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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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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good43%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“guacamole” (27 reviews)
“enchiladas” (11 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 10:30 pmAll hours
Mexican, Spanish, Latin, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
260 E Colorado Blvd Ste 203, Pasadena, CA 91101-2251
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Felt like some Mexican food after a movie, and El Cholo was convenient. We ordered Cadillac Margaritas, they were so good we sucked them dry in a hurry! We ordered combination plates, tamales and enchiladas, and they showed up promptly. Unfortunately, it was one tough...More

Thank DonaldYokum
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The best part was the Salsa, great flavor and really nice heat. We ordered Carnitas and Cochinita Pibil. The Carnitas had no flavor, could have been a pork shoulder that I pulled out of the oven. The Pibil was a bit more flavorful, but I...More

Thank cdematt
Reviewed 12 January 2018

We visited on New Year's night, so the slow service might have been from the holiday. Otherwise, the food was good and fresh. Salsa was a bit hot for everyone, but was just right for me. This is located in an outdoor mall, so there...More

Thank MichelleGreg
Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

El Cholo is an institution in Los Angeles County, and for good reason. Great, delicious, hearty food at a reasonable price. Those pralines at the end of the meal seal the deal.

Thank PGarcia
Reviewed 22 November 2017

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 15 November 2017

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 31 October 2017 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 17 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 7 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 27 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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