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El Cholo

Mexican Restaurant, Burrito Place, and Taco Place$$$$
Wilshire-Montana, Santa Monica
  • Go here. Experience the Mexican food. It's worth it.
  • Barclay
    "Order the green corn tamales, in season May-Oct only."(3 Tips)
    Jennifer M.
    "Get the crabmeat enchilada if you love seafood."(3 Tips)
    Rebekah S.
    "Pitcher of margaritas and the blue corn chicken enchiladas....yummy!"(21 Tips)
    "Blue Corn Chicken Enchiladas"(2 Tips)
74 Tips and reviews
  • Mexican food
  • margaritas
  • enchiladas
  • tacos
  • tamales
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  • Nate T.
    Green Corn Tamales
  • Nate T.
    Nachos at El Cholo
  • Eater
    EaterApril 4
    One of the godfathers of sit-down Mexican cooking in Los Angeles, El Cholo is a true institution that continues to expands and grow. Read more
  • Larisa G.
    Margs and giant plates of Mexican food, what more could you want?
  • Melanie M.
    Melanie MartinNovember 3, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    To start, the chips and salsa are super!! Cucumber jalapeño margarita is great. Enchilada Suiza is delicious! Muy bien.
  • Alpcan B.
    Alpcan BaşaranJuly 12, 2016
    Seafood Enchilada was perfect, must try!
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WalshFebruary 2, 2016
    The cheese enchilada and chile relleno combo is fantastic.
  • Mayuresh H.
    Mayuresh HajirnisNovember 18, 2015
    Fajitas, Cadillac margarita, crabmeat enchiladas
  • Tom B.
    Tom BurtonSeptember 14, 2015
    Oversize portions, heavy food, and a bit pricy for lunch. Maybe that's why it wasn't very full.
  • George H.
    George HarrisAugust 26, 2015
    Good Happy Hour!
  • Aaron G.
    Aaron GAugust 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Taco Tuesday
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GuerraJuly 18, 2015
    The only thing I've liked so far was my coconut margarita that barely tasted like it had any alcohol in it.. 😑
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MaasJune 20, 2015
    Get the crabmeat enchilada if you love seafood. Also the mix and match guac is so great.
  • Offbeat L.A.
    Offbeat L.A.May 8, 2015
    Opened in 1997.
  • Tom M.
    Tom McKeeverDecember 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Quality food and drinks, nothing really amazing about it but a solid weeknight spot if you're craving a marg.
  • John
    JohnSeptember 21, 2014
    Unlimited tortilla chips and salsa! Fiesta plate is very good when you don't know what to order
  • Chad M.
    Chad MillerAugust 25, 2014
    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.
  • Gary K.
    Gary KakiuchiAugust 16, 2014
  • Jim M.
    Jim MittlerAugust 3, 2014
    Adam makes some mean shots!
  • Alisha B.
    Alisha BlandMarch 26, 2014
    Taco Tuesday is excellent!!!!
  • Carol M.
    Carol MartinezMarch 2, 2014
    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!
  • Travis S.
    Travis SwinglerFebruary 15, 2014
    The guac is on point.
  • Joëlle M.
    Joëlle M.January 22, 2014
    House margaritas and appetizers are half price on Taco Tuesdays!
  • ronda a.
    ronda atencionOctober 30, 2013
    homey atmosphere and excellent food! margaritas are gooooooooood
  • Troy D.
    Troy DeversOctober 25, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask for the diablo salsa!
  • Troy D.
    Troy DeversAugust 28, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Taco Tuesdays - $3.95 for 3 tacos and half price margaritas!
  • A
    AAugust 25, 2013
    Coconut margaritas!!
  • Troy D.
    Troy DeversAugust 4, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Love the mini cholula bottles!
  • Carlos G.
    Carlos GutierrezJuly 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The margaritas are the best!!
  • Erin A.
    Erin AglioneJuly 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't go wrong with the house margarita on the rocks and Annie's California Enchiladas.
  • Melody S.
    Melody SazegarJune 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to ask for the spicy salsa with the free chips
  • Berenice L.
    Berenice LimonMay 17, 2013
    Good atmosphere, came here for a design department dinner. Nice staff.
  • Kimberly R.
    Kimberly RyanApril 23, 2013
  • Anisha B.
    Anisha BaijalApril 19, 2013
    Pomegranate margarita- yum!!
  • Marie F.
    Marie FelixApril 6, 2013
    Try the Grilled Fish Tacos
  • Spencer S.
    Spencer SchoebenMarch 22, 2013
    great patron dessert berry margarita
  • Joyce E.
