El Farolito

★★★★☆
  • 201 S Bradford Ave

    Placentia, CA 92870

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  • 714-993-7880

About El Farolito

Hours
FRIDAY & SATURDAY 7:00 a.m. -10:p.m. SUNDAY-THURSDAY 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Food

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I have never had food this good!! I was visiting from AZ my husband's friend told him about this place so we went. I was impressed with the food!!!! I never eat salsa I dislike it but this salsa was the bomb!! I have told everyone I know about this place. We will be visiting this place again real soon this time I will be ordering extra to bring home!

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★★★★★

I have never had food this good!! I was visiting from AZ my husband's friend told him about this place so we went. I was impressed with the food!!!! I never eat salsa I dislike it but this salsa was the bomb!! I have told everyone I know about this place. We will be visiting this place again real soon this time I will be ordering extra to bring home!

Pros: Food is great!!!

Cons: I live toooo far away from this place

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This place is the best. The service is excellent and the food is the best. i enjoy talking to the young man in the front. Very hard working and always with a smile.

5
★★★★★

This place is the best. The service is excellent and the food is the best. i enjoy talking to the young man in the front. Very hard working and always with a smile.

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All I can say is this is by far the best Mexican food I have ever had.I come from a family of authentic Mexican food,but this truly is delicious food.My cousin turned me on to this place after an Angel game.I have been hooked ever since.I recommend the " Pappa's Platter ".Three item of choice and a grip of beans and rice.Come hungry my friends,cause you'll need a wheel chair to roll you out.If ever in the area,you should make a trip there.Nothing like putting another great eats on your hunger list.

5
★★★★★

All I can say is this is by far the best Mexican food I have ever had.I come from a family of authentic Mexican food,but this truly is delicious food.My cousin turned me on to this place after an Angel game.I have been hooked ever since.I recommend the " Pappa's Platter ".Three item of choice and a grip of beans and rice.Come hungry my friends,cause you'll need a wheel chair to roll you out.If ever in the area,you should make a trip there.Nothing like putting another great eats on your hunger list.

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I am native to LA and have been going here for about 12-13 years now. I have NEVER had such consistantly great Mexican food anywhere else. I've also never had a bad server here. The prices are amazing and portions large. I love that you can help yourself to beer in the fridge while you wait. It just makes it feel like your at a friends house. I've watched them expand and grow in the years and only hope the place always stays in the Sandoval family. Thanks for some great food and good times!

2
★★★★★

I am native to LA and have been going here for about 12-13 years now. I have NEVER had such consistantly great Mexican food anywhere else. I've also never had a bad server here. The prices are amazing and portions large. I love that you can help yourself to beer in the fridge while you wait. It just makes it feel like your at a friends house. I've watched them expand and grow in the years and only hope the place always stays in the Sandoval family. Thanks for some great food and good times!

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Wasn't really impressed. the nachos were big,but lacked flavor

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★★★☆☆

Wasn't really impressed. the nachos were big,but lacked flavor

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My gfriend has been coming here for years with her parents. She turned me onto this place and i try to visit it every two weeks. The way the cheese melts over the lip of the hot plate, to the beans and rice. Its all good. Order anything off the menu and you wont go wrong. Parking can be tough but worth it. Exilekiss maybe you should try taco bell.

2
★★★★★

My gfriend has been coming here for years with her parents. She turned me onto this place and i try to visit it every two weeks. The way the cheese melts over the lip of the hot plate, to the beans and rice. Its all good. Order anything off the menu and you wont go wrong. Parking can be tough but worth it. Exilekiss maybe you should try taco bell.

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If you're looking for authentic Mexican food in an authentic atmosphere (read: not El Torito), this is the place! A great family-run restaurant, with some of the best Mexican food around. I've never been disappointed with anything I've ordered, from the carnitas enchiladas rancheras to the yummy tacos, tamales, and flautas--it's all SO good! And the service is always warm and friendly. I grew up in SoCal and recently moved to Oregon--of all the Mexican food places I miss, this one is at the top of the list. I wish they'd expand to Portland...

2
★★★★★

If you're looking for authentic Mexican food in an authentic atmosphere (read: not El Torito), this is the place! A great family-run restaurant, with some of the best Mexican food around. I've never been disappointed with anything I've ordered, from the carnitas enchiladas rancheras to the yummy tacos, tamales, and flautas--it's all SO good! And the service is always warm and friendly. I grew up in SoCal and recently moved to Oregon--of all the Mexican food places I miss, this one is at the top of the list. I wish they'd expand to Portland...

Pros: delicious food, great prices, awesome service

Cons: parking can sometimes be a pain on busy weekends

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I remember coming here since I was a child My father was friends with the owner who has since passed. I used to love their food I recently started to go to the one in Anaheim El Farolito Jr. Because its less packed and the food is similar. I had stopped going to the Original one because of the pain of finding parking but I recently went down there to order a Menudo. The customer service was not that great the waitress brougth me a little condiment holder witch was not so clean looked dirty and the spoon looked like it had been dipped in tomatoe sauce and just placed in the onion container.. Not very clean or just careless. I would rather go to the New one Its alot cleaner and theres way more parking.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I remember coming here since I was a child My father was friends with the owner who has since passed. I used to love their food I recently started to go to the one in Anaheim El Farolito Jr. Because its less packed and the food is similar. I had stopped going to the Original one because of the pain of finding parking but I recently went down there to order a Menudo. The customer service was not that great the waitress brougth me a little condiment holder witch was not so clean looked dirty and the spoon looked like it had been dipped in tomatoe sauce and just placed in the onion container.. Not very clean or just careless. I would rather go to the New one Its alot cleaner and theres way more parking.

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My family stumbled across this resturant by accident-it's the best accident we've ever had. When we all go in (there's about 17) they can always seat us right away and the service is the best! There food is authentic, fresh and REAL mexican food!

Thank you to the Sandovals~

2
★★★★★

My family stumbled across this resturant by accident-it's the best accident we've ever had. When we all go in (there's about 17) they can always seat us right away and the service is the best! There food is authentic, fresh and REAL mexican food!

Thank you to the Sandovals~

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Hello my name is Ramon and I would personally like to thank you all for attending and being part of el farolito restaurant. I am a member of the sandoval family who own this restaurant and like all of you I also enjoy it very much you c ant beat our amazing prices and truly authentic mexican food.

2
★★★★★

Hello my name is Ramon and I would personally like to thank you all for attending and being part of el farolito restaurant. I am a member of the sandoval family who own this restaurant and like all of you I also enjoy it very much you c ant beat our amazing prices and truly authentic mexican food.

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Family owned and operated El Farolito's food is out of this world. My favorites are the Snapper Vera Cruz or the Carnitas platter. Come hungry to this restaurant because the portions are huge and you will want to eat every bit of this fantastic Mexican food. It is the best.

5
★★★★★

Family owned and operated El Farolito's food is out of this world. My favorites are the Snapper Vera Cruz or the Carnitas platter. Come hungry to this restaurant because the portions are huge and you will want to eat every bit of this fantastic Mexican food. It is the best.

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The atmosphere is ok, and the parking can be a pain, but the food is more than worth it. The portions are hearty and the prices are good. Their carnitas is the best I've had. They also have excellent tacos, burritos, and enchiladas.

5
★★★★★

The atmosphere is ok, and the parking can be a pain, but the food is more than worth it. The portions are hearty and the prices are good. Their carnitas is the best I've had. They also have excellent tacos, burritos, and enchiladas.

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i don't know what restaurant "exilekiss" ate at, but it wasn't el faralito. they have the best mexican food north of the border. being a native of so cal, i've had my share of mexican food, and this place is the best, hands down. the crowds that are there every night of the week must concur...

2
★★★★★

i don't know what restaurant "exilekiss" ate at, but it wasn't el faralito. they have the best mexican food north of the border. being a native of so cal, i've had my share of mexican food, and this place is the best, hands down. the crowds that are there every night of the week must concur...

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Fantastic food and great value. My favorite dish here is the milanesa plate. If you come for lunch, come on Tuesday, make sure to get their awesome enchiladas plate.

4
★★★★☆

Fantastic food and great value. My favorite dish here is the milanesa plate. If you come for lunch, come on Tuesday, make sure to get their awesome enchiladas plate.

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The best Mexican food in O.C. and the most reasonably priced. Fantastic friendly service, tasty Carnitas and Machaca con Huevos. I love the self service beer when you walk in. We eat there 3-4 times a month. Can't wait to go again!!

