El Compadre

★★★★☆
Home of the flaming margaritas. Features Mexican food, potent drinks and nightly music.
  • 7408 W Sunset Blvd

    Los Angeles, CA 90046

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  • 323-874-7924

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I can't believe I haven't written a review for this place yet! Geez! Ok so this place ROCKS! \r
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My go to item is the jumbo shrimp cocktail! Huge butterfly shrimp surround the oversized goblet with many other smaller shrimp inside. It

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I can't believe I haven't written a review for this place yet! Geez! Ok so this place ROCKS! \r
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My go to item is the jumbo shrimp cocktail! Huge butterfly shrimp surround the oversized goblet with many other smaller shrimp inside. It

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World Class food right in the LA city. Cool!

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World Class food right in the LA city. Cool!

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My first time and last time there.\r
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It was busy, we got a couple of chairs at the bar and ordered a couple of margaritas. Gave the bartender $20 ($18+$2 tip.) I ordered the Enchilada with King Crab and Bay Shrimp. First thing I

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My first time and last time there.\r
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It was busy, we got a couple of chairs at the bar and ordered a couple of margaritas. Gave the bartender $20 ($18+$2 tip.) I ordered the Enchilada with King Crab and Bay Shrimp. First thing I

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I can't believe people give this restaurant four stars. Four stars? I mean, really? It's the standard Mexican slop. A pool of refried beans, shredded iceberg lettuce, crispy tacos with some ground beef, some tomatoes. Some fresh

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I can't believe people give this restaurant four stars. Four stars? I mean, really? It's the standard Mexican slop. A pool of refried beans, shredded iceberg lettuce, crispy tacos with some ground beef, some tomatoes. Some fresh

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El compadre has been consistent throughout the years with exceptional margaritas, food, and service. I've seen many celebrities here and the owners don't treat them any differently than their other clients, everyone gets the same respect

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El compadre has been consistent throughout the years with exceptional margaritas, food, and service. I've seen many celebrities here and the owners don't treat them any differently than their other clients, everyone gets the same respect

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You would expect to find exceptional Mexican food in LA. You would not find it here. Sorely disappointing.

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You would expect to find exceptional Mexican food in LA. You would not find it here. Sorely disappointing.

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Great place to hang out with family!!! Real taste of mexican dishes!!! mmmmwah! Rock on..Highly recommend this hotel :)

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Great place to hang out with family!!! Real taste of mexican dishes!!! mmmmwah! Rock on..Highly recommend this hotel :)

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I came here for a friends bday and we had a big group of about 20. The margaritas are stiff and the staff is pretty friendly. I know there were several bdays there that night so the staff probably felt overwhelmed. The chips and salsa is

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I came here for a friends bday and we had a big group of about 20. The margaritas are stiff and the staff is pretty friendly. I know there were several bdays there that night so the staff probably felt overwhelmed. The chips and salsa is

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Did you move from Dallas or Austin to Los Angeles? Are you missing some of your favorite texmex flavors from Rudy's (mmmm.. Mexican Martinis...), or Papasitos, or even the fast food chain Taco Cabanna? (I stopped in El Paso for last chance

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Did you move from Dallas or Austin to Los Angeles? Are you missing some of your favorite texmex flavors from Rudy's (mmmm.. Mexican Martinis...), or Papasitos, or even the fast food chain Taco Cabanna? (I stopped in El Paso for last chance

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I just love this place. I go there almost every week for lunch with my friend. Their food is just wonderful and their service is awesome. We personally like MEMO the waiter, he's great:)

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I just love this place. I go there almost every week for lunch with my friend. Their food is just wonderful and their service is awesome. We personally like MEMO the waiter, he's great:)

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I highly recommend this restaurant. I love their food, drinks and service. This place is the bomb, and so is memo the waiter:)

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I highly recommend this restaurant. I love their food, drinks and service. This place is the bomb, and so is memo the waiter:)

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I was a loyal customer up until about a year go when my best friend and I decided to go for dinner and drinks. Being that we both live within walking distance we had counted on having several shots of tequila to start out before eating.

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★★★★★

I was a loyal customer up until about a year go when my best friend and I decided to go for dinner and drinks. Being that we both live within walking distance we had counted on having several shots of tequila to start out before eating.

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I LOVE El Campadre! It's the perfect place to go, especially after seeing theatre in the neighborhood. Killer margaritas and the food is pretty darn good, too.

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I LOVE El Campadre! It's the perfect place to go, especially after seeing theatre in the neighborhood. Killer margaritas and the food is pretty darn good, too.

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We had reservations for New Years Eve(early too) and an obnoxious older waiter told us we needed to pay and leave after we had just ordered, and received drinks. Food is Ok and they have a lot of old school drinks like stingers. Go on a Saturday afternoon and you'll be fine. The service is slow, so order an extra Mai Tai and relax.

