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El Compadre

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Los Angeles
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  • R R.
    R RAugust 29, 2015
    It's all soooo good. Best restaurant in all of LA. So yourself a favor and go. Best scene I've ever seen. Prices are right. The people are beautiful. And the service is by far the best anywhere. Love!
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas ColtonJune 17, 2015
    The best old school Mexican sit down restaurant in Los Angeles. Strong drinks, big portions and great live music. It's a fairly small space so plan ahead and get a booth. Always get a booth.
  • R R.
    R RAugust 29, 2015
    The absolute best place in all LA. Family owned and the most excellent service. Better than 5* dining service. All smiles all the time and the most outrageously awesome food I've ever eaten. Go!!!
  • LogoTV
    LogoTVOctober 11, 2012
    All time FAVE Mexican joint. EVERYTHING is great there. Dark & cozy. Live band playing traditional Mexican music & you HAVE to get a flaming margarita! - Marshelle Fair, DTLA - The Series
  • Richard V.
    Richard VongOctober 22, 2011
    The camarones cancun and the chicken enchilada are amaxing, the former for exoticness and the latter for pure execution. Flaming margaritas are a nice novelty but patron margaritas were only $9...
  • Cheapism
    CheapismMarch 14, 2011
    From 4-6pm daily, you can snag some cheap drinks at this Mexican happy hour. The kitchen also stays open until 2am on the weekends, so stop by for a late night bite as well. Read more
  • Christine P.
    Christine PlatzerMay 12, 2014
    Great service,food,salsa and flaming margaritas! Live Spanish music that's not too loud, complimentary photo too! absolutely LOVED this place! If I'm in Cali again I'm going back!
  • Christina B.
    Christina BrehmSeptember 7, 2012
    Flaming margarita... on the rocks... no salt. Tortilla soup is the best I've had, the carnitas tacos are bomb, and the salsa is SO GOOD. Basically... best Mexican in LA. Eat it.
  • ISAAC M.
    ISAAC MYERSDecember 30, 2014
    This is a place with a true Hollywood legacy. It is dark; perfect for a date! The margaritas have a kick if you get a double and the food is real Mexican food!
  • Dress for the Date
    Dress for the DateOctober 13, 2013
    Since 1975 great family style Mexican food with traditional tastes, plus their famous "Flaming Margarita's". Live Mexican music nightly.
  • Ilke T.
    Ilke TanSeptember 2, 2013
    Bad food guys, don't go! We had beef and chicken fajitas. Beef fajita was soooo bad, and chicken was even worse! I can't believe it has the highest rating as a mexican restaurant around here. Yaakkk!!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    Beware of the raucous before-and-after clubbing crowds, who flock here for the restaurant’s signature cocktail, the “flaming margarita. Read more
  • Monica T.
    Monica TomazinMarch 19, 2014
    Don't believe the Yelp reviews, the food at this place is just as amazing as the ambiance! Love the chips and salsa and the shrimp cocktail is the best!
  • Nic N.
    Nic NakkJune 23, 2013
    The food here is sooo good and the price is very reasonable! You must try the flaming margaritas and the salsa. Yum! :)
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WFebruary 4
    The atmosphere is better than the food but it's still worth checking out. The margaritas are flaming and it's a fun festive old school Mexican place.
  • Heathyr W.
    Heathyr WolfeJuly 29, 2013
    Delicious everything! Be careful with your wallet though. An evening there can cost upwards of $80 by ordering just a few margaritas and a snack.
  • Sarah D.
    Sarah DehnkeJune 18, 2015
    Alright, this is going to sound weird but I mainly come here to drink their coffee. The food is fantastic as well!
  • Dylan F.
    Dylan FarellaOctober 1, 2015
    Big portions: over-sized tacos and over-sized margaritas (in a good way) at affordable prices. There's nothing you shouldn't try here.
  • Clint F.
    Clint FisherJuly 23, 2011
    My New Home. Order the Marg "Skinny" I've read there's more tequila. Great place for dates and dinner with friends. Big booths in the back.
  • Tyler S.
    Tyler StarrineFebruary 20, 2011
    Call ahead on the weekends and ask them to put you on the list - will save you 30 minutes of standing in the bar waiting for a table.
  • Martini M.
    Martini MikeJune 29, 2014
    Great salsa! Spicy, but not "burn your face off". Great margaritas (IMO). And the service, atmosphere, music is just perfect. :)
  • Faith B.
    Faith BlancoDecember 8, 2013
    Kitchen stays open untill 1am for all you late nighters. Absolutely have to try the flaming margaritas and the Camerons cancun is to DIE for.
