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Kay & Dave's Cantina

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Santa Monica
Mexican
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262 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402-2571
310-260-1355
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8:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice little neighborhood place

Really enjoyed the fish tacos as a light dinner. The margarita was made with agave wine since they didn't have tequila and it was still tasty.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2014
Elizabeth R
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Richmond, Virginia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Los Angeles, California
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219 reviews 219 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This place is delicious and we used to bring our very young children and no body minded if they were fussy or loud. That being said, it has very high quality food that I really enjoy. Love the soup, love the guac, love the salmon. My kids always like it and even my foodie husband likes it. I would never... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Really enjoyed the fish tacos as a light dinner. The margarita was made with agave wine since they didn't have tequila and it was still tasty.

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Santa Monica, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Kay n' Daves is a local Mexican restaurant with three locations. Local residents always go to and speak highly of this restaurant. The Santa Monica location on 26th street is in very chi chi Brentwood.....the very expensive part of town. This is an area where you may well run into a well know person. Yet, the restaurant is moderately priced.... More 

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Los Angeles
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70 reviews 70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We go often for lunch to this restaurant. Service super friendly. Food is great. I recommend the carne asada, that comes with one enchilada and a chile relleno. We love it and we go several times a month. It is close to our office and it is often the choice of all.

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New York City, New York
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295 reviews 295 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

Began with guacamole and tortilla chips. Had black bean soup that was thick and delicious. Next, we ordered fajitas with chicken, molcajete with chicken and salmon another one with beef too. Habanero pesto shrimp and salmon and spinach enchilada were also ordered. The dishes were plentiful. Our waiter Chris was terrific. I recommend this location and the other one I... More 

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Seminole, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stumbled across this small "cozy" restaurant after a recommendation from some locals. Lovely Manager, good waiter - great vibe. Food was very good - perhaps Oaxacan. Would definitely go again. Reasonable prices. Recommend.

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San Francisco, CA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Food is bland compared to good LA Mexican food. The margaritas were decent however they arrived after the appetizer (even though we ordered drinks first.....one of my pet peeves). On the positive side, outdoor seating and atmosphere was great. Downtown culver city is very cute. I would return only in a pinch, there are better options.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

I had my taste buds all set to enjoy some California Mexican food, but was so disappointed. My husband ordered the cheese enchiladas which he described as cheese enchiladas with spaghetti sauce on them. I ordered the Chicken Soup which I thought would have a spicy tortillas soup like quality. It did not have any spice to it at all.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2009

I really want this place to be better than 3 stars but it just taint.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2009

Very friendly. Large menu. I wasn't impressed by the salsa, but I prefer a chunky, thick, cilantro heavy, flavor spicy salsa ;) The portions are large enough to share. The service is outstanding. RECOMMEND

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 262 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402-2571
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-260-1355

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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