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El Cholo Cafe

260 E Colorado Blvd Ste 203, Pasadena, CA 91101-2251
+1 626-795-5800
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good41%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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260 E Colorado Blvd Ste 203, Pasadena, CA 91101-2251
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Bad food. Bad service. Bad smell. Go somewhere else for lunch. Not worth your money. We had the lunch buffé.

Thank Sandra L
Reviewed 3 days ago

El Cholo Cafe is a beautifully decorated Mexican restaurant, with ample seating choices. We chose to sit outside on the balcony overlooking Colorado Boulevard. The menu offers the standard Mexican cuisine items along with some house special items. Their margaritas are hard to beat.

Thank babalubj
Reviewed 4 days ago

Large group after a big work conference on a Wednesday. We were served on the patio and had a "personal bar just inside the building. There was a buffet that was very nice. Staff was helpful and worked hard. The tamales were top shelf!! Don't...More

Thank reg v
Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is in a very nice location inside of a courtyard. All staff were welcoming and friendly. Our server was Velma and excellentThe chips and salsa were delicious . We shared a sampler platter, which was plenty of food. We will definitely go back

Thank Robyn P
Reviewed 20 March 2018

The location and history drew us in to El Cholo when visiting Pasadena. Our server forgot us, but didn't own it. It was ike she has a section and then us in another area. She would look up, act frustrated and then come by. Took...More

Thank Kari R
Reviewed 25 February 2018

My cousin had her wedding rehearsal dinner at this restaurant. The staff was very friendly and very good. Our venue was served in a tented outdoor patio, we were served a buffet style dinner. It was very delicious and fresh. My family and I had...More

Thank Andrew G
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Met a friend for margaritas and a quick lunch. The place is very nice centrally located, easy to get to, and there’s parking underneath. The service was very quick we were seated and greeted immediately brought chips and salsa and our order was taken with...More

Thank Patricia S
Reviewed 23 January 2018

Felt like some Mexican food after a movie, and El Cholo was convenient. We ordered Cadillac Margaritas, they were so good we sucked them dry in a hurry! We ordered combination plates, tamales and enchiladas, and they showed up promptly. Unfortunately, it was one tough...More

Thank DonaldYokum
Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

The best part was the Salsa, great flavor and really nice heat. We ordered Carnitas and Cochinita Pibil. The Carnitas had no flavor, could have been a pork shoulder that I pulled out of the oven. The Pibil was a bit more flavorful, but I...More

Thank cdematt
Reviewed 12 January 2018

We visited on New Year's night, so the slow service might have been from the holiday. Otherwise, the food was good and fresh. Salsa was a bit hot for everyone, but was just right for me. This is located in an outdoor mall, so there...More

Thank MichelleGreg
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 260 E Colorado Blvd Ste 203, Pasadena, CA 91101-2251
    (Garfield Ave. and Colorado Blvd.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-795-5800
  • E-mail
El Cholo Pasadena opened its doors to the public in October 2000 on Fair Oaks Ave. We moved to the Paseo Mall in December 2010 on Colorado Blvd. keeping the 88 year old legend going strong. All of the El Cholo restaurants feature authentic and traditional Mexican dishes, many of which have come from family recipes dating back to 1923. Our distinctive menu offers classics such as our famous Green Corn Tamales, Enchiladas,and sizzling Fajitas. Our Combination plates along with our newer comidas especiales have made El Cholo famous along with our irresistible Nachos introduced in the 1950's. But there is one thing that El Cholo is especially known for and that is our Award-Winning Margarita.
The decor of El Cholo Pasadena radiates warmth and relaxation. The Hacienda style architecture is accented with hand-painted arches, rustic ceiling timbers and traditional Mexican murals.
Amenities include two full service bars, three outdoor patios,and a private banquet room.
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