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Blue Plate Taco, Santa Monica, CA

Blue Plate Taco

4.6
4.6
777 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Blue Plate Taco is best described as fresh and light beachside Mexican cuisine. Our menu items consist of many organic and substainably farmed ingredients. We offer a variety of fresh crudo and ceviche. Our meat and fish are premium products sourced from some of the country’s best purveyors. Our masa and tortillas as well as all of our salsas are made fresh daily. The core of our beverage program begins with our daily house made agua frescas; In addition, we hand craft our cocktails and our beer/wine list was carefully selected to pair with our food. At 90 seats including a large patio that offers ocean and pier views, the vibe is lively and fun.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Latin American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch & Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (310) 458-2985

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Catering

    We have menu options for all of your catering needs. We can provide food and staff for your parties.

  • Private party facilities

    We have a large patio that can accommodate up to 60 people and we are available for private parties.

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Parking details

    Street parking, lots and valet available after 5pm

  • Public transit

    There is bus stop across the street within the same block.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 777 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Westside

    Mexican

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  1. g

    goose

    Brighton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great setting, excellent friendly service and lovely food. Great cocktails as well.
  2. JR

    JoshuaR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food and location was amazing did feel abit rushed in that as soon as we had finished our mains we were given the check with out any option of more drinks or desert even tho we still have 30mins left on our reservation
  3. CP

    ChristopherP

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We had the lobster tacos and red sangria. Everything was fine, lobster portion was small yet no problems. Chips and salsa were tasty.
  4. CR

    CelineR

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nice vibey restaurant on the Santa Monica boardwalk! I hade the spicy mango marg which was great. For food I had chips & salsa and the steak/shrimp combo fajita. The food was delicious, very flavorful and nicely seasoned. I wish they cooked my fajita peppers & onions more, they were closer to raw than cooked but other than that we had a great meal. Would recommend!
  5. RG

    RomanticGetaway

    Indiana

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Excellent food! Time your reservation around the sunset... we could only get a table outside - which was great, but the sun was starting to drop and was directly in my eyes the entire meal. I would eat there for lunch next time or later (after sunset). Service was good as well.
  6. SM

    SaishaM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chicken Quesadilla delicious! Tres leches amazing!
  7. JR

    JavanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat. Love the atmosphere with the ocean view very relaxing.
  8. DM

    DMMM

    Las Vegas

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, drinks and service. Only down side the noise level from the traffic and foot traffic was overwhelming. Maybe it was because of Labor Day weekend. We will definitely try it again on a night that is not so busy. Try the salsa flights they are all amazing!
  9. A

    Agatha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our waiter didn’t seem interested in helping us. He first took the order of the couple that came in after us. Then he rounded on both tables around us and never once asked us how we were doing and we were literally steps from the other two indoor high tables. Despite that type of reception, we thoroughly enjoyed our food and would visit again if given the opportunity.
  10. CH

    ClaudiaH

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and cocktails - great service. We sat on the patio and had a beautiful view of the sunset.
  11. o

    oscarg

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. Everything was great. food, service, etc.
  12. a

    anthonyh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    If you are lucky to find a table this is one of the finest Mexican eateries . Good service lots of out door seating, nice bowls of fish or chicken or veggies , beer choices limited, and generally not cheap, If you go early daytime and want to sit outdoors have your sunglasses and a cap, because their umbrellas are not doing enough shade.
  13. MA

    MicheleA

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The tacos were great, the margaritas wonderful, but the cauliflower rice was extremely salty.
  14. LA

    LACA4ME

    Los Angeles

    110 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Casual, fun place to grab a bit on Ocean Blvd. in Santa Monica. Excellent tacos, margaritas, and lots of other Mexican oriented dishes. Great vibe, wonderful for people watching.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks!!!!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great evening. Thx
  17. KS

    KevinS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice vegetarian choices, great service, fun atmosphere on Ocean Blvd.
  18. J

    Jessfletchauser

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was the perfect spot to stop for a late afternoon meal + cocktail. Large portions, too.
  19. MC

    MitchellC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite lunch place in Santa Monica. The chicken fajitas are my "go-to" menu item and they never disappoint.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food was pretty mediocre and the staff was overwhelmed but the drinks were good and the weather/outside seating was gorgeous
  21. d

    drdon

    Los Angeles

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Always great. My 2 year old grandson enjoyed the steak tacos.
  22. DM

    DanielaM

    Manchester

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, friendly service with fantastic food and margaritas with an ocean view. Highly recommend.
  23. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great view of the sunset and excellent food at a very reasonable price.
  24. CY

    CurtY

    Los Angeles

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Great service - Terrific Food!
  25. SC

    SamuelC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outdoor dining was incredible, Food was delicious
  26. L

    Lita

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was tasty and Paige was a great server. Love the lettuce cups for the tacos. Please take a receipt in order to get the discount on hotel parking.
  27. j

    jrwfromphilly

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service, food really great! Love Blue Taco!
  28. RF

    RayannF

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    It’s very over priced for not having good food. Yes the place is cool and you have a good view but the food is not worth it, Taco Bell taste better. Waiter was nice.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    The place is lovely but the beans were sweet. The rice was not good at all. I will not be going back there.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious food and drink! The lobster tacos were amazing and the Hibiscus margaritas were SO good!!!
  31. t

    tiramisu

    San Francisco

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Everything was delicious! Good service. Shared the 3 fish tacos and salmon salad. Would’ve been nice to have a larger piece of salmon. Love the lights and stars in the front patio. Nice view of the Santa Monica Bay and pier.
  32. AD

    AntonioD

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great location. The staff was terrific
  33. AB

    AliB

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it all! Great views, food, and service. Will go again!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Okay food. Nice atmosphere. They were playing house & EDM that night
  35. EL

    ErinL

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Was not impressed with the food at all. It lacked a lot of flavor. Also the drinks were just average. I would not recommend this place.
  36. A

    Anon

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Loved the Queso and the bowls
  37. BF

    BillF

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Our second time dining at the Blue Plate Taco was not as successful as the first. Our waiter was lackadaisical throughout, although he did turn the music down a bit at my request (the speaker was directly over our table and turned up to full blast, it seemed). Food was good, if not great, but water service was poor; and on this warm day I had to have my son grab a bottle of water off another table because no one came around to provide more water. Staff just standing around chatting with each other - that was quite irritating. Won't be back.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite restaurant ever!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    It was just okay.
  40. b

    bostonvegetarian

    New England

    38 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    “Farmers market” vegetable dishes turn out to be greasy, cheese laden affairs with a few tiny pieces of green pepper, tomato and, although too small for definitive recognition, what may once have been a jalapeño. Shrimp tacos, similarly, contained a couple of shrimpy shrimp, plus the grease and cheese. Prices were the only way in which these dishes resembled their namesakes. Don’t get fooled — this is overpriced fast-food with a view of the pier.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Blue Plate Taco using the Order Online button. Blue Plate Taco also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Blue Plate Taco also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 458-2985.

Blue Plate Taco is rated 4.6 stars by 777 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for Blue Plate Taco

1515 Ocean Ave. Suite A, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch & Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Latin American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking, lots and valet available after 5pm

  • Public transit

    There is bus stop across the street within the same block.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (310) 458-2985

  • Catering

    We have menu options for all of your catering needs. We can provide food and staff for your parties.

  • Private party facilities

    We have a large patio that can accommodate up to 60 people and we are available for private parties.

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