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We had reservations for New Years Eve(early too) and an obnoxious older waiter told us we needed to pay and leave after we had just ordered, and received drinks. Food is Ok and they have a lot of old school drinks like stingers. Go on a Saturday afternoon and you'll be fine. The service is slow, so order an extra Mai Tai and relax.

Pros: Fun Atmosphere

Cons: Dreadful Service

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this place was VOTED NUMBER ONE BEST MEXICAN FOOD IN LA what more can u guys want. i mean u have everything there u got ur flaming margerhitias, the people who work there are nice and they have a little bit of olivera street u know the mexican theme and if the resturant is packed or they chage u the wrong amount then chill out cuz that place is always packed and they problay just charged you somone elses bill but that place is my favorite resturant in la. HOPE I HELPED :)

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this place was VOTED NUMBER ONE BEST MEXICAN FOOD IN LA what more can u guys want. i mean u have everything there u got ur flaming margerhitias, the people who work there are nice and they have a little bit of olivera street u know the mexican theme and if the resturant is packed or they chage u the wrong amount then chill out cuz that place is always packed and they problay just charged you somone elses bill but that place is my favorite resturant in la. HOPE I HELPED :)

Pros: EVERY THING THERE IS GOOD

Cons: ARE U KIDDING ME? NOTHING

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Before I went to El Compadre with friends visiting from Italy, I came to this site to read reviews and other things. Call my attention a review from one customer 7.16.09 about 'extra charges in its credit card'. I don't know if it was coincidence but the American Express of my friend from Italy was cloned the day after we were there, and suddenly in 3 days somebody charged 1,800 euros, divided in 7 different Target stores in city close to Los Angeles like Covina, Orange, Eagle Rock etc etc. Charges by $200 and $300 each.
I will go to the police and let them know to keep an eye or open an investigation.
What a coincidence !
If you go there be sure your restaurant bill and following bills in your credit card could be ok.
Yes, the food is good...but something fishy is happening there

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Before I went to El Compadre with friends visiting from Italy, I came to this site to read reviews and other things. Call my attention a review from one customer 7.16.09 about 'extra charges in its credit card'. I don't know if it was coincidence but the American Express of my friend from Italy was cloned the day after we were there, and suddenly in 3 days somebody charged 1,800 euros, divided in 7 different Target stores in city close to Los Angeles like Covina, Orange, Eagle Rock etc etc. Charges by $200 and $300 each.
I will go to the police and let them know to keep an eye or open an investigation.
What a coincidence !
If you go there be sure your restaurant bill and following bills in your credit card could be ok.
Yes, the food is good...but something fishy is happening there

Pros: Service

Cons: There is something fishy with credit cards there

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I've been coming to el compadre for 4 years,

the salsa and food was very delicious 4 years ago. Then they started going downhill, salsa started to taste worse and worse, food was not tasting as good ect. some days the salsa was disgusting. so I stopped going their entirely.

A year later I come with my girlfriend because nothing else was open that late.... OMG... the salsa was SPOT ON! it was so freakin good I was shocked! I heard they got "new people". anyways, they restored me back to "regular status". amazing what new management can do.

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I've been coming to el compadre for 4 years,

the salsa and food was very delicious 4 years ago. Then they started going downhill, salsa started to taste worse and worse, food was not tasting as good ect. some days the salsa was disgusting. so I stopped going their entirely.

A year later I come with my girlfriend because nothing else was open that late.... OMG... the salsa was SPOT ON! it was so freakin good I was shocked! I heard they got "new people". anyways, they restored me back to "regular status". amazing what new management can do.

Cons: inconsistancy with the salsa

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When confronted with extra charges on a lost credit card, the day and night managers (yes, I had to speak to both, one of them several times) were polite, but completely unhelpful. I had my original receipt for the correct amount, $30.40, with a $5 tip, ($35.40 total) and pointed out specifically they overcharged me a couple of bucks, $37.40. But what was really over the top is that they had also charged an additional $109.22 as separately!. The receipt had the server's ID (14), the date (7/11/09), the time(7:52pm), a batch # 774, and some reference # (079), and instead of searching their receipts, they claimed they needed me to come down to bring a bank statement with the charges. I don't have a printer to print my statement and I did not feel like I should have to hop in the car to help them fix their mistake. It was easier to just call the fraud department of my credit card company and let them sort it out. Sad.

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When confronted with extra charges on a lost credit card, the day and night managers (yes, I had to speak to both, one of them several times) were polite, but completely unhelpful. I had my original receipt for the correct amount, $30.40, with a $5 tip, ($35.40 total) and pointed out specifically they overcharged me a couple of bucks, $37.40. But what was really over the top is that they had also charged an additional $109.22 as separately!. The receipt had the server's ID (14), the date (7/11/09), the time(7:52pm), a batch # 774, and some reference # (079), and instead of searching their receipts, they claimed they needed me to come down to bring a bank statement with the charges. I don't have a printer to print my statement and I did not feel like I should have to hop in the car to help them fix their mistake. It was easier to just call the fraud department of my credit card company and let them sort it out. Sad.

