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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.

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About El Compadre - Hollywood

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.

7408 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Latin American

Hours of Operation:
Daily: 11:00am - 2:00am

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(323) 874-7924

Website:
http://www.elcompadrerestaurant.com/

El Compadre - Hollywood Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (11)
Casual (10)
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Authentic (7)
Live Music (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Spicy (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Healthy (2)
Romantic (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I have been many times. Very good food and margaritas!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The ambiance was fun, the food delicious the service was mixed. While it was somewhat attentive it was hard to understand what the waiter was saying when he was at the table. He had a very aloof manner that left us confused to what he was saying or doing. We felt like if we asked something it was a imposition. I wasn’t asked and didn’t receive a salad or soup option that was part of my steak tapiquena dinner.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Went to celebrate a friend's birthday. Everyone I spoke with and at the front reception once I arrived was very nice. However, the place was packed and once seated, the waiter seemed exhausted and irritable. The margaritas were not very good. Weak, as far as I'm concerned. My order of fajitas, which is usually a slam dunk, left a lot to be desired. The chicken and steak was poorly flavored and greasy with too many onions and peppers. Wouldn't go there again.

Tags: Casual, Live Music, People Watching
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food and service is pretty bad, but the margs are amazing.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Had a great time. We arrived early and had a few really good margaritas at the bar. We had 8:30 reservations and were seated promptly. Service was great, food was goood and we had a few more margaritas !

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Loved the ambiance! Loved the flaming margaritas and the food was delicious. Fast, friendly service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Love this place! Great food and always consistent and fresh. Get the guacamole too

Tags: Fun, Spicy, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Everyone was amazing. Table was ready upon arrival. Thank you

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great as usual. I wish the service was quicker at times because their parking is all metered unless you pay for valet. Food and ambience makes up for it though.

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Just love the fun vibe, busy atmosphere and margaritas! A great local joint.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great, authentic food. The live Mariachi Band is amazing.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Wouldn’t go there again, the restaurant is old and run down.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

El Compadre's staff is amazing and their flaming margaritas are friggin' delicious with a wonderful tequila kick to it! Mario, the Bartender, makes THEE best "Disco" Cadillac Margarita ever! What is a "Disco" Cadillac Margarita? You add a shot of Chambord Liqueur to the Cadillac Margarita! After one of these, you'll want to get your boogie as well as your cha-cha heels on, YES! Try it, you'll love it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

This place is awesome! :) always like bringing my family and friends here

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

AMAZING. Our first time there and it was everything we hoped it would be.

Tags: Spicy, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 15, 2017

A staple in the neighborhood there is always a crowd so if you have 4 or more consider making a reservation! Seating at the bar and on the patio are first come first serve. Their generous servings and consistent fare keep bringing me back. Their margaritas are large and strong!

Tags: Live Music
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Loved this place!!! Such an LA gen with live mariachi! The flaming margaritas are a great touch too! 😉

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Spicy, Fun
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We stumbled upon this place with a quick google search while looking for somewhere to take our 4 kids before catching our flight back home. We loved it and would go back again. The food was excellent. The atmosphere was a bit dim but our kids actually loved the ambiance. The chips and salsa were delicious as were the margaritas. Highly recommend!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Thee most fun place to have dinner and great flaming margaritas on a Friday night! The entire staff are just amazing, friendly and so very kind!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Comfort Food, Live Music, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 5, 2017

El Compadre's staff and the restaurant are just amazing! My all time favorite place to eat dinner! Mario makes thee best Cadillac Margaritas! Make sure you order it on the rocks, no salt with Don Julio Blanco, YUM!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

Best place for Mexican food in Los Angeles great food and ambiance

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Just fell short in every way...especially food and value....so many other better Mexican spots than this

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Great! The service was amazing and the margaritas are delicious.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Always excellent, authentic food!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Awesome restaurant with great chips, guac, salsa and margaritas. Most of the main dishes you can't go wrong with.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We had a great get together with a big group of friends at El Compadre. Our waiter was fun, attentive, and patient. All the food came out as ordered, and everyone enjoyed their meals.

Tags: Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 9, 2017

We were nine friends ages 55-86. Everyone loved what they ate. We went there for the trio music. The trio was the best. They do say they have the best Margaritas. One of the persons in my party did not like her Margarita. Dont know which one she had. Ambience is great. Noise level high, despite the music.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Super nice ambiance, flaming margaritas is a must! Food however was just ok..didn't taste very much

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Had a great meal with good friends with lively service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 9, 2017

We've loved it for ages! Never let's us down. Thank you!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Good authentic Mexican food. Portions are large so you feel satisfied. Loved the Strawberry - Mango flaming margarita!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Live Music, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 31, 2017

I have lived down the street from this place for years and every time I come here the food gets worse. About the only thing good at this restaurant is the salsa. This time they overcharged me on a particular drink that I order every time and when I questioned them about it when the check arrived they said it had been that price since 2014. It was a flat out lie and when I posted in the neighborhood Facebook page everyone else confirmed too. However, their service is generally terrible even when they are not lying about stuff. Wrong orders, long waits for anything. The novelty of the mariachi and the flaming margaritas are cool, but that's about all this place has going for it. Other than the salsa. Don't bother. There are much better Mexican restaurants.

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 (Miami)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Mediocre food at its best. Maybe a West Hollywood scene but if you are from the East Coast , and live in New York or anywhere nearby and know good Mexican with a scene, its not how fast can we get them in and out. And the ladies room was filthy, told them but no one cared. Not a problem , no need to go back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Great place to have a few drinks with some amazing Mexican food!!! I always get two margaritas and it sets my buzz at the perfect level. The dishes are sometimes big so they are great to split (especially since they have chips and salsa beforehand). The staff always does their best to accommodate the requests. It is slightly loud on the inside (I'm a loud person so it doesn't bother me) so maybe not the best for an intimate dinning experience. If you don't have a reservation the inside is a bit of a wait. ALSO they don't advertise this but, the outside dinning is first come first serve and my favorite spot in the house. Great experience all around!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 25, 2017

coolest and most legit Mexican restaurant in town. Great margaritas, great ambience

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2017

It was too dark and our server was very inaccessible. It took forever to order and our food and beverages were incorrect several times. Twice we had to go look for the server. Your noise level choice on the survey is nonsensical. It wasn't energetic - it was too loud.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2017

The host/esses are not the friendliest people. If don't recommend being a host if you have an negative attitude especially since you're the very first person people see. You represent the resturant people, get it together . The waiters were great!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Excellent as always been one of our family go to spot for over 15 years

Tags: Late-night Find, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 12, 2017

As always, service, drinks, etc...EXCELLENT! Violet and Mario are AMAZING as well as the entire staff at El Compadre! My all time favorite place to dine and have thee best Cadillac Margaritas on the rocks made by Mario!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Hot Spot, Fun, Casual, Comfort Food, Live Music, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Food was great! It's now our new favorite and taken the place of Casa Vega for us.

Tags: Hot Spot
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