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El Cholo

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

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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Carnitas!

I love their carnitas! The chips and salsa is addicting and I am hooked on the creamy citrus dressing they have. El Cholo is by far our favorite place for Mexican!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
ktomasunas
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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Gaithersburg, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

restaurant has great chips and salsa; wide variety of good food at a reasonable price; valet parking and free parking in the neighborhood if you are willing to walk a few blocks

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Santa Monica, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We live in the area and go a few times a year. The service has gone down hill. I would not suggest the Steak Fajita's. They claim they are marinated, dry as could be. It will be quite sometime before we go back. Taco Bell would be a better choice.

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Des Moines Iowa
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102 reviews 102 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This is one of those great long-standing establishments to which you just can’t help returning. The place is lively… often with large groups enjoying margaritas and laughter. They uniquely offer you little praline candies at the end of your meal to sweeten your visit and give you one more reason to return.

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Fort Mill, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 via mobile

We used to live in the area and were regulars at the Santa Monica location. We returned on vacation, start to finish we were disappointed. The hostess lost track of our name waiting for a table, after an extra 25 minutes we asked and the only respone was a nervous laugh and to be sat right away. The food was... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I love their carnitas! The chips and salsa is addicting and I am hooked on the creamy citrus dressing they have. El Cholo is by far our favorite place for Mexican!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews 41 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Vegetarian enchilada as well as the blue corn chicken and cheese enchilada were delicious, as was tortilla soup. The flan was excellent, only surpassed by the detailed attention of the wait staff. Sitting by the fireplace inside the restaurant (gets cool in Santa Monica in the spring evenings) and enjoying the house special margarita's is wonderful way to spend the... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Had a great time with three generations dining at EL Cholo. Roberto, our waiter was particularly attentive to the grandchild. We all had the "Taste of History" and not only was it excellent, but the portions were large enough that we had 'take home' boxes for later at home.

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Dallas, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

If you're looking for a vibrant bar scene, El Cholo is the place to go. If you're looking for good Mexican food, keep looking. VERY limited menu from a restaurant that used to have a wide variety of items to choose from. Enchiladas, nachos and burritos look good, but the taste is just so-so. And apparently once the waiter takes... More 

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buenos aires
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We were not expecting such a big place since this restaurant had been recommended by a mexican as offering food that tastes home made. But once we got seated, it felt like -I won't say home- but like a small local place. El Cholo has lots of small sitting areas, so one doesn't feel overwhelmed. The decoration is simple, homy... More 

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

Pros: great location, cool looking building, great service, decent Mexican food, not great, close to 3rd street promenade. Cons: dirty restrooms, and a little overpriced for Mexican food. I have visited this restaurant many times over the years and the food is always decent. However, this past Sunday I ordered their version of Chilaquiles and it was horrible. Terrible. It... More 

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children

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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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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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