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El Cholo Cafe

4.1
4.1
852 opiniones
Hasta 30 $
Mexicana
Etiquetas principales:
  • Ideal para la comida
  • Ideal para cenas al aire libre
  • Auténtico
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.

Haz una reserva

2 personas

19:00


Reservado 4 veces hoy

Información adicional

  • Ambiente

    Informal

  • Cocinas

    Mexicana, Latina/española, Española

  • Horarios

    Mar–Jue, Dom 11:30–21:00 Vie, Sáb 11:30–22:00

  • Número de teléfono

    (626) 795-5800

  • Opciones de pago

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Código de etiqueta

    Ropa informal

  • Chef ejecutivo

    Jorge Degales

  • Servicio de comidas

    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.

  • Establecimiento del evento privado

    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.

  • Contacto para el evento privado

    Diego Fernandez: (626) 376-3701

  • Zona

    Pasadena

  • Esquina con la calle:

    Garfield Ave. and Colorado Blvd.

  • Detalles del aparcamiento

    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

  • Adicional

    Acceso para silla ruedas, Almuerzo de fin de semana, Asientos en la barra, Banquete, Bar / Sala pública, Bar completo, Cafetería, Cargo por descorche, Cervezas, Chimenea interior, Cócteles, Comida al aire libre, Comida para llevar, Entrega a domicilio, Hora feliz, Mesas en la terraza, Opciones libres de gluten, Para no fumadores, Salón privado, Trae tu propio vino, Variedad, Vinos, Vista

Lo que opinan 852 comensales

Valoraciones y opiniones generales

Solo pueden enviar opiniones los comensales que hayan probado este restaurante.

4.1
4,1 según las valoraciones recientes
  • 4Comida
  • 4Servicio
  • 4Ambiente
  • 3,9Calidad/precio

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  • Pasadena/San Gabriel

    Ideal para la comida

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Ángeles

    2 opiniones

    3.0

    2 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 12 de octubre de 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    La comida no fue lo que esperábamos, la carne tenia mal sabor (descompuesto) no pude digerirlo así que me cambiaron el plato por unas enchiladas, como nos sentamos en la parte de afuera los meseros se olvidaron de nosotras, el lugar esta en un buen punto en el corazón de Pasadena desde el balcón puedes ver la calle principal “Colorado”
  2. T

    Trent

    Los Ángeles

    7 opiniones

    4.0

    7 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 19 de junio de 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    This was Father's Day, so not a regular time at El Cholo. My reservation was honored promptly and chips/salsa while waiting was good. I had the vegetarian tostada and it was very good. Service was fine - orders taken promptly after my entire party arrived, and food came out quickly. Overall a very satisfying experience.
  3. WB

    WayneB

    Los Ángeles

    4 opiniones

    VIP
    3.0

    4 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 19 de junio de 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The food was really not hot at all and the service was slow, seemed to be overwhelmed. Sent green Corn Tamales back to make them hotter and they did that but the rest of the food was disappointing at a restaurant that is a long time favorite.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 reseña

    1.0

    1 reseña

    Fecha de la visita: 18 de junio de 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    The host staff was great. This is the only reason I put service as 2 stars. Took 10 minutes for waitress to greet us. 40 min for OT food to come out COLD (how fajitas come out cold is a winner to me). And another 30 off waiting for waitress to return to give us a check. We ended up having to visit the host booth to check out. Order a Margarita which was strong but very warm. Was very surprised with me first sip of warm tequila. We notified host staff and waitress of our concerns and still paid for the whole check. Never again. Even with all the mosquitoes and bugs inside, I’d consider it an off day if the food was at least decent but that was tasteless.
  5. M

    Mica

    Los Ángeles

    10 opiniones

    5.0

    10 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 18 de junio de 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a Father's day dinner!
  6. WB

    WilliamB

    Los Ángeles

    1 reseña

    5.0

    1 reseña

    Fecha de la visita: 17 de junio de 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice lunch with friends on the patio. ***********
  7. R

    Rosy123

    Oxford

    11 opiniones

    VIP
    3.0

    11 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 8 de junio de 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    This was our second visit to this restaurant. I think we chose our food rather unwisely as we did not enjoy the experience nearly as much as the first time. One of our number had a violent reaction to one of the dishes. That said, the restaurant is pleasant and the service great.
  8. M

