Loteria Grill - Santa Monica
Loteria Grill - Santa Monica

Loteria Grill - Santa Monica

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://loteriagrill.com/
  • Phone: 3103932700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast
    Daily: 11:00am - close
    Lunch
    Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner
    Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Jimmy Shaw
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Bienvenidos! We are thrilled to be considered to cater your next event. Here at Loteria Grill, we help you plan a fantastic menu for your special celebration whether it is a company luncheon, cocktail party, picnic, family reunion, or you just want the perfect setting to taco about.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arizona
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Loteria Grill - Santa Monica
Jimmy Shaw opened the first Lotería! Grill in the summer of 2002 at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles, and ever since has been serving our guests a menu full of regional Mexican specialties as delicious as what he grew up enjoying in Mexico City.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Loteria Grill - Santa Monica reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (14)great for outdoor dining (10)good for groups (9)fit for foodies (8)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (6)great for brunch (4)neighborhood gem (4)late-night find (3)romantic (2)special occasion (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Not like Studio City!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Having been to lunch at the Loteria in Studio City and truly enjoyed both the atmosphere and cuisine, I was surprised to find the Santa Monica branch to be inferior. The meal was completely underseasoned and tasteless. Instead of their pick-your-protein/style/sauce option, I had the skirt steak and my friend had the carnitas, both specialty plates. Can't recommend either dish. (In fact, the side dish of zuccini reminded me of food in a nursing home.) We actually left quite a bit of food on the plates -- not because we weren't hungry but because it wasn't worth eating. Two lunch meals and two margaritas plus tip was $90. Nope. Not returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine, not unbelievable
    therones
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I had friends in from out of town and they wanted a place to sit where they could people watch. Unfortunately, it was the day after Labor Day so the Promenade was quiet. The food was fine. Nothing exciting. Basically cooked by line-cooks and not chefs, but for Mexican. that might be a better thing!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Fantastic food! Complete booked out- we were sitting directly on the bar, next to the kitchen- it was a great experience because we watched the cooks how the prepared the meals for the guests.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Increíble comida
    imachef
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    No puedes encontrar un restaurante con mejor comida Mexicana que Lotería y por lo mismo precio. Mi recomendaciónes son los nachos y taquitos. Al restaurante, cuando los machos son súper buenas, las salsas encima cambiare la textura de los chips después de poco de minutos. Creo que sería mejor sí pongáis las salsas al lado. También, mi horchata tenía una porcentaje de agua más grande como me gusta. Después de todo, la experiencia era súper buena y mi amigo y yo lo disfrutemos muchísimo nuestros reunión en Loteria.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, 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 LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, weird service
    feedmeseymour
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I love Loteria and have been a fan since before they expanded beyond the farmers market. So nothing was wrong there. But the timing of our meal was really off. We eat ordered an entree and an appetizer, and everything came at once, along with a comment from the waiter about how much food it was. Maybe if it came out in courses it wouldn't have seemed like so much food? It was frustrating. Getting the check took a long time, but that bothers me less. Also, despite making a reservation. We were seated in a weird location right by the kitchen/where the waiters gather.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dwantuck@yahoo.com
    Tuckster
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food at Loteria is pretty good. However, this particular location is not managed well. The restrooms were very dirty and were still dirty after telling staff and leaving Loteria, restrooms had not been cleaned. The service was not good at all. Forgot to bring 2nd drink order. All in all, a disappointing experience compared to how they have been reviewed previously.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Great Spot for Mexican on 3rd!
    Mattman
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had great food and great service. Margaritas are excellent and the staff takes care of you. However, if it's hot outside, you may not want to sit in the back of the restaurant as it gets very warm back there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food, gluten-free menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I have long been a fan of Loteria grill. Food is delicious, and I particularly appreciate the gluten-free menu. I only wish the music weren't so loud- it made conversation challenging.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting food
    PlainjaneVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I had a late lunch reservation (2 p.m.) so they were out of 2 of the 3 lunch options for DineLA. Still, the crab tostada appetizer was creative and delicious and the desert tacos yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Happy Hour!
