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El Farolito

) #1 of 1 Restaurants in El Rito $ Mexican,
1212 Main St., El Rito, NM 87530
+1 575-581-9509
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“sopapillas” (18 reviews)
“chile relleno” (15 reviews)
“chilli” (12 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Mexican, Southwestern
1212 Main St., El Rito, NM 87530
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I search out northern New Mexico restaurants when ever I can. This little place in the village of El Rito is off the beaten trail but worth any detour required. You are required to have either green or red chili ... otherwise, the detour has...More

1  Thank billschwent
Reviewed 13 May 2017

This small restaurant in a very small New Mexico town is well worth the drive. My wife had the best chile relleno ever. My meal was wonderful, especially the green chile (they win contests, of course). The sopapillas were some of the best ever. Service...More

Thank bob s
Reviewed 1 May 2017

This is a family-owned restaurant that has marvelous home-made food, especially the sauces. Red chile sauce, superb; green chile sauce, fantastic. And the sopapillas are wonderful. This is now our favorite Mexican restaurant. Very casual atmosphere, with good service and nice pricing. Try a bit...More

Thank tlceey
Reviewed 9 April 2017

You live in Alaska? Still worth the drive. Pure deliciousness awaits you in what might be the best 500 square feet of New Mexico. Tiny place with a host a out of towners and locals. Marisol provides excellent service.

Thank NadaKathy
Reviewed 4 March 2017

So good in every way possible! The food was outstanding and everyone was friendly and patient. A very popular local place, you might wait a bit for a table. It is so worth it! I went twice last October and will be back this fall.

Thank Diane S
Reviewed 14 January 2017

We ate at El Farolito during a stay at Ojo Caliente Springs and Spa. Driving from Ojo to El Rito is lovely and relaxing. El Rito is a tiny farming village nestled in the foothills. El Farolito is a very tiny restaurant but they serve...More

Thank gailgoldenjewelry
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Great place for local New Mexican food. Nothing fancy (by any means), but good meal, friendly service and great value. BYOB and cash only. Recommend for the traveler who likes the "off the beaten path" restaurant experience.

Thank jay_arthur99
Reviewed 18 November 2016

The food is simple, filling and tasty. There is no pretension in this place, only really good food. We went there after a long day of hiking and we couldn't have been more satisfied after our meal. Service was friendly and welcoming.

Thank Bryan G
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Great small restaurant in El Rito. Amazingly friendly staff, really good food! A sure thing if you are passing through or in nearby Ojo.

Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 15 October 2016

Six of us gathered there for our last supper after a week of hiking and enjoying our time together. This is a wonderful little restaurant not far from Abiquiu, NM. We had enchilada and tamale with both red and green sauce. The chili's were very...More

Thank Kerry G
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Does anyone know if this is the same restaurant that Florence and Peter van Dresser used to operate? I was working near El Rito in the late 1960s and visited their restaurant as often as I could. They served the best blue-corn tortillas I have ever tasted.
25 October 2016|
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Response from Kerry G | Reviewed this property |
Don't think it is the same place.
Kent M
Will you be open next Saturday Feb. 21. If so what hours. We plan to drive down from the San Luis Valley just to eat of a evening.
14 February 2015|
Response from RogerB987 | Reviewed this property |
El FarolitoDirections 4.7 6 Google reviews Restaurant Address: NM-554, El Rito, NM 87530 Phone:(575) 581-9509 I am not affiliated with the restaurant although I have probably been responsible for further spreading their... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1212 Main St., El Rito, NM 87530
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  El Rito
  • Phone Number: +1 575-581-9509
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