El Cholo Cafe
Our Pasadena venue opened in 2000 and is at the Paseo Mall within walking distance of the Civic Auditorium and Convention Center, overlooking Colorado Blvd.
The menu consists of classics dating back to the original menu along with an array of more modern dishes showcasing the different regions of Mexico.
Four private rooms that can accommodate parties from 40-100 that allows our valued guest a memorable experience no matter the occasion.
Most famously known for our Margaritas and a menu featuring over 150 Tequilas. Both of our bars offer a comfortable environment allowing our guest to relax enjoy their experience.
The menu offers some unique dishes that you won't find at other Mexican restaurants. The ambiance is lively and fun. It may have just been the day we went, but our waitress seemed to be stretched thin with too many tables to service. Once she took our order we saw her a couple of times whizzing by and by the end of our meal we had to spot her and then flag her down.
Short staffed. Our poor waitress had too many tables to handle. Vilma needs more help. Two events at Pasadena Civic Auditorium that evening. Busy at dinner time. Better staffing.
It was for my mothers 78th birthday. She received and enjoyed her chicken enchiladas! The customer service was great and everything went according to plan. Thanks again!
Blue corn tortillas are delicious!
Everything was great except they told Open Table I didn’t come so I had to fix that. Otherwise, service, food everything was great!
Excelent food and service 👌the place is amazing 😉 and I love the mariachis 🥰🥰OMG very good person I really enjoyed the night
My shrimp and chicken enchilada was tasty but not exceptional. My wife was not as excited about the street tacos. Overall restaurant was adequate for a quick meal before a concert and lecture but no more than that.
drinks and service was great. Food, not so much. The food at El Cholo in Whittier is far better...how does that haappen> I had chicken chimichangas...who puts cold, fresh tomatoes in a fried chicken chimi?? they were pretty bad and i cannot eat tomatoes
My takeaway thoughts are focused on the very poor value. Enchilada Suizas $15.95. But there was only one enchilada! I have been to a hundred Mexican restaurants and that price usually brings three enchiladas. Ripoff!
Love El Cholo! Always so good. It’s a treat to there
Delicious food and wonderful atmosphere. First time here. Will definitely recommend to others.
Food is Delicious! Service outstanding....wonderful atmosphere
We were a big group and Oscar separated our checks and took care of us!
The food was great. The server did not clearly state what was on the happy hour menu so that became an issue at the end of dinner. Overall was a great experience but was a little pricey for the type of food. The location is great so we didn't mind paying a little more.
Very convenient to walk to after an event at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and close to parking structure. Nice mexican restaurant with good atmosphere and a nice mariachi group performing in the restaurant.
Waitress was not attentive . Gives Children drinks in a large glass cup ? No thought also unfriendly and inattentive
We have been to El Cholo numerous times mostly the Western site. Sat night we went to the Pasadena site due to the fact that we were going to the Rose. Staff was very nice and the food came quick , but 2 of the 4 orders were not what we ordered correctly , the tostadas had or didn't have the requests that the ladies requested . The value of the meal is a little off , 4 of us was $190.00 with tip . A little steep we thought for the amount/quality of the food and service. Mike
Loud, colorful, spacious, mariachis, guacamole demo, exciting evening
Ok food great margaritas.
Fish taco was terrible, rice&beans were fine.
This use to be a favorite restaurant, no more
The table side guac is a MUST! All of our meals were great, as well as the service.
Horrible service. That can ruin everything else. Had to wait 15 minutes just to order drinks. Then had to wait longer for us to order.
And even though we asked when our drink order was taken, we (5 of us), we didn’t get our placesettings until AFTER the food came.
Ruined the dinner.
Great service! Delicious food!
Great Mexican food and recommend the chimichangas
I went here since there were a ton of great reviews and I figured it would be more authentic. Honestly, it is good, but it is fairly standard Americanized Mexican food. Mind you, they have crab and lobster options on the menu, which was unexpected, but still. I'd go back, though - I just have reset expectations. It is really good for what it is. The service appeared to be a little overworked, but they did their best to keep tabs on us, so no complaints.
Great place to have a late afternoon meal. Reservation process worked perfectly.
The food at El Cholo was outstanding and the service was friendly and attentive. I highly recommended going there for a meal
Classic Mexican american restaurant. No surprises. Tableside guacamole was fun!
We had a great time. We will be back. Location is excellent, service was good and food was great!
Decades ago their original Los Angeles restaurant was a joy. And, when they opened on Fair Oaks in Pasadena we became regulars, both in the evening and for business lunches. Their place in the Paseo simply has no vibe, unlike its predecessors. And, because there are so many worthy alternatives in the area, it simply doesn’t cut it anymore.
We had lunch on Oct 23rd -- their 95th Anniversary. Having only been to their original restaurant on Western, this was our first experience at the Pasadena location. Sadly, they seemed unprepared for the crowds that showed up (because of the rollback price menu) and we were told several of the wait staff hadn't shown up. We finally moved to another table where it appeared a waiter was working. Food was as we remembered it and the margs were great.
When we checked in, we told the front desk we had an Open Table reservation and the gentleman looked on his screen and found our reservation and seated us. Regrettably, when we got home, I got a message from OpenTable indicating I had NOT kept my reservation so it took some effort on my part to get the mess corrected.
Fun and good.
Good food, nice presentation and service. Only 4 stars because it’s so pricey. Great for special occasion tho.
food was not good! even tortillas were not good. only thing good was the margarita
I am a frequent patron of this restaurant. (Usually grabbing a bite before a movie)
The restaurant has changed their menu. The Enchilada Suizas used to include 2 enchiladas. However they have cut back and now only serve 1 enchilada for the same price
Also the enchilada itself tasted different. Especially the sauce that the enchilada is cooked in
Very disappointing. I have to say that I may not go back after being a loyal El Cholo customer for over 20 years (at various locations)
Always a treat! Margqrita's can't be beat! Food is great! Service fantastic! Ambiance excellent!
A little over a year ago my family and I started coming to El Cholo again after a long "hiatus". Our first time back in a long time was a wonderful experience, so that made us want to keep coming back. Unfortunately, El Cholo has turned out to be one of the most inconsistent restaurant experiences we've had in Los Angeles. The jokes on us I guess because we keep coming back, hoping for an experience like we had before. There have been times when we literally thought the kitchen had changed all the original recipes to save money, mainly because the sauces tasted like they came out of cans. And the service has had its inconsistencies as well, with servers being attentive sometimes and sometimes not, sometimes forgetting what we ordered and sometimes not, sometimes delivering hot food and sometimes not. Well, we're done with El Cholo. Perhaps we'll get nostalgic once again in the not too distant future; but for now, we're looking for an alternative.
The Filet Mignon taco are the best also the corn Tamales