Broken English Taco Pub-Lincoln Park

4.7
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$30 and under
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Mexican
These funky neighborhood hangouts serve a compact menu starring both traditional and modern tacos – alongside creative cocktails, Mexican sodas and micheladas. The wildly colorful, art-filled storefronts include lively bars and seasonal outdoor seating.

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4.4
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MK
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was great! Great food and great service! Highly recommend the nachos and margs!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

It was extremely loud, couldn’t hear our server or anyone inside the both with us

Broken English Taco Pub-Lincoln Park
Responded on February 28, 2020

Thank you for your feedback, we use reviews like yours to try to make future experiences better. We like to keep a lively, vibrant atmosphere to keep the day going but also try to have specific areas of the restaurant where the music might be lower and better for conversations. I'm happy to hear food was 5 stars for you! We hope you join us again soon for a chips and guac on us, you can also always ask the hostess to put you in a conversation friendly area. Estrella Velazquez- General Manager

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

It’s really loud, but the food is good! Not the best margs in Chicago but not bad either. Definitely get the churros for dessert!

ED
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place for a date

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food is so great, but confused on why the menu is confusing in terms of tacos. You can’t order 2 different tacos, they need to be the same ones and also you can’t just get one taco it needs to be 2. I find that confusing and unnecessary, but besides that part the food, service, atmosphere is awesome and so are the drinks!

MR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food was not as good from when they first opened.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything was great but was hard to hear. The service and kitchen was so fast that I swear the entree came five minutes after we ordered. It was almost too fast. We barely had chips and salsa before and salad came at same time as tacos. Very efficient. We were out within 35 min.

EM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Music is too loud to carry on a conversation. Food was good and the taco deal is good value.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Celebrating a Bachelorette party and they made the night so special and fun — they even brought out the bride a complementary dessert!

HK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Taco Tuesday is an amazing deal. The food is outstanding.

A
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was pretty good, house made salsas and margaritas were great. Prices were just very expensive for Mexican food.

LL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Simple menu offering delicious street size tacos with great flavor. Elote and potato appetizer was a great way to start. The hortchata with rum was fabulous too.

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We had a mix up when our tacos came as the server didn’t serve them and explain what was what; it was the bus boy and it was a taco tray.

Nachos good.
Taco tray cold and just ok.
Expensive. We went for trivia. Would never go unless friends wanted to go for trivia again. Basic place for basic people.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Low service quality, almost the worst Taco in town.

M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and came out quick, the waitress was very friendly and gave great recommendations

BL
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Broken English offers good food and drinks with a lively atmosphere and fun decor. I appreciate that they’re kid-friendly!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All-around great experience with exceptional customer service to ensure we had a quality time. Needed to change tables to accommodate party size and were able to do so easily with great assistance from the staff.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute venue, we dined in the patio with a pup and were nicely accomodated. Food is tasty and drinks are awesome , they also cater to people who do not drink alcohol with amazing zesty Mexican juices.

f
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Subpar food for fairly expensive prices; will not be returning.

k
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Cool space - the food was good. I don't love having to pay for chips and salsa - that's always a let down, but we had good service and a taco platter. Would come back.

LP
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

It’s said that the only thing I really enjoyed was the nachos and the horchata. The place just walking in was very dirty, the floors had a lot of garbage. Our waiter was so distracted. We asked the waiter for corn empanadas he said and checked in the kitchen and we were told they were out since the night before. We waited about 20min for our guacamole appetizer and that’s because we had to tell him we were waiting on it. Waited about another 15 min for salsa and again we had to ask for it. Another waiter was serving empanas to another two tables. I checked with him if they were the corn empanas and he tells me yes. I told him you might want to let out waiter know because we were told you didn’t have any. We waited 30min exactly for one order of nachos and two burgers. And about another 15 min for water after we asked. We had to be on him constantly it was very frustrating. $9 for the small amount of guacamole it’s way over priced. The nachos had more guacamole! And $11 for a margarita and an additional $3 because of the pineapple flavor it’s ridiculous, especially for the size of the drink. I will not return to this restaurant.

