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El Coyote

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Mid-City West, Los Angeles
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  • Christi M.
    I've been coming here for most of my life. Guacamole Dinner, not on menu, but ask, t's a pick two item combo, but you get soup or salad, a nice sering of guacamole, and and a soft drink for $14.95
  • Eater
    EaterApril 4
    A Mexican institution since 1931, El Coyote on Beverly continues to serve up big plates of Mexican-American fare, from fajitas to enchiladas to some serious strong margaritas. Read more
  • Hillary V.
    Hillary VosslerAugust 2, 2013
    Great place to eat especially after a long day of travel. I had the #1 and it was very good! It is a popular favorite and I definitely recommend it. Will come back here again.
  • Julie B.
    Julie BAugust 9, 2013
    Cheap, strong drinks ($6.50 for a tall Absolut with club soda). And good service all around. And the whole Sharon Tate historical thing. I'll leave the food comments to others, though.
  • Derek J.
    Derek JonesJanuary 6, 2015
    The best Mexican restaurant in LA. Order the Scratch and enjoy the wonderful service and ambiance. Perhaps you may see a star enjoying their meal!
  • Salvador .
    Salvador 🐒July 30, 2015
    Getting the burritos wet with guacamole and sour cream is the way to go. And if you're like me, you'll ask them to leave out the rice.
  • Cody H.
    Cody HardSeptember 17
    Green corn tamales are the way to go. 2 tamales and 2 fajitas were more than enough for 4 people. Tasty food, strong drinks, friendly staff.
  • Martini M.
    Martini MikeDecember 6, 2014
    Combo plates! And always a green corn tamale. Waitresses are so sweet. Pretty good service for a busy Friday!
  • Lindsay H.
    Lindsay HancockJune 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    One of my favorite places for Mexican Food in LA. Try the #1 Combo- Shredded beef taco & cheese enchilada with rice & beans...my fav!
  • Laurizzle
    LaurizzleJune 19, 2011
    The Coyote Street Tacos are a definite must. Three soft tacos topped with chopped onion and cilantro served with two sides of salsas. Plus they have Hoegaarden on draft!
  • Egle U.
    Egle UstMarch 17, 2015
    Scratch margaritas are the best in LA! Take a burrito with guacamole and soure cream inside. It is huge! Service is absolutely amazing!
  • Tony-Wan Kenobi
    Tony-Wan KenobiApril 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is DELICIOUS. Go for the burrito "La Cocina" style with chicken and extra cheese. Don't leave until you finish it!
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas ColtonMay 5, 2015
    Your classic sit down Mexican restaurant where you grew up eating in SoCal. But with a history and great margarita option
  • Maynard&Child Olives
    Maynard&Child OlivesFebruary 14, 2012
    Wow the History Channel left quite a tip! We love the food here. There is always a good crowd on the weekends. Grab a few drinks!
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KAugust 14, 2014
    Margaritas are stiff. True, not a El Compadre Flaming Margarita but, still great drink! 🍹🍸🍺
  • Salvador .
    Salvador 🐒July 30, 2015
    The margaritas are good and I could come here and get full on margaritas, chips and salsa, and guacamole.
  • Charlie C.
    Charlie CDecember 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    We've been coming here for 28 years! First date, marriage proposal, kids' first solid good. An institution. Ask to sit in George's or Casanova's section!
  • Offbeat L.A.
    Offbeat L.A.January 28, 2016
    Opened 1931 at another location. Mid-century Mexican decor and signs. Originally located at 1st & La Brea; moved to its current location in 1951.
  • Brianca C.
    Brianca ClimonsJune 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Been coming here my whole life. They changed up the menu. 1. Ask for the warm salsa. 2. As for the SMOOTH guacamole
  • Laura K.
    Laura KeyNovember 14, 2013
    Who knew? The Torta Mecican Style Sandwich was awesome! I suggest it! Street park if you can.
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYMarch 31, 2010
    Sharon Tate, eight months pregnant, and a group of friends came here for a quick meal at 10 p.m. on Aug. 8, 1969. It would be her final meal. She would later be murdered by followers of Charles Manson
  • Michaela S.
    Michaela SilingerSeptember 20, 2012
    My fiancé and I sat in the booth where Sharon Tate had her last meal before her tragic death. Kinda creepy but nice decor. The food was excellent and the service was great.
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaFebruary 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best rice and beans ever, very strong margaritas, and the outfits the waitresses wear are to die for.
  • Carlos N.
    Carlos NunleyFebruary 14, 2016
    Get the local favorite the scratch margarita and the number one!
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DelfinoJanuary 2, 2012
    Scratch margaritas are good- they are clear!! Chunky guac over creamy guac- I do recommend!!! Great service!
  • Cheearra E.
    Cheearra EsquerraOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    For an entree, try the Chorizo Con Huevos or any Combination Plate that includes a Cheese Enchilada!
  • Bryan W.
    Bryan W.December 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Really good mexican food in a city filled with good mexican food.
  • Carlos N.
    Carlos NunleyMarch 6, 2016
    The scratch margarita and the tacos are off the chain!
  • S. W.
