Broken English Taco Pub-Lincoln Park

4.5
117 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Adolfo Garcia and Phil Stefani are behind these funky hangouts serving 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00am - 12:30am (kitchen closes at 9:45p.m.)
Friday: 11:00am - 1:00am (kitchen closes at 10:45p.m.)
Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am (kitchen closes at 10:45p.m.)
Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm (kitchen closes at 8:45p.m.)
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Phone number
(312) 929-0045
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Frank Valdez
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Catering
We are ready to cater your next big event! Whether it's a lunch for the office or a fundraiser for your favorite charity, Broken English has you covered! Full catering menu can be found at TacoPub.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sheffield and Wrightwood
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Public transit
Diversey Brown Line.
Fullerton Red Line.
#11 Lincoln ave
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Special events & promotions
With over 5,000 sq ft. of dining, we are your best option for fun! Our Lincoln Park location offers semi-private, private, buy-outs and large public seating options seven days a week. For more information on how you can book your next event with us, email us at Events@TacoPub.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 117 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.1
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambience- nice staff, good food

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NH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Good restaurant. Probably great during the hot summer to have mimosas and hang out with friends. The mimosa deal is great.

I got chicken and waffles and the waffles were way too sweet. It was weird combination and I'll probably never go back as a result.

It was early September when we went. Went with a group of 5 and got a comfortable booth. It was weirdly windy in the restaurant so the service staff closed the garage doors so we would be more comfortable.

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KB
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty tacos and a tasteful interior design. Quick service, good variety of seating. Will be back for some happy hour deals soon

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SG
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The server didn’t come until 15 minutes after being seated. Server look like he was a little high because of the way he was speaking and he kept disappearing . There’s a redline right next to the pub and it kept coming every five minutes so It would interrupt my conversation. The food was extremely over priced. $9 for two simple tacos I thought you would get a side of rice for god sake‘s even a piece of lime !? also got the big bad burrito which was pretty big bad because it was a mouth full of hot sauce inside of the burrito because it was extremely spicy and they don’t mention that in the menu about being extremely spicy . I’m also Hispanic so I love spicy but I’m also a sous chef and I know when they over spy something. Once we were ready to pay and got the check . there is no where to pay walked up to the bartender told me that the server has to get the check from you and like before he’s nowhere to be found for the next 10 minutes until we see him. Overall it was a bad experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Waited a long time for our tacos, and the margs were extremely watered down. Fun atmosphere though

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great margS and tacos

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DT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun place, great for a big group! Get the pitcher of margaritas!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Literally the worst marg pitcher I’ve ever had- watery from the moment it was served. Food was good and the patio is fun.

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BB
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

No nopales but still good. Good guacamole. Would like greater selection of hot sauces.

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S
Milwaukee
38 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Excellent margaritas and excellent small plate tacos. I have never had a taco there that wasn't excellent! We did the platter of a dozen to share so we were able to try all of them. Love the patio and the decor. Great place to hang and enjoy the Chicago summer days!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Not as good as last time we went. The Cholula bottle was filled with water and/or different product. The Tinga chicken was watery, and the margaritas were watered down. Not good when you can’t taste any tequila in a $11 marg. Disappointing because last time we had a much better experience!

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MB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had horrible service! The server was not friendly and basically neglected us and told us our dishes were completely different from what they turned out to be.

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CD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The service was a bit slow, seeing as it took about 10 minutes to be asked if we were even ready to order. But the food, while a bit spicy, was incredibly delicious. My husband and I had the guacamole and chips, and split the fish and shrimp tacos. Both of the tacos were perfectly cooked, with well balanced flavors/textures, and were served on what tasted like freshly made soft corn taco shells. We'll definitely be back.

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A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Server was awful, have had the same server multiple times and she never improves. Takes awhile for food to come to table. Chips and salsa took at least 10 minutes. Food menu pretty limited.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a great time! Taco Tuesday is amazing

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JH
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Tacos are tiny and plain. Waste of money. Service was not good.

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MS
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Slow service.
Hostess said she checked us in for open table and while we were eating I received an email from open table that we missed our reservation. I had to ask her a second time to check us in.
Waiter forgot our appetizer ( chips and guacamole) and when I asked about it he said he would put the order in then...he forgot. The appetizer arrived about 15 seconds before our meal.

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K
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the environment, the hostess was great and my server. I loved the music and the drinks.

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NT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

This place sucks.

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was a tad disappointing.

Serving sizes for chips/ guac/ salsa were extremely small portions, especially when considering price.

There were a few specials for the night. The only reason we found out about them was because they were listed in the restroom. There was no note or notice included with our menu nor did our host provide us that info.