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I love this place get good food, meet good peeps, get a mag that hot, go and see what I'm talking about, and that have good music all night the open till 2am thay open at 11am kool right, it's a must go and see in my book, trust me!

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I love this place get good food, meet good peeps, get a mag that hot, go and see what I'm talking about, and that have good music all night the open till 2am thay open at 11am kool right, it's a must go and see in my book, trust me!

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Like everything about this place except the wait on the weekends. The entire menu is full of great stuff.

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★★★★★

Like everything about this place except the wait on the weekends. The entire menu is full of great stuff.

Pros: Everything is Great

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The band the plays in the background ads to the wonderful experience of eating at this wonderfully decorated authentic mexican restaurant. They take a complimentary picture of you and your party at the table, which is a great little souvenier. The service is very good, they are constantly waiting on you..my boyfriend noted that their soda was especially yummy..hmm interesting. Great for family and romantic dates. HIghly recommend!

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★★★★★

The band the plays in the background ads to the wonderful experience of eating at this wonderfully decorated authentic mexican restaurant. They take a complimentary picture of you and your party at the table, which is a great little souvenier. The service is very good, they are constantly waiting on you..my boyfriend noted that their soda was especially yummy..hmm interesting. Great for family and romantic dates. HIghly recommend!

Pros: Great music, delicious food, watch the game, picture taken!

Cons: A bit pricey, but well worth it.

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El Compadre would be a great place if it wasnt so dang expensive...Everything here is good but i can only afford it once in a while.

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★★★★☆

El Compadre would be a great place if it wasnt so dang expensive...Everything here is good but i can only afford it once in a while.

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this place makes you feel like you are in mexico but the service sure could be better! try the cheese enchiladas and you cant go wrong!!

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★★★☆☆

this place makes you feel like you are in mexico but the service sure could be better! try the cheese enchiladas and you cant go wrong!!

Pros: authentic food

Cons: poor staff

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what is up with all of the haters?! by virtue of the fact that they "love" taco bell, tells me to exclude any seriousness from their review.

i've eaten here once. my sister brought me a couple of months ago and i absolutely loved the food. very "old school". the waiter was friendly, the drinks were strong and the plates were hot and yummy. i think i had shrimp or crab enchiladas and they were bomb!

in fact, the reason i'm writing this review is because i'm about to leave work and out of the blue i found myself craving the food but forgot the name, so i googled it. i get here and read such abrasive, inaccurate reviews by posters who obviously don't know good food (ie. taco bell). wanted to counter their hateration and tell y'all to get on down to el compadre and try it for yourself. if you like old school mexican food, you'll be impressed...very nostalgic ambience and satisfying food.

oh...and they stay open pretty LATE.

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what is up with all of the haters?! by virtue of the fact that they "love" taco bell, tells me to exclude any seriousness from their review.

i've eaten here once. my sister brought me a couple of months ago and i absolutely loved the food. very "old school". the waiter was friendly, the drinks were strong and the plates were hot and yummy. i think i had shrimp or crab enchiladas and they were bomb!

in fact, the reason i'm writing this review is because i'm about to leave work and out of the blue i found myself craving the food but forgot the name, so i googled it. i get here and read such abrasive, inaccurate reviews by posters who obviously don't know good food (ie. taco bell). wanted to counter their hateration and tell y'all to get on down to el compadre and try it for yourself. if you like old school mexican food, you'll be impressed...very nostalgic ambience and satisfying food.

oh...and they stay open pretty LATE.

Pros: great old school food and retro vibe.

Cons: parking

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I've actually been here a few times.. My bf seemed to think it was the only mexican place in LA that was decent LOL.. The service is SLOWWWWW! We waiting in the front to be seated at least 8 min.. Then we sat without drinks for another 10 min!! The food took forever and it isn't even good! It tastes watered down. The Salsa is yucky.. like tomato water.. I had A burrito with chicken.. do not order chicken here it had BONES in it!! Right off the bat I was disgusted and couldnt eat anymore.. it tasted like soup chicken.. like boiled.. hard to explain but it was BLAND!
I think taco bell is amazing!! LOL... I wish I could find a decent mexican place in LA. I wont be going back.. neither should you.
Service sucked BIG TIME. and the parking lot is a pain.. its soo small

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I've actually been here a few times.. My bf seemed to think it was the only mexican place in LA that was decent LOL.. The service is SLOWWWWW! We waiting in the front to be seated at least 8 min.. Then we sat without drinks for another 10 min!! The food took forever and it isn't even good! It tastes watered down. The Salsa is yucky.. like tomato water.. I had A burrito with chicken.. do not order chicken here it had BONES in it!! Right off the bat I was disgusted and couldnt eat anymore.. it tasted like soup chicken.. like boiled.. hard to explain but it was BLAND!
I think taco bell is amazing!! LOL... I wish I could find a decent mexican place in LA. I wont be going back.. neither should you.
Service sucked BIG TIME. and the parking lot is a pain.. its soo small