V
New England
25 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty food, great drinks, cool and relaxed vibe, well priced. Spicy margaritas and shrimp tacos are the winners.

T
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great server, Nina. She recommended a bunch of different things and all were good. One negative was the amount of guacamole they give you with a lack of chips.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for lunch. Great patio

T
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We did eat at this restaurant; used the Open Table reservation but then I got an email that we didn’t show up. They don’t seem to know how to credit the resrvation

HD
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They accommodated the meal preferences of my companion who is special needs. Food was great!

T
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Food, drinks and atmosphere were good. However, service took extremely long. It took well over 30 mins to bring out our appetizer (chips and guacamole) and another 25 for 4 tacos. Aside from the wait time, its a fun time.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Worst service ever. Our server ignored us and hung out at the bar with a friend while taking selfies and talking.

TD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Super fun ambiance and great tacos (and house margaritas). We went as a "farewell to freshman year" for our son family dinner and all four of us enjoyed it. We wish the taco meals came with standard sides of rice and beans to add a little more value, but that would be the only ding on our review. We had such a good time we even bought a souvenir hat for my husband for Father's Day.

CD
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

This is a great location with a great atmosphere. I feel like the tacos are mediocre, and the price for things like guacamole and elote are high given how little of it you get.

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Avoid this restaurant! Avoid the Sunday brunch! Go anywhere else! there are plenty of other wonderful restaurants in Chicago. Went for Sunday brunch at 12:30 pm - the food in the entire brunch buffet was totally gone in every serving plater. When we mentioned it to the waiter they responded “well this is a brunch and we don’t like to put to much food out at one time.” I am familiar with the brunch buffet concept and can understand some serving dishes needing replenishing but ALL the food gone across the entire buffet?
It gets worse.... I ordered a margarita up with salt and the waiter came back without the margarita and explained that their bartender does not make margaritas up. So just to clarify in case the waiter didn’t understand my drink order, I explained what I meant by a ‘margarita up with salt’ and the waiter replied “ so do you want to order something else to drink instead?” A Mexican restaurant where the bartender cannot make a margarita!?! I have dined at this restaurant several times before...although never for a Sunday brunch.... and had a margarita up with salt every time in the past. I explained that too but it made no difference to our waiter. We asked to speak to the manager and explained there was no food on the buffet table and his bartender could not make me a margarita ..... he responded that we could have free desserts if we wanted them. I have been to hundreds of restaurants throughout Chicago and this country but this was one of the worst restaurant experiences I have ever had.

MS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience3

Went for brunch. Buffet was totally empty and took an hour to be refilled (of the 2 hour brunch deal), drinks were often left empty. Food was good once we actually got some.

K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Mediocre food/drink and extremely slow service

J
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was good but portions are small.
We had an excellent waitress!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall nice experience, could be more flexible with the number of servings in an order.

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

I've been to this location several times in the past year and this was by far my worst experience. I had requested outside seating as it was 80 degrees and sunny, we were sat in the middle of the restaurant next to a large party that was very noisy. Service was fine, our waiter was attentive. Our tacos came out in less than 5 mins, clearly they were not made to order which is fine for the slow cooked beef/pork but questionable for the fish of the day and the shrimp tacos. The quality of the tacos was also not what I remembered it to be. Halfway through our meal the music in the dining room was turned up so loud I could not hear my partner's conversation. Looking around the dining room it was clear that the majority of the guests did not appreciate this sudden change in volume. The music left my ears ringing, one newly seated family requested to be moved to the back room. Not sure if the increased volume had to do with the impending start of bar trivia in the other room or simply because it was 8pm on a Wednesday. Just before we requested our check the volume of the music was lowered, but was still too loud to carry a conversation. Overall, for the price of the drinks and meal, it was a bust of a night out. Probably wont be returning any time soon, which is a shame given their large patio and summer right around the corner.

F
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn't been back for a while, but always have a quality experience here. Our server, Rachel was excellent...friendly, helpful and great sense of humor :)

LD
Chicago
5 reviews