Ortega 120
Ortega 120
  • Address:
    1814 South Pacific Coast Highway
    Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    Neighborhood:
    Redondo Beach
  • Cuisine:
    Mexican / Southwestern
    Price: $30 and under

Ortega 120

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ortega120.com/
  • Phone: 3107924120
  • Hours of Operation:
    We are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner from 11:30am till 10pm weeknights and 11pm weekends 9pm on Sunday. Brunch on Saturday & Sunday from 10:30am to 3pm. Happy Hour 4 to close on Monday, Tuesday thru Thursday 4pm to 6pm, Fri- Sat 3pm-5pm.
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Mexican / Southwestern, Regional Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Ortega
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering and Fiesta To Go Packs available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Redefining Contemporary Mexican Cuisine and Cocktails
  • Private Party Contact: Charmayne 8777228405
  • Entertainment: Please call for information.
  • Special Events: For reservations over 6 people please call the restaurant. Happy Hour seven days a week! Please call for cooking classes, Tequila University, Tamale 101, wine or tequila dinners and upcoming events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Palo Verdes
  • Public Transit: Many stops are located around us.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is ample parking immediately behind the restaurant. Simply turn from Pacific Coast Highway into our lot. The turn is at the light at Vista Del Parque. All spaces are ok to park in!
A word from Ortega 120
Redefining Nuevo Latino Cocktails & Cuisine.Ortega 120 opened June of 2008 & has received critical acclaim as well as numerous awards including: South Bay’s Best-“Favorite Mexican Restaurant & Chef” Daily Breeze, “Top Ten Mexican Restaurants in America” Steven Milling—ManMade 2010 “Top Ten Mexican Restaurants in LA” Gayot, “Best Classic Margarita In Los Angeles” LA WEEKLY, “Top Ten Summer Cocktails in LA” City Search, “Best Margarita in the South Bay” and “Best Tequila Bar” Voted in Easy Reader Best of the Beach,“ …Nowhere by the beach can you find such heartfelt Mexican cooking” S. Irene Virbilia- LA Times, “Shout Ole!…” Merrill Schindler- Daily Breeze, Ortega 120 is a lively venue where people come to celebrate many special occasions from birthday's to surprise wedding engagements!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Ortega 120 reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (25)good for groups (23)neighborhood gem (23)fit for foodies (21)hot spot (19)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (12)great for outdoor dining (12)special occasion (9)kid-friendly (9)romantic (7)late-night find (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Vegetarian friendly!
    skaterdav85
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The spinach and mushroom enchiladas were amazing! Ask for the vegetarian menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What did you say?
    Happy2behere
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We have dined at Ortega 120 several times and have always loved it. On a Wed. night at 7, we brought a party of 8, four of them men in their early 20s. I understand serving the food at the same time is tricky, but we waited a very long time for our food. After taking an order for a pitcher of margaritas, the waiter assumed no one else wanted any other drinks. He also seemed hard of hearing or else didn't understand English. We asked for another pitcher; it never arrived. I ordered 3 desserts; he brought us one dessert with 3 churros for 8 people. It seemed like we were on a different page and it took so long for the dessert to arrive, we didn't order the extra two and gave up. Food is great but there wasn't enough of it, esp. carne asada.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Too noisy inside, music was very loud. Dining on the patio was perfect!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Upscale Mexican DONE RIGHT!
    Belie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Being Mexican myself and knowing good Mexican food, there is nothing more that I hate when Mexican food is made upscale and it sucks. BUT THIS PLACE HAS DONE IT RIGHT! It the only upscale Mexican I have ever liked. Duck confi chileciles, mole meatballs, fancy queso fuendiso, all great! Just make sure you have a reservation! The wait could about about 30/45 mins without a reservation. But the do have a nice bar and GREAT MARGARITAS to enjoy, if you need to wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ortega 120 does not disappoint!
    SPHS
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Went to have dinner with a high school friend after 20 plus years apart. Atmosphere was perfect, not too quite and not too loud. The margaritas were fantastic so we had two each :). We both ordered the taco trio and although you were only supposed to order one type of meat the special waiter let me pick two types. Jonathan was too sweet. He was very attentive and came back often to make sure we had what we needed. Oh forgot to mention that we started our meal with the homemade quacamole which is delicious. I noticed that they had a sign that said you had a two hour maximum to sit at the table which I found strange. I'm sure we stayed longer than two hours but no one complained or mentioned it. Food was great as well as the service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Echo chamber with mediocre service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Perhaps had I been drinking margaritas, my review would be different. However I tried to like this place, but everything was wrong. First, we had a reservation for 7 pm and were seated promptly --but no menus were available. Apparently no set ups either as we sat at an empty table. Water and chips arrived shortly. Approximately 10 minutes later, menus were presented. We had to ask for napkins and silverware at this point. The food was below average. I had camerones and my husband had short ribs. Neither were very good. Noise level is deafening in this place. They should hand out earplugs. We were given another table's bill and getting this corrected took several attempts. We will not be going back.
