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El Cholo Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2016, 2018 Winner

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Guacamole Molcajete-Style
Served in an authentic bowl for you to mix and mash.
Carmen's Original Nachos
Carmen's original nachos.
Your choice of meat and salsa fresca.
Felix's Caesar Salad
Felix's Caesar salad.
Aged Cheese Quesadilla
Cheddar and jack cheeses grilled in a handmade flour tortilla.
Fiesta Platter
Crab and beef taquitos, nachos, quesadillas, chimichangas, guacamole, and sour cream.
Tortilla Soup
Avocado, grilled chicken, cheese, and roasted poblano chile with strips of tortillas.
House Guacamole
Half order.
Sonora-Style Nachos
Frijoles, simmered tomato sauce, sour cream, and guacamole.
Chimichanga Appetizer
Crisp flour tortilla, chicken, and jack cheese.
Blue Corn Enchiladas
Marinated chicken breast, tomatillo sauce, sour cream, and avocado garnish with black beans and rice.
Enchilada Suiza
Chicken breast, light salsa verde, sour cream, beans, and rice.
Sonora Style Enchilada
Our first enchilada served at El Cholo. Layered corn tortillas, chicken simmered in a tomato-onion-cilantro broth, and fried egg.
Annie's Early California Enchilada
Mixed garden vegetables, spinach, corn, sautéed mushrooms, and crushed pecans.
Crabmeat Enchilada
Jalapeño-cilantro pesto sauce, sour cream, avocado, black beans, and rice.
No. 1
Cheese enchilada and rolled beef taco served with Spanish rice and refried beans.
No. 2
Cheese enchilada and chile relleno served with Spanish rice and refried beans.
No. 3
Cheese enchilada and pork tamal served with Spanish rice and refried beans.
No. 4
Two cheese enchiladas served with Spanish rice and refried beans.
No. 5
Chile relleno and rolled beef taco served with Spanish rice and refried beans.
No. 6
Your choice of one entrée served with Spanish rice and refried beans.
Steak Fajitas
Marinated tender strips of steak sautéed with fresh vegetables.
Chicken Fajitas
Delicate chunks of chicken sautéed with fresh vegetables.
Shrimp Fajitas
Our house specialty shrimp sautéed with fresh vegetables.
Vegetable Fajitas
A sautéed fresh vegetable medley.
Chicken & Beef Fajitas
Marinated tender strips of steak and delicate chunks of chicken sautéed with fresh vegetables.
Shrimp & Beef Fajitas
Marinated tender strips of steak and shrimp sautéed with fresh vegetables.
Shrimp & Chicken Fajitas
Shrimp and delicate chunks of chicken sautéed with fresh vegetables.
Shrimp, Chicken, & Beef Fajitas
Shrimp, delicate chunks of chicken, and marinated tender strips of steak sautéed with fresh vegetables.
A Taste of History
Cheese enchilada, rolled beef taco, chile relleno, and pork tamal with Spanish rice and refried beans.
Southwest Salad
Blackened chicken, black beans, queso fresco, avocado, pepitas, crispy tortilla strips, and cilantro vinaigrette.
Ceviche Tostadas
Shrimp and scallops in a citrus marinade with extra virgin olive oil.
Enchiladas Mariscos
Lobsters, scallops, and shrimp, jack cheese, avocado salsa, and chipotle cream sauce, served with refried beans and cilantro rice.
Fish Mahi Mahi Tacos
Grilled mahi-mahi, corn tortillas with chipotle aioli, cabbage escabeche, black beans, and pico de gallo.
Santa Barbara Enchiladas
Shrimp and chicken with sautéed mushrooms, onions, guajillo chile salsa, and jack cheese.
Enchilada de Carne Picada
Filet mignon, layered corn tortilla, three cheeses, refried black beans, guajillo, and chile de arbol salsas.
Chicken Tostadita
Fresh garden vegetables, grilled chicken, avocado, and crispy tortilla strips.
Chicken Chimichangas
Crisp flour tortilla, guacamole, rice, and beans.
Burrito Dorado
Chile con carne, beans, rice, cheddar cheese, tomato sauce, sour cream, and guacamole.
US$21 - US$30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Mexican, Latin
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
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All reviews enchiladas guacamole flan beans chilli mexican food oldest mexican restaurant staples center valet parking table side busy restaurant large party old school the food is great my favorite menu items margaritas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From the outside it doesn’t seem much but as soon as you open the door it’s like entering into a new dimension. The entire room is so cozy and the inside is surprisingly big, with a bar lounge & fire place. They gave free nachos...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank mitzc2018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent faittas and delicious margaritas. Authentic Mexican. Worth the drive. Affordable prices. Comfortable surroundings.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank purrcy2016
Reviewed January 19, 2019 via mobile

I came back to the area after 20 years. The food here is still great. Fun and festive environment. Service was good. Nice choices but not overwhelming. Margaritas are good with nice salt rim. They know how to do food and service right as they...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank juliefriesl
Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

This restaurant may have been established in 1923 but it was new to us! We had intended to eat at the Santa Monica seafood market but when we arrived, the cafe was unexpectedly closed. With the aid of trip advisor and the “what’s nearby” feature...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 2flyby
Reviewed November 29, 2018

This place is perfect if you want to have a mexican deal, the service is great and kind. The fresh atmosphere is great and according to prices is mid-range. Chicken Fajitas are very good.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Tyu L
Reviewed November 11, 2018

This place is a true classic that I've been going to for 20 plus years. The food is good and the drinks are solid. The menu offers large plates of family style Mexican food. The place has a nice big bar with comfy chairs. The...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Jasper S
Reviewed October 30, 2018

Was in town to visit my daughter. I had been to their other location. This location does not disappoint either. Solid traditional Mexican food with very good margaritas. Table side guac is really good as well. Had a little bit of a wait, but nothing...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank robertmG1402FA
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Southern California. The food continues to be consistently good. The atmosphere makes you think back to the old times and adds to the experience of eating at this original eatery. The margaritas are the best, and we used to buy a gallon of it and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank xelajane
Reviewed October 9, 2018

We had a reservation for four and were promptly seated. Service was fine. We received a refill of chips and salsa while waiting for our appetizer. Our drinks were served in a timely manner. The appetizer was the guacamole prepared at the table. We were...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Laurie48
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Walking into this particular restaurant is like walking back in time. It has such a wonderful and historic atmosphere that you almost forget to order your meal. This restaurant opened in the early 1920's and you could spend hours looking at all of the black...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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