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About El Cholo Cafe

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.

260 E. Colorado Blvd.
Suite 203
Pasadena, CA 91101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Latin / Spanish, Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Sunday to Thursday 11am to 10pm
Friday and Saturday 11am to 11pm

Cross Street:
Garfield Ave. and Colorado Blvd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 795-5800

Website:
http://www.elcholopasadena.com/

Catering:
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

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

Executive Chef:
Aleccio Leon

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

El Cholo Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

3.4

Noise

Moderate

63% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 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.

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 5, 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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was terrible. Service and ambiance were good. I always heard good things about this place but they were wrong.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Try the tequila flights and tableside guacamole, yum!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The margaritas were very good and the service excellent. The food was terrible, the worst.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Absolutely delicious! And Lugo our waiter was awesome! Thanks again for the hospitality.

Tags: Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Food was very good, expensive for lunch, they should have a lunch menu. Service wasn't terrible, but left a lot to be desired.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Food at this chain restaurant is always top notch. Service was incredibly slow at the beginning and it was only 6:15 so the restaurant was not busy. Got better once we got an order in. Also this restaurant has a separate website from the main restaurant chain and they are not linked together. That needs to be fixed.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Nice vibe, large portions---hero of the meal was the table-side guacamole, prepared to order! We selected medium, really superb!

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·Dined on July 24, 2017

We were made sick after eating at the restaurant . We had the street tacos carne asada and the fajita.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Service was awesome waitress nice had a smile . We take pictures of our group offered by restaurant nice touch

Our group really enjoyed the restaurant and will be back again

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Great food. Nice mariachi serenade at the table.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We had not been to the new location of the restaurant but the food was fantastic and the service was outstanding!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (London)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Good service, great food, love the green corn tamales.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Casual, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Hostess seemed bored---not welcoming. Took too long to order drinks and food. Quacamole and food was not as good as usual. We left lots of food in the table. I hope it was an off day since we have gone there frequently.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 8, 2017

It was fine, but nothing exceptional. Much more of a tourist place. We live in the Palm Springs area and have excellent Mexican food (because we are close to the border, probably). This was just average.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Food was just okay

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 27, 2017

First time here and it was just okay. It didn't measure up to what I was expecting. I felt it was a bit pricey for what I got. Not my kinda place.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 24, 2017

This is a nice place with a good authentic mexican menu and atmosphere. The staff were very friendly and the food was great. The corn tamales were really a treat, as well as the fish tacos. 2nd time here and really enjoyed it. The only downside is the big tent that the mall put up where events such as weddings occur. It feels like your eating next to someones parachute that just landed.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 22, 2017

El Cholo is a staple in Los Angeles, I wish the food was better .

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 17, 2017

El cholo never disappoints. Good food, great drinks, reasonably priced. Tableside margarita is fantastic. Guacamole is the best with great chips.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Spicy, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 16, 2017

It was warm inside the restaurant, making it uncomfortable. The restroom was where the air conditioning felt good.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 10, 2017

One thing is that I booked my table with specific instructions through Open Table, and when we arrived it was as though they hadn't read my requests about the table or the occasion. That's the whole point of booking through open table.


The homemade flour tortillas are to die for!!! The bartender actually made us a great margarita, we asked for it the way we have it at El Coyote, up with rocks on the side. It was pretty good. The tablesude guacamole was fab!!!!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 9, 2017

We loved our dinner. I had the green corn tamale. It was delicious. My husband had the enchiladas suiza which were yummy. Service was a little slow but all in all it was a good dining experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Excellent food and good service- don't take it for granted because I am finding it more difficult to come by. El Cholo has great margaritas and delicious tamales and I really liked the chili Colorado. Yolanda is a fantastic server.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 28, 2017

My family has been coming to Pasadena El Cholos' for a very long time and are never disappointed. We often come now before we go to the movies. Pleasant setting, good service and good food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Service was fast, hospitable, friendly. Quiet afternoon crowd, would recommend for lunch. Only bad thing was my drink (michelada) was not great....I can make a better one then what they served, but overall great meal!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2017

It has changed. Ordered a favorite dish and the recipe changed. Not thrilled. Drinks good, though.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Met with out of towners, we'd been here before, but fine ambiance, latin-theme music and strolling mariachis....loved it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Service was too slow. Not enough servers. The music was too loud near us.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Friendly environment , great food. Went with my son for Mother's Day and we both will definitely go back to try another plate

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day! It was so delicious and I loved how I could make a reservation ahead of time. Thank you.... we will be back for sure!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Been coming here for years. Prefer the original on Western. Service this time was slow. Took 15 minutes to take our drink and food order and got the drinks 5 minutes after food arrived.... There are many better places in Pasadena that know how to provide proper service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Used "OpenTable" to book a reservation at 7pm. Checked in at 635pm and hostess told me to wait a few minutes. I checked back with her at 7:05pm and she asked my name again and looked confused. Clearly she forgot I had a reservation and had been waiting for 30 mins for my table.

Took awhile for our server (Juan) to come to our table. We immediately ordered our drinks and food. Food came out.... then my margarita. And I ordered no salt on the rim. Came out with salt. The table side guacamole appetizer also came out at the exact same time as our main course. Our server didn't seem to care much.

Food tasted good... but from the check in process to the server... the experience was lacking. There is plenty of places to eat around this area, this was my first time here.... not sure I will be back.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Service was very slow. Waitress disappeared several times Drinks were weak and not worth the price. Gualcamole, quesadilla, 3 Margaritas and two shots were over $100.00. (Shots were ordered because the drinks were so weak.)

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We've eaten at two other El Cholo locations and have found them both better than this one. We chose it to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and were very disappointed. The service was slow, two of the dishes were cold and parts of our meals were brought later as after-thoughts. Management needs to make a total revamping of the kitchen and the front-of-the-house service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Really great service. Delicious food and cocktails.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 29, 2017

This place is always good. Just good old fashioned Mexican food with friendly service and great prices! They always put us in a great spot when we book with Open Table.

Tags: Comfort Food
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