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1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 899-1106
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Ranked #163 of 573 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
Neighborhood:
Santa Monica
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Sunny Cali
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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

El Cholo has seen us come through those doors MANY times through the years. We love the house Margs....Food is good. Service is great. Getting a 7pm reservation....hard! They always offer 6:30 or 8....which is puzzling when we arrive and it's not that busy. Valet guys could pay attention to more than the drivers door..so just wait, they'll notice...eventually! It's... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I am not sure why people go here. The food is so mediocre and tasteless. I am sometimes forced to go here because my friends want margaritas. Thank goodness for the drinks so I don't have to taste the food. Try the many good Mexican restaurants in west LA

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Wakefield, New Hampshire
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This is one of my favorite mexican restaurants. I've been twice and both times were very good. I highly recommend!

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Huntington Beach
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Let's see. My wife and I went there for lunch yesterday. Each of us had the lowest-price dish on the menu, one-item combos at $8.75 or so per. We also had no-name tequila margueritas served in simple water glasses at a whopping $9.00 each! Including a mediocre tip reflecting completely lackluster service, we left the restaurant paying just shy of... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I have been a customer for years, I noticed over past six months that things have changed, my last visit just five days ago i finally asked the waiter if there was a new chef, the rice came on the plate like it was served with an ice cream scoop in a round ball and less rice, the hard shell... More 

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Rolling Hills Estates
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Absolute travesty of a dish. The rest of the meal was OK. Service wasn't great either as we sat at a table where the server didn't start until 6 and nobody told us.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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128 reviews 128 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

there has to be better places in Santa Monica and the surrounding areas to go to for Mexican food or an evening out for that matter. Kid friendly. Normal décor. A nice menu, but not extensive. Service fair. Prices normal. Would not recommend and would not go back.

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Los Angeles, California
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474 reviews 474 reviews
366 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Wow, their blue enchiladas were amazing! I highly recommend! The guac and chips were also really good but I filled myself up on the guac and chips before I got the enchiladas so I couldn't finish it. Would i be back here? Heck yea! The portions are pretty big and their outdoor patio is nice! Next time, I want to... More 

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Anaheim, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The food here was the kind you would get if you made it at home. Large portion for the price, and everything tasted excellent. I've been to a different El Cholo, but it did not compare to the food at this location.

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Camarillo, CA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We had lunch at this El Cholo on a Saturday at noon. The restaurant was not crowded, but service was slow. Our waitress never checked to see if our food was okay or if we needed anything. We've been at this El Cholo and their other L.A. Restaurant (on Western Ave.) many times. Our Chimichangas were over cooked and the... More 

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Address: 1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: (310) 899-1106
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica
Average Prices: USD 1 - 30
Cuisine: Mexican

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