El Cholo

El Cholo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elcholo.com/
  • Phone: (714) 769-6269
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch

    Sunday & Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Lunch & Dinner

    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Felix Salcedo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact us for any of your catering needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us for your private dining requests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Roosevelt
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from El Cholo
Welcome to El Cholo Anaheim Hills. We look forward to having you join us.
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El Cholo reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (10)good for groups (9)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (8)fit for foodies (7)great for brunch (5)special occasion (4)romantic (3)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (1)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • GregL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Its been a long time since I've been to your restaurant. This visit at this particular spot was a treat. The decoration is elegant yet simple with a lot of warm colors. I wouldn't think twice about bringing my date here to visit. I loved the fish tacos and the special was tremendous.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Barney
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Good authentic Mexican choices. Always have a great experience - will definitely visit again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sat Nite Out
    Cosaman
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Nice place with lots of variety in food and drink.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Green Corn Tamales
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Went to El Cholo in Anaheim Hills for the Green Corn Tamales before the season came to an end. Food and service was very good and the tamales were excellent as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience!!
    Marebear439VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Three of us dined here after a movie on Thursday evening. A previous visit was less than good, primarily due to poor service. This time it was the exact opposite .... everything was wonderful. A basket of fresh tortilla chips and some salsa arrived at the table very quickly. We ordered margaritas to start and then were surprised to receive a complimentary plate of nachos. What a nice way to start our dinner. Our waiter, Martin, was extremely friendly and attentive. We each ordered different meals and all of the food was excellent. All in all, it was a wonderful evening and we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scof1VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Terrible service. If the food wasn't so good, we would not go back but the food is great so we will, just ask not to have Gina.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Portion Size
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Portion size was not as much as I remembered available at other El Cholo locations.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This will be a habit
    ChinoFoodie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I loved the food and the drinks!! LA lemonade is fab!! The history plate was delicious!! We will be back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 41 reviews are from the El Cholo reviews archive.
  • Meets your needs with a smile
    MamaP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our waitress was so sweet to make sure every dietary need was met with no problem & a smile. She came back to make sure we were satisfied with every thing when it was served & again during the meal. She wanted us happy with our food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican done well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Imagine if El Torito or Acapulco was given better ingredients, healthier portions, and a better atmosphere. This is El Cholo. Always a decent choice in the neighborhood, and glad that I don't have to drive to LA to go there anymore!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great time.
    MealHntr
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Celebrated Father's Day with dinner at the El Cholo in Anaheim Hills. The Food and Service were top notch and the ambience was very pleasant. Will be returning to sample more dishes and drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so happy El Cholo came to Anaheim
    raidersbroughtusback
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My family loves this restaurant ad specifically my husband and I. It was a part of our early dating in LA, and now with it beingin Anaheim Hills, it's perfect because we live near by. My boy's and I hada fantastic celebrity experience at El Cholo one eve while the Laker game was going on across the street. After that, memories were made and El Cholo is now a part of their childhood memories.....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch
    Okie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food was wonderful and service was outstanding. We keep El Chollo on our list to definitely return. Very good overall.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    LunchReview
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food was really good. The tortilla chips were fresh and tasted homemade and the salsa was delicious as well. I also enjoyed the LA Lemonade Margarita. There weren't many people there though which was surprising because it was Father's Day at lunchtime so it made the ambiance a little quiet.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good service; so-so food
    debbVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The service was great. The food was below average, as Mexican restaurants at this price point go.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Green corn tamales are always a special treat! These did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    JustOk
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Tried El Cholo for the very first time. Food was good, but nothing amazing. Service was ok, the bus boys only seemed to refill the chip basket. Had to ask for refills on all our beverages multiple times and that was if we could find our server. Over all, would go back, but not high on our list of favorites.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining experience
    Marebear439VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Four of us dined at El Cholo after seeing a movie. We've been dining at El Cholo for years, but this was our first time at this location. We were quite pleased with the size, comfort and ambience of the dining room. Three of us had one of their special margaritas and agreed that it was one of the best we've ever had. The guacamole was outstanding, as were our entrees. All in all, it was a great experience, and we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A new regular!
    cjbrownocVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Love the food! This restaurant never disappoints. The LA Lemonade is the best drink on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeds expectations
    Restaurantmavin
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    If you expect to get the regular, run of the mill, Mexican cuisine, forget it. We were pleasently surprised to find some items, that were not usually served around town. The food was great, the service was great, and the price was right.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome service,not so awesome food
    DateNightFoodies
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We were seated right away on a Friday 6pm night. The hostesses were very pleasant and our waiter was very knowledgable and efficient. The food (I'm sorry, because I understand that this place is special to some people) was just ok. The chips and salsa were pretty standard. The guacamole did not taste fresh and it needed some serious salt. Our entrees came and they needed salt, too. Beans & rice were standard, chili relleno & taquito bland, pork tamal ok, and the cheese enchilada was just ok. We're sad that we spent date night here. The staff was so awesome, but I wish the food was more memorable. Sorry to say that we won't be coming back again. There are better-tasting Mexican restaurants in SoCal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh, plentiful, a cut above...
    PCinYL
