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El Cholo
Californian Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
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1121 Western Ave Los Angeles, CA 90006
1121 Western AvenueUSCaliforniaLos Angeles90006
$$Californian Restaurant, Latin American Restaurant
Californian Restaurant
Latin American Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
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Local Mexican chain serving classic dishes & margaritas in a traditional setting since the 1920s.- Google
"This is one of the great Mexican restaurants in LA."
"The green corn tamales are just as good as people say they are."
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Richard Newman
3 weeks ago
I want to start by saying we were really looking forward to eating here after reading how long they have been in business, with that being said I pulled into the parking lot and immediately stopped to wait for a couple to pass by, a valet guy walked up to my passenger door and tried opening it. I rolled down the window and asked him what are we doing, he very rudely and sarcastically said "I don't know, what are you doing?". I said we wanted to eat here and would like to park. He stated they are valet only. I had my parents with me (my mom being handicapped) as well as my wife and twin 6 year olds and it is better for everyone if I get my parking spot so everyone has ample time to get out. He looked at me extremely confused and again said "valet only, 5 dollars" and tried opening the door. I looked around their parking lot and there was apx 20 or more open spaces with some being handicapped which is what we needed and again said I would just like to park myself. I was absolutely willing to pay their 5 dollar fee but still wanted to park my own car. He stated you can't park here. I told him thank you, and drove off with my family. That lack of customer service towards a family was exactly what I needed to know so that I will never return. Remember El Cholo, first impressions are everything. A little customer service goes a long way, something you guys clearly need to work on
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Justin Harber
3 months ago
Good service. Tequila sampling, great chips & salsa. Food is pretty good(great when you're drunk)
3 weeks ago
I was there 16 years ago, and I been in many Mexican restaurants but nothing like that, EL CHOLO Restaurant is the best Mexican food I ever have and i can't wait to go to LA again.
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Heather Johnson
10 months ago
This historic restaurant is a Los Angeles institution. I've been a few times, but recently took some out-of-town friends here to try the margaritas and guacamole, which is prepared fresh at your table. The waitstaff is very attentive (they refilled my water without me asking several times), and the menu is very fun, with the year the dish was introduced next to the item on the menu. I had a steak plate and the food was excellent. If you're looking to experience a slice of Los Angeles history, look no further. #fallforLA
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Palito Man
2 months ago
your better off going to rodeo this place sucks i bin living around here for 17 years and i never ate a chile relleno without. chile verde they gave me just chees. this is an American mexican restaurant. the home of no taste. Latinos you know food. and this isnt good food. it is what it is just another old history book. its a traditional place soo if anybody does go im sure your a tourist .
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Sascha Schlossberg
2 months ago
We always sit in the lounge and order a ceviche, a wet burrito, and 2 flans. Perfect. Once, the ceviche was a bit dry, but stuff happens.
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Alexander Cain
7 months ago
If you want some authentic Los Angeles Mexican food this is the place. This is one of the oldest running Mexican restaurants chains in L.A. and they show you why with their delicious food and drinks. I had a L.A. lemonade margarita which had a generous pour of 1800 in the glass. Definitely had a little bit of a buzz after only one drink which is something I can appreciate. For food I ate the sonora style enchilada which was first enchilada served at El Cholo back in 1923 so you know the restaurant has a strong history of serving good food. The staff was open and friendly and the food was served quick and fresh.
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Blake Sienkiewicz
11 months ago
El Cholo is a Los Angeles institution since 1923. If you don't like it, perfect, more room at the bar. The guacamole molcajete is the best guac in town. On Tuesdays it's happy hour all night long, which includes half-off top shelf tequila shots like Don Julio 1942 and many other respectables. Framed photos and plaques on the walls document the long history of this delicious establishment. They invented Mexican-American fare, come taste where it all started.