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Baja Cantina - Marina del Rey
Baja Cantina - Marina del Rey

Baja Cantina - Marina del Rey Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bajacantina.com
  • Phone: (310) 821-2252
  • Hours of Operation: Weekend Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Daily Lunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Nightly Dinner: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Bar open until 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Traditional Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Mauro Cuevas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We can cater any party from a small house party to a huge corporate event. Check out our banquet and catering menu for items.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sunborn
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Baja is one of only a few restaurants in the area with our own private lot. We offer free parking in the afternoon and $4 valet in the evening.
A word from Baja Cantina - Marina del Rey
"New Chef, New Food, New Specials, Same Baja!"

Baja Cantina is the original Oaxacan style restaurant in the Marina Del Rey/ Venice area. Baja opened in 1975 and has been a landmark for locals ever since. Owners Pat and Gina Phinny have created a unique establishment with an outstanding cuisine and one of a kind ambiance. Whether you're in the mood for a delicious meal or a relaxing cocktail on the patio, Baja is the place for you!Continued

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Diner Reviews
  • "The food was delicious and the servings were huge! Parking is tight but valet saves the day. Great with kids & helpful with allergies. Would love to go back!"
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "When we checked in the hostess told us we could not have an outdoor table because we had not reserved one. No mention is made of this on the Open Table reservation form. Their is a place for special requests but nothing telling you that you must reserve the patio specifically. The inside of the Cantina is rather dark and for a BD Celebration not lively enough. The patio is the place to be! Next time I will call the Cantina directly."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Extremely upset at comment from waitress. We put sunglasses down on table, literally 30-40 sec. later, they were gone. Waitress saw them on table, thought they were from previous customer, ran to their car and gave it to them. As we were waking to Mgr., she says to us, "Well why did you leave them there?," trying to put the blame on us for leaving them there. Whoevers fault it was, it wasn't up to her to make that comment, we were upset already about losing the sunglasses, and that comment really just upset us more. What a way to put damper on start of our evening. Thankfully, Mgr. offered to buy us a new pr. Also, when time to leave, hadn't seen her for 25 minutes, had to find her to pay bill.Ttotally unacceptable! Love food and ambience."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "One of the worst experiences in a restaurant for Mother's Day. Bad service and a horrible waitress who took no responsibility for anything. All she did was blame all the problems on the kitchen, the computer, the busboy, the hostess and on and on. I would not return ever because the food was just OK. Straight or of the can mexican. PS - the waitress only had about four tables max! You could get better tasting and more authentic mexican at Del Taco."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Friends and I were looking for a new spot to mix n mingle and have our bi-monthly check-ins. We found this place via yelp reviews. We all enjoyed our plates, combination plates of the enchiladas and tacos were delicious. Coconut rice was yummy!! Ordered the albondigos soup and shrimp chipotle quesadialla both of which were very tasty and filling. Lastly, we were not too thrilled on the margaritas, didn't taste or feel a lick of the alcohol. But overall our waiter was very kind...attentive. Our seats were wayyy in the back by the restroom, didn't find that setting to appealing. Nevertheless we enjoyed the food and when we do go back we would request different seats. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food was excellent on both occasions we ate there. The only downside after drinking at the bar and had a great time on the Friday lunchtime we decided to eat later on the beer was extremley flat despite letting the server know. However the food made up for it so we booked again for following night, the beer was better so hopefully it was a glitch. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "While my daughter and I were in the Marina Del Rey area we were looking for some Mexican food and the hotel recommended this restaurant. The food was veyr good and quick and I would definitely eat here again."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Our first time visiting (thank you, Open Table) and it was love at first bite. The four of us walked about with both happy tummies and a happy wallet. Can't wait to return for brunch. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food was good but the Margaritas pathetic (both rocks and frozen). If a bottle of Tequila ever inhabited the same ZIP code as the drinks we were served (at $7.50 each during Happy Hour), I'd be astonished."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We enjoyed our romantic Valentines Day dinner for 2 here. We'll be coming back soon."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Dinner with daughter and son in law. A favorite restaurant in the Marina. Never have had fish tacos before but just felt like something lighter for dinner. Two very generously filled corn tortillas filled with all the usual, plus large pieces of fresh fish. Absolutely wonderful. A small salad accompanied, also very good. The fish, the tomato, lettuce, w a bit of cilantro added, along with diced mango. Just terrific. That along with a margarita and chips and guacamole. Life is grand. The waitress, whose name I have forgotten, was the best. Attentive and friendly. Great customer service as always at this Marina neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Had a excellent time..first time...but will go back soon. Wanna try happy hour."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "My daughter and I celebrated her birthday there. The food was excellent. Portions were big, so plan to share. Try the tropical rice! The best part of our experience was undoubtedly the service."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "As always the servers are amazing, food process is quick, and the drinks are always great. I've come with a few friends to talk business and the waiters ha e always given us privacy with was generous"
