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El Compadre

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
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  • This Mexican restaurant is famous for their margaritas. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Cristina F.
    "fish tacos, steak fajitas, flaming margaritas - it was all fantastic"(35 Tips)
    Trent V.
    "The live Mariachi band is dope, worth the trip alone"(3 Tips)
    Thomas C.
    "The best old school Mexican sit down restaurant in Los Angeles."(3 Tips)
    Stephen S.
    "The fish and shrimp tacos are really good."(13 Tips)
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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.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyJanuary 20
    I love everything about this place, dim yet appealing social environment, top notch service, phenomenal enchiladas, and the flaming margaritas are all the rave!
  • 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
  • letajanelle
    Expect a wait, this place gets packed!!!! Margaritas, tacos, chips & salsa were all very good and not greasy. $5 valet parking in the back. Totally worth it.
  • 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
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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! :)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Faith B.
    Faith BlancoDecember 8, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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. :)
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WFebruary 4, 2016
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Clint F.
    Clint FisherJuly 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • 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 :)
  • Brandon H.
    Brandon HAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great combination plates and the flaming margaritas are a staple. Good prices and good salsa. Perfect.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SawtellFebruary 22, 2016
    Tacos and Margaritas are great! The guac is yummy as well.
  • Faith B.
    Faith BlancoDecember 8, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    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 ;)
  • Paul Andrew D.
    Paul Andrew DunkerDecember 27, 2012
    Great mariachi, good flaming margaritas! Share the platter for $28 and feed a small army.
  • Karen B.
    Karen BrakenridgeDecember 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    It's all about the skinny magarita with Jalepenos aka Karen Special. All the food here is good!! Enjoy
  • Offbeat L.A.
    Offbeat L.A.January 29, 2016
    Classic Mexican food. Dark, with an old world hacienda feeling, leather booths and flaming margaritas.
  • 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.
  • Jason C.
    Jason CFebruary 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The house salsa is delicious. Has a spicy kick, but the heat isn't being used to cover up poor flavor.
  • R R.
    R RAugust 29, 2015
    Joey the owner and his service staff are the best I've seen in the world. Simply incredible.
  • Glafira Elena C.
    Glafira Elena CarrAugust 7, 2014
    Enchiladas and chile rellenos are delicious here. Great for groups and happy hour!
  • 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.
  • Kendall
    KendallMay 10, 2012
    Best flaming margarita this side of the Mississippi! Don't leave without downing at least two.
  • Allidon
    AllidonFebruary 1, 2014
    Great staff, really good chips and salsa, yummy food AND flaming margaritas!!!
  • Đorđe G.
    Đorđe GligorijevićAugust 27, 2016
    Awesome place overall. Very nice Mexican food served in a wonderful ambient!
  • Josh P.
    Josh PritchettMay 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Margs, mariachi, nachos, and the best mexican food I've had in LA. Get the burrito, it's cheap and delicious!
  • Lizzy C.
    Lizzy CookJanuary 3, 2015
    Huge portions. We loved the lobster tacos. Everyone is right about the flaming margaritas.
  • Alejandra M.
    Alejandra MortellaroAugust 10, 2013
    My favorite restaurant for the past 7 years tonight would be steak and shrimps! Guacamole here rocks!!!
  • Alex W.
    Alex WrecksJanuary 4
    Flaming jalapeño margarita! Pic is of flaming strawberry blended margarita.
  • Steven D.
    Steven DurbahnMay 15, 2014
    So fun! Great margaritas and love the mariachi band. Good crowd and loud. Foods just ok...
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SandersAugust 3, 2011
    Best "no frills" "comfort food" Mexican in LA. The fish and shrimp tacos are really good.
  • Adrian G.
    Adrian GarciaOctober 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Some of the best Mexican food in Hollywood. Good for celeb spotting too! there is a nice patio in the back too!
  • Egle U.
    Egle UstOctober 25, 2014
    Flaming Margaritas and live mariachi makes this places different from other Mexican restaurants.
  • Sharon F.
    Sharon FitzgeraldNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They have the best fish tacos in Los Angeles...and the flamming margarita's aren't bad either!
  • Valerie Angela
    Valerie AngelaFebruary 1, 2015
    This classic always hits the spot and you will leave feeling very full!
  • AMW
    AMWNovember 28, 2015
    A little kitschy, a lot noisy, with old school Mexican platters and mariachi.
  • Mike J.
    Mike JohnsonSeptember 11
    Giant burritos, tasty margaritas, amazing live music.
  • Greg C.
    Greg CalApril 28, 2015
    Lively Mexican restaurant in LA. Great food and generous portions
  • 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.
  • Celia B.
    Celia BlackMarch 23, 2013
    Order the flaming margarita! You won't be disappointed!
  • Andrea D.
    the blended flaming margaritas rule. My personal favorite are the togquitos. also delicious are the fajitas and seafood burrito.
  • Đorđe G.
    Once again, amazing place with huge portions and delicious food!
  • Chad
    ChadMay 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a flaming Rita and some Chili Verde and practice your Spanish on the placemats :-P
  • Gulnara M.
