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El Cholo Cafe, Pasadena, CA

El Cholo Cafe

3.9
3.9
945 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
It all started back in 1923 in a small storefront in downtown Los Angeles. 95 years later and 5 generations later El Cholo has become synonymous with Mexican food all over Southern California.

Our Pasadena venue opened in 2000 and is at the Paseo Mall within walking distance of the Civic Auditorium and Convention Center, overlooking Colorado Blvd.
The menu consists of classics dating back to the original menu along with an array of more modern dishes showcasing the different regions of Mexico.

Four private rooms that can accommodate parties from 40-100 that allows our valued guest a memorable experience no matter the occasion.

Most famously known for our Margaritas and a menu featuring over 150 Tequilas. Both of our bars offer a comfortable environment allowing our guest to relax enjoy their experience.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Latin / Spanish, Spanish
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:30–21:00 Fri, Sat 11:30–22:00
  • Phone number
    (626) 795-5800
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Jorge Degales
  • Catering
    El Cholo caters off-premise in addition to delivery to your home or office in the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas. Please call our catering division at 626-795-5800 ask for Diego Fernandez or email him at diego@rmgroupllc.net.
  • Private party facilities
    Parties from 25 to 120 for private events offered in 4 of our semi private dining rooms and patios. In addition to that El Cholo Pasadena can also can accommodate parties up to 250 in an adjacent courtyard to our patio. We feature a full bar with over 150 Premium Tequilas.
  • Private party contact
    Diego Fernandez: (626) 376-3701
  • Area
    Pasadena
  • Cross Street
    Garfield Ave. and Colorado Blvd.
  • Parking Details
    Parking in The Paseo Colorado parking structures. Additional parking in the Marengo parking structure on the corner of Green St. and Marengo Validation available. First 90 minutes FREE
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 945 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pasadena

    Great for brunch

  • Pasadena

    Child-friendly

  • Pasadena

    Good for special occasions

946 Reviews
  1. GourmetDiva

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great old institution Mexican restaurant convenient to Pasadena downtown. Great Magaritas, and classic Mexican, very generous portions and price great. Wish they'd get rid of the old carpet, and receptionist was a bit frazzled, but food, wait service was great- we'd go back again.

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  2. CP12

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time. The server was very attentive and made our experience enjoyable

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  3. MarioV

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Mother's Day brunch was a horrible disappointment. How can you put food on trays without a heating element underneath them??? The food was BARELY warm at best! Is this a food safety violation? Usually food is labeled, which it was NOT. I politely made the server aware of the food being cold. He immediately asked me if I wanted to talk to a manager, rather than telling me he would let the kitchen staff know so that they could fix the problem. I asked one of the staffers at the buffet table why the food wasn't labeled. His response was that time was very tight. Again, it was Mother's Day and most decent restaurants were booked solid for most of the day. I consider myself to be very open-minded when it comes to food options and do not typically complain. In this case, had it not been a special day for my mother, I would have politely thanked the staff for their efforts and would have absolutely left the restaurant immediately. Our Mother's Day lunch was completely unsatisfactory, unfortunately for me and my family.

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  4. JeanneH

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    This restaurant is a poor excuse for Mexican food. Really disappointed. The only redeeming quality was the waitress who really tried to make this a pleasant experience. It wasn’t. TERRIBLE.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Service was horrible! Waitress only came to take our order and never came back again, never got refills, had to ask host for our check and she had to close out our check.

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  6. AmandaG

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Although we enjoyed the experience overall, the food was hit and miss. Even with many large parties, our server was able to keep our drinks full. We tried the Fiesta Platter (our favorite was the Quesadilla) and the Enchiladas Suizas, which unfortunately lacked spice/flavor we were expecting.

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  7. DavidW

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Their tableside guacamole is always delicious, I think many people tend to order the same favorite thing but El cholo has a menu that’s worth exploring because many of the things don’t appear on a typical Mexican food restaurant. Sadly the service recently was very hidden mess we had two different servers come to our table asking about drinks and we’re ready to order so maybe it was just that night or where we were sitting

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  8. JerryG

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    $$$ great atmosphere low noise level food was great. Service was great price of food on the high side. margaritas were 100% great

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  9. BadExperience

    Sacramento

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated at 1 PM on a Thursday. The restaurant was all but empty. My salad was excellent but our #2 entrees were way below standard and failed to meet expectations. We’ve been here before and always had much better food.

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  10. PRtheCook

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really awesome casual restaurant. The green corn tamales were amazing as always and their margaritas are great. I tried the cochinita pibil and it was first rate—tastes like the Yucatán!

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FAQs

El Cholo Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 795-5800.

El Cholo Cafe is rated 3.9 stars by 945 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for El Cholo Cafe

300 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 214, Pasadena, CA 91101

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Garfield Ave. and Colorado Blvd.
  • Area
    Pasadena
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:30–21:00 Fri, Sat 11:30–22:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Latin / Spanish, Spanish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Parking in The Paseo Colorado parking structures. Additional parking in the Marengo parking structure on the corner of Green St. and Marengo Validation available. First 90 minutes FREE
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Jorge Degales
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (626) 795-5800
  • Catering
    El Cholo caters off-premise in addition to delivery to your home or office in the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas. Please call our catering division at 626-795-5800 ask for Diego Fernandez or email him at diego@rmgroupllc.net.
  • Private party facilities
    Parties from 25 to 120 for private events offered in 4 of our semi private dining rooms and patios. In addition to that El Cholo Pasadena can also can accommodate parties up to 250 in an adjacent courtyard to our patio. We feature a full bar with over 150 Premium Tequilas.
  • Private party contact
    Diego Fernandez: (626) 376-3701
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