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El Coyote

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Mid-City West, Los Angeles
114 Tips and reviews
  • Mexican food
  • margaritas
  • tacos
  • sharon tate
  • burritos
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  • 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.
  • 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!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 & fav!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KAugust 14, 2014
    Margaritas are stiff. True, not a El Compadre Flaming Margarita but, still great drink! 🍹🍸🍺
  • Offbeat L.A.
    Offbeat L.A.January 28
    Opened 1931 at another location. Mid-century Mexican decor and signs. Originally located at 1st & La Brea; moved to its current location in 1951.
  • 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!
  • Salvador .
    Salvador 🐒July 30, 2015
    The margaritas are good and I could come here and get full on margaritas, chips and salsa, and guacamole.
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DelfinoJanuary 2, 2012
    Scratch margaritas are good- they are clear!! Chunky guac over creamy guac- I do recommend!!! Great service!
  • Carlos N.
    Carlos NunleyFebruary 14
    Get the local favorite the scratch margarita and the number one!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Carlos N.
    The scratch margarita and the tacos are off the chain!
  • 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.
  • Bryan W.
    Bryan W.December 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Really good mexican food in a city filled with good mexican food.
  • 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.
  • EB
    EBSeptember 6, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    House margarita in the rocks no salt!! Seriously THE best margarita I have EVER had!!
  • Nathan P.
    Nathan ParkerOctober 21, 2011
    They donate to anti gay organizations apparently, but they have amazing cheap food and great margaritas!
  • Morgan
    MorganJuly 16, 2013
    If your looking for the old salsa (warm one) ask for the salsa ranchero
  • 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!
  • DrinkCoba
    DrinkCobaApril 28, 2011
    An L.A. must try their chunky guacamole and lust over their Miracle Margaritas!
  • Tim G.
    Tim GibbonsJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order a margarita "Up", ice on the side. You get two margaritas that way!
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MaasDecember 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The enchilada suiza is amazing.
  • Cheearra E.
    Cheearra EsquerraMay 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Patron or Scratch Margarita, Chunky Guacamole, and Enchilada Suiza!
  • 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 
  • Connor D.
    Connor DelaneyDecember 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're not sure what to order is recommend the #1.
  • 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.
  • A Frog in L.A
    A Frog in L.AJuly 8, 2012
    Get the scratch margaritas, they're the best in L.A!
  • 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.
  • Tai J.
    Tai JasonOctober 2, 2014
    Meet Mike (white Hair) at the bar in the corner. Coolest guy ever.
  • Brittany Leigh
    Brittany LeighJuly 26, 2013
    Valet only after 4pm. Best quesadillas!
  • Dennis R.
    Dennis RossApril 15
    Burritos, combo plates are excellent.
  • Ben C.
    Ben CaroJanuary 11, 2015
    Grab a margarita here before your show at the New Beverly.
  • MO7S
    MO7SNovember 1, 2011
    Taco's al la carte and the scratch margaritas. Chiles toriados.
  • Natalie E.
    Natalie EdwardsApril 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    House marg, straight up, on the rocks with salt. The best!
  • Steven D.
    Steven DonesMarch 31, 2014
    The chips and salsa are the best
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