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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

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

4.0

ambience

3.9

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

65% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (8)
Authentic (5)
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Bar Seating (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Fun (2)
People Watching (2)
Spicy (2)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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Great for Brunch (1)
Cozy (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great service. Great food!!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious food. Exceptional service. Thank you!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Love it always!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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 (Los Angeles)·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

Tags: Casual
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 (Atlanta)·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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great , all went well. No glitches

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 (Los Angeles)·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!

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vip
 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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

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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·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.

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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 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 September 30, 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 9, 2017

Try the tequila flights and tableside guacamole, yum!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 18, 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 12, 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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 (Orange County)·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 29, 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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 (Los Angeles)·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 22, 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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 (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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 (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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 (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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