    Mocca

    Dallas

    3 opiniones

    VIP
    3.0

    3 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 5 de junio de 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    I’ve been to the original El Cholo as well as the location in Irvine before it closed, having had very good experiences at both, so perhaps this was just a bad night or perhaps this location needs someone to take a closer look. It took an extraordinarily long while for our server to greet us. When she finally did, we ordered food and drinks immediately. She would disappear for 20- to 30-minute intervals throughout the evening. When water arrived for the table, the gentleman placed all six glasses down at one end of the table and had us pass them out. We had to ask for sets of silverware. When our drinks arrived, our server stood at one end of the table waving the drink and having us stand up to reach over and retrieve it. (We were seated at a round table outside that allowed for easy access to all of us.) It was probably 45-60 minutes before our food arrived, before which we actually got up and chased our server down to inquire if they had forgotten about us. She was never apologetic about this. Some in our group of six felt the food was fine, others felt it was so-so at best.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 opiniones

    3.0

    2 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 5 de junio de 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Food tasted like it was Mexican food from the Midwest not socal. The salsa tasted like marinara sauce.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 reseña

    3.0

    1 reseña

    Fecha de la visita: 5 de junio de 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Service was a bit slow. We ordered 2 margaritas and my wife’s cup had lipstick on it. The second cup had a chip inside. Food was OK, I ordered the Chile Colorado and my wife ordered the tortilla soup. Our favorite items from this restaurant are the margaritas and the chips and salsa.
  11. R

    Rosy123

    Oxford

    11 opiniones

    VIP
    5.0

    11 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 1 de junio de 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were very pleasantly surprised by the restaurant. The food was very good and so was the service.
  12. CA

    CynthiaA

    Los Ángeles

    1 reseña

    1.0

    1 reseña

    Fecha de la visita: 9 de mayo de 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    There were chips on the floor, service took 1 hour to even take our order. Our reservation was at 7:30, we got there at 7:15 and didn’t get our food till 8:30🥴. When the food arrived it wasn’t even hot, like it had been sitting out for a while. I can’t blame the server because she had so much to do but definitely on management to make sure there is enough help. I didn’t see a lead in sight. My crabmeat enchiladas tasted like tuna 😅 looked like it too, have never seen diced onions and what I think was mayo incorporated into crabmeat like that. My moms cochinito tasted like birria, didn’t taste at all like what was described. Also she didn’t get her drink till after the meal. And my boyfriend didn’t get his tortillas for the albóndiga soup till after he had finished 40 min later(it came out first as an appetizer). Overall, would not come back. It’s too expensive to be this dirty and unorganized.
  13. MG

    MarioG

    Los Ángeles

    1 reseña

    3.0

    1 reseña

    Fecha de la visita: 9 de mayo de 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was moderately good. Our server was nice, but overworked and we only saw her twice. There was a tray next to our table with gnats all over it. The tray was never picked up while we were there. Not sure what the management is doing, but it was definitely not what I expected or would want again in a dining experience.
  14. SA

    SADominguez

    Condado de Orange

    6 opiniones

    5.0

    6 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 8 de mayo de 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I ordered their salmon special, it was a bit dry (I think cause they kept it under the heat lamps), but it was edible. The side of rice looked dry, didn't eat it. I think the salmon plate by its self is plenty. Not every meal needs rice and beans.
  15. L

    Luisc

    1 reseña

    5.0

    1 reseña

    Fecha de la visita: 8 de mayo de 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent. Service a little slow but not bad. Drinks awesome.
  16. AH

    AleneH

    San Francisco

    1 reseña

    5.0

    1 reseña

    Fecha de la visita: 7 de mayo de 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made a reservation for Mother’s Day and we enjoyed our brunch celebration there! We went early when it wasn’t too busy and sat in their outdoor patio. Service and food was excellent. We will definitely be returning again!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Ángeles

    1 reseña

    3.0

    1 reseña

    Fecha de la visita: 7 de mayo de 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience1
    The restaurant was outdated overall. Fair
  18. R

    Rosie

    Los Ángeles

    9 opiniones

    1.0

    9 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 5 de mayo de 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    My friend and I had eaten at the original El Cholo on Western Ave in LA the week prior, and it it was excellent. Because she and I were going to be in the Pasadena area on Cinco de Mayo, we decided to eat at the El Cholo in Pasadena. She and I ordered the same meal as the week prior — enchilada and chile relleno — since it was delicious. The chile relleno at the Pasadena restaurant was a third of the size and it literally was a two-inch sliver of pasilla chili over a lump of cheese. The majority was the fluffy egg mixture. We were so disappointed. “Chile relleno” literally means, “stuffed chili,” NOT a sliver of chili over a lump of cheese. When I asked why the food was different from the El Cholo on Western Ave, I was told that they’re not the same restaurant. Though we were extremely disappointed with the food, the service was good.
  19. AG

