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About Blue Plate Taco

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.

1515 Ocean Ave. Suite A
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Latin American, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch & Dinner

Monday-Friday 11:30 AM - 10 PM
Saturday - Sunday 11 AM - 10 PM

Cross Street:
Broadway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 458-2985

Website:
http://blueplatesantamonica.com/bpt/home/

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

Parking Details:
Street parking, lots and valet available after 5pm

Executive Chef:
Giulian Buzila

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Blue Plate Taco Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Fun (13)
Scenic View (11)
Waterfront (9)
Good for a Date (7)
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Neighborhood Gem (6)
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Authentic (5)
Healthy (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Spicy (3)
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Kid-friendly (2)
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Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 15, 2018

DON'T PARK AT THE SHORE HOTEL if you are dining at Blue Plate Taco, even though they validate for 2 hours. I parked there and my window was smashed and some Buds stolen. The Shore Hotel does nothing for you if your car is vandalized and items are stolen. The same thing happened to 4 other cars that night----the Security there is USELESS.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Had lunch with my spouse. Great food and margaritas. Will definitely be back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food! Nice restaurant! Great experience!! Great drinks!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We arrived early to our reservation and they worked quickly to get us seated. Great food!

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Shrimp tacos were average. Service was ok. Overall, I would try a different place in Santa Monica.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

My mom and I had a layover in LA for a few hours so we stopped here. Food was amazing and our server was great, he even recommend some drinks that we enjoyed. My only complaint is the noise level outside but that’s to be expected. Great place.

Tags: Healthy, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Casual, Scenic View
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Picture a seaside patio with a view of the Santa Monica ferris wheel and ocean. Mix in a casual vibe coupled with polished service and a Mexican menu with enough unique preparations of the standards that your mouth starts watering as you read. This is Blue Plate Taco. I couldn't decide between the lobster taco with a chipotle sauce, the veggie taco with wilted greens, peppers, pumpkin seeds and goat cheese, and the shrimp taco with a cilantro toss---all served with a side of chopped mango to sprinkle inside. The server said--have all three, and I did. I don't know which one was the best. The cocktail menu has some creative options, too, and for those that don't drink there's fresh watermelon or pineapple spritzed in sparkling water. Great spot!

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Meh, pretty good. Our waiter could of been more attentive, it wasn’t that busy there. Good location but you’re not walking out of there under $150 for two. All the eateries are way over priced in that area, taking advantage of the tourists, hell why not! Gouge em!!

Tuna tuna tar tar. Was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

One of our favs

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food here is extremely good! Great views and just a lot of fun!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food, great service. Good clean healthy Mexican is so rare to find. Such great quality food.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

somewhat satisfied

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vip
 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on October 28, 2017

higher end tex mex, very good. great if you like tequila not so good if you like craft beer. service outstanding. good vegetarian selection.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Blue Plate Taco has a great ambiance. It's well decorated & has great views of the pier & ocean. However, for the quality of the food it's quite overpriced. It's definitely not authentic & doesn't have much flavor. There are far better, more flavorful options of Mexican food in LA.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Can’t beat the sunset views while enjoying tasty margaritas and good Mexican food. We enjoyed the fish tacos, the steak tacos and veggie enchiladas plus chips and salsa. A fun atmospher. Love that blankets are provided for those chilly coastal evenings. We’ll be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Vegan, Spicy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Best fish tacos I’ve ever had!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The Lobster tacos are just as good as everyone raves about! We had the steak, fish and lobster tacos to share. I wish that we had only shared two plates because you had to role me out of there afterwards. We also had a half plate of guac and chips which I highly recommend as opposed to the full if you plan on eating a regular size dinner afterwards. The ambiance was amazing we went around 5:45 planning on watching the sunset and we're seated right outside, it was beautiful. The margarita wasn't what I was expecting, I got the classic but wish I got one that was a bit jazzed up. Then I had the white sangria which was amazing but very sweet. My husband got the red sangria which was delish. Overall a great experience.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Situated on the bustling and visually entertaining Ocean Ave in the heart of Santa Monica, overlooking the famous Santa Monica Pier, this place is definitely a neighborhood gem. Every now and then, when I get an itch for snoozy sunset margaritas and no frill fajitas and this is the place to hang out. Be sure to ask for patio seating since the epic sunsets and eclectic crowd watching will add to your overall dining experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent food and service!! Favorite restaurant in Santa Monica!

