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Border Grill

Border Grill Downtown LA

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Financial District, Los Angeles
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  • The experts at LA Weekly and Los Angeles magazine recommend this place
    • LA Weekly
    • Los Angeles magazine
  • Henry T.
    "The green corn tamales are phenomenal!"(2 Tips)
    LAist
    "their Peruvian shrimp n' grits and ceviches."(5 Tips)
    Sarah R.
    "Order the Yucatan Pork and the Sangria!"(2 Tips)
    Pocket S.
    "Awesome happy hour tacos and drinks!"(8 Tips)
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  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    Border Grill's roasted-plantain empanadas, potato rajas tacos, long-braised carnitas and pan-seared halibut crusted with pumpkin seeds are still worth a visit. Read more
  • LAist
    LAistJuly 22, 2016
    Another welcome variation on the flour-based empanada shell is the plantain version available at Border. The plantains are roasted, mashed into a dough, and then wrapped around delicious black beans. Read more
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesJanuary 30, 2014
    Skillet Nachos include tortilla chips with a mélange of cream cheese, salsa roja, chipotle salsa, adobo, black beans, pickled jalapenos, salsa fresca, crema, and a blend of four cheeses.
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RosaNovember 13, 2012
    Great service. Awesome 'LOCALS' deals. Management is wonderful. Inside seating is equally awesome to outside seating. AMAZING food. Order the Yucatan Pork and the Sangria!
  • Betty R.
    Betty RubeNovember 16, 2015
    The ceviche and tortilla soup was very tasty. Pitcher of margaritas went down easy. Loved the authentic hand made tortillas. Looking forward to trying more dishes.
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel H.December 30, 2013
    Sundays, all - you - can - eat small plates for just $25/person! A great way to sample dozens of their best dishes. Demand the Jalapeño Calamari! You're welcome!
  • LAist
    LAistApril 14, 2016
    Border Grill hosts an endless brunch extravaganza every weekend, featuring amazing Peruvian dishes such as their Peruvian shrimp n' grits and ceviches. $30. Read more
  • Navarro P.
    Navarro ParkerNovember 10, 2012
    Cucumber jalapeño margarita is fantastic. Ceviche tostadas are so fresh and tasty esp if you love lots of fresh lime. A little messy to eat though.
  • Ashley T.
    Ashley TerrellSeptember 19, 2012
    If you're looking for an excuse to pay Border Grill a visit & also want to meet new people, they've partnered with Grubwithus.com to host social dinners on the first Tuesday of every month.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityJanuary 17, 2012
    You may recognize Border Grill owners and co-chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger from Bravo’s 'Top Chef Masters' and as the co-hosts of The Food Network's 'Too Hot Tamales.'
  • Jeremy
    JeremyApril 8, 2016
    Very friendly staff. Chicken Enchilada was very good and a lot of food. Bartender that night made us mystery drinks, all very good.
  • Brett R.
    Brett R.April 2, 2016
    Excellent food. Good cocktails. Very good staff. They got part of our order wrong but made it up to us in extraordinary ways. Recommended.
  • Los Angeles magazine
    Their carne asada was more rib eye than strip steak, and the tangle of roasted garlic and ribbons of serrano pepper... was respectful. And good. Read more
  • James L.
    James LeeJune 8, 2011
    love the plantain empanadas, the Baka ceviche is fresh, and the quesadillas are excellent. Margaritas are alway a great choice here too.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel L.January 15, 2013
    Potato tacos with sweet bell and smoky Poblano peppers, caramelized onions, chunky guacamole, corn, and chipotle crema.
  • KCRW
    KCRWApril 10, 2012
    For authentico street food flair with celebrity chefs at the helm, Border Grill is the spot! Don't forget your Fringe Benefits card for your delicioso evening!
  • Karl H.
    Karl HobartFebruary 1, 2015
    For lunch, the torta de costillas is rich and moist. I don't recommend the grilled chicken and avocado.
  • Althea S.
    Althea StearnsFebruary 15, 2016
    Yucatan pork was tender and juicy. The sides, brussel sprouts and yams were delicious.
  • Rockin' Talent M.
    Rockin' Talent ManagerAugust 19, 2011
    TGIF! Meet the beautiful Rancho Escondido girls today from 4:30-6:30pm during Happy Hour and don't forget to get your light up shot glass beads!
  • alexi p.
    alexi papaAugust 30, 2014
    The cracked pepper turkey is out-of-this-world AMAZING! Best kept secret
  • Billy A.
    Billy AmpDecember 9, 2014
    What a fantastic Sunday Brunch! Tons to chose from and unique selections! They killed it
  • V H.
