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2909 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-2001
(310) 829-4559
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Ranked #110 of 573 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Cuisines: Mexican
Santa Monica
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Torquay, Devon
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

While the restaurant was very busy when we arrived, it emptied by around 9.30pm. Food was okay but not terribly tasty

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Los Angeles
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I discovered this gem several years ago and wish I had known about it before. Great authentic Mexican dishes, incredible salsas and delicious margaritas that are priced well! It's a local favorite, and for good reason!

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 via mobile

Ate here whilst staying in Santa Monica and enjoyed authentic Mexican cuisine in a great atmosphere. Food was reasonably priced but drinks were slightly expensive. All in all would definately recommend if staying in this vicinity.

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Los Angeles
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83 reviews 83 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I recall Lares in the 70s ... not I know that is more than 20 years ago ... but it had the world's best carnitas ... crispy on the outside ... juicy and succulent within. But, alas, not my recent visit experience. They were soft and 'characterless'. Nonetheless, Lares is 'authentic', warm and welcoming.

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Youngtown, Arizona
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We were looking for some good Mexican food in Santa Monica and we found it. The atmosphere was great and the staff was very friendly and attentive. I would recommend to anyone.

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Milton Keynes
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Good service, great variety (inc. vegetarian) and excellent food. Good value. We enjoyed it so much we went all 3 nights we were in Santa Monica

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Pleasant Hill, California
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163 reviews 163 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Breakfast at this neighborhood spot could have been a winner but not when it competes with the world cup. Yikes, it got noisy pretty quick and the game was Argentina vs. Iran! One would expect a lot more pizzazz in the sauces and, at least, to get what was ordered. So, all we could say is that everything was just... More 

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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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117 reviews 117 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

The Albondigas soup was excellent. Three of us shared a large bowl. Great flavor and several meatballs. I had the Chicken mole, an excellent choice with a thick, dark mole sauce. My wife's carnita was good but a bit dry. Good Margaritas. One problem was that it was too dark to read the menu without a flashlight, Marriachi music was... More 

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Austin, Texas, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We hit Lares every year when staying at the Travelodge Santa Monica. It's always been a fun and festive place (especially the upstairs) and the food is always good (albeit I am a Texan used to Tex-Mex). What I've noticed is they get better all the time too, which is what I love about them. Jesse and his crew run... More 

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Top Contributor
139 reviews 139 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Unique little place. Makes you feel like you are really in Mexico. A little on the dark side and loud side but I guess that's part of the vibe. Food was good. I had the catch of the day and it was cooked perfectly. My daughter really enjoyed her quesadillas and the salsa was very fresh. Steaks were good as... More 

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Additional Information about Lares

Address: 2909 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-2001
Phone Number: (310) 829-4559
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: Mexican

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