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El Cholo

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Santa Monica
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1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 899-1106
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 44
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  • 66
    Very good
  • 25
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  • 10
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice PLace to Hangout With Friends/Guests

Had some out of town guests and I wanted to have some snacks and margarita with them. We were there after lunchtime and so the weren't a lot of people there. We were very comfortable on the couch and had a good time catching up. The servers were very nice and pleasant. We enjoyed our margaritas and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Bernadette F
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Santa Monica
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Santa Monica
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52 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had some out of town guests and I wanted to have some snacks and margarita with them. We were there after lunchtime and so the weren't a lot of people there. We were very comfortable on the couch and had a good time catching up. The servers were very nice and pleasant. We enjoyed our margaritas and chips. Their salsa... More 

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Thank Bernadette F
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The frajitas were to die for, whether you order chicken, beef or shrimp, they come on a very hot cast iron skillet, the vegetables are fresh, the rice Tash as are the beans. choice of wheat or corn tortillas. Oh make a reservation or come early, it does get crowed. they have outside dining under heaters for a different ambiance.

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Thank Elisabeth R
Clintonville
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a recent visit, (our first to LA) when my cousin insisted on treating my wife and I to some Mexican food, this is the place he chose. After a great meal, there's no doubt why he did. The service was excellent, the server attentive, and our entrees were outstanding. Absolutely top notch in my book. In all likely hood... More 

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Thank brush442000
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We love going to El Cholo. We start with the guacamole, chips and salsa all of which are very good. Then we have a hand made flour tortilla with butter--delicious. For our main course we have various items. My favorite is the cheese enchilada. We always have a margarita. We have never had a margarita anywhere else that we like... More 

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Thank Sharon P
Phoenix, Arizona
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164 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

We met some family here for a nice catch up dinner. This is a very nice and good Mexican restaurant. It has beautiful decor and an extensive menu. Our cousin recommended trying their enchiladas and they did not disappoint. There are so many options that it was hard to decide. We were happy with all the food. The only thing... More 

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Thank Girl4God28
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127 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

While in California we wanted to catch up with some family who recommended we meet at El Cholo. It is a neat place, and looks like your stereotypical Mexican restaurant. The food was good, and the atmosphere was true to form, warm and casual. The salsa was also good. If I hadn't been told it was a chain, I would... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

We have been going for years....for the margaritas. excellent as usual..they use Patron tequila. the food seemed not quite up to par... quacamole was a bit bland.. salsa was good. My filet taco was way way overdone but my friends lunch was perfect.

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Thank shust
Santa Monica, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

My family has been dining at this fine Mexican establishment about 3 times a month for the past 8 years, we love it! Food is consistent and good! Services are always outstanding! Anything you order is outstanding. Love the Margaritas! Highly suggest this place!

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Thank traderb500
Huntington Beach, California, United States
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227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Our first visit to the Santa Monica location and we were not disappointed. Service was fast and friendly and both the Cheese and Sonora Style Enchiladas we selected as our entrees were delicious. It is no wonder they have been in business in L.A. since 1923. Valet parking available, limited parking on the street.

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Thank Don H
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 337 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

A really authentic setting for enjoying a lunch, or dinner, of super Mexi-Cal food. Three seating areas so go to where your noise tolerance fits best - people have fun here while eating. Back area is quietist. Great food choice selections + primo bar scene. Enjoy ....

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: (310) 899-1106

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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