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Loteria Grill - Santa Monica - Permanently Closed

3.8
3.8
63 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Permanently Closed - Jimmy Shaw opened the first Lotería! Grill in the summer of 2002 at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles, and ever since has been serving our guests a menu full of regional Mexican specialties as delicious as what he grew up enjoying in Mexico City.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily: 11:00am - close Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

  • Phone number

    (310) 393-2700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jimmy Shaw

  • Catering

    At Loteria Grill, we have an extensive variety of options for you to choose from for your next event. From to-go platters and festive taco bars, to a wide selection of appetizers for cocktail parties and custom planned dinners, we can meet your party's needs and exceed your expectations. <br />Please contact us to plan your event today<br />Virginia Ortiz<br />Director of Special Events and Catering <br />(323)465-2500

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Cross street

    Arizona

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

What 63 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.8
3.8 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 3.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for a wonderful evening with my family, able to talk, relax, and eat good food
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2016

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    The service was uneven, the staff seemed confused and untrained. Bottled water was just left at the table, shared appitizers were just dropped at the table and we had to move glasses around to make room. The rest of the meal was delivered in the same haphazzard manner. We've been to the Hollywood location and they are night and day different...
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    When there with a group of 9. Excellent service.
  4. j

    jmk171

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2016

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was pretty good but they load most dishes up with raw onion and cilantro -yes, I know it's a Mexican restaurant. But we requested No onion or cilantro and it was clear they put it on, re-read the order and then removed it by hand. Very disappointing. raw diced onion isn't something you can easily avoid once it's on the dish.
  5. N

    Nerdanista

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2016

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We wanted to eat here and made a reservation and when we arrived it was CLOSED. No explanation, the tv was on inside but the door was locked and no one responded to knocking. It would have been nice to at least put a note on the door or something. They've lost a loyal and once happy customer.
  6. N

    Nico

    Los Angeles

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Black Bean cheese enchiladas and the arachera tacos were very good Michelle was our server and did a fantastic job!!!
  7. e

    eflieg

    Miami

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2016

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    This restaurant is going downhill. They used to serve real champagne and excellent quality food. Now it is like a glorified Taco Bell.
  8. j

    jayr

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2016

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Some of the most disorganized service I have ever experienced, but not unexpected since no employee older than 21 years. Worst service I ever had at any Loeria grill. This is to be expected due to over expansion of this much respected restaurant. Will it be the next daily grill or gaucho grill. Worsening food due to lack of control at too many spots
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, drinks on point. Went for Father's Day... Had Enchiladas Suizas, my fav.
  10. EF

    EnjoyingFood

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2016

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I realize they are trying to be "gourmetish" with the mexican food; however, I believe it was a bit too much on that end. I expected a little more mix of some traditional mexican food. I did not quite enjoy my meal. I'll give it another try some time.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2016

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Worst service ever!!! Not to mention they didn't have Agua fresca or mango micheladas, was expecting way more from this place. The black beans taste burn. Asked the host for a set of utensil comes back with just a fork😑 no knife or napkin. Very disappointed.
  12. CE

    CommonEater

    Los Angeles

    110 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Loteria Grill! The food is always excellent. Santa Monica has a nice patio on the promenade. Great place for quality tacos and a michelada.
  13. DR

    DesignR

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2016

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    The food itself was good but the inattention by servers and the noise level despite the lack of patrons, did not make it a pleasant experience. I won't be returning.
  14. TM

    TrojanMan

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2016

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    They were understaffed for of all days, Valentines Day!!
  15. 1

    13foodie

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2015

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    I was not impressed. The two items I was looking forward to were removed from the restaurant menu but not removed from the menu on Open Table. The tacos were cold, the salsa was bland but the Cesar salad was great.
  16. RE

    RosaEats

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2015

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Quality food, good location. Vegetarian options as well. Winner.
  17. CM

    ChloeM

    San Francisco

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2015

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Our server was really fun and accommodating to our growing group. Their margs were delicious, made from scratch and not too sweet. Food was really tasty, tortillas tasted really fresh. The portion of guac seemed awfully small, but the salsa that come with it was really good, so that made up for the small portion.
  18. J

    Julessopmac

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2015

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Brought my college graduation party here over 15+ people including a handful of kids. The restaurant is beautifully themed and very spacious as well as the service was wonderful! The food was good but it did seem like a needed more flavor. Overall I loved my experience here.
  19. T

    Tacotrucknexttime

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2015

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food was inedible and the waiter was horrible. My children order nachos, which were a congealed mass with just a few chips around the edges to give the appearance of nachos. When one member of our party asked about the specifics of a drink, our waiter could not even describe it. He literally shrugged and said, "I don't know what's in it, but it's good." When I asked for a check with an entire table of untouched food, he did not even ask if everything was alright. I guess this is his reality and he's seen it before!!!
  20. DZ

