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Mon, 4/23
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Baja Cantina - Marina del Rey

4.1
137 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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"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!

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Traditional Mexican
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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
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Phone number
(310) 821-2252
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mauro Cuevas
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sunborn
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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.
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
What 137 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
3.9
ambience
4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

it's good. It's a place to go when you want your standard mexican fare. It's not bad but it isn't something that you would go across town to visit. Nothing wrong with that. To me it's a neighborhood restaurant that you visit time and time again and don't put much thought into it. Happy to go and happy to go back. Service can be hit or miss, I think our server was having a bad day, she didn't seem to want to be there. Happens, i'm sure next time it will be better.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

One of the best Mexican restaurants anywhere. I’ve been a patron since the late 70’s and it’s still a great experience. And it’s just down the road from Venice Beach. How great is that?

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Quaint setting, average food.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The restrooms were dirty and had zero toilet paper and towels!!

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Service was spotty. Forgot to bring our chips and guacamole. Food excellent. Server said they were short staffed

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Iove the location and atmosphere. Food is very mediocre. I had such a bland tostada salad.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I've been to this restaurant many times. My favorite dish is the Rosemary Chicken Enchiladas. They are delicious!!! Also, the churros are a must. They're fresh and are plated differently every time I have them.

The parking is a pain but your best bet is to pay for the convenience and valet. Will keep visiting until I have a reason not to.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Fast and friendly service. The best salsa ever! I love their chicken mole enchiladas!!!

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3.0Dined on December 26, 2017

We believe our credit card got hacked there and used the next day in 2 states

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on September 2, 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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2.0Dined on August 26, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 24, 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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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on July 22, 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2017

Rib night! Massive amounts of food.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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2.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on March 4, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 21, 2017

Was awesome!!! Thank you...

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on November 14, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2016

Always a fun place to dine.!!!

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5.0Dined 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.

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