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El Cholo Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Central L.A
Mexican
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1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
(323) 734-2773
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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    Very good
  • 36
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  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Taste of Mexico

Good long standing spot. I recommend this place if you love Mexican food. The service was great as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
MAC3JACK
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Memphis, Tennessee
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago credit card Amex Card Member Review

Good long standing spot. I recommend this place if you love Mexican food. The service was great as well.

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Thank MAC3JACK
Pebble Beach
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165 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everyone in our party loved what they ordered. My fish (mahi mahi) tacos were delicious with cabbage escabeche, chipotle aoli, guac, rice, and black beans in a fried tortilla shell. The chips and salsa come to the table fresh and tasty. The service was friendly and efficient and the decor was darling. There is a large patio for outdoor covered... More 

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Thank MontereyFoodie
Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

Nice sit down place. It has a good old school feel to it. Decent ambience. I had a chimichanga and we had some tacos and different tortillas around the table. food was pretty decent. Service needed a little to be desired. However at it is one of LA's old school joints worth going to once for sure.

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Thank pkanwar
Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Mexican food is my favorite and I love the food at this place. My ultimate favorite is their nacho's with cheese. I'm a cheese lover and they have plenty. I also love their beef enchiladas and drinks.

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Thank Stephanie S
Paramount, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Good food, and drinks. Great Happy Hours!!!! Nice atmosphere. Great place for couples, families, friends, business, or solo!!! .

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Thank haplessromantic
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I always get the same thing, the shredded pork nachos and margaritas. Everything else I've tasted is delicious, but these are my favorites. Service is always great and super friendly. It isn't fancy or over-done, it doesn't even have to try, Old school and fantastic.

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Thank anniemh2o
York, PA
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223 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Hadn't been to LA in quite some time and our friends suggested we meet at El Cholo LA. (Not the Santa Monica one.) The food was still great after all these years. My husband ordered carnitas and I had a tostada. We all had Margaritas. Fair prices and big plates of good food. Great time. Great service. Same waitresses!

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Thank Foodielicious2
Bixby Knolls, California, United States
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This use to be a premier restaurant for it's flavor and service. The service was just OK, and the homemade taste and flavor of the food is gone!!! I was very disappointed in my meal and the and the flavor of the food. The food was more online of a fast food restaurant with the option of ordering a drink.... More 

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Thank Jacqueline F
Atlanta, Georgia
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465 reviews
310 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

If a restaurant has been around since 1923, you know it's good! This had to rank among some of the best Mexican food I have ever had! Beautiful decore and great service. Thought it was especially clever for the restaurant to give each patron a small bowl of salsa room avoid sharing germs. My taco salad had a small flat... More 

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Thank panpanda
New York City, New York
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

Good margaritas. Pitchers are offered but aren't listed on the menu. Food is pretty good. Basic mexican options - fajitas tacos etc.

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Restaurant Details

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: (323) 734-2773

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children

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