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El Cholo

1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 899-1106
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Ranked #115 of 564 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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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English first
Phoenix, Arizona
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Not the normal restaurant/bar. The bar seating is casual with chairs and couches for a great conversation. Good appetizers, chips and salsa.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I've been coming here for many years now. The ambience of the place truly makes guy feel the authenticity of the meal. The inside dining area is set up to look like a a small cafe abroad. Great lunch menu selection for a quick bite. It also has a great bar/lounge that's a fantastic happy hour site as well.

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5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We had dinner last night at El Cholo in Santa Monica. The service was good, the food was good and the ambiance most charming.

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Santa Monica, California
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Over all you cant go wrong with El Cholo. Its right on Wilshire Blvd. They do have valet parking but it'll cost you. 3.50 or 4.50 depending on the time of day you visit. The restaurant is really very pretty on the inside, bright and engaging. Its a really fun place. There is outdoor seating available but it can be... More

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

The food was fresh and tasty. Very family-friendly place. The service was great. Had a really good time. I would definitely go there again.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I think El Cholo is the best Mexican restaurant in Southern California! I have been going there with family and friends for over 50 years. Summer is our favorite time to go because they offer green corn tamales from May to October. They are the best tamales I have ever had. All the food is good but people especially like... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We have dined in this restaurant before, and this occasion was no disappointment. On a Friday night at sixish we expected it to be crowded and it was but there was still room ,and fortunately they have a first come first grab policy on the outside dining, and we were able to grab a table outside. We each had a... More

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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

By far the best Mexican good I have ever had The blue corn enchalada are impossible to beat Great service Margarita ok not that great

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This restaurant used to be good. But tonight our food came with a terrible surprise - lurking within the green corn tamales was a crumbled up bar napkin. The drinks used to be good. But tonight one of drinks was served in a special glass - a used glass that the waitress just picked up from another table. Another one... More

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Bothell, Washington
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We went on a Sunday evening thinking it wouldn't be crowded. We were seated upstairs. When walking through it was very crowded with lots of children running around and yelling. Our table was a booth. Next to us was party of a teenage girl. I get teenage energy, but this was over the top. Their parents did nothing to control... More

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