    DZIR

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2015

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Pretty informal and on the promenade. Service is friendly and efficient. Food range from good to blah. My traditional snapper ceviche was a minuscule portion of fish swamped in a watery tomato salsa--not much flavor not much hear. My fish entre with tomato, capers and onions was good but not great. Pretty descent and inexpensive house Mexican wines was a plus.
  21. L

    Lizzy

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2015

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    Visited this lovely place for mother's day. Love the environment. However, food took way too long to come out. And when it did, it was completely wrong and not as tasteful as it looked. Wouldn't recommend this place for the food. Drinks were great.
  22. K

    Kpfour

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2015

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    We went on Mother's day and perhaps that was the problem. The waitress was terrific but the food wasn't ery good. Eggs and steak overdone. Yes-we sent one dish back. I'm used to the one in the Farmer's Market which is great but this one was not up to the same standard.
  23. t

    travelbear

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2015

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    It was Valentine's day and when we showed up for our reservation were told it would be about 40 min. They claimed they had over 100 tables and that backed up the kitchen. It would seem that they would know how to manage a large surge better. We decided to stroll down the promenade and wait for them to call when our table was ready. Within 5 min they called. We were seated in the bar area (an indoor/outdoor area) that was very noisy. There were 4 other tables vacant and they stayed vacant for quite a while. Not sure how that equated with their initial "40 min wait". Still enjoyed their food with our out of town guests. Yummm
  24. L

    Laura

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2015

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The unique offerings are what attracted me to try them for Dine LA. Also liked the inside/outside design of the restaurant. Service was the best as I described in the private note to the restaurant. I will just add that I hit the jackpot getting Jesus as my server! Eating there made for a fun, tasty experience and I don't get up north very often (I live in South Bay) but will certainly go again to try the regular menu which I checked out while I was there.
  25. P

    Petenjess

    Los Angeles

    45 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2015

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    My family and I have been big Loteria fans since first going to the little stand at the Farmer's Market many years ago. Their food has always been unique and delicious. I was so happy when they opened a restaurant in Santa Monica, where I live. While the food remains amazing, the service at the Santa Monica location has declined tremendously. After having had a bad service experience there 6 months ago, we contacted the owner, who assured us that he would look into the problem. We decided to try one more time when our son was in town and really wanted to go. The restaurant was not crowded at all. We ordered their delicious guacamole and three ceviches as appetizers and then ordered posole soup, and of course their amazing tacos for our entree. We waited at least 25 minutes and then only two of us got our soup. We had to find the waiter to bring the third, and reminded him about our appetizers that had not arrived. Then a few minutes later, before finishing our soup, the entrees came - no appetizers, and my son's order was incorrect. It took ten minutes to find a waiter to tell him. We then waited another 10 minutes - still no appetizers. Finally we got up and told the waiter, and he brought them. They never brought my son his correct order, and we had to tell the busboy twice to get our waiter to give us the check. Sadly, as much as I love their food, we will never return, and I think we are not the only ones who feel this way.
  26. P

    Promogal

    Los Angeles

    44 reviews

    2.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2014

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    So, this place is average - and that's about it. Average. Not bad. Not great. Average. The menu is oddly laid out and a bit confusing until you figure out the gist which is choose a vessel (taco, burrito, lettuce wrap, etc.), pick a number (1, 2, or 3 tacos or 1 burrito, etc.) and choose a protein filling (carnitas, chicken, shrimp, etc.) and then figure out if you want anything additional like rice, beans, salad, etc. Odd, but ok. I get it. We ordered the QUESO FUNDIDO - a baked and Toasted Oaxaca and Jack cheese with salsa Verde Cruda, onion and cilantro with corn tortillas. It was good but a bit odd as it was so oily and difficult to cut through the cheese as it coagulated. I had the one taco (lettuce wrap version) with carne deshebrada - braised, shredded beef w/ guacamole, salsa Roja de Chipotle, onion and cilantro. Pretty good - but a bit mushy in texture. I also had one lettuce wrap with cochinita pibil - Achiote and Citrus-marinated Pork, Citrus-Pickled Red Onion and Chile Habanero. Also good, a bit of heat (which I like) but also mushy in texture. Overall the experience was fine and the staff was nice and if you happen to be shopping on the promenade and want Mexican food, this place will satisfy your needs but if you are looking for anything more superior - seek it elsewhere.
  27. JR

    JayRy

    Los Angeles

    91 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We love Loteria. The chicken mole tacos are so bomb and try the jalapeño margarita too! I drive a great distance to visit this restaurant because I love the food and the vibe. Can't say enough good things about this place.
  28. S

    Sandyjk

    Los Angeles

    326 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    326 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious inventive tasty upscale Mexican food from this chain. They know what they are doing. Wide variety of dishes with new flavors.
  29. WC

