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About Permanently Closed - Border Grill - Santa Monica
This restaurant is permanently closed.
Border Grill in Santa Monica serves gourmet Mexican fare with classic French cooking techniques for lunch and dinner as well as weekend brunch. Guests love the truly authentic Latin flavors, inspired by street vendors and home chefs rather than fine dining establishments south of the border.
The menu at Border Grill includes green corn tamales, brisket taquitos, seasonal vegetable chilaquiles and Yucatan pork slow roasted in banana leaves. Brunch might include pumpkin tamales or quinoa fritters. The Border Grill uses organic rice and beans as well as humane certified, hormone-free meats. Seasonal ingredients take center stage on the menu, which features gluten-free and vegetarian options as well.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American
Hours of Operation:
$30 and under
Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, Bravo's "Top Chef Masters" and Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales”, have been entertaining guests for more than 25 years at their popular, critically-acclaimed restaurants. Now you can bring their unique style and expertise to your next event.
Choose from a mix of modern, bold flavors with menus from Border Grill and Border Grill Truck, as well as the cosmopolitan flavors of Mary Sue and Susan’s first restaurant CITY.
Call today for an unforgettable party! 213.486.5171
Chef/Owners: Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken
Special Events & Promotions:
For special event details on everything from cooking classes to margarita tasting dinners, go to www.bordergrill.com.
Border Grill - Santa Monica - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
We had a 11:30 reservation for Sunday brunch.
The AC was broken. No ice for drinks or mimosa.
We ordered and food came 45 mins later.
No compensation for late food, warm drinks and no AC.
Kitchen did their job. Management didn't.
Asked waiter several times when food was coming and his response "I have no idea!" What on earth are we tipping him for?
Even though these are the last few days of the Border Grill, you would never know. The service, the food, the Professionalism of the wait staff and the Margaritas were top notch. Everyone at the restaurant including patrons were there to have a good time and to me ... to relive the memories of the old Border Grill. The Friday night I went on was packed, but festive.
The guacamole and green corn tamales hit the mark, as did the chicken toastadas and enchiladas. The best part of the evening was when our dessert of churro tots were personally delivered by Susan Feniger herself, wow, I was surprised and enjoyed our short conversation. It sounds like Susan and Mary Sue are ready for their next adventure and I personally cant wait to try their new restaurant creation. Cheers to you both, for giving LA the best Mexican food, but more important than that ...a fun place to have a bite and a great Margarita!!Thanks for the memories.
Hadn't been to Border Grill since it first opened on Melrose in the 80's. I moved to Valley so wasn't close anymore. But heard the Santa Monica restaurant was closing soon which got me there. It was the best Mexican food I've ever had....guacamole, fish tacos, chicken quesadilla, and churro tots! I highly recommend before it's gone.
We went to Border Grill because we heard it was closing! We've always loved the food and the service. The chicken tacos with wild mushrooms were fabulous as was the Baja ceviche and the Margaritas. This place has been around 25 years and they never just phone it in. Always interesting pan-Latin items on the menu. Even the noise level has come down.
I hope they surface someplace else soon.
Heard that this once innovative star would be closing in a month or two and happened to be in the area, so we stopped by to say goodbye. Border Grill was groundbreaking but now there are plenty of authentic, creative Latin American restaurants and that leaves Border Grill seeming mundane and routine.
They still dole out chips and salsa here, a practice is disappearing these days. The chips were hot and fresh and the variety of salsas was wonderful. We passed on cocktails and instead had Jamaica and Pomegranate Lemonade. Unfortunately they probably put more effort into the more profitable cocktails. The jamaica was watery, and the lemonade pale in color and pomegranate flavor.
Unfortuantely, they sold the last carnitas pork shank, so settled for the exciting skirt steak. My date had the pork in achiote sauce, which was awesome. The sauce was citrusy and complexly flavorful.
The waiter made the effort to make up for the pork shank and gave us free green corn tamales. They were extraordinary. The second best tamales I've ever had (lamb neck tamales at Broken Spanish are #1) . It was a great move by the waiter.
Border Grill seems to have lost some its creative spark, but there's still quality there. The competition is plentiful from mom and pop Mexican restaurants with pedigreed chefs. When Mary Sue and Susan reopen elsewhere, let's hope they will once again be the inspirational pair they were when BG opened 27 years ago.
We were in Santa Monica for a show at McCabe's Guitar Shop. I'm a Top Chef fan and hadn't yet been to Border Grill so it was the natural choice for dinner. Did not disappoint- had an amazing ceviche, the best chicken enchilada's ever. Husband ordered chicken tacos that I thought were just okay, but that he was very happy with. Nice wine selection too. Will definitely go back next time I'm in the area.
This place came highly recommended to us when visiting Santa Monica from the uk.most things were fine,nothing special,but the fish pieces in the fish tacos were stone cold.i would accept cold salad in the tacos,cold tacos,cold salsa etc but cold fish is not nice at all.service started ok but then deteriorated.
Restaurant was incredibly warm, hot even. Quite uncomfortable and as we were seated up front by the window half of our party faced the sun. There was virtually no ambience and everyone was sweating. We could hear no music in the restaurant and couldn't wait to leave. We have been Border Grill regulars since its inception and we will not return. Love the cookbook! Horrible dining experience at what should have been a fun festive relaxing group dinner.
Service was slow; it was not busy in the restaurant. Food was ok- we've had better flavored guac from other Mexican restaurants in the area. The server and food runner didn't know what type of fish was used in the fish tacos- but when we got the tacos at the table we could tell it was not fresh fish since it had distinct old fish smell (we're a seafood eating family). We did not eat them. The best item we ordered was the steak quesadilla. The chips and salsas they gave out first were good as well.
I recently decided to try Border Grill after a couple years' absence from this restaurant. Of course it was one of the first Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles to become creative with their cuisine... I was curious to see how the restaurant was faring in 2016... what a delightful thing to discover that the restaurant was finer than ever. The drinks were bountiful and exciting, the chips divine and of course the fish tacos and the asada dishes were thrilling. As ever, the Border Girll is reliable and ready for you to return... again and again.
Border Grill is consistently good, we liked the guacamole, green corn tamales, chicken poblano enchiladas, Yucatan pork (yummy), and the plantains. Great selection of drinks, including margaritas and craft beers. We had a large group (13 people) including visitors from New York, and enjoyed great service. No room for dessert, next time . . .
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