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2909 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-2001
(310) 829-4559
8:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 1:00 am
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hands down! The best in the whole wide world! When I go to LA, I go straight to Lares, no matter what. My mouth starts watering on the plane. Absolutely everything they serve is delicious, and the best margeritas too!

Thank G276
Los Angeles, California
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46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely superb Mexican food. Funky old-school vibe with upstairs and downstairs bars. Eat upstairs and say hi to two of the best bartenders in town. Absolutely LOVE this place.

Thank Grant R
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

We went there on the recommendation of the hotel we were staying in nearby and after travelling all day we didn't want to walk far. When we walked in the guy behind the bar carried on doing what he was doing and told us to sit where we wanted. Not a good start. Eventually the waiter came and gave us... More 

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San Francisco, California
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

First unlike so many restaurants Lares won't break ur budget. Great food and killer drinks all very affordable. The wait staff is more than willing to accommodate any request for dishes not on the menu. Upstairs is fun and a little loud but all are having fun. Circulating Mariachis add to the fun. Anything I have ever ordered was above... More 

Thank BajaR0cks
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

Great food, excellent priced food , fantastic service and the atmosphere is amazing! Authentic Mexican flavours! Highly recommended!!

Thank Terrilee83
Beaumont, Texas
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136 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

We ate here on a recommendation from our hotel staff. When you enter it is the bar area which has a few tables, or you can go up the stairs to the restaurant area (which we did). It is dimly lit which we enjoyed as a couple. Just from the feel of the place, we were kinda expecting a pricey... More 

Thank 1027rm
Sydney, Australia
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90 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

We have just left the Lares restaurant, I am sure that many people have had amazing experiences here. It looks amazing, all the elements are there for an authentic experience. But tonight we were sorely disappointed! We considered going back to Baja Cantina in Venice as that is where we started our road trip and we had the perfect evening... More 

Thank aussie_possie
Santa Monica, CA
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145 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

We're not big eaters so we share one margarita, 1 small side of guacamole with tortillas, their complimentary chips and salsa, and a Veggie Combo including a Chilli Relleno, Cheese Enchilada and Taco. Our dinner including tip was $31.55. Service was excellent......the owner even took our order himself and helped,

Thank Love vacation time
Nags Head
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

Staying in a nearby hotel, we actually passed this place on the way to another restaurant, but one peek inside and we knew it was too good to resist! From the start, we were really impressed with how friendly the staff was. This restaurant is obviously a very popular local hangout, and we enjoyed eavesdropping on some interesting conversations while... More 

Thank FlyOBX
Seattle, Washington
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262 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

Brought my 2 teenage boys here for dinner our first night in Santa Monica, just off the plane and all ravenous. Everything great from the curbside valet parking ($4), really friendly staff, and chips with a nice spicy salsa. I was offered a margarita before I'd even opened the menu, yes please! And it was very good, $7.75. I had... More 

Thank Maria B

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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
Mexican, Latin
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2909 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-2001
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: (310) 829-4559

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Santa Monica

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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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