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El Cholo Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2016, 2018 - 2019 Winner
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PRICE RANGE
$21 - $30
CUISINES
Mexican, Latin
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
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ANTOJITOS
Guacamole Molcajete-Style
Served in an authentic bowl for you to mix and mash.
10.5
Carmen's Original Nachos
Carmen's original nachos.
7.5
Taquitos
Your choice of meat and salsa fresca.
6.75
Felix's Caesar Salad
Felix's Caesar salad.
4.95
Aged Cheese Quesadilla
Cheddar and jack cheeses grilled in a handmade flour tortilla.
7.95
Fiesta Platter
Crab and beef taquitos, nachos, quesadillas, chimichangas, guacamole, and sour cream.
10.95
Tortilla Soup
Avocado, grilled chicken, cheese, and roasted poblano chile with strips of tortillas.
4.95
House Guacamole
Half order.
6.25
Sonora-Style Nachos
Frijoles, simmered tomato sauce, sour cream, and guacamole.
8.95
Chimichanga Appetizer
Crisp flour tortilla, chicken, and jack cheese.
7.95
ENCHILADAS
Blue Corn Enchiladas
Marinated chicken breast, tomatillo sauce, sour cream, and avocado garnish with black beans and rice.
15.25
Enchilada Suiza
Chicken breast, light salsa verde, sour cream, beans, and rice.
11.95
Sonora Style Enchilada
Our first enchilada served at El Cholo. Layered corn tortillas, chicken simmered in a tomato-onion-cilantro broth, and fried egg.
11.95
Annie's Early California Enchilada
Mixed garden vegetables, spinach, corn, sautéed mushrooms, and crushed pecans.
10.5
Crabmeat Enchilada
Jalapeño-cilantro pesto sauce, sour cream, avocado, black beans, and rice.
14.95
COMBINACIONES
No. 1
Cheese enchilada and rolled beef taco served with Spanish rice and refried beans.
11.65
No. 2
Cheese enchilada and chile relleno served with Spanish rice and refried beans.
11.65
No. 3
Cheese enchilada and pork tamal served with Spanish rice and refried beans.
11.65
No. 4
Two cheese enchiladas served with Spanish rice and refried beans.
11.65
No. 5
Chile relleno and rolled beef taco served with Spanish rice and refried beans.
11.65
No. 6
Your choice of one entrée served with Spanish rice and refried beans.
8.45
FAJITAS
Steak Fajitas
Marinated tender strips of steak sautéed with fresh vegetables.
15.95
Chicken Fajitas
Delicate chunks of chicken sautéed with fresh vegetables.
15.25
Shrimp Fajitas
Our house specialty shrimp sautéed with fresh vegetables.
16.95
Vegetable Fajitas
A sautéed fresh vegetable medley.
11.85
Chicken & Beef Fajitas
Marinated tender strips of steak and delicate chunks of chicken sautéed with fresh vegetables.
15.95
Shrimp & Beef Fajitas
Marinated tender strips of steak and shrimp sautéed with fresh vegetables.
16.95
Shrimp & Chicken Fajitas
Shrimp and delicate chunks of chicken sautéed with fresh vegetables.
16.95
Shrimp, Chicken, & Beef Fajitas
Shrimp, delicate chunks of chicken, and marinated tender strips of steak sautéed with fresh vegetables.
18.5
COMIDAS ESPECIALES
A Taste of History
Cheese enchilada, rolled beef taco, chile relleno, and pork tamal with Spanish rice and refried beans.
14.95
Southwest Salad
Blackened chicken, black beans, queso fresco, avocado, pepitas, crispy tortilla strips, and cilantro vinaigrette.
12.95
Ceviche Tostadas
Shrimp and scallops in a citrus marinade with extra virgin olive oil.
11.95
Enchiladas Mariscos
Lobsters, scallops, and shrimp, jack cheese, avocado salsa, and chipotle cream sauce, served with refried beans and cilantro rice.
17.95
Fish Mahi Mahi Tacos
Grilled mahi-mahi, corn tortillas with chipotle aioli, cabbage escabeche, black beans, and pico de gallo.
14.95
Santa Barbara Enchiladas
Shrimp and chicken with sautéed mushrooms, onions, guajillo chile salsa, and jack cheese.
15.95
Enchilada de Carne Picada
Filet mignon, layered corn tortilla, three cheeses, refried black beans, guajillo, and chile de arbol salsas.
14.95
Chicken Tostadita
Fresh garden vegetables, grilled chicken, avocado, and crispy tortilla strips.
12.95
Chicken Chimichangas
Crisp flour tortilla, guacamole, rice, and beans.
12.5
Burrito Dorado
Chile con carne, beans, rice, cheddar cheese, tomato sauce, sour cream, and guacamole.
12.5
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Uber driver suggested this restaurant and I'm glad I went. The food was good. My friend got the chicken fajitas and I got the cheese enchiladas. My only negative comment is that they didn't have very many options for vegetarians or pescatarians. Everything had...More

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank Raven B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't have huge needs, but honestly this restaurant was the worst Mexican food I have had in few decades...and its in Los Angeles? The place was hopping the week after Christmas, but the wait staff seemed very undermanned. We got chips and salsa on...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Thank pyegirl
Reviewed November 29, 2019

If you're in the mood for good, home style Mexican food, with a warm, homey atmosphere, this is for you! A great place to join friends for an evening of great food and ample privacy to share great conversation. This is my "go to" place...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank chongo49
Reviewed September 18, 2019

We went to the Original El Cholo 50 years ago many times during our USC days. So we decided to go back when celebrating 50 years since we met. It was a disappointment. Prices are high ($15.95 vs. $1.35 for a combo plate). Portions are...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Bill N
Reviewed August 25, 2019

Came in for an early dinner (4pm) and the staff was friendly, quick, but knew when to leave us be. Food was excellent..steak fajitas were fabulous, and the guac was great too. Will be back!

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 6, 2019

We decided to go here since it is the original El Cholo. We have eaten at the El Cholo located near Staple Center and enjoyed it. This location wasn't all that great. I felt the food was comparable to El Torito or any other chain...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank shawncat
Reviewed June 5, 2019

El Cholo is a classic Mexican restaurant, known best for its green corn tamales. Actually now a chain, all with the same reputation for great food and service. I first ate in an El Cholo, in fact this particular location, which is the "motherhouse" for...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank TheIslander2
Reviewed April 18, 2019 via mobile

The best Mexican Restaurant in the area.friendly staff. Nice to combine this fresh food with an amazing Margarita cocktail! We will back!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank kevinbergen
Reviewed April 3, 2019

We went to a few Mexican restaurants in San Diego and this was the best one. From the start, our waitress was really friendly and honest about which dishes were good. She took some chips and salsa over and they were delicious. You could tell...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Katie M
Reviewed February 21, 2019 via mobile

From the outside it doesn’t seem much but as soon as you open the door it’s like entering into a new dimension. The entire room is so cozy and the inside is surprisingly big, with a bar lounge & fire place. They gave free nachos...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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