El Chico’s Cantina and Bar Review

El Chico’s is a Mexican bar and restaurant on Streatham High Road. They serve food all day and in the evening they serve drinks and cocktails. Scroll down for our review of a recent trip to El Chico’s for brunch.

Opening times

Day Opening Hours
Monday 12:00pm – midnight
Tuesday 12:00pm – midnight
Wednesday 12:00pm – midnight
Thursday 12:00pm – midnight
Friday 12:00pm – 1:00am
Saturday 10:00am – 1:00am
Sunday 10:00am – midnight


El Chico’s serve Mexican food. Think Nachos, Tacos ad Fajitas etc. Download the food menu.

In the evening they transform into a bar serving the usual selection of wines and beers as well as cocktails. Download their drinks menu.


On Weekdays 12pm-4pm and weekends between 10am-4pm they serve brunch. The brunch menu is not as Mexican as than the normal food menu (click to enlarge):

El Chico's Streatham Brunch Menu

Location and contact details

Address: 62 Streatham High Road
SW16 1DA
Phone number: 020 8677 5100

Special offers

  • Happy hour: Monday-Friday 5pm-7pm; cheap wine (£4), cocktails (£5) and beer (£3)
  • Ladies night: Tuesday evenings; Prossecco (£4.95)
  • 20% student discount (excludes Fridays and Saturdays)


We visited El Chico’s on a Sunday for Brunch. The restaurant was nicely but slightly oddly decorated in a Mexican theme. We were the only customers in the resturarent which was a little worrying.

To drink I had a Mocha with whipped cream:

Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream from El Chico's in Streatham

And to eat I had the Mexican breakfast (eggs, chorizo, refried beans, tortilla, Salsa, sour cream and guacamole):
Mexican Breakfast from El Chico's in Streatham

Pip had unlimited (2) black coffees:

Black Coffee from El Chico's in Streatham Hill

To eat she had the veggie breakfast (eggs, halloumi, mushrooms, beans, avocado and sourdough toast):

Veggie breakfast from El Chico's Streatham Hill

The food was nice enough but nothing special for the price. We were surprised when both dishes were served to us in frying pans! I thought this was funny at first but the novelty wore off. Using metal cutlery to cut food on a non-stick pan is a weird feeling.

There wasn’t much of an atmosphere in the restaurant. We were the only two people there! The choice of music was also a bit odd – Mexican remixes of pop classics. I guess that’s also a good way to describe their brunch menu.

El Chico's Review
  • Quality of food
  • Service
  • Atmosphere
  • Value for money


The waiter was very friendly and considerate. But the food was average and the atmosphere was lacking. Overall I wouldn’t recommend El Chico’s for brunch. Try Boyce Da Roca instead.

User Review
2.67 (3 votes)