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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
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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 

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

Thank Npfran
Escondido, California
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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.

Thank sbaker2015
Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

El Cholo has been around for at least 40 years and there is no pretense and no hyperbole....just straight ahead great mexican food. A lot of history has transacted at these tables (or at least the original location). I can't eat the sweet green tamales often enough! If you never enjoyed a tamale you need to come here.

Thank bbschmit
Peoria, Arizona
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

Still as good as I remembered more than 20 years ago. Green corn tamales are still amazing and their Coconut margarita was yummy too.

Thank Karen T
New York City, New York
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19 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

We had drinks while we were waiting to be seated. We were given the bill by someone who was not our drinks waitress and I paid it. Then, as we went to go to the table, I was accused by the drinks waitress of not paying. I told her repeatedly I already paid the bill. She refused to listen and... More 

Thank mark g
London, United Kingdom
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244 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016

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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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 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 bubbles 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
Mexican, Latin
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
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?