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

Baja Cantina - Marina del Rey

  • 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: Traditional Mexican, 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!

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Baja Cantina - Marina del Rey reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (9)neighborhood gem (5)vibrant bar scene (5)good for groups (4)great for lunch (4)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (3)fit for foodies (2)late-night find (1)special occasion (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • yummy outweighs parking headache
    Eva0801VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    parking issues are outweighed by the wonderful food! great service! surprisingly nice & friendly customer base. Nice fun additions to the menu for foodies - the crab omelet was well crafted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KKMdR
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Love this cool neighborhood joint. Holiday weekend crowd and clearly holiday wait and bar staff not up to the task.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find for Mexican!
    DisneyRunner
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One small disappointment
    culvercitydiners
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 65 reviews are from the Baja Cantina - Marina del Rey reviews archive.
  • Bad Service
    Srd1
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service and OK food
    BillVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Spot
    Yummy
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere
    Love2eat
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local place
    bless
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    MerCysVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pathetic Margaritas
    NewMexicanVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place
    Thinkblue77
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We enjoyed our romantic Valentines Day dinner for 2 here. We'll be coming back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Fish Tacos
    bobc
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    magicfingers31
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Had a excellent time..first time...but will go back soon. Wanna try happy hour.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just That
    LaLa
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Mexican Restaurant
    Stan
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    We had a great evening out at Baja Cantina. Food was very tasty, huge Burritos and good service. Lighting was a little dark.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife and I went for lunch.
    great2lunch
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Baja Cantina! The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    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)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    Kubi
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food and service were
    EDWARDVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great hostess staff...honored
    localVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    Great hostess staff...honored open table reservation...even though they were very busy with a wait...waiter was very nice and helpful...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Mgr, Great staff and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love this place! Best mole
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    I love this place! Best mole around in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but not great Mexican
    MBCalgary
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • strange comments by host
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No cons, so many "pros" elsewhere
    CulinaryVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Baja Cantina, Marina Del Rey CA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing service. My car overheated
    NewMamaVIP
    Dined on 12/5/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The day we were there it was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A cut above the typical chain-mex
    SurfBum
    Dined on 8/10/2012
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun haven't been there in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2012
    Fun haven't been there in a long time. Food was greater
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous guacamole and chips!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/12/2012
    Fabulous guacamole and chips! Our little group enjoyed ourselves and our service as great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ambience, food good, Service TBD...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/9/2012
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was good, the
    WLNOVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2012
    The service was good, the waiter was attentive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No sizzle to the fajitas...small
    maliburonVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2012
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was very good service
    great2lunch
    Dined on 4/22/2012
    Food was very good service was very good nice place seems to be the locals hang out and can see why
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy and Visual Appealing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/21/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Baja Cantina gets 5 stars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/15/2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We made reservations for eight,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/1/2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall