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El Cholo

1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1906
+1 310-899-1106
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good45%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“guacamole” (17 reviews)
“enchiladas” (18 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1906
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1 - 10 of 192 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

After landing in LAX we came for lunch in this historical landmark. Great Mexican restaurant with proven record for over 80 years. The tostadas , enchiladas or tacos are outstanding. This time i did not try the margaritas , designated driver. The valet is good...More

Thank macmanion
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited El Cholo prior to attending a concert nearby. The food, service and ambience are excellent, but the drinks are superior. I will simply say this, the margaritas we had there were the best we've had anywhere. They have a wide selection of tequilas...More

Thank Claude F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant has a longstanding reputation. This was the first time I had visited this property and I was glad to see that it was light and airy. The outside patio was large and held a lot of patrons as well as the inside. I...More

Thank Jeane141
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had not been there in a while. It is still a busy place with a very vibrant happy hours scene, and a full patio section with diners in their dogs. We ate inside, in a comfortable booth. our waiter was beyond enthusiastic - to the...More

Thank lillywillis
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

We have eaten here several times. This is a mature establishment with great ambiance, great wait staff, excellent parking attendants, etc. The food is average however and we wish it was better. This past week we had their Southwestern Chicken Salad and the chicken was...More

Thank Larry F
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

We were able to make reservations relatively last minute for table for 7 on Saturday of memorial weekend. Food was just fine - nothing was bad but nothing terrific either. Margaritas were tasty! Servers were great!

Thank AMY82371
Reviewed 24 May 2017

We love May to September at El Cholo.....the only time they serve Corn Tamales...a bit on the sweet side, but we love them! Comes with refried beans (we sub black beans), and rice. We don't eat a lot so one order for the two of...More

Thank Love vacation time
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

We have spend an early evening and enjoyed eating in that restaurant. We ordered different fajitas and margaritas. It took a little longer than expected, but the food looked good, was well prepared and tasted very well. The margaritas we good, though not different from...More

Thank Marek M
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Been awhile since last here-boy things change! The salsa for the chips tasted like watery nothing-no salt-no spice- BLAND!! I had the #2 combo-chile relleno and cheese enchilada-the only thing hot were the beans, all else were warm at best. All-ZERO flavor! My niece had...More

Thank terry k
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

My friends and I go here for the margaritas, nor the food. The chips always seem stale and the food is mediocre.

Thank hopeisatraveler
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
Nearby Restaurants
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.07 km away
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Nearby Attractions
Santa Monica Public Library
120 reviews
.65 km away
Santa Monica History Museum
20 reviews
.60 km away
Santa Monica Playhouse
15 reviews
.79 km away
The Performing Arts Center Santa Monica College
8 reviews
.27 km away
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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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