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Kay & Dave's Cantina

Santa Monica
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262 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402-2571
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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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, Lunch, Seating

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Cantina across from the Mart ...

Kay & Dave's Cantina is on 26th just across from the Brentwood Mart and they serve up good Mexican food & healthy bits as well. Great tasting food and nice service. Had their combo w chile relleno & taco carne asada, plus rice & beans. Friend had the grilled Ahi salad - both orders were great with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
David B L
Los Angeles, California
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  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Los Angeles, California
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1,607 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Kay & Dave's Cantina is on 26th just across from the Brentwood Mart and they serve up good Mexican food & healthy bits as well. Great tasting food and nice service. Had their combo w chile relleno & taco carne asada, plus rice & beans. Friend had the grilled Ahi salad - both orders were great with iced tea! Yum.... More 

Thank David B L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Right from the start, this is a cozy restaurant in the Santa Monica/Brentwood area. We had an early dinner here as we had spent all day at the Getty and were hungry for a great restaurant. The restaurant is quite cozy with small wood tables and a minimalist theme. On a blackboard, they have all the specials and also beers... More 

Thank Ashish N
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 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 

Thank travelingworkingmom
Richmond, Virginia
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64 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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.

Thank Elizabeth R
Santa Monica, California
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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 

Thank paul_nancy1
Los Angeles
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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.

Thank Jose S
New York City, New York
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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 

Thank Re27k
Seminole, Florida
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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.

Thank Maxwix
San Francisco, CA
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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.

Thank Scotalot
Norman, Oklahoma
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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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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 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups


Open Hours
8:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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