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El Chavo

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Address: 4441 W. Sunset Drive near Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA
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+1 323-664-0871
16:00 - 00:00
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Sun 11:00 - 00:00
Mon - Sat 16:00 - 00:00

By day a hopping Mexican restaurant, but after the dinner hour the place...

By day a hopping Mexican restaurant, but after the dinner hour the place serves great drinks, with chips and guacamole as chasers.

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Really fun place

First impressions count - hostess and waitress were both among the friendliest I've ever encountered in LA. Just really fun, positive spirits. (They'd even make a bad place good... read more

Reviewed 25 May 2016
Sydney, Australia
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Los Angeles, California
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63 reviews
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Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

This place was fun and the drinks were good, it's worth a visit if you like Mexican food and are with a few friends.

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Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

First impressions count - hostess and waitress were both among the friendliest I've ever encountered in LA. Just really fun, positive spirits. (They'd even make a bad place good, although this isn't bad at all!) Food and overall service were very good too. Standout was the braised short rib with jalapeño. Cooked for 12 hours! Happy hour tacos were great... More 

Thank alanfi2016
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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226 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2015

Very dark bar offering great selection of drinks, including margaritas at a reasonable price. There is a terrace, but sadly not enough seating for the area. Overall a good, reasonable bar if you don't mind standing. We did not eat here, so cannot comment on the fare.

Thank patbean
goleta, california
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2006

we LOVE El Chavo and will make the trip from Santa Barbara just to order the green corn tamales (they aren't on the menu, ask for them!). The ambiance is quirky and fun, the staff is nice and attentive. We saw Dolly Parton there this weekend! One of our favorite mexican restaurants!

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Los Angeles, CA
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2005

I've been going to this restaurant for over 10 years now. The food is the BEST! Atmosphere is great and a very diverse crowd of people. The owner always there with a warm, friendly greeting, a big smile and hand shake! The light setting is just right for either a romantic dinner (by candle light) with the Guitar Singer and... More 

Thank jongry
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 May 2004

Been going to El Chavo for 15 years. Would always rave to friends and introduce new people and out of town visitors. But the past two visits have been disappointing. Used to feel welcome, now am being rushed out to make room for the next customer. This last time a manager, Benito, approached my table, complained we were taking too... More 

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Reviewed 27 March 2003

The neon colored sombreros hanging over the bar are highlights for the place, the food to die for and the Strawberry Margueritas to swim in. The crowd is handsome and always outgoing. I am taking Letty Orozco from Monterey park to visit El Chavo this weekend 3-29-03 for fun and food then we are of to the new 4100 BAR.... More 

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Ojai, Ca
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2003

I think this is the best Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles, and I try to go there every time I'm in L.A. The margaritas are better than El Cholo, the hot sauce spicy and distinctive, and the service excellent. The atmosphere of black light sombreros and a Dolly Parton poster over the bar provide a unique visual experience. And the... More 

Thank Q2516YWstevenj
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Reviewed 15 February 2003

El Chavo is quickly becoming a regular spot for us. Their beef stuffed pepper is something to truly behold. Great food, service and understandably famous margaritas. You will not be sorry if you visit this great mexican restaraunt.

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Reviewed 6 August 2001

One bite of the delicious green corn tamales at El Chavo and you'll never even think of dining at El Cholo again. El Chavo has been around for years, as is evident from the ambience and the scores of regular customers. The help is friendly, and the owner is often on hand to ensure your happiness. The food is delicious,... More 

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