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El Cholo

€€ - €€€Mexican, , Latin
1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1906
+1 310-899-1106
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good45%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (21 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (14 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00 Hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1906
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited for lunch on a Monday afternoon, so we almost had the whole courtyard to ourselves. The outdoor setting was very pretty and felt cozy and private. The food was fresh and delicious. My small Margarita was very potent. Staff was very attentive (but...More

Thank JJTraveler727
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Seafood fajitas was great with shrimp, scallops, Mahi and lobster. Guacamole made table side was amazing. Drinks were good. Service not so good asked multiple times for water that never came. Nice valet parking for $6.

Thank Will S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place has been in business for years !! A typical place great service and for sure awesome drinks ! Salsa and chips to start omg. Great and fresh. Guacamole is good but if you need spice ask. The valet parking helps especially during busy...More

Thank denise k
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sitting outside on the patio is pleasant on spring evenings, and you can bring your dog, but the menu is very limited, the food is not terribly Mexican, and the service is not the best. You do get a cloth napkin though. Comparing to El...More

Thank dan g
Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

Came here for dinner during a family trip. Place was packed but with reservations we were promptly sat on arrival. For some reason our server seemed to dissuade our desire for table side guacamole recommending we take the premade stuff which ended up being overly...More

Thank Ana G
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Our favorite place for fresh, tasty Mexican cuisine. The restaurant is one of the small chains in Los Angeles area (others being in downtown LA, La Habra, Anaheim Hills and Corona Del Mar); The one in Santa Monica, our favorite, is built Hacienda-style with both...More

Thank Shyam A
Reviewed 11 February 2018

We went on a Saturday night after giving a call. We were told there was only a 10 minute wait and it was not very busy. I don't know what 'busy' is for them but when we showed up at 6:30 PM we had to...More

Reviewed 31 January 2018

El Cholo Santa Monica is my favorite location! The food is always on point no matter when I come. The food is reasonably priced, has a great location, and awesome drinks! I highly recommend this place as it has the BEST Mexican food!

Thank jaybrown90
Reviewed 20 January 2018

Forget quality food and decent prices. Chile relleno was mostly egg..with tiny chile and forget the cheese...extremely poor. Combo came with "rolled beef taco"...only one....slightly larger version of a tacquito, but with less actual meat...calling it a taco is a joke.....some rice and beans on...More

Thank ttcnc
Reviewed 9 January 2018

Had dinner here on a Saturday night. Checked out several other places in the area and all had very long waits. Ultimately ate here. The food was good. I had a tamale and a cheese enchilada. I do not usually like just cheese enchiladas, but...More

Thank LegoAthos
Santa Monica
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1906
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-899-1106
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