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Long-running happy hour and an outdoor patio makes this a must for warm weather nights.
The kind of fun atmosphere you would. The kind of fun atmosphere you would want from a Mexican restaurant with a casual and unpretentious setting. Good place to meet friends before getting your drink on.
Great place for your maragrita fix! They come in basically every flavor/color of the rainbow!
I love it when they have pea soup here as an intro to your meal- which will surely be enjoyable with a couple margaritas. The green corn tamales are my consistent favorite here.
Citysearch Editorial Review. Divey, dimly lit, subterranean and plastered with tacky-traditional Mexican decor. Yep, this is old-school Mexican dining at its finest. Under new management as of late 2009, El Chavo has kept its kitchy charm with the neon sombreros and piñatas hanging from the ceiling, and larger-than-life portrait of dame Dolly Parton beaming down from the wall. On the opposite side of the stairs, however, El Chavito lounge has taken up residence. With leather banquettes and wrought-iron electric candelabras, the vibe is sexy and sleek, unlike the festive main dining area. The menu remains the same, with gut-busting, ranch-style Mexican dishes that haven’t changed much since 1966. In addition to standard tacos, enchiladas and tostadas, you’ll find traditional fare like ropa viega (shredded beef), mole chicken and carne asada. The best bet is the green corn tamales, which taste a bit like sweet corn bread stuffed with cheese and peppers and the margaritas, which are deceptively potent concoctions. Smokers can take advantage of the patio out front.
Best place ever, better then Disneyland!. I love EL CHAVO, movie stars like Dolly Parton roll up to EL CHAVO, never complaining, about anything, just saying what a wonderfull place its been, for more then 40 years. Thats one of the reasons I go. Food and drinks are always great and the staff, is the best. Great managment and owners. Thank you. El Chavo, for still being around!
The best Mexican food around. What a great place, was here last night, beautiful. Im not from this country but wow, i felt at home, great service great food. Bartenders where great with the drinks, everything tasted supper. I would highlly recommend to anyone.
Manager Called Police.. Chips were stale. Margs were poor. Salad was terrible. We asked politely to speak to the manager. He was a rude idiot. Refused to knock ANYTHING off the bill and called the police. We walked out and he followed us back to our car. If he had taken $10 of the bill, we'd have been happy, but he got nothing. The place will close within a year and that's a shame, because I've been there 50+ times and always liked it .... until last night.
EL CHAVO WTF HAPPEN>> ?!? I LOVE IT..!!. Got to give it up for El Chavo, still the best place in town. If you want to bring a date, nice and dark, very romantic. Super cheap, with 3 dollar margaritas. 3 dollar tacos, way better then the tacos at Yuca's. Best mexican food over all. The restaurant has been there for over 40 years. Obviously there doing something right. Give El Chavo a try you wount be disappointed. Ive been going to El Chavo, for over 20 years. The guy's that work there make you feel like family.. Got to love that..
