Border Grill - Downtown LA

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was okay for the prices I had a party of 15 and we did not have a lot of hot food being served as apps. Other then that it was great service and we had a good time

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service was great. Call if you're going after 8pm because they close early if its slow.

CT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is outstanding! The staff was very friendly as well.

WB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time checking them out and we loved it. Brunch was delicious, service was great and the place itself is beautiful. Can’t wait to come back!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Carina was great and enjoyable

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AYCE border brunch was so delicious. Service was awesome too.

TF
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the Sweet Potato veggie lettuce wrapped tacos!! The flavor profile was delicious. The guacamole was tasty plus with the addition of the fresh crispy chips. I definitely took my guacamole home but I ate all 3 tacos!

KG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu and able to accommodate gluten free.

TP
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great tacos. Loved how they let you mix and match the tacos

DT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good, but my stomach was very upset later in the afternoon. I also didn't realize we had to pay for chips and salsa. I thought that was a little annoying.

KS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Our server the best!!! Love Border Grille flavorful food!

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vegan and gluten-free Sunday brunch, unlimited delicious tapas-size plates, friendly service! More than we’d hoped for!! Followed by a short walk to the Broad Museum.

JA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was excellent. Food was not good...enchilada tortillas were hard and flavor was bland. We were very disappointed as food was good when I went there 5 years ago.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven’t been in a while since it isn’t in a neighborhood I’m usually in, but friend in town staying nearby so a perfect opportunity to get over there again. Cool place, great food and great drinks.

t
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

I’d been to BG early on in their original Santa Monica location... was looking forward to a return these many years later... tried for lunch last week: slow service but good meal: ceviche duo. Made open table reservation for dinner with my husband a few nights later ... a private event in the back room kept us up near bar... a sports/tv environment we don’t prefer. The private event was outrageously loud and raucous... we couldn’t even talk ... perhaps there could have been some notation about that going on before my booking? The drinks were good ... the chicken enchiladas came out of the kitchen barely room temp to us... but we were eager to eat and leave the noise... so didn’t send back ... manager did take half off the bill... and he kindly brought me some black beans ... service is accommodating... food good when kitchen more attentive... noise level ridiculous for any not part of the party

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great spot that we stumbled on just looking for a quick bite and cocktail before a concert. Not being from the area, we searched on Open Table for spots near the venue. Indoor and outdoor seating options were available and we chose to sit outside which had a great vibe. Perfect weather and not much background noise. The staff was very friendly and the food was delicious. We were a group of 7 and would go back again if we were in the area.

TN
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Food was ok at best. Actually you might be better off eating off of a food truck. Service absolutely sucked.

OT
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

The tortilla soup was Luke warm & spicy, which it’s not supposed to be. The rice & beans were tepid. And it was virtually impossible to find the fish in my fish tacos. What a waste of $.

JR
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would Like to work in border grill and I will recommend this restaurant to my family.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect birthday meal

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

TG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

o
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

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
Overall3food5service1ambience3

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

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
67 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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
24 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

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
Overall3food4service1ambience1

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our Server was amazing! Food was tasty!

KA
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Missed having Prix Fix option on menu

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