Pasadena >Food & Dining > El Cholo Cafe
260 E Colorado Blvd Ste 203, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110134.145731 -118.144352
Thu-Fri: 11am-11pm, Sat-Sun: 11am-11pm, 11am-12am
Neighborhoods: South Pasadena
WASTE OF $ AND TIME – first time ever, food was tasteless, beans seemed "watered down" steak fajitas were very tough, tacos were VERY greasy and the chili rellano was very bad!. *All their food is covered in "special sauces" no doubt to disguise the food. didn't make the food taste any better. 5 of us ate there on a Thursday evening and after about 3 bites we all agreed that the food was too bad and we left (did not even continue eating). This was a waste of our money and time. The waitress came to our table only once. Will never go back!! Mijares is better, even Acapulco (chain restaurant) is better than El Cholo.
thank god for double quilted. – I ate here once because I kept seeing the place as I drove to work. Well bad idea. The food didn't taste good at all but at first I thought it might just be me. My group agreed. The next day the toilet paper became my best friend.... thanks Cholo, you brought me and double quilted paper much much closer.
not so bad – in my opinion the menu is too small. I had fajits & yes they were very good. My margarita was good & service was pretty good as well. Nothing special thou. They should have specials to widen the varities of food.
You're in L.A. -- there are MUCH BETTER Mexican restaurants around – Friends don't let friends dine at El Cholo. Food leaves much to be desired. If you need/want comparison, think of the following -- Acapulco's has better food. Yes, sad, but true. I would only contemplate setting foot in El Cholo for Happy Hour. Drinks are good, and they get a decent group of people.
Its ok – El cholo has "okay" food. Ive had better and for the price you have to pay it could be a lot better. The restaraunt itself is beautiful and classy. You probably pay for the setting. Waiters are friendly, good for groups but it does take a while for them to bring the "ok" food.
Guacamole Ole! – Even on a Tuesday night it feels like a Saturday night at El Cholo. Be forewarned El Cholo's are independently owned and operated though all in the family. Fresh table-side guacamole was awesome! Taste of History Combination plate was more like a platter. Share the food. Portions are generous. Make reservations. Good for parties.
Editorial Review – Family-friendly Mexican restaurant with kitschy decor and standard fare like enchilada and burrito combination plates. Also, popular happy hour scene.
you call that a chile relleno – I would've thought by ordering a chile relleno, that somewhere there would be a chile inside. to my surprise there was a faint appearance of one, I didn't order egg I ordered a chile relleno.
Over Rated – I expected so much from El Cholo and was very disapointed. First of we didnt get a seat that we requested for we were denied a booth. Our waiter was very slow we had to keep on him to refill our drinks. The food was not what I call authentic mexican food. The rice and beans I compare to a frozen dinner and the enchiladas my fiancee had were awful. The money was badly spent and the drive was not worth it. We will never return or reccommend this place to anyone.
Good, but not impressed – I had high expectations of this restaurant. As a lifelong resident of Los Angeles, I've heard wonderful things about El Cholo. When this location opened up closer to my home, I decided to finally give it a try. I have to say, I think my expectations got the better of me. I was a little disappointed in the flavor of the food, in the pricing of the food and in the service. The food was definitely fresh and presented well. Unfortunately it seems a little flavorless. The service was generally friendly but sketchy. I have to admit some frustration in watching our waitress chat it up with one of the kitchen guys while our beverage glasses sat empty. Also, the menu pricing seemed a little high for what we dined on. I think overall my husband and I decided to frequent other places when looking for Mexican food.
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