    WilliamC

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I know Loteria's food from the Farmer's Market location. This is the same menu in a restaurant setting. Our table had the guacamole, chips, and salsa all of which were excellent. The tortilla soup is thick and flavorful. My wife had the carnitas, which were perfectly executed. I sampled the red snapper ceviche which tasted much like a Mexican seafood cocktail - sweet, slightly spicy, fresh, crunchy with tender pieces of very fresh fish. I had the chicken mole. There are as many moles as there are Mexican grandmothers who make them. This is one of the best - rich, dark, complex, smooth. The juicy chicken is literally smothered. Ordinarily, this is a plating negative to me, but not here. Come here for the mole.
  30. EH

    EdH4

    Hawaii

    412 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    412 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2014

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Loteria Grill has a prime location on the Santa Monica Promenade, and offers tasty Mexican food. My family enjoyed the chicken quesadillas as well as the chicken nachos. Nachos are offered in two sizes and the large portion should definitely be shared. The service was very good and prices reasonable considering the restaurants location.
  31. r

    radman

    Los Angeles

    132 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    132 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2014

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Good food, fine service, comfortable partially outdoor setting. Fair prices. But portions are too large. I would prefer a slightly lower price and portion sizes that do not encourage overeating.
  32. N

    Nightrod

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Although it's a bit loud the food and experience was worth the trip. We would go back again.
  33. H

    Hatter

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2014

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    I made 2 separate reservations at Loteria over the past 3 weeks. My GF and I finally ate there the 2nd time. The problem is that the restaurant failed to hold a table on the outer patio so we could sit outside with our dog, despite the fact that I specifically asked for an ouside seat each time in my reservation. The 1st time, I even spoke to the manager and clearly informed him that we would be coming with a dog. We were offered sincere apologies and a 25% off coupon for our inconvenbience the first time around, but had to leave to eat elsewhere. This second time, we had to wait for 25 minutes past our reservation time for an outside table to open up. We did, however, receive very good treatment from our server.
  34. FT

    FoodisTheatre

    Los Angeles

    46 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2014

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Having been to lunch at the Loteria in Studio City and truly enjoyed both the atmosphere and cuisine, I was surprised to find the Santa Monica branch to be inferior. The meal was completely underseasoned and tasteless. Instead of their pick-your-protein/style/sauce option, I had the skirt steak and my friend had the carnitas, both specialty plates. Can't recommend either dish. (In fact, the side dish of zuccini reminded me of food in a nursing home.) We actually left quite a bit of food on the plates -- not because we weren't hungry but because it wasn't worth eating. Two lunch meals and two margaritas plus tip was $90. Nope. Not returning.
  35. T

    Therones

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2014

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    I had friends in from out of town and they wanted a place to sit where they could people watch. Unfortunately, it was the day after Labor Day so the Promenade was quiet. The food was fine. Nothing exciting. Basically cooked by line-cooks and not chefs, but for Mexican. that might be a better thing!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food! Complete booked out- we were sitting directly on the bar, next to the kitchen- it was a great experience because we watched the cooks how the prepared the meals for the guests.
  37. i

    imachef

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No puedes encontrar un restaurante con mejor comida Mexicana que Lotería y por lo mismo precio. Mi recomendaciónes son los nachos y taquitos. Al restaurante, cuando los machos son súper buenas, las salsas encima cambiare la textura de los chips después de poco de minutos. Creo que sería mejor sí pongáis las salsas al lado. También, mi horchata tenía una porcentaje de agua más grande como me gusta. Después de todo, la experiencia era súper buena y mi amigo y yo lo disfrutemos muchísimo nuestros reunión en Loteria.
  38. f

    feedmeseymour

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2014

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    I love Loteria and have been a fan since before they expanded beyond the farmers market. So nothing was wrong there. But the timing of our meal was really off. We eat ordered an entree and an appetizer, and everything came at once, along with a comment from the waiter about how much food it was. Maybe if it came out in courses it wouldn't have seemed like so much food? It was frustrating. Getting the check took a long time, but that bothers me less. Also, despite making a reservation. We were seated in a weird location right by the kitchen/where the waiters gather.
  39. T

    Tuckster

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2014

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    The food at Loteria is pretty good. However, this particular location is not managed well. The restrooms were very dirty and were still dirty after telling staff and leaving Loteria, restrooms had not been cleaned. The service was not good at all. Forgot to bring 2nd drink order. All in all, a disappointing experience compared to how they have been reviewed previously.
  40. M

    Mattman

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We had great food and great service. Margaritas are excellent and the staff takes care of you. However, if it's hot outside, you may not want to sit in the back of the restaurant as it gets very warm back there.

FAQs

Loteria Grill - Santa Monica - Permanently Closed offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 393-2700.

Loteria Grill - Santa Monica - Permanently Closed is rated 3.8 stars by 63 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Arizona

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily: 11:00am - close Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jimmy Shaw

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (310) 393-2700

  • Catering

    At Loteria Grill, we have an extensive variety of options for you to choose from for your next event. From to-go platters and festive taco bars, to a wide selection of appetizers for cocktail parties and custom planned dinners, we can meet your party's needs and exceed your expectations. <br />Please contact us to plan your event today<br />Virginia Ortiz<br />Director of Special Events and Catering <br />(323)465-2500

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