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El Cholo Cafe

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El Cholo Pasadena opened its doors to the public in October 2000 on Fair Oaks Ave. We moved to the Paseo Mall in December 2010 on Colorado Blvd. keeping the 88 year old legend going strong. All of the El Cholo restaurants feature authentic and traditional Mexican dishes, many of which have come from family recipes dating back to 1923. Our distinctive menu offers classics such as our famous Green Corn Tamales, Enchiladas,and sizzling Fajitas. Our Combination plates along with our newer comidas especiales have made El Cholo famous along with our irresistible Nachos introduced in the 1950's. But there is one thing that El Cholo is especially known for and that is our Award-Winning Margarita. The
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Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed March 25, 2019 via mobile

Enchilada Suizas, my go to order for the many Mexican restaurants I have visited. Menu says $15.95. OK, a bit high for that selection however we were in Pasedena... But it was $15.95 for one Enchilada! Should have been three. Ripoff.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank royanth
Reviewed March 20, 2019 via mobile

Restaurant seemed overwhelmed by the number of guests many coming from the nearby conference center. Lunch was yummy but a bit pricey. Slow service.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank reenabobeena
Reviewed March 13, 2019

I came here with a group. It would not have been my first choice for Mexican since I'm more of a food truck person but El Cholo wasn't bad. My carnitas plate had a huge portion of pork with some rice and beans and tortillas....More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank extravelagent
Reviewed November 12, 2018

Enjoyed a good Cal-Mex meal here; prices were reasonable (especially considering location) and food was good. I'd return and recommend if seeking Mexican in Pasadena!

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Chris G
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Had the combination plate. Food was nothing special. Price was reasonable and ambiance was ok. Was expecting a bit more after reading reviews.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank veliac
Reviewed October 4, 2018

Really enjoyed the margarita and the tortilla soup with the added habanero hot sauce. Friendly service, nice outdoor area

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank travelshooter71
Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed this meal on the outdoor patio. The specials are really great designs in mecican food. We had the sonora enchilada a layered chicken enchilada with wonderful choices of sauces. Salsa and chips were great very relaxing place loved it.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

My daughter-in-law took us to this restaurant when we were visiting them. We were on our way home from vacation and this was our 3rd Mexican restaurant. It was also twice to 3 times the cost of our previous dinners and half as good!!! The...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank joanne C
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

Been eating at El Cholo chains for years the service was just terrible,..you couldn't get any help in bar area unless you waved down a waiter,..literally had to ask for chips,salsa,water,drinks were always wrong, might I add it was not crowded. Te only thing positive...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank MsALt36
Reviewed July 27, 2018

The outdoor patio was closed due to a private party, the bar area was full or tables needed clearing so we sat inside which was not as appealing. The drinks were good but though we ordered the same drink twice were served differently we were...More

Date of visit: July 2018
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