My brother says El Cholo is
My brother says El Cholo is one of his favorite spots! We had a really good time on Sunday.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Some Loose Ends.....
Service was excellent: friendly, attentive, and speedy service. Food was very good. I have once complaint: my to-go order was incorrect. There was no cheese on beans and rice, and one dish ordered was not in the sacks, when I returned home. Although I noted I had not bee pen vpcharged for this dish, it was a disappointment for my mother who had looked forward to it.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Home away from Home
We can always expect the royal treatment with friendly service, good food and made to feel right at home. Have been dining with El Cholo Cafe since its inception in Pasadena. It is one of our favorite restaurants to dine with family, friends and colleagues whether or not it's for dinner, business meetings, birthdays or some other celebration.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Celebrating Mom's 85 BD
We found us a new favorite place. The service was outstanding, we didn't have to ask for anything. Out of the 12 of us, there was not one complaint about anything. We're already making plans to come back!!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was right on time the table ready when arrived. when we where ready to sing happy birthday every moment was right on point.The service was excellent they offered all of their they have.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'm a Pilot for a major airline
I'm a Pilot for a major airline and every time I'm in town I always hit El Cholo Cafe. Just love it!!!
5/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always great Mexican
Wonderful food in a warm atmosphere. Great if you are going to see a movie at the Arclight.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very busy on a Saturday night,
Very busy on a Saturday night, the staff remained cheerful and efficient. Table side guacamole really good as was the entire meal.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great night out
We used open table to book a moderate party to have dinner. More people came then expected and it was easy to relocate and expand our party. We enjoyed a night full of margaritas. The server was great, took care of everyone well. Took a lot of off the menu requests. The night was great. We will be back!
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
An LA Classic
El Cholo has been in LA since the 1920's and the newest location in Pasadena saves the drive into LA and it is still the same great food and drinks. The guacamole made table side is a great way to start and the rest of the menu is sure to please. Enjoy!
5/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Que viva El Cholo!
We have loved El Cholo for many decades. Now, in Pasadena for the past decade, it's so convenient for us that we eat there all the more! The food, service, and spirit of the whole experience is wonderful!
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We has an amazing Fathers Day? The food was great, the margaritas were fabulous! I would recommend El Cholo to everyone, it's that good!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have always liked El Cholo since its previous location which felt more "authentic." This was our first time visiting it at the Paseo and we were pleasantly surprised at how much of the old charm they had maintained in this more mall-ish setting. Food and service as good as ever. Certainly a good place to consider especially for a special night out with margaritas and Mexican food.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
El Cholo's "new" location
El Cholo's "new" location at Paseo Colorado is spacious and full of light. Pictures of each of the generations who have been part of the restaurant hang on the colorful walls. The table side guacomole and chips were delicious. The filet mignon tacos were great and I even enjoyed the rice which I normally do not like at any Mexican restaurant. The fried ice cream was the best I have had and was topped with fresh pineapple and chocolate sauce. The restaurant was not too crowded for a Thursday lunch. I attribute it to the large space. I will definitely return in the future.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service. The
Great food and service. The people behind us were speaking very loudly but that was not a reflection of the restaurant normally. It is very quiet and has a bit of a romantic feel with the lights dim. Very nice place and the food was absolutely amazing!
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Pasadena tradition
You know your in a historic spot when menu items have a notation of just how long they've been on the menu. And that history suggests a lasting skill at preparing them. Would that was uniformly the case. On this occasion, there some excellent dishes and some just not acceptable. The enchiladas suizas are both traditional and reliable. The nachos compete with any anywhere! But once in a while you get served something that makes you wonder: Why would you make this? Such was the case with the tacos al carbon.
As disappointing as it was. the staff and vibe of this place will bring me back. Disappointments or no, it is as homey and comfortable a spot as you'll find. Great margaritas, too.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We came here with friends. I expected kind of a mediocre Acapulco type meal. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the good was great, ambiance was fabulous, service was truly superb and the alcohol rocked!!! Pleasant surprise!!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Their menu is a bit limited, but they were very accommodating with our special requests. Very attentive service, nice ambience
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a nice lunch with my daughter. Staff was very friendly and the food was great!
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
You cant go wrong w/ El Cholo.
This place is consistently a safe bet for Mexican food.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Guacamole and Margaritas
We had dinner with our son and his girlfriend and all enjoyed it very much. Good menu selection. Table side guacamole was wonderful. We came home with some really nice pictures. Would definitely go back again.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My family and I have been going there for @50 years (actually we usually go to the original site on Western in LA, so the food must be good or we just don't like change. Actually having grown up along the Mexican border we have been accustomed to good Mexican food and El Cholo's has it!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
When a restaurant creates a great menu, offering delicious food at reasonable prices, creates a company culture where staff are respected and take pride in their work, combined with some signature offerings (L.A. Lemonade and seasonal green corn tamales) you have a winning formula - El Cholo has it all! I was delighted to discover El Cholo had a Pasadena location which was perfect for pre-theatre dining. I have never been disappointed with a meal at any of the El Cholo locations - ever! It is a Los Angeles gem that all visitors should make time for and all residents should take advantage of.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
My family and friends come to El Cholo to celebrate our Happy Fridays with tequila
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Mexican Restaurant!
Everything was pretty good. Their food portions are pretty big in general. Impressive tequila selection.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was delciouos!
Margaritas were fantastic! Definitely will go back again...
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
After Bruin win dining!
Great food and fun atmosphere for an after game win! Delicious guac made at the table, fish tacos, enchiladas and more!!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very good food, nice ambience,
Very good food, nice ambience, good bar.
Location in open-air mall in Pasadena.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gr8 4 groups
Had a great surprise party. Great ambiance, nice separate room, great margarita pitchers , and service was fab!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Getting better with age
A menu that goes back half a century or more in some categories, a delightful and enthusiastic staff and what may be the best margarita on the planet earth. Splurge once and see for yourself. Squander an extra two bucks for the Gran Tradicional and taste the difference. Great old school nachos not tricked up, quality guacamole and you're on your way to a fun meal in a special place. Every time.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM