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Cha Cha Chicken

Caribbean Restaurant and Wings Joint$$$$
Ocean Park, Santa Monica
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  • Tracy R.
    "Coconut fried chicken and fried plantains are delicious!"(15 Tips)
    Amber J.
    "Killer fried chicken, and their jerk chicken is the best in LA."(32 Tips)
    Amaya D.
    "BYOB and delish fried coconut chicken."(12 Tips)
    warrent s.
    "Awesome shrimp spicy black pepper and coconut chicken!"(12 Tips)
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  • Hedra S.
    Hedra SOctober 10
    Omg this place is just amazing ! When your in Santa Monica you have to try the food there !!!
  • Manu B.
    Manu BalOctober 2
    Homemade ginger beer
  • Jeffrey K.
    Jeffrey KaoSeptember 28
    Get some Caribbean spice in your life after a day at the beach.
  • Giuliano V.
    Got the jerk turkey and a bottle of ginger ale Jamaican style, they charged me 0.50 for a plastic cup- not nice! perhaps because you can bring your own bottle.Very unwilling waiters but food is great!
  • Jasper V.
    Medium hot cha cha chicken is the best Carribean style I ever had. And for the price it is insane!
  • Jason M.
    Good stuff. Definitely worth the stop if in Santa Monica/Venice area
  • Gavin S.
    The Cha Cha Chicken with plantains is delicious!
  • Tyler M.
    Wow. Incredible chicken. An institution!
  • Thorsten L.
    Even though a bit overpriced get the Fried Coconut Chicken. Yum.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SchuitMarch 29
    I stumbled upon this spot and I was lucky I did. So delicious and great vibes 👌🏻
  • Ashwin K.
    Ashwin KumarFebruary 20
    It's NOT spicy. If you're used to Thai/Mexican/Indian spice, this is a weird sweet flavor. The flavor was good, not great. Great ambience and the drinks looked good. Nice for big groups.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PyatetskyJanuary 29
    If you really like carribean flavors, this place is great, but IMO everything is way too sweet. Definitely not my recommendation if you're low carb or keto. Wings are breaded too.
  • Edward H.
    Edward HutchinsonDecember 3, 2016
    Fantastic hole in the wall restaurant. The Coconut chicken is awesome. The prices are even more awesome for where this is located!
  • Stella T.
    Stella TaliadorosNovember 23, 2016
    the coconut chicken is bomb
  • Mirla d.
    Mirla del RosarioNovember 18, 2016
    Chilaquiles platter for brunch. Festive decor.
  • Jak B.
    Jak BucknallNovember 12, 2016
    Wow! What an amazing find! 😍 excellent value for amazing food, with a kick! BYOB with no cork fee... just 0.50c for a cup, or bring your own 😉
  • Amaya D.
    Amaya DelermeOctober 24, 2016
    BYOB and delish fried coconut chicken. Not very authentic but a fun spot nonetheless.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinOctober 14, 2016
    Jerk chicken, mango lemonade, and sitting. Lots of sitting. More sitting. Just keep sitting there. Don't leave.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CooksonOctober 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Prices are a little bit high for what you get but easily one of the best eats off to the side of the Pier. I normally go for the coconut fried chicken but their rice and plantains are superb as well.
  • Fatma G.
    Fatma GencOctober 9, 2016
    Very delicious cuban food!
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzAugust 25, 2016
    Way more fun if you aggressively BYOB.
  • Phoebe
    PhoebeJune 27, 2016
    The coconut chicken is so good it makes me want to cry
  • Brad K.
    Brad KwaterskiMay 28, 2016
    The coconut chicken was amazing! Get the 1/4 chicken as it is plenty of food. And be sure to get a lemonade!
  • Youssef M.
    Youssef MoustafaMay 27, 2016
    Good vibes in the back patio
  • Jennifer G.
    Jennifer GallardoMay 14, 2016
    The cha cha chicken is everything - and if you don't get that, the jerk chicken enchilada is pretty legit too
  • Erin S.
    Erin SilkApril 3, 2016
    You can't go wrong with the cha cha chicken or the coconut fried chicken. Get an agua fresca or byo!
  • Amber J.
    Amber JamalMarch 29, 2016
    Killer fried chicken, and their jerk chicken is the best in LA. So flavorful! Perfect for a warm day near the beach.