El Chavo - WTF happened?!. Sheesh! I go away for a while and they totally ruin the place. I was a loyal patron for years, enjoying many dates and drinks at El Chavo before heading to the legendary Tiki Ti next door. Never ever again. Dropped in Friday at 6:30, had a margarita/rocks with the Señor combo... one of the WORST meals I've ever had. I guess they bring the tongue-scorching dip and chips first so you can't taste anything else. Add a stale, toxic margarita from Chemlab 101 and you're ready for your Superfund cleanup. Dinner had all the flavor of scorched microwaved maxi-pads; even the Spanish rice hurt. The only recognizable item was the chile relleno, marked only by its grease. Jarring acoustics, awful drinks and a charred tongue... El Chavo's NOT for dates, unless you're a sadist or breaking up. Instant headache. The new owner also "created" the Edendale Grill on Rowena, whose sole contribution to local culture is a serious traffic hazard due to its valet parking kiosk on a blind curve (!). Now he's gutted El Chavo, ruined the menu and SUCKED ALL THE FUN OUT. Cheap metal chairs scraping on a cement floor, crappy dance muzak and stark bare walls does NOT equal "atmosphere". Every group at every table was straining to hear over the echoing sludge of the dining room. Get a clue: dining out should be comfortable. If diners can't even hear their date, you've screwed up the ambience big time. And if you gut the entire place to its bare ceiling ducts (too much HGTV, eh?), please put in some acoustic panels or booths to soak up the noise. At least hang up some serapes, for chrissakes. The worst? Mr Edendale took down El Chavo's giant glowing blood-red Aztec warrior icon which covered the entire back wall, shrunk him down and hid him in the corner next to a hideous cantina bar thing. What a travesty. In the past, his fearsome visage weeded out Westside yuppies and neurotic vegans, and he was a true compadre after many margarita marathons. Alas, said the raven... For those of us fleeing the house/DJ/karaoke hell of Acapulco's, El Chavo is a pathetic shell of its former glory, another disaster from the "restaurateur" crowd destroying this city's cafes like George W. Bushes of cuisine. Now we're left with a noisy, stinking cavern with all the charm of a Nogales bus depot cafeteria during a brownout. Two regular couples I know came in and walked out while I was waiting for my menu... that was an omen. My advice? Get tacos at Yuca's, drop in at El Chavo to check out the bar, then WALK RIGHT OUT. Head to the Tiki Ti for drinks. Don't give these clods ANY of your money. But if you like chemical-tasting drinks, searing mouth pain and over-priced mexi-food resembling scorched snot, head to El Chavo. There'll be plenty of room, because it SUX. As William Hurt's character says in A History of Violence, "HOW DO YOU F*CK THAT UP?!" How, indeed? Some L.A. treasures need to be left alone, dammit. Walking outside with mouth charred and nerves shot, I was gonna call on the Aztec lords of the underworld to put a curse on El Chavo. But there's no point — the new owner already beat them to it.
Best mexican food around...!!!!!. I just started going to this new place and WOW, amazing!!! From the moment you arrive there to the moment you leave, I was treated like royalty. Got to say the staff there takes care of there guest. I also heared that Dolly visits the place. I am very impress the drinks were great and so was the food. I definetly recommend this place to everyone.. There's also happy hour on the Chavito side from 7-9pm $3 Margaritas and $3 all well drinks.... With live DJ Sundays and Monday's Yummy...!!!
el chavo has a new sister and brother..... El Chavo's been around for a while... for good reason! They specialize in some amazing traditional Mexican food. My favs are the complimentary soup, arroz con pollo, green corn tamales and the Don Julio Margarita. I hear there going to start having a El Chavo Taco Cart outside for lunch starting in June. There's also a pretty cool lounge next door (Chavito) and a new Inn upstairs on the 2nd floor.... gotta love it! I noticed some of the old artwork is adorning the walls as well... Looking good!!!
ding dong the mean old man is gone!. Thank god that old mean owner is gone, he was so abusive and would throw people out. Now the new owner has cleaned the place up, kept the same employees, the food is amazing and the new Inn upstairs is incredible. I know in cleaning it up, some of the old charm has been taken away, but honestly all they need to do is dim the lights and you have the same atmosphere... it's so much better now and the food is some of the best mexican food I've ever eaten. Beware of the hot salsa, if your a wimp like me, ask for the mild stuff.... I love this place and so glad it's still around and improved. The new owner deserves an award for all the amazing changes that have been made. I'm a fan!!!!!
Another one bites the dust. We've been going to El Chavo for 20 years, and the new management has completely destroyed the ambience of the old place. Its like sitting in an airport restaurant or a cheap chain mexican restaurant now. I dont know why people feel they have to improve on a place that has done great business for years. Fridays and Saturdays used to be three deep at the bar, now theres hardly anyone there. Contrary to what the others have said, the drinks and food have suffered as well. Too bad gentrification had to rear its ugly head at El Chavo. Why cant people leave well enough alone? Bad taste, greed, who knows.
