El Cholo Cantina

Mexican Restaurant
5465 Alton Pkwy (at Jeffrey Rd), Irvine, CA 92604, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:00 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Drinks:
Beer
Credit Cards:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
6.8/10

Based on 55 votes

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Total Visitors
1,302
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  • What you need to know
    Brian K.
    "Ask for the hotter salsa!"(2 Tips)
    Arthur G.
    "Filet mignon tacos AMAZING!!!!! Get with caddie margarita"(6 Tips)
    darryl s.
    "The Sonoran Enchilada is the best."(2 Tips)
    Josh
    "Carne Masada taco are mucho excelente!!! has Bacon need I say more"(4 Tips)
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  • LA S.

    Tamale holiday special

    LA Sharpe · December 23, 2014
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  • Connie L.

    They will be open through December 31st. So sad that the Irvine Company would not renew their lease.

    Connie L. · November 8, 2014
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  • Matt R.

    So sad they are being forced out of this location.

    Matt R · August 9, 2014
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  • Michael "Mick" S.

    Get the layered Sonora enchilada! The best dish on the menu!

    Michael "Mick" S. · April 19, 2014
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  • Ethan Y.

    Ask for the habanero salsa. Damn good

    Ethan Yotter · September 30, 2013
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  • Ruben L.

    The best margaritas ever!

    Ruben Luna · September 25, 2013
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  • Mike C.

    Beer good here

    Mike Cutts · August 17, 2013
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  • Enrique G.

    Be sure to sit at the nacho table.

    Enrique Granados · July 27, 2013
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  • Dawn K.

    Chili Colorado is AMAZING! have discovered my new favorite! Sit at bar for happy hour Mon - Sat 2-4! Felix , Miguel, Omar, Genevieve - great service!

    Dawn Kuse Clark · May 11, 2013
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  • Neil J.

    Guacamole is damn good

    Neil Jain · December 14, 2012
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  • Kenny

    Food is terrible ....do not waist your time!

    Kenny · December 1, 2012
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  • Jennifer S.

    They have Popsicles for the kids for dessert. Great treat in the heat!

    Jennifer Schwaeber · September 15, 2012
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  • Vishal P.

    For the brave ones that would like to go one step further than the hotter salsa, ask for the habanero salsa!

    Vishal Patel · August 27, 2012
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  • orangecounty.com

    readers said this to be their favorite margarita. The recipe calls for a house-made mix blended with three types of tequila: Cuervo Especial, Cuervo 1800 and a secret platinum tequila. Read more

    orangecounty.com · February 21, 2012
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  • Paula N.

    where is it?

    Paula Noone · February 12, 2012
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  • Diane C.

    Best chile relleno! Nice light and fluffy coating.

    Diane Chang · October 29, 2011
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  • s F.

    Try the coconut margaritas!

    s F · August 29, 2011
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  • Suong N.

    Try the Ensenada style fish tacos. Carne asada tacos supposedly have bacon in them but I could not detect any.

    Suong N. · July 25, 2011
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  • Brian K.

    Ask for the hotter salsa!

    Brian Keylon · June 26, 2011
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  • Zetty

    What happened to the homemade flour tortillas. They were once big and fluffy now they are just a doilly :( but the cookies at the end are still good. Rachel what were you thinking?

    Zetty · May 28, 2011
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  • David F.

    Happy hour. Full and drunk. Who cares how it tastes (chimi's r good)

    David Frazier · March 23, 2011
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  • Trevor C.

    Best carnitas

    Trevor Clinard · March 11, 2011
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  • Bobby F.

    Food is mediocre at best.

    Bobby Farrell · February 24, 2011
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  • Brent R.

    Say hi to Rene in the bar...best drinks in Irvine burbs!

    Brent Rusick · February 17, 2011
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  • Nick G.

    Get the banana dessert.

    Nick Gerakines · January 8, 2011
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  • Richard D.

    Leave room for dessert. The banana chimichanga is amazing!

    Richard D · January 2, 2011
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  • Josh

    Carne Masada taco are mucho excelente!!! has Bacon need I say more

    Josh · November 12, 2010
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  • Arthur G.

    Filet mignon tacos AMAZING!!!!! Get with caddie margarita

    Arthur Gjika · September 15, 2010
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  • darryl s.

    The Sonoran Enchilada is the best. Fried egg on a stack of tortillas.

    darryl stevens · April 6, 2010
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  • Tamæra L.

    Get the "skinny margarita" on the rocks. It is so delicious that you'd never guess that it has half the calories of their regular margarita.

    Tamæra L. · March 19, 2010
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  • max

    Make sure you order double beans no rice. That's what I like. Read more

    max · October 29, 2009
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