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This has got to be the worse Mexican food place in the entire SW. The service was lousy and not friendly at all. We had to wait and wait for something to drink. My husband had carnitas and it was extremely dry and crispy. I ordered Chile Colorado and regretted it. 1 out 3 pieces of meat were nothing but chunks of fat and the sauce was too water and tasted terrible. My husband and I had eaten at several Mexican restaurants and this is by far the worse. For the next two days my husband and I had upset stomachs. This place should be closed down before someone gets real sick by eating there.

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This has got to be the worse Mexican food place in the entire SW. The service was lousy and not friendly at all. We had to wait and wait for something to drink. My husband had carnitas and it was extremely dry and crispy. I ordered Chile Colorado and regretted it. 1 out 3 pieces of meat were nothing but chunks of fat and the sauce was too water and tasted terrible. My husband and I had eaten at several Mexican restaurants and this is by far the worse. For the next two days my husband and I had upset stomachs. This place should be closed down before someone gets real sick by eating there.

Pros: Plenty of parking because no customers

Cons: Terrible food, unfriendly waiter, too costly for what you get

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El Compadre is right around the street from me and the first few times I went with friends I enjoyed it there. After all $9 margaritas you'd say is a great price for being in Hollywood. Well if you are someone who is enjoys real tequila (not patron) then this is not the place for you. THey fill the top shelf tequilas with cheap bottom shelf brands. We went in one day as usual and this time we ordered the Don Julio 1942 which is $18 a shot, but I didnt care because it is my FAVORITE tequila of all. When we got our shots first of all they werent even the same color as anejo they were blanco and they tasted exactly like patron!!! We will NEVER go back there again. THey rip you off and you dont even know it. I would rather drive clear across town for Malo because they serve the tequila you actually ordered, not some other low grade brand. *tsk tsk* on El Compadre. And dont forget to notice the B rating for food....eeww!! I guess we do "get what we pay for" when it comes to this restaurant

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El Compadre is right around the street from me and the first few times I went with friends I enjoyed it there. After all $9 margaritas you'd say is a great price for being in Hollywood. Well if you are someone who is enjoys real tequila (not patron) then this is not the place for you. THey fill the top shelf tequilas with cheap bottom shelf brands. We went in one day as usual and this time we ordered the Don Julio 1942 which is $18 a shot, but I didnt care because it is my FAVORITE tequila of all. When we got our shots first of all they werent even the same color as anejo they were blanco and they tasted exactly like patron!!! We will NEVER go back there again. THey rip you off and you dont even know it. I would rather drive clear across town for Malo because they serve the tequila you actually ordered, not some other low grade brand. *tsk tsk* on El Compadre. And dont forget to notice the B rating for food....eeww!! I guess we do "get what we pay for" when it comes to this restaurant

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The margaritas there are a must try for drinks. The food comes in a big portions so if you don't eat much you can share the plate with someone. I got there Steak Fajitas plate, it was pretty good. The place is really romantic I'll have to say. I really had a good experience there with my friends. Their service was a little slow but very good service. I wouldn't mind going back there again.

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The margaritas there are a must try for drinks. The food comes in a big portions so if you don't eat much you can share the plate with someone. I got there Steak Fajitas plate, it was pretty good. The place is really romantic I'll have to say. I really had a good experience there with my friends. Their service was a little slow but very good service. I wouldn't mind going back there again.

Cons: The parking space is not big so you have to find street parking.

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El Compadre is a Los Angeles Legend! This is the best place to people watch and have margaritas. Yes, you have to get your table early and yes, the food can be improved but it's not about that. It's about the band, the drinks and the awesome atmosphere. It's the perfect Hollywood hotspot and it's open for lunch and dinner so you can party all day long. The service is great and so are the bartenders! I love the tacos and chicken enchiladas-they are a perfect compliment to the strawberry margarita!

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★★★★★

El Compadre is a Los Angeles Legend! This is the best place to people watch and have margaritas. Yes, you have to get your table early and yes, the food can be improved but it's not about that. It's about the band, the drinks and the awesome atmosphere. It's the perfect Hollywood hotspot and it's open for lunch and dinner so you can party all day long. The service is great and so are the bartenders! I love the tacos and chicken enchiladas-they are a perfect compliment to the strawberry margarita!

Pros: Ambience and Margaritas

Cons: The wait is long

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Great margaritas! The atmosphere was so nice and the bartender was great! I got two KILLER margaritas (flaming ofcourse) and some chips, salsa and beautiful, fresh guacamole! I'll DEFINITELY go back to El Compadre!

