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!
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We can cater any party from a small house party to a huge corporate event. Check out our banquet and catering menu for items.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 👍☺️👌
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 $73.40. No idea where that number came from but a couple days later they had corrected it.
I definitely recommend Baja cantina for excellent Mexican food and strong, tasty margaritas! :-)
We were able to get last minute reservations. The food was amazing and the wine was excellent. The service was quick and the waiters were attentive and did an excellent job. We loved the meals and appreciated that the chips were warm and the salsa was delicious.
Bonus: They have valet parking for 4$ right in front!
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.
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