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El Cholo

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52 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Brunch

Sunday & Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Lunch & Dinner

Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(714) 769-6269
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Felix Salcedo
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Catering
Please contact us for any of your catering needs.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Roosevelt
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.0
food
4.1
service
3.8
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on January 9, 2015

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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2.0Dined on December 19, 2014

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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4.0Dined on November 22, 2014

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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4.0Dined on November 15, 2014

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

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4.0Dined on November 8, 2014

Nice place with lots of variety in food and drink.

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2014

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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5.0Dined on October 9, 2014

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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2.0Dined on August 31, 2014

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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5.0Dined on August 23, 2014

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

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2014

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

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2014

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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4.0Dined on June 19, 2014

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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5.0Dined on June 15, 2014

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.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2014

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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3.0Dined on June 15, 2014

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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5.0Dined on June 15, 2014

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

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2014

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

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2014

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

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2014

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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5.0Dined on May 16, 2014

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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5.0Dined on May 16, 2014

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

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2014

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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3.0Dined on April 25, 2014

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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5.0Dined on April 20, 2014

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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4.0Dined on April 19, 2014

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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3.0Dined on April 12, 2014

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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4.0Dined on April 5, 2014

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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4.0Dined on March 21, 2014

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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5.0Dined on February 22, 2014

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

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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5.0Dined on January 25, 2014

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

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2014

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

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3.0Dined on December 28, 2013

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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4.0Dined on December 27, 2013

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

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4.0Dined on December 7, 2013

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

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2013

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

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2013

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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4.0Dined on July 19, 2013

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

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1.0Dined on July 13, 2013

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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4.0Dined on June 29, 2013

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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