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El Cholo Cafe

$$ - $$$Mexican, , Latin
260 E Colorado Blvd Ste 203, Pasadena, CA 91101-2251
+1 626-795-5800
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Overview
  • Excellent26%
  • Very good43%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Hours
CUISINES
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Food
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LOCATION
260 E Colorado Blvd Ste 203, Pasadena, CA 91101-2251
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1 - 10 of 186 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed a good Cal-Mex meal here; prices were reasonable (especially considering location) and food was good. I'd return and recommend if seeking Mexican in Pasadena!

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Chris G
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Had the combination plate. Food was nothing special. Price was reasonable and ambiance was ok. Was expecting a bit more after reading reviews.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank veliac
Reviewed October 4, 2018

Really enjoyed the margarita and the tortilla soup with the added habanero hot sauce. Friendly service, nice outdoor area

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank travelshooter71
Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed this meal on the outdoor patio. The specials are really great designs in mecican food. We had the sonora enchilada a layered chicken enchilada with wonderful choices of sauces. Salsa and chips were great very relaxing place loved it.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank sodawater
Reviewed August 13, 2018

My daughter-in-law took us to this restaurant when we were visiting them. We were on our way home from vacation and this was our 3rd Mexican restaurant. It was also twice to 3 times the cost of our previous dinners and half as good!!! The...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank joanne C
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

Been eating at El Cholo chains for years the service was just terrible,..you couldn't get any help in bar area unless you waved down a waiter,..literally had to ask for chips,salsa,water,drinks were always wrong, might I add it was not crowded. Te only thing positive...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank MsALt36
Reviewed July 27, 2018

The outdoor patio was closed due to a private party, the bar area was full or tables needed clearing so we sat inside which was not as appealing. The drinks were good but though we ordered the same drink twice were served differently we were...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank AwayWeGo2016789
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

Fairly authentic Mexican decor, staff and food. Great margarita's. Fresly prepared guacamole is a hit. Food tasty - large portions

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank GaryvE
Reviewed June 29, 2018

Lots of good traditional Mexican food and drink. The tequila flight is dangerous! Enchiladas, quesadillas and tacos all good.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank 97ozhappy
Reviewed June 21, 2018 via mobile

Decided to have Mexican food after a break from a convention that my sister and I were attending from across the street. I ordered the Enchiladas mariscos plate. They are stuffed with lobster, shrimp and scallops. Smothered with cheese and a chipotle creamy sauce. One...More

Date of visit: June 2018
2  Thank aaannna
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Monday
11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday
11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday
11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Friday
11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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
Description
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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