Mexican Restaurants in Santa Monica


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At the French restaurant where they both got their start, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger discovered decidedly un-French cuisine in the privacy of the kitchen: homespun Oaxacan and Yucatan recipes prepared by their fellow chefs. The duo promptly untied their aprons, loaded them into a VW Beetle, and took off for a road trip to Mexico in 1985, where they sampled and studied delicacies prepared at beachside taco stands and family barbecues. Three restaurants, two gourmet food trucks, five cookbooks, hundreds of episodes of Food Network's Too Hot Tamales, and sizzling appearances on Top Chef Masters later, their Border Grill eateries add contemporary twists to authentic Mexican cuisine. Guests are greeted by dining rooms originally designed by the architect Josh Schweitzer, who is Mary Sue's husband and Susan's childhood friend. Within their walls, healthful plates enhanced by seasonal fruits and vegetables and fresh salsas roll into handmade tortillas or revel beneath cotija cheese. Devoted to sustainable eating, Border Grill infuses its dishes with sustainable seafood, organic rice and beans, and hormone-free meats, as well as Good for the Planet, Good for You meals made from at least 80% plant-based ingredients, just like Captain Planet's faux-leather jacket.
1445 4th St
Santa Monica,
CA
US
Founded by connoisseurs of authentic Mexican street food, Benny's Tacos & Rotisserie swaddles its premium meats and fresh vegetables with handmade tortillas. Diners can settle down with a menu in front of the open kitchen and watch the spinning rotisserie slowly roast chickens as the cooks finely dice beef, seafood, and vegetables. In addition to its savory entrees, Benny's also caters to sweet teeth by crafting house-made horchata and freshly shucked churros. A covered patio allows visitors to sit outdoors without having to worry about the prying gaze of the homesick Hubble telescope.
427 Lincoln Blvd
Venice,
CA
US
Beginning a roadside stand in Guasave, Mexico back in 1975, the crave-worthy flavor of El Pollo Loco’s tender, flame-grilled chicken quickly spread—in between bites—by word of mouth. The marinate’s family recipe of herbs, spices, and fresh citrus juices was soon in production across a handful of locations in Northern Mexico, and by 1980, El Pollo Loco’s first location opened up across the border, in Los Angeles. Today, the process streamlined, El Pollo Loco’s same flame-broiled chicken populates burritos, tacos, and plates piled high with fresh salsa, rice, and beans.
1906 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica,
CA
US
Low-key Mexican fare at its best is found at Baja Cantina in Marina Del Rey's Marina Del Ray neighborhood. Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Baja Cantina. Baja Cantina's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal. Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to Baja Cantina — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad. Baja Cantina is great for a large crowd and offers a private room for parties, celebrations or other merry gatherings. Dine out in the open during Baja Cantina's summer season when patio tables are available for use. Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table ahead of time. Baja Cantina's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Baja Cantina's cooking from the comfort of their own home. Baja Cantina prides itself in its delicious catering. For diners who choose to drive to the restaurant, parking is readily available — the nearby lot offers optional valet, and street parking is also accessible. If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant. Meals at Baja Cantina are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
311 West Washington Boulevard
Marina Del Rey,
CA
US
Tacos Por Favor is perfect for grabbing a quick (and tasty) taco or two. Those watching what they eat can still enjoy Tacos Por Favor's menu, which features a number of healthy and low-fat items. Tacos Por Favor also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question. Families will feel right at home at Tacos Por Favor with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere. Large groups will appreciate Tacos Por Favor for its ability to seat them quickly. Show up a bit early if you want to be seated right away — Tacos Por Favor doesn't take reservations. Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Tacos Por Favor. Tacos Por Favor will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours. Tacos Por Favor will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the restaurant yourself to carry out your meal. Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot. Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Tacos Por Favor. Locals flock to Tacos Por Favor for a meal they know will be high quality and low price. Tacos Por Favor accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards. Tacos Por Favor offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
1406 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica,
CA
US
Enjoy bottomless chips and salsa and a casual ambiance at Lares Restaurant. Low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free selections are also on the menu at Lares Restaurant. A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and Lares Restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal. Eat out with the little ones at Lares Restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter. A good time will be had by all if you book your next event at Lares Restaurant. Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines. It doesn't get much more laid-back than Lares Restaurant, so dress for comfort when you come. It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Lares Restaurant. If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead. For those driving to the restaurant, a lot is located around the corner with optional valet. Drivers can also find street parking when the lot gets cramped. Lares Restaurant offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person. Lares Restaurant offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
2909 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica,
CA
US
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