    AmeliaG

    Tampa

    25 opiniones

    VIP
    4.0

    25 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 1 de mayo de 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Everything was delicious. The only reason I rate the service a 3 star is because at one point another server came to the table and almost put his face in my daughter's plate to see what she had. He said nothing, just came, put his face down and looked at her food. Inspected it. Not sure what that was about.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 reseña

    5.0

    1 reseña

    Fecha de la visita: 17 de abril de 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was perfect enjoyed my margarita waitress was great!!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Condado de Orange

    3 opiniones

    2.0

    3 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 13 de abril de 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Went on a double date to the Pasadena location. I have been to other locations and have always had a great experience. We went on a Tuesday evening and I was surprised to see hardly anyone was dinning there. The food was not as good as I remembered and the service was okay. My friend was served a margarita with a fly in it. I was disappointed that the manager did not remove the charge for the drink on our bill. I would not go back to this particular location after this experience. The El Cholo located in downtown or the one located in Corona Del Mar are much better. The vibe is more fun and better service at those locations.
  22. JV

    JamieV

    Los Ángeles

    3 opiniones

    3.0

    3 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 27 de marzo de 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    I’ve been to the El Cholo in La Habra multiple times, in comparison, the Pasadena location was disappointing. The service was definitely lacking and the restaurant seemed unclean. It took our waitress about 10 minutes to bring chips, salsa, and take our drink order. The salsa was given to us in cheap plastic small containers. The drinks were great and the food was so so. The walls were dirty and when we were seated, there was a mess in the booth with chips, food, etc from the previous diners who sat there. The staff probably should have cleaned this up before seating us. Definitely a disappointing experience.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    4 opiniones

    VIP
    1.0

    4 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 25 de marzo de 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible experience. Waited an hour for our food and ended up leaving bc it never arrived. No drink refills either. It’s like they totally forgot about us.
  24. G

    Georgia

    Los Ángeles

    8 opiniones

    4.0

    8 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 20 de marzo de 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good fun!! Our server was very attentive and sweet! The food is good. Portions were large so think of sharing one item.
  25. MT

    MichaelT

    Costa Central

    2 opiniones

    3.0

    2 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 19 de marzo de 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Good restaurant and really enjoy eating here even though it is on the pricey side. Interesting that we wanted to reserve at 5:00pm, but told no openings via OpenTable, yet when we got there the outside seating had only 1 occupied table. Also noted in OpenTable this was a birthday dinner, yet never provided the opportunity to celebrate with a dessert.
  26. EA

    ElizabethA

    1 reseña

    3.0

    1 reseña

    Fecha de la visita: 26 de febrero de 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Server was very rude. I understand that they were busy, but when we asked a question about the bill, she responded very aggressively
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Ángeles

    8 opiniones

    4.0

    8 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 20 de febrero de 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was good. Service - all the staff was extremely nice and hospitable but because it appeared they were understaffed there were some things that we had to remind them about. I think during the pandemic lack of staffing has been an issue for many businesses.
  28. k

    kay1ken

    1 reseña

    2.0

    1 reseña

    Fecha de la visita: 13 de febrero de 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    First time here and it left alot to be desired. I know we are in covid times but the service was really not good, they could have been a lot more organized we waited a very long time for our food and drinks. The busses was amazing as he was at the table more than our server.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Costa Central

    4 opiniones

    4.0

    4 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 4 de febrero de 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    El Cholo is in a very nice part of downtown Pasadena. You can shop and go eat. The food didn’t take too long and was delicious. Especially, if you are tired of the same foods, el cholo offers a slightly different menu. I would highly recommend this place, The staff was amazing, very friendly and helpful
  30. W

    Wanderer

    San Joaquín

    23 opiniones

    VIP
    2.0

    23 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 3 de febrero de 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    For a Mexican restaurant in California, this was such a taste and menu disappointment. Dishes were barely warm, waitress hadn’t tried any of the food, drinks were watery. Honestly it was so disappointing considering the high marks El Cholo has on Open Table.
  31. L

