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Mexican, Fast Food
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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Central L.A
0.2 miles from Union Station
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Reviewed August 28, 2020

Never been here. Just want to know if this is the restaurant featured in the movie Heat where Micheal picked up Waingro?

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed January 4, 2020 via mobile

You’ll know where Cielito Lindo is by the constant line out front. Excellent food, very reasonably priced and served very fast! We shared a spinach tamale and a chile relleno. Both were very good, not greasy and full of flavor. No beer is served here....I’ll be back for their world famous LA taquitos!More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 24, 2019 via mobile

The one and only birthplace of LA taquitos! Come taste how it all started. We’re lucky they’re still going strong.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 14, 2019

We ordered delicious fare and drinks and took our seats to await the goodies. They arrived without delay and we enjoyed the flavoursome offerings. It’s a charming little outlet, hugely popular with takeaways and eating in-house.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed November 28, 2019

I've been eating here since my first visit to Olvera Street as a little kid. And I still stop by whenever I'm downtown. The sauce...ahh...I could drink it by the gallon! Tony B loved this place, too. I remember him every time I visit now.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

We were in the area for a function and when it was done strolled over to Olvera Street with the goal of trying Cielito Lindo’s famous taquitos with avocado sauce. Though a Sunday with Day of the Dead celebrations going on, the long line moved...fast and we scored two seats in the tiny dining area. Many others were spread out on Olvera Street eating their taquitos while standing. Seating is an issue. The taquitos were perfectly done — not too soft and not too hard. The avocado sauce was on the thin side, almost like a green tomatillo sauce, but tasty. Tasty enough that I tipped up my paper tray to drink what was left. The sauce had a little bit of a spiciness to it.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 20, 2019 via mobile

I dragged my partner here after reading reviews and the high recommendation on the suggested self walking tour of the area around Union Station. Wow. What an absolute disappointment. Despite the self congratulatory World Famous on the menu board I wasn’t prepared for the tasteless,...stodgy, hard taquitos and the watery avocado sauce. Although everyone around us seemed to enjoy the food I felt it was a case of the emperors new clothes and the tradition outweighed the product. I am so surprised by the other comments here suggesting it’s great. I found it anything but.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 19, 2019 via mobile

This is a must stop site at Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. It’s just a little hole in the wall that sits on the corner entrance to the oldest street in Los Angeles and offers a very small menu of Mexican food items, but...it is well known in Southern California for its tasty taquitos served in a superb avocado sauce with a side of delicious beans topped with melted cheese. There is seating on both sides of the take-out counter, but since this is a very popular eatery you might have to search for seating elsewhere in the area. There is a pay-to-park lot on the corner too, but this lot can also fill up fast.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed September 26, 2019

What more can you want than a simple menu done right. This place has fantastic beef taquitos with avocado sauce. I had two taquitos and ate them right outside the shop, they were done perfect.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 19, 2019

Wonderful little place on Olvera St. Genuine Mexican fare. No matter what you get. Sitting is next to the stand.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Response from Jane P | Reviewed this property |
If you are ordering taquitos then you should have no problem. They are made with corn tortillas, shredded meat and a avocado based sauce. This is what they are famous for. Anything else you can ask if there is any flour... More
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