El Cholo

Mexican Restaurant, Burrito Place, and Taco Place
1025 Wilshire Blvd (at 11th St.), Santa Monica, CA 90401, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Drinks:
Beer, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
8.3/10

Based on 169 votes

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    Rebekah S.
    "Pitcher of margaritas and the blue corn chicken enchiladas....yummy!"(18 Tips)
    Maureen L.
    "enchilada sauce and the margaritas here are the best in the world!"(12 Tips)
    Barclay
    "Order the green corn tamales, in season May-Oct only."(5 Tips)
    Doug M.
    "Ask for the "free nacho" table"(3 Tips)
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  • margaritas
  • Mexican food
  • enchiladas
  • tacos
  • tamales
  • chile rellenos
  • free nachos
  • fajitas
  • homey atmosphere
  • corn
  • filet mignon
  • tortilla soup
  • spicy food
  • great value
  • happy hour
  • Caesar salad
  • lemonade
  • good for groups
  • authentic
  • family-friendly
  • Natalie G.

    The only thing I've liked so far was my coconut margarita that barely tasted like it had any alcohol in it.. 😑

    Natalie Guerra · 1 week ago
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  • Jennifer M.

    Get the crabmeat enchilada if you love seafood. Also the mix and match guac is so great.

    Jennifer Maas · June 20
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  • Nikki K.

    Opened in 1997.

    Nikki Kreuzer · May 8
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  • Tom M.

    Quality food and drinks, nothing really amazing about it but a solid weeknight spot if you're craving a marg.

    Tom McKeever · December 4, 2014
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  • John

    Unlimited tortilla chips and salsa! Fiesta plate is very good when you don't know what to order

    John · September 21, 2014
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  • Chad M.

    The Blue Corn Enchiladas are the best singular item, but A Taste of History wI'll get you a pork tamale, chile relleno, cheese enchilada, and beef taco.

    Chad Miller · August 25, 2014
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  • Gary K.

    Everything

    Gary Kakiuchi · August 16, 2014
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  • Jim M.

    Adam makes some mean shots!

    Jim Mittler · August 3, 2014
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  • Chelsie P.

    I've tried every quesadilla at every Mexican restaurant on the west side... And this place has the best one. Ask for chopped chills in it.

    Chelsie Pelliccino · June 20, 2014
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  • Alisha B.

    Taco Tuesday is excellent!!!!

    Alisha Bland · March 26, 2014
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  • Carol M.

    Valet parking only here so make sure you have loose bills. They do have ATM inside. Nice looking environment inside with friendly customer service. Fresh hot chips w salsa,good food&yummy Margaritas!

    Carol Martinez · March 2, 2014
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  • Travis S.

    The guac is on point.

    Travis Swingler · February 15, 2014
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  • Joëlle M.

    House margaritas and appetizers are half price on Taco Tuesdays!

    Joëlle M. · January 22, 2014
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  • ronda a.

    homey atmosphere and excellent food! margaritas are gooooooooood

    ronda atencion · October 30, 2013
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  • Troy D.

    Ask for the diablo salsa!

    Troy Devers · October 25, 2013
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  • Troy D.

    Taco Tuesdays - $3.95 for 3 tacos and half price margaritas!

    Troy Devers · August 28, 2013
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  • A

    Coconut margaritas!!

    A · August 25, 2013
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  • Troy D.

    Love the mini cholula bottles!

    Troy Devers · August 4, 2013
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  • Carlos G.

    The margaritas are the best!!

    Carlos Gutierrez · July 24, 2013
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  • Erin A.

    Can't go wrong with the house margarita on the rocks and Annie's California Enchiladas.

    Erin Aglione · July 22, 2013
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  • Melody S.

    Make sure to ask for the spicy salsa with the free chips

    Melody Sazegar · June 8, 2013
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  • Berenice L.

    Good atmosphere, came here for a design department dinner. Nice staff.

    Berenice Limon · May 17, 2013
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  • Kimberly R.

