No longer a fan. AfraidI have to agree with recent reviews. Have been going here for years but was recently subjected to an embarrasing and uncomfortable experience. Recommended it for friends to get together to celebrate a special occassion but we found ourselves being rushed out even before we completed our meals. The owner rudely told us we had been there too long and needed to leave. (Not even a semblance of cordiality and certainly no offer to have a drink in the bar) Yes, I know it was a busy weekend night, but as someone with experience in the restaurant business, there are ways to turn the tables without alienating good customers. Extremely rude. and saddened to know that I won't feel comfortable going there anymore.
Service Much Improved with Change of Ownership. Great margaritas at a resonable price. Excellent local Mexican food. A fun place to meet for dinner with friends.
going down. i too used to be a fan mostly because at one time the staff was very friendly and the margaritas were great. it was a place i would take my friends to introduce them to a cool place. but my last experience WAS my last. rude, almost aggressive, management, quick to try to get rid of you. never used to be like that. rufus wainwright is not an excuse to bully regular folks out. the new silverlake, i guess, too hip for its own good.
Still number one.... I'm not saying I've tried every Mexican restaurant in L.A., but I've tried quite a few and this one is still my favorite, even if it is far too crowded on weekends. If you want frou frou Border Grill style Mexican, stay away. Come for the carne asada -- the best in town. The margaritas -- good, strong, reasonably priced. I've always found the staff courteous. The one time we were asked to give up our table, the place was packed, we were clearly finished, and Rufus Wainwright wanted the table, so we could live with that. The best time to go is during the afternoon: leave the noonday sun behind and enter a cool, quiet cave of cold margaritas and sombrero stalactites hanging from the ceiling.
rude beyond words. Will never go back here. Left without even having one drink or a bite of food as the entire male waitstaff engaged in a yelling match with us. This because we pulled on the locked door handle while the guy was unlocking it -- after 4pm, when their business is supposed to be open! The guy's first words to us as he cracked open the door were not to mess with the door and that if we didn't like it, to leave, and then he still made nasty comments after WE IMMEDIATELY APOLOGIZED and were inside. They told us to get the #@*& out!!! We're a nice group of people who frequently go out for margaritas after work, it was just unreal to be treated that way.
Muy Bueno!. El Chavo is a ritual stop everytime I'm in LA. Great house margaritas, spicy salsa, a decent plate of food and a really funky decor - the place is a lot of fun! Also, featured live traditional music is a plus and creates a moody-dark Cantina feel. I really enjoy the ambiance because it makes the experience complete.
some of the best Mexican Food in LA. seriously, I've done a lot of Mexican restaurants, but only this one comes close to my mom's cooking. I've only recently discovered this place and while I haven't really liked the margaritas, the food has ALWAYS been a good surprise. the tamales and chiles rellenos are made the way they're supposed to be, not an Americanized adaptation. the decor is a bit cheesy, but who cares when the food is this good.
No plastic and rude hostess. The food is good and the atmosphere is funky but non-acceptance of credit cards is a pain and my experience with the management was negative. I used to be a semi-regular and was there with a guest one Saturday night. People were waiting for tables so right after we finished, the hostess came up and asked, "Would you like to have an after-dinner drink in the bar?" I thought that was a gracious and generous way to ask us to free up the table. Wrong! She moved us to the bar, took our order for two Courvoisiers then PRESENTED US WITH THE BILL FOR THE DRINKS. Tacky and unforgivable.
The best mex you can find. im not very old, but i'e been comming here since my grandmother put me in a stroller so like 16 years, and the food is the best mexican food you can find north of the border. their enchiladas w/ shrimp are delicious, as well as their buttery corn tamales that i challenge anyone to find a place that makes them better. And for dessert, their flan wow thats a meal all to itself right there.
Worst margarita; angry waiter. Food's okay, but lard-heavy. I was served the worst margarita in my life; had to be with bottom-of-the-mix-barrel sludge. Waiter wouldn't taste it, return it, or take it off bill or replace it. Got VERY angry and tyold us he had been there decades knew what he was talking about. Not if he had done even the basics of customer service and tasted it. Horrific experience.
Fabulous gay couples, frosty margaritas and more fluorescent sombreros than you can shake a maraca at..
The fact that "El Chavo" roughly translates into "the guy" from Mexican slang fits nicely with the hot and happening gay dinner-date scene here. While being serenaded with live guitar music you can wait for a table or just enjoy the scenery at the long dark bar, which has quite possibly the best use of black lights anywhere in L.A. They aim up instead of down, illuminating the array of orange, green and blue sombreros stuck to the ceiling along with an enormous glowing head shot of Dolly Parton, but thankfully not your date's teeth.
Stylish gay couples and the women who console them after the breakup. Straight men and Amazonian women should be prepared for cases of gender confusion. Half a dozen whirring blenders and free-flowing pitchers don't lie. The frosty margaritas are where it's at! Your biggest decision is between blended or on the rocks.
THE best in the west. Have eaten at El Chavo for 23+ years. Whenever any of our family come to town this is where they must go - from: Wash D.C. - Atlanta GA - Raleigh N.C. - Charleston, S.C, etc,etc Margaritas are the best and not to find anywhere else the Rinones and Lengua con Mole are wonderful! Each meal has a different soup as part of the meal and the specials are always interesting. No hum drum meat-and-potatoes- Mexican haunt here, reviewer has a distorted sense of taste!
El Great. the salsa is the best. (hot, but great) the food, drink, decor are all great. they only take cash...which is tough. but well worth it.
Fun but. It's a worthwhile experience for locals and visitors alike. If you enter from the tiny parking lot in the rear--which means descending a short but steep flight of stairs leading to an unmarked door--it's like sneaking into a festive Mexican speakeasy. The dim, red lighting and entertainingly tacky decor are the perfect setting for margaritas. Be sure to check out the huge glossy of Dolly Parton in the bar; according to our waiter, she's a regular when she's in town. The food is nothing to write home about, but it's a fun place to grab a bite after a movie at the Vista, just across the street. Oh, and it's cash only, with an ATM inside.