Cha Cha Chicken
1906 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: (310) 581-1065
Phone: (310) 966-1919
Fax: (310) 581-1065
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Caribbean, Latin American
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
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10/01/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Awful the food was so bad cold and tasted old chicken was covered in grease and had no flavor. Service was worse took my food back and asked for my money back and was refused so I had no option to leave there with nothing I feel like they stole from me. The staff was super rude awful awful awful NEVER EVER EAT HERE
Disliked: Food, Service, Atmosphere, Value
05/03/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Tried out Cha Cha Chicken last night after living blocks from it for years. Not sure why I waited so long. I like the colorful atmosphere and easiness of going up to the counter and ordering and paying first. I ordered the Jerk Chicken Enchiladas – and one veggie one for my husband, which they were nice enough to do, as well as, the Vegetarian Stew and black bean soup – all really good. The enchiladas were their signature dish and were smothered in the sweet, yet spicy mango pineapple jerk sauce. We sat outside and enjoyed the warm weather while we ate. The girl at the counter also told us that besides getting drinks there, you can BYOB your own – wine, beer, whatever. So, definitely doing that next time to save some money. Definitely going here again, can’t wait to try out the some of the brunch specials next time.
03/01/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This is the most amazing little place ever!!! The food is delicious, apps, entrees, sides, even the flan is absolutely perfect! We love the mulato cubano and the jerkchicken enchiladas the best, with rice & beans, plantains and fried potatoes...always perfect! The guys that work there are really sweet, always feel very welcome at this cute little Carribean shack by the beach, and to get such amazing food for such a great price always makes me happy! Thanks Cha Cha, love you!!!
09/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The location, ambiance, and ""Caribbean"" menu items combine like a cirrus cloud floating across the equator. Unfortunately, the meat quality resembles something left over from a Cuban ration market. One bite of bliss, followed by the crunch of a hard tendon or the chewy sensation of a molar suffering through fat. (The ""Ropa Vieja"" could use less water to boot). Hopefully ownership will take notice of this review and eat at their own restaurant for quality control updates every once and a while...
06/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Lunch during a walk on the beach, come here on a weekend to get away from the tourists on 3rd Street. I definitely reccommend the ""j*rk"" (the word is forbidden on the site, but this is a description of the cooking style) chicken tacos or the combo plate, or really anything with ""j*rk"" chicken. Add a ginger beer or fresh juice (watermelon and cantaloupe) and a summer meal is complete. This is such a fun, inexpensive place near the beach- and there are lines of meters so parking is easy. The bright orange and red paint job is hokey but cute and makes for a relaxed atmosphere. Bring friends!
Nestled in between so many expensive restaurants in Santa Monica, Cha Cha Chicken is a breath of fresh air. This place was so good! Countries in the Caribbean, although unique and different in many ways share many elements of their food in common, and it's great to see that the combination Cha Cha Chicken has achieved is so delicious. Don't be fooled by the exterior, what's inside is delicious! Try the Aguas Frescas to drink (personal favorite is Mango Guava), the Chicken Enchiladas are great and save room for dessert, they have a yummy guava flan that's a great ending to a perfect (and cheap) meal. Hope you enjoy as much as I did!
Everyone I work with loves Cha Cha Chicken. It is our little hideaway during a busy work day. Almost everyone orders the same thing, the jerk chicken enchiladas. Corn tortillas stuffed with the most tender, juicy succulent chicken you'll ever have and smothered with their own spicy/sweet jerk sauce. Served with plantains and rice and black beans. This is the tastiest and cheapest meal available in Santa Monica. There Cuban sandwiches are also to die for. That same chicken goes inside a crusty, chewy roll and gets a splash of their jerk sauce, add mustard, pickles and shredded lettuce and you'll forget about Bay City Rollers forver!
Amidst the noises of Santa Monica traffic, this place tries to shield you from the outside world with their unique barrels, wooden tables, umbrellas and palm trees. The food is great value and tastes authentic. Am especially fond of their guave water. The reggae music sets the mood and it is a nice place to have a quick and casual bite on a sunny day!
11/18/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This is not going to be your favorite restaurant necessarily, but it should be on your roster of choices, while driving around trying to decide where to pull over. The food is fresh - not cheap but not expensive. They serve a terrificly tasty turkey burger with a real nice Caribbean sauce -if you love turkey burgers, you need to try theirs - it's very moist and flavorful. They all have great plantains - very sweet and syrupy - just the way i like them! Mainly they have food that sounds mexican, but aparantly is caribbean - for example, their chicken enchiladas are very good. It's real easy to find parking nearby during the weekday, so this is a good idea for the lunch hour during the week. It's also real close to the beach, and that makes it fun. The outside of the restaurant is painted w/ fun bright Caribbean colors, so you can't miss it - right on the corner. If you come here once you'll probably come back. It's all outdoor seating, but very comfortable.
06/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Yuck. I'm from the Caribbean and the food is not like that. The food at this place is an imitation Caribbean mixed with Mexican food. The picture on the menu looks better than what it taste like. Every single time I've ordered from that place the food is unrecognizable and stays with me a lot longer than I would like. Maybe they changed chefs and I got a bad one the 5 times I ate there (Only because friends insisted that it would be better every time which it hasn't). I did see the kid from the OC Ben McKenzie there tho.
03/02/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I probably make it out to Cha Cha Chicken once a month or so. I work in the area and it's an easy walk over. The food is reasonably enough priced and there are always special deals in the Clipper magazine to make it more inexpensive (though I don't get the Clipper magazine at my house, so I often have to rely on the 15% off my KCRW Fringe Benefits card gets me). My personal favorite dish is the ropa nueva. It is not spicy like some of the j*rk dishes but is so satisfying! It is chicken with potatoes and other veggies. My stomach always feels so warm and happy after chowing it down. My friends often opt for less healthy, j*rk chicken special or j*rk chicken enchiladas. They are spicy and delicious (though not as calming on the tummy). The owner is often there in the evenings and he is super friendly and always takes very good care of us. There are usually fresh squeezed tropical juices on tap as well as bottled Jamaican sodas. I like the grapefruity Ting. There is no indoor seating, and on a cold night, only the front patio is heated. During the day or on a nice night, the side patio is the place to be. It's far enough from Ocean Avenue that you don't hear the busy street and with all the plants and colorful tables, it has plenty of character. If you're in a rush, the line to order can take some time, but food is quick to come up once you've ordered. I've found it can often be in your best interest to call in orders ahead of time. P.S. It's funny that Citysearch considers j- e-r-k to be a bad word.
11/14/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I went to visit my brother when he was living in Barbados, and as stereotypical as it sounds, eating at Cha Cha Chicken reminded me of the beach shacks that had amazing food! Their prices are reasonable and their hot sauces are just what I remembered from the island. Their parking lot is ludicrously small with only enough spaces for 4 cars. But if you can manage, it's worth checking out!