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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
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Fit for Foodies (8)
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Great for Brunch (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fun (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Business Meals (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Spicy (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vegan (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Cozy (2)
Healthy (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Dallas)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

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 12, 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 8, 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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 (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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 (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 January 1, 2018

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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 (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 29, 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 21, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 19, 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 10, 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 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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 (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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