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "We had a great evening out at Baja Cantina. Food was very tasty, huge Burritos and good service. Lighting was a little dark."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "My wife and I went for lunch. Was not crowded. Although it has plenty of space outside and inside. Our waitress Was excellent and had a great name Itzayana. The food was excellent, my wife the here tacos and she enjoyed and took one home, and I had the nachos with chicken and was excellent plenty of chesses and other things chicken and beans, etc. This was our second time there and was just as enjoyable as our first time."
    Dined on 9/23/2013
  • "I love Baja Cantina! The food is very good and the service is always prompt. The decor is fun and festive. The bar/restaurant can get quite busy on a Friday or Saturday night (or game days)"
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "The chip and salsa were awesome. My entree Mango Enchiladas was so yummy with a touch of coconut. That is to die for. I enjoy everything. The waiter was very honest and he took care of us. Didn't catch his name but he was awesome. Will be back."
    Dined on 5/14/2013
  • "The food and service were both good at this festive Mexican restaurant located close to Venice Beach. I enjoyed my enchiladas and taco while my son and his friend enjoyed a chicken burrito and carnitas. The chips and salsa were plentiful and the waitress made sure that everything was to our satisfaction. Baja Cantinas is a good choice for an inexpensive yet tasty Mexican meal."
    Dined on 5/9/2013
  • "Great hostess staff...honored open table reservation...even though they were very busy with a wait...waiter was very nice and helpful..."
    Dined on 4/21/2013
  • "Upon arrival and telling the seating person of our reservaton on Open Table, the Mgr. came over and was quite rude saying "I blocked all that time off. They shouldn't have been able to make that reservation." Even though we were on time for our reservation, we were then told by the manager that we would have to wait at least 30 minutes. The seating person then stepped in and told the Mgr. that she could fit us in and did so right away. Thank god for the seating person as we have a 4 month old child and this is why we make reservations. We are not picky about our seats, just the food and were seated, served, and left within that same 30 minute period. Overall, love this place but that Manager should read this review."
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "I love this place! Best mole around in my opinion."
    Dined on 3/30/2013
  • "Good, but not great Mexican food near Venice Beach. Inexpensive and generous margaritas. Fast service. We've been here twice and would go again. It gets rowdy later on, but it's okay for families earlier in the evening."
    Dined on 3/7/2013
  • "All good but had a strange comment from the host, he said that they keep only one table for "Open Table" reservations (and it was a poor table in the walk way)and that normally we would have to wait for a better table. Also something about "Open Table" patrons who have paid to use the site for reservations get better tables. Very strange comments and it would be nice to get some sort of clarification on this."
    Dined on 1/12/2013
  • "The people are nice and the service is okay. Nothing extraordinary, and no complaints. The food was the same -- nothing breathtaking, and not back. I wouldn't recommend this place because there are so many excellent choices in Los Angeles. Nothing against Baja Cantina, there are no "cons," there are just so many "pros" elsewhere."
    Dined on 12/27/2012
  • "Consistently one of the best Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles. Clever eclectic menu, mix of new and traditional, lots of choice for the non-Mexican food afficionado."
    Dined on 12/7/2012
  • "Amazing service. My car overheated n the bartender jumped to my aid. The mgr n waitstaff kept us laughing without interrupting our time together. They were fun, funny, n courteous. They have a happy hour menu with great TexMex options n good prices. I devoured one of each taco options n chili cheese fries appetizer."
    Dined on 12/5/2012
  • "The day we were there it was a bit quiet due to the rain so we set inside. Outdoor seating at this restaurant is great for people watching and nice days. They have just released a new menu and the fish tacos I had that day were great! I have been going to Baja Cantina for years and I always enjoy going there. This dining experience was great as always."
    Dined on 12/5/2012
  • "A cut above the typical chain-mex (El Torito, Acapulco, etc.) with their own take on typical Mexican fare, and a few things of their own. Some of the seating is a bit cramped. Friendly staff. Good margaritas. When seated outside, the street noise can – as on this summer day – detract from the desired effect of patio dining."
    Dined on 8/10/2012
  • "Fun haven't been there in a long time. Food was greater"
    Dined on 7/7/2012
  • "Fabulous guacamole and chips! Our little group enjoyed ourselves and our service as great."
    Dined on 6/12/2012
  • "Food was fine for a tiki/mexican place to watch games. Service was really bad and unattentive. had to ask for everything and waited over 20min from sitting down before we could track our waitress down as she was MIA from the whole patio. I think this might be hit or miss though and we just got a bad one as the other 2 servers seemed ever present and helpful for the other tables."
    Dined on 6/9/2012
  • "The service was good, the waiter was attentive and helpful."
    Dined on 5/2/2012
  • "No sizzle to the fajitas...small portion of guacumole...charged for additional...Baja used to be a great place you could count on...Pat (owner) must not be coming around anymore."
    Dined on 4/27/2012
  • "Food was very good service was very good nice place seems to be the locals hang out and can see why"
    Dined on 4/22/2012
  • "Eclectic seating in a myriad of cool spaces in this large restaurant. Inside/outside/barside/fireside - it had it all. The food was really yummy and so were the chips and salsa. Fun for a group on a little date in a lively place."
    Dined on 4/21/2012
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience at Baja Cantina! We were treated extremely well by all of the staff. They were very attentive and served us like we were special guests! It is a perfect place to celebrate, especially for birthdays. They made my daughter's 10th a true success.They have great outdoor dining areas with the wonderful ocean air adding to the fun atmosphere of the restaurant. We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/15/2012
  • "We made reservations for eight, then only five showed up. Baja was very cordial about the situation and it was appreciated very much. The food and service were excellent, and the group cannot wait to go again. Thank you Baja!"
    Dined on 4/1/2012
  • "I've enjoyed dining here for 28 years, i.e., whenever I visit LA. Food, drinks and service are all solid and unpretentious."
    Dined on 3/30/2012
  • "Solid tex-mex with good versions of our favorites. Decor is what you'd expect. Place is a little loud but manageable."
    Dined on 2/18/2012