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El Cholo

1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1906
+1 310-899-1106
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good44%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“enchiladas” (17 reviews)
“guacamole” (15 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1906
Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We love May to September at El Cholo.....the only time they serve Corn Tamales...a bit on the sweet side, but we love them! Comes with refried beans (we sub black beans), and rice. We don't eat a lot so one order for the two of...More

Thank Love vacation time
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We have spend an early evening and enjoyed eating in that restaurant. We ordered different fajitas and margaritas. It took a little longer than expected, but the food looked good, was well prepared and tasted very well. The margaritas we good, though not different from...More

Thank Marek M
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Been awhile since last here-boy things change! The salsa for the chips tasted like watery nothing-no salt-no spice- BLAND!! I had the #2 combo-chile relleno and cheese enchilada-the only thing hot were the beans, all else were warm at best. All-ZERO flavor! My niece had...More

Thank terry k
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

My friends and I go here for the margaritas, nor the food. The chips always seem stale and the food is mediocre.

Thank hopeisatraveler
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Easy to get to with valet parking. Wide range of options and fantastic happy hour meal and drink prices.

Thank arr_1k
Reviewed 2 April 2017

El Cholo is always good and we were able to find a vegan option that was absolutely delicious. The waitress helped up figure out the best options for us and the portions were generous. Delicious margaritas!

Thank AmyElizabeth67
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We arrived at noon on a weekday and there were few customers. We ordered and had to ask the waitress for small plates for the guacamole and chips. One of the party ordered a margarita and had to ask for it again. Its was brought...More

Thank Steve B
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Awesome place to bring the family. Very relaxing! Chicken Chimichangas always hit the spot. Remember not to fill up on chips!

Thank andybarillas
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Location: Santa Monica Parking: on-site Atmosphere: celebratory, fun, colorful Staff: friendly Menu: traditional but kinda cool because they list the original date menu items were offered Drinks: no surprise, good margaritas Meal: chicken fajitas were GREAT and had a large variety of vegetables - NOTE...More

Thank Nicole P
Reviewed 17 February 2017

The food was fast and there was plenty of it, I will give them that but I was not particularly impressed with the flavor or diversity of the offerings and the valet parker came into the restaurant and wanted us to take the keys back...More

Thank HGF001
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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Nearby Attractions
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.60 km away
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1906
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-899-1106
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