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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, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 24
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  • 10
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  • 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
May to October. Remember.

For me, El Cholo is all about the green corn tamales. They're only available May-October, and they're absolutely addictive. Pair 'em up with a strawberry Margarita (or the drink of your choice, really… who am I to order you around?) and you're set. The patio and front room are especially... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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Los Angeles, California
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61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

For me, El Cholo is all about the green corn tamales. They're only available May-October, and they're absolutely addictive. Pair 'em up with a strawberry Margarita (or the drink of your choice, really… who am I to order you around?) and you're set. The patio and front room are especially pleasant in good weather, and it's worth a trip around... More 

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Highland, California, Usa
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Dinner for 2 on a Wednesday , late afternoon ( 5:30pm), was fun & comfortable . Had been to El Cholo in Pasadena & L.A. Atmosphere in Santa Monica was more laid back. Great margaritas, excellent sea food specialties . Much busier when we left around 7:30. Will take friends here another time!

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Ireland
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

My sister brought me to El Cholo, and what a treat, the grub is delicious. Great Mexican food. I certainly recommend this restaurant if you want great food. Thanks El Cholo

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Los Angeles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

It is a fairly nice Mexican restaurant. It has fairly standard food and fair prices for the Santa Monica area.

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Champaign, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Huge portions, great service. I really enjoyed everything I had here. I split the vegetable fajitas with my family member and we were both STUFFED by the time we walked out.

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Nanyang, China
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

El Cholo features a selection of traditional Mexican dishes, with authentic flavors and reasonable prices. Portion sizes are large, as are the margaritas and other drinks. Service is friendly and fast, and valet parking is available. This restaurant has been around for a long time and has consistently maintained its standards of service and taste.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

When we went to El Cholo we were pleasantly surprised by the food! The flavor was so strong that we had it in our mouths all evening! The outdoor courtyard is the best place to sit. As a family with two vegetarians one spice lover and one picky eater we find it hard to find the perfect Mexican to please... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 286 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

El chilly has been here for a long time, but I never see the same clientele over and over. It could be a neighborhood favorite, but it seems not to be. Folks grabbing a drink after work, business lunches seem to be the norm, really not a date night restaurant in my circle. The food is predictable but good, service... More 

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Gaithersburg, United States
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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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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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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