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About Border Grill - Downtown LA

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!

445 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

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.


Cross Street:
5th St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(213) 486-5171

Website:
http://www.bordergrill.com/

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

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.

Public Transit:
7th & Metro Station

Executive Chef:
Gio Lopez

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

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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

New Year’s Eve Weekend
Brunch - 11am to 3pm Celebrate with bottomless mimosas plus unlimited small plates.
New Year’s Eve Happy Hour and Dinner specials (4pm to 9pm) include Lobster Bisque, Negra Modelo Short Rib, and Cafe de Olla Chocolate Cake. Regular dinner menu also available.

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.

Border Grill - Downtown LA Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Good for Groups (11)
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Fit for Foodies (11)
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Fun (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Business Meals (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Spicy (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Organic (3)
Tapas (3)
Vegan (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Cozy (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Live Sports (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
People Watching (2)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We were seated right away on the outside patio under a heat lamp. It was great. It wasn't that crowded so the overall noise wasn't that bad. The people at the table right next to us were VERY loud. The food was good - it took longer than I expected to come. The waitress said about 2 different times that the food was coming right out, but it took a while to get to us. When it did - it was good. Convenient location for what we needed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

I had a rehearsal dinner here back in July for 50 people. We chose from the menu and the food was fabulous. I wanted to bring a recently widowed friend for his 73 birthday and came from Huntington Beach for what I thought was going to be a great experience. Firstly, the music on the patio was way too loud and all we could be offered was a move to a less obnoxiously loud spot. As people came into the patio I could see them jockeying around to get away from the music. No one would turn it down. As for the food, you’ve now gone to some “all you can eat” brunch menu for $30 and a limited single offering menu. The food we had come to eat was no longer an option, and your “all you can eat “ menu was filled with sugary, syrupy laden foods, soggy French toast, mushy tamales, and other disappointing, less than stellar items that were not made to order but rather cut from sheet pans in the kitchen.

In July, I thought I’d found a go-to LA restaurant; In December I found a place I’d never want to go back to. My friend was very disappointed and I was embarrassed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

I had a wonderful birthday lunch with my friend at the Border Grill. I ordered the Mexican Chopped Salad with Shrimp. We had Mojito's to start the festivities. After the meal, our waiter brought a torch candle to our table and a nice dessert plate which was unexpected and greatly appreciated.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

It's really gone downhill. The staff was great but the food was just so so. It used to be much better.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Sunday brunch is outstanding. Sharing small plates gives you the opportunity to taste several delicious dishes. My absolute favorite is the ceviche. Will be back again soon!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food, friendly staff. I frickin love this place!!! This little gem is hidden away, but is well worth it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Healthy, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 30, 2017

My past experiences at Border Grill have been bad, so I have not been to this place in years. It has not changed. The food is mediocre at best. The service is poor. There is no reason to go to a Border Grill. I have no idea why the chefs are famous.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Our waiter, Louis Carlos was fantastic! Very helpful with getting us to our show at The Ahmanson in a “short cut” walk.

Tags: Casual, Organic, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Always a great place for lunch. Miss the Santa Monica location

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful, fast, post-theater dinner. Very generous drinks and great attentive service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great place for a girl’s night. Ambiance was great - music was a little questionable, meaning it went from elevator music to top 10. It was just a little odd. Service was great, and food was good (particularly the churro bites) but it was quite pricey for street tacos. I suppose that’s LA for ya. Again, lovely service, good food, and a great place to catch up with friends.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Good food and good friendly wait staff. It can get a little noisy when the place gets crowded, so not the best if you need a quiet place for business. The food is always delicious. I love their chop salad and those fresh churros are the best!

Tags: Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Sunday Brunch is an amazing value with all you can eat small plates for just $30 per person. The option of adding bottomless mimosas or mimosas and mixed drinks is great. Every dish we tried was spectacular and the service was amazing! We especially LOVED the deviled eggs and the benedict on brioche with perfectly cooked (sous-vide) eggs. We will be back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great guac and tacos.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Terrible food experience. My husband and his brother had dinner at the Border Grill and they had one of the worst meals of their life. The guacamole was tasteless, uninspired, and less then mediocre. The fish tacos were distinctly dry and tasteless. The salsas did nothing to improve the food. Only the service made it almost palpable. The restaurant was empty and how sad that this restaurant has gone down over time. Is there anyone there who cares about the founders of this restaurant.

