2500 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040334.035339 -118.478219
Restaurant: Sun - Thu, 11:30am - 9:45pm; Fri, Sat, 11:30am - 10:45pm; Bar: Daily, 11am - close
Neighborhoods: West LA, Mid-City
Relaxed Vibe and Always Delicious! – I Love Casa Escobar. The feel of the place is almost like your favorite diner. Cozy and always welcoming. The mexican decor/fun lights are charming and the random metal chairs give a mom & pop feel to the place. It is so unassuming & the perfect place to go if you want good mexican food without a pretentious or rowdy crowd. Also, the man who comes and sings occasionally is great & so sweet! He's talented, and not too loud where I can't have a conversation.
Most importantly the food is really good (in a greasy comfort-food way) & smothered in cheese. Everything on the combination plates bakes and blends together, and I've never had a dish I didn't like. The waiters are friendly and professional, and the margaritas are very strong!!!! The margaritas MAKE this place.
Best Spinach Enchiladas Ever! – The margaritas are exceptional and the spinach enchiladas will make you hurt yourself. Traditional Mexican cooking at its best!
Casa Manana Hangover – OK the review below must be for somewhere else, there is NO view... in fact there are no windows.. maybe he was in the Malibe Casa Escobar - perhaps he is druinkypoo - they probly make equally strong drinks at each of the Casa Escobars. Unless by view he means people getting schnockered?
Anyway, in Santa Monica, you'll find that the food is greasy but yummy, the drinks are strong, and the service is wonderful, especially if you're a regular - they'll call you by name. The margeritas are efficient, and tasty. Made with equal parts of lemon juince ,triple sec,and silver tequila - mixed in a big plastic water jug and shaken - PLEASE dont drink more than two or call a cab if you do. I am seriuos about this.
The BEST best thing hands-down w/ this Casa is it's look: big backed- dark red leatherette banquettes, mirrorred walls, fake stone arches - decor straight out of the 1960s. There's a huge mid centrury modern archway outside with a Mayan Mask sign, and if you go in during the day you'll be blinded by the darkness. Once your eyes adjust you will see Xmas lights that look like chilipeppers, a bunch of geezers drinking at the bar, two TVs, a piano bar, and a back room with a hundred pinatas. Weekends they have a piano tickler who does standards.. Nights can get very crowded with college kids mingling in the bar with the same geezers from the afternoon. You'll see a lot of families too, and large rowdy parties so it can get loud. But basically anyone could get into it, unless you're a snob. Its middle class all da way. 4 stars for it's 60s ambience: cozy, tacky & wonderfully out of date.
For drinks fine; for food think again. – If it weren't for the location and drinks, I think this place would be out of business. Now with that said, here are the reasons why.
I eat out 3-4 times a week at a variety of restaurants. I have never had anything more than drinks here prior to this review. The service was abysmally slow and was not due to the place being busy. The waiter was completely uninterested, but that wasn't a problem for us at all. It was that he would take forever to come back and give us any attention for drinks, orders, water, etc. . On a positive note, the margaritas were nice and the view of the water was good too.
Now the food was barely passable, something like you might find in cans the ethnic section of a grocery store. I am being harsh, but it was not restaurant quality. I've eaten **far** better Mexican, Lula's for example, which is good, but light years ahead of Case Escobar. El Coyote is my favorite, this place is not even close. Refried beans from a can, came out cold and congealed, the taco consisted of mostly chopped lettuce and corn tortilla. The soft shells crumbled apart and I believe they were old, verging on stale. The 3 other dinners at the table weren't much better and were left mostly uneaten. We declined desert and additional drinks to get out ASAP.
I have read CS reviews and never liked or disliked a restaurant enough to sign up until now. I think that last sentence alone should tell you how dissatisfied I was. If you want a place on the water for margaritas, fine, but for anything more than chips and salsa, look elsewhere.
I did give them 2 stars (+1) for drinks and view.
