To Our Loyal Guest,


First, Thank you for your continued patronage of El Cholo Pasadena over the past 20 years. I know that there is a great concern about the COVID-19, and I want to share with you the processes we have in place for everyone’s safety.

We have always focused on cleanliness and food safety, and we are now intensifying our procedures to ensure that our guest feel comfortable when dining with us and just as important that our staff have a safe environment in which to work. We also recognize that some of you prefer not to dine out during these critical times. Our entire menu is available to-go or via your preferred delivery company. We are adding an additional service so if you prefer to pick up, we will instruct our staff to meet you down below on Colorado Blvd. with your meal. All our to-go meals are properly sealed for your safety.

We are taking other steps to address concerns, for instance, encouraging cash-less transactions. The passing of cash has been shown to be a major method of transmission and we believe this action is in the interest of everyone’s well-being. With a seating capacity of over 300 this allows us to be strategic in our seating to allow guest to have space between other parties, and with this in mind we will adjust to have all stations open thru out the lunch & dinner periods. 

In addition to our concern for our guests, we are also taking steps to ensure the welfare of our staff. Our policy includes sending home any staff member who is exhibiting symptoms and instructing them to stay home if they feel ill, and consult with their health care provider, to assess their own course of action. We also encourage our staff to pay attention to any guests who may be showing any signs of illness. We will be closed on Monday’s for the time being too allow us to properly sanitize our building on top of our daily cleaning between hours of operation. All staff members are Safe-Serv Covid19 certified and their certificate are available per your request.

For your convenience please find link to our website below

Our focus, as always is to ensure we meet your needs while doing our part to keep you, our staff, and our communities safe.


Thank you for your continued trust in us.




Blair Salisbury 

4th Generation Owner                                                                                                                                                   

El Cholo Pasadena      



El Cholo has been a landmark restaurant in Los Angeles since 1923. In 2000, this family tradition arrived in Pasadena. Originally opened along Fair Oaks Ave, we now proudly call El Paseo Colorado our home since 2010. Come in and enjoy a “taste of history” sampling our time honored family recipes.

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