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El Cholo

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1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1906
+1 310-899-1106
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good47%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“enchiladas” (20 reviews)
“guacamole” (17 reviews)
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11:00 am - 11:00 pmAll hours
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1906
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Reviewed July 30, 2015

El Cholo features a selection of traditional Mexican dishes, with authentic flavors and reasonable prices. Portion sizes are large, as are the margaritas and other drinks. Service is friendly and fast, and valet parking is available. This restaurant has been around for a long time...More

Thank Loraine H
Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

When we went to El Cholo we were pleasantly surprised by the food! The flavor was so strong that we had it in our mouths all evening! The outdoor courtyard is the best place to sit. As a family with two vegetarians one spice lover...More

Thank zm4
Reviewed June 28, 2015

El chilly has been here for a long time, but I never see the same clientele over and over. It could be a neighborhood favorite, but it seems not to be. Folks grabbing a drink after work, business lunches seem to be the norm, really...More

Reviewed May 1, 2015

restaurant has great chips and salsa; wide variety of good food at a reasonable price; valet parking and free parking in the neighborhood if you are willing to walk a few blocks

Thank Joel B
Reviewed April 17, 2015

We live in the area and go a few times a year. The service has gone down hill. I would not suggest the Steak Fajita's. They claim they are marinated, dry as could be. It will be quite sometime before we go back. Taco Bell...More

Thank ALAN B
Reviewed March 31, 2015

This is one of those great long-standing establishments to which you just can’t help returning. The place is lively… often with large groups enjoying margaritas and laughter. They uniquely offer you little praline candies at the end of your meal to sweeten your visit and...More

Thank GoneAgain02
Reviewed March 31, 2015

We used to live in the area and were regulars at the Santa Monica location. We returned on vacation, start to finish we were disappointed. The hostess lost track of our name waiting for a table, after an extra 25 minutes we asked and the...More

Thank bubbles99_00
Reviewed March 18, 2015

I love their carnitas! The chips and salsa is addicting and I am hooked on the creamy citrus dressing they have. El Cholo is by far our favorite place for Mexican!

1  Thank ktomasunas
Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

Vegetarian enchilada as well as the blue corn chicken and cheese enchilada were delicious, as was tortilla soup. The flan was excellent, only surpassed by the detailed attention of the wait staff. Sitting by the fireplace inside the restaurant (gets cool in Santa Monica in...More

Thank navins888
Reviewed March 4, 2015

Had a great time with three generations dining at EL Cholo. Roberto, our waiter was particularly attentive to the grandchild. We all had the "Taste of History" and not only was it excellent, but the portions were large enough that we had 'take home' boxes...More

Thank lzsrgh
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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Nearby Attractions
Santa Monica Public Library
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.40 miles away
Santa Monica History Museum
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.37 miles away
Santa Monica Playhouse
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.49 miles away
The Performing Arts Center Santa Monica College
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.20 miles away
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene
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 - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1906
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-899-1106
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