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Loteria Grill

Santa Monica
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern
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1251 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1307 (Arizona)
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Kansas City, Kansas
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75 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

We were visiting Santa Monica for the first time. After walking along the pier we visited the Promenade hoping to find some Mexican food. It was Tuesday, so we took advantage of the draft beer ($3) , but instead of having tacos (Taco Tuesday special is $3 a taco), we opted for a something more filling. We ordered a shredded... More 

Thank Tracy T
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Went here for dinner about an hour after arriving in Santa Monica from the heat of Miami. Was expecting the climate to be much the same so had not dressed for a cool breeze. My husband and I sat outside. After ordering our drinks and dinner I realised I was too cold to sit outside and asked to move inside... More 

Thank Melissa B
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

This place is a fun place to eat when shopping in the Santa Monica Promenade. But the taste of the food has gone downhill. There was something wrong with most dishes we ordered. Also the place was a mess. It was clear that the owners are absent and the manager is either on vacation, or a novice. Probably wont be... More 

Thank batuma
Santa Monica, California
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

I really like this place. They have authentic Mexican food. Some dishes are better than others but in general The food taste real, fresh and delicious. Good prices. Great service. I love their shrimp soup, guacamole and margaritas. So far everything I have tried there is really good. Great location, fun enviroment.

Thank Giopali
Lake District, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Went for lunch at loteria whilst shopping on 3rd street promenade. It was Tuesday and we decided on tacos. The portion where rather small two small tacos I had the chicken chipotle with peppers and my girlfriend enjoyed the shrimp tacos. The food was very nice and the complimentary nachos and dip where also very enjoyable. I would recommend it... More 

Thank gastrograzzer
Shamong, New Jersey
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367 reviews
282 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We shared salsa morita appetizer and had a couple of beers. The service was ok, as was the appetizer. The view (3rd St. Promenade) was the highlight. Would not return.

Thank 2TravelLuvers
Milton, Canada
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126 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

Great spot, walkable no less. Very friendly staff and quick service. Was somewhat busy for a Friday night. The food was great and tasted fresh. Beautiful place with a nice atmosphere.

Thank TellMeWhatItIs
Leeds, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Stumbled across this restaurant while strolling on the promenade. We were quite lucky to give it a try as it did not disappoint. The red sauce with the enchiladas tasted awesome and lifted the dish. The black beans side was quite fresh. Bit pricey but food wasn't disappointing at all and service was gr8.

Thank globetrottersam
Laguna Niguel, California
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77 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

The tacos here are among the best I've ever had, and I've lived in SoCal my entire life. The black beans are also wonderful, and an extensive menu is offered. Daily lunch specials can be a great deal.

Thank l0nnieand
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Enjoyed the atmosphere on the promenade and was looking for an alternative to the same old same old tacos - it didn't quite work - the Sea Bass (house special) had a smoky sauce that sounded interesting but tasted more like a thick gravy, the fish itself was just ok and also expensive for what it was

Thank RonWamberal

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1251 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1307
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 3103932700
have been there twice.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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