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“Waited years to visit and will wait many more to return”
Review of El Compadre

El Compadre
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Ranked #86 of 9,954 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$21 - US$30
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Hollywood
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Waited years to visit and will wait many more to return”
Reviewed 13 March 2014

I actually live down the street from El Compadre and never visited until March 2014. Always crowded so I assumed it must be a great restaurant. One night I decided to treat my friend who is Mexican-American to a good mexican meal. Problem was- the meal wasn't very good. I am going to get a lot of flack for this because people seem to LOVE this place but it's not a good destination if you are looking for good food. Kind of like another Mexican restaurant on Beverly Blvd...it's a place to drink and eat because you are drinking. The guacamole was probably the worst I have ever had in a restaurant. No matter how much salt we added...still no flavor. The chips were good, as was the salsa. The fajitas were a little shy of gross for lack of better word. Just a mesh of stuff (including mushrooms???) on a plate (no fajita sizzling plate). My friend got a beef dish in roja sauce with almost NO beef anywhere to be found. It's a shame that many places in Los Angeles get away with being destinations and then stick you with bad food before you know it. This felt like a bad theme restaurant at Disney park or something similar.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Scott W
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Astoria, New York
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great place for a date or gathering”
Reviewed 8 January 2014

This place looks a little scary from the outside - but on the inside - the atmosphere is amazing. Some nights they have a band playing table side. It is dark and romantic-ish or good for a private conversation.

They give you chips and homemade salsa a soon as you sit down - which I LOVE!

Things I recommend:

1. quesadilla -- they are amazing

2. margarita!

3. Fish Taco - it is a GREAT value

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank JC_454
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Riverside, California
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61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Birthday dinner”
Reviewed 10 November 2013 via mobile

Went here with the family for my wife's birthday. Service was terrific. For was amazing. Margaritas were literally on fire. The fried ice cream was the best we've ever tried. We're planning a return trip soon.

Thank Dave_the_Oracle_DBA
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Denver, Co
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Fun Place with Old School Style”
Reviewed 19 October 2013

El Compadre was a fun hip spot for good traditional Mexican food. The food and service are pretty standard, but the place is really about the atmosphere. Great spot to go with friends and enjoy the vibe. Place was packed so get there early.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Buckeye37
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Houston, Texas
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209 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“Thumbs Up”
Reviewed 19 October 2013

We are very picky about our Mexican food, and we have to say this was wonderful. Good enchiladas, good fajitas, and good marqueritas...even the chips and salsa were good! And what made this place even more fun, was the decor. It looked like a scene from an old Hollywood set of how "Mexico cantinas" looked way back when. So fun! MY family of four all gave it a thumbs up!

Visited October 2013
Thank csharp59
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