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Border Grill

Certificate of Excellence
Santa Monica
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1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2308
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All 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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have been a fan of the owners for years, watching their food-network show. I wanted to give it 5 stars, but my initial impression was that the dark carpeted floor was really dirty. It was obvious that lots of things had dropped, and just need a good vacuuming .... Initial impressions are sometimes hard to forget. The waitstaff was... More 

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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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103 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had been waiting to go here for quite awhile, always hearing good things about Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feiger, it did not disappoint. Edouardo recommended the tacos and they were delicious, do not miss the guacamole or the churro tots for dessert.

Thank Marc T
Corona, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

I was surprised that I was able to get a reservation for lunch on Father's Day the same dayno less and even more surprised when there were only about 30-35 diners and maybe 5 at the bar. I remember this place to be hard to get a table but then after sitting down I realized why. The service has gotten... More 

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Ratingen, Germany
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Great Mexican food, don't miss the Tacos with Chicken, Steak or Fish - delicious! Fair prices, nice service and a pleasant athmosphere.

Thank Markus L
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Wait staff were good but the message didn't get through to the kitchen - my pet phobia is being treated like a McDonald's diner. Had barely had a couple of bites of my appetiser when somebody proudly put another plate on my table - asked what is that and they beamed saying "that is your entree" This person didn't have... More 

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Santa Monica, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Unlimited tapas, really great to share. I can't think of one that I didn't like! The room is bold and very modern, the food matches it nicely. Really great margaritas too. Favorites we enjoyed for brunch: Peruvian ceviche, chili relleno, waffles & pork belly, Yucatan egg benedict sliders. I'm not a big fan of sweet, but the churro tots were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

Saturday, Sunday brunch is a must do. Unlimited amazing tapas! Ordered 10 myself and it still tasted like more.

Thank Tofu23
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016 via mobile

The problem with reviewing restaurants such as this is one's opinion can be flavored by reading reviews in advance. As such, I had to seriously question my own 3 star rating. Solo lunch just enjoying a rare weekend off and decided to people watch on the Santa Monica 3rd street Promenade. Quick scan on TA and I succumbed to the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016 via mobile

Ridiculously overpriced, and not very good. Rice was undercooked, soup was awful abd desert was average.

Thank Shtykh22
St. Paul, MN
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36 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

Had a fantastic meal from this place. We did takeout since we were staying at a nearby hotel. There were plenty of gluten free options. It was a 6 block walk back to the hotel with our meals, and the food was still piping hot when we arrived. Will eat from this place again if in the area.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Mexican, Latin
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2308
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-451-1655
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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