Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town

4.6
260 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Gramma
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic, delicious, service was outstanding. Highly recommend.

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foodie2
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Super cute and trendy establishment. The food was delish but wasn’t all delivered at the same time. Which wasn’t really a big deal for us. I would recommend and visit again

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vipsquid
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is the first time we tried this restaurant. It was perfect for a light dinner. We shared the 12 taco selection amongst the 4 of us so we each had a choice of 3 tacos. We also had drinks. The food was good and the drinks were more than adequate. Our server was very attentive. The final bill was about $30 for each of us, so very reasonable for the Wells street area.

Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town
Responded on November 2, 2021

Thanks so much for your great review! We are glad to hear you had a great time and hope to have you back soon for more tacos and margs!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great tasting tocos and street corn

Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town
Responded on September 28, 2021

Thanks for your great review! Hope to see you back soon for some more tacos & Elotes!

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MarixzaH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious . Great , fun place to go with a group ….. not so much a date night kinda place . I’d definitely go back !

Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town
Responded on September 28, 2021

Marixza, Thank you so much for your great review! We love to hear you had a great time and definitely aim to please whether it be a group or a date! We have had the pleasure to hear from some guests who had their first date at this broken English and are still going strong, most recently we had an engagement photoshoot in our bar & back patio as that was were they had their first date. Love is in the air <3 Hope to have you back soon for some tacos & margs!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Drinks were very week.
Chicken tacos were EXTREMELY salty.

Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town
Responded on September 15, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to give us your honest feedback, we hope to have you back to give us a second chance! Definitely think you would enjoy our Fried Chicken tacos & our margaritas which have about .75oz of liquor more than other bars!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great vibes, strong drinks and good service!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My date pooped

Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town
Responded on September 7, 2021

Thank you for your great review!

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Starfish
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, our server was sweet and attentive and the food was perfectlly balanced would definitely come back soon

Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town
Responded on September 28, 2021

Thanks for your great review!

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KaceyBrooks23
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not the best tacos I’ve ever had. The ambiance was cool but not worth the prices of the food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Chairs were not wiped down after it rained and we had to wipe our chairs and table a d waitress didn’t check in enough ; second round of drinks was a long wait; we liked the decor inside and food was good except for the cauliflower tacos ( basically tasted like cauliflower in marinara sauce but they did help replace it with carnitas taco); overall wait staff was slow and just OK.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Dirty sticky table. Ok drinks. Ok food. Bar flies. Dirty bathrooms.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, but those Old Town prices are no joke — $110 for 4 tacos, an app, and 4 drinks.

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JustinM
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great place. gets really loud

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Susannabanana
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Cute place, friendly servers. Food was just ok, drinks were meh. I’ve had much better Mexican and honestly was disappointed. Chose this for lunch as we were nearby for Immersive Van Gogh.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, we got chips and guacamole to start. The server was very attentive and the tacos were so good!! I would recommend getting the deal of 6 tacos for $22 so you can try different kinds!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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paytonl
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great! My only complaint is the extra $3 I paid for strawberry purée in my Sprite.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and vibes! Super friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food , & margaritas where all great. Make sure to try the mezcal margaritas (so good).

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MelissaM
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Not very many options, the carne asada meat tasted like it was dipped in some kind of sweet sauce. The queso had goat cheese in it which left a gritty after taste. I won’t be returning

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PriscillaP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great decor, atmosphere,and food. Highly recommended.

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CarlyW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us girls came here to celebrate our friends birthday! The taco tray was a hit because everyone got to mix and match which tacos they liked for a really nice price! The pitcher margaritas are also perfect for a group of 4-5! Will definitely come back!

Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town
Responded on May 13, 2021

Carly! Thank you for your great review, we hope to have you back soon for some more tacos and margaritas!

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AlexandraS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Server was rude. Food was fantastic! Overall, I would go back.

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ChiquitaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Our server probably was overwhelmed but we didn’t get serve properly. The food wasn’t so great. But I would recommend the chicken tacos

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vipRachaelF
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. A bit pricey for what you get but overall we always really enjoy our experience here! Fun for a night out. Cool atmosphere.

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CincoDeMustache
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to COVID we had booked two tables each for 4. Two members or our party were unable to come and the reservation was easy to update to one table for 6. We arrived early and out table was ready.

