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About El Compadre - Echo Park
Since 1975, El Compadre Restaurant in Hollywood has been one of Southern California's hot spots for Mexican cuisine and drinks. Located along trendy Sunset Blvd in the city of Los Angeles, it was founded by lifelong friends. The restaurant fashions the look and feel of an "old world hacienda". Lined with clay roof tires, wrought iron lanterns and stained glass chandeliers; its walls grace of Mexican heritage with paintings, artifacts, antiques and vase floral trimmings. We specialize in showcasing "The fine foods of Mexico". We serve family recipes handed down over generations using select cuts of meats, and choice seafood alongside season fresh vegetables.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Mexican, Latin / Spanish, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Daily: 11:00am - 2:00am
$30 and under
Private Party Facilities:
Osha Thai Private Room offers private and luxurious accommodations for 14-24 seated guests; a popular choice for corporate luncheons, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries and family reunions.
Private Party Contact:
Paul: (415) 896-6742
El Compadre - Echo Park Ratings and Reviews
Food and drinks were good. Went for the trio music but unfortunately we weren't seated in the main dining room where the stage is. Next time I know to ask for a table by the stage. Had the Flaming Margarita which was fun but just a regular margarita. Reasonable prices & good ambiance.
Made a 9pm reservation and arrived on time. The girl at the hostess stand would not even acknowledge me for a few minutes and then just said "someone will be right with you" but seemed very annoyed. Eventually someone else came over and invited us to sit at the bar while we wait for a table to be ready, despite the fact that we could see at least 3 open tables. She explained that her manager asked her to hold off on seating people because the servers were so backed up. I'm annoyed but I get it. So we order drinks and wait and get sat around 9:15. No one comes to take our order until about 9:30. At least once we do, the fast is quick and fairly tasty, but the server got one guests order wrong so he only got one of the tacos he wanted instead of both. Then it's quite a while until we can get our check. Once we do, we write down how much to charge each card on the receipt, put all cards in the book and point out the instructions. The cards and receipt comes back and they have charged each card the same amount, ignoring our instructions. Finally once they remedy this, we realize we have been here for almost 2 hours.
We arrived on time and they told us it would be 1-1/2 hour to two hour wait. When I asked him what the deal was and that we had a reservation he did not care one bit. He said we did not make the reservation with them and he did not have to honor the online reservation. I have eaten there many times before, but this was the first time I made a reservation. I will not go back there again.
Planning since February for this special occasion. Going to dodger stadium for a concert and El Compare was recommended by a friend as a good place close to the stadium. First were told no parking available by valet. After we told him we had a reservation and begged for a spot he gave us one. At check in were told it would be at least 45 minutes for a table. Decided to order a drink at the bar which took forever. Decided we didn't want to be late for the concert do were stuck eating nasty overpriced food at the stadium. Would give 0 stars if I could.
Food is excellent, the service was horrible. Our reservation were for 7:45, we did not get seated until 8:20 our order was not taken until 8:50 food did not come to the table until 9:40. Drinks were only offered twice the waiter only showed up at our table three times the entire time. The hostess brought the bill and picked up the bill and they added a 20% tip which for a party of eight I normally don't mind but based on the lack of service they would have been lucky to get 10%.
I will have been to the restaurant a couple times and will not be back!
I use to love EL Compadre, the flaming margarita, delicious salsa, delicious food but these past couple visits have been horrible! They are constantly under staffed and the workers are extremely rude, we had to wait for long periods of time to get anything. They constantly messed up the orders and would forget about our table on several occasions. I'm done with this place.
The food was good, but we order Fajitas that did not come out on a fajita plate sizzling. They came out on a regular plate. When I asked why they didn't come out on a Fajita plate they replied, they didn't have any available because they had a big party. Ordered a shot of tequila which seemed to be watered down and it was very hot inside the restaurant. Didn't like sitting by the kitchen, they should have doors or even curtains there. It is also too dark and they shouldn't charge $5.00 for valet parking when you park your own car in the small parking lot.
When I called to confirm my group of 20 people, Mario was extremely rude. When I arrived, the hostess must've asked me three times if I was sure all 20 guests were showing up. YES!!!! The spot they put us in was not big enough. Mind you I made these reservations two weeks prior. Our server was rude and wasn't too attentive to my party. Food was good. Drinks were great. I will not be making coming back here w a big party, though.
I've been here plenty of times, great food, the flaming margaritas, authentic mariachi music...i love it. But my review is on this website to book a reservation. I had family in town & wanted to be sure we had a table right away (cuz i have had to wait 15-20 minutes before for a table). I received a confirmation email stating the restaurant had my reservation at 7p for 5 people. We get there at 6:55p & no reservation. The hostess seemed confused to the idea that i could make a reservation online. Luckily, they had a table to accommodate. Now writing this, I'm not sure who's "fault" it is, restaurant or website but it definitely did not work.
The restaurant staff is always warm and welcoming, and the overall ambience is full of vigor and fun. The food is excellent and plentiful.
I forget our server's name, maybe it was Carlos, but he was very good, and quick to bring our drinks and our food. Your parking lot attendant is most helpful as well. Parking in that area can be a problem, and it is good to have the lot.
Adriana got us moved when she could see that the noise was getting to us, and seated us in the quietest booth. Everything is wonderful, except that the level of the noise makes conversation difficult.
The Holiday spirit was reflected in the decorations, the music, and the evident cheer.
El Compadre is always a staple when we visit our friends in LA. We love this place. The food is really great and consistently so. Unlike really heavy Mexican food, it is light, served without piling everything together etc. The seafood or lobster enchiladas are great! As is the chili rellenos. The schtick of the flaming margaritas adds to the charm. You can get a "skinny" marg, too, without all the sweetness of the sweet and sour mix. You won't regret checking this out.
There is a group of friends who met once a month at Barragan's for many years. After their Echo Park location closed, we searched for a new "home". We liked El Compadre, but the front of the restaurant was too noisy for us. Then, we discovered the back room, which is much quieter, and six of us fit comfortably into a booth with a small table attached. The staff was most welcoming and patient with our various food questions and choices. We plan to meet there on the first Friday of the month. We were most happy with our new "home" and with the extremely pleasant and helpful staff.
Not a particularly thrilling experience. Our party of four arrived at 6:00pm at the time of our reservation, but were told we'd have at least a 20 minute wait due to previous parties having not left yet (we were seated around 6:25pm, cutting it close for the 8:00pm Paul McCartney concert we were heading to at Dodger Stadium). Service was slow and we had to prompt our waitress for pretty much everything. She also took our order without writing anything down and my cheese-free taco request was served with, well, cheese, and my friend's request for steak and shrimp fajitas arrived with only shrimp. Non gracias.
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