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Border Grill

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Santa Monica
Mexican
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1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2308
310-451-1655
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
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
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Enjoy upscale, modern Mexican food in a vibrant setting at Border Grill...
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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Visitor rating
  • 69
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 46
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good modern Mexican food, great service

A very enjoyable meal with a good selection of modern Mexican food and a good range of wines and beers. A good buzz about the pace and service efficient and very friendly. Recommended for a group.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
RogerFB
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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

A very enjoyable meal with a good selection of modern Mexican food and a good range of wines and beers. A good buzz about the pace and service efficient and very friendly. Recommended for a group.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I had high hopes for this experience as I'm a huge Top Chef Masters fan and my expectations were FAR exceeded. The service at "Border Grill" was beyond amazing! From the moment you walk in, the hostess greeted us with genuine joy to see us. The servers exuded happiness! The chef came over after our meal and spoke with our... More 

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Beverly Hills, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

As soon as I knew we would be in LA I wanted to go to Border Grill. Loved watching both chefs on TOP CHEF masters and knew I had to get to their restaurant. Start to finish the most yummy, unique and gorgeous plate of "Border" style fare I have had in ??????? Absolutely need to add this to your... More 

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Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

First time at Border Grill I had the most delicious yucatan pork and best margarita with yummy tres leche cake! That day there were also a few famous faces sitting near my table. This last time I was pressed for time and unfortunately had a much 'lighter' lunch...but it was still very filling and satifying. The non alcoholic pomegranate lemonade... More 

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This is one of our favorite Mexican restaurants for its combination of ambiance, creative and non-typical dishes and the friendly service. We've been here many times over many years and whether it's with the kids or with friends it's always a satisfying meal and time. More often than not we order a bunch of little plates or appetizers to share... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Border Grill had very tasty Mexican fare. We enjoyed their margaritas, fish tacos, guacamole, and shrimp tostadas. The staff was friendly and helpful. Everything was delicious!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This restaurant is great for all ages, and definitely for people who like excellent modern Mexican food and service. I wish I lived in the region so I could dine here regularly. Fun, lively atmosphere for dining so this is definitely not a chain restaurant (although there's a few other locations in region). The staff is courteous and friendly and... More 

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Sacramento, California
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We've been here many times before and we know the food is dependably interesting, authentic and tasty. On this visit we found the food still to be of very high quality. We enjoyed the food itself very much. However, I must say that the service was not as good as the food. The food took ages to appear, and the... More 

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Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

After a fun day in the beach this was the perfect end to a beautiful day. Service was friendly, attentive, and kindly accommodating when one child in our party did not like her original order. (It was whisked away and another provided in its place without fuss or complaint.) The Cadillac Margarita is fantastic. We particularly enjoyed the fish tacos,... More 

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Toronto
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57 reviews 57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Surprised by all the other good reviews of this place. Drinks were bland, while the baja ceviche was just ok (bit too sour), while the tamales were fine, but the mains was the short rib enchiladas was just absolutely drowned in this thick dark sweet sauce that made the dish practically inedible, while the yucatan pork was overcooked and dry.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2308
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-451-1655

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene

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!
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

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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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