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El Cholo Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
Central L.A
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1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
+1 323-734-2773
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hong Kong, China
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54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

So glad we came here! Everything was good, from the friendly staff with excellent service to the great food. There were 5 of us on our last night in LA and we were exploring the area around staples center when we found this place. Was truly impressed with the food and will definitely come again

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Thank wzahk
Long Beach
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190 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My husband, stepdaughter and I stopped here for a quick dinner before a performance in the area and we were looking forward to eating here since we had been here many times several years ago. Unfortunately it has changed dramatically. Service was just awful with the waiter playing bartender as well as serving. The white wine was not drinkable, chips... More 

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Thank ConnieLongBeach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was delicious. Food served in a timely manner. I really enjoyed the Chile verde. My boyfriend loved the hardshell chicken tacos. Great experience with a nice, cozy environment.

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Thank Lorena S
Atlanta, United States
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding restaurant. Friendly staff. Charming interior. Very homey. Table side guacamole was amazing. We split the chicken fajitas and they were some of the best fajitas we've ever had. Loved the flan. It's big enough for two and tastes like a fusion of flan and creme brûlée, and it has slivers of sopapilla which are both decorative and delicious. We... More 

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Thank Rafael T
Los Angeles, California
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110 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is the original El Cholo. Classic Cal-Mex for when you need a fix! Everything is good, but standouts include the original nachos (order jalapeños with them!), cheese enchiladas with the tastiest sauce ever, blue corn chicken enchiladas, and the rolled beef taco. And rocket fuel margaritas!! This particular El Cholo also has Corona Light on tap which is a... More 

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Thank kmfesq
Franklin, Tennessee
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122 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Good dinner! Hubby enjoyed the corn tamales. I loved my rolled taco and cheese enchilada. Chips and salsa was great. Good service.....cute, historic place!

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Thank MsLisaS
Huntington Beach, California
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

My friends and I went this afternoon (Saturday). The staff was super friendly and eager to serve us. The waiter was excellent. He came back to our table repeatedly to check on us. The servings we good size and the food was delicious. Will give this restaurant and their team 5 stars.

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Thank John G
Temecula, Ca.
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

I have had several chances to eat here during my trips to this area. My most recent was with my girlfriend and her daughter. The food and service are always above average. We had the sampler plate and she had a margarita, which must have been good as I got no navigation help on the way home from sleepy. The... More 

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Thank RickTrippin
Los Angeles
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We went after a stressful day at the hospital and El Chollo made it all better. The food was delicious and the drinks soothed the savage beast. My new best friend

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Thank Npfran
Escondido, California
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has a lot of history. It started in the 20s. And it is still family owned. We went there on the recommendation of the green corn tamales. They are only available between May and October. They were excellent and I also had a coconut margarita that was the best.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighborhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: +1 323-734-2773

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