Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town

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$30 and under
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Mexican
From the minds of long-time Chicago restaurateurs Adolfo Garcia, Carmen Rossi, and Phil Stefani, Broken English Taco Pub provides authentic Mexican tacos and a world-class selection of tequila and mezcal cocktails.

We are located at 1400 N. Wells Street, in the heart of the historic Old Town Neighborhood of Downtown Chicago.

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vipMJ23
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value for great food, service was excellent for our large group.

Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you so much for the fantastic review! We’re glad to hear you and your large group were taken care by us! Hope to get you back in sometime soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Picked a random spot and stumbled upon this place. Great margaritas. Steak tacos were not the best, but the atmosphere was colorful.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated us fast even though the place was crowded and the food was amazing

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BlackjackCathy
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere and good food. The menu had a great selection and margaritas were great. Very reasonably priced too

Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thanks for the review! We look forward to having you back again!

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ChloeF
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Indre was amazing! The tacos are one of a kind. Definitely try a margarita they even offer CBD to add to your drinks (:

Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town
Responded on February 21, 2020

Chloe, Thank you so much for the review! We’ll pass this review on to Indre who will be thrilled to hear about it. We look forward to having you back in! -Tyler L’Ecuyer -General Manager

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Foodilletante
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Chicken tinga was good. Paloma was excellent. Go somewhere else for tacos, come here for drinks.

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JenniferE
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best micheladas! One of my favorite brunch spots. Awesome environment unique atmosphere!

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amazingtacosfairprice
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible tacos and salsas! We had chips and salsa which came with their two signature house salsas. Both were fantastic! We order a share plate of tacos which allowed us to get a wide variety of all very delicious tacos. The ambiance is eclectic hipster with bright colors and hand crafted art painted directly on the walls. It’s loud inside but that more because it was packed than bad acoustics. Highly recommend!

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vipjmwdo
Oklahoma City
57 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tacos and salsas were very tasty, service was fast and friendly. Great place to stop in after a show at Second City.

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AshleyF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant itself has a fun decor. The art on the walls and ceiling are crazy! Loved having the option to add CBD to my margarita pitcher! The service was really good. The food was delicious!! I will be going back!

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vipAdequate
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Exceeded expectations completely!

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vipGlobalphile
Chicago
164 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I had an okay experience. Even when asking for no heat in the food, they couldn't get it done. I did have a great mezcal old fashioned however and loved the design.

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SageH
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Went on a Sunday which was during brunch. One group of girls was very out of control from the bottomless mimosas which made for a semi awkward experience. However, the food was fantastic so I would certainly go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really nice place. My first time here. The waitress was doing alot. The manager or someone always made sure we were ok. Will come again.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Food and service is amazing as always

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best “street” tacos I’ve ever had and I live in New Mexico!

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KatieG
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Great margaritas and guac was good. Tacos were just ok. Really loud. Cool ambiance. Our server argued with me about what I ordered and insisted I misspoke. The others I was with agreed our food did not come out as I ordered it. Really disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and great food!

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vipSF2KY
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Ok fish tacos. Guac pretty good.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Shayne is THE BEST!!!!

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Timidd1
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Quick lunch on Saturday. Great food & service.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious salsa, tacos and margaritas in a fun atmosphere. I tried the fried chicken tacos which were good. Nice crunch from the chicken and cabbage.

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vipjfish
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to eat at the bar and get in and out as we were rushing to a show. Th service was good and the food was good as well.

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vipPamelaE
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for brunch! Steak tacos are excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The tacos are amazing and a great price on Taco Tuesday! However, I thought the margaritas were expensive for the size and the frozen margarita was sour. I also ordered a paloma and it was watery. Next time I would just get the classic marg, which is what my boyfriend ordered and it was great. Overall really cute spot and fun atmosphere!

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JDot
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

You can't go wrong with this place. Great atmosphere, great service and of course, great tacos.

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EmmaS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for drinks and tacos for a fun night with friends or a date night! Colorful walls and decorations and delicious food. Tacos are a bit small, I suggest ordering the platter of 6 to share

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Court
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tacos were good and the decor was so cute!! Our waitress was super sweet and gave us free dessert for my birthday

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vipAllishaC
New England
73 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

It was my last day in Chicago before going back home to Boston! All I can say is Shane our server was amazing; we loved her!

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vipLadyB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall1food2service5ambience1

The restaurant is extremely noisy so that we could not carry on a conversation without shouting. We ordered the empanadas, chips and salsa, and nachos. Food was okay. Everyone around us ordered the tacos so that was probably what we should have ordered. Service was friendly.

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vipKenS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Great food, wonderful service.......absolutely deafening interior noise.

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vipEflew
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This was my/family’s first time at a BETP, we dined for my teen daughter’s birthday dinner (her wish was tacos) I thought under the familiar Stefani group, high ratings, and from colorful photos I had a winner. Not so. The only part delivered was the colorful decor. Upon walking in, the noise level was very HIGH. (My husband’s non-negotiable.) We were seated promptly with our reservation. The table was sticky yet appeared clean. Everything was sticky. Felt like I lost a layer of skin getting off the stool.

The food: very fast, we could see why, scoops of filling placed on tortillas and out. Tortillas barely warm. We ordered two platters of tacos. Shrimp and carnitas were alright, not delicious. Chicken was so shredded and covered in sauce it wasn’t really like anything. Tacos are small. The guacamole was good but it’s a very small serving- I’d guess no more than two avocados worth. As other reviewers wrote, chips are not offered (free) at the table. House margarita was disappointing, chose a beer after that rather than further disappointment and money wasted. Our server, young twenty-something male was friendly, attentive.

Overall, I’m surprised so many reviewers rate Broken English spots so highly. Does the colorful decor weigh so heavily? My family will not return or recommend for more than a fast food experience. Honestly several better tacos exist among Chicago’s fast food offerings. We would’ve been better off sticking with Bien Trucha options in our own backyard. Ah well, we gave it a try, the only way to find out.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

This food was great! We went on Tuesday with their $2 taco taco deal. The food and drinks were amazing and a fun place to go for girls night! However, I wish there was better communication about the what was included in the taco deal, and what we got included with the meal. For example, per the description on the menu, we thought by order 1, we would be getting 2 tacos, however we only got one! Overall the place was amazing, and I will gladly return

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MrsD
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing tacos and atmosphere! Only complaint is the margarita I ordered was average or below and overpriced at $14. However, I loved the place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience5

I accidentally ordered a 40 dollar spirit... I was surprised when the bill came. They should’ve pointed out the price.

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jazs
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

eclectic decor, very pleased that we dined in the fun, bright, quiet back dining room with retractable roof, allowed for pleasant conversation. our server and all others were wonderful!!! food very delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tacos in a fun environment.

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LauraN
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! My only complaint was the portion size for the chips and guac. It wasn’t very much to share between 4 people and it was an additional $2 for more chips

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vipMHF18
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I went for Taco Tuesday and we had a great time !!!! The 2$ Tacos are amazing... good music and great Margaritas !!! Try a shot of the 7 Leguas Tequila ( I had the Anejo) ...

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FrannyC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tacos in town! What a fun and exciting atmosphere! Love coming here

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