Broken English Taco Pub-Lincoln Park

4.4
103 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
  • Happy Hour
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
Reviews from verified diners
103 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
66%
Very Good
18%
Good
9%
Fair
3%
Poor
4%
4.2
food
3.9
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Had a great time! Taco Tuesday is amazing

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1.0Dined on June 15, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on May 18, 2018

This place sucks.

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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1.0Dined on April 29, 2018

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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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Good food, nice happy hour special M-F!

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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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1.0Dined on March 30, 2018

It’s fine. Nothing special.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Never disappoints! Margaritas and food are excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Loved everything about it!

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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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2.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food, drinks, and service! Definitely will go back!

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Didn’t have certain items on menu which was unfortunate I was looking forward to all week.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Went on a Saturday evening and the place was packed.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was disgusting and made my friend sick. Service was horrible - he barely checked on us. It was my birthday and I was really disappointed - kind of sad....

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Great place—they do a handful of things, and do them very well. The margaritas are great, the tacos are great across the board, and the staff is friendly and skilled.

There’s not a lot of variety, but everything is quality. Great for families, dates, get-togethers and drinks.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Excellent as always! We will be back for sure.

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2.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Stopped in for Tacos with our daughter after a busy day. They charge you for the chips & Salsa, and they were only okay. We eat at a lot of Mexican restaurants and this was definitely the first that did not have rice and beans. I felt it was very expensive for what we had

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2.0Dined on January 7, 2018

The restaurant literally smelled like sewage, so we had to leave halfway through our meal. Great service and vibe otherwise, though!

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

The restaurant itself is really fun! The ambience is lively and the crowd was loud but that’s because everyone was having fun! There is a ton of seating available for small or large groups.

The menu is great, so many options for whatever taco you might be in the mood for! My group of three got the 12 for 38 and finished the whole thing! Tacos were so good and the platter is great for variety.

Our service was kinda iffy. We sat for a while before our server greeted us and he seemed very impatient with us. My friend is from Ireland and has a very thick accent making it hard for her to understand others at times and for others to understand her. Our server was kind of rude to her when she was ordering and while she trying to explain that she couldn’t eat cilantro because of her stomach. The server barely visited the table throughout the night and he was very preoccupied with another party.

Overall I would come back but in high hopes that I wouldn’t get the same server.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was tasty and reasonable price

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

First time it was great! Will be back

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1.0Dined on December 26, 2017

My friends and I were excited to see a location open up in Indianapolis - our Chicago friends always rave about this place. We were very disappointed by how our experience turned out. It was hard for us to finish our margaritas because the mix was horrible and it was so strong. I got the least spicy food on the menu and it was still very spicy.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Great for our big group. Music could have been a bit quieter but food was good and drinks were strong

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Best burrito I’ve had to date! My wife felt the same about the quesadilla she had.

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