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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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Outdoor Seating:

Based on 355 votes

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    Cristina F.
    "fish tacos, steak fajitas, flaming margaritas - it was all fantastic"(32 Tips)
    Trent V.
    "The live Mariachi band is dope, worth the trip alone"(3 Tips)
    Tabitha A.
    "have the camarones cancun- that bacon wrapped shrimp stuffed w/cheese..."(2 Tips)
    Stephen S.
    "The fish and shrimp tacos are really good."(12 Tips)
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  • margaritas
  • Mexican food
  • tacos
  • live mariachi
  • good for dates
  • enchiladas
  • fajitas
  • live music
  • camarones cancun
  • good for a late night
  • burritos
  • lively
  • carnitas
  • good for groups
  • authentic
  • big portions
  • happy hour
  • trendy
  • boozy drinks
  • steak
  • 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 · 5 days ago
  • Offbeat L.A.

    Classic Mexican food. Dark, with an old world hacienda feeling, leather booths and flaming margaritas.

    Offbeat L.A. · 1 week ago
  • David Y.

    Made a reservation, got here on time and still had to wait for an hour

    David Yanofsky · 2 weeks ago
  • AMW

    A little kitschy, a lot noisy, with old school Mexican platters and mariachi.

    AMW · November 28, 2015
  • DangerMan U.

    This is amazing!!

    DangerMan Urbansuperhero · October 30, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Abdallah A.

    Wrong place for burrito, wrooooong place.

    Abdallah Alemran · May 23, 2015
  • Stephanie S.

    Steak tacos

    Stephanie Smith · May 20, 2015
  • Natalie G.

    Flaming margaritas.....need I say more? 🔥🔥🔥

    Natalie Guerra · May 14, 2015
  • Offbeat L.A.

    El Compadre opened in 1975.

    Offbeat L.A. · May 8, 2015
  • Greg C.

    Lively Mexican restaurant in LA. Great food and generous portions

    Greg Cal · April 28, 2015
  • Hillary N.

    Strong margaritas. Spicy salsa. Generally good place, but I've had better

    Hillary Noelle · April 13, 2015
  • 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
  • Valerie Angela

    This classic always hits the spot and you will leave feeling very full!

    Valerie Angela · February 1, 2015
  • Lizzy C.

    Huge portions. We loved the lobster tacos. Everyone is right about the flaming margaritas.

    Lizzy Cook · January 3, 2015
  • 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
  • Matt K.

    Simple, cheap, delicious

    Matt Kammerait · December 13, 2014
  • Eglė U.

    Flaming Margaritas and live mariachi makes this places different from other Mexican restaurants.

    Eglė Ust · October 25, 2014
  • Conor C.


    Conor Clancy · August 27, 2014
  • Shannon M.

    Super fast service and overall great place!

    Shannon M. · August 24, 2014
  • Gulnara M.

    Flaming margaritas are awesome. Fajitas are great too!

    Gulnara Mirzakarimova · August 10, 2014
  • Brad U.

    Flaming margarita!

    Brad U · August 8, 2014
  • Glafira Elena C.

    Enchiladas and chile rellenos are delicious here. Great for groups and happy hour!

    Glafira Elena Carr · August 7, 2014
  • Brandon H.

    Great combination plates and the flaming margaritas are a staple. Good prices and good salsa. Perfect.

    Brandon H · August 6, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Chad

    Get a flaming Rita and some Chili Verde and practice your Spanish on the placemats :-P

    Chad · May 24, 2014
  • Steven D.

    So fun! Great margaritas and love the mariachi band. Good crowd and loud. Foods just ok...

    Steven Durbahn · May 15, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • Allidon

    Great staff, really good chips and salsa, yummy food AND flaming margaritas!!!

    Allidon · February 1, 2014
  • Evan Z.

    The chips and salsa are amazing

    Evan Zurn · January 19, 2014
  • Anna M.

    Strong drinks and tasty Mexicali food!

    Anna Malgapo · January 11, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Valerie T.

    Serving good michelada! Place is cozy and you might see some celeb. Ok food overall.

    Valerie Tanguay · September 5, 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
  • Angela C.

    Great salsa and guac.

    Angela Cardon · August 12, 2013
  • Alejandra M.

    My favorite restaurant for the past 7 years tonight would be steak and shrimps! Guacamole here rocks!!!

    Alejandra Mortellaro · August 10, 2013
  • 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
  • Nick H.

    Any fajita is fantastic.

    Nick Henry · July 28, 2013
  • 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

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