El Compadre - Hollywood

4.5
260 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Since 1975, El Compadre Restaurant in Hollywood has been one of Southern California's hot spots for Mexican cuisine and drinks. 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. e have a dedicated full bar area where we serve mixed cocktails, imported and domestic beers and our legendary and famous "Flaming Margarita". Coupled with live nightly music from a trio singing Mexican classics and with a dimly lit, sultry lighting; our romantic ambiance is unmatched.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.4

We can get behind the kitsch of El Compadre in Hollywood because its authentic Mexican food, drinks, and great energy is everything we want it to be.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 260 People Are Saying
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Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined 3 hours ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The fajitas shoild be ser

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RO
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Busy place, service not that great. Food is good, drinks awesome. Place small for the amount of people that attends.

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MG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best margaritas and food in LA

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S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El compadre serves as the bench mark for Mexican food in Los Angeles. I have had most every dish on the menu and have never been disappointed by the quality or authenticity. It’s been my go to for well over a decade and I have yet to find a sit down that rivals it.

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N
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They don’t even deserve one star! Worst meal ever!!! My father, my niece and I both got a meat dish and it was inedible!!!! Both the beef and chicken were tough and gristly. My niece and I both did not touch It and when I mentioned it to the waiter he grinned like an idiot. It was so expensive for the quality. We’re never going back. No wonder the place was completely empty

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LM
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and margaritas are excellent and the service was very good too. This was my third time at the restaurant and I was surprised at how noisy it was. We were a party of four in a booth and it was very difficult to have a conversation. Something really should be done about the noise level.

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VP
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great atmosphere awaits behind the big door. Fun, good food, a great experience of a classic LA restaurant-clearly a local favorite too!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Double date

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D
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old school classic place, love it.

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SL
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very dark inside. Staff was pleasant, margaritas were excellent and plenty of great food which was very filling!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a summer Friday!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Father’s Day. Food was just ok. The waiter (Daniel) seemed like he was new - the food took a long time to get out to us and we had to ask the busser for everything because our waiter hardly ever came around.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed when we head to El Compadre. The food and service is always consistent.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was my first time here and had an amazing time here. Celebrated my moms birthday and they were very very accommodating with all my requests with no issues!! Our waiter was AMAZING! They let us bring in an outside cake for FREE! Amazing customer service and just went above and beyond. If you plan to have a birthday dinner here don’t think twice! Loved it! We will definitely be back!

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OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Alwaus good

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I
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I like this place
However, it was very disappointing that during my birthday celebration last Thursday nobody even offer some discount or free drink, or anything of that sort

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s
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great! I had a Cadillac margarita and two crispy chicken tacos. Best I have had in a long time!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really great. Our Waiter was always ready to help.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday party. Took forever to seat us. Reservation was for 7:15pm. We didn’t sit til 8pm. The server messed up on a lot of our drinks, but we wanted to party so stopped caring about the wrong drink orders. Overall, I had fun.

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AA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Always jammed but the staff is always super friendly and the food - and flaming margaritas - delicious. And fast. So lucky it's a quick walk away.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. We waited at least 15 mins after being sat to see a server and then another 10 mins to ever get waters. The whole dinner went in this fashion and we even considered leaving without eating our dinner it was so bad. Worst experience we’ve ever had here.

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B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Booked a table to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with flaming margaritas. Really enjoyed the vibe, food and especially the company. We decided to order a few things off the menu (specialties of the house) to share family style. We were not disappointed. Really enjoyed our meal here and would absolutely recommend this to a friend.

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Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was good but the photo guy was a bit relentless. He made us take so many photos that our food got cold.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been coming for the vibe for years!

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CB
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great drinks! The atmosphere is uniquely charming!

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RM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and live band. Food was good but cocktails better. Good place for groups

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P
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, El Compadre in Hollywood does not disappoint. The service and the food were on point. It was crowded and bustling on this Friday night, good signs that they are doing something right. The staff has the wait time and seating under control, which says a lot because the place was so busy. And the mariachi band was wonderful as always. As long as El Compadre is here we will keep coming!

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BH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Hostess was rude. Server took our order and never saw him again. They called me twice to make sure I would be there, then sat us 30 minutes passed our reservation. Not sure what the hype is all about

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AH
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Fun but small restaurant. Great authentic Mexican. One heads up -- had a reservation for a large group and they didn't seat us until 40 minutes -- and many complaints -- after the reservation. They gave us free apps and were apologetic but a frustrating way to start a nice meal with family.

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PZ
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very fun and tasty mexican restaurant in Hollywood. The 3 piece band was excellent and the service was wonderful. Great flaming margaritas and entries - we will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The flaming margaritas and guacamole are showstoppers. It’s authentic Mexican, so although delicious it’s a bit heavy on the take away. Always a solid choice and super well priced.

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JE
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE El Compadre for large goods. They are always so accommodating and friendly. The food is always great

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JG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

This was a very special night... I chose El Compadre because of their incredible food and ambience. Unfortunately our service was not very good. We had to get up and find our server about 4 times through out our dining experience. Our plaits were never cleaned after appetizers. It was kind of awkward that we kept having to get up to find our server to order more food or drinks.

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R
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

tasteless food, dark and dirty atmosphere, wrong food delivered, no refill on water or iced tea. yucky.

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DW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite place to eat, great vibe friendly staff and amazing tacos

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KT
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Simply put, I love this place. I would recommend it. However, it does take a while to leave because servers don't recognize when the meal is over, and once we ask for the check they don't come back for it quickly. With this simple correction the establishment could get more customers through on busy nights.

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M
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our granddaughter's birthday and it was so much fun! A place to have a good time! Servers and staff delightful, friendly and helpful! Food was delicious and atmosphere fun and festive! We have had so many celebrations there and look forward to many more! Thank you everyone at El Compadre!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Had a great time with family and staff was super friendly, however, didn’t get very much back and forth with our server and only got two drinks throughout the entire evening which I had to flag down for. Also, we had a group of 8 and our food came out in 3 waves, which was a bit weird as there were significant gaps between. Again, love this place and staff and our server was very nice and friendly, but maybe had too many tables to manage.

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JT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and entertainment, location is a little difficult to access if you are not familiar with the area, but overall a great experience.

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P
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to El Compadre in Hollywood for decades! I can always count on this place for a memorable time and meal with friends and family. The guacamole appetizer is really a must, trust me. And tip the mariachi band on the way out. They were the beautiful music backdrop to your fun as heck evening out with flaming margaritas and hopefully good company!

El Compadre - Hollywood
Responded on March 21, 2019

Thank you for the amazing review! Our families work hard each day to provide a wonderful dining experience! From our family to yours... MUCHAS GRACIAS!!! Hope to see you soon! - El Compadre Family

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