El Compadre - Hollywood

4.6
312 Reviews
$30 and under
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.
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Jamie
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, lively, spot for drinks with an extensive (and delicious) menu. Great for birthdays, groups, family celebrations, or just an energetic night of margaritas and nachos with your bestie.

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NYChiLAdy
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our friends canceled, but the restaurant was able to accommodate us. Sad for them because the food was DELICIOUS!! The salsa tells you a lot about the seasoning and authenticity of the food. It was all around amazing. The servers are fast and friendly. The mariachi band was good too. We will be back again and again!!

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vipmikhaels
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Extremely loud and crowded, even more so than usual. Food was just ok. Probably not returning soon. Great margaritas

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun with visitjng friends

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun fun fun. M

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BrittanyB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is soo great here!! I love the carnitas taco’s, beans, and rice!!

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vipWeHoKitten
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I love it here. You have to be patient if you go on a weekend night - even with a reservation. We waited over an hour, with a reservation, but it was fun waiting. We had some drinks and chatted. Staff is great, even while being overwhelmed with the crowd. Be patient! It's a fun atmo! BEST chips & salsa! I really like the mole & carnitas.

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RolandoP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! This place is a must... The food was amazing! The atmosphere was loud but that should tell you... This place is Alive!

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Martin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Good food but service was bad. Main course came when we still had dishes from the starter on the table. When we asked server to first take away the dishes he said not my job, I’m only taken out food. We ordered a bottle of wine and was 4 person but only got 3 glasses. We had to remind 2 times and it toke 20 min to get the 4 glass.

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vipDaviecee
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

One of a number of old-time Mexican restaurants in LA, definitely not the best. The ambiance is fun, but the service was indifferent. The waiter was in a hurry, impatient when people weren't ready and completely humourless...and they got the food wrong when it came...plates with other tables got mixed into the order. The food is completely interchangeable with these other restaurants and appears to be served onto the plates quickly without a thought for aesthetics...but then again, that is what they are all like. I'd put this one third on the list of old-time LA Mexican restaurants.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Rushed through entire experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Love the place, however, tortillas never ever come out with the food and only after requesting multiple times.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kesha was at the table next to us! 1000/10!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The service was horrible. No I see why it takes so long to get a table, they won’t let you leave.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my fave places in La! Best steak quesadilla and chicken tortilla soup and everything else! Great service and amazing margs’ just great great great!

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vipAmiL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it here! The food, the service, the mariachi music, and the ambience!! Thank you for always being consistence!!

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Raboon
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noon on Saturday, first group there, we had a great time, good food, super service. This one and casa Vega, my faves for traditional mex food

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Long wait for table even with reservations

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Tasty
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food and nice ambiance. Service was good but the restaurant was super busy and the service felt rushed. Otherwise a great experience and meal.

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JULIETM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican food ever. Their hot salsa is unbelievable.

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NeilV
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always great food, great service and great drinks!

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AfrouzN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome!

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Peli
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love having dinner at El Compadre in Hollywood! Tried the Chicken Enchilada with Mole' sauce and it was delicious. Looking forward to our next visit!

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LisaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great service, great atmosphere! Prices are a little more expensive than other Mexican restaurants but I’d definitely go back.

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vipJohnjohn
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was my fathers birthday. Great service and mariachis came over and sang happy birthday to my fathers who turned 72! He loved it! Thanks

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MikeC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Old school Mexican joint on Sunset. As expected, always enjoyable.

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vipDadlfxt
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Fun lively Mexican restaurant with live mariachi style music. Great drinks. Good food. Spotty but very friendly service

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GinaL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the ambiance and the food was terrific. Very busy so make a reservation. Will be back again!

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vipBuster
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went at 6 pm Saturday night with our two grandkids (5 and 7 yrs old). We asked to sit near the trio singing traditional Mexican songs. The service was rapid food was great and our grandkids loved putting tips in the bands tip jar. Love this place!

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ElizabethV
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The waitstaff were friendly and attentive.The food was good.The place was way too noisy though.In the future Ill sit outside.by the time I left I had a headache.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Always a go to for a good time with family or friends. Thanks for the many good times.

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Nobama
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Some of the best Salsa, Chile Verde & Carnitas I've ever had.....Margs are too sweet.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We saw Quentin Tarantino

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vipSteveP
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service1ambience4

The service was horrible. Our table of 5 got the wrong food, someone else's check, and they forgot we ordered salads, soups and appetizers AND BROUGHT THEM AT THE END OF THE MEAL.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect night at El Compadre celebrating my mom’s birthday. Great food, amazing service. All around wonderful experience. Thank you!

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vipJeremyG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The host was extremely rude upon our arrival. I made a reservation for 10 people at 8 PM for my partners surprise birthday dinner. When I came and mentioned my name she said she couldn’t find any record of it, even though I called earlier in the day to confirm. Mind you, people in my party were ALREADY SEATED!

Her incompetency and attitude initially ruined our experience.

We go to El Compadre at least 2 to 3 times a month and never have experienced such attitude. The normal host we see every other time we go is wonderful and she knows us by name, so we were surprised to be treated so rudely and condescendingly.

We will of course be back because nothing is better than El Compadre and their Cadillac Margaritas. I just hope we never have to encounter this host again in the future.

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juanjusticia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Everything was good but we waited 30 min for our table when we had a reservation, NOT OK!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday fun! Food is always fabulous!! Great ambience.

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DianeG
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food and the flaming margaritas. The mariachi group adds to the ambiance and charm of the evening. Colorful and entertaining to see the people of Hollywood dining in this iconic restaurant, on top of everything else!

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DomRzee
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I went to El Compadre for my birthday and had a great time. I had a group of 13, and the servers were very attentive to my party. They made sure we had everything we needed, and they came out to sing Happy Birthday with/to me! The food was delicious. My reservation was at 845 and we had to wait longer than I anticipated for our table to be ready. But other than that, it was a great experience.

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You can order delivery directly from El Compadre - Hollywood using the Order Online button. El Compadre - Hollywood also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 874-7924.

El Compadre - Hollywood is rated 4.6 stars by 312 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.