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Border Grill - Santa Monica
Border Grill - Santa Monica

Border Grill - Santa Monica Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bordergrill.com
  • Phone: (310) 451-1655
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH:
    Monday thru Friday - 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Saturday and Sunday - 10:00a.m. to 3 p.m. (in addition to Lunch menu)

    Monday through Thursday - 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Friday - 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    Saturday - 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    Sunday - 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    Monday thru Friday - 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday - 9 p.m. to close
    Sunday - all day
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American
  • Executive Chef: Chef/Owners: Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, Bravo's "Top Chef Masters" and Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales”, have been entertaining guests for more than 25 years at their popular, critically-acclaimed restaurants. Now you can bring their unique style and expertise to your next event.

    Choose from a mix of modern, bold flavors with menus from Border Grill and Border Grill Truck, as well as the cosmopolitan flavors of Mary Sue and Susan’s first restaurant CITY.

    Call today for an unforgettable party! 213.486.5171
  • Private Party Facilities: Throw your party at Border Grill Santa Monica! Border Grill was designed with parties in mind so we offer flexible options!

    Upstairs Private Party Room: Sit-down dining for up to 43 guests, cocktail parties for 50, or boardroom style meetings for 25.

    Main Dining Room: Dining for 150 seated or 200 for a cocktail party with tray-passed hors d'oeuvres and food stations.

    The Whole Enchilada: Have the entire place for up to 300 friends!

    Call today for an unforgettable party! 310.451.1655
  • Private Party Contact: Kim Gile (310) 451-1655
  • Special Events & Promotions: For special event details on everything from cooking classes to margarita tasting dinners, go to www.bordergrill.com.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: SELF PARKING: Parking structure #5 is directly across the street from the restaurant on 4th St. The cost is a $3 flat rate after 6:00 p.m.

