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El Colmao

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Central L.A
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2328 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006-4002
+1 213-386-6131
Today
11:30 - 21:00
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Hours:
Mon 10:00 - 20:30
Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Wed - Fri 10:00 - 20:30
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 21:00
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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6 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

I came with a friend (also Cuban) for lunch and we decided to order a CUBAN SANDWHICH. We had both had good experiences here and this is one of the few places that in the past has been consistently authentic Cuban food. So I'm a stickler for Cuban food and especially un sandwich cubano. This wasn't what was given. They... More 

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Thank TaniaDlaw
Woodland, California
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138 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2015

Totally unassuming, tucked in the middle of a strip mall, gated parking lot. The owners are from Cuba, the taste is Cuban, and its delicious. I like the presence of the gentle couple, the waiter/s and i love the classy clientele. It's a charm by itself. We've been there so many times, with friends that have totally different taste (Vietnamese... More 

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New Jersey
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48 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

My step dad, who was Cuban, would take us to El Colmao frequently for dinner. As a child living in Los Angeles in the 70's, this was the greatest treat for us kids, and he never failed to make this day memorable for us by allowing us to order anything from the menu. He passed away, I grew up, and... More 

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Lake Elsinore, California
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64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

This is a independent (non-chain) restaurant that has been here for decades. Hands down, it is the best Cuban food I've ever had, and the fact that you see a lot of people of Cuban nationality eating here is the first indicator that they know how to prepare their food. My favorite is the Bistec Empanizado, rice with the black... More 

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Thank TheTraveling3
Los Angeles, California, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

I had come back from a trip to Argentina and was craving some cuban food. I hadn't been to El Colmao since I was a little girl, but I use to go often as my father is cuban and my mother and i love the food. Location: Not far from Alvarado street in what I like to call little el... More 

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Lake Elsinore, California
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64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2012

Whenever in Los Angeles, I take the time to visit this great little family owned restaurant with the best Cuban food I've ever had. My favorite is their Bistec Empanizdo, Yuca con Ajo, black beans and rice, with their sweet fried platanos. The atmosphere there is casual and fun and the waiting staff is great. If you want a real... More 

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Thank TheTraveling3
Hemet, California, United States
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012

Been going to this family owned Cuban restaurant for many years. It's very clean, located in a little shopping strip center. The food is excellent. True in authenticity. Great service. My favorites are the Bistec Empanizado, the avocado & white onion salad. The spencer steak with fresh grilled onion and green pepper is full of flavor and tender! Great place!

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Thank Becky P
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
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41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2012

El colmao is the place to go in Los angeles for authentic cuban food. They have hands down the best seafood Paella in town. I also enjoy their typical Cuban dishes as well like the ropa vieja and yuca en ajo. The wait staff is also great.

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Thank Tali M
Los Angeles, California
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319 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

This family-owned Cuban restaurant is located in a strip mall on W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. I LOVE this place. It's a simple, nice and clean restaurant with booths and tables where you can sit and enjoy your food! Oh yeahhh...the FOOD!!! It is truly authentic Cuban food, the way only Cubans can make it! I love their Bistec... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12
Cuisine
Latin, Mexican, Caribbean, Spanish, Cuban
Meals
Dinner
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:00
Monday
10:00 - 20:30
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 20:30
Thursday
10:00 - 20:30
Friday
10:00 - 20:30
Saturday
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2328 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006-4002
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighbourhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: +1 213-386-6131

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?