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El Farolito

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201 S Bradford Ave, Placentia, CA 92870-5616
+1 714-993-7880
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 07:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

As usual the food was great. Generous portions and a very reasonable price. Get there early to avoid waiting

Thank Canningqueen
Irvine, California
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359 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

We went to the Tamale Festival and all of the stands had long lines so we decided to go to this restaurant to eat instead of waiting on the street. The service was slow but understandable because of the crowds. The Tamales were good but a little too much masa. The price and the size of the dishes were excellent

Thank Ed P
Anaheim, California
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141 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Okay, I'll admit it, I'm a carnitas snob. If it's on the menu, I'll order it. This is exactly what carnitas *should* be: tender, flaky and soft on the inside, crunchy-crisp on the outside. Paired with their delicious rice, beans, and salsas - it's heaven on a plate. Speaking of their salsas, they're home made along with the chips they... More 

1 Thank Arlene744
Lincoln, Nebraska
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180 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Went with a business group, we all ordered different dishes and we were all very pleased. The salsa is wonderful (if you don't like cilantro, use caution). Salad burrito was truly great too. Will take "reservations" 1 hour in advance, but no sooner - so plan ahead - set the alarm on your phone or something. Nice service, good parking... More 

1 Thank AllyG520
Los Angeles, CA
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62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Authentic Mexican fare, favorites, and hard to resist homemade tortilla chips. Carne Asada is fired up just right here - #29 the Carne Asada plate is filling.

1 Thank TGDino
calgary, ab
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116 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 330 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

One of our last meals of our trip was at El Farolito in Placentia, CA. A little gem tucked away on a nondescript commercial street, upon walking in we could see how lively the place was even for a Monday night. Fresh cut salsa and chips were served upon arrival, and few menu items cost more than $10. We both... More 

1 Thank jjluke
Los Angeles, California
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294 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

I'm so happy when I find places like this! It's a great testament to the family that owns this restaurant they're still serving magnificent Mexican food after 42 years! Great food and excellent service! You gotta eat here!

1 Thank Sid k
Port Coquitlam, Canada
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262 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We were staying in Placentia and wanted a good Mexican restaurant near by, El Farolito came up as #1 on TA so we gave it a chance. It was easy to find and very busy on a Monday night full of locals. Very few entrees were over $10, the portions were large and the food was good quality. I had... More 

1 Thank DJ_World_Traveller
Placentia, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

If you are looking for authentic Mexican food served in a great setting, this is the place to go. Whether you are looking for a combination plate or ala carte items, everything on the menu is outstanding. I would recommend arriving before 5 to avoid a wait as they are always packed with customers.

1 Thank sweethawk25
Ellinwood, Ks
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Went here for dinner and the reviews don't lie! Everything was fantastic! The only regret was not sharing the dish with my husband! I was so full!

1 Thank Ellinwood_KsJh777

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 S Bradford Ave, Placentia, CA 92870-5616
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Placentia
  • Phone Number: +1 714-993-7880

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?