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El Compadre

Restaurants, Mexican Echo Park
4 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
El Compadre
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Time Out says

What better way to celebrate the home team's win (or mourn their loss) than to stroll ten minutes west of Dodgers stadium and tuck into some authentic Mexican eats? El Compadre serves up homemade tortilla chips and salsa that rival any you'll find south of the border, and their flaming margaritas are a must-try. The moody lighting, mouth-watering menu and live Mariachi make the El Compadre experience a spicy one. There's also no better spot to relive the glory (or hash out what went wrong) than the bar here—two big TVs play everything Dodgers-related, and vocal fans hang at the bar with micheladas and lots of opinions.

By: Amanda Montell



Address: 1449 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Daily 11am-2am
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4 out of 5 stars

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This place is a dark but cosy joint with chilli-shaped tiki lights adorning the ceiling and strangely, no windows. It's a popular place so you'll be waiting at the bar while they find you a table but there you can grab imported or local beers and order one of their may margeritas with normal or blended ice in a variety of flavours. They even do flaming ones and ones with jalepenos in for the brave! When it comes to food, they serve combos with burritos and enchiladas, tacos and the usual Mexican fare, they do soups and shrimp with extra kick if you need it. Portions are large the price is reasonable, with friendly waiting staff. The atmosphere is better in the main section where a live El Mariachi band plays. Unfortunately we were place in the other half of the room which was a little cold and didn't quite have the same vibe. Tasty and filling!


A classic big-plate Mexican joint, El Compadre is a great place to take shelter from a hot day and down flaming margaritas over neverending chips and salsa.  Portions are massive--think enchiladas and giant burritos and sizzling fajitas (so good).  It'll be packed before Dodgers games, but if you're squeezed out of Guisados or Button Mash by the lines and want someplace solid to hang out with friends, it's a great spot.


Love this place for its live mariachi music, flaming margs (get the skinny, the regular tastes too much like sour mix) and reliable hangover food. It's also a good place to watch the game (or so I hear, sports schmorts), and I've recently discovered that their soups are out of this world, hung over or not.


Our first idea after a Dodger game ended was to go to Short Stop (or as my friend kept calling it, Third Base), but the line was ridiculous and not worth the wait. So El Compadre it was. Their flaming margaritas are a shtick, but they're also pretty good. If you want to save some money, go with a Tecate and a quesadilla. The live mariachi band is pretty entertaining, but so are all the drunk Dodger fans.