    Susy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    First time at this restaurant, the location was nice and we loved the theme...... Our server was not as attentive as the others around us... One of the other servers noticed as well and we were brought a complimentary drink which was really nice of them. The happy hour menu was great, especially if you want to try different things in small portions. We would definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Pleaser-On-The-Promenade
    DinoVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Every item our party experienced, was ¡muy bien! The tacos arrachera; carnitas en salsa morita, in a flavorful spicy chile sauce; and ochinita pibil, achiote & citrus marinated pork, that was slowly roasted in a banana leaf. Chef Jimmy Shaw's specialty for the evening - was red snapper (perfectly seared) in a tomato, onion, olive and caper sauce. It was served with black beans, white rice, & plantains. The margaritas Pepino (cucumber) are refreshing while the jalapeño has kick - both magnified our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go to Chipotle
    Maria
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This place was terrible. Food was not fresh, all predone, no kids menu which is unacceptable in an area like this and very expensive. You are better off spending your money at Chipotle, honestly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 14 reviews are from the Loteria Grill - Santa Monica reviews archive.
  • Meeting Spot
    coryg
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Loteria is a perfect meeting spot for friends, whether its a birthday party or meeting up with visitors to the area. The food is great (2 fish tacos + sharing guac), the portions are good (not huge but filling), the drinks strong, the vibe energetic, and the location perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Festive Cinco de mayo
    Uclakicker
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Everything was festive that evening. The mariachi was very good and the ambiance was full of energy. Food was excellent and the Tamarindo Margarita was a great new flavor! Not our first time at Lotería... certainly not our last either!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lower Expectations
    Mexifood
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This place had so much potential from their website. However, I found the pro bad it as plate disappointing. They give you 1 beef and the rest are vegetable, chicken and pork. Overpriced, shelled out over 80 bucks for an appetizer, 2 tacos, probaditas, and drinks. Had to go to pizza slice place to get full.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mexican food taken seriously
    Texascountess
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Extreme care taken in the preparation of this food. The sauce that comes with the chips is so full of flavor....The margaritas couldn't be better. Terrific tortilla soup. superb tacos. I love this place.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Taco place
    SVMJRVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Tacos are are of high quality in this place, although a bit pricey
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great Mexican
    KimberlyHVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We went here on several recommendations we found on the web (LA Times, etc.) as one of the top Mexican restaurants in LA. I should have known we wouldn't find quaint on the Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade but I still expected great. Overall the food was very good but the margarita was not. I like mine on the tart side but this was too much. We both had almost instant heart burn/acid reflux (not typically a problem for either of us) but it really stood in the way of enjoying the food. We tried to doctor the margarita a little but it just wasn't good. The waitress was very accommodating and took them back and did not charge us for them. The queso was delicious and the mole is very good as well.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and margaritas.
    Googlegirl
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Excellent food and margaritas. Looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    excellent all the way around. well worth the money well worth the calories. great service. terrific food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Casual dining
    Maria
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The place is perfect for casual dining. Loteria Grill offers a very good Mexican cuisine with contemporary twist. The sward fish skillet was not overcooked even dough the fish was served in small cubes. Nice combination of flavors in all dishes. The service was good, however a little too long waiting in between water glass and serving. A little bit too noisy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Truly enjoyed every minute
    LaurensMom
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Truly enjoyed every minute we were at the restaurant!! Looking forward to going again!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good time and good food
    Evita
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Location: Can't beat the promenade, about 1 1/2 blocks from Harvelle's where we went to after dinner. Environment: Our table was in the back of the restaurant, the noise level was fine; our group of 7 could talk to each other w/o screaming. Drinks: Really good ginger margaritas: not too sweet, just slighty sour. Food: I had carne arrachera tacos, which I think it's flank steak; the beef was tasty and tender. It came with just the right amount of rice and pinto beans, both very flavorful. I can tell you what my friends had, but we all had a great time. Service: Excellent; nobody rushed as through dinner; we would have stayed longer had not had plans for after dinner. Overall: Exceeded my expectations! Great place for a BD celebration!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissatisfied
    Kristen
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The atmosphere was nice; however, the service was lacking. 10 minutes after ordering drinks I was told they did not have any rum for a rum and coke,there were bottles on the shelves of the bar. After this, our entire group was served dinner except for one. She waited while the group finished dinner. When she was served, her plate was covered in sour cream, she is lactose intolerant. The same meal had been ordered by others in our party without sour cream. Our server was slow to offer help. Rather than make the group wait 20 minutes for her to be served again, she scraped everything off and hoped for the best. My meal was good, but my experience was not. Our group was not a priority at all, I don't plan on returning to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very original restaurant concept
    Jaxson
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    The service was very good and the food portions were great. I loved the ambience and the decor was so original.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, prices kinda high though
    Nate
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Had a really good dinner, great guac and salsa and would definitely go back again. Prices are a bit high for some areas, lots of extra charges that are really not necessary.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.