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4.6
Exceptional(204)
Price: Expensive
• Mexican • Hollywood Hills
Booked 48 times today
Casa Madera stands out as an exceptional seafood cuisine restaurant, exceeding customer expectations with its innovative and delicious dishes. Patrons commend the eatery for its visually stunning meals, with special mention of the Pacifico Striped bass which is chef's recommendation. With every bite, you can tell that a lot of care and attention has been invested into crafting each dish, making the culinary experience at Casa Madera truly unforgettable. Besides the food, the restaurant provides a beautiful decor and warm, inviting atmosphere, further enhancing the dining experience. The staff receives high praise for outstanding service, always ready with excellent meal recommendations and ensuring guests' comfort. This, coupled with the stunning views across LA, contributes to the overall outstanding experience at Casa Madera. A dinner at Casa Madera is not just a meal, but a delightful journey of sea-food flavors.
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4.7
Exceptional(6509)
Price: Expensive
• Mexican • West Hollywood
Booked 76 times today
Gracias Madre - West Hollywood is highly recommended for its authentic Mexican cuisine with a vegan twist. Patrons rave about their innovative plant-based dishes, including their outstanding vegetarian options, jackfruit tacos, and gluten-free offerings. The atmosphere is highly praised, with many reviews mentioning the beautiful patio seating and impeccable service. What makes Gracias Madre stand out is their ability to satisfy even non-vegan customers with their exciting, flavorful dishes. Their happy hour specials, delicious drinks, and the restaurant's overall ambiance make it a must-visit. One reviewer even stated, "I'm not vegan and I didn't miss meat or dairy on my plate," suggesting an exceptional culinary experience for all food lovers.
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4.6
Exceptional(277)
Price: Expensive
• Mexican • Sherman Oaks
Booked 80 times today
Casa Vega, in Sherman Oaks, opened its doors in 1956 and has been serving the people of Southern California ever since. Local residents, and even celebrities, have flocked to the family-run Mexican restaurant currently run by Christy Vega Fowler, daughter of original owner, Rafael Vega. While the decor is modern, the menu still reflects traditional Mexican menu staples. The extensive menu allows for every person to find something to enjoy. Homemade house guacamole, or one of the many soup or salad options, make for a great starter. The entree options are plentiful. Casa Vega serves everything from traditional chicken mole, a plethora of burrito options, combination plates and specialty options, such as carne chile Colorade and the signature Casa Vega molcajete. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available. Top off your meal at Casa Vega with a delicious house margarita or mojito.
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4.6
Exceptional(3085)
Price: Expensive
• Mexican • West Hollywood
Booked 25 times today
Toca Madera, located in West Hollywood, is a well-loved restaurant for discerning aficionados of Mexican cuisine. Adored by both local and international visitors, it has received numerous positive reviews that praise its excellent food, attentive service, and vibrant ambiance. One reviewer described it as 'the best elevated Mexican food I’ve ever had in El Lay.' Several others highlight the restaurant's unique modern Mexico style, amazing vibe, delicious cocktails, and outstanding music. It also offers an exceptional dining experience, from unique culinary creations to mesmerizing decor and lively entertainment. Toca Madera is a true standout in the bustling Los Angeles food scene.
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4.1
Excellent(705)
Price: Moderate
• Mexican • Hollywood
Booked 10 times today
Pink Taco - Sunset, located in Los Angeles, is a beloved Mexican restaurant that consistently garners rave reviews for its excellent service, comfortable atmosphere, and above all, authentic and flavorful Mexican fare. Reviewers excitedly recommend the 'OG Pink Tacos', a unique specialty, and laud the 'fresh hot chips and Guac', a standard yet well-executed staple. Praise also extends to their Margaritas, described as 'outstanding'. With 'happy hour specials' that are 'delicious', it is valued for its affordability despite being located in Los Angeles. Patrons commend the staff for their welcoming demeanor and efficiency. For quality Mexican cuisine in a lively setting replete with great 'vibes', Pink Taco - Sunset is a surefire choice.
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4.3
Awesome(190)
Price: Moderate
• Mexican • North Hollywood
Booked 8 times today
Kalaveras in North Hollywood is a celebrated spot for incredible Mexican cuisine. Reviewers consistently sing praises of the atmosphere, describing it as vibrant, energetic, and filled with great music. The restaurant is lauded for its friendly and attentive staff, with one customer particularly commending their waitress, Brittany. While some deem the noise level a bit high for convivial conversation, it seems to contribute to the fun, nightclub-like atmosphere. Guests often rave about the delicious food, specifically mentioning the shrimp guiso tacos and in-house margaritas. Despite the occasional complaint about average food taste, the lively ambiance and excellent customer service make Kalaveras a favoured choice for Mexican cuisine lovers.
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4.5
Awesome(491)
Price: Moderate
• Mexican • Hollywood
Booked 11 times today
El Compadre in Hollywood offers authentic Mexican cuisine that has been praised as "outstanding", "authentic", and "above average", according to numerous reviews. Customers highlight the "great comfort food", "old school, very cool vibe", and "excellent service". Some dishes that have been singled out for praise include the "chicken mole enchiladas", "steak, cheese enchilada and beef taco combination plate", and the "flaming margarita". Reviewers also compliment the classic old Hollywood ambiance, family-friendly atmosphere, and the welcoming staff. Many diners "highly recommend" El Compadre and assure to "go back again and again". It is described as "one of the best Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles".
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4.5
Awesome(45)
Price: Moderate
• Mexican • Burbank
Booked 15 times today
Kalaveras is a unique fast casual concept with vibrant colors, art, music, and culture of a time honored tradition – El Dia de Los Muertos. A blend of innovative urban mixology, Latin American culinary classics, tribute to well known Hispanic artists, and nothing but buenas vibras! We offer all the best weekly specials, like $4.99 Margarita Mondays, $1.50 Taco Tuesday, All you can eat Sunday Buffet and more!
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4.3
Awesome(165)
Price: Very Expensive
• Mexican • Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
Booked 21 times today
Alma has been highly praised in numerous reviews for its authentic and delicious Mexican cuisine. It has an upscale location at The Grove Shopping center which provides a fantastic ambiance, complete with decor that reflects the beauty of Mexico. Many customers commend the food for having unique, creative, and beautiful dishes like Mar y Tierra, huevos con chorizo, skirt steak and shrimp tacos. The service is also praised as being top-notch, with friendly and attentive staff who even offered a blanket during a chilly night. One diner remarked, "the food was so wonderful, it was like being back in Mexico again." Alma presents a fantastic dining experience, making it a favorite restaurant for many.
A photo of Mama Por Dios - Beverly Hills restaurant
4.2
Awesome(2662)
Price: Very Expensive
• Mexican • Beverly Hills
Booked 9 times today
Located in the vibrant neighborhood of Beverly Hills, Mama Por Dios offers not only an authentic Mexican cuisine experience but a lively atmosphere as well. This restaurant has garnered excellent reviews from patrons for its fantastic food and exceptional service. A line from one of the reviews confidently says, "BEST Mexican food I've had in a very long time." Many diners lauded the creative food presentation and highly praised the dishes for their traditional Mexican flavors with a modern twist. Notable mentions were the Spinach Salad, Chicken Enchiladas, and the Birria Tacos. Compliments were also extended to the energetic staff and their impeccable service. Mama Por Dios is indeed the place to go for an epic Mexican cuisine experience.
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