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Border Grill

Border Grill Santa Monica

Mexican Restaurant · Downtown Santa Monica
1445 4th St (at Broadway), Santa Monica, CA 90401, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 11:30 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
7.7/10

Based on 225 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Michael A.
    "Love the green corn tamales and the quinioa fritters!"(5 Tips)
    Chester B.
    "Chile relleno burger is excellent."(4 Tips)
    Lauren D.
    "But try the cucumber jalapeño margarita and the seafood ceviche!"(2 Tips)
    Tom H.
    "Happy Hour Lamb Tacos are the Best!"(12 Tips)

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73 Tips

  • Eileen R.

    Decent, but nothing that tell me I have to go back. Good service.

    Eileen Rivera · January 10
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  • Natalie G.

    Non authentic Mexican food.

    Natalie Guerra · October 22, 2015
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  • May ♍.

    Above average food at this high-end, sit down, 'nouvelle' Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica. The food is creative and tasty, the drinks are effective and service is good enough

    May ♍ · August 14, 2015
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  • sayumi

    Come during brunch hour when there is an all you can eat option. There's so much variety in the small plates that you can order from pancakes and waffles to burritos and tacos! So creative and tasty.

    sayumi · June 5, 2015
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  • Melanie B.

    the happy Hour is with to go but the brunch is quite too expensive for what it is

    Melanie Brand · March 2, 2015
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  • Rebeca H.

    The food was good not time I go to Santa Monica I would like to try the tacos :)

    Rebeca Hernandez · February 17, 2015
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  • Mariza G.

    Sweet corn tamales...heavenly!

    Mariza Garrido · January 19, 2015
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  • Matthew S.

    The brunch is a godsend.

    Matthew Smith · December 29, 2014
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  • Stephen K.

    Chile Rellenos is a solid entry dish. Delicious salsa, good for groups, great location.

    Stephen Koontz · September 18, 2014
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  • Chefs Feed

    Piero Selvaggio, chef of Valentino, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Green corn tamales. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
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  • Akiko I.

    More modern and clean Mexican food. You can try their appetizers with "Boarder classics", and great sautéed shrimp! Tostada was meh.

    Akiko I · August 10, 2014
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  • Justin S.

    Salsas and guacamole were good, as was my quesadilla. Margarita pitcher could have used some more careful mixing!

    Justin Streufert · August 9, 2014
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  • Los Angeles Times

    The restaurant, its chefs and its cookbooks have been around so long that it's easy to take them for granted, as breathtaking as its stuffed steak and pescado Veracruzano were when we first had them. Read more

    Los Angeles Times · August 3, 2014
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  • Mishal A.

    Overrated 👎

    Mishal Almigrin ☕️ · June 21, 2014
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  • Erika S.

    Grilled fish tacos....just do it

    Erika Sickinger · May 16, 2014
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  • Thomas G.

    Asedo quesedilla or whatever it was called was amazing. Staff was excellent!

    Thomas Gjøsund · March 20, 2014
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  • Eric W.

    Won't be going back there...carnitas plate without tortillas and a soda was $30...definitely not worth the money!

    Eric Watson · March 13, 2014
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  • Eric W.

    Food was good but I must ask how you have carnitas without tortillas?

    Eric Watson · March 13, 2014
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  • Ashley H.

    They have a special menu for NYE, but you can still order off the regular menu as well!

    Ashley Haglund · January 14, 2014
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  • Dan L.

    Run far away. The moribund staff is coasting off recipes that could be much better executed. You know you are in trouble when the best thing you are served are the chips and salsa.

    Dan Levy · January 6, 2014
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  • Akiko I.

    Green corn tamale - very flavorful! Hit & miss on foods in general but they got a very high note on the tamale!

    Akiko I · October 22, 2013
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  • Cassie P.

    So many flavors for the palette! White fish ceviche was my favorite :) Try the jalapeño cucumber margarita!!

    Cassie P · August 24, 2013
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  • Jenny B.

