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“Loved it!”
Review of El Cholo

El Cholo
Ranked #67 of 679 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Edina, Minnesota
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

I love the original Mexican restaurants like El Cholo and El Coyote so was thrilled to find out there was one near our hotel in Santa Monica. We had a lovely meal with my kids' grandmother and uncle. The margaritas were very good, the service was fast and the food was tasty. It's probably not the most authentic place in town, but the atmosphere is fun and friendly.

  • Visited January 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
“Good Mexican”
Reviewed December 23, 2013

Great place to go for good Mexican at a reasonable price in Santa Monica. Portions are large and margaritas are tasty. I'd also recommend the tamales.

Visited December 2013
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Santa Monica, California
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61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Just So So”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

El Cholo is a local chain of Mexican Retaurants. The Santa Monica restaurant is very large and very noisy. There is valet parking. The service is slow when moderatey busy. The food is no better prepared then the average area Mexican restaurant.

Visited October 2013
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Los Angeles, CA
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great to have the Santa Monica location”
Reviewed December 7, 2013

I've been to El Cholo in Santa Monica many times, and also to the original restaurant on Western Avenue in downtown L.A.. Great ambiance and great food at a reasonable price. Service is always first-rate, especially for such a large, busy restaurant. It's a no-brainer to dine here when I have friends in from out-of-town.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Grabit177
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92 reviews
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“Love this place”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

We always go to this restaurant whenever we're in the Santa Monica area. Best guacamole ever! Great menu and friendly service.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Anouschkar
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