El Chorlito Mexican Restaurant

9155 Hearst Dr, San Simeon
(805) 927-3872

Recent Comments

Wendy Weatherford

This restaurant is more than just a restaurant. Family run & loved for over 40 years. Comfort Mexican food. You can always count on what you expect. Locals love it, so will you.


Came in 10 minutes before closing and the waiter still sat us down and was polite the entire time. Made us feel like wanted customers. Highly recommend

Oz Barron

Wonderful spot, on the ocean. Been there for 40 years, so you know they’re doing it right.

Jay Lawrence

Delicious! Happened by here quite by accident after visiting the elephant seals up the coast. What a happy accident it turned out to be. Everything tasted so fresh and appeared to be all scratch-made. Well worth the stop.

Amberly Rose

I'm on vacation and after a long day of driving was excited to enjoy dinner here in the area. I very rarely give critical reviews, because I honestly do not like giving them, but sometimes it's warranted. This place has a great location and great potential, but the atmosphere is not the greatest (dated, dimly lit, little to no music), and most of all, the food tastes bland. I was taken aback. No hint of salt, lemon, pepper, cumin, any kind of spice. Usually shredded pork adds to a meal, not so. Even the guacamole side had no taste. Even the quesodilla was a disappointment. I do not have high standards, I'm not picky with my food, I just want it to taste pleasant (as opposed to not having any taste at all). The food looks good and is presented well, and it came in timely fashion, but with much more flavor it would have been satisfying and worth it.

Simon Guerin

Seeing the funky garden out the front with the funny looking cow signals that you've arrived. Inside this cosy Mexican restaurant offers a good range of dishes for the carnivores and vegetarians alike. The spinach and mushroom quesadilla was the winner for mine. Coupled with a good selection of beers and you bound to leave pretty happy with your choice.

Sal R

Horrible experience at this place, their food were dry and tasted like they were left overs from a day or 2. The waiter didn't acknowledge us at all. The waitress was a total b...., very rude, on top of that they tipped themselves without asking what we wanted to tip them(who does that? Specially with a very poor service). I will never go back to this place ever, I much rather go do McDonald's their food is fresher and better.

Stuart Smith

Friendly, good food, big serving and quick. Very happy with going here.

Val L

The food we ordered tasted delicious. Don't be fooled with the 3 star ratings posted by other patrons. Waitress was pleasant and polite.

Haresh Jhaveri

I liked the food. Salsa was out of this world. Went evening time. Outdoor sky colour and atmosphere was to die for.

Steven J. Sheppard

The food is terrific, service is great and portions are big!! The house made chip's and salsa are excellent!

Coleen Burgess

Very nice restaurant. Just visiting the area and saw it off hwy. 1. The grounds are beautiful. Nicely decorated inside. Food and service were very good. We'll be back again.

damien mont

Good food and awesome service had Enchiladas New Mexico style and they were super tasty. This is my second time here and definitely not the last... Thanks again for the delicious food and amazing service with a smile!

Deming Liao

This place is great. Good service and great food,. Even though we waited a long time for the waiter to take our orders, the food is fresh and hot, burning your mouth hot. Would definitely come back again.

Matthew Paige

Great place. Good food. Have been going there for over 20 years.

Susan Chappell

Family style Mexican food, delicious enchiladas and tacos. Wonderful, personal service. Ocean view.

Carlos B

Food was great but the service was consistently slow. Seems to be under staffed during the rush of the night.

Walter Somers

Excellent mexican restaurant with a very nice atmosphere. The food is superb, the staff is very nice and helpful. If you are afraid some dishes might be too spicy for you; just say so and they will serve it the way you like.

Alison R

The service is so sllllooooow. Had to go ask for boxes and it still took several minutes. Asked for the bill still took more time. Mind you we are one of two other people in the entire restaurant. Server never checked on us. The food was mediocre and highly overpriced. Additionally, the restaurant was extremely cold. Even the wait staff joked about how cold they all are. Update in response to the management: I wrote the review while I was in the store. The majority of my complaints have to do with you... Turn the heater on and assess the prices of your food and improve the recipes. No need to print this out for your staff.

Rodrigo Rodriguez

Good place. They claim their beef is coming from the Hearts Ranch. The service was good.

El Chorlito Mexican Restaurant

9155 Hearst Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452