarahG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience3

Overpriced

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Diana
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

I have been to this restaurant multiple times.The food is always good. Our latest experience was rushed and busy, but we work in the industry and understand. Our server, Raul, was not attentive and made the experience uncomfortable when he put his hand on my back to ask us if we wanted shots after we had barely finished our meal. I agreed to shots, thinking I was buying a round of shots, to soon realize he wanted us to buy a second round of a cocktails in exchange for shots. Communication was lost when I explained I was just willing to buy shots, we didn't want more cocktails. After explaining this to him, he abruptly walked away and seconds later a hostess dropped the check without any acknowledgement. We work in the restaurant industry and this service was beyond sub-par. I always enjoy the food, but won't be recommending this experience to my clients or my friends because of the service. This location is not a representation of all of their locations in Chicago, but I will never dine at the Loop location again. Our server treated us like a dollar amount, and we were just another table to flip. If you're looking for hospitality, skip this place.

Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street
Responded on October 2, 2021

Hello Diana We are incredibly sorry to hear your experience was sub par and there were quite some gaps in communication and service. We can assure you this is not a representation of our work ethic or a typical experience. We hope that you can give us another chance to give you the type of experience & service we expect and pride ourselves on providing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Our server was amazing, the food was great. The music was so loud we couldn’t have a conversation. As I came from out of town to visit, this was disappointing to say the least. We were in and out in 30 minutes because it was so unpleasantly loud.

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NancyG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

From the hostess to the wait staff, everyone was very nice and the food was wonderful.

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HelenR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The music is always WAY too loud in there ... you can't have a conversation without raising your voice.

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viphundfschmidt
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very quick service and super tasty tacos. This is a fun place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Seemed to only have one server working. It took about 10 minutes for a server to come.

Tacos were ok, but churros were the highlight.

Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street
Responded on October 2, 2021

Thanks for reviewing us. Your feedback is appreciated and we take it to heart. As we continue to restaff & work to best serve our guests we would love another chance to get those 5 stars!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was enthralled by the opportunity to bring my clients and employees to this establishment to have an energetic meeting and meal.

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vipMandy224
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite stop for us! Doesn’t disappoint!

Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street
Responded on September 11, 2021

Thank you so much for the kind words; we hope to see you again soon!

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Antcin
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Tourists will like this place. Not what I would call an authentic taco experience. It was ok, beer selection was not great and the margaritas were fountain.

Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street
Responded on September 11, 2021

Hey Antcin! Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We do love our out of town visitors so we hope they like us back! We are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy our House recipe margarita that we batch because of how many out of town visitors we get! Next time we would be happy to fresh build and shake a margarita for you and try for those 5 stars. See you soon!

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KenyaC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday here and had fun and service was amazing

Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street
Responded on September 11, 2021

Hey Kenya Thank you so much for the 5 stars and the great review! We hope you had fun and can't wait to see you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, cool place. Good drinks. Service was top notch. Had a very nice time.

Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street
Responded on September 11, 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars! Come back soon and say hey!

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JasonG
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, unique spot. Designs inside are very cool and seating outside was just as nice. Food was delicious and service was quick. Definitely will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Would recommend dining inside at this particular location due to street noise. Good food at a great value though

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 4.7 stars by 460 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.