    Larry

    Los Ángeles

    285 opiniones

    VIP
    5.0

    285 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 30 de enero de 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We hadn't been to El Cholo since pre-pandemic days. The food was as good as it always had been and the warm, relaxing atmosphere was perfect. It made the right start to a lovely evening.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 opiniones

    5.0

    2 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 30 de enero de 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place! The atmosphere was so nice and the service was super quick and efficient. Overall a really nice experience, didn’t even realize we were even out at dinner, everything was taken care of so quick!
  33. H

    Hollywood

    Los Ángeles

    22 opiniones

    VIP
    3.0

    22 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 2 de enero de 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Outdoor dining area was completely closed with vinyl curtains on Sunday afternoon and nobody asked to see our vaccination record.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 reseña

    5.0

    1 reseña

    Fecha de la visita: 2 de enero de 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Utah

    1 reseña

    5.0

    1 reseña

    Fecha de la visita: 1 de enero de 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Years Eve
  36. SC

    SteveC

    Condado de Orange

    1 reseña

    5.0

    1 reseña

    Fecha de la visita: 1 de enero de 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s our New Years Eve go to.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    4 opiniones

    4.0

    4 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 1 de enero de 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Table made guacamole was fantastic. And make sure to try the horchata .
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Ángeles

    1 reseña

    1.0

    1 reseña

    Fecha de la visita: 25 de diciembre de 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    There was no clear direction to get to the host desk as we stood at the door by the bar entrance while staff just walked by. Once we got to the host she was talking down to our party and another guest that followed us to the other end of the restaurant. She wanted to argue about a small sign cover by a plant was clear direction and shut us down to talk. Just that alone would make me pick a different restaurant that would provide a more welcoming atmosphere. There are plenty of businesses out there that want our business and are happier to welcome new guests. I would suggest not stacking chairs on tables when guest are still arriving or still eating as it feels unwelcoming. My reservation was for 6:30 which is not closing time.
  39. SC

    SoCalMom

    Los Ángeles

    22 opiniones

    VIP
    5.0

    22 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 24 de diciembre de 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was very attentive to our food allergies. The food was generous and tasty.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Ángeles

    9 opiniones

    VIP
    2.0

    9 opiniones

    Fecha de la visita: 19 de diciembre de 2021

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    Food and service were good. The only drawback was that the restaurant failed to check us in with Open Table which resulted in me receiving an email from Open Table stating that we missed our reservation. I subsequently had to spend time responding to the email from Open Table and provide information from my receipt such as the amount we spent and name of our server as evidence we were actually at the restaurant. This was way too much work to do after dining at a restaurant where we’d just paid over one hundred dollars to eat. Jury is out on if we’ll return to the restaurant in the future or continue to use Open Table. On a positive note, Brian was an excellent server👍🏻

Preguntas frecuentes

El Cholo Cafe permite hacer pedidos para llevar por teléfono llamando al (626) 795-5800.

El Cholo Cafe tiene una valoración de 4.1 estrellas de 852 clientes de OpenTable.

Normalmente, podrás reservar en este restaurante a través de OpenTable eligiendo la fecha, la hora y el número de personas.

Haz una reserva

2 personas

19:00


Reservado 4 veces hoy
Google Map para El Cholo Cafe

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

Información adicional

  • Esquina con la calle:

    Garfield Ave. and Colorado Blvd.

  • Zona

    Pasadena

  • Horarios

    Mar–Jue, Dom 11:30–21:00 Vie, Sáb 11:30–22:00

  • Cocinas

    Mexicana, Latina/española, Española

  • Ambiente

    Informal

  • Código de etiqueta

    Ropa informal

  • Detalles del aparcamiento

    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

  • Opciones de pago

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Chef ejecutivo

    Jorge Degales

  • Adicional

    Acceso para silla ruedas, Almuerzo de fin de semana, Asientos en la barra, Banquete, Bar / Sala pública, Bar completo, Cafetería, Cargo por descorche, Cervezas, Chimenea interior, Cócteles, Comida al aire libre, Comida para llevar, Entrega a domicilio, Hora feliz, Mesas en la terraza, Opciones libres de gluten, Para no fumadores, Salón privado, Trae tu propio vino, Variedad, Vinos, Vista

  • Número de teléfono

    (626) 795-5800

  • Servicio de comidas

    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.

  • Establecimiento del evento privado

    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.

  • Contacto para el evento privado

    Diego Fernandez: (626) 376-3701

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