    S. WilliamsFebruary 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're going to get a margarita, get the Scratch. It's got more tequila, and is only 50 cents more than the House Margarita. It's only served on the rocks though, and not blended.
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KAugust 14, 2014
    Reservations highly recommended on weekend nights & August 8th, the anniversary of actress Sharon Tate's last dinner here before her tragic death by The Manson Family Cult.
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites H.
    El Coyote was opened in 1931 the same year James Dean was born and raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. And that same year Dracula was release.
  • Volcom Entertainment
    Volcom EntertainmentNovember 19, 2010
    Order “the scratch margarita with the ice on the side,” the best, most potent drink they make and you’ll pretty much get 2 for the price of 1.
  • Morgan
    MorganJuly 16, 2013
    If your looking for the old salsa (warm one) ask for the salsa ranchero
  • Nathan P.
    Nathan ParkerOctober 21, 2011
    They donate to anti gay organizations apparently, but they have amazing cheap food and great margaritas!
  • EB
    EBSeptember 6, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    House margarita in the rocks no salt!! Seriously THE best margarita I have EVER had!!
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MaasDecember 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The enchilada suiza is amazing.
  • DrinkCoba
    DrinkCobaApril 28, 2011
    An L.A. staple..you must try their chunky guacamole and lust over their Miracle Margaritas!
  • Connor D.
    Connor DelaneyDecember 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're not sure what to order is recommend the #1.
  • Jeffrey C.
    Jeffrey CachaperoApril 12, 2012
    So dark and original perfect place for a shot and a beer and some chat with peeps at the bar 
  • AtomicApril
    AtomicAprilFebruary 26, 2012
    Come whenever i am in town. Miss my old haunt. Sad to hear about the prop 8 contributions. Boo! But delish food. Classic.
  • Tai J.
    Tai JasonOctober 2, 2014
    Meet Mike (white Hair) at the bar in the corner. Coolest guy ever.
  • Tim G.
    Tim GibbonsJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order a margarita "Up", ice on the side. You get two margaritas that way!
  • Cheearra E.
    Cheearra EsquerraMay 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Patron or Scratch Margarita, Chunky Guacamole, and Enchilada Suiza!
  • A Frog in L.A
    A Frog in L.AJuly 8, 2012
    Get the scratch margaritas, they're the best in L.A!
  • Dennis R.
    Dennis RossApril 15, 2016
    Burritos, combo plates are excellent.
  • Brittany Leigh
    Brittany LeighJuly 26, 2013
    Valet only after 4pm. Best quesadillas!
  • MO7S
    MO7SNovember 1, 2011
    Taco's al la carte and the scratch margaritas. Chiles toriados.
  • Tim G.
    Tim GibbonsJune 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order your margarita "up", with a side of ice... You'll get two margaritas that way, trust me!
  • Martini M.
    Martini MikeDecember 6, 2014
    Scratch Margarita. Mo the bartender. Good job!
  • Paul H.
    Paul HorneApril 17, 2010
    Go to El Coyote and order ostrich tacos and scratch margaritas. One of the all-time best LA meals.
  • Antoine K.
    Antoine KellyMay 16, 2014
    Tasty food and very good margaritas
  • Steven D.
    Steven DonesMarch 31, 2014
    The chips and salsa are the best
  • Ben C.
    Ben CaroJanuary 11, 2015
    Grab a margarita here before your show at the New Beverly.
  • Amara P.
    Amara PoolswasdiDecember 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Fish tacos are great! The warm salsa takes some getting used to.
  • Cheearra E.
    Cheearra EsquerraDecember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The rice, beans, & flour tortillas are too die for!
  • Mucho C.
    Mucho Comida™October 29, 2013
    Reminds me of the early 80's. Enjoy.
  • D-J G.
    D-J GordonOctober 15
    Tasty Mexican food and frozen Margaritas!
  • Steven d.
    Steven de MenaJuly 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Good margaritas. Try one with Herradura Añejo tequila.
  • Carlos N.
    Carlos NunleyFebruary 14, 2016
    The number one in the scratch margarita!
  • Michaela S.
    Michaela SilingerSeptember 20, 2012
    The famous Sharon Tate booth...
  • Erin T.
    Erin TJanuary 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I Love El Coyote!! Been going here since 1988!!!
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BahlsDecember 15, 2013
    Get an appetizer. The drinks are strong!
  • Thomas P.
    Thomas PrimroseMay 30, 2013
    Great food. Service a little slow.
  • David R.
    David RiveraJuly 30, 2010
    I love lucy the server she's amazing! She's been here forever and she's like a mother
  • Cathlynn H.
    Cathlynn HornofOctober 17, 2016
    Have had better Mexican food..greasy quesadillas and watery cocktails
  • Bo L.
    Bo LiebmanMarch 13, 2015
    Tasty food. Prepare for grease though
  • Ronnie R.
    Ronnie RizzoDecember 30, 2010
    Staff is courteous. Even charged my friend's phone for her. Amazing foo and drinks!
  • David R.
    David RiveraFebruary 25, 2011
    Ask for lucy she is the best. Tell her david sent u
  • Salvador .
