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Baja Cantina

Baja Cantina

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Venice, Marina del Rey
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  • Maxym N.
    "happy hour, free chips with salsa, build your own burrito"(4 Tips)
    Matt R.
    "Perfect spot to enjoy a margarita on a beautiful day at the beach."(21 Tips)
    Nicole G.
    "YES! Happy hour here is awesome."(8 Tips)
    Jonna B.
    "Must have food; street tacos."(3 Tips)
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  • Edlin C.
    Edlin ChoiJune 19, 2012
    Cool outdoor seating w a fire and heat lamps for when it's chilly. Was craving BBQ and it happened to be BBQ night here. Ribs hit the spot. Self serve nachos & salsa r great. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KAugust 18, 2014
    Better food than Cabo. Chips & salsa are great, has more consistency & thickness than Cabo's. Street tacos. Steak quesadilla. Tropical decor is cool, takes you away from the street nearby. Gets packed
  • Henke
    HenkeApril 5, 2016
    A nice mexican restaurant with very good service and friendly and helpful personnel. Try the ribs and margarita.
  • Tori Jane F.
    Tori Jane FJuly 21, 2013
    I'm from Carmel, and they have another location up there. I always come here when I'm homesick. A monterey quesadilla and a margarita can cure any ailment.
  • Sherrie R.
    Sherrie RohdeJuly 8, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Love sitting outdoors here! Frozen coconut margaritas are delish and the tropical mango enchiladas are my fave. Chips and salsa are great, too!
  • Matt R.
    Matt RosenbergJune 6, 2013
    There isn't a bad seat in the place. Very open and lots of light. Perfect spot to enjoy a margarita on a beautiful day at the beach.
  • Dress for the Date
    Dress for the DateMarch 14, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The Cesar Salad is always remarkably fresh, and the kitchen does an impeccable job prepping the Romaine Lettuce.
  • Eddie W.
    Eddie WilliamsMarch 13, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    One of my favorites places to go for the past 15 years. It's my home bar! The staff, drinks & food are impeccable!
  • Matt R.
    Matt RosenbergApril 2, 2013
    Be careful. An hour lunch has been known to turn into a 5 hour "happy hour" for me and my friends. Good margaritas and HUGE tacquitos. Enjoy!
  • Steven C.
    Steven CohenJune 26, 2013
    Excellent service and food. Coming from the east coast it was a totally different taste of Mexican cuisine. Good choice if in the area.
  • Andy W.
    Andy WoodJune 18, 2013
    The first rule of cocktail club - you don't talk about cocktail club. (P.s. frozen raspberry margaritas are the best!!
  • Jp
    JpOctober 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Baja Margarita is so delicious you don't realize how many you've had until you're stumbling out the door.
  • Jeff P.
    Jeff PierceAugust 24, 2015
    Classic MDR Mexican restaurant. Great food, bar, outdoor patio. Perfect for sports fans.
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BlumJuly 1, 2013
    chicken queso's we're average at best. "hornitos" margarita wasn't anything special but it gets the job done. good atmosphere and service was good as well. check it out for yourself ...
  • Jonna B.
    Jonna BirgansDecember 9, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the skinny margaritas. Yum. Must have food; street tacos. Great serving staff- fun bartenders!
  • Alina T.
    Alina TchMay 27, 2016
    Great strawberry margarita! And the size is right for me!
  • Neena K.
    Neena KamathFebruary 11, 2016
    Awesome outdoor patio! The 'Skinny' margaritas are very alcohol-first; I'd recommend the Cadillac. Food is so-so.
  • Nicole G.
    Nicole GoddardJanuary 30, 2011
    YES! Happy hour here is awesome. Great vibe. Had great service, surprisingly (for venice anyway). Try the fish tacos!
  • Greg S.
    Greg SchultzJuly 29, 2013
    Donny the bartender is one of the best there is. Great pours and really funny/engaging
  • Kerry L.
    Kerry LathamJuly 18, 2013
    Strawberry margaritas are delish & try the combo so you can mix it up!!
  • Bryce V.
    Bryce Van DykeSeptember 24, 2011
    I eat mexican all the time and this is the best I've ever had. Hands down. Had chimichangas.
  • Ekin P.
    Ekin PehlivanJuly 15, 2016
    Surf's up tostada, sunrise taquitos, golden nachos, wet burritos
  • Milos D.
    Milos DjukelicJanuary 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Our favorite mexican place. Coming here for 4 years and it keeps good. Nachos and salsa are epic
  • Paige R.
    Paige RobertsonJuly 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Theee best free chips and salsa. Happy hour has sweet deals too! Go for the margaritas.
  • Kyle W.
