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Border Grill - Downtown LA

4.3
1662 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
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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.


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Phone number
(213) 486-5171
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gio Lopez
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
5th St.
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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.
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Public transit
7th & Metro Station
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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.
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

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.

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Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo all day long at Border Grill in Downtown Los Angeles with $3.50 tacos, $5 bites, $5 beers and margaritas, plus local dj and more!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.7

All-around solid Mexican food with a slight corporate vibe.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 1662 People Are Saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The raspberry chipotle margarita is terrific! Just a hint of heat, something a little different. Great patio with view of the Bonaventure Hotel.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Service was friendly but took a long time/others around us served faster... Food was generally good with interesting menu. Black beans and rice were only bad choices. Yucatán pork was good.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Big party having taken over the entire rear, we were relegated to a table in the front bar area. But other than that a good time as usual. Food is always great and server went out of her way to make the night enjoyable.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

It was s reunion lunch and close for everyone. Festive and Food was good. We sat next to the bar and it was loud.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

I eat a vegan diet and they were very accommodating. :)

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

20th anniversary , Love the vegan offerings and the unlimited champagne.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I've eater here several times over the years, but I guess because it's mostly a weekday business crowd, they aren't super equipped or busy on a Saturday night. We got there about 8:30 or so and it was fairly empty. We were seated in the dining room and then no one came. Apparently, no one told the server we were there and they'd closed the dining room. They were very gracious and comped us guacamole to make up for it, but then once they took our order, forgot about us again. Twice, I had to get up and look for someone to help us with drinks. Our food was very good, but the lackluster service definitely made it a sub par experience for what has been one of my favorite LA restaurants for over 3 decades...

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Went to celebrate two birthdays and the service was horrible. Didn’t bring our appetizer. Never checked on us after our entrees were brought and only took our initial drink order. Had to stop a waiter passing by to refill our waters and that only happened once. By the end of the meal we had empty drinks and had to wait 20mins before we asked what looked like the manager for our bill because we didn’t want to continue sitting there with no service. Our birthdays were never acknowledged even though we told the waiter during our drink order we were there to celebrate two birthdays. While the food was good the service ruined the experience.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food served was undercooked chicken. Not ok.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Overall, it was a really disappointing experience. We were excited to come back to Border Grill w/ my mom for Easter Brunch after not being here for a few years. However, everything, from the way we were greeted, to the service, to the food... it was all very disappointing, especially for what we paid. The food sounded exciting on the Easter Brunch Menu, but it was sub-par and lackluster. Everything tasted like it was pre-cooked, all the dishes were lukewarm, the chilaquiles were soggy, the angel hair was inedible, the steak was cold, the tamales & meat were dry, the list goes on and on. The only dish we all enjoyed (out of about 11-12 we tried) was the Ceviche.

And we kept on having to flag down our server since our water wasn't refilled, the beer was never brought over (nor did she apologize when we reminded her that she forgot it), she didn't follow up to let us know that they didn't have one of the desserts on the menu, nor did she check up on us throughout our meal (hence us needing to constantly flag her down)...

Overall, Chefs Susan Feniger & Mary Sue Milliken would have been very disappointed at being guests at their own restaurant. :(

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food is consistently good. Service was excellent at all levels. Atmosphere is boisterous or noisy depending on your age.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We had a very nice dinner after visiting the King Tut exhibition at Ca Science Center. My husband left his wallet at the restaurant and by the time we drive home, there was a message from Augusto telling us that the restaurant had found it and was holding it for us. Wonderful service and great follow through.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Good food, decent portions to leave you satisfied without feeling that you were overserved. They have a unique selection of Margaritas that are meant to be enjoyed by their complex flavors. But if you want to get a buzz going, you are better off with Tequila shots. The staff was attentive without making us feel rushed. Bonus: Straws are available upon request instead of automatically served, so it helps the environment.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food was amazing. Very good. Our server Carlos was beyond amazing. Very helpful. Very friendly and enthusiastic.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Amazing like always! The service was spectacular!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

My friends and I were on a girls weekend and came for brunch. It was the perfect place for a large group and we were lucky to get a reservation. Chelsea was our server and she was amazing. So positive about everything and she gave us great food recommendations. It was the perfect end to our weekend.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Sunday brunch. Great variety of food items. Some are good while some aren't. The juice for the mimosas are served in a skull glass that fits the restaurant' s decor but are impossible to pour into your drink without making a mess.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The service was amazing! We were at a conference across the street and loved the food, ambiance and the staff.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

My husband and I were visiting LA from out of town. Came across Border Grill on line and decided to give it a try. We were celebrating my birthday and I love Mexican food so it made sense. We are so glad we decided to go! Although we made a reservation we didn't need one. For 6pm on a Friday it wasn't too busy. We were quickly sat and the server was over with water, chips and salsa in no time. It didn't take us long to decide on our meals so we didn't order an appetizer. The food came out in reasonable time and during the short wait we got to enjoy the delicious trio of complementary salsas which my husband and I agreed should be bottled and sold nation wide. Once our food came the server let me know that since it was my birthday I would be getting a free dessert! The tacos we ordered were AMAZING! When the dessert came it was equally amazing! I cannot say enough good things about Border Grill. Definitely worth the trip to DTLA.

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2018

I gave my name and said it was a party of two and I had a reservation. The girl who sat me left 3 menus and my friend hadn’t yet arrived. Carlos was our waiter. Good service overall. Ordered two bowls of posole cuz I love the pork & hominy soup but didn’t have any hominy and the pork was fatty. The serving was small for a bowl vs cup and we also had an order of guacamole. Because the hostess didn’t check me in, I received a missed reservation from opentable and had to “prove” I was there. If you need a quiet place to have lunch or somewhere you don’t have to wait go to Border Grill. Personally I think the menu and interior need updating.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Never disappoints!

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

The food was very good. I ordered my steak medium rare, but half of it was very rare, so I didn't finish it. The waitress was very friendly, but we had to hunt her down for our bill.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 10, 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!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 2, 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.

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1.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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2.0Dined on January 17, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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