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  • Great dinner, great margs!!
    SouthBayAce
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Ortega 120 has amazing food, and amazing margaritas! The "House Margaritas" (get the pitcher) is made with fresh juice, and tastes amazing. They bring a small carafe of tequila to prove there is tequila in them (as they are so smooth). I had the Carne Asada (excellent, tender, and very flavorful, wife had the chicken tacos - also amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We Love Ortega
    VfromHermosaVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    It is now a family tradition to celebrate birthdays there. From the tilapia to the short ribs, the food is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great date night place .♥♥♥we really loved the drinks and food. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Burrito de la Casa
    40swithkids
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Went to Ortega 120 to celebrate our 15th anniversary...although the restaurant was quite loud, the Burrito de la Casa and House margaritas with fresh juices really hit the spot!!! Our 11 year old daughter gobbled up all of her enchilada and our soon to be 12 year old son proclaimed the lightly breaded chicken fingers to be the best he's ever tasted, which is saying something since he's eaten chicken fingers over 100 times! We will be back to Ortega 120!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mui Bueno!!
    Thee1nOnlyMe
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This was our 1st visit...we invited our brother n law & his fiance to have brunch withus & what a wondeful/festive expierence! The location was perfect, the service, food & drinks were EXCELLENT! Even meet a few new friends while visiting the bar before leaving. Didn't even realize we'd been at the restaurant for over 3hrs we were enjoying ourselves & the atmosphere. The best part after leaving we stopped by the beach which is a few blocks away...VERY CONVIENT!! =) WE can't wait to visit again...this time we'll bring the kids!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fantastic!
    Maggie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Dangerously delicious margaritas, sophisticated, complex dishes and phenomenal service make this one of our favorite spots. Go now! You will not be disappointed!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find!
    RagsMcTattershanty
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This place is the real deal! Great food, wonderful service. If you're looking for a fun brunch spot with friends, look no further!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have a couple concerns..
    redroses13
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The food, service&environment was amazing but I was super uncomfortable because of the chairs are really uncomfortable it was hard to have a conversation it was very loud in the background. I would highly recommending investing in some chairs with some padding and somehow making it a little more private with the individual tables. I would love to come back and eat again but i feel as if i have to rush through my dinner because sitting in the chairs for a long time is very very painful!
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fabulous!
    Jo4LA
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I brought my sis in law visiting from Portland & she LOOOVED IT! The drinks were amazing: horchata martinis, the appetizer: taquitos de la casa, the meal: chicken mole enchiladas YUMMY!!! Oscar our server was the best! We were here to watch Stanley Playoffs & had so much fun!! I love coming here because I always feel like I am home:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food but LOUD!
    twingle
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We went to dinner with 2 other couples - table of 6 at 6:30 on a Saturday night. We were seated in back of the restaurant, past the bar area. That would have been OK but we seated at 2 round tables pushed together. We couldn't hear each other from one table to the other. Then, a 3 piece group started playing music (2 guitars and a bass). All conversation ceased. The restaurant was loud enough before the band but this was beyond. The guitarist was unbelievably good but we went to dinner with new friends to socialize which was absolutely impossible. VERY disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    LocalGrazer
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    First try of Ortega 120's Happy Hour. Margaritas = GREAT. They're always great. Happy Hour options in the bar area only. People at the table right next to us were SO LOUD we could not hear each other speak at our own table. Three people at the bar must have felt the same way because they left shortly after we arrived. The restaurant has all hard surfaces, so there is nothing to mitigate screaming, guffawing, obnoxious people. I don't know what the staff could have done. Of what we ordered, only Albondigas con Mole (not from the HH menu) were memorable (great.) Outstanding flavors; generous portion. Individual HH tacos for $2 or $2.50 each were small and undistinguished. The shrimp taco wasn't worth eating. Boring guacamole.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food
    Melissa
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We went during lunch for a 30th birthday party. The restaurant was not that crowded. We were a party of six. They had a party of about 16 plus three other tables. It took 2-1/2 hours for six ppl for lunch. On a normal work day, this would be unacceptable but since our boss attended, it worked out okay. Service, way too long. Food was very good. I would go back again especially at night or try happy hour. The place looks fun! Just not for lunch if you only have a certain amount of time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Mexican
    Yummmmm
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Superb happy hour. Delicious flavored margaritas. Not artificially tasting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty and Generous
    lovetodine
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Dined on Saturday for brunch/lunch and must say…we enjoyed our meals. The Kobe burger was outstanding. Sat on the patio where it was bright and cheerful. Music was a bit loud tho. A definite place for delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun for a family birthday dinner
    Josie
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    We had a family birthday dinner here with our three adult kids. Everyone loved it. The food is very tasty and different than many other Mexican restaurants. Excellent guacamole! The margaritas were a big hit too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The food was ok but not authentic Mexican flavor. The waiter was slow and the place was not that busy to justify it. Price was above what I expected.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 558 reviews are from the Ortega 120 reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Never expected to find such great Mexican food in Redondo Beach. And the house Margaritas are soooo smooooth and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    Kdelo
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had a great night enjoying a pitcher of margaritas & tasty food on Mother's Day. The only complaint I have is that it was VERY NOISY. My Dad had a hard time hearing the conversation & he was sitting right next to me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Brunch was not good. Food was not kept warm. Prefer the menu. Margaritas are good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Foodie53
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Tried to have an early Mother's Day brunch with 1/2 of my family. I could not get the time for the reservation I wanted on Open Table so I took the earlier option. When my party of 5 got there, the place was almost empty. I gave our name and the host then tried to seat us at a spot for 4 people even though my reservation had said we would be 5 plus we needed extra room for an infant's stroller. Service was terribly slow, food was decent, but the décor was unique and interesting. Overall, the experience was so-so.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Estupendo!!