    Kyle WilsonApril 23, 2016
    Liked the steak fajitas - veggies were cooked just right (little bit of crunch)
  • Cassmosphere
    CassmosphereJuly 9, 2013
    Watch out for auto-gratuity on checks! Two of us. She tacked on an 18% gratuity charge without saying anything. Sssshady....
  • Michael G.
    Michael GaraJanuary 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    brought manager over and he wouldnt honor the special. somewhat absurd when its just a $5 rum and coke....great deal....NOT!
  • Evan G.
    Evan GhigliottyJune 18, 2012
    Get the Blackened chicken with prawns burrito and thank me later.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GaraJanuary 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    they also claim that this foursquare account isnt theirs, so you should stop checking in and giving them business
  • Joann J.
    Joann JaimesAugust 13, 2013
    The BBQ ribs here are phenomenal!! I was surprised
  • Maxym N.
    Maxym NesmashnyAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    happy hour, free chips with salsa, build your own burrito
  • Joann J.
    Joann JaimesAugust 13, 2013
    Does this look like a black wine glass? Noooo! It's a cabernet filled to the rim. Courtesy of Bartender Josh
  • Bethalyn S.
    Bethalyn StaplesJune 8, 2013
    They did not sign up for the Foursquare Special, but are nice about about giving it with a house rum.
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RossOctober 2, 2014
    Amazing place, rosemary chicken was to die for!!
  • Robert Crawford R.
    Robert Crawford REALTOROctober 19, 2014
    Nice patio and a good place to day drink near the beach
  • Cynthia R.
    Cynthia RazaMay 30, 2011
    The churros were delicious. Crispy on the outside, gooey inside.
  • char z.
    char zvolanekFebruary 11, 2013
    grab chips and salsa from the serve-yourself bar, then get a margarita on the rocks.
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BahlsSeptember 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try any of the Rosemary Chicken dishes!
  • Reni R.
    Reni ROctober 7, 2013
    Great authentic mexican food, delicious cocktails!
  • Kate H.
    Kate HughesApril 24, 2013
    Brett (i think?) makes them yummy and strong!
  • Doralys B.
    Doralys BrittoJune 12, 2014
    The mauro's taco combination plate is AMAZING.
  • Sean R.
    Sean RDecember 5, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Madison is the best waitress... and the macadiama nut salad is pretty good if you like salad...
  • Sunny B.
    Sunny BakFebruary 24, 2014
    Mango margarita is the best.
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SapienApril 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    JC Rita - Don Julio blanco Cadillac with Grand Marnier! $11. Amazing price !
  • Stewart W.
    Stewart WhitworthJuly 6, 2013
    Apparently the free rum special is a "malfunction" and a "scam" but they gave it to me anyway..
  • Matt
    MattApril 13, 2011
    Happy hour food & drink: Mon through Fri from 3 to 6:30... Try the Taquito Sunrise.
  • D.J. P.
    D.J. PerezApril 25, 2013
    bomb Happy Hour deals from 3:30pm-6:30pm
  • Gloria G.
    Gloria GarciaMarch 26, 2012
    Great place to get drunk but don't pass out, no parking 2am to 6am
  • Jonna B.
    Jonna BirgansJune 30, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Great for ambiance and free chips n salsa Read more
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaFebruary 28, 2016
    Get a margarita on the rocks with fresh lime juice
  • Jerry A.
    Jerry AucoinApril 29, 2012
    One of the 25 douchiest bars in Los Angeles.
  • Marie L.
    Marie LeducJune 8, 2011
    The special listed for this location (free Rum & Coke) is not real. When I showed it to the waitress she told me that it wasn't posted by the establishment on Foursquare and that it was a scam.
  • Jonna B.
    Jonna BirgansMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the "skinny" fish sandwich. Delish!
  • Blake K.
    Blake KnightJuly 3, 2011
    Turns out the check-in 'Special' is a ruse. They don't offer it or any other specials.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HerronApril 1, 2012
    One of the bartenders is super hot. try to find him
  • Chrissy
    ChrissySeptember 30, 2013
    Always a fun place to go!
  • Sandy B.
    Sandy BFMarch 22, 2011
    The Blackened Burrito, while delicious, is a meal for 2, 3, or even 4.
  • Jennifer W.
    Jennifer WhangJanuary 28, 2012
    Make sure big mike makes your drink!
  • Miguel A.
    Miguel AndrisaniMarch 26, 2011
    Amazing! New chef!!! Lotsa gays love it !!!
  • Ciaran C.
    Ciaran CoatesJune 6, 2012
    I wouldnt bother, they dont honour the check in special here
  • zammalhabe
    zammalhabeOctober 29, 2012
    don julio gives a sweet touch to "hello don, you give me julios"
  • Mark K.
