Border Grill - Downtown LA
Border Grill - Downtown LA

Border Grill - Downtown LA

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bordergrill.com/
  • Phone: 2134865171x
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH:

    Monday thru Friday - 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Saturday and Sunday - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.



    DINNER:

    Sunday through Thursday - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Friday and Saturday - 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.



    BRUNCH:

    Saturday and Sunday - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.



    HAPPY HOUR:

    Monday through Friday - 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    Saturday - 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    Sunday – 3 p.m. to close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Michelle Lainez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Border Grill Catering

    We’ll bring the party to you! Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger have been entertaining guests for more than 20 years at their popular and critically-acclaimed restaurants. Now you can bring their unique style to your next event.




    Choose from an eclectic mix of flavors from the whole world with menus from Border Grill, as well as Mary Sue and Susan’s past restaurants City and Ciudad.




    Call today for an unforgettable party! 213.486.5171
  • Private Party Facilities: Throw your party at Border Grill DTLA! Border Grill was designed with parties in mind so we offer flexible options! Fountain Courtyard: Fabulous for parties of 50 to 75 guests. Bar/Cantina: Dining for parties of 15 to 40 people or cocktails for 75. Semi Private Dining Room: Seats up to 40 people. Private Meeting Room: Accommodates 45 people, A/V amenities available. Main Dining Room: Dining for 175. The Whole Enchilada: The entire restaurant accommodates 250 for sit-down dining or 400 for a cocktail party with tray-passed hors d'oeuvres and food stations. Outdoor Plaza: The neighboring Union Bank Plaza accommodates up to 1,000. Call today for an unforgettable party!
  • Private Party Contact: Amber Craig 2134865171x
  • Special Events: For special event details on everything from cooking classes to margarita dinners, go to www.bordergrill.com or sign up for the newsletter by going to http://marysueandsusan.com/newsletter.htm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th St.
  • Public Transit: 7th & Metro Station
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: LUNCH: Self park available in Union Bank garage, Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., first 3 hours for $3 w/ validation.



    DINNER: Self park available in Union Bank garage, $5 w/ validation from 4 p.m. to 12 midnight.