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CassettaMarch 11, 2016
    Jerk chicken enchiladas!
  • Despina F.
    Despina FasouliFebruary 7, 2016
    Loved it!! D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!! totally coming back for that one!!
  • Veronika S.
    Veronika SonsevJanuary 23, 2016
    The coconut fried chicken and plantations are delicious!
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DulinJanuary 1, 2016
    Fantastic Jerk Turkey Burger. The juices were also delicious.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuJanuary 1, 2016
    The cha cha chicken and jerk sauce is so good. The chicken croquette is better than the empanadas. And beware of the incredibly slow line to order. The food comes out fast otherwise.
  • George H.
    George HayesDecember 31, 2015
    Jerk Chicken Enchiladas are what's up!
  • Elysia M.
    Elysia MannNovember 11, 2015
    Coconut chicken is significantly heavier than the roasted but it's so, so good.
  • Arnaud R.
    Arnaud RéautéNovember 6, 2015
    Amazing Caribbean food with lots of spices and taste and a very decent pricing.
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas ColtonSeptember 14, 2015
    BYOB and the food is all spectacular. The standouts are the coconut fried chicken and the jerk chicken enchiladas if you're stuck
  • Tony
    TonyAugust 3, 2015
    Jerk chicken enchiladas! And everything else!
  • Darlene J.
    Darlene JeffersonAugust 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Spinach Quesadilla! Coconut chicken! Ropa Villeja! Fresh Juices! Great Staff!
  • Tim D.
    Tim DanielewskiJuly 13, 2015
    Jerk Chicken enchiladas.
  • Achille K.
    Achille KollaJuly 11, 2015
    Not your most authentic Caribbean experience but great service and good bang for your buck. Try their homemade juices...the lemonade + ginger ale was bomb!
  • William C.
    William CapodannoJune 26, 2015
    Had the awesome Jerk chicken enchiladas with the dirty rice and beans and plantains. All of it was delicious with great flavors. Also, the lemonade and mango-guava Aqua frescas were refreshing.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Supersimo S.
    Supersimo SlimonsMay 16, 2015
    Try the mango/watermelon water and the jerk chicken enchiladas... yummy!
  • Fifi S.
    Fifi SomaApril 27, 2015
    Very cool, laid back, casual carribean food place. Crowded but worth it. If you really don't like spicy avoid the jerk chicken
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RudolphApril 24, 2015
    Coconut fried chicken was amazing!
  • Anton Z.
    Anton ZietsmanApril 12, 2015
    Cubana sandwich
  • Blanca L.
    Blanca LlarmaMarch 26, 2015
    It is sooo good. this place has great food! it is affordable the staff here are super nice and professionals.. I lobe the foold
  • Dave
    DaveMarch 23, 2015
    Excellent chicken. Even better with a touch of Ranch.
  • Drew S.
    Drew ShannonMarch 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great reasonably-priced food and BYOB with a great patio less than 2 blocks from the beach. Say no more.
  • Justin M.
    Justin MichaligaJanuary 25, 2015
    Great vibe. Juicy chicken and weekend brunch deals that are on point. Lemonade washes it all down nicely.
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanJanuary 9, 2015
    Coconut fried chicken is possibly the best fried chicken I've ever had.
  • Tom M.
    Tom McKeeverDecember 4, 2014
    Great dinner pregame spot before a night out in SaMo. Patio dining, BYOB, eat with your hands! $12-13 gets you a good sized plate with two sides. G
  • Kevin Y.
    Kevin YamazakiNovember 30, 2014
    The jerk chicken was great. Can't beat the mango guava juice!
  • Tony L.
    Tony LaiNovember 17, 2014
    Dirty rice and beans and plantains. Coconut fried chicken.
  • Thierry G.
    Thierry GalleOctober 14, 2014
    Jerk chicken enchiladas!
  • Gianni
    GianniSeptember 27, 2014
    Cha cha chicken, mild, with slaw and plantains. Homemade ginger ale was on point. Pro tip: byob
  • Rodney T.
    Rodney TimotheSeptember 6, 2014
    Chicken time!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 28, 2014
    Check out Cha Cha Chicken as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • Shavonne C.
    Shavonne CaldwellAugust 12, 2014
    I love the jerk chicken enchiladas
  • Murray S.
