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Business Description
In 1927, George and Aurelia Salisbury opened El Cholo Restaurant in Los Angeles. The restaurant features authentic and traditional Mexican dishes. Its specialties include green corn tamales, enchiladas and fajitas. El Cholo Restaurant has a Spanish-influenced architecture that is accented with hand-painted arches, rustic ceiling timbers and traditional Mexican touches. Its interiors feature soft lighting, large wooden booths and photos of early Los Angeles history, family, friends and celebrities. The restaurant additionally includes full-service bars, fireplaces, patio dining areas and private banquet rooms. It operates a store that sells T-shirts, shirts and hats. El Cholo Restaurant is located in Los Angeles, and provides catering services. In addition, it offers gift certificates of several denominations.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (323) 734-7565

Phone: (323) 419-4158

TollFree: (800) 789-2172

Payment method
all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Central LA, Olympic Park, Country Club Park
Amenities
Television
AKA

El Cholo (Los Angeles)

El Cholo Cafe (Western)

El Cholo Restaurant

Categories
Restaurants, Mexican Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Caterers
Other Information

Parking: Street, Valet

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Mexican, Latin American

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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JasonTheMan

11/21/2011

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Overall
Green Corn?

I got three words for you: ""Green Corn Tamale.""

The fact that these are served for only a limited time makes me want them more. Yum.

In the off season, your place is still awesome. Love the drinks and the chill atmosphere!

MXC

05/01/2008

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Overall
Consistently good food and drink at a fair price

Okay, I've read some of the reviews here -- several made me angry -- so I'm throwing in my '2 cents':
I have to laugh at people who trash El Cholo after apparently just one visit. This means that they
completely discount the place based on one item on the menu that they hated. Now, I've been going
to El Cholo restaurants for years at several locations: Santa Monica, L.A., Whittier, and one or two
that no longer exists -- one being The South of Santa Fe down in Orange County somewhere, which was part of the El Cholo famly chain and pretty much served the same menu. I've sampled a variety of items on their menu -- very consistent in taste from location to location -- and some are fantastic and others are so-so. In other words, it's like every other restaurant that ever served up a meal. Sure, if you're from Mexico, I doubt very much that the food will remind you of your homeland, and you can probably buy a more accurate representation of a taco or burrito from your local taco truck, but I really don't think that is what El Cholo is all about. It's good to great food with a Anglo/Mex theme. Nice decor with friendly people working there, a great cantina with great drinks and fair prices that won't break you at the bank. The only criticism that I have to offer is that their margaritas are not as good as they once were -- which makes me believe that they might be cutting corners where the actual alcoholic content is concerned. Still good, but they were once the best; no more. They also used to have a 'bottomless margarita Sunday brunch' which was absolutely amazing. A ton of food -- all you can eat including huge shrimp -- and as much margarita that you could stagger away with; all for about $11.95 ! Those days are gone forever, unfortunately.

deejain

04/05/2007

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Overall
So much potential to improve its fare

I visited the restaurant today in a big group and was so dissapointed with the overall food. The salsa that they serve along with the chips came straight from a can or a supermart carton. Infact the tomato sauce on my Chile Relleno as well was sour and tasted so out of the bottle. The greens on the side were wilted and the side of refired beans was ordinary.

So what is the use of all the nice authentic ambience, if the food does not match the place?

igz7

08/09/2006

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Overall
best nights r Friday and Monday

my first real job in the restaurant business
and my first big date
one of the most relax dinning places

ms coco love

02/01/2005

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Overall
If you like to chat after you eat...

If you like long chats after you eat, nursing your favorite beverage, then El Cholo is the spot!

They don't pressure you, or make you adhere to the unspoken 45 minutes from seating to clearing the plates away thing. One of my companions said it reminded her of being in France, where a meal is an experience of conversation and cuisine.

I had Annie's Early California Enchilada: a tasty veggie medley of spinach, onions and zucchini smothered in a lovely corn sauce and Jack Cheese. The black beans and Spanish rice were nice too.

Recommendation: Females well endowed with ""bodily accessories,"" SHOULD NOT GET A BOOTH. They are most unforgiving, and very uncomfortable.

Lastly, the valet parking was not free for us between 11 and 3. Maybe it's because we ended up staying for 4 hours, talking and laughing as servers carrying sizzling hot plates of fajitas whizzed by

ogbadguy

07/02/2002

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Overall
South of the border experience

Reservations a must, Food is ok but not enough selection. Margaritas are good though

dilbert

06/24/2002

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Overall
Food - lousy, margaritas good.

That's all you really need to remember about El Cholo. Go there with a group for happy hour and enjoy the margaritas, then leave and go someplace else for dinner.

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