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Gilbert's El Indio

2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1829
+1 310-450-8057
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish
$$ - $$$
2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1829
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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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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Our family favorite in Santa Monica is Gilbert's. Did you know they cater? The food was delicious as always and the servers were wonderful. They helped make our family event special today. Thank you Gilbert's!

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Love the Fernando's Burrito here, which is basically a cheese chile relleno stuffed inside a burrito. I used to come here regularly after playing long volleyball games on the beaches of Santa Monica. It's a great place to hang with friends over beer or margaritas...More

Thank Melissa D
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Well known by locals and dearly loved. This is the place that I return to year after year. The best Margaritas and Fernando's Burrito (yum!). You just can't go wrong with Albondigas or a tostada. Got to ask for the Diablo and other wonderful house...More

Thank TopangaKathleen
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This is a good place to go for basic old school Mexican food. Things like burritos, enchiladas, combo plates and huge burritos. Prices are very reasonable for a West-side restaurant and the service is good. However, the margaritas are not that good. Better to stick...More

Thank _dt_arch
Reviewed 9 May 2017

People who say LA has no soul, or it's all trendy have never been to Gilbert's. The family run place employs family members and the food is super reasonable and plentiful. The pickled carrots, the diablo sauce, the no-charge ice tea with breakfast -- it's...More

Thank 5557whoaJoe
Reviewed 7 May 2017

The place says "welcome" even before you open the back door off the parking lot. Customers are mostly regulars...even though an 8AM opening time is not for the early birds. The Huevos Rancheros will clear your sinuses and give you a tasty way to get...More

Thank allan g
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
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...More

Thank CathyS-Melbourne
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...More

Thank Traveling_Mama66
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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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, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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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