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El Cholo Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Central L.A
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1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
+1 323-734-2773
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Richardson, Texas
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82 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If the chips and hot sauce are good, then I stay. They were both good but I like hotter. The food was ok. I had enchiladas with rice and beans, I barely ate my food, it just was not up to my expectations. My friend had carnitas, which were dry and she also barely touched. People said this was more... More 

Thank meredithm272
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Giant restaurant with "family booths" all over. I'm normally not a fan of this closed boxes, I like to see what other people are having, how the staff are doing and so on. But here at El Cholo I think it worked a little better. We were a party of 5 big Mexican food lovers an we were very excited... More 

Thank Stefan D
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a long day of exploring the city, we decided to order in. After selecting nachos, an enchilada, and taquitos, we settled in for what turned out to be a very short wait. Unpacking the food, we noticed they sent us 5 orders of taquitos. Ok. When we opened the package, it was literally just the 5 taquitos inside. No... More 

Thank 2manyjules
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was my Me and my Husband's first choice pick. Am i glad we did. The restaurant had amazing food and drinks. We were given suggestions by the hotel staff at The Residence Inn LIVE and the restaurant didn't fail us at all! We would dine here again and again; actually was the best meal we had while in L.A.... More 

Thank BL0929
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75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I hadn't been to El Cholo in many years (maybe 20 or so). We grew up in Los Angeles and now live in the suburbs. I went there regularly as a kid. We were going to meet out of town visitors in Los Angeles for dinner the other night and my husband suggested El Cholo. First of... More 

Thank Linda R
Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Craved proper Mexican food and ended up in El Cholo. Nice atmosphere, nothing fancy but all waiters attentive and genuinely friendly. It started of with crispy fresh warm tortilla chips with a great salsa with just the right amount of cilantro. We dug in and they made sure they kept the salsa AND the chips coming. We first ordered some... More 

Thank Bas303
Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

I have been to El Cholo several time but I always find myself disappointed. When it comes to Mexican food, I expect spicy, lime and cilantro infused meat. I find food here blend and too creamy. Perhaps I am accustomed to Tex-Mex style, but El Cholo needs more kick to its food.

Thank donbB6824GC
Hong Kong, China
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54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

So glad we came here! Everything was good, from the friendly staff with excellent service to the great food. There were 5 of us on our last night in LA and we were exploring the area around staples center when we found this place. Was truly impressed with the food and will definitely come again

Thank wzahk
Long Beach
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199 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

My husband, stepdaughter and I stopped here for a quick dinner before a performance in the area and we were looking forward to eating here since we had been here many times several years ago. Unfortunately it has changed dramatically. Service was just awful with the waiter playing bartender as well as serving. The white wine was not drinkable, chips... More 

Thank ConnieLongBeach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Food was delicious. Food served in a timely manner. I really enjoyed the Chile verde. My boyfriend loved the hardshell chicken tacos. Great experience with a nice, cozy environment.

Thank Lorena S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighbourhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: +1 323-734-2773

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?