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“Old School But Still Exellent”
Review of El Cholo

El Cholo
Ranked #74 of 719 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Reviewed April 19, 2013

El Cholo has been around forever but it still remains an excellent choice for quality Mexican food. Their menu is filled with classics but, honestly, the dishes are just a notch or two better than most other similar restaurants. Large portions, tastefully presented and excellent service. Killer margaritas. The fish tacos were tasty and beautiful. The tacos al carbon were loaded with very flavorful marinated beef on a beautiful plate. A little bacon was a nice added touch. Excellent guacamole and chips preceded the entrees. Bottom line: It's old school but still darn good!

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Thank Billyspeed
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

They took 15 of us for a family duo birthday celebration - one turned 70 and one turned 11 and both of them had a rockin' time. Our server let the 11 year old help make the guacamole - which was very tasty! The food was yummy and they treated us like we were part of their family. Highly recommend!

Thank Rovetti
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Love this place! ALWAYS sit outside :) It's a cute little area to sit and who doesn't love enjoying the great weather in Santa Monica?! The portions are huge and the food is delicious. Also the margaritas are great- you really can't go wrong here!!

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Thank sspanther
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We had a party of 6 and paid $55. Restaurant was nice and original. We ordered one plate each but portions are large enough to share between two people. Service was pretty good. The do have valet parking for $3.50 or you can park in the street.

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Thank Linda C
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

Traditional mexican with some innovative dishes thrown in. Great service and old-style atmosphere. Margaritas are good but go for the specialties with a call brand. Good for families, friend gatherings and date night. Valet service and street availability make getting in and out a breeze...

Thank Peter F
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