Ortega 120

4.2
919 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern

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Redefining Nuevo Latino Cocktails & Cuisine.Ortega 120 opened June of 2008 & has received critical acclaim as well as numerous awards including: South Bay’s Best-“Favorite Mexican Restaurant & Chef” Daily Breeze, “Top Ten Mexican Restaurants in America” Steven Milling—ManMade 2010 “Top Ten Mexican Restaurants in LA” Gayot, “Best Classic Margarita In Los Angeles” LA WEEKLY, “Top Ten Summer Cocktails in LA” City Search, “Best Margarita in the South Bay” and “Best Tequila Bar” Voted in Easy Reader Best of the Beach,“ …Nowhere by the beach can you find such heartfelt Mexican cooking” S. Irene Virbilia- LA Times, “Shout Ole!…” Merrill Schindler- Daily Breeze,
Ortega 120 is a lively venue where people come to celebrate many special occasions from birthday's to surprise wedding engagements!
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.0
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4.1
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MadelineR
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New twist on classic dishes @ this restaurant! Mango margaritas are the best. 😋 All 6 of us had different entrees and we each loved our selection. Friendly staff, great customer service. Gets really busy. Best to call ahead for large parties.

JC
JayCee
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was tasty but arrived cold. The service was terrible, I had to go to the bar to get drinks after waiting for 30 minutes while eating chips and salsa. Food was good but took almost an hour after ordering and arrived cold. The waiter had too many tables so took our order and delivered the bill and that's it.

JD
JaneDoeRegularGirl
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very loud, but the food is delicious. Reservations are a must though!

JH
vipJulieH
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always spot on at Ortega 120 and the margaritas are the best!

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vipMinnie
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is by far the best mole dishes I have ever tasted. servings are generous and tasty. Guacamole is a great starter. House margaritas also tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good experience. Pictures and decor makers it fun!

JH
JenniferH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food is good the margaritas are the best anywhere. But a pitcher is $35. A little expensive.

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Justus
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent & highly recommend! The food was amazing and the margaritas were to die for!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Food and service was good a

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great find. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is festive (also a bit loud). It's a bit pricier than typical Mexican, but the food isn't typical.

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michaelw
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It's loud, very very loud. So loud the server mis-heard our order, but fixed it without complaint. Portions are huge, even the appetizers. Which is good, because the food is not cheap. Decor is delightful.

JM
JoeM
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my family on Saturday. Everyone loves their food and enjoyed the lively ambience of Ortega. The margarita are not your traditional and if you choose the different fruit flavors )we chose (Mango) you won’t be disappointed !

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vipRae70
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My first time here. Had lunch and it was delicious. Ordered the Chilequiles with chicken Tinga.
Love all of the kitschy artwork.

PV
PVMom
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I made a reservation for a special birthday celebration. I specifically told them it was a special occasion. The hostess even called me to confirm the reservation which I again told her it was for a special evening. When we arrived the seated us in the bar right next to the service station where the servers pick up all their drinks. It was such a busy corner and certainly not a table for a celebration. Our waiter was just too busy to even care but did try best he could. When I mentioned this to the hostess on our way out, she just said sorry and have a nice night! With drinks and dinner, the bill came to over $200. This is not the service that I expected. Do not celebrate an occasion here. Just walk in and go to the bar...you will get what you expect.

EW
ElliottW
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Though we live almost 40 mins away, my husband and I always make Ortega 120 our go-to spot for special occasions. Last night we came to celebrate his birthday and, as usual, it was great! The fantastic house margaritas were on point (I want that recipe!!), food was top-notch, and service excellent. We had the pleasure of being served by William for a second time last night and we have to say he is amazing. Always smiling, friendly, and fun! Thanks for a great evening!!

CA
ChristyA
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Never a disappointment... the Carnitas are fantastic.

PB
vipPatrickB
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent!! I always try something new when I go there; this visit the NACHOS are PHENOMINAL, too much for one person, bigger than an entre!! Too big for an appetizer!!! Delicious!!!

PB
vipPatrickB
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS!! Enjoy ORTEGA 120, the food is always terrific!! Tried something new … the NACHO'S there are gigantic, so have someone to share with. DELICIOUS!!!

