Border Grill - Downtown LA

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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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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for brunch. Lots of choices on food and drinks. The servers are fast, helpful and nice.

LE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fabulous. As good as Las Vegas. The best brunch you’ll find and such a value. Loved it again!

RK
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I really enjoy this restaurant. The food was not quite as good as it has been in past years. But still very good. I love the ambiance. The service was good.

KC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pablo was an amazing server, great food, drinks, and energy!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect birthday meal

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good, tasty food and always good service. Not too pricey either.

TG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Employees are attentive, knowledgeable of the menu and friendly. Great experience!

o
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Food quality compared to the Last Vegas location was very poor, with only one of the brunch items we tasted worth ordering seconds.

P
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was fantastic but service on a slow Saturday evening was poor.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love the Border Grill!
Only problem was the directions to the parking garage didn’t match our GPS route and that was frustrating.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Chips and salsa were good, all the other food was mediocre at best. Service was also just so-so. Would not return.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sat at the bar and the bartenders were awesome. Very personable and attentive without being overly aggressive. Good conversations. Went on a Sunday and it may have been after Sunday brunch but the women’s bathroom was pretty unkempt and dirty. Overall though, great experience.

SD
San Diego
65 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good but my entree was not hot upon arrival
Never saw server in time to ask it to be warmed up or replaced
Next time I’ll go find a mgr

A
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Border Grill is okay for lunch but amazing for happy hour. They have one of the best happy hours in Downtown.

SF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I went for my birthday on a Sunday night and the restaurant was empty. The ceviche was fine, but not as fresh as when I had it earlier in the week. Also, I ordered the churros for dessert and they were uncooked on the inside (even though it took them 25 minutes to get them). My husband didn't want to tell the waiter so we paid for them anyway. I had put that this was a birthday dinner on my reservation and whenever I have been there previously for birthdays, they put a sparkler on the dessert. No sparkler. Overall, I would go back for lunch but never again for my birthday.

A
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were taken to the patio with only one menu, we asked host for two more and never brought them. Server wasn’t welcoming and took a while to take our orders. Food took over 20 mins to arrive. The menu was very small, so there were very few options of food. I got a chicken quesadilla on a plate by itself, I was expecting may be rice and beans like every restaurant does...? I didn’t like the service or atmosphere. Definitely not returning :)

H
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

First off, they sat us by a party of 8 ladies drinking. You can imagine what that was like and how loud it was. Second, I ordered a margarita and chips and salsa. The drink came in 15 min and was watery and the side of chips and salsa came when the meal did... 25 min later. The second drink took another 15 min to come. I cant imagine why it takes them so long to make a drink when they werent even busy. The tacos were delicious but the experience was disappointing and wished it was better.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Service was very slow. Wait 40 minutes between bunch second serving. Then received things we didn’t ordered or already had. Didn’t like the changed bunch new menu items. Never received birthday wish for my daughter or candle either. Tighten it up BG!!

DM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our Server was amazing! Food was tasty!

KA
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the Border Grill. We visited for lunch on a Saturday. The food was excellent, the service was outstanding and the artwork was evocative. I had the carnitas tacos, which were perfectly done with crispy pork and a very balanced citrus-y slaw. My husband had the chicken quesadillas (a go-to at any restaurant for him) and he gave it 5 stars. We normally don't have dessert with lunch, but just had to finish with the churro tots, and they did not disappoint! The service was personable and warm, by waiter, server, and bus person.

CD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Missed having Prix Fix option on menu

OT
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best happy hour on the patio in downtown LA, in my opinion!!! Great food, great drinks, and great patio!

AS
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

NeNe was great!!

S
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great - food, service, soundtrack, décor etc. The only thing I would change if I could is to lower the music volume.

L
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always reliably fun, with interesting menu choices, great drinks and friendly staff. The plantain empanadas were wonderful. Corn tamales and pork eggs Benedict less tasty than they sounded on the menu.

