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Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street, Chicago, IL

Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street

4.3
4.3
520 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
From the minds of Adolfo Garcia (Son of a Butcher, Pearl Tavern) and long-time restaurateur, Phil Stefani, comes Broken English Taco Pub. Located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street, Broken English is steps away from Millennium Park, and in the center of the new vibrant hotel and residential area.

On the name, Garcia says, “I speak English with my friends, and I often find myself mixing in Spanish words because there are some phrases that simply don’t translate to English. This happens in many other languages and cultures, but that is what makes the name ‘Broken English’ fun – it is part of our daily slang.”

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 64 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Taco Pub Open Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Brunch & Drink Specials Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Kitchen Hours Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 929-3601

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Frank Valdez

  • Catering

    FIESTA TIME!<br />Book a private event, a venue buyout, or reserve an area for your corporate & social parties and group dining needs. Our planners will help you design customized party menus with in-house catering, choose unique beverage packages with specialty cocktails, and create an elevated entertainment experience for your guests.

  • Private party facilities

    Book a private event, a venue buyout, or reserve an area for your corporate & social parties and group dining needs. Our planners will help you design customized party menus with in-house catering, choose unique beverage packages with specialty cocktails, and create an elevated entertainment experience for your guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Cross street

    N. Michigan Ave.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Red Line, Blue Line, Brown Line, Purple Line, Orange Line, Green Line, CTA #3,CTA #146, CTA #147, CTA #151

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 520 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. k

    kasey

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and Margaritas terrific. Noisy—the reason I gave it a 4 for ambiance. OTOH, it WAS a Friday night in our new post-pandemic-living-with-Covid world. It was good to see the place so busy. I wish they could sound baffle the ceiling a bit. Will I return? You bet!
  2. TR

    TessR

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always come here for $6 margs on Wednesday & love it everytime. Margs are strong and the music is always fun. Perfect happy hour spot
  3. A

    Alex

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to Broken English with my brother and his girlfriend. The margaritas and tacos were stellar. We will be back!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Ambience is great. Good music and awesome art. The food was terrible. The flour tortillas on our tacos were cold and chewy. The corn tortillas were slightly better tasting but cold.
  5. AN

    AmandaN

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Little bummed. Had a reservation for 930, as soon as we sat down were told kitchen closes in 5 min, despite being open until 11? Also 940 seemed like a weird time for the kitchen to close. Just pretty bummed because we wanted to order more food and not make a rushed decision.

    Broken English Taco Pub - Lake StreetResponded on September 27, 2022Hi Amanda, thank you for taking time out of your day to write us a review. We are really sorry to hear that your experience was not a great one. We would love to make it up to you and invite you back in to have an appetizer on us to start. Please reach out to questions@tacopub.cm to get all the details sorted out. Thank you!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Went here with a friend. When we first walked in the girl there didn’t even acknowledge the fact we walked in the door until my friend cleared her throat and she looked up and just looked at us. I told her I had a reservation and gave my name. She asked if we wanted a seat outside or inside. First we decided to sit inside she told us basically to pick a table. After that, another girl came and gave us water. No other initial contact no introduction so we figured she was just bringing the water to the table. However, we decided to go sit outside and found out the water person was our actual waitress. She wasn’t very helpful barely came to check on us. Tacos were mediocre, drinks were ok. Service was definitely low. I will no go back there at all

    Broken English Taco Pub - Lake StreetResponded on September 27, 2022Hi, thank you so much for taking time out of your day to leave us a review. We are sorry to hear that you didn't have a good experience. We strive to give our guest the best service possible, from the time you come in to the door to the moment you leave. We would love to invite you back in to have a couple of margaritas on the house and we hope we can turn this 3 star review into a 5 star review. Please reach out to questions@tacopub.cm so we can sort out all the details with you. Thank you!

  7. H

    Hank

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We grew up in Southern CA and still visit often, always visiting our favorite Mexican restaurants. The food at Broken English was really good and the Paloma is the perfect, refreshing margarita. Our server was very attentive and welcoming from start to finish. Loved the atmosphere and music too! We'll be back!

    Broken English Taco Pub - Lake StreetResponded on September 20, 2022Hi Hank, thanks you for taking time out of your day to leave such a wonderful review! It really makes our job that much more satisfying when we receive responses like this. We hope to serve you another Paloma soon!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food, great margaritas.

    Broken English Taco Pub - Lake StreetResponded on September 20, 2022Hi, thank you so much for taking time our of your day to write us a review. We really appreciate the 5 star review! We are glad that you enjoyed our food and margaritas. We look forward to serving you again!

