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El Compadre

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$$ - $$$
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Hollywood
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7408 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046-3404
+1 323-874-7924
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11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

In town and googled the place! They had a four star so I figured we'd give them a try. The wait to be seated was RIDICULOUS (45 mins), the wait to eat after being seated SUCKED (45 mins) & the waiter wasn't attentive to us. First impression was TERRIBLE!!!

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Thank Chris N H
Sydney, Australia
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263 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Red booths: cocktails: perfecto food. Tip: huge serves so one nachos enuff for 3 or 4. Tip: don't eat free corn chips at start because get too full. I had a giant Bloody Mary which was yummy and spicy. Plus about $65 for 4 so great value for 3 dishes and 2 cocktails. Next time we could radically reduce the... More 

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Thank spiceylulu
Casper, Wyoming
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to meet prior to a game. Experienced wait staff handled our group of six easily and with well timed service. The food was tasty and the bar drinks well mixed. Parking is an issue so leave time to hunt for a place.

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Thank NEtransplant
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to LA several times in the past 2 years. El Compadre is always on our list of must eat places. It is small, simple and truly wonderful. Fermin will take excellent care of you, and make you feel like a regular and a movie star. Ask for him by name if you want a great meal experience... More 

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Thank 1mtnseeker
Sydney, Australia
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390 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to have good Mexican food accompanied by Mexican music, in an old-style Mexican restaurant, yes, in this case, El Compadre is your place. Better if you make a booking before you go since it's a very popular restaurant. They provide valet parking, so one less thing to worry about. My only problem was that our table was... More 

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Thank stinkwink
Los Angeles, CA
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190 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2017

In the early 80's, I worked down the street from EL COMPADRE on Sunset Blvd. It was the place to go when my coworkers wanted to celebrate a birthday or someone's new job. I have fond memories of EL COMPADRE and this was my first return visit in decades. Well, it is much the same. It's a classic style Mexican... More 

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Thank Jackbear
Los Angeles, California
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63 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2017

The food is great and reasonably priced - booking a table is a nightmare and the restaurant is always busy. I came here a lot when i lived in LA and would recommend it to anyone who visits.

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Thank Ohsophie
London, United Kingdom
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203 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2017 via mobile

Apparently this place is somewhat of an institution in LA and frequented by A listers. I was there off peak for a very early dinner so can't confirm the hype, but it was a very enjoyable meal nonetheless. It's no frills Mexican comfort food in a vibrant but cosy setting. Portions are large. Some of it was reheated but overall... More 

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Thank DareToLive
Los Angeles
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2017

I passed by El Campadre for many years, based on its cheesy exterior. It could be any of hundreds of ordinary Mexican joints in a strip mall. When I finally was brought there by a friend, I realized how wrong I had been. Inside, the lighting is low, the bar area crowded, and the tabled packed with Hollywood Industry types.... More 

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Thank DesignForLiving
Orlando, Florida
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102 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 2017 via mobile

Had a great dinner with my wife and friends. My wife and I both had shrimp, our friend had the steak. Everything was excellent and authentic. Topped off the night with some of the best flan I'd had in a long time. Nice Mexican cantina atmosphere and great food. I'll be back.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Good for
Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7408 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046-3404
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Hollywood
  • Neighborhood: Hollywood
  • Phone Number: +1 323-874-7924

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Hollywood

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Hollywood
Hollywood undoubtedly conjures up images of movie stars and high-end lifestyles, and to this day, tourists flock here from around the world to see the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre and to catch a glimpse of the famed Hollywood sign up close. Celebrity impersonators and crowds give these areas the feeling of an amusement park while many clubs and hotels fill up around the weekends for late-night partying - the Hollywood club scene is a haven for thumping music and table-side bottle service. But parties aren’t the only way to enjoy this area, many visitors come to the neighborhood to sit back with a picnic to watch a performance at the Hollywood Bowl and those looking to stay fit trek along nature trails in the Hollywood hills and in Griffith Park.
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