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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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10:00 am - 11:00 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Bar scene
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 65
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 8
    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
Most recent review
Good Group Brunch

I made a reservation for 12 of us to have brunch last weekend and it was good! The food was delicious and our server was so kind to voluntarily split our checks, which was so very appreciated. The only thing that was a bit off was that some of our group wanted the bottomless brunch and some didn't... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
Laura W
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I made a reservation for 12 of us to have brunch last weekend and it was good! The food was delicious and our server was so kind to voluntarily split our checks, which was so very appreciated. The only thing that was a bit off was that some of our group wanted the bottomless brunch and some didn't. They initially... More 

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australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I found this place convenient restaurant to eat, food was tasty however nothing too fancy or out of the ordinary. Service was good, friendly and willing to assist with menu suggestions

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Torrance, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
70 helpful votes 70 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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99 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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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: Romance, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?