    Love their sampler platter of plantain empanadas and green corn tamales!

    Jenny Brooks-Stratton · August 22, 2013
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  • Ravi K.

    New menu is fun. Signed up gor special mescal dinner.

    Ravi Kristin · June 20, 2013
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  • Los Angeles Times

    Border Grill is the rare mainstream restaurant whose tacos don't make you yearn for a truck parked by an auto-parts junkyard somewhere in East L.A. Read more

    Los Angeles Times · May 31, 2013
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  • Becca P.

    PLANTAIN EMPANADAS ARE INCREDIBLE. TOP 5 FOODS I HAVE EATEN IN MY LIFE.

    Becca P · April 21, 2013
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  • Tom H.

    Happy Hour Lamb Tacos are the Best!

    Tom Hall · March 20, 2013
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  • Jason Scott L.

    Poor cell coverage in the back. Sit close to the windows!

    Jason Scott Livingston · February 6, 2013
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  • Lauren S.

    Bottomless brunch!!!!! Oh the Pancakes!

    Lauren Simpson · January 27, 2013
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  • The Culinary Institute of America

    You may remember Chef Susan Feniger '77 from Food Network's "Too Hot Tamales." But before she made her TV debut, she was a student at The Culinary Institute of America!

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  • Davina V.

    Try the Baja Ceviche!!! Amazing!

    Davina Villagrana · August 11, 2012
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  • Ella M.

    This place has the best mexican! Food is awesome, stuff is attentive! The best in town! Come back and back and back!

    Ella Motorxoom · July 2, 2012
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  • G J.

    Try the Carnitas And Brisket Tacos

    G J · June 13, 2012
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  • G J.

    Try the Tacos al Pastor

    G J · June 13, 2012
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  • Jeff S.

    they have brunch on weekends.

    Jeff S · May 13, 2012
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  • genevieve b.

    get the jalapeno margarita. hot, hot, hot.

    genevieve b · May 7, 2012
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  • KCRW

    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!

    KCRW · April 10, 2012
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  • Shaun B.

    Amazing food! Highly suggest the Quesadilla

    Shaun Brown · February 25, 2012
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  • Paul

    The watermelon lemonade is great!

    Paul · February 25, 2012
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  • Shaun B.

    Amazing Food and Service! Highly Suggest!

    Shaun Brown · January 28, 2012
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  • Michael A.

    Love the green corn tamales and the quinioa fritters!

    Michael Allen · November 29, 2011
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  • Lauren D.

    Good food, awesome atmosphere, very pricey for what you get. But try the cucumber jalapeño margarita and the seafood ceviche! Soooo good!!!

    Lauren Delfino · October 9, 2011
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  • LA Weekly

    Border Grill is the rare mainstream Mexican restaurant whose tacos don't make you yearn for a truck parked by an auto-parts junkyard somewhere in East L.A. Read more

    LA Weekly · October 4, 2011
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  • Chrysanthe T.

    go for happy hour for tasty cocktails and amazing appetizers at the bar for cheap.

    Chrysanthe Tenentes · October 1, 2011
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  • Dress for the Date

    The new happy hour tacos both Grilled Fish and Avocado are new, revamped and amazing.

    Dress for the Date · September 14, 2011
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  • Dress for the Date

    The new menu is great! More vegetables less heavy. Also sampler plates.

    Dress for the Date · September 11, 2011
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  • Chester B.

    Chile relleno burger is excellent. Service is poor, our table was never cleared of plates the entire meal, drinks were never refilled.

    Chester Beltowski · August 16, 2011
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  • Buy Local Market

    Exclusive Couples Cooking Class with Executive Chef Alex Moreno available 8/20 Read more

    Buy Local Market · August 10, 2011
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  • Nedra A.

    I have love hate relationship with this place!

    Nedra A · August 6, 2011
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  • Ken S.

    As much as I like this spot, the Downtown location is far superior

    Ken S · July 10, 2011
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