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El Cholo Cafe

4.2
694 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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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Cuisines
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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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 626-795-5800 ask for Diego Fernandez.
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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 694 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

The food and drinks are always good. I was just very put off by the hostesses who initially tried to tell me that because I made a same day reservation through OpenTable it was not valid. I pushed back and they actually took care of me in the end. It it was unfortunate that they had to start with blaming me for doing something wrong. It seems that they just don’t truly honor OpenTable reservations. You want to to check with them about that.

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

We had to wait for our water, chips and salsa which usually you get immediately at a Mexican restaurant even before waiter comes. Waiter came and we explained we had a person with food allergies and wanted to know what could be eaten without gluten. We didnt get an answer from anyone so that person did not eat. The food arrived cold. We asked for it to be reheated one person ate his cold because he was so hungry. They were completely out of Bud-lite on tap on a Friday evening? Waiter accommodated our bill because food was cold. We had to wait a long time even for our bill. The taste of the food was good

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We went before the Taylor Swift concert. The food, as usual, was wonderful. The server was charming and efficient. El Cholo is one of my favorites.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

First visit to Pasadena location, food was awful and different than Orange County locations, which have been consistently outstanding every visit.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Lively for mother's day dinner. While a bit pricy El Cholo delivered again on quality and quantity. Service was timely, friendly, and always one step ahead of our tables needs. The filet mignon tacos were delicious and the tableside guacamole on point. Thank you!

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

I have been eating at El Cholo, mostly the original location for probably 50 years and I have to say the food here at the Pasadena location on this visit was not very good. Chips were very greasy, the fool plates were barely hot at all, chicken was dry and overall, the taste was just not as good as previous visits even to the Pasadena location. My party was pretty disappointed in the dinner.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

This location worked out very well after an event at the civic auditorium. We were so hungry. We were quickly seated.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We had a nice meal with a large group and the service and food were very good. The chips were not the best but the other food was excellent and lovely atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Such a great place to have a girls night out!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

A few family and friends got together after monsterpalooza to enjoy a great meal after a day of trekking the convention floor. The food at el cholo was fantastic and we can’t wait to return!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Our favorite El Cholo in LA!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

We were in LA for business and El Cholo was recommended to us. We are from Texas so I was skeptical about what traditional Mexican would be in California. I must say it was probably the best Mexican food I have ever had. I had the "Touch of History". Everything was wonderful. My favorite was the chili rellenos. It was so light and fluffy. I am back in Texas but wish I could be a regular at this restaurant. Anytime I am back in LA I will make sure I eat there.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Everyone enjoyed the food. Especially the margaritas.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Food was fine; margaritas were not up to el Cholo standards. ☹️

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Wait was too long for food and service. Felt understaffed.

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3.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Service was good - attentive. My food arrived on a hot plate but the crab enchiladas were just barely warm. They offered to take them back and heat them, but that seemed like an idea that would result in a delay and with not a very good result.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I have enjoyed El Cholo’s for over 40 years. I tried something new this time, fish tacos. They were disappointing. Next time I will order my tried and true favorite, the #1 combo of rolled shredded beef taco and cheese enchilada. This combo and the yummy margaritas never disappoint. Wonderful guacamole too!

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Yes, I know El Colo has been around for a long time (decades) and is supposed to be a Pasadena Mexican dining "institution". Well, the food just isn't very good here. There are other options in Pasadena which have much higher quality Mexican food (and in many cases - cheaper!). If you are at Paseo, pick one of the other restaurant options. If you must have Mexican, hit up one of the other joints in Town (just search on Yelp to find the good ones).

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Food was great but the service was terrible.

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2.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Food was average and the prices were high. Service was slow. I would not go again.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great service. Great food!!!!

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious food. Exceptional service. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Love it always!

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1.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Great , all went well. No glitches

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on December 3, 2017

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

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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 18, 2017

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

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