    Joyce ElsroadMarch 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The table by the kitchen is the Nacho Table. They bring you unlimited Carmen's Nachos for free.
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas CarrilloFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Good Margaritas.
  • Bahar S.
    Bahar SamandiFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The chicken fajitas and lemonade are good but every time there is a really disgusting smell all over the restaurant SIT OUTSIDE... Gross 
  • Suraj S.
    Suraj SavaliaDecember 20, 2012
    Always a fave. The one on western has 50% off for USC students though.
  • Kendra A.
    Kendra AppeSeptember 22, 2012
    I dream about their crabmeat enchiladas
  • Gail H.
    Gail HSeptember 3, 2012
    Enchiladas Suizas, best in the city.
  • Maureen L.
    Maureen LenkerJuly 18, 2012
    The enchilada sauce and the margaritas here are the best in the world!
  • jacquie p.
    jacquie phillipsMay 26, 2012
    if your party is sat near the kitchen, they give you free nachos as a lo siento consolation prize.
  • 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
  • Patrick D.
    Patrick DunnApril 27, 2012
    This is my favorite place to stumble out of.
  • Sandy
    SandyMarch 25, 2012
    This place sucks. Gross food and terrible service!
  • CBS Local
    CBS LocalMarch 5, 2012
    The El Cholo family recipe dates back to 1923, and the traditional guacamole benefits from years of experience. Try it! - CBS LA Read more
  • Neil C.
    Neil CabanaJanuary 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Santa Barbera a la carte plus beer and tequila.....yum!
  • Amanda N.
    Amanda NanawaJanuary 28, 2012
    Try the filet mignon taco. Mmmm.
  • John
    JohnDecember 12, 2011
    Disgusting food
  • Yeyen
    YeyenSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Justin T.
    Justin TaylorAugust 1, 2011
    Ask to sit at the free nachos table
  • Homan T.
    Homan TaghdiriJuly 3, 2011
    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 T.
    Homan TaghdiriJuly 3, 2011
    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!
  • Eric P.
    Eric PfeifferJune 26, 2011
    Upstairs seating at night
  • DrinkCoba
    DrinkCobaApril 26, 2011
    Blue Corn Chicken Enchiladas are amazing…throw in some Salsita and you're Golden.
  • Peter S.
    Peter SmickJanuary 6, 2011
    If you don't like an item in the Taste of History, they will gladly substitute it for a taco or tamale instead.
  • Alec M.
    Alec McNayrDecember 7, 2010
    Filet mignon tacos are amazing!
  • Michelle K.
    Michelle KempnerOctober 27, 2010
    Everything is pretty gross except maybe the enchiladas.
  • Geo A.
    Geo AzziAugust 30, 2010
    Great authentic mexican dishes, awesome fajitas
  • Shawn H.
    Shawn HermesAugust 13, 2010
    Only thing worse than the food was the stupid waitress. What is all the hype about? Those are seriously the worst chip ever. I have had stale saltines that I would reach first. Honestly, the worst.
  • Rich L.
    Rich LeibfriedJuly 31, 2010
    Best Mexican in Santa Monica as well as the best Margarita's ever! Heaven for me, will be back soon & hopefully Mayor
  • dennie
    dennieJune 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    House marg on the rocks. Fuckin BOMB.COM
  • Ralph B.
    Ralph BarbagalloJune 21, 2010
    Best chile relleno ever.
  • Steve M.
    Steve McKayMay 8, 2010
    Green Corn Tamales are back in season!
  • Rebekah S.
    Rebekah SheldonApril 21, 2010
    Pitcher of margaritas and the blue corn chicken enchiladas....yummy!
  • Doug M.
    Doug McCrackenApril 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for the "free nacho" table
  • Heather B.
    Heather BednarczykApril 8, 2010
    Ceasar salad and add grilled chicken, so delish! The croutons are spicy and so yummy!
  • Juan P.
    Juan PerezApril 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Look for a doe-eyed raven haired hottie named Yuri behind the bar. She makes a knock you on your ass killer margarita.
  • Adam G.
    Adam GrossmanMarch 11, 2010
    Order the Santa Barbara special. It's not on the menu but it's shrimp and chicken enchiladas. Delish!
  • Mochi P.
    Mochi PopstarFebruary 10, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask management to bring back happy hour!!!!
  • Ty N.
    Ty NewbyOctober 8, 2009
    order the Blue Corn Enchiladas
  • Barclay
    BarclaySeptember 17, 2009
    Order the green corn tamales, in season May-Oct only. Yum!
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