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About Baja Cantina - Marina del Rey

"New Chef, New Food, New Specials, Same Baja!"

Baja Cantina is the original Oaxacan style restaurant in the Marina Del Rey/ Venice area. Baja opened in 1975 and has been a landmark for locals ever since. Owners Pat and Gina Phinny have created a unique establishment with an outstanding cuisine and one of a kind ambiance. Whether you're in the mood for a delicious meal or a relaxing cocktail on the patio, Baja is the place for you!

311 Washington Blvd.
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Traditional Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Weekend Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Daily Lunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Nightly Dinner: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Bar open until 2:00am

Cross Street:
Sunborn

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 821-2252

Website:
http://www.bajacantina.com/

Catering:
We can cater any party from a small house party to a huge corporate event. Check out our banquet and catering menu for items.

Parking Details:
Baja is one of only a few restaurants in the area with our own private lot. We offer free parking in the afternoon and $4 valet in the evening.

Executive Chef:
Mauro Cuevas

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Baja Cantina - Marina del Rey Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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3.7

service

3.7

ambience

3.5

value

3.3

Noise

Moderate

55% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 17, 2017

This place has been here for decades and I can see why: good, healthy Mexican food in a fun setting (next to the canal, with palm trees and other plants) with friendly servers. I had fish tacos which I loved and my friend had delicious tamales, always a special treat because they are so labor intensive! I will be back.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Best chips and salsa I’ve had in a long time. Good atmosphere. Decent Mexican with all the favorites

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

The menu i reviewed on Open Table was NOT the menu available at the restaurant. The prices were much much steeper. The second issue was the fly problem outside, flies were everywhere, hundreds of them which got annoying quick. Quesadillas were too wet but tasted ok otherwise. Server could not be found when i needed a check and I had to ask a bus boy. With all the food options in this neighborhood i would run the other way, the margaritas were classic out of a jug flavor as well.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Fun place to drink on Cinco but food & service is subpar.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Super Ambiente, Tisch im Freien, grosse Speisekarte, grosse Bier- und Tequila Auswahl, gute Weine und tolle Margaritas- was will man mehr

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Always love it. We love sitting outside and the service is typically excellent.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Can't go wrong with this fun restaurant. My husband always orders the fajitas because they are consistantly good. My shrimp tacos were a winner as well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We were seated right away and had an excellent dinner. The chips and salsa were so good we almost didn't need to order a meal!

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great food. We were there for Saturday lunch / brunch. The selection is very broad. The Mexican dishes were fantastic - well seasoned, spiced just right. The salad was great.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Living in the neighborhood, I am here often. Had some friends come down for a visit and was told if you have a reservation, no happy hour menu. They were busy that afternoon, but should honor happy hour drink prices.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Rib night! Massive amounts of food.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 29, 2017

So, so good. Found this place on Google as we were looking for a place close to our hotel in MDR. They were able to take an immediate reservation. The salsa was spicy but so good and we ended up with two orders of guacamole because we couldn't get enough. Split two entrees between three of us and it was still more than enough food. Really neat atmosphere! Excellent service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Great meal, great time with family. Service was a little slow because our server was overloaded, not his fault. We did enjoy Baja. We travel to MDR three times every year and always make a point to have dinner there.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 17, 2017

We really like this place. Staff is always attentive, friendly and professional. Chips and salsa were awesome. First round margaritas of were frozen, second round were on the rocks. Rocks were better. Got the salsa verda chicken enchiladas and they were Santa fe quality. Highly recommend 👍☺️👌

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Lovely Sunday morning brunch options if you're looking for tasty Mexican dishes.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Spicy, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

This place was incredibly busy but we a reservation and they seated us right away. Service was brisk but friendly and the food was amazing. My daughter is vegan and loved the veggie burrito. The salsa was excellent (we ate 2 bowls). My fish was fresh and perfectly cooked. It is a bit of a circus, with people coming and going and lots of noise plus a tv, which I personally don't like. If you don't mind a lively atmosphere, I can't think of one reason not to eat here!

