Border Grill - Downtown LA

4.4
1741 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Enjoy upscale, modern Mexican food in a vibrant setting at Border Grill, the hip, urban cantina from Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales”. Presenting the bold foods and flavors of Mexico, Border Grill has established a new standard for gourmet Mexican fare. With a menu of complex authentic dishes based on the home cooking of Oaxaca and the Yucatan, Border Grill takes Mexican food to a whole new level!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
LUNCH:

Monday thru Friday - 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.



DINNER:

Sunday through Thursday - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday and Saturday - 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.



BRUNCH:

Saturday and Sunday - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Phone number
(213) 486-5171
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gio Lopez
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Catering
Border Grill Catering

We’ll bring the party to you! Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger have been entertaining guests for more than 20 years at their popular and critically-acclaimed restaurants. Now you can bring their unique style to your next event.




Choose from an eclectic mix of flavors from the whole world with menus from Border Grill, as well as Mary Sue and Susan’s past restaurants City and Ciudad.




Call today for an unforgettable party! 213.542.1102
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
5th St.
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Parking details
LUNCH: Self park available in Union Bank garage, Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., first 3 hours for $3 w/ validation.



DINNER: Self park available in Union Bank garage, $5 w/ validation from 4 p.m. to 12 midnight.
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Public transit
7th & Metro Station
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Special events & promotions
For special event details on everything from cooking classes to margarita dinners, go to www.bordergrill.com and sign up for the newsletter.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Border Grill was designed with parties in mind so we offer flexible options! Whether it’s an office party in our bar or a family gathering in one of our semi-private spaces, we’ll help you celebrate in style with bold flavors and a festive, cosmopolitan vibe.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.7

All-around solid Mexican food with a slight corporate vibe.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 1741 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went to celebrate with a friend, we picked Monday to avoid a noisy rushed dinner. The restaurant was relatively empty when we got there (only 5 or so tables) then a large group of 20 showed up.

While the group was not overly loud or obnoxious the noise level increase substantially.

The waiter was great, and the food excellent. Because they were not crowded we were able to linger for over an hour after dinner in a nice conversation. We felt welcome to sit and talk.

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CM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I am a fan of Susan and Mary Sue and this was my first visit to Border Grill LA. The food was good and different. It was a Sunday evening and the restaurant was quiet. The staff were very friendly and efficient. To be honest, I enjoyed Susan's Hen House Restaurant more 4 years ago when I visited and was very sad to hear that it had been closed. I will definitely visit Border Grill again.

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L
Los Angeles
251 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Border Grill has been there for many years and there's a reason for that -- the food. It's always excellent and prepared just a little differently. Their Peruvian Ceviche is the best anywhere. It's a great place to go before going to the Music Center.

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n
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The service was so on point! Friendly. Timely. Working as a team. Carlos was attentive and helpful.

Steak was perfectly cooked and tender. All our food was just the way we like it.

We will be back. We are always looking for yummy, fresh, well prepared Mexican food.

Thank you!

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KF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Great food and ok service. There were only a handful of other people eating there, but it seemed to take our server a reeeeeeallly long time to check in on us, and then especially to bring our check and bring it back to sign. We were in a rush to get to the theater, and the check process was a good half hour, after we asked several times. Super frustrating.

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MM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I have been a Border Grill fan for many years. Unfortunately, this was a very disappointing experience. There was a very odd smell inside the restaurant, so we sat outside. Started with the guacamole. It was overly lemony. I add a bit of lemon the help with the color, but I always make it just before I need it. This had enough lemon to keep it fresh for days, which was probably the point. I ordered the shrimp tacos with mango salsa. The salsa and tortillas had a very strange flavor, almost off a bit. I ended up eating only the shrimp out of the three tacos (less than one whole shrimp per taco.) The rest of our party was happy with their food. Seems like a spot we won't be returning to.

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CB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

it was perfect for a quick bite after a long day at a conference up the block. Our waitress was spectacular

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Grateful for our server and food. Prefect for my mothers bday.

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RS
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

On the brunch/lunch menu, I had the tacos. Although very flavorful, it just wasn’t much food for a hunger eater. Parking in the parking garage on a Sunday adds another $10, more on weekdays.

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LC
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a nice pre-Disney Hall dinner, inside as it was a bit chilly. I was disappointed that we missed the Julia Child tribute menu, but the Dia de las Muertes menu was fun. This is a reliable kitchen, good bar, fairly noisy (energetic) atmosphere even away from the bar. There was one large group (9 guests) in the room in which we were seated - I don't know if there are any private rooms. We walked to the restaurant from the Disney Hall, then back as the old shuttle system is either gone or no longer services Border Grill. It's an easy enough walk if you're fit and have enough time.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is amazing, if I have one complaint, and it is minor, the acoustics make the room a bit noisy, but they do have a nice outside eating area if that bothers you. I also LOVE that there are no TVs in the dining area, just the bar area. I travel to LA four times a year for work and never miss a chance to go to Border Grill!

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DB
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Border Grille used to be our favorite restaurant. We bought all the cookbooks and took cooking classes there. I had not been in a few years and was anxious to go back. It has gotten so stale. Many of the same dishes from 15 years ago are still on the menu and they were just OK and seemed to have lost their style, flavor punch, and innovation. Our waiter seemed preoccupied and uninterested and the restaurant was mostly empty on a Friday night. The interior had not changed and felt outdated. We left wondering if Mary Sue and Susan still had any involvement with the business. There are other innovative Nouveau Mexican Restaurants in LA like Bar Alma and Mercado that have taken the reins from the once great Border Grille.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance of the restaurant was enjoyable as the decor correlated with the food served at the restaurant. Our waiter, Carlos, was not only inviting, but friendly. He demonstrated wonderful professionalism and made my experience at the restaurant memorable.