    lafoodie
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Had yet another superb dinner here Friday night! Amazing service, food, drinks and atmosphere made for the most perfect amalgamation one could hope for in a dining experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Decor!
    pass
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    First time there, definitely will come back. Loved the way the place was decorated and food was yummy!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beramundi Bravo
    CasaTito
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food and house margaritas are great! I had the Beramundi Veracruzano and it was delicious. The ambiance is like being at a party and you get great food too!
    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, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing good and margaritas
    Cookiemonster
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We got the taquitos and enchiladas and they were both amazing! Plus we got a pitcher of mango margaritas which were by far the best I've had! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Mexican Fare
    Luv2stealrecipiesVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Decorated like a Tijuana border town, it is a fun transport to Mexico for an evening. Great Margaritas with fresh juices and agave. Portions are HUGE, plan accordingly. Meats are braised in tasty sauces i.e. beef, pork and used in various tasty dishes. Loved the gorditas...enough for 4 as an app. braised short ribs in chile was amazing with the best pozole I have ever had. Same with the Chile releno Yum. Come hungry, leave stuffed!
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  • I love Ortega 120!
    anahermosa
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Great food and excellent service. I have been there many times and will go there many more.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ortega 120 --- amazing
    Mddtusa
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We checked out this place after hearing about it from friends. It exceeded our expectations. Great hostess, great servers, great margaritas and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OMG the NOISE!!
    RedSnapper
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    If your idea of a good time is going out to eat at a place where you have to yell at the person next to you in order to be heard, then this is your kind of place. The service was friendly and reasonably prompt. The food was good. Unique in many ways. High end Mexican food, but to be honest, I came away feeling the food at Alfredo's ( and a number of other lower-profile Mexican Resturaunts) is better. I'm glad I went, because I enjoy trying out different places. But the price of doing so in this case was ringing ears for a while afterward.
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  • Family Fun!
    chevyfamily67
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We have always REALLY enjoyed coming to Ortega and always considered it a really special place for my husband and I to frequent! Now that we have added a baby to our family we were worried that we wouldn't be able to eat there as often as we would like. We however have come to find that every time we bring her with us that the staff accommodation for her makes it really easy to include her and now this is a date place for the whole family! We love the Poke style Tuna tacos! OMG Amazing!!! We also cant get enough of the Taquitos de la casa with the potatoes! Perfect combo for lent and Friday nights! Thank you to the whole Ortega staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! Great drinks!
    LAWoman
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Even though it was busy we had great service! My friend had the house margarita & she loved it! The taquitos de la CASA are soooo yummy! And the best chips & salsa ever!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not so great
    karen
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    the waiter was a nice guy but we had to waive him down a lot. the food was ok, but the ambience was way too noisy and we were sat at a dingy dirty looking table next to a television set hanging from the wall. The drinks were awful, the food ok.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DECOR
    n1dane
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I LOVE THE DECOR IN THAT PLACE IT IS SO INTERESTING LOVE THE FOOD AS WELL...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun local spot for Mexican!
    SunshyneyVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Very cute ambiance, they had a live band that night that was really good. They also have an outdoor patio that seems to be a little quieter than inside the restaurant. Food was just delicious, with large portions. Margaritas were yummy too! Service was nice but a bit slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ortega for Lunch
    Hipolito
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    My coworkers and I went here to celebrate a birthday in our office. We got there at 12 and sat down quickly. The menu had a great lunch time special. I ordered the 3 sopes for $10, the sopes were amazing! I would strongly reccomend them! Although I felt the timing of getting could have been faster, it seemed there was only 1 waitress doing everything that morning. The place was not packed, as it had just opend 30 min prior to us arriving, so we didn't feel rushed or ignored. We were able to sit down, order, eat and return to our office in little more then an hour. I would go here again! Maybe next time I'll try going for their evening happy hour!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.