EG
EvelynG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I took my mom for Mother's Day. I was extremely bummed because I had no idea it would be a buffet. I was looking forward to ordering from the regular menu. I was not informed that it would be a buffet. The food items served were just okay. There was nothing for my toddler to eat and they wouldn't let me order her a quesadilla off the menu. I normally love this place which is why I made a reservation there but it just didn't do it for me this time. The price of the buffet was not worth it at all.

VK
vipVictoriaK
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST Mexican good in the South Bay...hands down!!

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vipFoodmaven
Los Angeles
159 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Lunch special is a real bargain. The taco trio has short ribs, carnitas and spicy chicken, all of which were delicious. Rice and beans were standard. Good service

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cynthia
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great appetizers
Amazing maguaritas
Astonishing tequila options

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice! Luv this place and wondered why I waited so long to dine there - totally worth a visit if you live in the South Bay!

GF
vipGuyF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Too noisy, otherwise food and service good.

We wasted for and we’re told we’d be seated on patio...when we arrived the patio was booked for a pre arranged large party.

JG
JodieG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Ortega 120 was better than good, but I have had better. Ample parking, open table worked and we got in right away which was nice. I would say the presentation of the food was awesome and the food was better than good. I felt weird liking the brussel sprouts more than the carne asada which I feel should be a staple of mexican cuisine. It was way too LOUD and hard to hear from dinner date.

Wouldn't be my "go to",but wouldn't rule it out either.

NV
NicoleVS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had not been to Ortega 120 in several years and I’m happy to say, the food, atmosphere and margaritas were even better than I remember! Exceptional cuisine!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my daughters 25th birthday

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kingsluv
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good Mexican food. Great margaritas

SR
SusieR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation for 4 adults. As soon as I checked in, they seated us immediately. The server was quick, attentive and anticipated our needs. I would definitely recommend this restaurant! We had a great time!

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Stevie
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great tasting upscale Mexican cuisine without being too pretentious. The service, though extremely friendly, can be a bit sluggish. However, I've never had a bad meal. The decor is 100% committed to a dia de los muertos theme which I love. A must try.

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Marcia41
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I loved the Dia de las Muertas decor and they had many food choices for everyone - meat lovers, vegetarians and vegan. The chips and salsa were very good. The Margaritas were fresh and good. The food portion sizes were just right with a bit to take home. The place is very loud, and a bit dark for reading the menu, but it was so much fun looking around that I didn't care. I would definitely go back.

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Keyster
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our recent visit to Ortega 120 to celebrate our daughter's birthday was great. Super service and delicious food. Love going there!

DS
DaniS
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was fabulous, and we loved our waiter. Great margaritas ((we got the pitcher) and I loved the chile relleno duo! Friends ordered the enchiladas with mole, and raved about them.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

O-120 has and always will be one of my top Mex restaurants. Their food, their appetizer and their horchata are to die for. Every time we dine at O-120, service is up to par, the food is delicious, and the ambiance is energetic. Recommend!!!

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vipTer2
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Fun place with good food. As of late, the parking has been getting difficult. Yoga class Friday nights, 5 - 6. Takes all of the parking. Had to circle for 15 minutes in the structure to find someone pulling out. We find it best in early afternoon. fewer people and a nice quiet atmosphere. Dinner time, you have to sit right next to one another to hear each other speak. Carpet is not recommended for restaurants, but it would go a long way to quiet things down.

PH
PatriciaH
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was ok. Not amazing, like usual. I actually think I got sick from the 9 Year Nachos.

Even the margarita pitcher was meh.

JD
JaneDoeRegularGirl
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is a great place to experience quirky, tasty "mexican-esque" cuisine. The chile relleno is delicious, as are the street tacos and carnitas.
You absolutely have to make a reservation though. If you don't have one, the pretty hostesses are cold and impregnable. But they will fawn all over you if your name is on their list. And the staff will herd you out as quickly as they can, but they will be polite about it and do it all with a smile. So, enjoy the food and find some entertainment in the trendy, "teenager" staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
36 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good. I enjoyed the Posole, although it usually is not served with Shreded pork.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Cuban burger was awesome and the Pig tacos were as well. The guacamole was okay, needed a little more flavor. Service was good too.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was good, the chicken mole enchiladas were very good. Great margaritas !!!

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Ortega 120 is rated 4.2 stars by 919 OpenTable diners.

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