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Admittedly, we were sacked after just having come out to LA from the east coast. But, that didn't change the fact that the food here left a lot to be desired. It's a cute place and the service was pretty good. The margaritas were not good at all. I wish I could leave a good review on or first night here.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 12, 2017

We were in the neighborhood hungry and settled on this spot. The food wasn't very good but our server was very cordial about it and took one of our entrees off the bill. It was still fairly pricey considering we didn't drink alcohol, just water and only one entree and an appetizer. It looks like a nice spot for a drink but it just missed the mark for us.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Food is basic, starters are very good, main course were not refined as expected.
We had 2 drinks , Margarita and Mojito which are the basics for a Mexican place, they both were poorly made.
Place is OK for friends gathering no more than that.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Food was great - loved the fish taco sampler, and the homemade, warm tortilla chips are a nice touch.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Casual, Fun, Good for Groups, Spicy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 8, 2017

The setting, outside in the sun, and service- we had a nice waitress, were very good. The food was totally lackluster. Perhaps, the drinks are good...we didn't imbibe!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Cute Mexican restaurant, very tasty chicken enchiladas and yummy lava cake. Loud atmosphere on Saturday night.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on March 1, 2017

The food is pretty good but our service was awful. The place is pretty cool and reminds me of a real location in Mexico....

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Was awesome!!! Thank you...

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Good, solid Mexican food in a nice, festive ambience. Try the Guadalajara Carnitas Fiesta, it's a great plate with lot of taste.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2016

It was good Mexican cuisine. The staff was friendly. Food prices were reasonable. It came out relatively quickly. Nice atmosphere.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2016

Margaritas were just lime juice and tequila...blech.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Food is very good and authentic. The atmosphere is fun and quaint. We were here early in the day so there was no crowd and we were able to find parking. We will be back for sure

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 18, 2016

Had a great time as a Packers fan watching the Sunday night game with my son. Owner was kind enough to buy us a drink. Thank you!

Tags: Live Sports, Fun, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2016

Always a fun place to dine.!!!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Excellent Food and festive atmosphere. We were there on a very busy night, so although EVERYONE was hopping, there were lots of customers to serve. Our waitress had excellent recommendations and the chips and salsa were amazing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fun, Happy Hour, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 15, 2016

Very generic food..... I went there reviewing some of the reviews but was very disappointed with the food. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 9, 2016

The rude valet attendants ruined it for my party of 6. The 4 drivers in my party were very upset with how rude valet was. This has to be addressed.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 26, 2016

We had a fabulous experience at this Mexican restaurant. It looks a little grubby from the outside but the food was delicious and the service was first rate. Salsa and chips were great. I had chicken Rosemary quesadilla and my son had the fajitas would recommend them both.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 21, 2016

I ended up here on my Birthday because the Cheesecake Factory wait was too long, so I found this restaurant on opentable near by with a decent rating, so I t decided to try it out. I was satisfied with my food, but I was not happy about the small size of the establishment.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 10, 2016

Food is always vry good and interestingly prepared. Great for casual lunches or dinners. Classic SoCal scene.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Overall, great service. I love their food and drinks. Staff is helpful and down to earth. Only notable low points: dismissive hostess and incorrect pending credit card charge.

We made a reservation through opentable. Then when we arrived and I said I had a reservation under my name, the hostess smirked, rolled her eyes and didn't even check the computer for reservation. (It was our anniversary so my special request got ignored since she didn't check).

Oh well, I told the server and he was great. Food and atmosphere was fabulous as always.

I had paid 8.00 for dessert on my credit card, then my bank had that I had a pending charge from Baja Cantina for $73.40. No idea where that number came from but a couple days later they had corrected it.

I definitely recommend Baja cantina for excellent Mexican food and strong, tasty margaritas! :-)

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 27, 2016

We were able to get last minute reservations. The food was amazing and the wine was excellent. The service was quick and the waiters were attentive and did an excellent job. We loved the meals and appreciated that the chips were warm and the salsa was delicious.
Bonus: They have valet parking for 4$ right in front!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 6, 2016

this is my go to place in my neighborhood, lived here for 18 years. always loved the place. night or daytime, always fun.
after waiting way too long for our entree, we realized our server never entered it and then, realizing the mistake, they quickly brought us our platter with all the food burnt.
BUT, after a word with Travis, the manager, he made everything right by taking care of the bill. this was a professional act by a manager who did the right thing.
my family is in the restaurant biz, I realize how things can go , so I do appreciate his actions.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2016

Our waiter told us they were out of coffee so he couldn't bring any. Went to the bar and the bartender made sure we got some coffee.

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