El Cholo Café

Mexican Restaurant and Cocktail Bar
260 E Colorado Blvd, Ste 203 (at Paseo Colorado), Pasadena, CA 91101, United States
Hours:
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–Midnight
Price:
$ $ $ $
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
6.7/10

Based on 97 votes

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Total Visitors
2,488
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  • What you need to know
    Vincent
    "Try the corralejo + one margarita."(2 Tips)
    Ericka
    "LA Lemonade, #4 combo with the extra cilantro and green onions."(2 Tips)
    Troy P.
    "Be sure to order a margarita on the rocks too."(7 Tips)
    Hilary M.
    "Get the green corn tamales!"(3 Tips)
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  • margaritas
  • green corn tamales
  • corralejo
  • la lemonade
  • happy hour
  • tequila
  • good service
  • chicken enchiladas
  • draft beer
  • good for a quick meal
  • sangria
  • tours
  • good for dates
  • pork
  • dinner
  • chips and salsa
  • guacamole
  • brunch food
  • banana leaves
  • lunch
  • Clare

    A tad overpriced but a good tour of LA history

    Clare · January 3
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  • Jennifer

    Why does this El Cholo serve green chips? Unsure, but I enjoyed the festive atmosphere.

    Jennifer · October 5, 2014
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  • LaVette A.

    One word: YUUMMM! The margaritas and sangria were excellent. Didn't know they had a location in Pasadena.

    LaVette Allen · August 9, 2014
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  • Ferdinand G.

    Kick ass food great drinks a very good place to eat.

    Ferdinand Gavlan · April 27, 2014
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  • Ericka

    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.

    Ericka · March 1, 2014
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  • Nicholas B.

    Don't come here...unless it is for drinks alone...the food :( you have been warned

    Nicholas Barragan · November 18, 2013
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  • Jennifer B.

    Didn't like the enchiladas that much

    Jennifer B · November 11, 2013
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  • Andrew M.

    Eatn with da boss

    Andrew Mitchell · October 15, 2013
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  • Jennie K.

    Their food is too greasy and the quality has gone down.

    Jennie Kim · October 12, 2013
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  • Cami H.

    L.A. Lemonade us a classic that cannot be beat. If you have a second please pick a designated driver and be safe!

    Cami Hamilton · August 23, 2013
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  • Renée L.

    Great happy hour!!! Happy hour lasts till 7 & the food is $5, drafts are $3

    Renée Lee · July 27, 2013
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  • Laurel J.

    Skip the average soup and salad and march straight to the California or Mariscos enchiladas. And dont miss the homemade tortilla.

    Laurel Janssen · June 26, 2013
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  • Andrew M.

    Drink time

    Andrew Mitchell · June 14, 2013
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  • Andrew M.

    Very good food n here

    Andrew Mitchell · June 12, 2013
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  • Troy P.

    The chips and salsa are excellent. The green onions make it. Be sure to order a margarita on the rocks too.

    Troy Parkins · May 5, 2013
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  • Queenie I.

    Omar is the greatest waiter. Ever. Seriously.

    Queenie Ito · April 30, 2013
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  • Daniel M.

    If they have the pork special (roasted in banana leaves I believe) get it.

    Daniel Markham · March 15, 2013
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  • krisha m.

    do not order the tortilla soup. it's not a broth just enchilada sauce.

    krisha mendoza · March 10, 2013
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  • Allison C.

    Watch the LA Galaxy games in the cantina!

    Allison Corona · November 8, 2012
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  • Vincent

    Try the corralejo + one margarita. Made at your table and the tequila is great! You get to keep the little bottle as well.

    Vincent · September 22, 2012
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  • Elle M.

    Chips were yucky! .... So was the food! Thumbs down for me on this place.

    Elle Masbaum · September 9, 2012
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  • Tony

    Great Cadillac!

    Tony · August 31, 2012
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  • Omar S.

    Great guacamole made fresh to your liking at your table! Excellent! :~)

    Omar Solis · June 23, 2012
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  • Daniel M.

    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 Markham · March 28, 2012
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  • Daniel M.

    Ask for the whole-chili version of the reallno—there are two versions! Much better than the default version.

    Daniel Markham · March 25, 2012
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  • Matthew G.

    Blue corn chicken enchiladas are the best

    Matthew Goldman · January 14, 2012
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  • Brenda W.

    Tortilla soup isn't great, stick with the fajitas!

    Brenda Weaver · November 27, 2011
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  • Lizzie D.

    Side table guacamole and listen to some Mariachi!service can be rather slow on busy nights! Valet Parking only~

    Lizzie Dezran · November 12, 2011
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  • Geoffrey H.

    Request table-side guacamole, and ask for extra lime/lemon and cilantro

    Geoffrey Hutson · October 16, 2011
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  • Nancy F.

    Food is always good but service is slow and chips are always bad.

    Nancy Frias · September 5, 2011
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  • Jessica W.

    The green corn temale is really sweet.

    Jessica W. · June 26, 2011
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  • P.E. T.

    Great margs, green corn tamales, chips and salsa.... a SoCal institution!

    P.E. Thomas · June 22, 2011
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  • bryan j.

    Green corn tamales! Only from May to October

    bryan jacobs · June 20, 2011
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  • j M.

    Te worst service at the bar ever!!!

    j Manriquez · June 13, 2011
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  • John R.

    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.

    John Reynoso · June 12, 2011
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  • Greta A.

    Not impressed. Overly sweet margarita (tasted like a mix) terrible bar service.

    Greta Anderson · May 28, 2011
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  • Hilary M.

    Get the green corn tamales!

    Hilary McHone · May 16, 2011
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  • John D.

    Entrees were good...the Chips and Salsa not so much.

    John Di Saia · May 15, 2011
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  • A.J.

    Nicest smelling bathroom!

    A.J. · April 12, 2011
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  • Alexis A.

    The mango margaritas are amazing !!!

    Alexis Acosta · March 30, 2011
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  • Lenard A.

    Order the Santa Barbara. It's not on the menu.

    Lenard Austin · March 12, 2011
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  • Eric S.

    Try the food, it's excellent.

    Eric Swenson · February 27, 2011
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  • TurboBunny

    The Friday nite mariachis are KICK ASS here! They sang my fav Desperado song!!!!

    TurboBunny · February 19, 2011
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  • Don L.

    Great food the best. Excellent service

    Don L · January 22, 2011
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  • M W.

    Get the LA Lemonade

    M W · January 8, 2011
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