2
★★★★★

The best Mexican food in O.C. and the most reasonably priced. Fantastic friendly service, tasty Carnitas and Machaca con Huevos. I love the self service beer when you walk in. We eat there 3-4 times a month. Can't wait to go again!!

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I tried this restaurant based on it being voted "#1 Mexican" in the OC on Citysearch. We tried 3 dishes, and sadly the end result was very disappointing. The decor / restaurant is very "old, neighborhood family restaurant" (nothing wrong with that), in a quiet part of town. The Pork Tamales were the best item we had tonight: A touch spicy, tasty, but the pork was a little tough. The Carnitas Burrito I had was the biggest disappointment: It was honestly THE saltiest Carnitas I've ever had in my life (and I've had a LOT of Carnitas)! I could only take a few bites before stopping. The Chips were stale, and the Chicken Flautas turned out to be ~average at best.

The only real highlight was the very warm, GREAT service and feel at the restaurant. You could tell it was run by an honest family and the other servers all seemed to exude that feeling as well. It's really too bad the food was so mediocre, or else this would truly be one of the better places to eat in the OC for authentic Mexican food. The search continues...

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★★☆☆☆

I tried this restaurant based on it being voted "#1 Mexican" in the OC on Citysearch. We tried 3 dishes, and sadly the end result was very disappointing. The decor / restaurant is very "old, neighborhood family restaurant" (nothing wrong with that), in a quiet part of town. The Pork Tamales were the best item we had tonight: A touch spicy, tasty, but the pork was a little tough. The Carnitas Burrito I had was the biggest disappointment: It was honestly THE saltiest Carnitas I've ever had in my life (and I've had a LOT of Carnitas)! I could only take a few bites before stopping. The Chips were stale, and the Chicken Flautas turned out to be ~average at best.

The only real highlight was the very warm, GREAT service and feel at the restaurant. You could tell it was run by an honest family and the other servers all seemed to exude that feeling as well. It's really too bad the food was so mediocre, or else this would truly be one of the better places to eat in the OC for authentic Mexican food. The search continues...

Pros: Great, Hospitable Service

Cons: Mediocre Food; terrible Carnitas

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This is the first time I have written a review. There aren't many restaurants I would write a review on. Throughout college I worked as a waitress, so I tend to enter restaurants with a preconceived opinion upon my first impression. However, this is not the case, I have been dining here since the late 70's and have been bringing my children f or the last 10. They too now love it as I do. We now live in Maryland and we frequently go through mexican food withdrawls. If I had the chance, I would open up a chain of el Farolito restaurants out here on the east coast. People here have no clue when it comes to preparing Mexican food. I lived in Mexico for 6 months and this food is the closest to the meals my Mexican family use to prepare for me. Try it once and you'll be hooked! My favorite meal is the chicken burrito. The red sauce is so yummy! Meals for children are appropriate and not so spicy, just as it should be. Park in the back if you do not find space in front. We will be visiting Placentia where I grew up this Christmas, and we plan to order El Farolito's best for our Christmas family dinner.
I can't wait! Salud!

2
★★★★★

This is the first time I have written a review. There aren't many restaurants I would write a review on. Throughout college I worked as a waitress, so I tend to enter restaurants with a preconceived opinion upon my first impression. However, this is not the case, I have been dining here since the late 70's and have been bringing my children f or the last 10. They too now love it as I do. We now live in Maryland and we frequently go through mexican food withdrawls. If I had the chance, I would open up a chain of el Farolito restaurants out here on the east coast. People here have no clue when it comes to preparing Mexican food. I lived in Mexico for 6 months and this food is the closest to the meals my Mexican family use to prepare for me. Try it once and you'll be hooked! My favorite meal is the chicken burrito. The red sauce is so yummy! Meals for children are appropriate and not so spicy, just as it should be. Park in the back if you do not find space in front. We will be visiting Placentia where I grew up this Christmas, and we plan to order El Farolito's best for our Christmas family dinner.
I can't wait! Salud!

Pros: great old ladies in the kitchen

Cons: same ole mints after dining

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The best thing about this place is that its casual and of course the food is so damn good! I've only been on Sunday's for breakfast, brunch, lunch whatever. The items on the breakfast menu are excellent. Chiliequiles are the best around!!