    VALET PARKING: United Valet Parking Service is located at Grisby’s Santa Monica Automotive Service, 401 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401. It is on the corner of 4th St. and Broadway two doors down from Border Grill. The cost is $8.
A word from Border Grill - Santa Monica
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.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The best thing about this place is that there was availability and it's directly across the street from the public parking garage. Other than that, the food was passable and the service was slow so don't expect a quick lunch. Bus boy provided probably the best service."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "I've been following the Border Grill since Melrose a million years ago. The "Hot Tamales" are better than ever. It started out excellent and has gotten better over the years. It is often not given the recognition it deserves. This was my first time for brunch. The quality of the ingredients and the proper handling and balance of the food is inspiring. They have taken Latin cuisine to new heights while being true to it's roots and not "California-izing" or fusing it. The unlimited small plates were excellent. The server steered us right. We enjoyed the plates that involved eggs the most. The room design and oversized art is the coolest of any restaurant I've been to. The value was there for sure. Go. It won't disappoint."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "A great place to eat I reccomend the Yucatan pork and the guacho steak! Yum.. don't get caught sleeping on this place. Border grill is the real deal! Enjoy! Cheers"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Brunch service is slow, so do not come super hungry."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Food was great, we are vegetarians and there was a a good selection and they were very accommodating to our wishes."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Food was good. Not great for groups. We made reservation for 8, confirmed by phone and were on time. Plenty of room in dining room, yet hostess picked least desirable section to pull two tables together to keep a corridor of empty tables between us and the rest of the dinners, away from light, but plenty close to the noise of the kitchen. Plenty of room in dining room when we left, so it wasn't that the better situated tables were taken."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "dineLA menu offered tasty items to choose from, some new & not on the regular menu."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I came with a group of friends and ordered of the DineLA menu. I was impressed as they has many tasty options. The Border Grill empanadas and tamale were very tasty. The Sateed shrimp was a bit too lemony, but edible.My favorite part was dessert, Choco tacos are a must! service was great! Our waiter was very attentive and friendly"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Everytime we go to Border Grille, it's awesome! Delicious food, friendly staff and never disappoints. Love the turkey dinner, and the taco's! So good. And try the jalapeno margaritas! Yum."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "So, Let me start by saying that I ate at Border Grill when they were on Melrose...a long time ago. I have returned over the years and always felt that the food was really good. I have also followed the two Chef Owners as well and have always admired their accomplishments. I went to the Border Grill in Santa Monica this last weekend. I found the food to be as I remembered it...very good. Having said that, I don't think I will go back. It does not happen to me very often, but I felt like taking a shower when I got home. The restaurant is in need of a fresh coat of paint, and more importantly...a deep clean. Simply said, I felt that it was quite dirty."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food and bar. We met an friend from out of town and it was well worth the dining. My wife and I had some drinks at the bar before he arrived and the margaritas were very good. One complaint when my wife ordered a 2nd drink and it took so long we had to cancel it when our friend arrived. Once we sat down, the service was enjoyable. Place is a little loud, but not so bad we couldn't talk. Overall thumbs up for the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food was very unique, but worth it. Pork belly was delicious, and came with fried plantains and rice, and was well seasoned. Friends of mine at the table had the burger which made me jealous. Very nice experience."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Food was only so-so. My friend's skirt steak was so over done, the edges were hard like charcoal. My food was lukewarm from sitting and mushy. Would not return. Also, over-priced for what it was."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Service was a stand-out! Both the host and our waiter, John, went out out of their way to accomodate."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "As one who enjoys ALL Mexican food - from cheap taco's to high end cuisine, this is my absolute favorite "must have" when we visit Santa Monica! I have to eat GF and was impressed an delighted by their extensive menu choices."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "would not recommend this restaurant. it was recommended from our hotel looking for authentic upscale mexican. food was very sub par. i ordered a pork dish that was basically inedible. wait service however was very attentive and friendly"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great tacos and guacamole! The house margarita was amazing as well! Would love to come here again!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Our service was wonderful and I love that you can order as many dishes as you want from the brunch menu. The dishes are small so if you don't like what you ordered you can order again! The menu is unique and my party had fun trying and sharing many wonderful dishes."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Being from the east coast, it can be difficult to find great Mexican food. The Border Grill exceeded my wildest expectations. While not exactly cheap, I was so impressed by the menu, the happy hour deals and even the complementary chips and salsa. The poblano quesadilla appetizer was one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten. Our server was extremely friendly and the atmosphere was welcoming. I would come here again and recommend it to anybody without hesitation."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Went for an early dinner on a Thursday night. Service was friendly, attentive w/out being overbearing (I hate when servers come by a lot and ask if everything's ok). I am not a foodie, all I know is the dishes we had were delicious with interesting flavors and a laid back, comfortable atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This is the first negative review I've taken the time to write. Nothing horrible happened, per se, but overall, it was a disappointing experience. We were entertaining colleagues, who are locals of the area. I'd heard great things and was familiar with the chefs/owners, so had high expectations. The ambience felt a bit dated, from the dirty carpet and painted furniture to tableware. Service was OK but confusing. We were waited on by 3 different people throughout a 90-minute dinner. Seemed to be a lack of awareness; i.e. asking for food orders when drinks hadn't arrived yet. Food was mediocre - mine came out room temp. Resembled cuisine any other Mexican chain restaurant could offer. I was embarrassed, having made the reservation."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Food is unlike you will find anywhere else. An all you can eat brunch of unlimited small pllates of their unique food (and I wouldn't call them small plates..the portions are sizeable) for $30 is an unheard of bargain with $10 bottomless mimosas. When a restaurant can elevate an artfully served plate of green and white rice and black beans to 5 star presentation and melt in your mouth taste, it is definitely a foodie find. The plantains are HIGHLY recommended."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food was not as flavorful as I thought it was going to be. The tables were sticky and the floor was dirty. Would not visit again."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "They gave us a quiet room upstairs where we had elderly family members who appreciated the quiet. They catered to our every need and we had the place to ourselves with a chance to enjoy each other completely it was very nice!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Food is good but was served cold. Loud music is a problem. If you actually want to have a conversation while eating, don't go here."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "If you're not eating at The Border Grill, you're wrong. This is, by far, my favorite Mexican restaurant in California, and one of the only things I'll make the drive from OC to Santa Monica for. The Red Chilequiles are AMAZING, and the steak was, quite possibly, the best I've ever had. The pomegranate margarita is fantastic. Go. Eat, drink, and have a blast."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Coming from San Diego - I think our local taco shops (. . . . Bertos) are the gold standard for mexican food north of the border, but for something a bit more refined, without getting overly sophisticated, this is the spot. Great flavors, especially the steak and carnitas. Great margies too."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "very noisy a bit too loud had to raise voices to be heard"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Great food, great prices. Our waiter suggested the special sampler plate which allowed us to have three different entrees. This was great since I was having trouble selecting which one to order!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Food was great. Service was excellent. Have been here a few times and never had a bad meal. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Very good Tacos and Chips. The margarita was not so good"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Unlimited small plates on Sunday for $30/person. Food was better than average mexican. Service was attentive"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Having so many choices, and being able to try so many wonderful dishes, each served on a small plate in small quantities made brunch very fun. Add that the food was tasty, each dish having distinct flavors, and it made for a festive day of food tasting. The Oaxacan Pancakes, the Yucatan Eggs Benedict Slider, Grilled Fish Taco, and the Baja Ceviche Tostadita were our favorites. And yes, we ate all that and more because each item is a couple of bites and we shared. Although we each had to have our own order of Oaxacan Pancakes!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I had never eaten at Border Grill before. On this particular occasion I was with a colleague and we were having dinner before attending a local theatre event in the area. The food was delicious and fresh, the service was excellent and our waiter made great recommendations. The house staff was also attentive and made sure that we were well taken care of!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My wife & I ordered a three course meal for me and a salad for her. The waitress, was nice but incompetent. They delivered only an appetizer sized salad, my appetizer wasn't delivered. A manager came out, apologized, and promised a full size salad. The waitress apologized for the mixup, and took our drink order. Next, my entree arrived (where's the appetizer, and where is the replacement salad?). Another ten minutes elapsed, no drink or salad delivered, then the general manager arrived to apologize. All this incompetent service took place with only one other table occupied in the entire restaurant, I can't understand why they couldn't provide our order in a proper sequence. They did provide a free dinner, and the food was excellent."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Food and service is good, but it's so noisy you can't carry on a conversation without shouting. Wouldn't go back."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food was amazing. It was my first time here, and I will certainly be returning. The drinks, appetizers, and main meal were fabulous and the portions were quite large (Always a good thing!)"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "went with my fiancee and 2 other friends for a birthday brunch last Sunday - GREAT food with a large variety of options - most of which could be adjusted slightly to handle any dietary concerns (they have a great amount of gluten free options, which is much appreciated). Grace, our server, was WONDERFUL - so helpful and friendly. and their manager, Chris, stopped by our table and was nothing but polite and attentive to not only us but everyone around. We would all definitely recommend Border Grill! it's a must! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great brunch and great service! Also tried a couple of desserts (churro bites and the chocolate chip pancakes) and holy moly they were good. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "loved the lamb tacos. Unexpected but yummy tastes."
    Dined on 5/24/2014