Border Grill - Downtown LA

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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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very, very noisy; that's my only criticism. Food is delicious and the service is great.

AD
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just unbelievably wonderful. My husband and I loved Sunday brunch. Arturo, our server, was amazing. We will definitely be back. In fact, we can't wait!

PK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Most of the guests were disappointed by their food. We felt rushed to finish our food.
Overall an average experience and probably won’t be dining again here.

a
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience1

The atmosphere is so sad here and felt old and stale. We left as quickly as possible. I only wish we hadn’t ordered and had just left instead.

CR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We were a group of 7 and sat outside. The restaurant was not busy and that should have been our clue. It took at least 10 minutes before our waiter came by. It took us a couple of times of flagging down our waiter to finally get water. When we were ordering, one person requested their meal without peppers and the waiter said the chef would not modify the menu. When she asked to speak with the chef, the waiter refused. I wish we would have all walked out. The food was mediocre. Will not be back.

LL
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great tamales. Not your usual Mexican recipes. Very fresh and authentic.

BD
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The tapas took almost an hour to get to us. They ran out of champagne. Though our waitress was great, they were WAY understaffed and seemingly way behind in the kitchen, despite not being busy at all. The worst part: the food wasn't that great for all of that wait. Very sad, as they have vegan items.

YF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We arrived on 02/15 early to our dinner reservation and sat at the bar service was slow which wasn’t a problem until we finally were seated. Once seated no one attended is for at
Least 20 mins and only after we asked to be serve. In addition we waited a very long time for our entree’s. We had to ask for water multiple times and just felt that we were being neglected. We
Watched other tables be served promptly and with a sense of urgency without an apology. I’ve been in the service industry for 21 years and I rarely right a negative review as I understand the challenge of working with the public but I felt compelled to do so this time. I write this in the hope that management and ownership makes necessary changes so this doesn’t happen to anyone else, best of luck.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, the service and vibe.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Pretty good food and service! We went there on Valentines Day and the restaurant was a bit disheveled, but otherwise I would definitely go there again.

LD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We came for a nice Valentine’s Day meal and it was obviously pretty busy. The food felt like it was prepared in a rush and it was lukewarm. Everything needed a little something extra to up the flavor but i understood the kitchen was slammed.
I’ve been here before and the service and quality of food was delicious and as to be expected, a busy night like Valentine’s Day showed a lack in quality.
I’d still return back to eat, just maybe not on Valentine’s Day.

DO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food and excellent service. Great value for the valentine's event, because we got free flowers and a card!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I - along with many other of my table neighbors - were a little surprised, but very happy to receive a nice, tasteful bouquet of flowers; it was Valentine's Day. It came complete with unique gift cards we could personalize. It was a very nice touch. I liked the food and will likely go back again for the ambiance and menu selections.

GL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food with lots of options for every time of eater.

LB
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food always tastes great but our waitress was outstanding! She had such a friendly way about her.

RS
Orange County
58 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Border Grill was a wonderful experience. The food was terrific, definitely a cut above your chain Mexican restaurant. The room is unique, the service is excellent, and the price is reasonable, especially for DTLA close to the Music Center. It is a manageable walk, if you're a walker, 10-15 minutes. I'd definitely recommend.

T
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to dine at Border Grill before an event at the Music Center.

s
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food had really great flavor but our mains weren’t served hot. They were that shade of warm that’s frustratingly hotter than room temperature but not hot enough to feel like you’re eating an evening meal.

HB
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

always great food, drink and fun place. great Mexican food

h
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We ordered from Dine LA menu. Each item was delicious. Highly recommend Border Grill

h
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been to Border Grill in a while, and was enticed by the DineLA menu, which was appealing and an excellent value. The food was delicious (I had the Border Classics appetizer and shrimp bowl entrée), the service friendly and appropriately attentive, and the setting amusing. I'll try not to wait as long before my next visit.

G
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Good food inventive, fun

OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Regina is amazing. The managers always recognize me so it feels like home. Just a great place for me after work. Will always come back and always tell others!!

T
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The service great and food was decent, but it was hard to actually enjoy anything with the drunken people at the bar yelling and screaming the whole time. What was worse is the bartender kept feeding them shots and at one point was taking shots with them. I get it, it’s DTLA I live here so I know, but this isn’t a bar or a sports bar and it was only around 8:30. Sad because I liked the menu and the art, but probably won’t go back.

If you do go, the squash and the corn are excellent.

d
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience3

overpriced food. good service. maybe happy hour worth it but definitely not normal menu

A
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Not like the old days in Santa Monica unfortunately. Quality of the food was not what I had expected or hoped for.

PG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Over the years, this has been one of our favorite downtown spots for a creative south-of-the-border menu. The last few times we've been here, at least one in our party was disappointed. The service is friendly and attentive enough, but seems the wait staff and kitchen are having a hard time coordinating getting a hot entree to the table while it's still hot. This has happened several times. Flavors are still great. Hope they can get thier issues worked out.

AL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal! We'll be back whenever we are in LA!

F
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Food Quality has fallen

Space is not warm or welcoming

SS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently good and delicious. Can't go wrong with any of their menu items.

I
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I have always loved Border Grill, so sad to report that the food was mediocre and also way too spicy - the server said mild to medium, but it was hotter than that. Soup was tepid. Table cleaner brought half-eaten food plate from another Table to ours, stacked soup bowls that were still half-filled on top of one another which resulted in soup splashed on table and then put dish from the other table on top. Yuck.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
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 on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CT
Los Angeles
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
4 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.

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