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El Cholo Cafe

260 E Colorado Blvd Ste 203, Pasadena, CA 91101-2251
+1 626-795-5800
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good42%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“guacamole” (27 reviews)
“enchiladas” (10 reviews)
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Mexican, Spanish
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260 E Colorado Blvd Ste 203, Pasadena, CA 91101-2251
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a nice restaurant in a very nice location. I had a hard time finding a parking space. The food was good, very traditional and large portions.

Thank Ricardo F
Reviewed 1 week ago

The menu at this location has the year that entree was introduced, cool concept! The magaritas are a bit unique as they actually use premium tequilas, but they are tasty.

Thank Runs4Cache
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our Mexican shuttle driver recommended this restaurant as a Mexican American infusion! The food was absolutely delicious and the cocktails too! Everything was well priced and service was speedy! Definitely recommend it!

Thank GraceOrchid
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Went there with friends for drinks and dinner. The food was very good and the portions were good. The service was friendly and we ate out on the terrace which was great. Overall surprisingly good.

Thank Matthew G
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Service was a bit sketchy but ok at the bar. Employees seemed to place a bit more importance on busing the dishes than serving the drinks. El Cholo Margarita, draft beer and well drinks are $5. We called before and the man who answered told...More

Thank Oneusernm2many
Reviewed 26 July 2017

Good food good service good waiter a little loud during this fiesta but makes you get into the holiday. like the outside and variety of dish's to choose from, well drinks and like the cute things they give out. Good for a date or bringing...More

Thank chepler2017
Reviewed 30 May 2017

I was a woman traveling alone and sat at the bar, but was still able to order the table side guacamole which was delicious. I ordered carnitas. It was real. It was not just shredded pork, but had pork belly and the wonderful fat from...More

Thank smdyl
Reviewed 22 May 2017

We went to El Cholo for Sunday lunch. Without a reservation, we were seated immediately. Our table service was good, as was the food. We were able to order the size of combination plates that we wanted, and the margaritas were good. However, the ladies'...More

Thank JoeySSanDimas_CA
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Tucked in an upper corner of a rather busy outdoor mall with separated buildings, this place took some doing to find. Decor is busy Mexican. Staff are fine. Food is mediocre.

Thank EuForia_01
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Saturday afternoon after we attended a convention in Pasadena, grabbed my husband and 2 adult sons and went to El Cholo for cocktails and dinner, Good margaritas!!! Lots of tequilas available. Green corn tamales when in season are a must! Service was fast and friendly...More

Thank smsdes
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 260 E Colorado Blvd Ste 203, Pasadena, CA 91101-2251
    (Garfield Ave. and Colorado Blvd.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-795-5800
  • E-mail
El Cholo Pasadena opened its doors to the public in October 2000 on Fair Oaks Ave. We moved to the Paseo Mall in December 2010 on Colorado Blvd. keeping the 88 year old legend going strong. All of the El Cholo restaurants feature authentic and traditional Mexican dishes, many of which have come from family recipes dating back to 1923. Our distinctive menu offers classics such as our famous Green Corn Tamales, Enchiladas,and sizzling Fajitas. Our Combination plates along with our newer comidas especiales have made El Cholo famous along with our irresistible Nachos introduced in the 1950's. But there is one thing that El Cholo is especially known for and that is our Award-Winning Margarita.
The decor of El Cholo Pasadena radiates warmth and relaxation. The Hacienda style architecture is accented with hand-painted arches, rustic ceiling timbers and traditional Mexican murals.
Amenities include two full service bars, three outdoor patios,and a private banquet room.
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