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★★★☆☆

Great margaritas! The atmosphere was so nice and the bartender was great! I got two KILLER margaritas (flaming ofcourse) and some chips, salsa and beautiful, fresh guacamole! I'll DEFINITELY go back to El Compadre!

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BAD!!BAD!!BAD!! I RATHER GO TO TACO BELL, THEN BACK HERE!! THE OWNER AND OR 10 YEAR OLD CO OWNER Need to re-evaluate!!!! BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BAD!!BAD!!BAD!! I RATHER GO TO TACO BELL, THEN BACK HERE!! THE OWNER AND OR 10 YEAR OLD CO OWNER Need to re-evaluate!!!! BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cons: Everything -too expensive for the crappy service, and long wait and bad food that will make you regret the next morning!!! BAD!!!!!!!!!

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If you are looking for that Mexican restaurant with the band playing and crowded upbeat vibe, el Compadre won't disappoint. I'd say the food is a bit better than average but drinks are strong so it ends up being a good time! Great location on Sunset puts you in the middle of everything when you are ready to hit the town.

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If you are looking for that Mexican restaurant with the band playing and crowded upbeat vibe, el Compadre won't disappoint. I'd say the food is a bit better than average but drinks are strong so it ends up being a good time! Great location on Sunset puts you in the middle of everything when you are ready to hit the town.

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I thought the food was pretty good-- mostly just satisfactory. But it "hit the spot" with a late nite craving. But with the musicians, the back patio, the dark setting and the great margaritas, I would always consider this place again.

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I thought the food was pretty good-- mostly just satisfactory. But it "hit the spot" with a late nite craving. But with the musicians, the back patio, the dark setting and the great margaritas, I would always consider this place again.

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This place is a 'must visit' if you're from out of town. The food is great and the drinks are stiff. Most nights they have a really good mariachi band that plays.

It does get crowded on the weekends, so unless you have a reservation, be prepared to wait for a little while. But like I said, the bar is great and you can enjoy the band.

The food is pretty authentic and the service is good. Try it out sometime!

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This place is a 'must visit' if you're from out of town. The food is great and the drinks are stiff. Most nights they have a really good mariachi band that plays.

It does get crowded on the weekends, so unless you have a reservation, be prepared to wait for a little while. But like I said, the bar is great and you can enjoy the band.

The food is pretty authentic and the service is good. Try it out sometime!

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All I wanted was some great margaritas before my trip to the LA area ended. My friend took me to El Compadre because he'd eaten there before. I was so glad he did! The atmosphere was so nice and the bartender was great!
I got two KILLER margaritas (flaming ofcourse) and some chips, salsa and beautiful, fresh guacamole!
I'll DEFINITELY go back to El Compadre on my next trip!
WOOOOOOOOH!

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★★★★★

All I wanted was some great margaritas before my trip to the LA area ended. My friend took me to El Compadre because he'd eaten there before. I was so glad he did! The atmosphere was so nice and the bartender was great!
I got two KILLER margaritas (flaming ofcourse) and some chips, salsa and beautiful, fresh guacamole!
I'll DEFINITELY go back to El Compadre on my next trip!
WOOOOOOOOH!

Pros: ALL WAS GOOD/FUN!

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My wife Lindzee absolutely loves this place... We live in Seattle and have difficulty finding authentic Mexican.. thank god for El Compadre...

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My wife Lindzee absolutely loves this place... We live in Seattle and have difficulty finding authentic Mexican.. thank god for El Compadre...

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I know it's been said to death, but it's true! If not a bit pricey for the flame, it's still worth it. Also, the deep fried burrito, is the BOMB! Love the mariachi band, and the old school red booths. I always take my visiting friends there.

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★★★★☆

I know it's been said to death, but it's true! If not a bit pricey for the flame, it's still worth it. Also, the deep fried burrito, is the BOMB! Love the mariachi band, and the old school red booths. I always take my visiting friends there.

Pros: Flaming Maragritas, Deep Fried Burrito.

Cons: Long wait on a Friday/Saturday night.

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HA! Just read the review from "palooza" - and I had the EXACT same experience! Not only did our waiter appear to be on "a white, illegal substance", but he completely disappeared. We waited 45 minutes for enchiladas. ENCHIL-FREAKING-LADAS! Obviously he never actually placed our order. When we asked him why it was taking so long he gave us a completely incomprehensible response. We tried to order drinks but they never arrived. I don't know how this place makes any money - they seem unwilling or unable to perform basic restaurant tasks. When the food finally arrived it was ICE COLD with hard, coagulated cheese on top. We were so hungry and angry we ate it anyway. Of course, we couldn't complain because our waiter was back snorting rails again. STAY AWAY! And as a thank you from El Compadre, I was greeted with a case of irritable bowel the following day.