  9. VM

    VickyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nila our server was great. Friendly fun and attentive.
  10. KS

    KatrinaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Better parking options would have made this Birthday Party perfect.
  11. VR

    VanessaR

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful servers and a nice variety of food and drink options.
  12. EM

    EmilyM

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 7 we ate outdoors. The food was fantastic! T he margaritas were delish! Our waitress was patient and sweet. Though one of our guests never got a beer they ordered. Over all we had a blast and hope to return again some day.prices were very fair.
  13. f

    fishbain

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Great vibe. Tacos are amazing.
  14. l

    locallygrown

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Tacos were good. Margaritas were good. Churros were very good.
  15. DR

    DebajyotiR

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    I’ve been here twice and twice me and my wife were offered the most unseat-able spots… even though there were plenty of open tables. Second time I even made a reservation on OpenTable hoping we would get seated at a decent spot (not right behind the host table or infront of it). But alas no… again plenty of open tables existed. Demonstrates the glutton of trying to squeeze in any last square footage for tables. Disappointed… because the host experience has been terrible, even though the food is amazing!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    The food was outstanding, but the service left a lot to be desired.
  17. m

    molly

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, prices, and service. We paid less than $20 for a meal for two including tip!
  18. MM

    MikeM

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch with family. Super fast service, delicious food.
  19. A

    Adrib

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    Open table says open til 1 am Arrived for my 9:30 reservation to be told 15mins later the kitchen would be closing because the restaurant closed at 11. Ultimately was able to have 1 drink…our food was not up to usual standards..raw tortillas and were given the check before we could even order another drink or to go
  20. SH

    SaraH

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service here is super speedy and the tacos never disappoint!
  21. JS

    JonathanS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food, but a bit noisy and crowded. Would come here again though
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great find. I suggest you try it out. Good good and fun vibe
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On vacation, great tacos!
  24. RC

    RichC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & Margs and great start for the Kenny Chesney show.

    Broken English Taco Pub - Lake StreetResponded on June 29, 2022Hi Rich, that’s wonderful to hear. Thanks so much for leaving us a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Engagement
  26. MC

    MichaelC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Service was poor and it was too loud. We waited 20 minutes to be even greeted, three tables around us got there after us and got service before us. I let the Waitress know most important thing you could do is get drinks right away for everybody and buy yourself a little time people won’t be as frustrated then to wait a little to take your order. Won’t go back
  27. LM

    LaurenM

    Kansas City

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Shrimp tacos and brisket tacos. Excellent margaritas! Ended our meal with piping hot churros! Service was outstanding. Our server was Jonathan and he was the best! The manager was great too…kept checking on us. Highly recommend! Can’t wait to come back.

    Broken English Taco Pub - Lake StreetResponded on June 17, 2022Hi Lauren M, thank you so much for the review! We cant wait to see you back in either!

  28. TH

    TiffanyH

    Chicago

    98 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    I did not enjoy the margaritas or the food. It was very disappointing.
  29. CG

    CherylG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food!!! Great atmosphere, music and staff.
  30. CB

    CB425

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was so delicious and service was extremely fast!
  31. LP

    LPatt9

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My cousin and I are visiting from St. Louis and the food/vibe here is amazing. I enjoyed the cauliflower taco! Definitely will be back to visit!
  32. f

    fishbain

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bottomless Sangria great tacos and fun atmosphere. It’s a must visit in the Chicago Loop.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    When we arrived, they sat us at a booth in the back of the restaurant and the smell from the bathrooms were overwhelming, not in a good way. They did move us after we asked and sat at a high top booth towards the front of the restaurant. The drinks took a little while to get to our table but they were good. Carne asada and al pastor tacos were the best, the chicken taco was a little dry and the shrimp didn’t have much flavor. The guacamole was a home run. A group of 4 guys and 3 girls were watching the Bulls game, the guys were very loud and obnoxious yelling at the tv and being overly rowdy. It would have been nice for the staff to step in and ask them not to disrupt other guests.
  34. S

    Shananana5

    Atlanta

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, the food was delicious and the service was amazing.
  35. CE

    ColtonE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Some of the BEST tacos I have had, and I have had a lot of good tacos before. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Loud, loud...good food
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Wayyyy too loud of music inside - but food and service were good. It was like a club though, and I’m 22 and was like wow this is too much.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks, and vibe!
  39. CA

    CaraA

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    2nd time coming here from out of town. LOVE LOVE LOVE the food and margaritas. Its a little noisy, but the food makes up for it. Anxious for summer to arrive to try one of their other locations that will have outdoor seating. I'm a fan thou, I will definitely be back!
  40. A

    Adrib

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stayed for quiet a time and they were so hospitable, Johnny was an amazing server!

FAQs

Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 929-3601.

Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street is rated 4.3 stars by 520 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 64 times today
Google Map for Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street

75 E Lake St, Chicago, IL 60601

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N. Michigan Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Taco Pub Open Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Brunch & Drink Specials Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Kitchen Hours Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Red Line, Blue Line, Brown Line, Purple Line, Orange Line, Green Line, CTA #3,CTA #146, CTA #147, CTA #151

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Frank Valdez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 929-3601

  • Catering

    FIESTA TIME!<br />Book a private event, a venue buyout, or reserve an area for your corporate & social parties and group dining needs. Our planners will help you design customized party menus with in-house catering, choose unique beverage packages with specialty cocktails, and create an elevated entertainment experience for your guests.

  • Private party facilities

    Book a private event, a venue buyout, or reserve an area for your corporate & social parties and group dining needs. Our planners will help you design customized party menus with in-house catering, choose unique beverage packages with specialty cocktails, and create an elevated entertainment experience for your guests.

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