Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Fodor's Weekly: Your expert travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration (coming soon)

Los Angeles Restaurants

El Cholo

Updated 04/14/2014

Fodor's Review

The first of what's now a small chain, this landmark south of Hollywood has been packing them in since the 1920s. A hand-painted adobe ceiling and an outdoor patio with a fountain create a partylike atmosphere, which the bar's legendary margaritas can only enhance. The fare includes all kinds of Cal–Mex standards, including tacos, chicken enchiladas, carnitas (shredded fried pork), and—from July to October—their famous green-corn tamales.

Restaurant Information


1121 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, California, 90006, United States

Map It




Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted

Updated 04/14/2014


Map View

Map of

What's Nearby

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Sights

See all restaurants in Los Angeles

Fodorite Reviews

Average Rating
  • Service

  • Food

  • Décor

  • Value

Jun 20, 2009


I don't know if this place is what Jimmy Buffett was thinking when he wrote the song, but El Cholo's has always been know more for its great margaritas than for its food. The food is a good Californian impression of what they think Mexican food is, and very reasonably priced, but you come here primarily for family and friend gatherings (great for kids too!) and a party atmosphere. Salud!

By Robin

  • Service

  • Food

  • Décor

  • Value

Jun 26, 2000

I love this place!

This is the flagship location, but there are El Cholo's in Santa Monica and La Habra, among others I believe. It's an institution in LA, and I grew up here, from the days of Cheerios on my high chair tray to magaritas! As with all true Mexican restaurants, the food is not gourmet, but no local can go very long without it.

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?