Tags: Spicy, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Really nice casual spot near the Santa Monica Pier. Good fresh ingredients and nice quality cocktails. We got lucky with a spot right on the rail for perfect Santa Monica people watching. Our server was super friendly and professional.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Casual, People Watching, Fun, Waterfront, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 28, 2017

I loved the salad with the goat cheese arugula spinach and pumpkin seed brittle. Great guacamole and chips.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Solid meal. Excellent guacamole & fresh tortillas.
Quesadilla was tasty and well seasoned chicken.
Lobster didn't taste fresh unfortunately and for the top price that was very disappointing.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Always come back when I'm in town for business. I took my colleagues and tried enchiladas for the first time.. there were perfect!

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Poor management and mediocre food, front hostess has bad attitude

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

This place needs new management and an overall attitude adjustment. It was my girl
friends birthday, I wanted to make this a special night. I reserved on OpenTable and left a note that we'd like a table by the window and that I would like them to bring out a desert. I also called to follow up on my request. The girl who took my call sounded agitated, but agreed. We got there and they did not reserve us the table I asked for, and when we said we had asked earlier the hostess was rude and made a "pssshh" sound.. on top of that the waiter was rude to us when we sat down, I tried to ask him a question at one point and got a hand in my face and "give me a minute OK?". They did not bring out a desert for my girlfriends bday. I spoke to the manager to give him the opportunity to make it good, he refused to do anything. Would never come back here.

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·Dined on September 15, 2017

I love the food but I am disappointed they no longer serve churros for dessert

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Food was good but the server rarely checked on us and we couldn't hear him when he did ask is a question.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Recommend sitting on the patio if you can. You can see the ocean from there and there is some great people watching. I have the pork belly tacos. They were great!

Tags: Waterfront, People Watching, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

great location and fun place. wish the food could have
been better. service was great and drinks were pretty good. i just really wanted my steak taco's to be tastier.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Blue Plate is really solid - not a huge menu, but all well executed. Steak and pork belly tacos were both delicious, and the guac is tasty too. Good people watching on Ocean, and you can see the ocean, which is always a plus! The wait staff was extremely attentive and friendly both times I came here.

Tags: Spicy, Waterfront, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Descent meal but expensive, crowded and very loud

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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Their outdoor seating is phenomenal with beautiful starlit ceilings. Best lobster tacos I've ever had! Overall phenomenal!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Casual, Tapas, Spicy, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Nothing special. Small place, not enough choice of food on the menu. Over price.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Loved the lobster tacos and the large variety of delicious margaritas!

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Great local spot..food and margaritas were great would definitely go back..

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

We arrived 1/2 hour early. Asked if there was any way we could be seated early. The hostess was happy to accommodate. The food and service were excellent! Great meal!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 18, 2017

I love blue plate and frequent there. I made reservations for 3 on open table and upon arrival we had to wait 10ish minutes for our table which is totally fine, but they took us to a table that would've been small for two people and we were very cramped. Hardly any room for us to sit comfortably. This is a busy place with damn good food but this made me a little upset.

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

Really fun vibe, and delicious food. We'll be back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2017

You had me at the El Matador margaritas! A pitcher was a great value and the food was good and healthy. Salsa was excellent. Restaurant was obviously overwhelmed by an unexpectedly busy Sunday night, but our waiter didn't miss a beat. We had a wonderful time!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 12, 2017

SO fabulous! We had the BEST service and the food was fantastic!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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