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El Cholo Café

Mexican Restaurant and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Pasadena Civic Center District, Pasadena
  • Hilary M.
    "Get the green corn tamales!"(3 Tips)
    John R.
    "bottle of Corralejo to take home"(2 Tips)
    M W.
    "Get the LA Lemonade"(2 Tips)
    LaVette A.
    "The margaritas and sangria were excellent."(7 Tips)
49 Tips and reviews
  • margaritas
  • green corn tamales
  • Mexican food
  • corralejo
  • la lemonade
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  • Cya
    CyaJune 6
    Been here 5+ times
    Drinks and chips and guacamole.
  • Shawn H.
    Shawn HSeptember 25, 2016
    Guacamole freshly made at your table-Awesome Quest the best I have ever had. Not your usual queso blended cheese with mushrooms and so much more. Both a must order!!
  • Shawn H.
    Shawn HSeptember 25, 2016
    Amazing a MUST try. Order the Guacamole(freshly made at your table) and the quest. You won't be sorry
  • Zach C.
    Zach CrawfordApril 23, 2016
    Veggie Tostada! Looks like a salad...
  • Jose A.
    Jose AR.February 3, 2016
    Asada Sonora Nachos.
  • Clare
    ClareJanuary 3, 2015
    A tad overpriced but a good tour of LA history
  • Jennifer
    JenniferOctober 5, 2014
    Why does this El Cholo serve green chips? Unsure, but I enjoyed the festive atmosphere.
  • LaVette A.
    LaVette AllenAugust 9, 2014
    One word: YUUMMM! The margaritas and sangria were excellent. Didn't know they had a location in Pasadena.
  • Ferdinand G.
    Ferdinand GavlanApril 27, 2014
    Kick ass food great drinks a very good place to eat.
  • Ericka
    ErickaMarch 1, 2014
    LA Lemonade, #4 combo with the extra cilantro and green onions. They have yet to mess it up in 30 years. Try it. TRY IT.
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BarraganNovember 18, 2013
    Don't come here...unless it is for drinks alone...the food :( you have been warned
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BNovember 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Didn't like the enchiladas that much
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MitchellOctober 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Eatn with da boss
  • Jennie K.
    Jennie KimOctober 12, 2013
    Their food is too greasy and the quality has gone down.
  • Cami H.
    Cami HamiltonAugust 23, 2013
    L.A. Lemonade us a classic that cannot be beat. If you have a second please pick a designated driver and be safe!
  • Renée L.
    Renée LeeJuly 27, 2013
    Great happy hour!!! Happy hour lasts till 7 & the food is $5, drafts are $3
  • Laurel J.
    Skip the average soup and salad and march straight to the California or Mariscos enchiladas. And dont miss the homemade tortilla.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MitchellJune 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Drink time
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MitchellJune 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Very good food n here
  • Troy P.
    Troy ParkinsMay 5, 2013
    The chips and salsa are excellent. The green onions make it. Be sure to order a margarita on the rocks too.
  • Queenie I.
    Queenie ItoApril 30, 2013
    Omar is the greatest waiter. Ever. Seriously.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarkhamMarch 15, 2013
    If they have the pork special (roasted in banana leaves I believe) get it.
  • krisha m.
    krisha mendozaMarch 10, 2013
    do not order the tortilla soup. it's not a broth just enchilada sauce.
  • Allison C.
    Allison CoronaNovember 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch the LA Galaxy games in the cantina!
  • Vincent
    VincentSeptember 22, 2012
    Try the corralejo + one margarita. Made at your table and the tequila is great! You get to keep the little bottle as well.
  • Elle M.
    Elle MasbaumSeptember 9, 2012
    Chips were yucky! .... So was the food! Thumbs down for me on this place.
  • Tony
    TonyAugust 31, 2012
    Great Cadillac!
  • Omar S.
    Omar SolisJune 23, 2012
    Great guacamole made fresh to your liking at your table! Excellent! :~)
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarkhamMarch 28, 2012
    For drinks? L.A. Lemonade—basically tequila and lemonade. Served out of a shaker in a martini glass. The shaker is left with you at the table with another martini glass's worth in it. Delicious.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarkhamMarch 25, 2012
    Ask for the whole-chili version of the reallno—there are two versions! Much better than the default version.
  • Matthew G.
    Matthew GoldmanJanuary 14, 2012
    Blue corn chicken enchiladas are the best
  • Brenda W.
    Brenda WeaverNovember 27, 2011
    Tortilla soup isn't great, stick with the fajitas!
  • Lizzie D.
    Lizzie DezranNovember 12, 2011
    Side table guacamole and listen to some Mariachi!service can be rather slow on busy nights! Valet Parking only~
  • Geoffrey H.
    Geoffrey HutsonOctober 16, 2011
    Request table-side guacamole, and ask for extra lime/lemon and cilantro
  • Nancy F.
    Nancy FriasSeptember 5, 2011
    Food is always good but service is slow and chips are always bad.
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica W.June 26, 2011
    The green corn temale is really sweet.
  • P.E. T.
    P.E. ThomasJune 22, 2011
    Great margs, green corn tamales, chips and salsa.... a SoCal institution!
  • bryan j.
    bryan jacobsJune 20, 2011
    Green corn tamales! Only from May to October
  • j M.
    j ManriquezJune 13, 2011
    Te worst service at the bar ever!!!
  • John R.
    John ReynosoJune 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the Coralejo + One margarita.. It's served with the bottle of Corralejo to take home, made at the table and a shot on the side... It's guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
  • Greta A.
    Greta AndersonMay 28, 2011
    Not impressed. Overly sweet margarita (tasted like a mix) terrible bar service.
  • Hilary M.
    Hilary McHoneMay 16, 2011
    Get the green corn tamales!
  • John D.
    John Di SaiaMay 15, 2011
    Entrees were good...the Chips and Salsa not so much.
  • Alexis A.
    Alexis AcostaMarch 30, 2011
    The mango margaritas are amazing !!!
  • Lenard A.
    Lenard AustinMarch 12, 2011
    Order the Santa Barbara. It's not on the menu.
  • Eric S.
    Eric SwensonFebruary 27, 2011
    Try the food, it's excellent.
  • So_Cal_Jay
    So_Cal_JayFebruary 19, 2011
    The Friday nite mariachis are KICK ASS here! They sang my fav Desperado song!!!!
  • Don L.
    Don LJanuary 22, 2011
    Great food the best. Excellent service
  • M W.
    M WJanuary 8, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the LA Lemonade
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