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Border Grill

1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2308
310-451-1655
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Ranked #142 of 564 Restaurants in Santa Monica
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Price range: $21 - $30
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
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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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 via mobile

Nice simple Mexican food in a contemporary atmosphere without the usual MexicanNachos served with nice choice of dips as a complimentary starter

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The staff were really friendly and seated us straight away. The service was really good and the food was really nice! I had the cheese quesadillas which were absolutely delicious! I also had a minty cooler which was very vibrant and exciting!

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Shrewsbury, MA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Delicious food, flavorful, fresh, and creatively prepared. Our family of 5 each thoroughly enjoyed our meals so much that we returned again several nights later while vacationing in the area for a week. The restaurant is noisy so if you go with a large group beware. Atmosphere is okay; service is friendly. Definitely recommended.

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London
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220 reviews 220 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Was at the Border Grill for a dinner service on a Saturday evening. It was full and we had a wating time of around 20 min. The pace is very lively and loud. Do not expect to have a quiet conversation as the place buzzes with energy and some great Mexican vibe. Service was attentive at best. Food was very... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
98 reviews 98 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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