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El Chorlito Mexican Restaurant

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9155 Hearst Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452-9774
+1 805-927-3872
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I ended up here for a late lunch after spending a few hours at Hearst Castle. This restaurant seemed OK, if a bit run down. The meal started with chips and salsa; the chips were not fresh and seemed as though they came from a bag. The salsa tasted like tomato sauce. The only thing more watery... More 

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Thank Crystal M
Walnut Creek, California
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184 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had Dinner at El Chorlito . Very nice place for a romantic dinner Nice place with beautiful garden an patio area.Service good, meals were good but lite on the meats. A little to much beans not very much meat. Walking distance from the Morgan Hotel an others on Hearst Drive.

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Thank bynner
Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food is not fresh. Pile of frozen vegetables with few chicken pieces I had to hunt for. Everything canned. Food took way too long to arrive and when it did, the plates were very hot from being under the heat lamp for so long. No tequila 'Wine Margaritas' Honesty the worst meal I can remember. Keep driving.

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Thank redrockingal
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

I've had lots of Enchiladas over the years but the order I got here was nothing like I had ever had before and that was not a good thing. These folks need to stick to traditional flavors I believe!

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Thank Silvertip1946
Apple Valley, California
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Because it was within walking distance of our motel we gave this place a try - nasty. spider webs all over, table sticky, nice view, and the food was terrible. IMO it's set up for out of state tourists. My beans were cold but the cheese on top was melted - rice was dry, dry, dry. do not recommend

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Thank avoma42
Rivers, Canada
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

We enjoyed the food, the service was great and the setting was very casual and relaxed. The churro's for dessert just completed a lovely meal.

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Thank aekrahn
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Our most recent visit for lunch March 10. reminded me that the menu has not changed in 27 years...the quality is fair st best. I steer friends that know how to make good Mexican food at home to skip El Chorlito, they would be bummed out. We eat at El Chorlito every visit because we stay at Cavalier hotel and... More 

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Thank Deanna M
San Francisco, California, United States
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We ordered bean and carnitas burritos which were fine but nothing special. The chips were not very good. Overall the food was ok, but a bit overpriced. The view from the dining room is great though, but we got our food to go.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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122 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

We stayed at San Simeon for one night last December and there aren't many places to eat so we chose Mexican. I had fajitas and I liked them, but my wife's food was not very good. She could not eat it. We are Hispanics, we are used to eating Mexican food and the rice they served us we could tell... More 

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Thank jet1011
Berlin, Germany
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234 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Very nice restaurant, decorated of course with Mexican style. Very romantic. Food is good. Service was very kind. This is one of the least pricy restaurants in this town, which it's proximity to Hearst castle makes it quite expensive. Recommend (!)

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Restaurant Details

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Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9155 Hearst Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452-9774
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Simeon
  • Phone Number: +1 805-927-3872

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