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HA! Just read the review from "palooza" - and I had the EXACT same experience! Not only did our waiter appear to be on "a white, illegal substance", but he completely disappeared. We waited 45 minutes for enchiladas. ENCHIL-FREAKING-LADAS! Obviously he never actually placed our order. When we asked him why it was taking so long he gave us a completely incomprehensible response. We tried to order drinks but they never arrived. I don't know how this place makes any money - they seem unwilling or unable to perform basic restaurant tasks. When the food finally arrived it was ICE COLD with hard, coagulated cheese on top. We were so hungry and angry we ate it anyway. Of course, we couldn't complain because our waiter was back snorting rails again. STAY AWAY! And as a thank you from El Compadre, I was greeted with a case of irritable bowel the following day.

Pros: Red booths

Cons: EVERYTHING else! Especially the food and service

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I went here for lunch and it was awesome. The waiter was funny and the margaritas were excellent and VERY STRONG. The food itself was good, I got carnitas in verde sauce and was blown away, it was a lot better than I expected it to be, and the ambiance is fun too, it has a down home feeling to the place. I'd definitely recommend it, and plan on going back again, it was a little pricey, but for Hollywood it wasn't surprisingly so.

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★★★★☆

I went here for lunch and it was awesome. The waiter was funny and the margaritas were excellent and VERY STRONG. The food itself was good, I got carnitas in verde sauce and was blown away, it was a lot better than I expected it to be, and the ambiance is fun too, it has a down home feeling to the place. I'd definitely recommend it, and plan on going back again, it was a little pricey, but for Hollywood it wasn't surprisingly so.

Pros: Good food, great drinks, lots of parking around back

Cons: A bit pricey

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after enjoying this place and their flaming margaritas for a couple months, from initial discovery until ... el comcockroach. that's all.

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★★★☆☆

after enjoying this place and their flaming margaritas for a couple months, from initial discovery until ... el comcockroach. that's all.

Pros: good mexican food, great margaritas, nice vibe, dark

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anyone who has negative things to say about this restaurant is crazy. yes, you will probably have to wait a bit on busy nights...but that just speaks to how good this place is! but the food is DELICIOUS, and the drinks are always strong and good. by far one of my favorite restaurants in l.a. affordable, delicious and fun. what more could you want?

2
★★★★★

anyone who has negative things to say about this restaurant is crazy. yes, you will probably have to wait a bit on busy nights...but that just speaks to how good this place is! but the food is DELICIOUS, and the drinks are always strong and good. by far one of my favorite restaurants in l.a. affordable, delicious and fun. what more could you want?

Pros: good prices, delicious food, great drinks, fun lively atmosphere....and music!

Cons: parking can be rough, often busy

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Decent food, nice dark atmosphere and strong drinks. Cool bartender and attentive waiters make this place a pleasure. Check it out.

2
★★★★☆

Decent food, nice dark atmosphere and strong drinks. Cool bartender and attentive waiters make this place a pleasure. Check it out.

Pros: The atmosphere.. it's nice and dark. The service - very polite

Cons: Parking

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the food is so good that I can't wait to go back, I go there twice a week they're always packed... try the double margarita the best ever in La, last time i went was my friend's birthday the band sung the song for us they were so nice and the waiter was always very attentive in everything. Love it!

2
★★★★★

the food is so good that I can't wait to go back, I go there twice a week they're always packed... try the double margarita the best ever in La, last time i went was my friend's birthday the band sung the song for us they were so nice and the waiter was always very attentive in everything. Love it!

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I read the reviews but didn't listen! I thought, 'it can't be that bad." It was. We stood in the middle of the restaurant for 5 minutes before someone showed us a table. At first all seemed good, we got our drinks and our food within 20 minutes. My husband asked for another beer that never showed up. We asked for our check and when it arrived there was a charge for the 2nd beer that we never received! Luckily we had cash so we just deducated the charge ourselves and paid the difference with a small tip. We weren't about to wait around for them to bring us a new bill. It's unfortunate that the service is so bad because the food was decent and the marg was great. We will not go back.

1
★★☆☆☆

I read the reviews but didn't listen! I thought, 'it can't be that bad." It was. We stood in the middle of the restaurant for 5 minutes before someone showed us a table. At first all seemed good, we got our drinks and our food within 20 minutes. My husband asked for another beer that never showed up. We asked for our check and when it arrived there was a charge for the 2nd beer that we never received! Luckily we had cash so we just deducated the charge ourselves and paid the difference with a small tip. We weren't about to wait around for them to bring us a new bill. It's unfortunate that the service is so bad because the food was decent and the marg was great. We will not go back.

Pros: Margs

Cons: Service

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OK, I think the previous 3 glowing reviews were written by friends of the owner, that is pretty obvious. Now how about the TRUTH?

This is a place to stop by the bar for a margarita, chat up cute drunk guys, but that is IT. If you try to actually EAT in this RESTAURANT, you are OUTTA LUCK. Myself, and several people I know have been seated to eat on different times and days, and NEVER GOT FOOD and got severe runaround from the wait staff! The service is consistently AWFUL, waiters actually run from the kitchen when they get a plate of food cause they know the hungry diners might grab the plate from them!

