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Gilbert's El Indio

2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1829
+1 310-450-8057
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“burrito” (23 reviews)
“diablo sauce” (3 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1829
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

I moved away from LA decades ago, but still return to Gilbert's every visit. It is the archetype of the superb family-run Mexican restaurant. Fernando's burrito is what I have eaten for 37 years. Their pickled carrots that come with chips and salsa are excellent,...More

Thank richiehook047
Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

This is wonderful family style Mexican food. Best enchiladas ever! Very good margaritas. Great staff, only accept cash. Fantastic atmosphere, always busy , they also do an excellent breakfast.

Thank Amanda C
Reviewed 18 March 2018

If I could have Gilbert’s food shipped to me wherever I am whenever I want it, it wouldn’t be a problem! I love their menu, any of the burritos are always good (I like chicken), and I love the pre-meal appetizers of pickled vegetables and...More

Thank MeMeDaVinci
Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

All good Mexican food . Guacamole and fresh made chips to start all combos with rice / beans make All happy . Family friendly staff very good

Thank Alwaystravel999
Reviewed 31 December 2017

It was my wife's birthday and I was trying to find a family restaurant about mid-point between our home and her brother's home. This is on Pico not far from the 405. The restaurant is small and our group of 6 barely fit and the...More

Thank Kenneth L
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

This place is an authentic Mexican restaurant, clean and comfortable. The waitstaff and the owner are friendly and warm as well as accommodating. This is our second time at this restaurant and the food is consistent. The meal begins with a generous portion of chips...More

Thank janetr996
Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

Love Gilbert's! 19 years and counting I've been calming here and never found a better cheese enchilada, rice and beans! Great staff, delicious carrots, and wonderful chips and salsa. See ya soon!

Thank Saranger
Reviewed 25 December 2017

had taco enchilada plate. was good. needed only alittle more red sauce though for the enchilada, waiter not the sharpest tool in the shed, asked for a to go for my coke, and he brings a little mason jar for the cup. interesting decor.

Thank hearthis09
Reviewed 18 December 2017

Gilbert's is great! It's a very very solid choice for Mexican food in Los Angeles. Is it the best? Several people think so. I'm not so sure, but it certainly does have a vibe. The dishes are tasty and the margaritas are delicious.

Thank nyctravelguy1
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

This was our go to Mexican restaurant when my wife and I lived in Santa Monica 30 years ago. We don't live in LA anymore, but we try and get to Gilbert's when we visit friends. Same food, and many of the same staff for...More

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Gregory M
13 May 2016|
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Response from MeMeDaVinci | Reviewed this property |
The parking is on the west side of the building, maybe 10 spaces. The entrance is not on the street front but in the back. It is next door to the east of a car wash, the one used in the 70s movie Car Wash.
Gregory M
13 May 2016|
Response from Michelle B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is parking off the street and they have wrapped the trees with twinkle lights in the parking lot which is beautiful and provides safety. The last time we were there, a Girl Scout was even selling GS cookies in the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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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