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Gilbert's El Indio

2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1829
(310) 450-8057
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Ranked #127 of 554 restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
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Oakley, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Gilbert's in Santa Monica is a great little family run restaurant. I have been going there fore years. It is a cash only business that does not accept credit or checks. The service is good, but the food is fantastic! From the Birria to the Super Mule Burrito!

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Santa Monica, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

After frequenting Gilbert's for almost two decades now, I HAVE to give it 5/5 stars. It's also a big bonus that they know me by my name there. =) Fernando is always extremely gracious and the rest of the staff is always friendly and attentive. It's my favorite Mexican restaurant on the Westside and ALL of LA for that matter...... More

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los angeles
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84 reviews 84 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The chicken soup was so salty it tasted like the Dead Sea! The beans and rice however were completely unseasoned. Will not go back as it really isn't very good, just your average rather tacky Mexican restaurant, the type you can find anywhere. Go a few blocks further east to Lares and you will see the difference. Drinks were acceptable... More

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Los Angeles, California
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743 reviews 743 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Have been coming here with family and friends for 15 years. Treated like family. Great food in casual setting. Cash only, but been that way since they opened. Have recently changed salsa recipe (a little hotter) and was offered the El Diablo salsa to try (fire never tasted so good). I will go to Gilbert's any time.

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Hattingen, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

This Mexican restaurant is run by a really nice family. We came from the beach and didn't dress up before. The waiter saw as after we opened the door and greated us with a warm 'hello, come on in!'. The family took really good care of us. We got awesome food, the best Mexican food ever. Next time when we... More

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Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

love the margaritas, refried beans, wet burritos and those pickled carrots family owned and you can tell they care the beans have lard so don't expect to be vegan here unless you stick with the killer margaritas and spicy carrots cash only

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Sao Sebastiao, SP
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

I miss this place! Every trip to L.A. I use to there... great food, great margueritas and such a honest price!!

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Ponce, Puerto Rico
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51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

If you know, real mexican food or even Mex-Tex you will know this restaurant has the worse food. Chicken is teastless and also the ground meat. Pico de gallo is average and bring some teaste if younput over the food. Tortilla and chips are acceptable. Margaritas, uhm, nice lemonade. BTW, no credict cards Just Cash!!!

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Los Angeles, California
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743 reviews 743 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

First time visiting during their Taco Tuesday special. There are 3 different hard shell tacos and 7 different soft shell ones you can choose from. Beef hard shell is shredded beef (not ground). Even have a potato hard shell taco. Soft shell choices include carne asada, carnitas, grilled chicken, and others. Hard shell tacos come with lettuce, cheese and salsa.... More

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Corona del Mar, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Gilberts is a great neighborhood Mexican restaurant with good service, friendly staff and tasty food!

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