    Murray ShawAugust 9, 2014
    Get the Chicken Gumbo Soup, a Jerk Chicken Enchilada and don't forget to byob
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    This island-inspired, shack-like spot features festive decorations in every corner and Coconut Fried Chicken that's worth a special trip, according to Iron Chef Michael Symon. Read more
  • Monica D.
    Monica DeAngelisJuly 11, 2014
    The food is so good and the vibe is really chill.
  • Clean Bay R.
    Congrats to Cha Cha Chicken 4 passing their Clean Bay Restaurant Certification 4 City of Santa Monica! They're doing their part to keep the Santa Monica Bay clean! Learn more: www.santamonicabay.org
  • Trevor G.
    Trevor GraysonMay 11, 2014
    The lemonade is banging.
  • Tony D.
    Tony DalyApril 3, 2014
    BYOB but the freshly made fruit juices are amazing!
  • amy
    amyFebruary 27, 2014
    Don't be dumb. Get the Cha Cha Chicken plate. The sauce... The sauce...
  • Evan F.
    Evan FainJanuary 13, 2014
    Sauce w cha cha chicken in unreal. Sweet and spicy...
  • Kristin G.
    Kristin GreenfieldJanuary 7, 2014
    He turkey burger is delicious
  • Robert M.
    Robert MoggachJanuary 2, 2014
    Ignore the menu and go straight for the Jerk Chicken Enchiladas - if you can't take the heat go mild and they'll still make you smile.
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron KlinkDecember 23, 2013
    BYO and the pork stew is a huge amount of great food.
  • Ben P.
    Ben PatwaDecember 16, 2013
    Wow, I had the combo plate and it was Dee-lish!! Dem portions be huuuge mon!
  • Tiffany K.
    Tiffany KathrynNovember 11, 2013
    THE LEMONADE
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth MenesesOctober 23, 2013
    Jerk chicken wings are smashing!
  • Antony O.
    Antony OOctober 7, 2013
    Chicken.. Was dry today.
  • Marcos E.
    Marcos EscalanteOctober 1, 2013
    "This is the perfect lemonade. A tasty one." - Isabella age 3
  • Cassie P.
    Cassie PAugust 24, 2013
    Coconut fried chicken and the Jamaican jerk enchilada!!
  • Cya
    CyaAugust 12, 2013
    Super yummy. The half chicken with two sides is more than enough food for two people to split. Bring your own booze if you want it!
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer TranAugust 10, 2013
    Definitely get a side of corn bread to soak up all the sauce
  • Simon B.
    Simon BurnsAugust 4, 2013
    Masssssive servings! Don't underestimate the food quantity in a "1/2" serving!
  • H. C.
    H. Colbert (@hrsch)July 30, 2013
    ATTN Iced Tea Drinkers: They charge full price ($3 as of July '13) for refills and will add lemonade by default. Not cool. You've been warned.
  • D S.
    D SmithJune 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you lean to the healthy side but still eat chicken, try the Ropa Nueva...
  • warrent s.
    warrent sattMay 31, 2013
    Awesome shrimp spicy black pepper and coconut chicken!
  • Carly J.
    Carly JamiesonMay 3, 2013
    One of the best eats in LA- coconut fried chicken (go boneless) w plantains. Yum dum.
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BApril 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I am all about their jerk chicken and fried plantains.
  • Shanelle U.
    Shanelle UeyamaApril 18, 2013
    Jerked chicken enchiladas come w beans, rice, and plantains. A perfectly delicious plate. The mango guava juice made me feel like i was on vacation. Coconut chicken was tasty. Great service too!
    Upvoted Sep 24
  • Elle C.
    Elle CameronApril 12, 2013
    Chicken enchiladas are fantastic.
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SMarch 25, 2013
    Great Caribbean food, my favorite plate is the Jerked Chicken Enchiladas, you can add an extra enchilada. No alcohol sold here, but you can bring your own on the patio, pick some up at Lucky's liquor.
  • Tina K.
    Tina KangFebruary 26, 2013
    Absolutely delicious Coconut Fried Chicken. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area!!
  • Jeffry M.
    Jeffry MaganaFebruary 21, 2013
    There lemonade is dank! Too bomb!
  • Alyssa D.
