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Gilbert's El Indio

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Santa Monica
Mexican
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2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1829
(310) 450-8057
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8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Old School Friendly

Families go here. Generations of families go here. Their photos stapled to the booths tell the story of the neighborhood. But you feel welcome the very first time you walk in the door. Old school Mexican food. Burritos, tacos, carnitas all served with bottomless house fried chips and picked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
DoroMack
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English first
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Families go here. Generations of families go here. Their photos stapled to the booths tell the story of the neighborhood. But you feel welcome the very first time you walk in the door. Old school Mexican food. Burritos, tacos, carnitas all served with bottomless house fried chips and picked carrots. The jukebox skews classic rock, the booth seats have indentations... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 via mobile

Spent a couple of days in LA and not only I was back at Gilbert's every night, this mouth-drooling experience prompted me to write my first review ever. Needless to say I love Mexican cuisine, and since there is not that many Mexican restaurants around where I live, I taught myself how to make a couple of decent dishes. Gilbert's... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This place was recommended to us by a local, we were so happy we went here! Good food, really cool interior, friendly staff, big portions and reasonably priced.

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Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I went in to share my birthday with my children... The staff was incredibly personable and they even brought out whip cream and a candle to sing to me... The kids all enjoyed their meal which always makes for a better day for me as a mom. The price was extremely reasonable, I will go back to take my husband... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Excellent Mexican food. The Super Special Beef Burrito is about as big as a football. A serving of homemade chips and salsa and a pickled dish of carrots, onions, etc. hits the table as soon as you sit down. Great margaritas too. FYI Cash only.

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Zurich
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Good food. Quick service. Not fancy but comfortable. Good mix of customers. Decor made up of quirky mementos and snapshots.

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Seattle
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Went there based on others reviews, big mistake. Pitcher of margaritas $14.50, poured out of a gallon jug and tasted like chemicals. Food was mediocre at best. I had the super extra mule which was nothing but bland shedded pork (no spice) with a bit of cheese and a glaze of tasteless verde sauce. Service was ok but no one... More 

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Malibu, California
Top Contributor
415 reviews 415 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Can't believe I've never reviewed Gilbert's. I've eaten here ever since I was a little kid. Classic family style Mexican restaurant. Reasonably authentic food. Great staff: friendly, helpful and most seem to have been there for decades. Service can a be a little slow sometimes. Cash only (ATM is in the bar area) and no reservations Lots of family and... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I know this is a restaurant and my review should be all about the food, and it was good, better than the Mexican food in my State of Florida, but for me it was about the service here. It was unusually friendly with a bit comedy thrown it.

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West Yorkshire
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

Food quality, cost all great, ambience fun and lively, only downside is the service was 'hurried' not allowing any break between courses. I don't know if it is Californian thing but we have noticed this in most resteraunts while have been here, this as compared with other parts of the USA or Europe

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1829
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: (310) 450-8057

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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