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Border Grill

1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2308
310-451-1655
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Ranked #145 of 563 restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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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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Eugene, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This place has adequate Mexican fare, although I have had better. The happy hour tacos and margaritas were tasty and decently priced, but be aware that the happy hour menu is only served in the bar. Service was average and the server tried to bring us appetizers that we didn't order and looked confused when we didn't accept them. The... More

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our early Friday dinner at Border Grill. Had excellent service from Eduardo. Loved the food. Only complaint was that the pomegranate margarita seemed a little weak!

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

For 'simple' Mexican food the Border grill seems to be a bit over the top in terms of what it's trying to achieve, sadly this the place lacked any real atmosphere (but that might have been because it was a Monday night) but more importantly the food lacked any taste. Perhaps the chef is one of the new breed that... More

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This meal started badly as although we had pre-booked we were shown to a table right at the back which did not have enough place settings & was messy. Then the (friendly) waiter bought the wrong wine despite confirming that we wanted white wine he bought red! Drinks took ages to come too but menu looked good so took the... More

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Tallinn
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Went here with friends for a total of five people, three adults and two children. Made the reservation ahead of time and arrived a few minutes before my friends so had a seat at the bar. Room was a third full with the standard after work crowd well into their happy hour. This brings me to the main not so... More

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Los Angeles
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My kids took me there for Father's day in mid-afternoon. The place was about one third full. The salsa selection (three types) was very good - but several of the chips were insufficiently cooked (they were instead soft and rubbery when in the mouth). That first impression marred an otherwise pleasant experience. The meals were well prepared and the atmosphere... More

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PA
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100 reviews 100 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We had dinner here recently, and it was delicious. They have Pisco sours on the bar menu, which are not very common outside of South America, and they were just as good as the sours we had in Peru. All four of our entrees, as well as our appetizers were full of flavor and delicious. Service was wonderful, and our... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I visited this restaurant by myself and was asked if I'd mind sitting at the bar area because I was on my own, and I said would like a normal table, as this has frequently happened to me when dining alone. I was directed to a table and the service was good. I finished my starter and straight away my... More

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Santa Monica, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Border Grill. The 2 hot tamales. Susan and Mary Sue have been cooking healthy, flavorsome Mexican food from this Downtown SM location for last 20 years. The food is still inventive, tasty and delicious. I'm a big fan of the tostada salad and the sweet corn tamales. Slow roasted pork is also delicious. They source ingredients from the Santa Monica... More

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LA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We had lunch here a few weeks ago. Very good food and lots of choices...especially with small plates. There's a reason they've been around so long!

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