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El Cholo Cafe

El Cholo Pasadena opened its doors to the public in October 2000 on Fair Oaks Ave. We moved to the Paseo Mall in December 2010 on Colorado Blvd. keeping the 91 year old legend going strong. All of the El Cholo restaurants feature authentic and traditional Mexican dishes, many of which have come from family recipes dating back to 1923. Our distinctive menu offers classics such as our famous Green Corn Tamales, Enchiladas,and sizzling Fajitas. Our Combination plates along with our newer comidas especiales have made El Cholo famous along with our irresistible Nachos introduced in the 1950's. But there is one thing that El Cholo is especially known for and that is our Award-Winning Margarita.
The decor of El Cholo Pasadena radiates warmth and relaxation. The Hacienda style architecture is accented with hand-painted arches, rustic ceiling timbers and traditional Mexican murals.
Amenities include two full service bars, three outdoor patios,and a private banquet room.
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151 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
(151 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 151 reviews
5 stars
(40)
4 stars
(61)
3 stars
(28)
2 stars
(15)
1 star
(7)
Food 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Service 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Ambiance 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Noise Level
2.1 / 3
Energetic
Value 
3.6 / 5
(Very Good) 3.6 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • good for groups(73)
  • kid-friendly(40)
  • great for lunch(38)
  • great for outdoor dining(32)
  • special occasion(28)
  • great for brunch(23)
El Cholo Cafe Reviews List
Review 1 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2010
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2010
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2010
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Review 2 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/22/2016
 2013
Dined on 4/22/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/22/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 3 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2007
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Review 4 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"El Cholo is a half-step better on the food front than the other Mexican small chains. On the drink front it is several light years ahead."
Dined on 4/11/2016
 2007
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Review 5 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 4/09/2016
 2014
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2014
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 6 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/08/2016
 2010
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2010
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Review 7 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 4/06/2016
 2006
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Review 8 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 4/02/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2015
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"There were 6 of us and we were disappointed in the food."
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2015
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Review 9 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 10/14/2013
 2011
Dined on 10/14/2013
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 10/14/2013
 2011
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Review 10 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Dined on 4/03/2016
 2005
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Review 11 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/01/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2016
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 12 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/25/2016
 2007
Dined on 3/25/2016
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 3/25/2016
 2007
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Review 13 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/24/2016
 2014
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 14 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 3/20/2016
 2015
Dined on 3/20/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 3/20/2016
 2015
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Review 15 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 3/12/2016
 2010
Dined on 3/12/2016
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We had to wait even though we had an Open Table reservation. Found out they didn't check us in on Open Table either. Had to request my points later."
Dined on 3/12/2016
 2010
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Review 16 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 3/10/2016
 2010
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Review 17 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 3/01/2016
 2013
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Review 18 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/08/2014
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 19 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Service was slow, food was cold

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Dined on 2/27/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/27/2016
 2015
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"The service here was the first disappointing aspect of the night. We ordered table side guacamole which tasted ok, but it took us 20 mins to actually receive.
When the entree was finally delivered it was cold and I actually didn't like mine at all, and I'm a lover of all Mexican food pretty much. Other members of my party were equally disappointed with their entrees and the slow service. I wouldnt go back again, or refer people to dine there. :( only positive, the ambiance/location, but you can find that easily at other places too.
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Dined on 2/27/2016
 2015
Special Features: great for outdoor dining
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Review 20 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

poor service, poor quality food

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Dined on 2/27/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/27/2016
 2016
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"Our reservation was for 7 PM. Arrived at 7 and were told we would need to wait 20 minutes or longer for a table. We were finally seated outside. Service was extremely poor. Waited an extremely long time for our food to be served and when it arrived it was cold. Paid over $17 for three tiny fish tacos that were cold and did not taste good. Would not recommend this restaurant."
Dined on 2/27/2016
 2016
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Review 21 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/26/2016
 2007
Dined on 2/26/2016
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/26/2016
 2007
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 22 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 2/20/2016
 2009
Dined on 2/20/2016
 2009
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 2/20/2016
 2009
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Review 23 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Not like the old El Cholo

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2014
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2014
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"Did not really enjoy this new El Cholo. Tables against the wall are very tight. I am 6'3" and was very uncomfortable. Asked to get moved and was moved to a very hot area. I asked bus boy and my waiter to see if the AC could get turned on but it never did. If i am going to spend my hard earned money, i want to be comfortable. Food was good but far from great. Will not be returning to this El Cholo in Pasadena."
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2014
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 24 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2013
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 25 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

food was gross

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"Ive been to el cholo in santa monica and downtown which were both great. Then i decided to try the location in pasadena and it was a mistake. The salsa was dry. Cheese enchilada was super salty, hardly any cheese, too much chilli sauce."
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
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Review 26 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/13/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2016
Special Features: great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 27 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Nice ambience!

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Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Great service, great food, great location. The seating was fast and courteous"
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 28 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

It was Amaizing night

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/12/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/12/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"thanks for your services , it was special and magic...."
Dined on 2/12/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, notable wine list, kid-friendly
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Review 29 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

El Cholo Pasadena in 2016

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"El Cholo Pasadena replicates the high quality of food and drink of its parent restaurant, the historic El Cholo on Western Avenue in Los Angeles. The service is cordial and caring and prompt. My group enjoyed everything we tried. I recommend the restaurant for energetic group gatherings."
Dined on 2/12/2016
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 30 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2010
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Review 31 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/24/2016
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 32 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2008
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 33 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2011
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2011
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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Review 34 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2015
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"My wife ordered a chile relleno and it was all batter , my steak fajitas had little steak , been to the location in downtown and this location did not compare ."
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2015
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Review 35 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2005
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2005
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2005
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Review 36 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/14/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/14/2016
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 1/14/2016
 2014
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Review 37 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2007
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2007
Special Features: good for groups, kid-friendly
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Review 38 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 1/17/2016
 2004
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Review 39 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 1/13/2016
 2011
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Review 40 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 1/09/2016
 2007
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Review 41 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"A very happy atmosphere for a celebration. I do miss the Fair Oaks location."
Dined on 1/02/2016
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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Review 42 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, kid-friendly
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Review 43 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Dined on 1/02/2016
 2010
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Review 44 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Went for New Years Eve, before the Rose Parade

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"We had heard that the food was not as authentic as other Mexcan food restaurants in the area. We found the menu to be fine - not too many entrees, but we were able to order off the menu. I hate preset menus on busy times.
Anyhow we ordered the Carne Asafa and enchiladas. I had the fajitas which was great.
Overall the food was solid and ambiance was fine.
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Dined on 12/31/2015
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, kid-friendly
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Review 45 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/31/2015
 2012
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2012
Special Features: good for groups
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Review 46 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 1/01/2016
 2006
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Review 47 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Old favorite doesn't disappoint

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Hadn't been to any of the El Cholo locations in quite some time, but I was again reminded of how very good the food is, including the fairly recent menu addition of tableside guacamole. Shrimp fajitas were perfect. Salsa is just the right amount of spicy. Those partaking in alcohol, spoke very highly of the margaritas. Service was super."
Dined on 12/24/2015
 2004
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 48 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 12/21/2015
 2012
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Review 49 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 12/20/2015
 2004
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, good for groups, special occasion, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 50 for El Cholo Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

My last trip to El Cholo was in the 1970s .

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"That was in the LA location. This time in Pasadena the old memories returned. Love the food, service and the ambience. A very comprehensive tequila selection added value to our party. Thank you Diego."
Dined on 12/18/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
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