    Alyssa DuranFebruary 13, 2013
    BYOB rum in some of their FRE$H juices
  • Tracy R.
    Tracy RobertsFebruary 3, 2013
    Coconut fried chicken and fried plantains are delicious!
  • tallie p.
    tallie pazDecember 23, 2012
    Get the flan for dessert, so good!!!!
  • Kimberly M.
    Kimberly MarieNovember 5, 2012
    Try the coconut chicken or the jerk enchiladas. LIFE CHANGING!
  • D S.
    D SmithOctober 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Do not under any circumstances get the salmon. Stick with the chicken...the ropa vieja (with steak) is not bad either but leave the salmon alone.
  • Clean Bay R.
    This Cha Cha Chicken is a certified restaurant of the Clean Bay Restaurant Program, helping to reduce stormwater pollution in Santa Monica Bay! Learn about or find more certified restaurants at Read more
  • Yuriy M.
    Yuriy MysakOctober 6, 2012
    Best chicken ever, especially with oceanic touch. DELICIOUS
  • Dani K.
    Dani KennedySeptember 30, 2012
    Watermelon juice is amazing.
  • Flobo B.
    Flobo BoyceJuly 18, 2012
    Jerk burger is pretty awesome. It's a little milder than "real" jerk, but zesty enough to appeal to the masses.
  • Drew F.
    Drew FreyJune 21, 2012
    Grab the Jerk Turkey burger
  • @jerrymeng
    @jerrymengMay 21, 2012
    Jerk Chicken Enchiladas
  • Hudson L.
    Hudson L.April 22, 2012
    I got the coconut fried chicken: sweet, tender, and not too heavy. Definitely come with a friend so you can try different things. I really wanted to try the enchiladas, but I came alone...
  • KCRW
    KCRWApril 4, 2012
    What's not to love? Patio dining near the beach, coconut fried chicken goodness, super spicy jerk sauce, BYOB (Yeah!) and the best part, you can use your KCRW Fringe Benefits card! We go every week!
  • TJ T.
    TJ TaylorMarch 19, 2012
    First time here. Got the Cha cha chicken plate with black beans/rice and sweet potatoes on the side. Chicken was a little spicy but tasted great. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Raghu R.
    Raghu RudraMarch 9, 2012
    My god! If people don't try this food, they are insane.
  • Ku M.
    Ku MaysFebruary 21, 2012
    Ting!!! KuMays.com
  • LeAnne D.
    LeAnne DolceFebruary 4, 2012
    Get the jerk chicken enchilada!
  • Hank F.
    Hank FortmanJanuary 27, 2012
    Jerk Combo is the best deal.
  • Tim Z.
    Tim ZubkoffJanuary 27, 2012
    Jerk chicken enchilada? YES!
  • Mike D.
    Mike DexterJanuary 8, 2012
    The plantains are amazing, and so is the chicken.
  • Dario M.
    Dario MeliDecember 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Watermelon agua is amazing! Perfect compliment to a spicy dish.
  • Walter S.
    Walter SturgeonOctober 19, 2011
    Great Food in a Shack and you can bring your own alcohol!
  • Lori L.
    Lori LewisOctober 8, 2011
    Coconut Banana Cake = heaven, on a plate.
  • Chrysanthe T.
    Chrysanthe TenentesOctober 1, 2011
    sit in the garden and byob
  • Julia H.
    Julia HenryAugust 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great lunch specials! Cool reggae tunes, outdoor patio & bring ur own booze if u want. Winning.
  • Ciaran C.
    Ciaran CoatesAugust 28, 2011
    Wow! The food I fantastic, tasty and great service. The line ups prove it
  • Jenn A.
    Jenn AguilarAugust 24, 2011
    Jerk chicken enchiladas, Cuban sandwich, spicy Cuban fries and lemonade are all a must. Atmosphere takes me back to the Caribbean.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 17, 2011
    On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Michael Symon's mouth is watering for Coconut Fried Chicken, a classic with a twist, at Cha Cha Chicken, a Caribbean restaurant. Find more tips at Food Network Local. Read more
  • Henie R.
    Henie ReisingerAugust 12, 2011
    Did I say coconut encrusted fried chicken yet? Get it!
  • Buy Local Market
    Buy Local MarketAugust 10, 2011
    We agree! The jerk chicken enchiladas are where it's at!
