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El Compadre

Mexican Restaurant
7408 W Sunset Blvd (N. Vista St.), Los Angeles, CA 90046, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 AM
Brunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
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  • margaritas
  • Mexican food
  • tacos
  • live mariachi
  • enchiladas
  • fajitas
  • live music
  • lively
  • good for dates
  • camarones cancun
  • burritos
  • good for a late night
  • good for groups
  • carnitas
  • big portions
  • authentic
  • happy hour
  • trendy
  • steak
  • tortilla soup
  • R R.
    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!
    R R · August 29, 2015
  • Thomas C.
    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.
    Thomas Colton · June 17, 2015
  • R R.
    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!!!
    R R · August 29, 2015
  • LogoTV
    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
    LogoTV · October 11, 2012
  • Richard V.
    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...
    Richard Vong · October 22, 2011
  • Cheapism
    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
    Cheapism · March 14, 2011
  • Christine P.
    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!
    Christine Platzer · May 12, 2014
  • Christina B.
    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.
    Christina Brehm · September 7, 2012
  • ISAAC M.
    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!
    ISAAC MYERS · December 30, 2014
  • Dress for the Date
    Since 1975 great family style Mexican food with traditional tastes, plus their famous "Flaming Margarita's". Live Mexican music nightly.
    Dress for the Date · October 13, 2013
  • Ilke T.
    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!!
    Ilke Tan · September 2, 2013
  • LA Weekly
    Beware of the raucous before-and-after clubbing crowds, who flock here for the restaurant’s signature cocktail, the “flaming margarita. Read more
    LA Weekly · August 4, 2014
  • Monica T.
    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!
    Monica Tomazin · March 19, 2014
  • Nic N.
    The food here is sooo good and the price is very reasonable! You must try the flaming margaritas and the salsa. Yum! :)
    Nic Nakk · June 23, 2013
  • Jessica W.
    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.
    Jessica W · February 4
  • Heathyr W.
    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.
    Heathyr Wolfe · July 29, 2013
  • Sarah D.
    Alright, this is going to sound weird but I mainly come here to drink their coffee. The food is fantastic as well!
    Sarah Dehnke · June 18, 2015
  • Dylan F.
    Big portions: over-sized tacos and over-sized margaritas (in a good way) at affordable prices. There's nothing you shouldn't try here.
    Dylan Farella · October 1, 2015
  • Clint F.
    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.
    Clint Fisher · July 23, 2011
  • Tyler S.
    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.
    Tyler Starrine · February 20, 2011
  • Offbeat L.A.
    Classic Mexican food. Dark, with an old world hacienda feeling, leather booths and flaming margaritas.
    Offbeat L.A. · January 29
  • Martini M.
    Great salsa! Spicy, but not "burn your face off". Great margaritas (IMO). And the service, atmosphere, music is just perfect. :)
    Martini Mike · June 29, 2014
  • Faith B.
    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.
    Faith Blanco · December 8, 2013
  • Emerald T.
    Legendary spot, great food, not pricey, amazing atmosphere with live music most nights, great drinks. chip n salsa are legit
    Emerald Triangle · March 3, 2012
  • Mucho C.
    One of the best date spots in Hollywood on the cheap if your girl likes Margs. Food is whatever. Just drink & eat chips. Enjoy.
    Mucho Comida™ · March 12, 2013
  • Andrea D.
    the blended flaming margaritas rule. My personal favorite are the togquitos. also delicious are the fajitas and seafood burrito.
    Andrea DeLesDernier · May 17, 2010
  • Miriam R.
    There are plenty of great margarita options in Los Angeles, but the flaming margarita at el compadre is unmatched.
    Miriam Ritchie · March 2, 2012
  • Adrian G.
    Some of the best Mexican food in Hollywood. Good for celeb spotting too! there is a nice patio in the back too!
    Adrian Garcia · October 23, 2010
  • Kearra N.
    For hangovers, ask for the bucket of hot tea and lemon. Keep it hot with those tasty chips and salsa :)
    Kearra Nicolle · April 27, 2013
  • Brandon H.
    Great combination plates and the flaming margaritas are a staple. Good prices and good salsa. Perfect.
    Brandon H · August 6, 2014
  • Jason C.
    The house salsa is delicious. Has a spicy kick, but the heat isn't being used to cover up poor flavor.
    Jason C · February 7, 2015
  • Amanda S.
    Tacos and Margaritas are great! The guac is yummy as well.
    Amanda Sawtell · February 22
  • Josh P.
    Margs, mariachi, nachos, and the best mexican food I've had in LA. Get the burrito, it's cheap and delicious!
    Josh Pritchett · May 12, 2011
  • Paul Andrew D.
    Great mariachi, good flaming margaritas! Share the platter for $28 and feed a small army.
    Paul Andrew Dunker · December 27, 2012
  • R R.
    Joey the owner and his service staff are the best I've seen in the world. Simply incredible.
    R R · August 29, 2015
  • Karen B.
    It's all about the skinny magarita with Jalepenos aka Karen Special. All the food here is good!! Enjoy
    Karen Brakenridge · December 19, 2013
  • Steven D.
    So fun! Great margaritas and love the mariachi band. Good crowd and loud. Foods just ok...
    Steven Durbahn · May 15, 2014
  • Kendall A.
    Best flaming margarita this side of the Mississippi! Don't leave without downing at least two.
    Kendall Aliment Ostrow · May 10, 2012
  • Tim C.
    Shane may be bartendibg. great guy. related to owner. literally grew up in this place. ask for him.
    Tim Coyne · March 9, 2010
  • Stephen S.
    Best "no frills" "comfort food" Mexican in LA. The fish and shrimp tacos are really good.
    Stephen Sanders · August 3, 2011
  • Felipe B.
    Best margaritas on the strip! Been coming here for years and I have never been disappointed.
    Felipe B. Nogueira · September 18, 2010
  • Korbin B.
    Best margaritas on the strip! Been coming here for years and I have never been disappointed.
    Korbin Bielski · June 2, 2010
  • John N.
    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.
    John Naderi · December 18, 2012
  • Glafira Elena C.
    Enchiladas and chile rellenos are delicious here. Great for groups and happy hour!
    Glafira Elena Carr · August 7, 2014
  • Faith B.
    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 ;)
    Faith Blanco · December 8, 2013
  • Sharon F.
    They have the best fish tacos in Los Angeles...and the flamming margarita's aren't bad either!
    Sharon Fitzgerald · November 5, 2011
  • Egle U.
    Flaming Margaritas and live mariachi makes this places different from other Mexican restaurants.
    Egle Ust · October 25, 2014
  • Mario L.
    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.
    Mario L. · July 14, 2014
  • Jenny T.
    I got food poisoning on my last visit, but the margaritas are so good that I'll keep coming back.
    Jenny Taylor · July 24, 2012
  • Allidon
    Great staff, really good chips and salsa, yummy food AND flaming margaritas!!!
    Allidon · February 1, 2014

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