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Gilbert's El Indio

Certificate of Excellence
Santa Monica
Mexican, Southwestern
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2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1829
(310) 450-8057
8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Ligonier, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been going to Gilbert's for 30 years. The quality of the food is uniformly excellent. Breakfast is a special treat. The service is quick, efficient and friendly. I particularly enjoy the Machaca , especially if you ask for machaca without eggs. In the evening, the restaurant is full and the margaritas are great.

Thank yslasstephen
London, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Taken there for a quick lunch. Excellent food - real fresh cooking, family run for years. By all accounts an iconic restaurant

Thank Stephen L
Perth WA
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62 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Tried this place on the recommendation of family who had travelled before us. The first night we tried to get in, we were to,d to write our names in the book, nope that's not for us, refuse to wait for food, don't care how good it is. So the next time we were lucky enough to walk in and a... More 

Thank Janny_9
Los Angeles, California
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

A Mexican staple in our weekly rounds. Often crowded so go early. Tasty traditional old school dishes. Ask for kettle beans instead of refried if you are vegetarian and want to avoid lard. Fun atmosphere and quick service once seated. Often see someone you know too.

Thank Michael R
Venice of America
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Went to this place expecting at least not bad food.Left this restaurant disappointed.Seriously I don't know how this place has excellent and good reviews with the food being so mediocre.Honestly save your $100 and spend it somewhere else or go help a Mexican food truck and invite 2-3 people to eat there is a way better option.

Los Angeles, California
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1,682 reviews
541 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Came here for lunch with husband and shared a Super Special Burrito (beef). Awesome as always. Chips and salsa and pickled carrots are wonderful! Taco Tuesdays runs from 4pm-11pm.

Thank Saranger
New York City, New York
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107 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

I've been to this place quite a few times over the years. It's one of the Mexiican restaurants that the food tastes like its homemade. Everything is very flavorful. The staff is super nice so I really enjoy eating here.

Thank MercedesMercado1
Los Angeles, California
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1,682 reviews
541 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 836 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

I've been coming here since 1998, husband since about 1976! Great neighborhood family-run Mexican restaurant. I love the cheese enchilada, rice and beans, but truly the burritos and tamales are also delicious too. Awesome chips, tasty salsa, and the carrots are out of this world! It's unusual today in a city this size where the staff remember you and your... More 

Thank Saranger
Los Angeles, California
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97 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

Whenever I am near Santa Monica, I make a point to eat at Gilbert's. I've never been disappointed and whenever I eat at another Mexican restaurant, I feel like I am cheating on Gilbert's because the food and their service is like family. Estela, my server and a member of the Gilbert's family, saw that I was having an emotional... More 

Thank MeMeDaVinci
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016 via mobile

Order anything on the menu and I'm confident you will love it. The Chilli Colorado, the burritos, the homemade chips, etc. The walls are plastered with photos of customers from over the years which is a testimony of their love of Gilbert's and Gilbert's love for their customers. It's a fairly small and casual place, but we always go to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1829
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: (310) 450-8057

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