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Lares

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Santa Monica
Mexican
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2909 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-2001
(310) 829-4559
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8:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 37
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Solid Mexican restaurant

This place is popular. It seems to be really well-liked. The staff are friendly and good at what they do. The restaurant is a bit cramped, but it seemed to be part of the experience. Everything there was lively. Good chips and salsa, yummy margaritas, everyone in my group got a different style of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
Amanda T
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This place is popular. It seems to be really well-liked. The staff are friendly and good at what they do. The restaurant is a bit cramped, but it seemed to be part of the experience. Everything there was lively. Good chips and salsa, yummy margaritas, everyone in my group got a different style of enchiladas and they all looked good.

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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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110 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This is a fabulous local, authentic, family run Mexican restaurant. Dining is available both downstairs next to the bar or upstairs for tables only. We were thrilled to be handed homemade, warm tortilla chips and fresh salsa while waiting for our food to arrive. The service was super friendly! For dinner, we enjoyed enchiladas and quesadillas. Both came with rice... More 

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Nanyang, China
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Lares features an extensive menu of traditional Mexican favorites at reasonable prices. There are many choices for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. The chips are especially good, delivered warm from the kitchen. The restaurant features fast, friendly service, and mariachi music. Dessert is limited to flan only.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Great Mexican restaurant-We visited for lunch & dinner-reasonably priced, great food & good service.

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Cornville, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The restaurant is walking distance from family house so enjoyed a couple nights of great food. We had the ceviche which served 4 and it was more than enough. I had the camarones del cabon and was yummy, the dinners come with salad, rice and beans, baked potatoe, steamed veggies. Weekend evenings have live musi. I like the upstairs dining... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We went for a friend's birthday. There were 12 of us and the restaurant accommodated us by putting two tables together. The drinks were standard Mexican fare: margaritas of varying flavors and different types of beer. The ceviche was excellent as were the fish tacos. But the poor guy trying to wait on us was more than a little cranky.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

My family and I have enjoyed this place for years. The food has always been great and the festive atmosphere makes it a fun experience every time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

I get the same thing every time. Chicken mole. Negra modela. Guacamole and chips. Always the same. Always good service. Crazy decor

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We recently visited SM for the first time and we'e staying nearby. The hotel manager recommended Lares so we went there our first night. We loved the authentic ambience of the restaurant. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. The food was absolutely delicious! Very different from the Mexican food we are used to. Lares was a great place to... More 

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East Lothian, Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We ate here as staying in Travelodge nearby. It was a busy lively place with a good menu selection. We ordered the sirloin steaks with mash and veg & what a juicy tasty steak and big. It came with a side salad. There were a couple of old guys playing Mexican tunes on the guitar which we liked. Service was... More 

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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 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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