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Gilbert's El Indio

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Santa Monica
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2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1829
(310) 450-8057
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8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
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  • 1
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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
ICON in Santa Monica

I have been dining here since the 60's as a kid riding my schwinn bicycle to get a bean and cheese burrito. It still is my all time favorite spot to eat. The family owned business is charming and a local favorite. It's a line to wait on the weekends, so the sooner you get there before 5'oclock if... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Laura K
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Santa Monica, California
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Santa Monica, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I have been dining here since the 60's as a kid riding my schwinn bicycle to get a bean and cheese burrito. It still is my all time favorite spot to eat. The family owned business is charming and a local favorite. It's a line to wait on the weekends, so the sooner you get there before 5'oclock if you... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is their slogan and it definitely true! Everything is delicious, plentiful and economical. I dare you to name a place where three or four can share a pitcher of powerful margaritas for less than $15. It is a unique neighborhood place with distinct character and charm.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Local plac r. Cash only. Absolutely delicious. Friendly and accmodating staff. It was the perfect end to a day at the pier and promenade.

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Peoria, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We were visiting the Santa Monica area from AZ and just googled some near by mexican food, luckily this place was close by and came up! While waiting a short wait for our table, the bartender mixed us up a pitcher of yummy margarita's (just go with the house blend, don't try to go primo, it is perfect!) Once seated,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I absolutely love this place! Amazing authentic Mexican food. I have ordered the Chili Verde and the 2 Tacos dinner special and both were great! Their chips are made fresh, salsa nice and spicy and rice and beans are to die for! They only accept cash and they have an ATM if you need it.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Cash only. Traditional Mexican food and amazing margaritas. Best bets are the burritos the size of your head or the house specialties (chili verde, carne asada, calamari steak, birria on weekends). Enchiladas are also great. If you like spicy, ask for the El Diablo sauce (not on the menu). Wait staff are happy to substitute boiled beans for refried or... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I am usually a regular when I am working in the Santa Monica area. Pretty much if you are in Santa Monica and want some good real Mexican food, then make your way down Pico to Gilbert's El Indio! Make sure to bring cash since this is only a cash only place. They treat you like family. Although on the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Small and authentic, Gilbert's was loaded with regular customers and great food at great prices. Monday specials start at 14:00.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Going to friendly family-owned Gilbert's El Indio was pretty much a weekly thing for us when we lived in Santa Monica. Their selection of Mexican favorites was always enticing - as well as their excellent Margaritas. There was often a wait to get a table Everything from enchiladas and tacos to menudo is available on the authentic Mexican menu. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Been to Gilbert's many times for great Mexican food and delicious Margaritas. Noisy dive with flavors and smells and sounds of old Mexico. Cheerful staff. Low prices. Up the street from Sony studios. Get there early to avoid the wait for tables.

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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 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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