    Gulnara MirzakarimovaAugust 10, 2014
    Flaming margaritas are awesome. Fajitas are great too!
  • JB
    JBMarch 27, 2012
    Great place to take out-of-towners or a date. Very festive and classic Hollywood.
  • Roger G.
    Roger GomezApril 13, 2013
    The margaritas are great! The food is good and reasonably priced.
  • Felipe B.
    Felipe B. NogueiraSeptember 18, 2010
    Best margaritas on the strip! Been coming here for years and I have never been disappointed.
  • Nic N.
    Nic NakkJune 10, 2013
    Good good, inexpensive & great flaming Margaritas!
  • Tabitha A.
    Tabitha AliciaDecember 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    have the camarones cancun- that bacon wrapped shrimp stuffed w/cheese and crab; duhlish!
  • Valerie T.
    Valerie TanguaySeptember 5, 2013
    Serving good michelada! Place is cozy and you might see some celeb. Ok food overall.
  • Alexis
    AlexisFebruary 17, 2012
    There is a back patio that is open air and fresh
  • Tracy Michele
    Tracy MicheleFebruary 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I love this place, but bummed to recently hear that a Margarita has 700 calories! It just can't be true!!
  • Evan Z.
    Evan ZurnJanuary 19, 2014
    The chips and salsa are amazing
  • Laura E.
    Get there early, or make a reservation
  • Annaliese N.
    Annaliese NielsenAugust 17, 2012
    Dip your chip in guacamole and then in salsa. YOU ARE WELCOME.
  • Korbin B.
    Korbin BielskiJune 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best margaritas on the strip! Been coming here for years and I have never been disappointed.
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GuerraMay 14, 2015
    Flaming margaritas.....need I say more? 🔥🔥🔥
  • Shannon M.
    Shannon M.August 24, 2014
    Super fast service and overall great place!
  • Anna M.
    Anna MalgapoJanuary 11, 2014
    Strong drinks and tasty Mexicali food!
  • Gigi
    GigiApril 4, 2011
    Amazing authentic Mexican cuisine. Fish and shrimp tacos to die for.
  • Angela M.
    Angela MOctober 14, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The carnitas is amazing! Must get it, even if its in the tacos!
  • Ken S.
    Ken ShelleyMay 19, 2011
    Been coming here for 15+ years... Everything is amazing!!!
  • Paul V.
    Paul VandervortOctober 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Pineapple/Coconut margarita is amazing! Great chips, guac, and salsa.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhiteApril 7, 2012
    An utter delight. And for me to say that about a Mexican joint is very high praise indeed.
  • 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!!
  • Laura E.
    Laura EljurdiFebruary 1
    The margaritas from the bartender and the mole
  • Tim C.
    Tim CoyneMarch 9, 2010
    Shane may be bartendibg. great guy. related to owner. literally grew up in this place. ask for him.
  • 3x0h
    3x0hFebruary 27, 2011
    Chips and salsa (especially) are to die for!
  • Gheren V.
    Gheren VitteJanuary 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Tortilla soup, enchiladas, tacos, taquitos etc...#wining
  • Offbeat L.A.
    Offbeat L.A.May 8, 2015
    El Compadre opened in 1975.
  • 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.
  • Hillary N.
    Hillary NoelleApril 13, 2015
    Strong margaritas. Spicy salsa. Generally good place, but I've had better
  • Nick H.
    Nick HenryJuly 28, 2013
    Any fajita is fantastic.
  • Cristina F.
    Cristina F-MMarch 15, 2010
    fish tacos, steak fajitas, flaming margaritas - it was all fantastic
  • BestOf
    BestOfDecember 29, 2011
    Voted Best Flaming Margarita in Los Angeles, CA in 2010 Read more
  • Ben B.
    Ben BurnsJuly 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Cadillac margarita in the country; Period.
  • Amy S.
    Amy ShugartMarch 30, 2010
    Love the flaming margharitas! Great live mariachi music too.
  • James M.
    James MillicanJanuary 3, 2013
    Love the Burrito Colorado burrito!. Yummy!!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 1, 2010
    LA Weekly's Best of LA 2010 pick - Best Flaming Margarita!
  • Matt K.
    Matt KammeraitDecember 13, 2014
    Simple, cheap, delicious
  • Amy S.
    Amy ShugartJuly 12, 2010
    The coconut flaming margherita and the carnitas is deelish.
  • Joe B.
    Joe BusamJuly 12, 2010
    Excellent Margaritas, great food and decent prices!
  • David Y.
    David YanofskyJanuary 24, 2016
    Made a reservation, got here on time and still had to wait for an hour
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SFebruary 15, 2011
    The coconut margaritas are the BEST!!
  • Abdallah A.
    Abdallah AlemranMay 23, 2015
    Wrong place for burrito, wrooooong place.
  • Kathleen E.
    Kathleen EllisFebruary 8, 2012
    Best service ever! Love this place
  • Nate T.
    The Flaming Margarita
  • Rômulo G.
    Rômulo GonçalvesFebruary 25, 2014
    Top demais....recomendo sempre
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