El Cholo

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52 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

About

El Cholo has been serving the Anaheim, California community for over 90 years. Fresh, authentic Mexican fare and friendly staff members can be found at El Cholo, and guests of all ages are invited to dine. The main menu consists of classic favorites such as chimichangas, beef taquitos, Santa Barbara enchiladas, steak fajitas and more.

For a taste of history, try one of the menu items that has been offered at El Cholo for decades. The famous combinations are a staple at the restaurant and include choices of cheese enchiladas, rolled beef tacos, pork tamales and chile relleno. Each item comes with a side of rice and beans to complete the authentic experience.

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4.1
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3.8
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kidragtime
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2015
Overall3food4service1ambience3

When I presented my OpenTable $20 rewards check to our server at El Cholo, she came back and said that the manager would not honor the check because the restaurant didn't have an account with OpenTable. How is this so? We have made OpenTable reservations here since this location opened, yet the manager refused our rewards discount. It was a disappointing ending to an otherwise enjoyable dinner. Be advised: you will want to find another restaurant (and there are many) to spend your OpenTable dining rewards checks.

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Drmx
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2014
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Every time we are at this location we are disappointed in the service. Usually the food is good but a chili relleno without the chili is a bit underwhelming as was served this time. Hoping they get things worked out- otherwise we'll make the drive to the other location.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Its been a long time since I've been to your restaurant. This visit at this particular spot was a treat. The decoration is elegant yet simple with a lot of warm colors. I wouldn't think twice about bringing my date here to visit. I loved the fish tacos and the special was tremendous.

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vipBarney
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good authentic Mexican choices. Always have a great experience - will definitely visit again

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Cosaman
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2014
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nice place with lots of variety in food and drink.

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none
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2014
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Went to El Cholo in Anaheim Hills for the Green Corn Tamales before the season came to an end. Food and service was very good and the tamales were excellent as always.

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vipMarebear439
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us dined here after a movie on Thursday evening. A previous visit was less than good, primarily due to poor service. This time it was the exact opposite .... everything was wonderful. A basket of fresh tortilla chips and some salsa arrived at the table very quickly. We ordered margaritas to start and then were surprised to receive a complimentary plate of nachos. What a nice way to start our dinner. Our waiter, Martin, was extremely friendly and attentive. We each ordered different meals and all of the food was excellent. All in all, it was a wonderful evening and we will definitely return.

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vipScofie
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2014
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Terrible service. If the food wasn't so good, we would not go back but the food is great so we will, just ask not to have Gina.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portion size was not as much as I remembered available at other El Cholo locations.

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ChinoFoodie
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the food and the drinks!! LA lemonade is fab!! The history plate was delicious!! We will be back

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MamaP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was so sweet to make sure every dietary need was met with no problem & a smile. She came back to make sure we were satisfied with every thing when it was served & again during the meal. She wanted us happy with our food.

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Mase
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2014
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Imagine if El Torito or Acapulco was given better ingredients, healthier portions, and a better atmosphere. This is El Cholo. Always a decent choice in the neighborhood, and glad that I don't have to drive to LA to go there anymore!

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MealHntr
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated Father's Day with dinner at the El Cholo in Anaheim Hills.
The Food and Service were top notch and the ambience was very pleasant.
Will be returning to sample more dishes and drinks.

HM
HairbyMissy
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family loves this restaurant ad specifically my husband and I. It was a part of our early dating in LA, and now with it beingin Anaheim Hills, it's perfect because we live near by. My boy's and I hada fantastic celebrity experience at El Cholo one eve while the Laker game was going on across the street. After that, memories were made and El Cholo is now a part of their childhood memories.....

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EasterBrunch
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2014
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was really good. The tortilla chips were fresh and tasted homemade and the salsa was delicious as well. I also enjoyed the LA Lemonade Margarita. There weren't many people there though which was surprising because it was Father's Day at lunchtime so it made the ambiance a little quiet.

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Okie
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2014
Overall5food3service3ambience2

Food was wonderful and service was outstanding. We keep El Chollo on our list to definitely return. Very good overall.

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vipdebb
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2014
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The service was great. The food was below average, as Mexican restaurants at this price point go.

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none
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Green corn tamales are always a special treat! These did not disappoint.

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JustOk
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2014
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Tried El Cholo for the very first time. Food was good, but nothing amazing. Service was ok, the bus boys only seemed to refill the chip basket. Had to ask for refills on all our beverages multiple times and that was if we could find our server. Over all, would go back, but not high on our list of favorites.

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vipMarebear439
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us dined at El Cholo after seeing a movie. We've been dining at El Cholo for years, but this was our first time at this location. We were quite pleased with the size, comfort and ambience of the dining room. Three of us had one of their special margaritas and agreed that it was one of the best we've ever had. The guacamole was outstanding, as were our entrees. All in all, it was a great experience, and we will definitely return.

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vipcjbrownoc
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food! This restaurant never disappoints. The LA Lemonade is the best drink on the menu.

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Restaurantmavin
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If you expect to get the regular, run of the mill, Mexican cuisine, forget it. We were pleasently surprised to find some items, that were not usually served around town. The food was great, the service was great, and the price was right.

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DateNightFoodies
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2014
Overall3food1service4ambience4

We were seated right away on a Friday 6pm night. The hostesses were very pleasant and our waiter was very knowledgable and efficient. The food (I'm sorry, because I understand that this place is special to some people) was just ok. The chips and salsa were pretty standard. The guacamole did not taste fresh and it needed some serious salt. Our entrees came and they needed salt, too. Beans & rice were standard, chili relleno & taquito bland, pork tamal ok, and the cheese enchilada was just ok. We're sad that we spent date night here. The staff was so awesome, but I wish the food was more memorable. Sorry to say that we won't be coming back again. There are better-tasting Mexican restaurants in SoCal.