Best Mexican food this side of the 405 freeway – I've been coming to Casa Escobar Santa Monica for years, and I have never been disappointed! The margaritas are definately NOT for light-weights so consider yourselves warned. The food portions are generous and delicious. My favorite thing to order is the chile relleno - serrano chiles stuffed with cheese, covered in batter and fried to perfection. I've never experienced a more delicious chile relleno than the one served at Casa Escobar on Wilshire (not even in Mexico!!!); it's fluffy and cheesy and just plain heavenly! The ambiance is fun; if you come in during lunch your eyes will need to adjust to the darkness you experience immediately upon entering. But by the time you get seated at a booth you'll be ready to take in the decor that transports you to another time entirely. Every member of the staff is friendly. If you become a regular you'll feel just as special as this place is! Casa Escobar is a family restaurant with a REAL family feel and REALLY delicious food! If you're a local, consider yourself lucky. If you're not a local, consider becoming one as soon as possible.
the worst mexican food I've ever had – A friend of ours decided to try this restaurant because of its rating on City search ...well, big mistake on that one.
We were a table of 6 and every single person had terrible food. It started with the salsa and chips. The worst salsa ever...it looked and tasted like tomatoe sauce from a can with italian seasoning in it.
The meals were expensive but they have a deal for $13 where you get a salad or soup, dish, coffee. Well, the salad is 100% iceberg which has been waiting in a water bath prior to order since the plate is served with plenty of water at the bottom. The main courses were terrible. I had chorizo tostada. No fresh tomatoes on it, again, some canned ones. The chorizo didn't taste like it was suppose to. My husband had spinach enchiladas and it was bad as well. Just the taste of it was off. Somonelse ordered 2 tacos. OK, how hard is it to make 2 eatible tacos?? Well, hard for them b/c the person only ate half of one it was so bad.
The ambiance was also way off for us. First, it is really hard to find the entrance. The door of the restaurant just doesn't look like you're about to go inside of a reataurant. No windows inside. And we had no clue but this place has live entertainment and it really doesn't feel like a mexican restaurant : really dark place and a woman plays piano and sings Franck Sinatra. Overall, it was a really bad night. It was loud because of the music and really hard to converse with your friends. But bottom line, the food was horrible.
Family-owned SoCal mini-chain serves up traditional Mexican fare and margaritas. – In Short
A lively crowd of after-work regulars, area shoppers and laid-back beachgoers kick back in a festive but gothic-looking dining room, or in the '70s style piano bar a la "Three's Company's" Reagle Beagle. Patrons fill up on enchiladas stuffed with spinach, beef, chicken or goat cheese, seafood paellas, cheesy quesadillas and house-specialty burritos.
Never fails to be amazing! – I LOVE Casa Escobar. As you can see from the previous reviews, it's a place that has many "regulars." The reason? Or should I say reasons.... the service, the food, the margaritas, the ambiance. All the most important things, right? From the minute you walk in, the host (I think he might be the owner) is SO nice and well-mannered, especially when he remembers you from before. Yes, it's pretty dark, but it's kind of a cool old-school feeling. If it's not too busy, request a booth- they're really big and comfy. The waiters are SO sweet; the ones I've seen have been there forever. Margaitas are very strong... it's a great place to have a group party for that reason. Chips are warm with 2 options for salsa. The food always arrives very promptly and piping hot, and the prices are very low! The portions are not skimpy, so don't fill up on chips before the meal! You will definitely want to go back again. And again.
I love Casa Escobar. I am very fortunate to live close to this place. The food is delicious and the portions are extremely generous. I usually frequent this place twice a week. I highly recommend the chile rellenos and cheese enchiladas. The owner is a class act!
Great Mexican food at reasonable prices. – I have been to Casa Escobar a few times and recommend this restaurant, Strong Margaritas, freindly service, nice atmosphere. Food is very well priced, I am surprised at the $$$ mark. On average I would say with a drink and appetizers 25-30pp.
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