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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.

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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food

4.2

service

4.5

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4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (11)
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Special Occasion (9)
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Fit for Foodies (8)
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Pre/post Theatre (8)
Vegan (8)
Business Meals (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Fun (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Spicy (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tapas (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Healthy (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Organic (3)
Cozy (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
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Seasonal (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Everything was pretty good, the service, the food, our server. The only thing was the michelada was really poor the salted rim was barely salted at all and the mixes used tasted a bit funky. I’d still go back for the food but definitely not going to get another michelada

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Was great to not only have a prix fix menu option! Plus they gave all the tables flowers, what a nice touch.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 2018

My husband and I were looking for a place to enjoy a night out. We couldn't of found a better place. Border grill has great service and excellent food. We really liked the chimi churri rib-eye. My husband can't wait to go back!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Live Sports, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

This is a great spot for a very early dinner before an event at the Dorothy Chandler or Walt Disney Hall, a fifteen-minute walk away. The parsnip and pear soup was to die for! Peruvian ceviche was accompanied by crispy plantains and little tastes of the best guacamole I've ever had. I will be back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I love the weekend brunch here, and now that they've added a vegan menu, it's twice as wonderful. Delicious small plates, unlimited, such fun to taste and try new delights and old favorites.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Vegan, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Fantastic service provided by our waiter, Carlos. The food was very good. The music was wonderful. Loved the murals on the wall.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very good cocktails, and innovative Mexican cuisine. Very welcoming, and great service. We arrive late due to traffic and told server we had theater tickets, so they ensured we got our food timely.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The food was very poor quality. The chicken in the quesadillas was fatty and very greasy. Margaritas had too much salt. Very disappointed as this is use to be a good restaurant. Prices are much too high for quality of food.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 24, 2018

A real disappointment. I was thinking this was a truly special restaurant, great legacy and reputation, innovative food, etc. In reality, it's nothing special. OK, service was terrific but overall just an ordinary Mexican restaurant.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had another great experience at Border Grill. Our server was fantastic, engaging and she was very attentive. This is our second time for dinner with family and friends and found excellent options for everyone with different food interest.

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Historically, I love Border Grill and have introduced many people to it over the years. This visit included the Dine LA menu, from which four of us ordered. Unfortunately, some of the descriptions were incomplete and food arrived with foods containing contents to which there were allergies. Just saying....

Again, historically, this place rocks!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We had an excellent dinner at Border Grill. The food was delicious and fresh and two of the four people are vegetarians and there were plenty of great options. The cocktails were also amazing and I loved organic agave nectar was used instead of processed margarita mix. The service was also very good. We will definitely return!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Tried restaurant during DineLA. Was disappointed. The food was not very good.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Did. It really like the food or drinks. Would not go back or recommend.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Not bad their food just need to taste more authentic and not so commercial. The service, drinks and chips were good.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Good food, very slow service for beverages. Nothing refilled and had to keep asking for waiter to follow up. Tasty though.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great food and great service. Friendly greeter, sat us promptly. Our server was great he gave us good suggestions on plates. All of our food came out really fast. The happy hour was the best, we were able to try a lot of their plates at the happy hour price and now we know that we can come back for regular plates. We had the potato tacos, fish tacos, brisket taquitos, guacamole, queso fundido, and carne asada quesadilla. The beer and a shot deal was great, Get up offa that brown and Zapopan tequila. Gotta love happy hour. Parking was a bit of a doozy in the US Bank parking lot but it was only $5 with validation. Definitely coming back!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was scrumptious as always. Glad to see that the food hasn't changed in all the years I've been coming. Service was excellent too. With all of the new eateries that have popped up downtown, this place still doesn't disappoint.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I used to love the Santa Monica location, but having lunch here was a terrible experience. Slow service, lackluster food... we couldn’t even get anyone to refill our water glasses. And on top of that the food was served room temp (which is a generous description - it was cold). We waited over 30 minutes for our food too which for tacos seems ridiculous. My fiancé had the brunch and those plates came out super slow each time. We were really disappointed with everything. Not going back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I've been to another Border Grill location but I was disappointed in the taste of food at this one. It wasn't bad but it was not as good as the other location so I was disappointed. They did accommodate any changes we asked for on the menu so that was a plus.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great cucumber margaritas and guacamole. Everyone loved their main dish. Great service, too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Tasty upscale Mexican food in a fun atmosphere. Friendly service. Pre-concert meal and walked off the calories with a 10-minute stroll to Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Brunch was a nice variety of well prepared Southwestern/Mexican small plates with some fun additions (how about some fried chicken & churro waffles?) to keep things interesting. We didn't explore the vegan menu but it was an additional full page of choices. Unlimited mimosas and/or bloody marys helped the conversation flow and the service was friendly and informal but impeccably executed. Being served at the table instead of having to stand in a buffet line was a definite plus. We've dined at the Border Grill through several iterations, both Downtown L.A. and the sadly closed Santa Monica location and have never had a bad meal, poorly constructed cocktail or other than good service.

Tags: Vegan, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Spicy, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always a delightful time at Border Grill Downtown Los Angeles. Today's visit was for the weekend New Year's Eve brunch. No one does it as well as Chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. They food, the liquid refreshment offerings and their staff are spot on. It's always a treat to dine at Border Grill DTLA.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Service was delightful and very knowledgeable about ingredients. Food was excellent. We had tortilla soup, ceviches, fish tacos, carnitas tacos with sangria and dessert. Never rushed.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I had read the reviews for this place and had High hopes. However when we went for dinner on a Wednesday at 6 PM, we were almost the only ones there which did not make for a very festive atmosphere. In fact they had closed the dining area and we had to sit in the bar area. I did not like our table, it felt isolated and cold, but we had no other choice. However the service and food were very good. And we were able to order from the happy hour menu. It is a very convenient location if you are staying at the Bonaventure since you just walk across the street.

Tags: Comfort Food, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Casual, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Border Grill is one of my favorites. The food is excellent. I love eating there!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food was awful and drinks were mediocre, at best.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Really enjoyed this for a work lunch. Service was great, good recommendations re: the menu. AND the food was delicious. Its also a great price point for work meals.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Had the Border brunch for unlimited small plates. Some of the dishes took way too long to come out from the kitchen leaving you with long breaks between small plates. Some dishes were spectacular while others were not (chicken and waffle — waffle was burnt).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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 on December 8, 2017

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 7, 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 18, 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 11, 2017

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

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