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El Cholo

1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1906
+1 310-899-1106
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good46%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
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1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1906
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So we had a couple of nights to start our trip in L.A while we recovered from the flight from Australia. This venue was actually our third Mexican place we ate at over two days in LA. We figured that considering we were in California,...More

1  Thank Chris W
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Went there for Taco Tuesday. Restaurant and bar has happy hour deals. Our group ate off the Happy Hour Menu. Margaritas, ceviche, mini tacos and crab taquittos. It was a definite crowd pleaser.

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 22 August 2017

The food here was excellent! Service was extremely fast and friendly. The house margaritas are really good and is the drink to go with.

Thank Matthew H
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

First time at an apparently well-liked restaurant. I first ordered their house frozen margarita. Very tasty. The chips were warm and the two salsas served were quite good - each had a unique flavor. I ordered the Combo 1 which came with a cheese enchilada,...More

Thank Haywhitmom
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Great Mexican food done right! We had terrific (and large) margaritas. The salsa was tomato-y and tasty, though not spicy. The carnitas were excellent and the carne asada was perfectly cooked & perfectly seasoned. Did I say the margaritas were good? We sat outside in...More

Thank Kevin R
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

After landing in LAX we came for lunch in this historical landmark. Great Mexican restaurant with proven record for over 80 years. The tostadas , enchiladas or tacos are outstanding. This time i did not try the margaritas , designated driver. The valet is good...More

Thank macmanion
Reviewed 12 July 2017

We visited El Cholo prior to attending a concert nearby. The food, service and ambience are excellent, but the drinks are superior. I will simply say this, the margaritas we had there were the best we've had anywhere. They have a wide selection of tequilas...More

Thank Claude F
Reviewed 23 June 2017

This restaurant has a longstanding reputation. This was the first time I had visited this property and I was glad to see that it was light and airy. The outside patio was large and held a lot of patrons as well as the inside. I...More

Thank Jeane141
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Had not been there in a while. It is still a busy place with a very vibrant happy hours scene, and a full patio section with diners in their dogs. We ate inside, in a comfortable booth. our waiter was beyond enthusiastic - to the...More

Thank lillywillis
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

We have eaten here several times. This is a mature establishment with great ambiance, great wait staff, excellent parking attendants, etc. The food is average however and we wish it was better. This past week we had their Southwestern Chicken Salad and the chicken was...More

Thank Larry F
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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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, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
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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