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1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2308
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Ranked #144 of 573 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
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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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San Luis Obispo, California
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119 reviews 119 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I enjoyed the Mexican food at this well known establishment. My only complaint would be that they charge $11 for a basic margarita and fill the glass mostly with ice. You probably end up with about eight swallows of margarita, which I think shortchanges the customer at this price.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I was very excited to go here because of the Chefs who were both on Top Chef Masters. The food was really fresh and delicious. Our waiter brought out an appetizer on the house for us to try - he was really attentive (but not too much). Loved the atmosphere and the margaritas were amazing!! Food was nicely plated -... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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100 reviews 100 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

Beginning with the chips, salsa, and guacamole we knew we were in good hands. Our mains were all delicious - five of them to be exact and all quite different. We had a vegan, a carnivore and 3 that eat just plain good food. No complaints. And our waiter was exceptionally good. One entre wasn't what was ordered and he... More 

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Houston, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The food was fresh and well presented. Great variety of margaritas and delicious pomegranate lemonade (to which I added vodka). The staff was friendly and attentive.

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Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

Nothing special. Very average. Plenty other options and choices. Staff were nice but can't make up for uninspiring menu or food

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Fredericton, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I can't go on enough about this cool, hip restaurant found in Santa Monica. We were looking for breakfast, anywhere and seen this cool looking spot. Brunch and lunch were both served. We ordered brunch which cost $29 a piece which was a little intimidating, not being the most rich 22 year old in the world. Brunch was a buffet... More 

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San Rafael
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I don't usually go to "chains", i.e. multi-unit restaurants, but my sister brought us all to Border Grill in Santa Monica for a birthday party and it was a delightful surprise. First thing, when you enter (I understand all of the Border Grills are like this) you can't help but be awed at the bold colors and paintings of the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

Excellent guacamole - some of the best from the 2 month trip we just had in the States. The service was great, and the tacos were also very good. We definitely recommend if you're in Santa Monica and want Mexican

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

staff was as good as the food and the food was excellent. for drinks they offer a few beers, a few wines and a tequila. I did not see any other liquors - but that was enough for a wedding with about 140 attendees.

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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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