El Cholo Cafe
Friday and Saturday 11am to 11pm
We were the first ones there, we came for brunch. It took so long for our food to arrive and when it finally did, not only was one plate wrong, but the others were COLD! Like i said, we were the only ones there. They were not busy. We also were not asked if we wanted refills, we sat outside and it was hot. Never again.
Family Birthday group of 8. Seated quickly. Attentive, yet not rushed, service. Four 1st- timers, loved the food. Everyone tried my Cocinita Pibil and loved it. Carne asada was also a hit. We chose the Guacamole, mild, which still had plenty of zing. Great margaritas!
Good food, good drinks, good service. Reasonably priced. Nice outdoor patio seating.
Waited for our waiter for about 10-15 minutes before they came to our table, even though the restaurant was empty. After our order was taken it took another 15 minutes to get our drinks. We had run out of water and asked for more but it didn’t get refilled for about 10 minutes or more.
All in all it was a very disappointing experience.
This is an offshoot of a once great Pasadena restaurant of the same name. They’ve dumbed down the menu and the service moves at a crawl. Plus the Paseo had no available parking. Avoid!
Excellent food and drinks. The enchiladas and tacos were very tasty as well as the rice and beans.
The drinks had a fair amount of alcohol and were enjoyed by others. The guacamole made right at
the table was excellent and the service and speed of the meal were first rate.
Our reservation was for 2 PM, well after the lunchtime. That said the service was almost nonexistent. My husband had to get up and find a server. Our party wasn’t large (4 adults and a toddler). It seemed totally understaffed. The food however, when brought, was very good. Perhaps it was just a one time bad day. The hostess was not friendly. It seemed like I was putting her out when I asked for a parking validation😡
Everything about this place is great
Good food , nice environment , nice staffs, clean and neat. Affordable. Overall very nice place to go hangout.
Worst food i have had in a long time. Rice an beans were stale and just reheated in microwave on a plate. Main dish was bland and reheated As well
Food and drinks are good and priced reasonably for the area. Service was slow, but probably due to being short-staffed. We will be back.
We had a party of 10. We were seated quickly and our order was taken promptly. Our food arrived quickly and it was amazing. Everyone loved their food.
I usually love El Cholo. This branch was slow and our food came out wrong and cold. One would be bad enough, but both is really poor. The food tasted okay, but not up to my usual El Cholo experience. Would still recommend the chain, but the experience at this location was poor.
I had a reservation for 6 people. Several more showed up than planned and that really threw the staff for a loop. It took forever to get my order taken (wait staff took other people’s order at my table but not mine - huh?). Salmon salad came with no dressing, told the waitress who told me the dressing was on it (it wasn’t). I really don’t want to argue about food I’m going to pay for. Waited 45-minutes for the check and then had to ask for it. On the other hand, the margaritas were very good.
👍🏽 friends and family
Filet mignon tacos are great, but I don't know what happened to the aged cheese quesadilla. It was as if the tortillas weren't fully cooked. Really doughy and not much cheese. So, in general, great place but stay away from the quesadilla. Or send it back for more cooking!
El Cholo is always great before the movie. The only negative was it was a SUPER hot night, and the AC wasn't keeping up- we were sweating BADLY during dinner.
This was the most drab and boring El Cholo I have ever visited. The hostess was very pleasant followed by a non-smiling miserable looking busboy. The server took a very long time to even acknowledge us and though she was also pleasant the service was just mediocre. What really got me was the lack of energy in the room. There was no music whatsoever, the decor looks in need of upgrades and I hated being seated right in front of all the dirty piled up dishes even though the place was empty. This was my first time at this location and I was very disappointed it did not carry the same appeal as the other locations. Thankfully the food was great and that would keep me coming back of course. But some damn music on, have the staff smile, and liven the place up for Gods sake!
Love it every time we go. Usually love mariachi’s, but specifically didn’t like the ones from Friday 6/22. Others have been great
Awful service. I will not be coming back.
When it comes to CalMex cuisine, you can't beat El Cholo!
I made a reservation on Open Table and we were seated promptly upon arrival. The green corn tamales were the best I’ve ever had there. The crab enchiladas were very good as well. We had Jose as our waiter and he was very attentive and friendly. One person ordered tacos and asked to have them leave off the onions but the kitchen forgot and she had to reorder it. The Cadillac margaritas were wonderful. They were very busy and one thing we so enjoyed last Father’s Day was the picture they took of our group with maracas and sombreros which was not offered. this year. Hopefully they will have that available next year as it is a nice momento
Our food was not hot, which was disappointing. I have eaten here before and food was great
The food and drinks are always good. I was just very put off by the hostesses who initially tried to tell me that because I made a same day reservation through OpenTable it was not valid. I pushed back and they actually took care of me in the end. It it was unfortunate that they had to start with blaming me for doing something wrong. It seems that they just don’t truly honor OpenTable reservations. You want to to check with them about that.
We had to wait for our water, chips and salsa which usually you get immediately at a Mexican restaurant even before waiter comes. Waiter came and we explained we had a person with food allergies and wanted to know what could be eaten without gluten. We didnt get an answer from anyone so that person did not eat. The food arrived cold. We asked for it to be reheated one person ate his cold because he was so hungry. They were completely out of Bud-lite on tap on a Friday evening? Waiter accommodated our bill because food was cold. We had to wait a long time even for our bill. The taste of the food was good
We went before the Taylor Swift concert. The food, as usual, was wonderful. The server was charming and efficient. El Cholo is one of my favorites.
First visit to Pasadena location, food was awful and different than Orange County locations, which have been consistently outstanding every visit.
Lively for mother's day dinner. While a bit pricy El Cholo delivered again on quality and quantity. Service was timely, friendly, and always one step ahead of our tables needs. The filet mignon tacos were delicious and the tableside guacamole on point. Thank you!
I have been eating at El Cholo, mostly the original location for probably 50 years and I have to say the food here at the Pasadena location on this visit was not very good. Chips were very greasy, the fool plates were barely hot at all, chicken was dry and overall, the taste was just not as good as previous visits even to the Pasadena location. My party was pretty disappointed in the dinner.
This location worked out very well after an event at the civic auditorium. We were so hungry. We were quickly seated.
We had a nice meal with a large group and the service and food were very good. The chips were not the best but the other food was excellent and lovely atmosphere.
Such a great place to have a girls night out!
A few family and friends got together after monsterpalooza to enjoy a great meal after a day of trekking the convention floor. The food at el cholo was fantastic and we can’t wait to return!
Our favorite El Cholo in LA!
We were in LA for business and El Cholo was recommended to us. We are from Texas so I was skeptical about what traditional Mexican would be in California. I must say it was probably the best Mexican food I have ever had. I had the "Touch of History". Everything was wonderful. My favorite was the chili rellenos. It was so light and fluffy. I am back in Texas but wish I could be a regular at this restaurant. Anytime I am back in LA I will make sure I eat there.
Everyone enjoyed the food. Especially the margaritas.
Food was fine; margaritas were not up to el Cholo standards. ☹️
Wait was too long for food and service. Felt understaffed.