There are many other good Mexican food places in LA to go where the kitchen makes FOOD, and the wait staff actually brings FOOD to people, where table service comes with a smile and some charm, where you can have a good overall experience. I think the manager needs to decide if he is running a restaurant or a club...TO DAVID: if you think you are a club with VIP areas and velvet ropes, you want kiss booties of celebs, then be a CLUB already. If you claim to run a RESTAURANT, then get your act together and give these hungry people some enchilladas! A restaurant with no food is WEIRD, comprende?

Other than the occasional margarita after shopping at Guitar Center, me and my band won't be dropping by El Compadre anytime soon. At least not to EAT.

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★☆☆☆☆

OK, I think the previous 3 glowing reviews were written by friends of the owner, that is pretty obvious. Now how about the TRUTH?

This is a place to stop by the bar for a margarita, chat up cute drunk guys, but that is IT. If you try to actually EAT in this RESTAURANT, you are OUTTA LUCK. Myself, and several people I know have been seated to eat on different times and days, and NEVER GOT FOOD and got severe runaround from the wait staff! The service is consistently AWFUL, waiters actually run from the kitchen when they get a plate of food cause they know the hungry diners might grab the plate from them!

There are many other good Mexican food places in LA to go where the kitchen makes FOOD, and the wait staff actually brings FOOD to people, where table service comes with a smile and some charm, where you can have a good overall experience. I think the manager needs to decide if he is running a restaurant or a club...TO DAVID: if you think you are a club with VIP areas and velvet ropes, you want kiss booties of celebs, then be a CLUB already. If you claim to run a RESTAURANT, then get your act together and give these hungry people some enchilladas! A restaurant with no food is WEIRD, comprende?

Other than the occasional margarita after shopping at Guitar Center, me and my band won't be dropping by El Compadre anytime soon. At least not to EAT.

Pros: Margaritas margaritas margaritas

Cons: No food is served, long waits, bad service

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The food is very good, worth the wait on crowded nights. The bar is also a good place to sit (if not too crowded) while you wait for your table.

2
★★★★★

The food is very good, worth the wait on crowded nights. The bar is also a good place to sit (if not too crowded) while you wait for your table.

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El Compadre, where David Castro, the co owner and hands on manager worked over 12 years ago, is situated at sunset blvd across from the world famous guitar center. It had a VIP enclave overlooking the mariachi band and a restaurant frequented by the likes of Freddie Mercury, Lemmy from Motorhead, Bruce Dickinson and N.E.R.D., oh and Dan Hankin. How do I know all this, well at the time I was a barman, who had to serve the hundreds of flaming margaritas often ordered soo much that we couldent keep up. Today El Compadre has refined decor with leather covered high backed chairs and curtained tables. The bar area is actually part of the dining area and looks onto the beautifully decorated atmosphere.The whole dish that I had was an amazing balance of delicate flavours and textures, the only complaint being; there wasn?t enough! My "botana el compadre especial" was excellent. Shrimp can often be overcooked or over dressed, but the subtlety of the citrus flavours with the perfectly cooked asparagus was a pleasure.
The main course couldn?t arrive quickly enough, as by now I was in sensory heaven enjoying a bottle of Chablis well chosen by David Castro, the very professional Restaurant Manager.The dessert was definitely necessary, roasted pineapple with a banana pancetta and fried caramel ice cream was amazing, but a little too sweet for my taste buds. So I opted instead for the freshly baked cherry filled empanada with an outstanding rum glaze. And apart from a solitary cherry stone that sneaked in it was a treat to gorge myself on a very generous fruity offering.As the night grows older, the people grow younger and the music gets louder and at the entrance, clifford is deciding on who the lucky VIPs will be. But if you book for dinner entrance is guaranteed and for free, now that?s worth the price of a meal any day.If you want the best mexican food you every tasted, Go to El Compadre. But, be warned, once you go, you won?t want to eat at any other mexican restaurant.