    Mark KizelshteynDecember 29, 2014
    Gotta try the seltzer
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SheaNovember 13, 2016
    We got food poisoning. Wow. The drinks were weak, everything was overpriced (what isn't in that neighborhood though), and the food was mediocre tasting.
  • Charles S.
    Charles ShamashFebruary 20, 2012
    They DO NOT honor the special!! Even though showed them on my phone. All heard was "oh sorry!"
  • Gary S.
    Gary SchechnerJuly 11, 2013
    Great outdoor patio.
  • Robert S.
    Robert SusnarJune 2, 2012
    Great place mike Kosak is not a good waiter. Funny but .....
  • Cynthia M.
    Cynthia MurilloJanuary 14, 2012
    Burrito verde was AMAZING.
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KAugust 17, 2014
    Party Central! 🍻🍹
  • Randal S.
    Randal SchwartzMay 8, 2012
    THE CHECK IN SPECIAL IS GONE. FOURSQUARE REFUSES TO TAKE IT DOWN.
  • Ohad Z.
    Ohad Z.July 17, 2011
    outside + margarita + good bike parking Read more
  • Lauren E.
    Lauren EdwardsJanuary 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    FYI no happy hour on holidays.
  • Lysandra C.
    Lysandra Carter-AaronJanuary 18, 2014
    Don't get the non-mexican beer
  • k p.
    k pJanuary 15, 2012
    Me eat a fish taco here once
  • Rhonda N.
    Rhonda NelsonAugust 31, 2009
    Margaritas and patio. Happy hour 5-7 great appetizer prices
  • Taylor W.
    Taylor WaltmonJanuary 7, 2015
    Micheladas .. No good 😩
  • Randal S.
    Randal SchwartzJune 15, 2011
    NO LONGER HONORING FOURSQUARE DEALS SET UP BY PREVIOUS MANAGER. PLEASE REMOVE.
  • Maynard&Child O.
    Maynard&Child OlivesFebruary 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Endless self serve chips n salsa.
  • Janice Hiromi R.
    Janice Hiromi ReinoldAugust 17, 2011
    Dont check in here! You don't get your special Don Q and rum drink and they don't even know what foursquare is. Boo!
  • Justin T.
    Justin TaylorAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the margarita
  • Wesley K.
    Wesley KaminskyJuly 2, 2013
    Avoid the fish tacos at all cost. Too fishy.
  • Shobhit B.
    Shobhit BaadkarAugust 9, 2014
    Don't expect any water here. They make you fetch your own. WTF?
  • Paul M.
    Paul MeyersOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Managers are really nice but have a bad breath....
  • Deb Dawg
    Deb DawgMay 6, 2010
    I can never get enough self-serve chips and salsa.
  • Allie S.
    Allie SavvidesJanuary 20, 2012
    Guac is spicy....what the hell?
  • Richie
    RichieAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Abi is the shit. TIP HER WELL!!
  • Maurice S.
    Maurice SallaveJuly 28, 2011
    The cricket noise in the background is fake.
  • Ingrid P.
    Ingrid P.August 26, 2016
    MARGARITAS!!!!!
    Upvoted Feb 4
  • Nathan L.
    Nathan LevinsonMay 14, 2010
    Oh.. And service was shite. Good luck ordering. Bring a lasoo or employ your tractor beam.
  • Brian A.
    Brian AucoinMay 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great nooks for game watching, ask for Rocky
  • Dress for the Date
    Dress for the DateSeptember 12, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    One word. "patio"
  • Sevan D.
    Sevan DJuly 30, 2011
    This special doesn't exist according to my server.
  • Bryan J.
    Bryan JordanMay 15, 2012
    Check in deal doesn't exist!!!
  • Kelly Z.
    Kelly ZeiglerNovember 7, 2010
    try the poppers
  • Byron L.
    Byron LongJuly 17, 2012
    Beware they don't honor the check in special, lame!
  • Stacey~Marie
    Stacey~MarieMarch 12, 2012
    Special isn't real!!!! Manager wouldn't accept it! Claimed it was a lie!!!!
  • Nathan L.
    Nathan LevinsonMay 14, 2010
    Margs are terrible...& I rocked Cadillacs! Germophobes won't do well w/ the self-serve chip dispensary. Street tacos good. Friend liked sliders. Let's be honest, come here for margs tho. Needs work.
  • Christina C.
    Christina CaldwellAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Food is no bueno. Blah!
  • Jan
    JanSeptember 19, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Rosmary Quesadilla!
  • Joshua V.
    Joshua Van DykFebruary 22, 2016
    Service is pretty horrible. On the upside free chips and salsa, portions a good sized, and it is a good spot to watch sports and still feel like you are outside.
  • Sarah D.
    Sarah DeverJuly 21, 2012
    The special doesn't work here. Boo :(
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