    FREE SHUTTLE: To Disney Concert Hall, Music Center, and Staples/Nokia, Tuesday - Saturday evenings.
A word from Border Grill - Downtown LA
Enjoy upscale, modern Mexican food in a vibrant setting at Border Grill, the hip, urban cantina from Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, 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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Border Grill - Downtown LA reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (42)great for outdoor dining (33)good for groups (32)great for lunch (31)neighborhood gem (23)special occasion (14)great for brunch (13)vibrant bar scene (13)kid-friendly (12)hot spot (8)late-night find (6)romantic (6)Show More
  • Noisy but great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Went there with my brother and his wife before going to the Ahmanson Theater. It is one of the more reasonably priced restaurants in downtown LA, and the food is terrific. The chips that came with the trio of salsas were still hot and fresh. We all had tacos of various kinds, and all were very interesting. We knew from visits there before that it would be noisy....especially in the lively bar. One of the best things about Border Grill is the free shuttle to the Music Center and also the $5 parking with validation.....an amazing bargain for downtown LA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We ate early to catch the symphony, not crowded, excellent attention from staff. For a relatively low cost meal, food was excellent, ambiance charming -- for foodies, food is probably good to very good. Much to our surprise and gratitude, they provided shuttle to and from Music Center and Disney Hall. Parking is in building with a generous validation -- we paid $5.00 for 4 hours +.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for happy hour
    Gretchen
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Border grill is a fun spot. My sister and I ate there before attending a play at the ahmanson theatre. The food was great and flavorful and our service was wonderful from the time we walked j to the door to leaving. Great margaritas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the downtown drive
    foodiegirl
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We happened to be staying at the Westin right across the street, but I'd say this is worth a drive. Portions were good, not too big, but worth the price. We had our baby in a stroller and they were very accommodating and didn't request that we leave the stroller somewhere else. Really good take on what I might call Mexican fusion. The only missteps were the merengue in the dessert was too hard to really eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice restaurant
    newby
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    If you want small portions this is the place to go especially on a Sunday. One can feast on a variety of items from the menu and have an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful meal!
    happy
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    One diner from Mexico said it was the best Mexican food she had ever had in LA. We had a great dinner, sampling the appetizers (plantain empanadas, quinoa fritters, green corn tamales), incredible entrees (Yucatan pork, shrimp tacos and other dishes). I bring people here on a regular basis because it is our "go to" place near USC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Atmosphere
    Fred41VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Lacks the atmosphere of the Santa Monica restaurant
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Salty to a ridiculous level
    Pasadenaeater
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Had the small plates dinner. I know that salty food helps to sell drinks, but holy moly! Dessert was good, but you know you're in trouble when the French fries and tortilla chips are by far the least salty part of dinner.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch
    jkl2014VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    With the new restaurants opening, I had not been to Border Grill in at least a year. The lunch menu was fantastic, no longer serving heavy food more appropriate for dinner. The taco plates were perfect and the apptizers all were good. Am so glad I went back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tuesday Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Ceviche Duo was delicious. Friends had lamb and beef tacos and loved them. Friendly wait staff.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I've eaten at Border Grill, Santa Monica, many times over the years. I was quite disappointed with the food here except for the tamales.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing!
    cinnamon
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We went to Border Grill because I'd heard great things about their brunch. It was everything I'd hoped for and then some -- everything tasted fantastic, the waiter was attentive, and the bottomless mimosas really were bottomless.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better than the last time
    PointhoarderVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The last time we ate here for the small dish Sunday brunch, several of the egg dishes came out cold. We waited four months and came back and didn't have any complaints. Great variety of items. Worth a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Delicious
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We went to the Border Grill after attending the matinee at the Ahmansen Theater. We ended up walking there, and taking their complementary shuttle back to the theater parking lot. Our experience at The Border grill was wonderful. We tried several of the small bites from the Happy Hour menu - they were delicious! The fish tacos, the brisket taquitos, the guacamole, the ceviche - were all good. The nachos were not as great, but the chicken we added was grilled to perfection. The service was excellent - our waitress and others made our experience really fun. It was my birthday and everyone created a special atmosphere - and brought us a complementary dessert complete with candle. We had a great time!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • still great after all these yrs
    locovoreloving
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    excellent food outstanding service very good value. the amuse bouche a little bite was excellent the entress including the slow simmered pork was good we tried many appetizers all excellent. just don't overeat those perfectly cooked chips as you need to save room for all the wonderful and generous courses.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Pleasure
    FoodieFun
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My sister & I love to meet at Border Grill Downtown for dinner before watching a play at the Mark Taper Forum. The food is fabulous! When you arrive, ask the waitress to reserve the free shuttle to take you to the Music Center. We usually order from the Happy Hour menu which has a great selection of tasty morsels and drinks. Everything is delicious and all the wait staff are wonderful! I'm not exaggerating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Border thrilled.
    Jjll51
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Chad was fantastic. The amuse-bouche of a duck confit fritter was transcendent. Try the ceviche duo, you'll thank me. Also, there's a cute girl who works in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit was great!!
    Steven
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We found Border Grill as one of the local restaurants that help cater to theatre patrons. Not only was the food very good, but we found the service staff engaging and very helpful. In fact, after parking, we were a little disoriented and the head chef, Mike, helped us by taking us through the kitchen and into the restaurant!! It was very cool.....we were greeted nicely once we arrived and were seated immediately. The Music Center shuttle was on-time and got us there on time.....and took us back to where we parked after the show was done. All in all, it was a wonderful experience. We'll go back.....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before or after theater gem
    foodie4ever