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    If you want to pay a similar price but get a menu that features better food quality than the local Don Jose, etc., try El Cholo. This is a standby in LA and we are lucky to get it in YL. The staff is friendly, attentive, the drinks are good, the food is excellent, and everyone I've taken there so far has been favorably impressed. It's a refreshing change of pace with innovative menu items (try the crab taquitos) and a "Cocorita" to die for!
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We eat here all the time the food is great, the service is friendly and professional and the atmosphere is welcoming.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • $9 for alcohol-free margaritas . .
    ComanchepilotVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Having attended USC back in the early 80's I have been to the mother ship - and this one has the same lightning quick service and very tasty food - unfortunately, it has alcohol free margaritas. I'm not a big guy and don't drink that often - I had two strawberry margaritas and got a sugar high but nothing from alcohol. For $9 they really need to make sure they put alcohol in the drinks. I left the place as sober as when I walked. The food is very good- has that cantina flavor mexican that the original on Western has - and the 'ritas are very smooth - I wish I could make them that way at home- but - at home I use tequila. Maybe thats it. Anyway - if you are close by its MUCH MUCH bette than any of the other chain Mexican restaurants
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Couldn't stop thinking about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Was there Tuesday for lunch and kept thinking about the food. Took my husband Saturday and it was still great. A new go-to place for us.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Friday night meal
    YLDave
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We had a very good meal at El Cholo in Anaheim Hills. Martin, our server, did an excellent job and was very friendly. Service was prompt and the staff was very attentive. Better than the other Mexican Food chains in the area.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excited for new location closer to
    purplepatti
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We have been going to El Cholo's (Los Angeles and La Habra) for over 40 years! We love the restaurant so much that we don't mind the drive. But now we are so excited to have a new location only10-12 miles from our home. Our children grew up celebrating all family birthdays at El Cholo's and our daughter even won a Mother's Day Essay contest one year. We always take out-of-town visitors to our favorite restaurant.The only downside: we will be eating there a lot more often, so I guess we will have to exercise more, because the food and margaritas are AWESOME.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great time at El Cholo
    Shawn
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The one thing that impresses me when I dine here is that their staff are quite friendly and always know the menu. It is so hard to decide which plate to order as they are delicious. One thing I have to say is that if you are looking for a quiet dining experience, this may not be a good idea we have screamer next to us. Honestly, unless you want a quiet dining, go to a 5 Star $$$$ establishment, most restaurants now days seem to be like Chuck E. Cheese; even Yard House is like this as well. Most parents don't have control over there kids. Bottomline, great impressive food. I am giving them a 5 Star because it's not their fault parent don't know how to control their kids.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OLD SCHOOL
    mb4994
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    El Cholo is still just as good as it was in 1975, when I first dined there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El cholo
    Dunce
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Great food. Clean nice atmosphere. Loved the chips n salsa and our waiter was the best!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love El Cholo. Our favorite
    ylmom2
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We love El Cholo. Our favorite is the #1. Food is wonderful. We usually come for lunch during the week, however, I made a reservation for a party of 7 on a Saturday night. The restaurant was busy and it took a while for our party to be seated. Surprising, service was very slow and we didn't have utensils when our food arrived. I was a bit disappointed as we had family members who were dining here for the first time. However, the food was delicious as always and this experience will not deter us from returning. I think we will stick to dining here for lunch when it is not so busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server was the best and
    PbrownVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Our server was the best and food was very good. I would look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had an enjoyable evening.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We had an enjoyable evening. Seated promptly, good service and food. Will return again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good eats
    cjbrownocVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Very convenient and food is delish! We would definitely come back again and again. Make sure you order the La Lemonade!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Delightful Surprise
    CreoleBabyVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    I was unfamiliar with the El Cholo chain and decided to this new addition to the neighborhood. I was expecting your everyday, run of the mill Mexican cuisine but was delightfully surprised by El Cholo. The menu is a good mix of traditional dishes with signature touches on each item. There was a wide variety to choose from. I had a seafood dish and the crab, shrimp and lobster were very fresh, high quality. Everything brought to our table was well seasoned and presented beautifully. The atmosphere is more family friendly than romantic, however, the seating is well arranged so you can enjoy privacy instead of feeling like you've been packed in. Overall, a great experience and we will definitely be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it!
    cjbrownocVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    The margaritas are to die for! Stay away from the chips though, they are so addictive there! Food is good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NO REGARD FOR THE MAJORITY
    thosX2VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    I made a reservation and was seated in a booth in the main dining area promptly. Unfortunately there was a party of about 20 located 3 feet from the booths. This party was OBNOXIOUS, loud and had no regard for anyone else in the dinning room. This facility has a room in the back for large groups but without any regard for those of us seated in the main dining room these people were accommodated in close proximity of the booths and the majority of customers. I have been going to El Cholo for decades and I am used to a certain noise level which is well above average but this was beyond all bounds. If time had not been an issue I would have left. I will never return to this place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not too special
    planeman
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    not the same as the downtown store. Great service, food was good ...not great. Reception staff was nice. I would say it was good...not great. I'm not sure if it was the lack of ambiance or all the screaming children, but it just didn't "hit the spot" .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The only Reason to visit El Cholo
    TonyGL203
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    My review is quite simple: As for the food & service at the restaurant "two thumbs down" if you "MUST GO" because someone in your group wants to try it, then ask for the L.A. Lemonade it's a kind of Marguerita drink it seen to be the only thing worth going for Stay away from ordering anything from the menu and DO NOT EXPECT to get pamper at El Cholo restaurant I have visited a few of their locations they do not provide adequate service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still worth a visit
    williefam
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    The new El Cholo doesn't quite have the ambience and charm of the La Habra restaurant, but it's light-years ahead of the Chevy's that used to occupy this space. Authentic and carefully prepared Mexican Cuisine at a reasonable price. Our servers have been over-the-top attentive and friendly with every visit. This will be a regular experience for us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.