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BCLRW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Broken English and I will be back! Food and drinks were great! Love the sampler pack! Allowed us to try a few different types of tacos and they were all so yummy!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing carne asada tacos

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice date spot

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vipFoodie
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a lot of fun, great ambiance!

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vipJessica
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great place for a quick/early dinner in Old Town. We enjoyed our tacos and margs before a night out

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vipnataliea
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, awesome service. Loved the painting and lights - such a fun place for a date or night out

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Overall!

Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town
Responded on April 7, 2021

Thank you for your great review!

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DarleneA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanya was great! Quick service and her recommendations were great!

Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town
Responded on April 7, 2021

Thank you for your great review!

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vipcookie5148
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is three for three for Broken English Taco Pub. I hit the one on Lake Street in downtown Chicago, the one in Lincoln Park and now this one. This location has the same funky décor and great music playlists. Interesting each location, while colorful in style, has it's own personality.

The Queen, my BFF and I had a nosh here before going to that fabulous Immersive Van Gogh show since it was in the neighborhood. Because it was Taco Thursday, yes you heard me, the tacos were only $2 each except for the shrimp, cod and fried chicken. The shrimp taco I had from the Lincoln Park location was delish, but $2 carnitas and brisket worked for me. Again, the quality of the tacos were just as good as the other two locations. We also got the nachos platter here as well and that was a mistake. It is very good, but filling and interfered with the ability to eat more $2 tacos.

Because it was Thursday, we decided to get margaritas...classic for me and a mango one for my BFF. The Queen got the sangria. The margarita was good and so strong but in a good way! My BFF liked the mango frozen margarita but it looked small to me, but she loved it. The Queen finished her sangria and was sucking the bottom of the glass with her straw.

This location has a very cool patio area that I most definitely want to visit again to just sit out there and eat tacos until I burst. It was enclosed that night but the host explained that in warmer weather the panels on the roof retract to allow for fresh air to get in.

Service was good as our server kept coming back to check on us to see if we needed anything. She explained up front that they prefer one check per table and that was cool to know. Not that we split checks, but feel it is good to know to avoid issues.

Would definitely come back on Taco Thursday to feast on tacos and drink those strong margaritas.

Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town
Responded on April 7, 2021

Thank you for your great review!

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vipJohnF
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

They let us reserve a seating at 9:15pm and made no mention that they would be shut down with cleaning crews out by 10pm. Most bars/restaurants in Old Town are open later, but regardless you would think we would at least get a warning.

We ordered a $110 pitcher of margaritas that didn’t come out to us until 9:45. We asked for it to be spicy (mild) and later realized they charged us $20 extra to make our pitcher margarita spicy.

Our waitress was incredibly opaque and didn’t let us know about the 10pm closing (we learned of this when she brought us our bill while the restaurant simultaneously turned on the lights, turned off the music, and brought out the cleaning crew), or the fact that the four of us would have only 15 minutes to chug practically a litre of margaritas. When we asked her what happened, she simply laughed and said we should’ve checked the website closer.

We asked our waitress to at bare minimum remove the $20 spicy charge from the margaritas since we wouldn’t have ordered them spicy otherwise, but again she just laughed and said we should’ve checked the menu closer. We asked if we could get the rest of the margaritas to-go and she said the best she could do was bring us a paper box to pour it in.

Overall, we left with an incredibly bad taste in our mouth after trying to chug overpriced margaritas with no atmosphere and some cleaning crew member scrubbing down our table. Absolutely awful experience and a disappointing level of customer service to say the least.

We will never be back to Broken English and we will recommend our family and friends to plenty of other respectable establishments in the future.

Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town
Responded on April 10, 2021

We sincerely apologize for the experience you had & thank you for bringing this to our attention. We do close a little earlier than some places in old town but always let people finish their drinks before we turn the lights up. We don't have a cleaning crew at night so if you can please send me an email estrella@tacopub.c o m with a little bit more about your experience so I can try to find out what happened at your visit I would appreciate it. We would love to have a 2nd chance from you! Thanks

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LauraB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. They are practicing social distancing and have safety precautions in place. Great date night restaurant.

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Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town is rated 4.6 stars by 260 OpenTable diners.

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