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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, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lively restaurant

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
Amanda028
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East Lothian, Scotland
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Really poor service. Waiters kept reaching over our food to shake our beer bottles. Had to keep asking for service though. To top it off when we paid the check the waiter had the audacity to tell us the tip wasn't included. He swore he had earned one

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Santa Monica, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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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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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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>  > 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 $20
Cuisine: Mexican

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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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