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LA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will always be a fan of Border Grill!

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LR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Sadly, BG has clearly gone down hill. Our tacos were not even close to being warm, the margaritas tasted terrible. There were very few diners in the place and it seemed overall, sad. The fishy tacos had a way too fishy taste and smell. This used to be a stupendous restaurant in its day, but I will not be returning. Completely disappointing.

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DN
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing dinner!!!!

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SH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is top notch. Very knowledgable and friendly staff. Love the chips and salsa. The salsa verde here is my fave. I recently had their salmon dish for lunch and it was cooked perfectly. The sauce was so delicious. Can't wait for our next dining experience!

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SV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy lunch at Border Grill! We started with the Queso Fundida -- decadently delicious! I had the grilled skirt steak which was so tasty; everything tasted so good! Our server (wish I knew her name) was delightful and attentive. Can't wait to eat there again!

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AM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. We asked to be seated in the dining room versus the bar and we’re accommodated, even though the dining room wasn’t technically “open.” We hadn’t been in awhile and had forgotten how good the food is there.

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a
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Amazing service! Thank you Corinna C for the BEST service I have ever received and for making our experience at one of “dream” restaurants as awesome as it could possibly be!!

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LD
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We chose this restaurant because it was close to the Ahmanson Theatre! .7 miles away! We walked there and Lyfted back to the Union Bank parking structure! Parking $5! Walking to the theatre is a good idea but where comfortable shoes as there’s an uphill climb at 1st street! The fish tacos were delicious! I liked the fried better than the grilled - only lightly fried/battered. My husband had the steak tacos and they were delicious! My cucumber jalapeño margarita was perfect! Our waitress was delightful!

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F
Inverness
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, tasty tacos & awesome margaritas! 😎

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NE
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A dependable favorite with responsibly sourced, delicious food and stellar service.

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LG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is creative with a Mexican twist, very fresh and flavorful. The service is OUTSTANDING and that’s what made our evening. Price is moderately pricey but not outrageous Happy Hour is the best bang for your buck.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service, their unlimited brunch menu was perfect for birthday celebration. We didn’t have to wait around for service or food for too long although there was 8 of us. Overall great experience.

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R
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

had a great time. party of 7 with reservation, they when asked moved us from inside to outside.

will be back!

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KH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed the patio for brunch. Brunch at $30 is a little much, but ordering off the menu is reasonable.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Regulars at this location. Very slow service, revived 1 main at same time as second parties appetizer. Charged $122 for $40 in food by mistake. Service quality and food quality overall has unfortunately been poor.

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j
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love Boarder Grill great food with something for everyone meat, fish and vegetarian options. Everyone I’ve taken here is happy to return. It’s authentic Mexican food that’s taken to a creative higher level that as a foodie I appreciate. Their chips and salsa are my favorite of all the Mexican restaurants if eaten at through the years.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The menu was limited hardly Mexican food at all. More trendy type food. Very disappointed.

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BP
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Restaurant dated, tired looking. Way too noisy at lunchtime. Needs a major redo.

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

From the time we sat down it literally took 20 min for the waiter to show up at our table. When he finally showed up and took out drink orders he got they wrong. He seemed in a rush even when he was taking our dinner order. The whole time we only saw our waiter 2 times. I have been there before and loved the place. This time I was disappointed specially since we were celebrating a special occasion.

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O
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Ive been dining at Border Grill for 9 years -time to change the menu up a bit - getting stale.

Bring by the turkey!!!!

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service by Pablo!

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k
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Ate through the happy hour menu. All the selections were good...some very good. From an east coast perspective, things are a little different on the west coast....fun to see the difference. All is measured on the Guacamole. There's is worthy

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OT
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Didn't live up to the hype. Had reservations, but got seated in the bar area. Ordered the Queso Fundido. Had to ask for plates, queso was broken and bland. Hardly started on our app when they brought over our entrees. Enchiladas also bland. Must be afraid of salt and spice. Not what you would expect from Mexican food. The one highlight was the churro tots. They were done well. Maybe a once great restaraunt that has let standards slide. I expected more.

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RC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Servers were raw. Dining room was very empty for the time and day. Food did not seem fresh. Did the original owners sell. This is not even close to the Border Grill I remember in Santa Monica. With all the great places to eat in downtown LA I was really bummed that I picked this place.

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h
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I actually planned our weekend getaway to LA around brunch at Border Grill because the menu look so great + bottomless drinks for a reasonable price ($15 for mimosas, $20 for the mix and match option) are our kryptonite. We sat out on the patio since I brought my dog with me and had it mostly to ourselves since it was Saturday in July, and what person in their right mind sits outside? That would be us. The patio was well-covered by sun umbrellas, though, and we didn't suffer much for the heat. The service was amazing. Our server and the manager were both cheerful and friendly and shared photos of their own pups. The food was great. One friend and I had the carnitas tacos, and the other friend had tamales. The real showstopper was the drinks. We all indulged in the bottomless option and weren't disappointed. Between the three of us, we tried every included cocktail (Bloody Mary, Michelada, and three different flavors of mimosa). Unfortunately, the only pictures I thought to snap were of my dog relaxing at our feet. 11/10, will return for brunch again (hopefully with enough appetite to also dig into the bottomless small plates)!

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JC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chefs Feniger and Milliken are still fabulous. Their food are works of taste and art!

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N
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a wonderful birthday lunch for my friend! All 6 of us had delicious food and excellent service!!

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