    V HFebruary 22, 2012
    The avocado taco is coated in quinoa, sesame seeds and yummy goodness!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 22, 2011
    Featured in LA Weekly's "L.A.'s Best Cocktails: Our 55 favorites and where to find them." (Click 'More Info') Read more
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BlumaFebruary 23, 2012
    Ginger cheesecake is excellent http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-cooking-class-with-mary-sue-milliken.html?m=1
  • Danny D.
    Danny DeraneyAugust 8, 2014
    Chicken salad with Cumin vinaigrette is fantastic.
  • Henry T.
    Henry ThachMay 20, 2012
    The green corn tamales are phenomenal! I'm already craving more.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 8, 2012
    Order from the quesadilla menu—they’re all delicious! Read more
  • Keila E.
    Keila EllisJanuary 7, 2011
    Poblano Pork is incredible! And so is the ceviche and guacamole!
  • Chef Bev L.
    Chef Bev LazoOctober 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the @Bordergrill Enjoying Sopes Y Caldo De Kabocha Sooo Good
  • Rockin' Talent M.
    Rockin' Talent ManagerAugust 18, 2011
    Unwind during Happy Hour today & meet the beautiful Rancho Escondido girls from 4:30-6:30pm!!
  • Robert B.
    Robert BownsJune 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Tacos are a WOW! Love this place!
  • Rebs Y.
    Rebs YApril 13, 2012
    Order Tequila with Sangrita: "he spicy, citrus-based house sangrita is just right"
  • Decon Chadwick C.
    Looked Nice & Good Food Horrible Management. Understaffed. Servers Were Stressed & Behind ( They Tried) The Hostess Was Pulled To Help. We Waited Forever. & My Date Got Food Poisoning For $80. Wow...
  • Hemang
    HemangJanuary 27, 2013
    Sign up for the VIP club & get 15% off every visit afterwards!
  • maria
    mariaOctober 5, 2012
    Happy Hour: M-F 4-7pm ; F + S 9pm - Closing ; Sun 4pm - closing
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunSeptember 30, 2015
    Awesome happy hour tacos and drinks!
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroOctober 22, 2011
    get ready for some inventive mexican food with a twist!
  • Gwendolyn S.
    Gwendolyn SchugJuly 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    the churro donuts are a must!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyApril 13, 2015
    A vendor at LA Weekly's Tacolandia 2015!
  • Dee L.
    Dee LongApril 13, 2014
    Small plate Sundays: unlimited for $25
  • EDollaSign
    EDollaSignApril 16, 2013
    15% off every visit. #swag #surf #iswagwhenisurf #vip
  • Aditya R.
    Aditya RaghuwanshiAugust 22, 2013
    Amazing brisket taquitos
  • Carrie D.
    Carrie DufresneMay 19, 2011
    Ginger hibiscus margarita is amazing!
  • Aniruddha
    AniruddhaJuly 21, 2013
    One of the best Mexican food ever!!
  • Brandon M.
    Brandon M.November 30, 2014
    Surprisingly delicious corn tamales!
  • Francisco G.
    Francisco GarciarosDecember 11, 2011
    Have the Tres Leche for dessert!
  • Gary M.
    Gary MorrillFebruary 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best happy hour in downtown la!
  • Jason R.
    Jason RedmondNovember 24, 2011
    Try the churro tots!
  • Sally S.
    Sally St ClairJune 26, 2015
    Top shelf margarita and chips/salsa
  • 👑Mz. Sondra👑
    👑Mz. Sondra👑October 16, 2015
    Salmon tacos are awesome
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 29, 2010
    Featured on LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!
  • Francisco G.
    Francisco GarciarosDecember 11, 2011
    Always use your good neighbor card for 15% off bill!!
  • Nick B.
    Nick BryanNovember 11, 2010
    $4.50 mojitos at happy hour. awesome deal
  • Kyle C.
    Kyle ClayholdNovember 14, 2011
    Important the VIP 15% special checking does not include happy hour! Even though the special does not inform you. This is bs and would avoid this place even the manager will not honor the discount.
  • Erin Y.
    Erin YoungDecember 2, 2010
    mexican chopped salad...amazing flavor
  • trice the afrikanbuttafly
    trice the afrikanbuttaflyApril 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Margaritas + Spinach Empanadas = Yumminess-ness
  • Francisco G.
    Francisco GarciarosDecember 11, 2011
    Mojotos are worth a try
  • Now L.
    Now Lean-BackNovember 23, 2011
    Great happy hour!
  • Jess K.
    Jess KonoAugust 19, 2015
    Underwhelming. Was not impressed with any of the dishes
  • M M.
    M MNovember 8, 2010
    Best taquitos ever.
  • Tumara G.
    Tumara GrijalvaJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Potato relleno.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesJuly 14, 2011
    Head 2 @BorderGrillDTLA via @metrolosangeles to 7th/Metro - http://ht.ly/5Bx8L
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