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Santa Monica
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1416 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2309 (Santa Moinca)
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Baytown, Texas
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Found this place as we strolled down the street. Had a bit of a wait, but so glad we waited. Food was delicious, I am currently drooling wishing I was in front of their queso dip. IT WAS AMAZING. I loved that they had Mexican Coca Cola styled drinks. And my husband loved trying out their different margaritas. The service... More 

Thank DgFont
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There were long queues when we arrived without a booking. We were going to leave, but the lady at the front desk convinced us to wait, and we glad we did. The food was simply delicious, not only the best Mexican food but also the best meal of our trip. The service was fantastic despite the restaurant overflowing with customers.... More 

Thank Albert H
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friends of mine said, "don't bother going to Santa Monica for dinner," as it's too touristy and there's no good restaurants. But boy am I glad I went anyway! The vibe, the decor, the service, and especially the food - ohh it was all so good. Even strolling around the mall area was nice. Highly recommend!

Thank Mrsmallo
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were really looking forward to this restaurant but left a little disappointed. The margaritas were the biggest let down. The salsa and chips were ok and then I went with the pork tacos. The pork was very good. Great flavour. We will continue our quest to find the best margaritas in Santa Monica

Thank Jeremy K
Vancouver, Canada
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

A bit of a wait to get in but worth the wait. Had the shrimp tacos, guac and the carne asada and we polished it all off. I don't think you can go wrong with their menu. Service was excellent as well. Margaritas were also delicious!

Thank katievancouver123
Lugano, Switzerland
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in Santa Monica. Very good Mexican food (right portions, nicely displayed, freshly cooked), but they have the best signature margaritas ever. Even though it is located in a very touristic neighborhood, maybe the most touristic one of the whole LA, it is good to notice that it seems to accommodate also locals. Staff is very... More 

Thank ilariajuon
Los Angeles, California, United States
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

We were trying to find a place to eat walking down 4th Street and it was freezing cold. We saw Mercado and was pleasently surprised. We were seated right away in a cozy corner. Ordered their guacamole to start- awesome - enough to feed 4. Drinks and chips until the dinner came. I ordered the grilled fish tacos- absolutely delicious... More 

Thank Cheryl K
Manchester, United Kingdom
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377 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

We had a quick couple of small plates in here and a few wines, it was fairly busy and the guys behind the bar were friendly and interactive...good place!

Thank worldwide002
New York City, New York
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

Margheritas were delicious, and I liked that there was a daily special. I also got a mahi entree that was the special of the day, and the sauce was to die for. Service felt a little rushed and our food arrived almost too quickly for my liking, but the atmosphere was cool and everything tasted great. Packed on a weeknight,... More 

Thank Allison D
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

If you want authentic Mexican food, this is the spot to go! We found it by checking reviews on Yelp. It was walking distance from our hotel (Huntley). Very friendly welcome by the host and our server Aleshka was wonderful. She had great recommendations and was complimentary of the owner. It's a good sign when the employees are visibly happy.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1416 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2309
    (Santa Moinca)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-526-7121

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Santa Monica

Neighborhood Profile
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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