El Compadre - Hollywood

4.5
246 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 246 People Are Saying
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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
14 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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OT
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
2 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
12 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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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

loved the ambience! we were fortunate to have a corner booth, since the noise level is pretty loud. the chips were great, as well as the service. my shrimp cocktail was very good, but some of the guests were disappointed in their main course.

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T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service will come back next time we are in Los Angeles

El Compadre - Hollywood
Responded on March 21, 2019

Thanks for stopping by! We hope your next visit is as magical as the first! Take care and safe travels!

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JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun place, the food was awesome, service was a little slow but it was also very busy on a Friday night. Overall a great experience, I'd come back!

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C
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was a surprisingly awesome family dinner. The food was okay, the service was slow but it was Valentines so probably only bcuz it was super busy. The live music was such a treat!!!

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MA
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

This is our favorite Mexican place but the service was horrible. They forgot my boyfriends food, who we celebrated for his birthday, and he was the first one to order. The waiter had so many tables to handle himself he forgot all our requests. Plus, they told us they couldn’t sing happy birthday for him but still did it for another table.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was phenomenal, the service was decent. I would definitely recommend this place for their delicious food. It’s very loud in there, and they squeeze in as many guests as they can. If you have children in high chairs or strollers it’s a challenge to navigate through the restaurant and place high chairs comfortably. We were sat in a booth with a table placed at the edge to accommodate 7 adults and 2 children.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food ! Love this spot

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m
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Our server didn’t want to be there. Game Night?
The Busser and runner was great!

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Seated an hour after my reservation and service was sporadic and inattentive. But food was great!

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L
Denver
38 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

wonderful ambiance, authentic feeling throughout, quick efficient service - and they take and honor reservations!

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SD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service was great but we weren’t seated until half an hour after our reservation time which made us a little crunched for time to making our show at The Pantages. That was really disappointing.

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KG
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

love El Compadre best mexican food and Margaritas in LA.

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BE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Always a fun place to go! Good food (could be better), great service, very nice live music, love the ambience and good value.

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M
Los Angeles
98 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our Reliable Old Favorite

We've been going to El Compadre since 1976 (when it was Don Pepe's), and we've loved it since then. On Saturday night, Nov. 24, 2018, our party of four shared guacamole (yummy), went through an astonishing mountain of chips which were cheerfully replenished, and then we varied off into feasts that included outstanding tortilla soup, superb chile verde (with pork), chile rellenos, burritos and lots of refried beans and Mexican rice. We were all predictably stuffed. And of course, we enjoyed the famous Flaming Margarita - one of the best cocktails in L.A.

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