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Gilbert's El Indio

Certificate of Excellence
Santa Monica
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2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1829
+1 310-450-8057
08:00 - 23:00
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Toronto, Canada
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99 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

This is an excellent restaurant, with wide choice, fast service, excellent margaritas, fresh and tasty food, ample free parking

Thank 416Traveller2013
Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

My sister took my family and I to Gilberts and I was so glad to finally go! She had been telling me about it for over 25 years! Great food, cheap and I loved the ambience. We went in the middle of Winter on a Tuesday night and there was still a wait to be seated - that says it... More 

Thank CathyS-Melbourne
Los Angeles
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

I've come here on and off for years despite the fact that it's not the closest Mexican restaurant. Always excellent food and helpful, pleasant servers. Not too salty or greasy like some others. Not fancy, but I don't need fancy. We just took out-of-town guests and they loved it too. Actually my favorite is the marinated carrots and salsa they... More 

Thank Traveling_Mama66
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 October 2016

While on vacation, we stumbled upon this staple that has been at the same location for over 40 years. The chips and salsa were amazing and everything was served fresh. My wife has chicken fajitas while I had carnitas. Rice and beans were tasty as well. Staff was friendly and we are glad we found this quiet little place. Highly... More 

Thank Christopher C
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

this is the best mexican food in LA area for sure.. not just for the food, but for the original mexican treatment from the family.. simply amazing!!!

Thank Ruben F
Los Angeles, California
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136 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

It being a family owned and operated local business, I always look forward to eating at Gilbert's. I had a smaller version of the super burrito with chicken, and I was stuffed. No matter what I have to do in Los Angeles, I always make room in my schedule for Gilberts. If you like hot salsa, ask for the diablo... More 

Thank MeMeDaVinci
Orlando, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

We live in Florida where it is very hard to find our ultimate favorite food, authentic Mexican food. We fell in love with authentic Mexican food when we lived in Chicago. We went to Gilbert's El Indio late at night at around 8 pm on a weekday. We had to wait a few minutes for a table. We ordered the... More 

Thank Buttercupcv
Ligonier, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

I have been going to Gilbert's for 30 years. The quality of the food is uniformly excellent. Breakfast is a special treat. The service is quick, efficient and friendly. I particularly enjoy the Machaca , especially if you ask for machaca without eggs. In the evening, the restaurant is full and the margaritas are great.

London, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

Taken there for a quick lunch. Excellent food - real fresh cooking, family run for years. By all accounts an iconic restaurant

Thank Stephen L
Perth WA
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69 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016

Tried this place on the recommendation of family who had travelled before us. The first night we tried to get in, we were to,d to write our names in the book, nope that's not for us, refuse to wait for food, don't care how good it is. So the next time we were lucky enough to walk in and a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1829
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-450-8057

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