  • Henie R.
    Henie ReisingerAugust 8, 2011
    The best coconut encrusted fried chicken with mango dipping sauce!
  • adelina
    adelinaAugust 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Watermelon juice is yummy and refreshing
  • Jenn
    JennJuly 24, 2011
    Cute lunch spot in Santa Monica. Give it a try. Coconut chicken was featured in The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Read more
  • DegeneratED
    DegeneratEDJuly 15, 2011
    Cha Cha Chicken = Happiness
  • Cristine K.
    Cristine KeelerJune 21, 2011
    Warning: Arroz no pollo dish, touted as vegetarian, has chunks of chicken...kinda sucks... :/
  • Thomas G.
    Thomas GriffinMay 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    To go orders aren't faster than waiting in line - ours took over 40 min.
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HolmanMay 29, 2011
    The jerk chicken tostada is ssssooo good...and the tropical ice tea was beyond sweet just the way I like it
  • Jillian M.
    Jillian MartinMay 29, 2011
    Best mango juice ever!
  • Sam S.
    Sam SmithMay 25, 2011
    My mango guava tastes like tap water. But the foods good
  • Juiceifer C.
    Juiceifer CeeMarch 30, 2011
    So I had the jerk chicken enchiladas and the mango guava jus like everyone recommended and daaaamn that shit was beyond delicious! Thanks 4sq foodies :)
  • Rick
    RickFebruary 24, 2011
    Just repeating a lot of the tips here...jerk chicken enchiladas and agua mango guava. Super delicious!!
  • Jack H.
    Jack HayekFebruary 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Jerk Enchiladas are to die for..Wash it down with LAs best watermelon juice. The environment is the ish and there's always a sick playlist pumping.
  • James C.
    James CitronNovember 9, 2010
    Don't miss the watermelon juice and jerk chicken enchiladas. Perfect lunch spot
  • JR J.
    JR JNovember 8, 2010
    Try the Cilantro Strawberry agua fresca. It might be seasonal, but it's delicious and refreshing! Read more
  • Erin L.
    Erin LeonardSeptember 16, 2010
    Rick is awesome!! They rent out the patio for groups or parties. You can also bring your own booze or beer. Mango-guava juice and the watermelon juice are amazing.
  • William G.
    William GelnerMay 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Arnold Palmer great here to wash down cubano sando w plantains.
  • Eric Y.
    Eric YApril 18, 2010
    Try the jerk chicken enchiladas... sweet, spicy, delicious.
  • Mark L.
    Mark LeeApril 9, 2010
    Go to Cha Cha Chicken and get the chicken breast enchilada. Read more
  • April P.
    April PfenderFebruary 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Watermelon drank is the shit
  • Kathryn S.
    Kathryn StuartFebruary 17, 2010
    You will find me here on lunch at least once a week. I love the black bean soup and the Arroz No Pollo. the jerk sauce here is divine!
  • Johnny B.
    Johnny BraskoFebruary 16, 2010
    Ya mon, everi ting ire! You can't beat the self titled Cha Cha Chicken... extra spicey and all white meat! Read more
  • Emily S.
    Emily SweetFebruary 6, 2010
    delicious guava mango juice
  • Andrew
    AndrewDecember 21, 2009
    Weekends; the chicken hash is sublime. You won't be disappointed.
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie MorrisDecember 21, 2009
    jerk chicken enchiladas as so good. sweet and spicy.
  • Ned A.
    Ned ADecember 10, 2009
    Order whatever you want (I get the Spinach Quesadilla with Chicken) but pay for extra sauce (they just started charging). Beware of Friday night bikers as the line will be unbearable.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KahrsJune 2, 2009
    bring your own alcohol. it's allowed!
  • cnelson ︻.
    cnelson ︻╦╤─May 3, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the jerk chicken enchiladas and a lemonade.
  • Ana P.
    Ana P. Bethke1 week ago
    Jerk Combo ❤
  • Dan R.
    Coconut fried chicken delicioso 👍🏼
  • Laddy U.
    Laddy UvJune 15, 2015
    Que delicia la ropa vieja. Acompañar las aguas frescas con un poco de ron 😀👌🍹
  • Jet L.
    Jet LopezOctober 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    my favorite enchiladas!
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