El Cholo

Mexican Restaurant, Burrito Place, and Taco Place
1025 Wilshire Blvd (at 11th St.), Santa Monica, CA 90401, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:00am (Show more)
  • Mon
    • Noon–1:00 PM
    • 4:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 11:00 AM–Noon
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Wed–Thu
    • 11:00 AM–1:00 PM
    • 4:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–1:00 PM
    • 4:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–8:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
8.6/10

Based on 712 votes

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  • "Ask to sit at the free nachos table" (3 tips)
  • "... by the kitchen is the Nacho Table. They bring you unlimited Carmen's Nachos..." (2 tips)
  • "... of margaritas and the blue corn chicken enchiladas....yummy!" (2 tips)
  • dennie

    House marg on the rocks. Fuckin BOMB.COM

    dennie · June 22, 2010
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  • Barclay

    Order the green corn tamales, in season May-Oct only. Yum!

    Barclay · September 17, 2009
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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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  • Ty N.

    order the Blue Corn Enchiladas

    Ty Newby · October 8, 2009
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  • Luke K.

    Order 2 Carne Asada Tacos. It's not on the menu but they are amazing.

    Luke Kallis · January 28, 2010
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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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  • Justin T.

    Ask to sit at the free nachos table

    Justin Taylor · August 1, 2011
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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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  • Anisha B.

    Pomegranate margarita- yum!!

    Anisha Baijal · April 19, 2013
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  • Patrick D.

    This is my favorite place to stumble out of.

    Patrick Dunn · April 27, 2012
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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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  • Steve M.

    Green Corn Tamales are back in season!

    Steve McKay · May 8, 2010
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  • Doug M.

    Ask for the "free nacho" table

    Doug McCracken · April 19, 2010
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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.

    Love the mini cholula bottles!

    Troy Devers · August 4, 2013
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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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  • Sandy

    This place sucks. Gross food and terrible service!

    Sandy · March 25, 2012
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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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  • Rich L.

    Best Mexican in Santa Monica as well as the best Margarita's ever! Heaven for me, will be back soon & hopefully Mayor

    Rich Leibfried · July 31, 2010
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  • Heather B.

    Ceasar salad and add grilled chicken, so delish! The croutons are spicy and so yummy!

    Heather Bednarczyk · April 8, 2010
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  • Juan P.

    Look for a doe-eyed raven haired hottie named Yuri behind the bar. She makes a knock you on your ass killer margarita.

    Juan Perez · April 2, 2010
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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 · 3 weeks ago
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  • Alisha B.

    Taco Tuesday is excellent!!!!

    Alisha Bland · March 26
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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
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  • Travis S.

    The guac is on point.

    Travis Swingler · February 15
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  • Joëlle M.

    House margaritas and appetizers are half price on Taco Tuesdays!

    Joëlle M. · January 22
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  • A

    Coconut margaritas!!

    A · August 25, 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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  • Marie F.

    Try the Grilled Fish Tacos (via @Foodspotting)

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Eric P.

    Upstairs seating at night

    Eric Pfeiffer · June 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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