2
★★★★★

The best thing about this place is that its casual and of course the food is so damn good! I've only been on Sunday's for breakfast, brunch, lunch whatever. The items on the breakfast menu are excellent. Chiliequiles are the best around!!

Pros: Food, Service

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This is the best Mexican food and service at the most affordable prices. Everyone I've recommended El Farolito to has eaten there and agreed with me: they get a 10 Overall Rating and I'm pleased they received the Citysearch rating of "Editorial Winner." My coworkers and I regularly eat here as our first choice of restaurants. Treat yourself to the best of the best. My favorite is the Mamas Plate with one cheese enchilada, one shredded beef enchilada, rice and beans. The hot sauce they serve with their chips is the best I'm able to get anywhere. Enjoy!

2
★★★★★

This is the best Mexican food and service at the most affordable prices. Everyone I've recommended El Farolito to has eaten there and agreed with me: they get a 10 Overall Rating and I'm pleased they received the Citysearch rating of "Editorial Winner." My coworkers and I regularly eat here as our first choice of restaurants. Treat yourself to the best of the best. My favorite is the Mamas Plate with one cheese enchilada, one shredded beef enchilada, rice and beans. The hot sauce they serve with their chips is the best I'm able to get anywhere. Enjoy!

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this place is in walking distance of the church i went to growing up. we used to go almost every sunday after church during the summer- it was that good! it is not that big and has been around for a while, but the authentic mexican food cant be beat! they have great service. but everyone goes there for the food. the carnitas tacos are fantastic! they have horchata and great margaritas and an assortment of mexican beer. i highly recommend this place for a great mexican meal.

4
★★★★☆

this place is in walking distance of the church i went to growing up. we used to go almost every sunday after church during the summer- it was that good! it is not that big and has been around for a while, but the authentic mexican food cant be beat! they have great service. but everyone goes there for the food. the carnitas tacos are fantastic! they have horchata and great margaritas and an assortment of mexican beer. i highly recommend this place for a great mexican meal.

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This is authentic Mexican. It doesn't get any better. The portions are large, and a great value with most entrees under $10. Outstanding food has kept me going back for years.

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★★★★★

This is authentic Mexican. It doesn't get any better. The portions are large, and a great value with most entrees under $10. Outstanding food has kept me going back for years.

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Found this place on Citysearch, and so we gave it a try. We were prompty seated, and the service was excellent. The food was as advertised, very good. I was a little worried about the location, but it was a very nice place and the bathrooms were in good shape. Good place to take family, highly recommended!

2
★★★★☆

Found this place on Citysearch, and so we gave it a try. We were prompty seated, and the service was excellent. The food was as advertised, very good. I was a little worried about the location, but it was a very nice place and the bathrooms were in good shape. Good place to take family, highly recommended!

Pros: Food, Service, Priced well

Cons: Parking

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for mexican food, gotta go. Spicy, flavorful fresh, you won't go wrong with anything you order. Prices like these you can eat out everyday

2
★★★★☆

for mexican food, gotta go. Spicy, flavorful fresh, you won't go wrong with anything you order. Prices like these you can eat out everyday

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Speak to an local in the Placentia/Fullerton area over the last 20+ years and they've been to El Farolito. As most of the best Mexican restaurant gems, is a converted house turned into a restaurant fixture. Excellent, authentic Mexican good continues with strong recommendations of the carnitas & the wet pork burrito special. Homemade chips & salsa getting things started always a treat. Quick service & solid food!

2
★★★★☆

Speak to an local in the Placentia/Fullerton area over the last 20+ years and they've been to El Farolito. As most of the best Mexican restaurant gems, is a converted house turned into a restaurant fixture. Excellent, authentic Mexican good continues with strong recommendations of the carnitas & the wet pork burrito special. Homemade chips & salsa getting things started always a treat. Quick service & solid food!

Pros: Food, Quick, Service

Cons: Ambience, bathrooms

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If anyone likes authentic Mexican food this is the place to go! This place gets crowed, so get there early and enjoy! The salsa is spicy and the carnitas plate is awesome, along with everything else on the menu!

2
★★★★★

If anyone likes authentic Mexican food this is the place to go! This place gets crowed, so get there early and enjoy! The salsa is spicy and the carnitas plate is awesome, along with everything else on the menu!

 

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