Mexican Restaurants in Santa Monica


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  • Cabo Cantina
    One of the most-frequented bars in Marina Del Rey, Cabo Cantina delivers flavorsome pub food. It's a popular spot for visitors interested in delicious food. If you're trying to plan ahead, most patrons will be quick to point out that Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are the best nights to visit. Also, you'll definitely want to take advantage of its outdoor seating when you want to soak up some of that Cali sun. It should be noted that casual attire is encouraged. Also, with a rockin' juke box, things can get a bit loud. It's been tabbed as a good option for large groups. WiFi's available if you're trying to get some work done, and if you're in a hurry, you can call ahead and take advantage of the convenient take-out offerings. Or, if you're looking for a good spot to hit up after work, it's got a popular happy hour and pretty decent selection at its bar. A good option for all three meals of the day in Venice, any time is a good time to swing by Cabo Cantina. Visitors to the restaurant have access to a private lot nearby or can park on the street. Would you rather ride there? Bike parking is also offered.
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    30 West Washington Boulevard
    Marina Del Rey, CA US
  • Benny's Taco and Rotisserie
    Founded by connoisseurs of authentic Mexican street food, Benny’s Tacos and Chicken 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.
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    427 Lincoln Blvd
    Venice, CA US
  • El Pollo Loco
    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.
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    1906 Lincoln Blvd
    Santa Monica, CA US
  • El Torito
    Though the hub is homey, El Torito's fare is far from plain. Rave reviews state that El Torito has some of the best (if not THE best) Mexican fare in town. Give your stomach a break and try some of El Torito's gluten-free or low-fat items. El Torito also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle. Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at El Torito just as much as their parents do. Don't miss out on the great happy hour deals at El Torito. Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at El Torito. You may want to reserve your table for a weeknight visit since the crowds can be more intense during that part of the week. El Torito's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level. El Torito is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy El Torito's cooking from the comfort of their own home. Drivers have access to the adjacent lot, and validation is available for restaurant patrons. Cyclists are in luck. El Torito provides bike parking. The average check at El Torito will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant's evening menu is rated top-of-the-line.
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    3360 Ocean Park Blvd
    Santa Monica, CA US
  • Baja Cantina
    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.
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    311 West Washington Boulevard
    Marina Del Rey, CA US
  • Tacos Por Favor
    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.
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    1406 Olympic Blvd
    Santa Monica, CA US

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