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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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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Good solid Mexican food

Never disappoints with satisfying dishes, drinks and service. Very comfortable and cozy inviting decor. Live mariachi band knows how to play music right!

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
Paul W
West Hollywood, California
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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86 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food here is always excellent, the service impeccable and the margarita's just right. Who could ask for more? All ways the BEST!

Thank Riskm
Edmonton, Alberta
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50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My brother took me here to show me some authentic Mexican cuisine. Was not disappointed. Charming restaurant with amazing staff. Delicious chips and homemade salsa. Had the enchiladas carnitas. ...awesome!!! Good pricing Check it out!

Thank johnnymutha
Level Contributor
86 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful food served in a charming setting with guitar players. The cocktails were also great. Service was very friendly and attentive. Authentic and fresh!

Thank covingtonLouisiana
Devon, Pennsylvania
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108 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lares on Pico Boulevard on the outskirts of Santa Monica has been serving the very best Mexican food in the state. Their freshly made salsa and pico de gallo enhances their superb cuisine. The freshest and tastiest guacamole is accompanied by fresh hot fritos. Their chile rellenos, enchiladas, and steak picado are all spiced perfectly and the corn and flour... More 

Thank emistruth
glen rock, nj
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

Had the best chile rellenos here. Tasted like I remember it when I lived in LA back in the 80s. Real poblano chiles with Mexican cheese. Only complaint was that I needed more than 2!! Service was great and margaritas and guacamole terrific! Mariachi duo was wonderful!

Thank luvturquoisesea
West Hollywood, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Never disappoints with satisfying dishes, drinks and service. Very comfortable and cozy inviting decor. Live mariachi band knows how to play music right!

Thank Paul W
Level Contributor
23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

What a good restaurant, the food was great, the service awesome & the atmosphere perfect. Not to mention the Margaritas were yum! This seems like an old school Mexican joint & is always busy.

Thank BrianD1000
Sacramento, California
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286 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Yelp helped us find Lares when we were in Santa Monica for an event. We didn't need a reservation. I ordered the enchiladas and my daughter ordered the fajitas. We enjoyed our food very much. The service was excellent until our waiter got distracted when we were settling the bill. A colleague filled in the gap. At one point a... More 

Thank Julie S
Los Angeles
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

I've been here before over the years, and stopped for lunch today because my body told me it needed Carnitas. I scanned my mental list of places with good carnitas, and remembered I hadn't visited here in a while, so I parked in back. It was about 1:00pm, and I was seated promptly in the downstairs portion. (Upstairs seems to... More 

Thank CheongYei
Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

Friendly service, made-to-order guac (great for folks who cannot eat cilantro), terrific food and delicious (and strong!) margaritas!

Thank Spiffnme

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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: Families with children, 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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