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Cafe El Cholo

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840 E Whittier Blvd, La Habra, CA 90631-3933
+1 562-691-4618
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Fullerton, California, United States
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My first visit to El Cholo, when I was just ten-years-old, left a lasting impression on me. Never had I had such exotic food in such beautiful surroundings! Somehow, through my teens and early working years, I forgot about this gem of a restaurant, but was not disappointed when I returned last week. Looking at the building from the street,... More 

Thank Nancy B
Tinton Falls, New Jersey
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48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Arrived at El Cholo La Habra just before it opens at 11 for lunch.. Free parking, nice patio and sayings and aphorisms on the outside and inside, Warm greeting welcoming us in as the restaurant opens. Salsa is wonderful herb based with great chips.. not a regional salsa but one which everyone can enjoy.. Guacamole made at table to order,... More 

Thank davidvalk
Washougal, Washington
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97 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

I got there early for lunch with a friend. I ordered our food and asked him to hold the order until she arrived. I enjoyed my LA Lemonade with chips & salsa while I waited and them we had a great hot lunch together. My Chili Verde was outstanding with lots of tender pork chunks. My friend had the chicken... More 

Thank Penny H
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61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

This is one of several el cholos in the greater Los Angeles area and just a great place to have lunch or dinner! We enjoy the chips and salsa so much we have to be careful not to fill up on just chips! The service is always good and the food is terrific. Someday we will visit the the original... More 

Thank David S
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Every time I've come here, the food has been outstanding. Great atmosphere. I would highly suggest it if you want to embarrass someone on their birthday!

Thank Diane A
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Have been coming here for over 40 years. It's family and friend favorite. From savory cheese enchiladas to the blue corn tamale - it's delicious food and the margaritas are likewise delicious. Service is always friendly and welcoming.

Thank Ken C
La Habra, California
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 December 2016

What I liked was the colorful decorations and the murals on the walls. They have friendly service and a patio to sit at if the dining room is full. I believe this restaurant has been around for 100 years. Can't beat that. Everything they serve tastes good. Their chips are thin, and crisp and they have several salsa's to choose... More 

Thank Cynthia S
Eau Claire
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

We wanted a good Mexican restaurant that was not far from Buena Park where we were staying.. El Cholo was a great choice!! Very good authentic food!!

Thank ECDoc
Orange County, Ca
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538 reviews
452 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Not many great Mexican places left in the OC anymore but this one is worth the drive from South County!

Thank MominOC
Orange, California
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

First visit.....did not have high expectations....Mexican food is Mexican food..... WRONG....this is the very best Mexican food I have ever had....absolutely delicious. Their pico de gallo is amazingly fresh and delicious. Atmosphere and service were impeccable.....anxious to go again

Thank jeaniko

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 840 E Whittier Blvd, La Habra, CA 90631-3933
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  La Habra
  • Phone Number: +1 562-691-4618

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?