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2909 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-2001
(310) 829-4559
8:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Good for:
Bar scene

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
very good Mexican food

another consistently good restaurant, good service, good food, ample portions, family owned and has been there a while.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Santa Monica, CA
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Santa Monica, CA
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

another consistently good restaurant, good service, good food, ample portions, family owned and has been there a while.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Yeah yeah yeah, there's live music, strong margs, and amazing tres leches. But I come here for the carnitas 97% of the time. The other 2% I get the Chicken Mole, and 1% the house special Savanitas, which is flank steak in some madre's sauce that is not really mexican but really delicious. If you sit downstairs you may be... More 

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Eastern Norway, Norway
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

A great mexican place that I will go back to. Good size portions, great flavours and awsome Margaritha's. A great place to meet friends or just take a date or your family.

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San Diego
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Two floors of authentic and tasty Mexican cuisine, with a super friendly staff! Our large group had just about one of every item on the menu, and they were all excellent. The enchiladas were the big hit, but the nachos, shrimp fajitas and tacos were also great. We had chips and guac to start - fresh and tasty - and... More 

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Torquay, Devon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2909 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-2001
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: (310) 829-4559

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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