    Margaritas!

    Kimberly Ryan · April 23, 2013
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  • Anisha B.

    Pomegranate margarita- yum!!

    Anisha Baijal · April 19, 2013
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  • Marie F.

    Try the Grilled Fish Tacos

    Marie Felix · April 6, 2013
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  • Spencer S.

    great patron dessert berry margarita

    Spencer Schoeben · March 22, 2013
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  • Joyce E.

    The table by the kitchen is the Nacho Table. They bring you unlimited Carmen's Nachos for free.

    Joyce Elsroad · March 2, 2013
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  • Thomas C.

    Good Margaritas.

    Thomas Carrillo · February 24, 2013
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  • Bahar S.

    The chicken fajitas and lemonade are good but every time there is a really disgusting smell all over the restaurant SIT OUTSIDE... Gross 

    Bahar Samandi · February 2, 2013
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  • Suraj S.

    Always a fave. The one on western has 50% off for USC students though.

    Suraj Savalia · December 20, 2012
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  • Kendra A.

    I dream about their crabmeat enchiladas

    Kendra Appe · September 22, 2012
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  • Gail H.

    Enchiladas Suizas, best in the city.

    Gail H · September 3, 2012
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  • Maureen L.

    The enchilada sauce and the margaritas here are the best in the world!

    Maureen Lenker · July 18, 2012
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  • Joseph K.

    Unfortunately, The Best Items Are The Fresh Guac & Salsa. Decent Drinks. Nice, Friendly "Older" Waitessess. No Cholos In Sight Homes, LOL!

    Joseph K · May 26, 2012
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  • jacquie p.

    if your party is sat near the kitchen, they give you free nachos as a lo siento consolation prize.

    jacquie phillips · May 26, 2012
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  • Anna P.

    The guacamole is awesome. Tortilla soup is flavorful and now we are going to try the green chile - corn - cheese tamales that the restaurant is known for - okay first bite delicious

    Anna Poore-Cordova · May 6, 2012
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  • Patrick D.

    This is my favorite place to stumble out of.

    Patrick Dunn · April 27, 2012
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  • Sandy

    This place sucks. Gross food and terrible service!

    Sandy · March 25, 2012
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  • CBS Local

    The El Cholo family recipe dates back to 1923, and the traditional guacamole benefits from years of experience. Try it! - CBS LA Read more

    CBS Local · March 5, 2012
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  • Neil C.

    Santa Barbera a la carte plus beer and tequila.....yum!

    Neil Cabana · January 28, 2012
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  • Amanda N.

    Try the filet mignon taco. Mmmm.

    Amanda Nanawa · January 28, 2012
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  • John

    Disgusting food

    John · December 12, 2011
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  • Yeyen

    High end mexican restaurant. I wouldn't say it's the most authentic mexican restaurant. But they still have really good food, drinks, and a very nice atmosphere.

    Yeyen · September 4, 2011
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  • Justin T.

    Ask to sit at the free nachos table

    Justin Taylor · August 1, 2011
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  • Homan T.

    I cent understand what people see in this place - if you have had real mexican food. The food taste canned, service sucks, and nothing is authentic. The best item is the salsa!

    Homan Taghdiri · July 3, 2011
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  • Homan T.

    I can't understand why people come here (and even wait for a table). The food is below par and service is very slow. The food isn't even authentic. The best thing on the menu is the salsa!

    Homan Taghdiri · July 3, 2011
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  • Eric P.

    Upstairs seating at night

    Eric Pfeiffer · June 26, 2011
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  • DrinkCoba

    Blue Corn Chicken Enchiladas are amazing…throw in some Salsita and you're Golden.

    DrinkCoba · April 26, 2011
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  • Peter S.

    If you don't like an item in the Taste of History, they will gladly substitute it for a taco or tamale instead.

    Peter Smick · January 6, 2011
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  • Alec M.

    Filet mignon tacos are amazing!

    Alec McNayr · December 7, 2010
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