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El Cholo Cafe

674 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Authentic
  • Good for Groups
El Cholo Pasadena opened its doors to the public in October 2000 on Fair Oaks Ave. We moved to the Paseo Colorado Mall in December 2010 on Colorado Blvd., keeping the 91 year old legend going strong. All of the El Cholo restaurants feature authentic and traditional Mexican dishes, many of which have come from family recipes dating back to 1923. Our distinctive menu offers classics such as our famous Green Corn Tamales, Enchiladas,and sizzling Fajitas. Our Combination plates along with our newer comidas especiales have made El Cholo famous along with our irresistible Nachos introduced in the 1950's.

The decor of El Cholo Pasadena radiates warmth and relaxation. The Hacienda style architecture is accented with hand-painted arches, rustic ceiling timbers and traditional Mexican murals.

Amenities include two full service bars, three outdoor patios,and a private banquet room.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mexican, Latin / Spanish, Spanish
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Hours of operation
Sunday to Thursday 11am to 10pm
Friday and Saturday 11am to 11pm
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Phone number
(626) 795-5800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Aleccio Leon
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El Cholo caters off-premise in addition to delivery to your home or office in the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas. Please call our catering division at 626 440-9995 # 104. Blair Salisbury
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Cross street
Garfield Ave. and Colorado Blvd.
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Parking details
Parking in The Paseo Colorado parking structures. Additional parking in the Marengo parking structure on the corner of Green St. and Marengo Validation available. First 90 minutes FREE
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Special events & promotions
El Cholo Pasadena can accomodate parties in any of our 4 semi private dining areas. We can also accomodate parties in an adjacent courtyard up to 400 guests.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 674 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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65% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great service. Great food!!!!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Guacamole was very good! Service was awesome, I would definitely go back again

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

I took my wife here for her birthday! Awesome tableside guacamole, great margaritas, and tasty food.

GulfStream (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious food. Exceptional service. Thank you!

kdailey (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

Love it always!

Maria (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Waste of money on disgusting food.I’ve had better Mexican food.

ShawnW (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was just ok nothing special, service was great, no wait. I like the original one in Los Angeles on western ave better

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Always an excellent experience at El Cholo. It's on our must visit list when in town. Love the food especially the tamales and tableside guacamole.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

After theater meal with kids. My favorite restaurant for Christmas Eve. Very special time! Fabulous margaritas

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Great , all went well. No glitches

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

Enjoyed our meal very much. Restaurant was not crowded. Delicious margaritas. Great place to have lunch or dinner. My friends and I used to dine at El Cholo's in Los Angeles and always had a nice experience. Thank you, El Cholo!

vipOpenTable Diner (Anchorage)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

Great as always! Wonderful pre-movie spot for drinks and appetizers. Kids loved it too!

Kathy (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

I come here for the Blue Corn Enchiladas - they are so good. Also love the chips and salsa they give out beforehand as well, but try not to get too full off of them before your meal actually arrives.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was too salty and menu didn't give you much options on food but soo much on tequilas

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Terrible meal. Tortilla soup was so salty it was inedible. Server must have noticed we didn't eat it but said nothing. Chili relleno literally had no chili in it. Basically a cheese omelet. Had to ask for water 4 times. Big wedding party took all servers attention and everyone else suffered. Table side guac was very good. On top of it all I return home to an email from open table that I was a no show. They can't even get that right.

vipTheboys (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Really solid California Mexican food -- goopy, delicious, and accessible. Always good to bring family here because there's something for everyone.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on November 19, 2017

Well, it took about 40 mins to get our entrees, and it was not busy when we sat down at 530pm on a Sunday. We ordered the Fiesta Platter, which tasted terrible, sorry, and I think the sour cream may have been bad. We also ordered street tacos, which were just okay, for $13.50 it was way overpriced. It took at least another 20 mins to get our check and the waiter did not even validate our parking ticket. Lastly, I almost tripped over the rug near the entrance on my way to the bathroom, which was sticking up. I had high hopes for this place, but unfortunately I will not be coming back here again.

JADA (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Luckily, we had a reservation. Would have been an hour wait on a Saturday night. Were seated right away and order drinks and the 3 taco appetizer. A minuscule amount of guacamole came with them. The chips and salsa weren't much to write home about. We ordered the 1/2 order of guacamole which wasn't half the price which bothered my husband. We both order enchiladas which were tasty but again with a tiny amount of sour cream. Could NOT get a drink reorder to save our lives! Spoke to the manager and he offered me a beer. I told him I wanted it WITH my dinner, not afterwards. The server was told about it and he also asked if we needed anything. NO! We are done with dinner now. Also, the water was served in plastic cups and a glass was not offered with my beer. A little pricey but warranted in the location. Nice ambiance.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

this was a disappointing experience. First time at ElCholo, Pasadena. It was noisy, service was ok but not very attentive (it was Saturday and busy). The chips were the same as grocery store, bagged chips, not homemade. The enchiladas were not good. All-in-all, years ago El Cholo was a great all-around experience, not so any longer.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 18, 2017

I was very pleased that the waiter was familiar with vegan options and could accommodate my dietary needs.