Still one of my favorite Pre game or pre theater hangouts.

KN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great waitress & food was good. Very loud music was only drawback.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed this recommendation from the Jonathan’s Club. Loved the chips and dips. Our entrees were all hot and delicious! Highly recommend this location in DTLA.

9
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hip joint by early celebration chief Feniger and Milliken. Bold flavor profiles and nice presentation.

JJ
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The noise from the private party was overwhelming, had to go get our own plates for appetizers, had to go get own napkins because server didn't bring them, portions were too small for price, and drinks (Margarita) were too sour (too much lime juice and NO simple syrup). Sorry, we wasted time/money.

SL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go-to place for birthday lunches. Border Grill always has delicious food and great drinks!

DP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It was nice. Went for happy hour and dinner. Happy hour service was so so. dinner service was good. Food was AMAZING. Price was pretty good for DTLA.

JB
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really nice to sit outside. The server was really great, altho service a bit slow for someplace that wasn't that busy. Food was good, i would go back when it is convenient.

KC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch and we LOVE all the vegan options. Food was fresh, flavorful, and creative. It’s great seeing a vegan brunch menu. I’ve never seen an all you can eat brunch before. Hope the vegan menu continues and expands.

j
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, great server, small portions and overpriced. 3 each small tacos, beans, rice and 1 beer: ~ $70

C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I have always loved this place, the cookbooks, the radio show etc. but it seems like it has gone downhill. The waitstaff were very nice and attentive, but the atmosphere was awkward with a big loud party in the front and a empty feeling dining room in the back where we were seated. We were celebrating a special occasion but it did not feel special. As for the cuisine, the brussels sprouts were soggy, brownish, and had an off flavor. The tostada with farmers market vegetables did have some swiss chard, but the rest of the vegetables were minimal and the beans were cold. The prices seemed very high for what we got. Overall, it was an underwhelming experience.

S
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is great when it gets out in a timely matter. I've been a few times and all I can remember is they take so so long to bring food to the table. The kitchen needs to work on their turnaround times for food to get to tables. They're always nice when spoken to but definitely kitchen needs major time delivery improvement. Some of the service staff could be much more aware of theire tables and their needs.

EB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was terrible .

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

My family of four and I attended Father’s Day Brunch yesterday at noon. The bar area was relatively open as was the patio and the dining area. The dining area was also very dark. The further in we got the more it seemed like it was getting darker. Upon checking in I had asked about patio seating and was told by the hostess that it was already full.

After being seated it took our server about ten minutes before he came to greet us/ask for our drink order. As first time patrons we expected more information regarding brunch service particularly because it is a bit unconventional. Not a true brunch, more of a tapas type service.

Upon ordering there was a large lapse of time between ordering and the food arriving. Assuming that some of the food had sat on the pass for a while, it was merely warm upon arrival. The plating looked rushed and often unappealing. Thankfully the food was tasty.

The bean empanadas were tasty, as were the chilaquiles (plating looked like two scoops of slip on a plate). The farmers market tostada was very tasty (plating looked like two mounds of veggies dumped on a plate). The steak (very tasty) and eggs (WAY OVER COOKED, over hard not over easy) was much tastier than the eggs Benny (the sweetness of the pork flavor did not compliment the rest of the dish. The French toast was very tasty but was very soggy from sitting on the pass by the time it made it to our table it was soggy limpy bread. The chicken and waffles were flavorful and crispy as was the fried chicken tender. The brisket and baby back ribs were very tasty with nice plating on paper boats. The portions however were very small, like single very small bites. The corn was grilled perfectly. Sadly more than a few of the items we ordered never made it to our table.

Frustration turned into disappointment when I asked our server for a few napkins. I had to remind him twice and upon his return he handed be five unfolded brown bathroom hand towels. See yelp for more...

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Sat at bar. Bar was dirty. I was in la for a day and craved Mexican. This is like a chi chis. No big deal. Mediocre at best. Service was good.

JS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Outstanding creative food

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