I've been here twice now and
I've been here twice now and have enjoyed my meal both times. Last night Will was our server and he was very friendly and helpful. The house margaritas are delicious!
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was our second time at Ortega 120, and brought another couple for their first time.
Great again ...
- Guacamole - EXCELLENT!
- House Margaritas ... EXCELLENT!
- Mole Pollo ... EXCELLENT!
- Carne Asada ... EXCELLENT
- Mole Ribs ... Outstanding!
We ate in the front room, which is usually a quieter area. Unfortunately this night there were some people who had obviously been out all day partying for St Patricks day and the alcohol had affected their hearing (were screaming to each other across the table)
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
As usual the food was excellent,
As usual the food was excellent, service was good and the only real complaint which really wasn't that bad was we were seated in one of the noisest spots so it was hard to have a conversation with each other but our overall experience was awesome.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had a great evening! Our
Had a great evening! Our server Carlos suggested the Brussel sprouts to compliment our appetizers. I would have never ordered that. I have to say, they were delicious! Thank you Carlos! You made our evening terrific. Great time, great place, great food and great service
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food is always pretty
The food is always pretty good at Ortega 120, but our service was not on this visit. Didn't get drink order taken until 20 min after being seated, and food came out luke warm (not hot), so I just don't think our server was on top of things that night. Have had good service here before.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Worth a visit
Not your typical So Cal tex mex spot. This is a place worth seeking out if for nothing else but their tequila list that boasts of 120 offerings!. In addition to that they have a menu with a variety of interesting slightly upscale items such as barrio tacos, several salsas, etc. The environment is eclectic and somewhat celebretory with displays honoring the dead scattered around, large format tables to the rear of hte restaurant and a wall screen projection adding an interesting video touch to the dining room (during our dinner we were watching old Elvis movies). The sound level is moderately loud and the environment is active with a dining room that also contains a fairly busy bar so be forewarned.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Local Favorite for unique Mexican
The food is always amazing here! I had the short ribs and with fresh tortillas, wonderful!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Mexican ever
The best Mexican food I've ever had. But the big hit was the amazing margaritas. Be careful, they go down so smooth, you don't realize there's alcohol. Highly recommend this restaurant.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Holy mole ribs!!!
I finally stepped out of my box &!enjoyed fully those St. Louis mole ribs. WOW!! Very moist & flavorful! My cousin had the enchiladas Rojas with rib meat, and she swooned over it! She's from Arizona, and said she will most def return with her family. Our server Carlos was very fun, I had never seen him before, since imma frequent diner here. I always keep returning here because it's a very vibrant & fun place to dine.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome food. This is one
Awesome food. This is one of my favorite restaurants.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always an awesome experience.
Always an awesome experience. Great food and outstanding drinks
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everyone in the group agreed
Everyone in the group agreed that whatever they ordered was the best they have ever had. Brother's tacos were the best ever. Mom's fish was the best ever. My carnitas were to die for. Their margaritas are unmatched. Service was just as wonderful as the food. Definitely give this place a try. I will be coming back for sure, many many times.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Top Mexican in CA!
Ortega 120 is one of my favorite Mexican Restaurants in the world. They take traditional Mexican dishes, and put a very new age, high cuisine spin on it. I feel like they make Mexican as good as you can. We love the Albondigas in Mole, huge meatballs in a very rich mole sauce. We also think their Queso Fondido with Chorizo is out of this world. I also think it is one of the best Carne Asada Burritos I have had. But it really comes down to the best Chili Rellenos you will find! Hands down.
What issues are you going to have, sometimes they miss their cue. The food might sit for a while and come out cold. That happened on this trip, and it was too bad, kind of put a damper on the meal. I have also had great deserts and bad deserts
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've never had a bad experience
I've never had a bad experience at Ortega 120. The food, service, and atmosphere was great, as always! My family's favorite spot for get togethers and special occasions.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Flamenco Friday at Ortega 129
We made our reservation for the two of us for 8pm. We arrived at 8 and were seated immediately.
We requested a table near the flamenco performers, the sat us right next them.
The menu is always excellent and many dishes are ideal for splitting between two people.
All the menu is delicious. Their margaritas are the best! The service was top notch.
The manager and the owner both stopped by to say hello. That was very nice. They are both genuinely nice and friendly people.
We return to Ortega 120 the first Friday of each month to see the flamenco performances. The musicians and dancers are talented and professional. You would have to pay to see this type of performance in downtown Los Angeles, but it's free at Ortega 120.
Yep, we are big fans.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
food is tasty,servers are friendly,and ambiance is nice.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Date night at Ortega
Service was great and the food was awesome. House margarita is the bomb.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was really unfortunate
It was really unfortunate that they were completely out of Chardonnay, only had Pinot Grigio as a white wine. I mean, how do you run out of a particular white wine on a Tuesday? Otherwise, the food was great! It would have been a "5'.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Mexican Restaurant in LA
After two years of living in Los Angeles we have finally found a Mexican restaurant that we like! The extensive menu was unique. The food was very good and included homemade tortillas. The 120 refers to one hundred and twenty different tequilas! (We tried one) Best of all was the decor... art art art...fun fun fun!!! The lighting was subdued and they even had Elvis "Fun in Acapulco" playing in one of the rooms. The service was friendly without being overbearing. If you are looking for a fun mexican restaurant with great food, this is it!
