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About Ortega 120

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!

1814 South Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican / Southwestern, Organic, Regional Mexican

Hours of Operation:
We are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner from 11:30am till 10pm weeknights and 11pm weekends 9pm on Sunday. Brunch on Saturday & Sunday from 10:30am to 3pm. Happy Hour 4 to close on Monday, Wednesday thru Thursday 4pm to 6pm, Fri- Sat 3pm-5pm and Taco Tuesday 4pm to close.
Open Table reservations are for regular dining only. Taco Tuesday and Happy Hour are on a first come first served basis only. Exceptions are respectfully declined, gracias for your understanding.

Cross Street:
Palo Verdes

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 792-4120

Website:
http://www.ortega120.com/

Entertainment:
Please call for information.

Catering:
Catering and Fiesta To Go Packs available.

Parking Details:
There is ample parking immediately behind the restaurant. Simply turn from Pacific Coast Highway into our lot. The turn is at the light at Vista Del Parque. All spaces are ok to park in!

Public Transit:
Many stops are located around us.

Executive Chef:
Thomas Ortega

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For reservations over 6 people please call the restaurant. Happy Hour seven days a week! Please call for cooking classes, Tequila University, Tamale 101, wine or tequila dinners and upcoming events.

Ortega 120 Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Happy Hour (11)
Fun (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
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Casual (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Spicy (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Authentic (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Romantic (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Cozy (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Business Meals (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was good. Service was terrible. There was was nobody there and it took us 25min to get a drink. The restaurant has potential since their food is really good, they just need to learn how to serve tables properly

Tags: Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

A favorite of ours had previous slow service - this last visit was outstanding ! Always excellent food- was even better last night - device was very quick, attentive, exactly as ordered even with some special requests - we’ll done!!!

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Healthy
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Service was a little slow but the food was great I would come back. Everyone is friendly

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Food is always consistently good here - this time, the service was a little lackluster. Not bad, just that our server seemed to be bored and not too friendly.

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Loved the décor and vibe at Ortega 120. Hot chips and salsa were delicious and the pork tacos and brussel sprouts dish with pumpkin seeds and cotija cheese was divine! Would come back for that dish alone!!! On less stellar notes...michelada was lacking and the enchiladas were ok not bad but just ok. Can't wait to come back with friends and sample a few more dishes.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Had a great experience! Food was excellent, service was top of the line with Jesus! Definitely visiting again!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

First timers, but will return with a group of friends! Cool place, great food and the drinks were delicious!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Loved it! Will be back soon!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Came for lunch on a recommendation. Food was really good, even better than expected. Best Mexican food that I’ve had in LA.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

this was our first time at Ortega 120 and it certainly met my expectation. I always look at menus of restaurants new to me when I book and the tour de taco really interested me and it did not disappoint. Each taco was simply crafted and tasted amazing. We ordered guacamole and when it did not come, before our entrees, they brought it anyway and comped it. This is how restaurants should treat their customers. We had the churros for dessert. they were excellent, but for 3 4 inch churros, we thought $7.50 was a bit pricey compared to the cost of entrees. We will go back.

Tags: Casual, Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We keep coming back over and over and over again. Elevates Mexican cuisine--pure pleasure!

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

I really enjoy my dining experience and it was very comfortable. I really recommend this restaurant to my family and friends. I love that it is very traditional and it has famous pictures of my Mexican culture.I would definitely come back to dine in and enjoy with my family and friends.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The kale salad was delicious I don’t regret my choice at all.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I like this place a lot, though sometimes the slowness of service and messy plates of food prevent me from LOVING it. But they have $5 margs and mimosas/sangria for $1.70 when you order an entree, so it's a good value. That's how much mimosas SHOULD cost!!!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 22, 2017

It was noisy... The chips tasted stale. That was not a good start. When the meal arrived (it took a while) the food and margaritas were very good. We couldn't eat everything or finish our pitcher of Margaritas. When they cleared our table the waiter took our 1/2 drunken pitcher poured it into a couple of glasses and then served them to another table! Gross! Recycled Margaritas! We won't be back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Some of the food is outstanding, some just okay. Noise level as everyone knows that has eaten there is off the chart the later in the evening that you dine. Curious, they usually push their guacamole, but this time they neglected to mention it. The margaritas are good. Don't order the pitcher unless you drink fast as the ice dilutes the drink. Good parking and friendly staff. FYI, make a reservation thru Open Table. Things get pretty crowded the later you go.

Tags: Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Always love this place!!! Great food,delicious marks!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I like the quirky decor, it fit the different twists of traditional dishes. A very good experience overall.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Good food and fun place, but unfortunately, terrible margaritas

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I've been coming to Ortega since it opened. The food is great, and margaritas are amazing! I would recommend it to all of my friends, and do!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This is a great fun, energetic, and unique restaurant. Awesome decor and great tasting food. The Mole Ribs were fantastic as was the queso fondue. Very elegant restaurant. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food...great service...good times!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Enjoying introducing my mom and brother to places they may never have been, for dinner this evening I chose Ortega 120. Despite their initial fear of going outside the burger norm, I pushed forward confident in my decision. Aside from a couple mild irritants, the two were impressed. (A win for me!)

Enchiladas Mole and Chilaquiles, chased shortly after by a delightful churro and ice cream dessert filled our bellies and made us say mmmmmmm.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 15, 2017

GREAT PLACE!!! Been here three times and I order something different each time to try all their food. NOTHING has disappointed, we do get the QUESO FUNDIDO and Guac every time, they are delish!! Food is great. The Margarita's are the best, get the pitcher, made right at your table. This is not EL TORITO or any other cookie cutter Mexican restaurant. The food is all unique (good different) and tastes great.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fun, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Tasty margaritas and extensive tequila list. The food was good but not the best Mexican food I've had. Staff friendly and efficient. Live entertainment. Decor could use an update, looks overly worn.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We love Ortega! The food and staff are wonderful:)
We dine there three to four times a week.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Our food was extremely expensive and very sub par. In one of my carnitas tacos there was a huge bay leaf in it that I didn't see before I ate it which really ruined the tacos for me. It shows the level of care they put into their food before sending it to the customer. The rice and beans were awfully bland and the $9 guacamole was a small lump of something that had seemed to have been made days before. I was not impressed at all and will not be returning.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Service was very slow and the taquitos were not very flavorful. Very disappointed.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

In the past I would have given this restaurant 5 stars across the board but felt that the wait staff was rushing us out this time

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

I loved my visit to Ortega 120. The restaurant captured everything perfectly. The only thing I might say bothered me a tad was that it was extremely loud inside. It wasn't ideal to have a conversation with someone on a date for example, unless you were shouting across the table. Loved the food and service. Might want to be seated outside next time to see if it's a little more quiet.

Tags: Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Good food and good service. Really liked the fresh tortillas. Large portions. Very loud. First room next to the street was quieter and we would request that next time.

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·Dined on August 7, 2017

My babe's food was good - steak n shrimp.
Mine was ok, the Chile relleno, but there was a lot of breading on it and not too much meat.

The 'street corn' was horrible. It was just corn sprinkled with a little bit of the Mexican cheese n salt n pepper. Just not work the price.

My babe drink - the white sangria was good and tasted strong.

My margarita was over priced and weak. I didn't even get a buzz - I couldn't even taste the alcohol. The drinks are way over priced and weak.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Made a reservation for a Saturday night and were sat right away. Service was excellent, food was tasty. The Tour de Tacos was a nice way to try the different meats they feature (carne asada, carnitas, shrimp, pastor, and I substituted short rib for chicken), and the chile relleno was huge and, according to my friend, quite flavorful. My only complaint, and it's a small one, is that the flour tortillas were a little dry, but overall our dinner was a great experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Everyone in our party agreed that the margaritas were great but the food was average, at best. On the Open Table reservation, I made note that we were celebrating a birthday--but no recognition of that was made by the restaurant. Other reviewers have commented that the same thing happened to them...

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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Nice. Not awesome; but, nice.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 31, 2017

We had been searching all over Los Angeles and Orange Counties for some good carnitas and we finally found it at Ortega 120. I loved the fact that the tortillas were made right in front of the restaurant and served piping hot off the griddle!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Not as good as expected

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 30, 2017

DISAPPOINTED. EXPECTED BETTER, TASTIER FOOD. HOUSE MARGARITA OKAY, NOTHING SPECIAL. AMBIANCE AND DECOR WAS NICE.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We were seated right away. The margaritas were delicious. Everything was perfect--thank you!~

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Everyone loved it. The braised short rib always has me coming back for more!

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