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El Cholo

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Santa Monica
Mexican
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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
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    Very good
  • 24
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  • 9
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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
Reasonable food reasonable prices

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
AARDVARKKILLER
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 272 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

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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26 reviews
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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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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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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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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Address: 1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: (310) 899-1106
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
Average Prices: USD 30
Cuisine: Mexican

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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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