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was great until they sat
It was great until they sat seven 10 year old boys at the table right next to us, despite the fact that there were many other open tables. They were so loud & hyper that even the two dads with them sat at a different table! We asked to move, & our waiter couldn't continue to help us because we were now in another's section. Not sure who got the tip.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy but loud
I have to say, a Saturday night at Ortega 120 is sooo loud. The piped in music and band is overwhelming. I love the place and will continue to recommend it for the food but they have to find a different way to add the live music experience to the excellent dining. When you have to say "what?" a hundred times during your dinner it is too loud.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I continue to return
Ortega 120 is a restaurant that I continue to patronage and introduce new friends to the fabulous flavors of food and drink.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative Mexican in Redondo
The food was tasty and the portions exceedingly generous. The Baja fish tacos, larger than average, come three to a plate! Plus there's rice and beans. The tortillas are handmade, but were a little sweet which was weird. There are many vegetarian options - ask for the vegetarian menu. Booster seats and a kids' menu are available. The Elvis movie projected on the wall kept our little guest very entertained. Parking is easy and free in the adjacent structure. The only downside is the noise level which is way too loud and makes you have to yell to have a conversation with the person sitting next to you.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Great Service
Each time I return to Ortega 120, the food and service hit the mark. It did again last Saturday night!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have been here several times. Food is always top-notch. Head and shoulders above your run-of-the-mill Mexican cuisine. They are always mixing up a new, wonderful drink....I wish they offered a course in mixology! Their house margaritas are the best I've ever had....really!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We recently came back from a trip to Mexico City where we dined at truly fabulous restaurants that had delicious food, friendly and attentive service, beautiful décor and a lively ambience. Ortega 120 offered all of that and reminded us of our time in Mexico City. I had the enchiladas verdes con carnitas and the house tequila infused with pineapple and jalapenos, followed by the flan trio for dessert; my husband had the carnitas plate with an anejo tequila recommended by the waitress, followed by the churros. It was all delicious. This place is truly exceptional.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always enjoy the food
The food and our server Brad were excellent. The Mole' ribs were outstanding. The only downside is really the noise level. They simply need to add more fabrics or something to the walls to control the noise. I know the tile and such goes with the cuisine, but its still quite noisy.
However you'll not be disappointed with the food. NOT your typical greasy food. Really good.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and margaritas were amazing! Can't wait to go back.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good tequila selection. Good
Good tequila selection. Good food. WAY WAY TOO LOUD!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Non-Traditional SoCal Mexican
My party of two couples had a wonderful evening at Ortega 120 ("120" refers to the number of tequilas). Service was prompt: chips and salsa, drinks and appetizers were quickly served while the 3 early birds awaited our fourth. The house margaritas are wonderful - home-made mix and top-notch silver tequila - and the pitcher turned out ot be an excellent deal. The guacamole was made to order, with cilantro and a hint of chiles that complemented the wonderful Haas avocado creaminess. Food was eclectic but wonderful: enchiladas verde, a 5-taco sampler, braised shortrib, and monkfish, the nightly house special. Presentation was unpretentious but pleasing, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food. For dessert, the 3-flavor flan was outstanding!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ortega 120 offers an experience of Mexican food and environment that is not stereo typical. Its Oaxaca environment touches on a segment of the Mexican culture that is not often found in SoCal. If you want a real treat, have the churros for dessert!! Also very creative and delicious cocktail selections.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
House margarita is delicious, the best in the South Bay! Also had shots of tequila that were very smooth & tasty on the tongue. Enjoyable evening out with friends. Live music on Saturday night, so it was a little hard to hear what others were saying. The acoustics aren't great. Will definitely return!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been coming here for a while and it's always been the best dining experience. The food and the drinks are the BOMB.COM. The service alone is at a higher level. The art work and atmosphere, outstanding!! Perfect for special occasions or romance. The Sunday brunch is my fav. The Pozole matched with a red sangria, total bliss. I usually don't write reviews, but it's been a while that I've wanted to do a review on Ortega 120. It's the next best thing to my mommas cooking!!
Thank you for making my wife's bday extra special. We were totally pleased as always and our friends were impressed as well. Don't change anything, see you soon!!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mexican restaurant with great drink
Great food and drinks,! It's way too loud to go with a group larger than two. If you do not like spicy food, make sure you ask. Margaritas are great. GUAC was great. Chips...not so great
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love Ortega. The margaritas are freshly made and the food always delivers.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been coming here for years, but seems like just yesterday I set foot in here,and was love at first bite! We came here for lunch a few of my friends, but one had never been here before! I swear he licked his plate clean!! We all ordered off the terrific 10$ lunch menu, and had Martin as our server who was great!
10/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Ortega 120 is one of our favorite restaurants, for the food, drinks, atmosphere / decor, service, staff, and the awesome owners, Demi and Tommy, who always make our visit special. Whether it's just my wife and me or a group (this last time there were 8 of us), they're always on point. And when we encounter anyone who hasn't tried it, whether locals or not, it's always at the top of our list as a "must try" spot.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Friday Dinner
A group of 5 friends and I were at Ortega120 this Friday, were a few minutes late but we were still treated extremely well, the girl in the front was super friendly, our waiter Angel was very nice and caring of our party. He was quick and gave us the best service we could have ever asked for. All his recommendations were outstanding and short from delicious! Great food and beyond great drinks, great service, and a great time. Thank you Ortega120! I can not wait to go back again!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time there. Very surprising
First time there. Very surprising how good the food and atmosphere are. Reminded me a little of Mi Casa in Cabo
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Came here for a tequila tasting had a blast the tequila was good the food was great. They have wonderful decor and great service. Defiantly coming again!!! Oh and they have Margarita PITCHERS!!!! which are worth every penny great tasting margaritas.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Margaritas ever
Love this place--keep going there to each a full meal and can't get past the appetizers and the unbelievable margaritas--especially the cadillacs by the pitchers
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM