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Border Grill

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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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    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
So good!

I had no idea we were going somewhere "famous" when my friend and I stopped in for an early dinner. It was delicious! I live in SoCal and have heard of this restaurant and the chef/owners since eating there. Wish I lived closer!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2015
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Moreno Valley, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
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Union, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Excellent Mexican style food for a great, reasonable price. The guacamole is very good and I truly enjoyed my fish tacos.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Well worth a visit, staff are friendly and attentive. Taco's are amazing and the bean and rices although look a bit odd on the plate are as tasty as the main meal its self. We had margaritas and they were strooooong. So if thats you're bag this is the place for you.

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Moreno Valley, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I had no idea we were going somewhere "famous" when my friend and I stopped in for an early dinner. It was delicious! I live in SoCal and have heard of this restaurant and the chef/owners since eating there. Wish I lived closer!

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Ate here for Brunch on a Saturday. It was a flat fee for all you could each tapas. Each plate was excellent. You order 3 to get started and then keep ordering until you are full....then you keep ordering because it is so delicious you can not stop.... One word to the wise, it is very loud in the restaurant.

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Columbus, Ohio
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We searched out this restaurant as we are fans of Chef Susan. The restaurant did not disappoint. The food was extremely fresh, beautifully presented, and delicious. Don't be in a hurry at this restaurant as the food is not prepared in advance but prepared at the time of order. The interior of the restaurant is upscale, bright, and colorful. The... More 

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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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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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
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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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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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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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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>  > 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 to $30
Cuisine: Mexican

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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 to $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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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