    Salvador 🐒July 30, 2015
    Their tamales taste like desert tamales. The masa is too sweet.
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PenickNovember 25, 2012
    Order the ostrich tacos!
  • JAYME F.
    JAYME FOXXMay 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the #8. Best tacos in town :)
  • Nat H.
    Nat HernandezMarch 14, 2011
    great place for date night. Margarita Mondays!
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GuerraSeptember 7, 2015
    A hit or miss with this place.
  • Marcy T.
    Marcy TSeptember 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the skinny Margs! U will not be able to walk! lol
  • Marlon
    MarlonJune 21, 2012
    Wow, Sharon Tate's final meal was here. I wanna check it out one day.
  • Martini M.
    Martini MikeJune 2, 2015
    Sorry El Coyote but we have to break up. It's you, not me. That was the worst service, food, and Margarita that I have ever experienced there. And I have endured the food for decades.
  • John C.
    John CohenNovember 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Creamy Guacamole and Patron Margaritas.
  • Brianca C.
    Brianca ClimonsAugust 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Guac guac guac smooth
  • Phil N.
    Phil NacionalesOctober 24, 2014
    Really great service.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MurilloDecember 9, 2009
    Get one of the big booths in the back and do important business deals
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HartApril 26, 2016
    It was aiiiiiight. Tacky decor with dece food
  • Dane A.
    Dane AmmonNovember 5, 2010
    Tell them it's your birthday and get pistachio ice cream.
  • Pauline K.
    Pauline KurksAugust 14, 2015
    Classic Margarita
  • Nick
    NickMay 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Beef fajita enchilada. Sooooo filling, soooooo good.
  • Jenny M.
    Jenny MartinezNovember 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ostrich tacos for sure :)
  • Sofia S.
    Sofia ShultzJuly 8, 2012
    Margarita Mondays!!
  • Andi M.
    Andi McIlweeMarch 29, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Chunky guacamole is amazing. The basic one is not worth the calories.
  • Charles J.
    Charles JohnstonApril 10, 2011
    The green tamale is the cats pajamas
  • EB
    EBMay 7, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Green corn tamale is delish!
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine MeyerApril 8, 2014
    Stay away from the margaritas - they are no bueno.
  • Tali S.
    Tali SMay 6, 2012
    BEST Mexican joint ever!!
  • Klarika H.
    Klarika HuszarMarch 18, 2013
    burritos the size of babies.
  • Casey L.
    Casey LevequeMarch 24, 2014
    Ostrich tacos!
  • DawnMarie
    DawnMarieJuly 1, 2014
    Love this place!!!
  • Jorge L.
    Jorge LarrauriJanuary 1, 2011
    Pretty authentic mexican restaurant from what I can tell
  • Carolina M.
    Carolina MirandaApril 30, 2011
    This place is not about the food. It's about commanding a booth to have loud cell phone calls with your agent--whether you have one or not.
  • Tim G.
    Tim GibbonsMay 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Judy is the best waitress here!
  • Sam M.
    Sam MachadoJuly 23, 2011
    Hey hi, the warm salsa tastes like marinara sauce..................
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan ThompsonOctober 15, 2012
    This is the place Maroon 5 dropped because the owner is a homophobe. http://tinyurl.com/7mzvjkv Are we still pretending this never happened? Vote w/ your $$ & go somewhere else.
  • Vincent
    VincentFebruary 17, 2012
    Eat the Ostrich.
  • Ale T.
    Ale TauberSeptember 8, 2011
    great burritos!
  • Derek S.
    Derek SpringerSeptember 22, 2009
    Get the carnitas! Get the carnitas! Get the carnitas!
  • Pablo
    PabloDecember 2, 2010
    Celebrity hot spot. Keep your eyes peeled.
  • Rachel O.
    Rachel OApril 13, 2010
    With James, Oliver and Shane for Mexican and Margaritas tomorrow.
  • Adam S.
    Adam StampFebruary 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't ask for the "Sharon Tate" table - they don't respond well. Bad food, bad margaritas, an LA classic and it is right next to my office...
  • William A.
    William Araujo Jr.August 25, 2011
    Wet burrito!
  • J F H.
    J F HawthornFebruary 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to order food here.
  • Nigel L.
    Nigel LaneyFebruary 21, 2010
    Scratches are the best.
  • Brady B.
    Brady Brim-DeForestJune 6, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to El Coyote and order a large spicy salsa
  • Christopher K.
    Christopher K.February 3, 2010
    Good margarita bad chimichonga
  • Todd M.
    Todd MastersDecember 11, 2010
    They serve food?
  • Gsus D.
    Gsus DiosFebruary 9, 2011
    This place take foever fuck. I'm statving
  • Chris C.
    Chris CampbellApril 24, 2010
    Don't just boycott El Coyote because they supported Prop 8, boycott El Coyote because the food is terrible.
  • Kim M.
    Kim MarinMay 4, 2014
    No good. Nasty
  • Jenna M.
    Jenna MaySeptember 22, 2010
    Bad food.
  • Irene O.
    Irene OrianiOctober 3, 2016
    Buonissima cucina messicana
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