El Cholo Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 1025 Wilshire Blvd

    Santa Monica, CA 90403

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  • 310-899-1106

About El Cholo Restaurant

Hours
Mon - Thu, 11am - 10pm; Fri, Sat, 11am - 11pm; Sun, 11am - 9pm
Reservations
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Food

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Our food came out on time and was prepared just right. I would recommend this place to a hungry person the portions are huge! Service as ok but the food made up for it! I

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★★★★★

Our food came out on time and was prepared just right. I would recommend this place to a hungry person the portions are huge! Service as ok but the food made up for it! I

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You know what you're getting when you visit El Cholo. Unauthentic food and ambiance, waiters that want to be elsewhere, and so-so margaritas. That said, Mexican food in general in Santa Monica is awful, and El Cholo is actually better

3
★★★★★

You know what you're getting when you visit El Cholo. Unauthentic food and ambiance, waiters that want to be elsewhere, and so-so margaritas. That said, Mexican food in general in Santa Monica is awful, and El Cholo is actually better

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The restaurant is very nice to dine in, which is kind of unusual for Mexican food in LA. But the waitress kept trying to get us to purchase more food and suggesting drinks, guacamole, dessert, etc to increase the bill instead of providing

3
★★★★★

The restaurant is very nice to dine in, which is kind of unusual for Mexican food in LA. But the waitress kept trying to get us to purchase more food and suggesting drinks, guacamole, dessert, etc to increase the bill instead of providing

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Sometimes you're just in a mood for a great blended margarita and El Cholo never disappoints. It gets busy on the weekends so I like to come in on a weeknight with my husband. The food is good size but I really come here for the drinks.

4
★★★★☆

Sometimes you're just in a mood for a great blended margarita and El Cholo never disappoints. It gets busy on the weekends so I like to come in on a weeknight with my husband. The food is good size but I really come here for the drinks.

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Uncomforting comfort food cooked with no love, served in a smelly dining room by waitresses with ridiculous costumes. Regulars to this place must be easy to please.

3
★★★★★

Uncomforting comfort food cooked with no love, served in a smelly dining room by waitresses with ridiculous costumes. Regulars to this place must be easy to please.

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I have the El Cholo Cookbook and since I moved back to Los Angeles I wanted to go there. Well, I finaly did. The food portion was HUGE and tasted really bad. The place smells bad as well.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I have the El Cholo Cookbook and since I moved back to Los Angeles I wanted to go there. Well, I finaly did. The food portion was HUGE and tasted really bad. The place smells bad as well.

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Beyond the festive atmosphere there is nothing great about this place. Overpriced food that is very Americanized. The parking is impossible and valet is expensive. I had the tamales and guacamole- way too bland to be called Mexican.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Beyond the festive atmosphere there is nothing great about this place. Overpriced food that is very Americanized. The parking is impossible and valet is expensive. I had the tamales and guacamole- way too bland to be called Mexican.

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I Love El Chollo! They have fabulous mexican food, the portions are the perfect size. We always start with strong margaritas, and chips with guacamole. It's a fun atmosphere. They also have outside dining with heater lamps.

PROS: great food
CONS: limited parking, and sometimes a little loud

5
★★★★★

I Love El Chollo! They have fabulous mexican food, the portions are the perfect size. We always start with strong margaritas, and chips with guacamole. It's a fun atmosphere. They also have outside dining with heater lamps.

PROS: great food
CONS: limited parking, and sometimes a little loud

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This is a lively Mexican restaurant with a fun fairly large bar area. The wait is usually long, but it is worth the wait--especially with a margarita. The restaurant is pretty large, with two levels but still always crowded.

The guacamole is a must and even the chips and salsa are delicious. The menu itself isn't as comprehensive as some other restaurants, but the food is very good. The enchiladas suizas are excellent.

There is one table that is directly in front of the kitchen, but if you're fortunate enough to get that table, you get a order of free cheese nachos.

PROS: margaritas and enchiladas
CONS: can be a long wait for a table

4
★★★★☆

This is a lively Mexican restaurant with a fun fairly large bar area. The wait is usually long, but it is worth the wait--especially with a margarita. The restaurant is pretty large, with two levels but still always crowded.

The guacamole is a must and even the chips and salsa are delicious. The menu itself isn't as comprehensive as some other restaurants, but the food is very good. The enchiladas suizas are excellent.

There is one table that is directly in front of the kitchen, but if you're fortunate enough to get that table, you get a order of free cheese nachos.

PROS: margaritas and enchiladas
CONS: can be a long wait for a table

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This restaurant has great food, a great atmosphere and a traditional charm to it. It tends to get crowded, especially on the weekends but it's a great place to take the kids to. They can accommodate large parties too. There are other El Cholo restaurants in Los Angeles and Pasadena that are just as good.

5
★★★★★

This restaurant has great food, a great atmosphere and a traditional charm to it. It tends to get crowded, especially on the weekends but it's a great place to take the kids to. They can accommodate large parties too. There are other El Cholo restaurants in Los Angeles and Pasadena that are just as good.

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Students and families like the good margaritas and festive atmosphere, which are practically guaranteed at El Cholo. The food is pretty good, too: chicken breasts in flour tortillas with guacamole; crab enchiladas with jalapeno-cilantro…

 

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