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Gilbert's El Indio

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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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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
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  • 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
Taco Tuesday!

We unknowingly came for dinner at Gilberts on “Taco Tuesday”, when they serve mini-tacos for $1 each. As a result, the place was very crowded, but dinner for three cost us less than 20 bucks! The soft tacos were great, and they kept refilling our basket of tortilla chips and salsa. This is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Tommy087
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
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102 reviews 102 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We unknowingly came for dinner at Gilberts on “Taco Tuesday”, when they serve mini-tacos for $1 each. As a result, the place was very crowded, but dinner for three cost us less than 20 bucks! The soft tacos were great, and they kept refilling our basket of tortilla chips and salsa. This is not a fancy place--- the Formica tables... More 

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Seattle
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Always looking for "local" food when I travel and found this place - Great Food and really crowded on a Sunday night! people coming and going. Good choices and if you go on the weekend you can order bbq lamb in a nice broth that falls off the bone! Just one thing - bring cash! they don't take checks or... More 

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Santa Monica, CA
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122 reviews 122 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

this is an authentic Mexican restaurant. good prices, good service, and good food. they only accept CASH so no credit cards.

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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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
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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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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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23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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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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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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