  • Emerald T.
    Emerald TriangleMarch 3, 2012
    Legendary spot, great food, not pricey, amazing atmosphere with live music most nights, great drinks. chip n salsa are legit
  • Mucho C.
    Mucho Comida™March 12, 2013
    One of the best date spots in Hollywood on the cheap if your girl likes Margs. Food is whatever. Just drink & eat chips. Enjoy.
  • Andrea D.
    the blended flaming margaritas rule. My personal favorite are the togquitos. also delicious are the fajitas and seafood burrito.
  • Miriam R.
    Miriam RitchieMarch 2, 2012
    There are plenty of great margarita options in Los Angeles, but the flaming margarita at el compadre is unmatched.
  • Adrian G.
    Adrian GarciaOctober 23, 2010
    Some of the best Mexican food in Hollywood. Good for celeb spotting too! there is a nice patio in the back too!
  • Jason C.
    Jason CFebruary 7, 2015
    The house salsa is delicious. Has a spicy kick, but the heat isn't being used to cover up poor flavor.
  • Kearra N.
    Kearra NicolleApril 27, 2013
    For hangovers, ask for the bucket of hot tea and lemon. Keep it hot with those tasty chips and salsa :)
  • Offbeat L.A.
    Offbeat L.A.January 29
    Classic Mexican food. Dark, with an old world hacienda feeling, leather booths and flaming margaritas.
  • Brandon H.
    Brandon HAugust 6, 2014
    Great combination plates and the flaming margaritas are a staple. Good prices and good salsa. Perfect.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SawtellFebruary 22
    Tacos and Margaritas are great! The guac is yummy as well.
  • Josh P.
    Josh PritchettMay 12, 2011
    Margs, mariachi, nachos, and the best mexican food I've had in LA. Get the burrito, it's cheap and delicious!
  • Paul Andrew D.
    Paul Andrew DunkerDecember 27, 2012
    Great mariachi, good flaming margaritas! Share the platter for $28 and feed a small army.
  • R R.
    R RAugust 29, 2015
    Joey the owner and his service staff are the best I've seen in the world. Simply incredible.
  • Karen B.
    Karen BrakenridgeDecember 19, 2013
    It's all about the skinny magarita with Jalepenos aka Karen Special. All the food here is good!! Enjoy
  • Steven D.
    Steven DurbahnMay 15, 2014
    So fun! Great margaritas and love the mariachi band. Good crowd and loud. Foods just ok...
  • Kendall A.
    Best flaming margarita this side of the Mississippi! Don't leave without downing at least two.
  • Tim C.
    Tim CoyneMarch 9, 2010
    Shane may be bartendibg. great guy. related to owner. literally grew up in this place. ask for him.
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SandersAugust 3, 2011
    Best "no frills" "comfort food" Mexican in LA. The fish and shrimp tacos are really good.
  • Felipe B.
    Felipe B. NogueiraSeptember 18, 2010
    Best margaritas on the strip! Been coming here for years and I have never been disappointed.
  • Korbin B.
    Korbin BielskiJune 2, 2010
    Best margaritas on the strip! Been coming here for years and I have never been disappointed.
  • Glafira Elena C.
    Glafira Elena CarrAugust 7, 2014
    Enchiladas and chile rellenos are delicious here. Great for groups and happy hour!
  • Faith B.
    Faith BlancoDecember 8, 2013
    P.S it's a trio that plays not a mariachi. And they play everyday 6pm-11 or 12 am. I know Cuz I work here ;)
  • Sharon F.
    Sharon FitzgeraldNovember 5, 2011
    They have the best fish tacos in Los Angeles...and the flamming margarita's aren't bad either!
  • Mario L.
    Mario L.July 14, 2014
    Awful. And 8 pm reservation for a birthday party and we waited until 8:45 and we're never seated or even talked to. Never again.
  • Egle U.
    Egle UstOctober 25, 2014
    Flaming Margaritas and live mariachi makes this places different from other Mexican restaurants.
  • Jenny T.
    Jenny TaylorJuly 24, 2012
    I got food poisoning on my last visit, but the margaritas are so good that I'll keep coming back.
  • Allidon
    AllidonFebruary 1, 2014
    Great staff, really good chips and salsa, yummy food AND flaming margaritas!!!
  • John N.
    John NaderiDecember 18, 2012
    I'm not big on novelty drinks or Jose Cuervo Gold tequila but the Flaming Margarita is a must-have. Classic Mexican food done right.
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