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1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2308
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Ranked #142 of 578 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $21 - $30
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
Santa Monica
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Enjoy upscale, modern Mexican food in a vibrant setting at Border Grill, the hip, urban cantina from Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters" and Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales”. Presenting the bold foods and flavors of Mexico, Border Grill has established a new standard for gourmet Mexican fare. With a menu of complex authentic dishes based on the home cooking of Oaxaca and the Yucatan, Border Grill takes Mexican food to a whole new level!
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Torrance, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This lunch was fantastic, the server was great. The chips and salsa were the best and our meals we're so different and great. We are always used to the same Mexican and this was such a great change . I had the avocado tacos and will definitely be back.

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Boulder, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I thought the food was outstanding! I had the chicken poblano enchiladas which were delicious, really rich flavors, not just hot. The service was laughably spotty, indifferent and slow, but we weren't in a hurry and the food was so good I didn't care.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Family of four adults at dinner. Appetizers were very good, good variety and flavors. Two of the meals were tasty and of good quality. One being a steak quasdillas the others a steak tostada. Both were well made; they do steaks well! The other meals tasted awful. They were seafood enchilada (special of the night) and the pescado veracruzano. The... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This was a wonderful choice for a birthday dinner. The restaurant is a little dark but the art concept around the restaurant was interesting to gaze at.The staff was super helpful and courteous. The food was AMAZING. The chile relleno burger was a such a cool concept and tasted great although a little messy.. ok alot messy. The guacamole was... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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222 reviews 222 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We had a group of 4 and had the unlimited small plates brunch for $30 per person which was totally worth it. It gave us the opportunity to try many dishes and not feel guilty if we didn't finish them. We left absolutely stuffed! We had a lot of fun and laughed a lot during our brunch, so if you... More 

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Sittard, The Netherlands
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

Rarely you find a decent place to eat at an airport, and here you have one: the Border Grill of Santa Monica happens to be also inside LAX, in the Duty Free area after the security check, and it's real food you can actually say "yummy!". excellent burgers, chiles rellenos, quesadillas with chile poblano ... and model especial. By the... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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164 reviews 164 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

After an outstanding brunch here 3 years ago, I was anxious to return to Border Grill and, back in Santa Monica, jumped. The brunch was satisfying, but less than outstanding. What is a bit different about this endless brunch is that you order from the menu, 2-3 items at a time, and then shortly receive your food on small plates.... More 

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Hay-on-Wye, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This restaurant was noisy.The service was slow.The food was terrible.I can't really bother to spend any more time on this review as the Border Grill isn't worth my time,don't waste yours

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Enjoyed a lovely, simple, well executed meal here on vacation. Felt like a normal restaurant, not a tourist gauge. Staff was lovely and attentive.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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123 reviews 123 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Border Grill has been around quite a long time but it still delivers. I had the sauteed shrimp and when I first touched them with my fork I worried they might be overcooked but they were actually perfectly cooked and very flavorful. And the rice served with it was also very good. My dining companion had the chicken enchiladas and... More 

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Additional Information about Border Grill

Address: 1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2308
Phone Number: 310-451-1655
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Mexican

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