Tacos were tasty and the platter is a good options for groups of 3 or more

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MR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very impressed. Food was excellent--two of us had burritos and two of us had tacos. Best beer selection I can remember seeing at a Mexican restaurant--I always hope for at least one solid craft beer to go along with a long list of Mexican beer, but this place had many to choose from on tap (Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin', Revolution Anti-Hero, Dogfish Head 60 Minute, Half Acre Daisy Cutter, and many more).

Sat at a high-top table, near the bar, with two TVs in view (soccer, baseball). Kid friendly. Great service--the team must have filled our water glasses 10 times. Loved my burrito--the grilled chicken inside was so good.

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n
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Love this place! Wonderful margaritas and tacos. All so authentic and yummy !

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j
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

The room was freezing- had to wear winter coat to eat. 3 people ordered entrees, 1 burrito, 1 steak taco and 1 fish taco. fish tacos came out a full 15 minutes before the other 2 entrees. when we mentioned it had been 10 minutes to the waiter he didn't seem to care, just disappeared to find the other items, which still didn't come out for another 5 minutes. the food was good, but the service was terrible. there's no reason why 3 taco/burrito orders should come out at significantly different times. if he had ordered to comp something or made any gesture to make it seem ok, then we wouldn't be nearly as disappointed, but it was like he didn't care.

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Noisy bar like vibe. Good for a quick bite of tacos and a beer. Fast service.

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M
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, nice happy hour special M-F!

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F
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Margs were good. Tacos greasy and not great. Service jumbled.

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SK
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Festive decor and atmosphere. The food is good and is a fun place for drinks. The noise level is a little high, but it's a fun vibe.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

It’s fine. Nothing special.

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SH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! Margaritas and food are excellent!

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OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it!

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EF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

OK food, but inattentive service during a not-so-busy time. Had to get my own salsa for the tacos after getting tired of waiting for the server to bring them.

Two tiny plastic cups of salsa for a large basket of tortilla chips.

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j
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with my daughter. Everything we ordered was really good. Street corn hush puppies can’t be missed.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great for the price. Amazing guacamole. Servers were attentive. A bit noisy but what you would expect for this type of place on a Saturday night.

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BE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This was my second time dining at Broken English. I had a reservation and arrive ~30min early. I was sat right away which was nice, and the server also informed me of the happy hour ending soon. I really appreciated the fact that she told me about the drink specials that day, so I ordered a drink and waited for my date. The table was EXTREMELY wobbly. So wobbly in fact, that I was afraid of knocking it over for the entire meal. The table was also slightly sticky and dirty.

The margaritas are rather sweet but definitely strong (and for the happy hour price of $6 definitely worth it), so that helps balance it out. Once my date arrived, we ordered more drinks and took a look at the menu. There is a decent selection of tacos, burritos, etc. I should note that the music was SO LOUD I could BARELY hear the server let alone my date sitting across from me. The server told us she would ask them to turn it down, however, the volume level didn't seem to change much after.

After a few drinks we ordered our food, and I definitely felt like our server and the waitstaff were judging us! We ordered the 12 taco platter, with full intentions of taking some home. When I ordered the platter, the server looked at me wide-eyed in disbelief and said something like, "oh, 12? okay" as if it were a big deal that two people ordered that much food. The gentleman who brought our food out checked the ticket multiple times and was also in disbelief when he delivered the food to the table. This judgmental behavior was also noticed when ordering a pitcher of margaritas.

Overall, the tacos were pretty good albeit rather salty. Service was rather slow but it is understandable for a busy Friday night. The interior/atmosphere is fun and colorful but EXTREMELY cramped. I think they need to remove some tables and make more space (we were practically on top of our neighboring tables on all sides). I would definitely go back, but not for a date and not on a Friday night.

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m
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had a fantastic time at Broken English! The food was great, the 2$ tacos on Tuesday were well worth it, and even their shrimp tacos (excluded from the 2$ deal) were to die for. I will certainly be coming back! The ambiance and set up of the entire restaurant made it very urban yet comfortable at the same time. It was a bit loud, but the restaurant was very busy and the music choice was spectacular, so I cannot complain.

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G
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere and service was great. Food servings were pretty small for the price, but it was good.

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KO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Casual and fun spot with decent tacos and mediocre service. I've been here three times, and each was just fine. Last time, our waitress seemed frazzled, our drinks weren't fully filled and the pacing of the meal felt off. The taco salad is comparable to any other, as is the burrito. Still, the spot is super cute with great outdoor seating and a convenient location. Go for the margaritas and ambiance.

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TC
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food & atmosphere! The $2 tacos are a great deal, but three of their like 7 tacos you cant order for that deal (fried chicken, shrimp and I cant remember the 3rd one). Totally recommend for a date or friends!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been here a few times and the food is good but sometimes it was just ok. Happy hour makes it worth it.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food, drinks, service, etc was all pretty good, but this place is pretty expensive if you’re not getting one of their margarita or taco deals.

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