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Border Grill - Downtown LA
Border Grill - Downtown LA

Border Grill - Downtown LA Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bordergrill.com
  • Phone: (213) 486-5171
  • 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.


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

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


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


    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: Alex Moreno
  • 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 (213) 486-5171
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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! Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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....."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Border Grill food is always wonderful and delicious. Service, very professional and caring. I love the patio on a summer evening."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We went on a Sunday night, which is "small plate" night, great way to try a sampling of everything. Service was great, great food!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "There for dineLA. Good food but too rich for the chocolate desert. Service could have been better."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The staff could not have been lovelier and the food was fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Loved your 3 kinds of salsa dips and the paper thin chips. Your special of the day and the entrées are very good too."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I think that border grill has the best brunch in Downtown LA! Staff is extremely nice!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I had high hopes and an appetite. I love a good bar and service. Bartender barely acknowledge me and friend. Cucumber jalapeño Mag incredibly disappointing. Bartender never checked back. We went into dinner and I have never been so rushed for service. Server was nice but kept pressing us for our orders. Let me enjoy. We did not order appetizers or dessert because of it. Chairs are really hard maybe he was doing us favor. It is a good location to meet. I had the Guadalajara special. Nice fish and sauce but that was it and did not remind me of home."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Chicken Poblano Mushroom Enchiladas, were awesome. Had Green corn tamales, very good too, on the sweet side, would order as a side instead of an appetizer."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I have been to Border Grill many times ...that statement speaks for itself. Unfortunately, for our party of six I had never been on Sunday. The Sunday menu is horrid. Lots and lots of carbs, extremely slow food arrival, ridiculous small plates, served family style with poorly presented food that was for the most part inedible. Never again. If you are looking for a Sunday brunch downtown LA there are numerous options so so so much better than Sunday brunch at Border Grill. Tony, the manager, did try to compensate. But really, what is the point of heaping even more inedible food at the customer? Still...he tried."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great food, but it was too noisy to have a conversation without practically yelling at each other."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Excellent as always. The crab cake special was delicious. I wish an order of guacamole consisted only of guacamole -- two thirds of the plate consisted of chopped salad."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Food was good as always, the service was adequate, but not anticipatory of needs. A bit on the slow side due to some large parties on the patio. Our table of two was clearly not a priority"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We have eaten at all The Border Grill restaurants over the years. Each one has been consistently good whenever we go. Sunday's small plate menu is fun & tasty with lots of variety. We highly recommend eating at The Border Grill at whichever location you choose. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "six of us went for dinner after a Disney Hall matinee on Saturday. It was a friend's birthday. Food was terrific, service terrific, the patio is lovely. Definitely a great place to come for any occasion."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Out in LA for a nice meal before we went to the theater- Border Grill was fantastic! Juan, our server was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the menu. We had the wild mushroom quesadilla, ENCHILADAS DE COSTILLAS (braised short rib enchiladas) and CHICKEN POBLANO ENCHILADAS. All of our items were "share worthy" and the aroma from the short ribs was amazing. We also love our Margaritas which were perfect and not too sweet! Highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We work nearby, this place is great for special occasions for groups. This time we went to celebrate a coworker's birthday. We've been going their for years for lunch. Love the virgin mojitos."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Fun atmosphere and creative, delicious tacos. We were going to the Taper and the waitperson got us out on time."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Very accommodating and helpful. Perfect place to have a large group for brunch, especially since they take opentable for a group of 12"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Our first brunch at Border Grill. Looking for something different than the all-you-can-eat buffet usual breakfast fare--this is the place to go! Our charming waitress was told which of the many dishes offered on the menu interested us & then gave her the task of bringing dishes in an appropriate order as the chef suggested. We were able to sample such a variety of flavors, textures, colors...it was wonderful. The opportunity to try an unlimited number of these small plates was such a treat for the 4 of us & made this a memorable & fun way to spend time with friends. ONE constructive criticism: the music played needs to be re-thought. Too much Eagles, Jimmy Buffet made it seem touristy & not as exciting as the rest of the dining experience."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Happy Hour for dinner before play at Mark Taper Forum (Music Center). Fabulous California/Mexican food with the best mix of spices I've ever tasted. Ordered lots of happy hour menu items for dinner for two. Extremely reasonable pricing! Great service & fun ambience. Staff extremely helpful in securing the free shuttle to the Music Center & even coming to our table to notify us of shuttle's arrival."
    Dined on 5/22/2014