2
★★★★★

El Compadre, where David Castro, the co owner and hands on manager worked over 12 years ago, is situated at sunset blvd across from the world famous guitar center. It had a VIP enclave overlooking the mariachi band and a restaurant frequented by the likes of Freddie Mercury, Lemmy from Motorhead, Bruce Dickinson and N.E.R.D., oh and Dan Hankin. How do I know all this, well at the time I was a barman, who had to serve the hundreds of flaming margaritas often ordered soo much that we couldent keep up. Today El Compadre has refined decor with leather covered high backed chairs and curtained tables. The bar area is actually part of the dining area and looks onto the beautifully decorated atmosphere.The whole dish that I had was an amazing balance of delicate flavours and textures, the only complaint being; there wasn?t enough! My "botana el compadre especial" was excellent. Shrimp can often be overcooked or over dressed, but the subtlety of the citrus flavours with the perfectly cooked asparagus was a pleasure.
The main course couldn?t arrive quickly enough, as by now I was in sensory heaven enjoying a bottle of Chablis well chosen by David Castro, the very professional Restaurant Manager.The dessert was definitely necessary, roasted pineapple with a banana pancetta and fried caramel ice cream was amazing, but a little too sweet for my taste buds. So I opted instead for the freshly baked cherry filled empanada with an outstanding rum glaze. And apart from a solitary cherry stone that sneaked in it was a treat to gorge myself on a very generous fruity offering.As the night grows older, the people grow younger and the music gets louder and at the entrance, clifford is deciding on who the lucky VIPs will be. But if you book for dinner entrance is guaranteed and for free, now that?s worth the price of a meal any day.If you want the best mexican food you every tasted, Go to El Compadre. But, be warned, once you go, you won?t want to eat at any other mexican restaurant.

Pros: everything

Cons: no

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I woke up one morning and had the worst day ever.it all started then i was going to work.i wasnt paying attention and crashed into the car infront of me.the only thing that i was worried about was the cost of damage.now i was running late for work.i slamed my foot on the gas and a few miles down the road i saw the flashing red and blue lights in the rearview mirror.The pig got me for speeding and also for an expired tag.I was p issed. I finally got to work late when the boss called me up to his office after counting up how many times i was late and he told me that i was fired.this was the worst day ever.later on that night some friends convinced me to go out to a resturant with them and have a few drinks after they found out how bad my day was. i was already in a very bad mood when we pulled up to the small building that looked like a hole in the wall. I thought it was going to be c rap.the first thing i saw was an awsome picture of a margarita with fire comming out of it. the place was packed and there was a cool mariachi band playing. we were greated by a beautiful hostess that sat us down right away, not a minute later someone came by to take our drink orders. i ordered that flaming margarita. after our drink orders i looked across the room and saw Quentin Tarantino and the RZA from wu-tang, i went over there and introduced myself, got a few pictures and an autograph. when i got back to my table our drinks were there and the waiter was ready to take our order. i found the "botana el compadre especial". it sounded good. while we were waiting, i was already getting drunk by my second flaming margarita that was soo good, i wanted to s lap the sh*t out of the cute little bartender for making me c um in my pants. there was only enough time to take a p iss and wash my hands when the waiter came with our orders. words cant describe how good the food was, how fast the service was, how professional the staff was and how much i want to cut the people who wrote bad reviews

2
★★★★★

I woke up one morning and had the worst day ever.it all started then i was going to work.i wasnt paying attention and crashed into the car infront of me.the only thing that i was worried about was the cost of damage.now i was running late for work.i slamed my foot on the gas and a few miles down the road i saw the flashing red and blue lights in the rearview mirror.The pig got me for speeding and also for an expired tag.I was p issed. I finally got to work late when the boss called me up to his office after counting up how many times i was late and he told me that i was fired.this was the worst day ever.later on that night some friends convinced me to go out to a resturant with them and have a few drinks after they found out how bad my day was. i was already in a very bad mood when we pulled up to the small building that looked like a hole in the wall. I thought it was going to be c rap.the first thing i saw was an awsome picture of a margarita with fire comming out of it. the place was packed and there was a cool mariachi band playing. we were greated by a beautiful hostess that sat us down right away, not a minute later someone came by to take our drink orders. i ordered that flaming margarita. after our drink orders i looked across the room and saw Quentin Tarantino and the RZA from wu-tang, i went over there and introduced myself, got a few pictures and an autograph. when i got back to my table our drinks were there and the waiter was ready to take our order. i found the "botana el compadre especial". it sounded good. while we were waiting, i was already getting drunk by my second flaming margarita that was soo good, i wanted to s lap the sh*t out of the cute little bartender for making me c um in my pants. there was only enough time to take a p iss and wash my hands when the waiter came with our orders. words cant describe how good the food was, how fast the service was, how professional the staff was and how much i want to cut the people who wrote bad reviews

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This place is so good! From the food to the drinks! Its true that it might get busy and takes a while to be seated but its worth it! or just get there early, every night i go its packed! so there doing something right! They have live music and good for large groups. Btw, there salsa and chips THE BEST!

2
★★★★★

This place is so good! From the food to the drinks! Its true that it might get busy and takes a while to be seated but its worth it! or just get there early, every night i go its packed! so there doing something right! They have live music and good for large groups. Btw, there salsa and chips THE BEST!

Pros: Drinks, food, vibe

Cons: time to get seated

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The staff is friendly. Great Guacamole. Not a long wait time (I went on a Sunday night). Cute italian Bar Tender! Enchiladas were good!

2
★★★★★

The staff is friendly. Great Guacamole. Not a long wait time (I went on a Sunday night). Cute italian Bar Tender! Enchiladas were good!

 

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