I was not impressed. The margaritas here were so bad it tasted like the Cuervo Mix that you get from a bottle at the liquor store. We didn't stay for the food so I cannot comment on that. Only that the margaritas were not good, very sour, very bad.
HATE THE NEW LOOK...STILL THE BEST FOOD AND DRINKS. MY FRIENDS AND I HAVE BEEN GOING TO EL CHAVO FOR 20 YEARS AND LOVING IT...THE PLACE WAS DARK, DUSTY WITH "TACKY" DECOR...WE LOVED IT..LAST NIGHT WE WENT FOR DINNER AND TO OUR SURPRISE IT HAS BEEN STRIPPED AND REDECORATED...."AWFUL"...WHERE IS THE WONDERFUL DECOR WE LOVED SO WELL?? THE DARKNESS THAT AFTER 2 DRINKS YOU COULD NOT FIND THE EXIT DOOR..I SPOKE WITH THE WAITER AND HE SAID THEY WERE CLEANING UP AND MAKING THE PLACE BIGGER...I TOLD HIM I DID NOT LIKE THE "NEW LOOK" AND THAT I HOPE THE FOOD AND THE DRINKS DO NOT CHANGE..WELL, TO MY SURPRISE, THE DRINKS AND THE FOOD ARE STILL WONDERFUL AND THE RESTUARANT IS STILL PACKED WITH QUEENS.." CHEERS " TO EL CHAVO...MAY YOU LAST ANOTHER 20 YEARS
This place takes mexican food to a new standard!!!!. Anyone who put less than 5 stars is a duche bag. This place is da bomb and nothing less. great service great food! What more can u ask for?!?!?!
New Owner New Attitude. We can now go back to El Chavo without the fear of being bum-rushed out of the place as soon as you finish your last fork-full of food! The owner of Edendale Grill has taken over and is bringing back civility to dining at El Chavo. After a 2 year sabbatical from our 20 year patronage we are happy to return under new ownership. Thankfully, the food and drinks remain the same only the attitude has changed.
Love this place!. Have been a big fan of this place for years. What's not to like - great authentic food and amazing margaritas (rocks, no salt please). Staff have always been pleasant, eager to please and well, entertaining as well. The restaurant itself is dark and kinda kitchy - blacklights, upside down sombrero's and yes, pictures of Dolly Parton behind the bar. Definate good time!
Great Food, Great Service.... I am not sure if this place has changed since the previous posters wrote. We have lived in Los Feliz for 2 yrs now and go to El Chavo often. The margaritas are great...Food has always been great...And we have never been rushed when eating. We often enjoy a drink or two after dinner and never feel rushed to leave. The waitstaff is very friendly and always remember what you like to drink...Ignore the previous posts...Check out El Chavo...I don't think you will be disappointed.
Average Mexican Food.. Food is just average. The table and chairs are uncomfortable and close together in a rectangular room. I remember this place years ago as fun after I'd been out drinking. Don't do that anymore. So if that is what you are doing this place is OK. Our waiter was in a rush every time he either came to the table or I called him.
Dine & Dash. We have been going to this place for OVER 20 years and the wait staff know us and bring us our drinks as we sit down. They love us because we are generous tippers. However, we shall not return. We have been rushed out of the place one too many times. We actually like to relax a moment to finish our 2nd (or perhaps 3rd) margarita after dinner without getting the stink eye from the owner--who usually comes over to shake our hands when we arrive--or have tables pushed up against ours to make a larger table as we sit there!! We know we're not in France and can't sit undisturbed for hours, so we don't. Major rudeness and cluelessness on the owners part. He's lost some long time customers and the waiters some big tippers.
Bravo for El Chavo!. ignore the barking below re 'being rushed', the place gets packed during prime dinner hours and i am sure the same people would complain if they had to wait long for a table...so let's keep to the facts - great authentic food, killer margaritas, friendly staff, impressive live guitar/singer and whimsical decor (what is the real dolly story anyway?) el chavo is one of the best mexican restaurants in LA.
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