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Kay & Dave's Cantina

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Santa Monica
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262 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402-2571
310-260-1355
Today
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Santa Monica, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

We have been going to Kay N' Dave's for 13 years. It was started in 1991 by a local attorney. The restaurant has 3 locations and is my favorite Mexican restaurant. I worked in a Mexican place as a youth and lived in El Paso, so I have eaten Mexican food all of my life. The place serves healthy food,... More 

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Thank Dougcspencer
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

OK lets get one thing out of the way... the food here isn't the absolute best in the world. It also isn't die hard authentic Mexican food. Lets talk about what it is: Consistently good food that is MUCH healthier than typical Mexican fair that is in one of the best locations in Brentwood in an environment where you can... More 

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Thank Nate L
San Clemente, California, United States
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88 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

This place is the...worst! Service was slow and indifferent...food was below mediocre (black beans tasted the same as the cheese enchilada, which tasted the same as the rice---and the taste was sort of tangy/metallic. The waiter was slow, forgot one drink order (out of three people?) and actually sweated into our food. Yuuuuck!

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Thank David L
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31 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Location: Santa Monica Atmosphere: pleasantly themed, clean, friendly Staff: nice Menu: standard Mexican Meal: quesadilla Prices: average Visit Again: maybe Recommend To Friends: if they are in the neighborhood

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Thank Nikki P
Los Angeles, California
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1,945 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 528 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Kay & Dave's Cantina is on 26th just across from the Brentwood Mart and they serve up good Mexican food & healthy bits as well. Great tasting food and nice service. Had their combo w chile relleno & taco carne asada, plus rice & beans. Friend had the grilled Ahi salad - both orders were great with iced tea! Yum.... More 

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Thank David B L
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Right from the start, this is a cozy restaurant in the Santa Monica/Brentwood area. We had an early dinner here as we had spent all day at the Getty and were hungry for a great restaurant. The restaurant is quite cozy with small wood tables and a minimalist theme. On a blackboard, they have all the specials and also beers... More 

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Thank Ashish N
Los Angeles, California
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308 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This place is delicious and we used to bring our very young children and no body minded if they were fussy or loud. That being said, it has very high quality food that I really enjoy. Love the soup, love the guac, love the salmon. My kids always like it and even my foodie husband likes it. I would never... More 

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Thank travelingworkingmom
Richmond, Virginia
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70 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Really enjoyed the fish tacos as a light dinner. The margarita was made with agave wine since they didn't have tequila and it was still tasty.

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Thank Elizabeth R
Santa Monica, California
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Kay n' Daves is a local Mexican restaurant with three locations. Local residents always go to and speak highly of this restaurant. The Santa Monica location on 26th street is in very chi chi Brentwood.....the very expensive part of town. This is an area where you may well run into a well know person. Yet, the restaurant is moderately priced.... More 

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Thank paul_nancy1
Los Angeles
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119 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We go often for lunch to this restaurant. Service super friendly. Food is great. I recommend the carne asada, that comes with one enchilada and a chile relleno. We love it and we go several times a month. It is close to our office and it is often the choice of all.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 262 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402-2571
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-260-1355

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

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