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PCinYL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you want to pay a similar price but get a menu that features better food quality than the local Don Jose, etc., try El Cholo. This is a standby in LA and we are lucky to get it in YL. The staff is friendly, attentive, the drinks are good, the food is excellent, and everyone I've taken there so far has been favorably impressed. It's a refreshing change of pace with innovative menu items (try the crab taquitos) and a "Cocorita" to die for!

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vipNicholasA
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We eat here all the time the food is great, the service is friendly and professional and the atmosphere is welcoming.

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vipComanchepilot
Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2014
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Having attended USC back in the early 80's I have been to the mother ship - and this one has the same lightning quick service and very tasty food - unfortunately, it has alcohol free margaritas.

I'm not a big guy and don't drink that often - I had two strawberry margaritas and got a sugar high but nothing from alcohol. For $9 they really need to make sure they put alcohol in the drinks. I left the place as sober as when I walked.

The food is very good- has that cantina flavor mexican that the original on Western has - and the 'ritas are very smooth - I wish I could make them that way at home- but - at home I use tequila. Maybe thats it. Anyway - if you are close by its MUCH MUCH bette than any of the other chain Mexican restaurants

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vipMbamstea
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Was there Tuesday for lunch and kept thinking about the food. Took my husband Saturday and it was still great. A new go-to place for us.

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YLDave
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a very good meal at El Cholo in Anaheim Hills. Martin, our server, did an excellent job and was very friendly. Service was prompt and the staff was very attentive. Better than the other Mexican Food chains in the area.

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purplepatti
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to El Cholo's (Los Angeles and La Habra) for over 40 years! We love the restaurant so much that we don't mind the drive. But now we are so excited to have a new location only10-12 miles from our home. Our children grew up celebrating all family birthdays at El Cholo's and our daughter even won a Mother's Day Essay contest one year. We always take out-of-town visitors to our favorite restaurant.The only downside: we will be eating there a lot more often, so I guess we will have to exercise more, because the food and margaritas are AWESOME.

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Shawn
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The one thing that impresses me when I dine here is that their staff are quite friendly and always know the menu. It is so hard to decide which plate to order as they are delicious.

One thing I have to say is that if you are looking for a quiet dining experience, this may not be a good idea we have screamer next to us. Honestly, unless you want a quiet dining, go to a 5 Star $$$$ establishment, most restaurants now days seem to be like Chuck E. Cheese; even Yard House is like this as well. Most parents don't have control over there kids.

Bottomline, great impressive food. I am giving them a 5 Star because it's not their fault parent don't know how to control their kids.

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mb4994
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Cholo is still just as good as it was in 1975, when I first dined there.

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Dunce
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Clean nice atmosphere.
Loved the chips n salsa and our waiter was the best!

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ylmom2
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2013
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We love El Cholo. Our favorite is the #1. Food is wonderful. We usually come for lunch during the week, however, I made a reservation for a party of 7 on a Saturday night. The restaurant was busy and it took a while for our party to be seated. Surprising, service was very slow and we didn't have utensils when our food arrived. I was a bit disappointed as we had family members who were dining here for the first time. However, the food was delicious as always and this experience will not deter us from returning. I think we will stick to dining here for lunch when it is not so busy.

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Pbrown
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server was the best and food was very good. I would look forward to going back.

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vipGordonP
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had an enjoyable evening. Seated promptly, good service and food. Will return again

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vipcjbrownoc
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2013
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very convenient and food is delish! We would definitely come back again and again. Make sure you order the La Lemonade!

CB
vipCreoleBaby
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was unfamiliar with the El Cholo chain and decided to this new addition to the neighborhood. I was expecting your everyday, run of the mill Mexican cuisine but was delightfully surprised by El Cholo. The menu is a good mix of traditional dishes with signature touches on each item. There was a wide variety to choose from. I had a seafood dish and the crab, shrimp and lobster were very fresh, high quality. Everything brought to our table was well seasoned and presented beautifully. The atmosphere is more family friendly than romantic, however, the seating is well arranged so you can enjoy privacy instead of feeling like you've been packed in. Overall, a great experience and we will definitely be returning soon.

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vipcjbrownoc
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2013
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The margaritas are to die for! Stay away from the chips though, they are so addictive there! Food is good!

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vipthosX2
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2013
Overall1food4service3ambience1

I made a reservation and was seated in a booth in the main dining area promptly. Unfortunately there was a party of about 20 located 3 feet from the booths. This party was OBNOXIOUS, loud and had no regard for anyone else in the dinning room. This facility has a room in the back for large groups but without any regard for those of us seated in the main dining room these people were accommodated in close proximity of the booths and the majority of customers.

I have been going to El Cholo for decades and I am used to a certain noise level which is well above average but this was beyond all bounds. If time had not been an issue I would have left. I will never return to this place.

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planeman
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2013
Overall4food4service3ambience3

not the same as the downtown store. Great service, food was good ...not great. Reception staff was nice. I would say it was good...not great. I'm not sure if it was the lack of ambiance or all the screaming children, but it just didn't "hit the spot" .

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You can order delivery directly from El Cholo using the Order Online button. El Cholo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 769-6269.

El Cholo is rated 4 stars by 52 OpenTable diners.