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Early dinner at Border Grill last Sunday after the Cal Phil matinee concert at Disney Hall. Their Sunday small plates menu at $5 per plate, or unlimited small plates for $25 per person was a great bargain. Braised shortribs on mashed potatoes, grilled mahi mahi tacos, spicy lamb meatballs, roasted shrimp on polenta and greens, steak tacos and wild mushroom quesadillas were among the varied and creative choices. A dessert plate, shared by the table, completed the meal. Great flavors and eyecatching presentation made this a great place for theater dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Virgo
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Border Grill food is always wonderful and delicious. Service, very professional and caring. I love the patio on a summer evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it, will be back
    savagejimVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We went on a Sunday night, which is "small plate" night, great way to try a sampling of everything. Service was great, great food!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • did not eat here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Went to restaurant before show. We were told that it would take longer than 45 minutes to get a meal which would impact us getting a shuttle to show. The hostess suggested the bar menu, we looked at it and decided it wasn't what we wanted. They validated and we left.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went hard!
    Odaliz1VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Border Grill never fails! Their Happy Hour and staff is great from start to finish! The only request would be for the restaurant evening hours to be extended. For those of us that love to quench our thirst, 9:00pm is far too early. Until next time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    erik
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Absolutely perfect service and fantastic food. First time having the small plates menu and was really impressed! Great value compared to many other small-plates or tapas style meals. My whole family left flu, happy, and impressed. Have been to the Santa Monica, Las Vegas, and now downtown Los Angeles location. All are great and unique in their own way. This location is quieter than the others, but the service and food were just as excellent. Best guacamole in town!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    LBmama
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    For what I paid, I was not impressed. My meat was very fatty, some may like that, but not me. By the time I picked all the fat off, I was left with very little meat. Kid steak tacos were good. Nacho appetizer was covered in some weird cheese that left every single chip soggy. Chips on table were very delicious and obviously homemade--would have loved some salt, but there was none on the table. I grew up with a grandmother who made fresh tortillas every day and authentic Mexican food. This food was mediocre in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meeks
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    There for dineLA. Good food but too rich for the chocolate desert. Service could have been better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    From the food to the service - everything was more than what I expected. The food was full of flavor and the portions were huge. The service - our waitress Jessie was wonderful and sweet. The place wasn't very crowded when we were dining so it was kind of nice and quiet. The space between tables are far - that way you don't hear other people's conversation and they don't hear yours. the restaurant was clean and spacious. Pretty much just about everything was beyond what I expected. Would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday
    CoastalCarol
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Wonderful food and a great waiter (Jermaine). He suggested several things I never would have thought of. The small plates were lots of fun to try all kinds of things with no huge commitment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining Spot before theater
    SueB
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The Border Grill is a great and delicious spot to dine before going to the theater. A wonderful that included fish tacos and a perfect margarita. The restaurant also took us to the Music Center and picked us about after the play.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chefs know what to do with peppers!
    ninny13
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Best enchilada sauce I have ever had! This is certainly not your run-of-the-mill Mexican restaurant. The chef(s) have really made an effort to maximize flavor on every dish, using some unusual ingredients. Downtown LA location was in walking distance from the Omni Hotel (though walking around Bunker Hill was rather confusing with all the pedestrian walkways, escalators,etc.) Outdoor dining was fun and surprisingly quiet. We were there on a Sunday night, but my guess is this place is much more crowded on weekdays at lunchtime considering the downtown location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We're not in Vegas anymore
    disappointeddinerVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Border Grill is my favorite restaurant in Vegas because of the ambiance and the food is always over-the-top good, especially for a GF vegetarian. I live in LA but, for some reason, had never gone here even though we used to go when it was Ciudad. Such a bummer! The black bean soup was tasteless and the chilaquiles were a joke! One half cup (if that) of squash is not enough to call the sopping wet mess of chips chilaquiles. I wanted rice and beans because my husband's looked good and it was dry and old. More disappointed I could not have been. The patio is very "big city" so maybe the food tastes better out there? I thought the mojitos would help but who makes mojitos warm? Not the refreshing drink you look forward to on a warm summer night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ARodVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The staff could not have been lovelier and the food was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Stumbed but Apologized
    WrongPlaceTime
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    They stumbled with the reservation and numerous other accommodations. However, the next day I received a call from the manager, very apologetic. So this may have just been a bad day for the Border Grill. I don't think my experience is indicative of them overall.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casual formal ambience works.
    TryItOnce
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Loved your 3 kinds of salsa dips and the paper thin chips. Your special of the day and the entrées are very good too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DeeDee
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food is tasty & unique; the cocktail selections are a twist on standards. Very convienent for getting to the music center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty drinks!
    Geramina
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We really enjoyed our sangria and pineapple margarita. They had pure and clean flavors. The braised pork enchiladas were melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Our server was very friendly and helpful!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great as always
    merp
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I think that border grill has the best brunch in Downtown LA! Staff is extremely nice!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    DeeDee
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We arrived on Sunday Evening in time for Happy Hour. The $3.00 taco were soooo delicious and the drinks were good too. I am definitely going to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1161 reviews are from the Border Grill - Downtown LA reviews archive.
  • Still thirsty!
    Furball
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Being a long-time Border Grill fan, I was disappointed in the food last night. My dining companions and I all found the foods excessively salty. The recipes were very good, otherwise, and out waitress was very friendly and provided excellent service. The drinks (ours were non-alcoholic) were excellent. So please, BG, lighten up on the salt shaker!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • blondie
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    my chili relleno was cold. I sent it back to heat it up. It came back cold. I gave up. I would probably not go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate