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Frida Restaurant Americana - Glendale

3.9
217 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Perfect For:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

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Frida Restaurant Americana in Glendale serves authentic Mexican cuisine. Its casual setting features contemporary décor and is ideal for dining out with friends or family. Patrons can start their meal with delicious Baja-style fish tacos, nachos, tortilla soup with epazote or a fresh mixed green salad with caramelized walnuts and chopped mango at Frida Restaurant Americana. A main course of Molcajete Frida with a variety of grilled meat and cactus with roasted tomatillo salsa, shrimp ceviche with avocado or chilaquiles with shredded chicken. Enchiladas, burritos, gluten-free options and vegetarian dishes are also on the menu.

Frida Restaurant Americana has a sizable bar with large screen televisions for guests to enjoy a drink, while watching sporting events. It features brunch on Sunday and outdoor seating for guests to dine, as well as converse. This restaurant provides catering for private functions.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday 11:00am to 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday 11:00am to 11:00pm, Sunday 10:30am to 10:00pm.
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Phone number
(818) 551-1666
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joan Raigosa
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Catering
If you can't come to Frida, let Frida come to you!
Off-premises catering is available for parties of all sizes.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Brand Avenue
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Parking details
Parking at Americana at Brand with applicable rates. Valet and street parking available.
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Entertainment
Enjoy Mariachi music on Sunday for Sunday Brunch.
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Special events & promotions
Celebrate all your special occasions -graduations, wedding events, anniversaries, baby showers, birthdays and more - with us! Frida Restaurant is the perfect solution for all your festivities.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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3.9based on all time ratings
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3.8
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3.9
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5.0Dined on February 11, 2015

I am very happy to have found Frida Mexican Restaurant at the Americana in Glendale. The service is excellent. The staff is attentive and friendly without "hovering" over you. Having grown up in Mexico City, blessed with parents who were epicurean, I've had trouble finding a "Mexican" place where the food is really Mexican! Frida reminds me of a fine Mexico City restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2015

Have been here several times and the help is great and the food delicious!

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2014

Very good service with friendly staff. The food was good and portions were daily large.
I will definitely will go back!

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4.0Dined on December 5, 2014

Went to Frida's on a Friday night for a date, had a reservation through open table. Looked like a moderate walk in crowd so I would suggest the reservation. The accommodated us being a little bit late, which was nice although I called ahead to let them know. We sat outside and despite a colder temperature there was plenty of heaters to make it comfortable. The margaritas were excellent, along with the guacamole, and the rib eye tacos. I would definitely come back to this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on September 26, 2014

We went here to celebrate for a special occasion. Food was good so were drinks, service was a little slow. We enjoyed the margarita pitcher for 5 of us and the salsa was really good!

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2014

We were a little surprised by the prices, but the food was pretty darn good!

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3.0Dined on July 19, 2014

Went for LA restaurant week. Great romantic ambiance; but food quality was lacking. Great service though.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2014

The ambiance was good. The outdoor taco and sole was really good. There were plenty

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2014

While all of the food and drinks were wonderful, it was difficult to completely enjoy the experience due to the room temperature. It was a hot day and it was uncomfortable inside the restaurant. The service was great and we enjoyed all of our lunch choices.

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3.0Dined on May 23, 2014

Its hard to find a good spot for lunch in Glendale. There are only a few and Frida is one of them. Great outdoor seating area with views of Americana and Brand Blvd. to people watch. Drinks are good. The food depending on what you order will be good to just ok. I tend to stay away from the real traditional Mexican dishes. Have to recommend the Arrachera Norteña.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2014

Been here for special occasions, casual dinners, and even bar food. They have it all. Kind of pricy for Mexican food, but not over the top. I hear the Mole sampler is the way to go.

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1.0Dined on May 4, 2014

We got greeted and seated as soon as we got to the hostess because we had reservations. But our waiter was no where to be found had to ask him multiple times for everything we needed (ex. Water, napkins, our order) the only reason we got the items we were looking for was because we asked other employees we ordered an appetizer and drink that he never brought to our table. Overall I was very unstaified with the service & the food was okay, but I don't think I'll be returning.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2014

We dine here often, and I am constantly checking to see if what I order is vegetarian. I was delighted to see a new vegetarian menu! Unfortunately, the chef apparently didn't read it, and my entree was not what was written on the menu. Changes were made, and all was good, but inconvenient. I would like to see more of their enchiladas on this menu - made with sauces that do not use meat, chicken, or fish stock.

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2.0Dined on April 23, 2014

Dined alone on Wednesday night. Noted on my open table reservation that I was dining alone, while waiting for my daughter. Waitress came by to table next to me 3x before ever turning around and asking anything. She finally acknowledged me, and I let her know that I was dining alone and ready to order. She took my order, and said she would be back with my drink and chips and salsa. 7-8 minutes for my water, and another 10 for my chips and salsa. Not sure if I was ignored because of where I was seated (last left table against wall) or because I was alone. Food was good, i ordered the Grilled Fish 3 chile, but it was soaked in that red chile sauce. Still good, lots of rice and beans plus plantains.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2014

Great food, drinks and ambiance!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2014

Food was ok, but the service was ExCELLENT!

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2014

The brunch does not include any mimosas or any drinks other than coffee. Not worth the money. Mariachi's were good but not planning to come back.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2014

Was going to the Alex Theatre, driving up from Orange County, and was looking for a nearby restaurant. I can't believe how lucky I was to find and get a reservation at Frida's. Our server was very helpful and attentive. We ordered the Mole Poblano and the Rib Eye Tacos along with Fried Plantains. I can't recommend these high enough. Fantastic. Taste, temperature and portion size more than satisfying. I only wish there was a Frida closer to where I live. Looks like I'll be finding more things to do in Glendale.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2014

I loved this place because it is difficult to find good authentic Mexican food at an upscale restaurant. Flavors were amazing, drinks were great. My only disappointment was that they didn't sing happy birthday to me lol :)!

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2.0Dined on January 31, 2014

I'm usually pretty impressed at most Mexican eateries when ordering Carnitas. But, not here. They choose a unique method of boiling the carnitas and making it as flavorless as possible. The quantity was a lot more than I could even consume. The rest of our party was not impressed either. In fact, not one person (of our 6) ever mentioned anything they actually enjoyed consuming here. Atmosphere was great. Service was adequate. But restaurants are for eating. Don't waste your time.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2014

We celebrated my BD, nice ambiance

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2014

The food, drinks and atmosphere was great for a group luncheon. The Black Cherry Mojito not only sounded good, but was great.

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4.0Dined on January 11, 2014

All 4 of us, really waked away very impressed and satisfied.
Each of us loved our meals, the sangria was good and the tres leches was really tasty as well.
All in all - it was a great dinner, in a well designed restaurant space.
Will for sure go back again.

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3.0Dined on January 4, 2014

First time I ate at Frida's was very good. Stopped in for lunch with my wife about 6 months ago and had the Enchiladas Suizas. Loved it. This time around I ordered what my waiter said people drove from San Diego all the way up to Glendale just to eat at their restaurant...the Mole Poblano. No bueno. This famous or shall I say infamous to my taste buds 'sauce' smelled like my great danes dog food that I buy at Costco. If I were to eat my dogs food, this mole sauce is what I think it would taste like. Not sure what the hype is all about with that, but never again for me. I'll stick with the Enchildas...oh and that Marzipan Martini was pretty awesome too. Best part of dinner was the scenic view of my beautiful wife across from me.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2013

We had a great time, the service is excellent the atmosphere excellent. The food came out cold and is nothing to brag about. The mole was excellent but my plate was cold, chicken overcooked and dry. A few plates was sent back because of coldness and my wife prk plate had very little flavor and was sent back twice to heat it up, They provided dessert which was very good. Drinks were good but food was below average.

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3.0Dined on December 4, 2013

Location and interior design are good however, the food was average and a bit on the expensive side. Nothing really special + when it was served it was cold which is NOT good with Mexican food entrees.

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4.0Dined on November 21, 2013

Got the Fajitas (Chicken, Steak & Shrimp) and they were great! Everything was cooked perfectly!

Very clean place. Server was great! The pitcher of Cadillac Margarita's were very good. Great environment.

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3.0Dined on November 17, 2013

Everything was just good. I didnt like that we couldnt order off the menu it was buffet ONLY for Sunday brunch. Its a very kid friendly place but families were leaving their strollers in the front lobby like it was Disneyland but less organized! The restaurant should designate an are outside.

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2.0Dined on November 10, 2013

First time visit, excellant authentic Mexican food. Sangria one of the best I've ever had, affordable and kid friendly yet can be romatic with outdoor dinning. Vibrant restaurant. I will return to try other selections.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2013

Excellent location for all occasions. A great place to meet friends for lunch.

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2.0Dined on October 29, 2013

no amount of salt could make the guacamole tasty and everything else was about the same. The only thing we liked was the red sauce they served with the chips.

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3.0Dined on October 18, 2013

Nothing special. The fish was ok at best. They have a fish special but really, it's just tilapia. The guacamole that they make table side is good though.

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4.0Dined on October 12, 2013

Food was very good, outdoor seating was great and the service was fantastic!

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2013

Great ambiance, friendly service and most importantly great food! Definitely a place worth coming back to.

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4.0Dined on September 5, 2013

Four of us ladies who've been best friends for 50+ yrs got together for our yearly birthday luncheon. Since I live in Glendale and love the Americana, I got to choose the restaurant. I chose Frida because it has good food, great ambience and a place where we can talk and not be rushed. We all loved our various dishes and the server was great and took a few bday pictures for us. My only disappointment was that there was no celebration dessert. I thought they might bring out a flan with a candle but they did not. I mentioned on the reservation that it was a bday for 4. He did ask if we wanted to order dessert which we declined. I would've given 5 stars if a flan with a candle had been brought to our table with a simple "happy birthday"

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3.0Dined on July 18, 2013

It was not so great, not bad at all. Great outside dining area.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2013

We went here with a group of co-workers and clients - service was excellent and the food delicious. And the margaritas (although a bit pricey at $9) were very good as well. Definitely recommend if you're looking for delicious, reasonably priced Mexican food.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2013

We enjoyed the food and service was excellent.

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2.0Dined on July 2, 2013

Although our servers were friendly and pleasant, once we were served, he didn't check back on us. I ordered a chicken dish which had decent flavors, but the chicken was terribly tough, had an odd texture. The premium margarita, tasted like nothing special.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2013

We were celebrating a friend's birthday and wanted a place where the food was good but also gave us healthy, low cal options. We also wanted a place that was fun, low key and wouldn't rush us through our the meal. Frida definitely met all the requirements. Two of us had the mango with chicken salad with passion fruit dressing. Absolutely out of this world although they could've had riper mangos. The birthday girl ordered the 5 tasting tacos served in lettuce instead of tortillas. The last two had chicken tostadas. We requested a table outside but after 10 minutes, decided it was a bit too hot and asked to move inside. We were moved to a table that was half in and half out. It was a wonderful day and we will definitely be back again soon.

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