They decided to leave.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Pablo is one of the best wait staff around. He gets customer service and takes care of us every time.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Vegan, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Wonderful 20th Wedding Anniversary Dinner at our longtime favorite! Chelsea, our server, couldn't have been nicer or more welcoming! We loved the bonus guacamole and amazing special bonus desserts complete with sparklers for our special occasion. The food was delicious and prepared with love and respect for the fresh ingredients! Thank you all so much for such a special night!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food is always outstanding, as are the margaritas!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Border Grill is quickly becoming my go to place when I come to downtown LA. Having season tickets to a couple of downtown theaters, I find myself looking for a place close by. The menu is great with such variety. The cocktails are also amazing. This past visit we enjoyed the special taco trio and the raspberry chipotle margarita. Wouldn't have been dinner without the churro tots. The staff are friendly and accommodating. I'll be back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Good food and better service!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The weekend brunch is fantastic. All you can eat tapas, delicious!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great service, tasty drinks and food. Warm ambiance

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Spicy, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Casual, Happy Hour, Romantic, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The AYCE brunch is not a bad deal, but it's also not as great as it could be. The dishes come out very slowly. We tried everything and a lot of it was very tasty.Not sure I'd do it again. but happy to have tried it once.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Border Grill never disappoints. Their food and service is always great.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Dining under the stars was great and the weather could not have been more agreeable. Great and charismatic and attentive server. Meal was served immediately after being cooked because it reached our table in good temperature. I do not appreciate cold food or servers forgetting to pick up and take to table because they are too busy.
Would definitely eat here again very soon.
Although there are tons of new spots in downtown, let's not forget the oldies but goodies that have been there and have weathered the test of time.
Great place and food was delicious.

Tags: Live Sports, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Tasty meal. Always look forward to a return.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food was excellent but service was lacking due to big parties and we were an after thought

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 25, 2017

One of my favorite spots! Great food, and great outdoor seating.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Awesome food, great service! The steak quesadilla was out of this world! Hot & fresh chips were awesome, queso fundido was a cool add to the three salsas for dipping!

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great food, drinks, and service. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Long ago, Border Grill was a pioneer, and one of the very first restaurants in LA that served a new style of Mexican cuisine: authentic, fresh, tasty, with new variations on originals. With the proliferation of other "similar" restaurants over these many years, Border Grill has lost some of its luster. The food is still good, but not as interesting or unique as it once was. However, I would still go back if in the neighborhood.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Everything was amazing, will definitely be coming back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food and service were both excellence! I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 17, 2017

This is our Go-To spot for friends get-together before going to the Ahmanson Theater for a play. Food flavors are always unique and fabuous! Best tapas! Wait staff is always friendly and helpful. We sat outside this time as there was an after-work party inside. The weather was perfect for outdoor seating. Even though there were two parties going on our waitress, Chelsea, was always there for us.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

I always enjoy my dining experience at Border Grill - DTLA. We were actually a party of four (4) and everyone from the Host at the front who greeted us, to our server; who, by the way, is one of my favorites (Pablo A), and everyone who served us was wonderful. We got a special treat when Susan Feniger, stopped by our table and asked how things were going. Three of us ordered the chicken enchiladas which were amazing. Very flavorful with a little kick. NICE!! A big thumbs up from everyone. Thanks again for making our dining experience an enjoyable one!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Live Sports, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 9, 2017

The food was awesome! Both my wife and I loved the tacos and the ceviche.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Service was great friendly and attentive. Best Mexican cuisine in DTLA.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Nice Friday afternoon patio dining for lunch. Always order the carne asada tacos. They are excellent. The chips and 3 kinds of salsa are awesome. I always enjoy lunch dining here with co-workers and/or clients.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Border Grill is a fun place to eat. The walls are painted with large, characters that look like a first grade class assignment. Great location. The music was way too loud so conversation was a little difficult. I am also a vegan and although the choices were few, my waitress made some great suggestions. Very accommodating. I would go again.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

I love this restaurant. Their weekend brunch of unlimited tapas is always adding new dishes that are fantastically delicious and innovative takes on Mexican cuisine. The service is also terrific. A favorite of mine in downtown LA.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Tapas, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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