El Compadre - Hollywood

4.6
340 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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Melkaya
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed and not reflected as such when booking the reservation

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vipMamahasSpoken
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Fun spot before trick-or-treating. But the service was slow and the servers were confused.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go see Daniel at the bar he’s amazing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very fun music and Flaming margaritas r pretty strong!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall1food5service3ambience5

Seating hostess was extremely rude on a Monday. Misquoted wait time and was then nasty when asked.

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TomB
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Beautiful Vintage Restaurant - Good drinks & Great food & Quality service !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Horrible service. We waited one hour to place our food order. I asked three separate time for help. Other people who arrived after us received their food before we ordered. Will never go back.

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MichaelD
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Had an 8pm reservation. Wasn't seated till 830. Water didn't come till almost 9. We didn't have dessert, and we still weren't able to get out of there until after 1030. Food was mediocre.

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DavidA
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. The food and drinks are excellent. Their server Adriana is very very good. I drive 70 miles to eat at El Compadre when I have time to make the drive.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Had reservations still was asked to wait 10 mins sent to the bar to wait by hostess who was not the friendliest 😏

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

80% of the time El Compadre experience and food is 4.5 out of 5 stars. 20% of the time food is not good and service is mediocre 1.5 out of 5 stars. Last night was a 1.5 out of 5

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BS1ME
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I put it all to new staff and training. Asked for a hot salsa and was told I could get a tapatio to mix in but nothing else. Had another waiter who took over and got me an amazing hababerno salsa and seemed to know what was going on so like I said I'm giving it low ratings only cause they are training new staff. Food was really good and plentiful and it's a little dark but kind of cool vibe, all in id say go there and check it out but not sure I am a continued guest.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Margaritas ever! 🔥🍹

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KennethT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. First time there and want to go back again soon. Lived it.

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vipdivamel100
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time at El Compadre! Food was yummy, and the flaming margs!

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Marcie
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience1

Dirty dishes on the counter top of the bar. When we asked bartendar if we can have a drink we were ignored and then asked well are you going to eat here? What a stupid question, it's like, "No I just came to stand here?

We had a 4:45pm reservation, were told it would be a few minutes, my friend noticed other diners arrived after us, were being seated first. He approached the hostess after he complained and told her we had a reservation, they sat us down.

I see after all these years their service has not improved.

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eatout
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration and Lunch before Van Gogh!

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MyaW
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, amazing drinks and fast service. The light was a little bit too dim in the restaurant it took awhile for our eyes to get adjusted but other than that it was a great time.

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vipMarianne
Naples
32 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Our server very helpful and efficient

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of the best authentic Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles. The food is really amazing, the service is great, and the drinks are so so good

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was outstanding! Definitely worth the visit.

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Rgkj4
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had chicken enchiladas. The enchiladas were basically a half chicken breast wrapped in a tortilla. Not shredded. My Margarita was watered down. Took longer then usual for waiter to take our order.

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JacquelineH
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me encantó el lugar,ambiente tranquilo y relajante,aunque yo hubiese preferido estar en una mesa donde se escuche mejor la musica,muy buen servicio,aunque la.comida demoró una hora en ser servida,lo cual no lo sentimos porque estabamos muy entretenidos con nuestra conversacion,la.comida muy rica,y la margarita😋

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

service was awful. the waiter came by once to ask us what we wanted to eat and once when he delivered our food. we had to ask for our check after over an hour with the waiter not checking on us. the carnitas tacos were flavorless and i don't recommend. you mostly go for the ambiance and location.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place for Mexican food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Waited half and hour just to order our food

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

They were short staffed on father’s day. The waiter got the order wrong and we had to wait longer than our reservation.

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

Fun with visitjng friends

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
22 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
12 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
14 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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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 340 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.