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Border Grill

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Neighborhood:
Santa Monica
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1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2308
310-451-1655
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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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Stevensville, Montana
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Border Grill last night for the first time and we will be sure to go back. Staff attentive without being intrusive- commenting on menu items and helping me navigate food allergies. Portions are large and price is reasonable. Listed as a favorite in the LA Weekly for the area and I can see why.

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Thank Laura S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came from Europe and we are fan of Mexican food. Food was excellent and we were served really fast. Service was pretty good.

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Thank Mr C
New Milford, Connecticut
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I stopped in with the idea of having a late night snack and a couple drinks. They didn't have nachos so we had guacamole and we each had a margarita. The drinks were good, as was the guacamole, but it was nothing extraordinary. With tip it came to $40. That seems a bit steep for two drinks... More 

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Thank John B
Baltimore, Maryland
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We popped in for lunch and the place was mostly empty. Only two other tables. Average fare and service. We regretted that we did not visit the other taco place in town as that seemed a bit more exciting and had a much better location.

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Thank nassau4
State College, Pennsylvania
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94 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We'd just gotten in from the East coast and were hungry for authentic Mexican cuisine, and Border Grill did not disappoint. The best dishes were the Pork tacos al pastor and the grilled fish tacos. There were three tacos, two types of rice, and black beans. We shared a guacamole for the table, which went well with the fresh, hot... More 

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Thank JudyZ167
Midtown, New York
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

Excellent, fresh food. Wonderful Margaritas. Service was superb. Our British friends were very impressed with how attentive, yet unobtrusive, the staff was to us throughout the meal.

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Thank RANapier
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

we were in there and had an great meal in there, even though they made an mistake in part of an order, they made sure it was right and ended up giving it for free.

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Thank johnmarshall11
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 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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110 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

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.

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Thank Marc T
Corona, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
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
Description
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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