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El Cholo Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Central L.A
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1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006-2314
(323) 734-2773
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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London, United Kingdom
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206 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Recommended by a friend who went to college in Los Angeles, El Cholo, and particularly this original location, has been on my to do list for a very long time. And it turned out to be disappointing ordinary. The food was the sort of typical Mexican fare you get everywhere: tasty and plentiful, yes, but too cheesy, oozy and generic... More 

Thank LDN_2009
New York City, New York
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The atmosphere is great and the food is too. Margherita's not half bad either:-) The menu is fantastic and there is a real family ambience.

Thank PaulJArnould
Johannesburg, South Africa
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37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

El Cholo is a well established Mexican restaurant in the heart of LA. The decor is traditional old school with both indoor and faux outdoor patio dining. Some of the booths appeared small and the booth table tops low and cramped. We booked early Sunday lunch time and sat at a spacious Booth. The authentic display of LA Mex antique... More 

Thank Anjel50
Monroe, Washington
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61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

We had a group of nine people show up for dinner unannounced but were seated quickly and graciously. The food was typical Mexican cuisine but that was what we were looking for. I enjoyed chicken fajitas and we received good service. It was not authentic Mexican food like "street tacos" that are so prevalent in Los Angeles but for typical... More 

Thank Steve W
Los Angeles, California
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164 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

I've been going to El Cholo for many years and it was a favorite, however, after a recent visit, I was very disappointed. The margaritas are still awesome, but the food is mediocre at best. I tried a few things and nothing was a real palate pleaser. Its a shame because this is an iconic restaurant location. Will not be... More 

Thank sworrels
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

My husband & I had lunch here during a weekday afternoon. We were seated promptly. I ordered the LA Margarita. It was really good. The food was also great! We will visit again.

Thank Teachmama
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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129 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Service was awfully slow at lunch time. I had to call the servers each time I need refills or even a napkin. The tastier part of my luck were actually the chips and salsa. I think the place is famous and quite classical, has ben open for quite some years with much success, but I would not go back for... More 

Thank nontroppo
Freeport, United States
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78 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

We finished a busy Friday with dinner at the original El Cholo which is a family run restaurant starting in the 1920's. The staff was very helpful and patient with our questions about menu items. Everything was fantastic and even though we were there on a Friday night, the service was flawless and you never got a sense of being... More 

Thank Timothy J
Yelm, Washington
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

Squeezed into the bar and found a table recently vacated, it was cleaned within 3 minutes, chips & salsa and bar service immediately . In a rush, we ordered an appetizer platter that seemed to be thrown together & reheated. It arrived within 4 minutes. Bartender was totally blasted, rocking the scene under mass pressure, made it worth the crowd... More 

Thank Laurie C
Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

We went to El Cholo for nostalgia sake, having gone there often 40 years ago. It has not changed much, and the memories were nice. However the world has changed and the menu is surprisingly limited. None the less the food is still good. Maybe having a narrow focus brings its own reward. My wife had chicken enchiladas with green... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Mexican, Latin
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006-2314
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighborhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: (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?