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Gilbert's El Indio

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Santa Monica
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1829
+1 310-450-8057
08:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 08:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 00:00
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Topanga, California
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5 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 salsas. Taco Tuesdays! The crew work as a team so you can ask all the... More 

Thank TopangaKathleen
Santa Monica, California
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 with beer. Also there is no dessert on the menu -- no flan, no churros,... More 

Thank _dt_arch
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 all part of the charm. Try and find celebrities on the pictures that decorate the... More 

Thank 5557whoaJoe
Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 rolling. Coffee flows freely...pun intended as it is included in most breakfasts. Wait staff efficient... More 

Thank allan g
Toronto, Canada
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110 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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 14 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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138 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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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