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El Cholo

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Santa Monica
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish
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1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1906
+1 310-899-1106
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Los Angeles
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101 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very charming and friendly place. I love the tortilla soup. Burrito is just ok. Chips and salsa are really good. Enchilada is average.

Thank amirk973
Virginia, France
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120 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

A great choice for both those who have enjoyed Mexican food for decades, as well as for first-timers. We brought a couple of friends from France to dinner at El Cholo, and they so enjoyed the atmosphere as well as the excellent meals - the daily special of grilled shrimp was terrific, as was the signature dish, my cheese enchiladas,... More 

Thank Anne W
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Verg good Mexican food! We were able to get seated immediately on a Sunday night. The service was timely with polite people. Portions are very adequate and they have no problem making sure you have chips and salsa. They have been around a long time and you can see why.

Thank Vikingtravellers
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

The best is #4 combo two cheese enchiladas. The sauce on them is the best. When I crave enchiladas, I go to El Cholos. Nachos are good too.

Thank Roxie P
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Went here for a group party. Very welcoming we ordered drinks from the bar ..as all our party was not here yet. I had a nice coconut cocktail..very filling. $12. Friends had various drinks. Get a table outside much nicer. Food average. Alot of cheese. Dessert average. Very nice staff and went to JPs bar after.

Thank Sarah L
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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279 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

My favourite at El Cholo's are the fresh guacamole made at the table, the fajitas and the nachos. Been there quite a few times. It is nicest to sit outside. Their magueritas (LA Lemonades) were also always a passion and super strong. On my last visit, I detected that they had "softened" the mix, so much less strong. Shame! Bring... More 

Thank ekholland27
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Awesome family restaurant with the best Mexican food and margarita's I have ever had. Service was amazing. Wish we could go back again.

Thank Tara M
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64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

There were 3 of us and we all ordered the #2 combo. It includes their Chile Relleno and a cheese enchilada with rice and beans. Excellent food, excellent service. We have come here several times and will come again.

Thank ReadyOrNotWorld
Los Angeles, California, United States
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

In Santa Monica, if you are looking for a good Mexican restaurant then El Cholo is a no brainer. Always good, valet parking so no stress. Their menu is typical Mexican American fare but I like to order what's not on the menu. Like the shrimp enchiladas - they were excellent! The table side guacamole is so fresh and buttery... More 

Thank Cheryl K
Los Angeles, California
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246 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a nice family celebration one afternoon. We appreciated being seated with our large party in a large side area which was more private. The food was very good and portion sizes ample. The service was excellent and attentive. We would highly recommend this restaurant for large family gatherings. They also provide valet parking which is a plus in... More 

Thank Shawn M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Reservations, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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