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Esperanza, Manhattan Beach, CA
Award-winning

Esperanza

4.6
4.6
626 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Inspired by both Cabo San Lucas’ beautiful coast and Mexico City’s vibrant cosmopolitan neighborhoods, Esperanza’s thoughtful design blurs the lines between art and function. Masterfully designed by internationally renowned Islandic architect Gulla Jónsdóttir, Esperanza’s interiors reflect an elevated coastal ambiance that exaggerates the grandeur of a beach town villa.

Chef Ray Alvarez oversees a menu featuring fresh interpretations of Sonoran cuisine while Head Mixologists John Fox and Kevin Williams developed Esperanza’s bar program to not only include delicious and playful cocktails, but the two have also created the largest tequila list and mezcal collection in the South Bay.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed 12:00 pm–12:00 am Thu, Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 am Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (424) 422-0057
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Manhattan Beach
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What 626 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Beach Cities

    Hot spot

  • Beach Cities

    Mexican

626 Reviews
  1. Kameron

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Way too loud. We couldn’t hear each other at all.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Pretty disappointing actually. We’ve been to Esperanza several times, and I think quality is declining. Super loud to point where conversation is basically impossible. Service was disengaged at best. Waiter literally had to shout to describe dishes and food took a long time. We never received a second order of their tortillas (which are maybe the best thing they make). Food itself was ok. Ceviches were solid but not as good as I remember from previous meals there. Street tacos also pretty good but Tacolicious down the street is better. Drinks were good. Prices were reasonable.

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  3. BrendanH

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter was friendly and fantastic. The venue itself is very cool. But cool in temperature too. The whole front of the place is open with no wall and we had to keep our jackets on the whole time. The food was very tasty and we loved the trio of guacamole. The filet tacos were too smokey flavored. We finished with the flan and it was amazing. Big enough to share!

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  4. Joey

    Los Angeles

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Let me begin by saying the decor was gorgeous, the food was great and our server, Sam, was the best! We weren’t rushed and we were well-attended-to by all staff members. The ONLY reason for 4 stars is the noise level. It’s not the music. That was just right. It’s the voices. You do need to talk loud to converse. Highly recommend, though.

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  5. GregR

    New York City

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great high end Mexican with friendly service and delicious adult beverages.

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  6. RobertB

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My daughter arrived first and the rest of us were a little late but they sat her and let her order appetizers. We arrived a few minutes later and jumped right in. That was cool. The service was energetic, attentive and the food was fantastic. Also the ambience was exciting. Truly felt like the place to be.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time, great food and great cocktails. Overall very good

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  8. msbunny

    Los Angeles

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience at Esperanza! I will be back soon!

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  9. BrayanP

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In town for my birthday and decided to check this spot out because of Tik Tok. Atmosphere, music & service was great. We got Devin as lur server and he did an outstanding job. Would definitely recommend.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Would recommend sitting at the bar for better service.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. I love the filet and short rib taquitos. Top notch. I’ll be back

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  12. Josey

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was not the best. Service was worse than ever.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Had expectations about this place since it’s always booked but in the end it’s nothing special. Very noisy, huge tv screens, while you wanna have a date night with your partner. Not worth the money and not worth the wait.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite brunch and lunch spots. Walking dis from the beach.

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  15. RavenT

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Esperanza! The food and drinks are always amazing

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  16. RichardK

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was quite good and creative Mexican which we enjoyed. Waitress (Sadie) was excellent and made good recommendations. Restaurant was extremely loud. So much so that it lessened the experience

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  17. xosonja

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Esperanza, such a chic vibe and delicious food and cocktails!

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  18. Omnivore

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was really outstanding - some of the most interesting Mexican I’ve had in LA. The setting is pretty, but the noise level is really a problem. We couldn’t hold a conversation.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Eric our server was phenomenal!! He went above and beyond :)

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Def need more servers same one always gets my order wrong 🥲

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  21. SueA

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant is so pretty and the food is great.

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  22. Lg234

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very good and authentic. The mole blanco was our favorite

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  23. Kenz

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant, close to the beach. Amazing Margarita selection. Warmed tortilla chips and authentic Mexican cuisine. Would happily return. We sat at the bar and Bartender was great!

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  24. CaitlinH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Super impressed by the food. Wait staff very attentive. Very loud and the tables are tiny but the food and drink were stellar. Great for a special occasion. Will be coming back.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    everything was great except the server, either he was alone during lunch, or he was very slow. Never checked on us and had to order drinks from buser twice. He took 20 min to get our order

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was so friendly! We went for brunch after a SoulCycle class and they happily made us mocktails from anything off of their impressive cocktail menu. The food was delicious and the vibes were just so immaculate. The decor is insta-worthy. The semi-outdoor feel is awesome, but still super cozy. Can’t wait to go back!

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  27. Tarae

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was a little slow, food was good but not exceptional.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is so fresh and tastes buttery, kids and adults loved everything!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Terrible service. Wasn’t even full and Service felt stressed out and rushed. I sat at the table for about 10 minutes before anybody even acknowledged me. Really really really loud. Uncomfortably so. Also Did not feel clean at all. In fact, felt downright dirty. The cushions for the booths are incredibly uncomfortable. And again did not feel clean. Food was pretty good. I sat at the table for about 10 minutes before anybody even acknowledged me.

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  30. Okearn

    Seattle

    72 reviews

    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food tasted good and I recommend dishes like the tacos or burrito’s. This place is more of a hip bar/food scene. Gave it a lower rating only because my entree had very little fish in it like one tablespoon and my order was served with an item I asked then to omit. The server said he would fix the lack of fish in my entree but then never brought the side of shrimp out. He did end up taking the entree off the bill. The place is very loud as they play loud music. I don’t mind the music but it would have been nice if they had turned it down a bit so you can converse across the table. Also the appetizer was missing some of the order. Asked for that to be fixed but it never came out. Drinks were very good. It is on the expensive side and overall the rest of the group was happy with their food.

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  31. TiffanyA

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Esperanza was one of the only places we could find open for Christmas dinner. The menu looked good so we booked it. Turns out we made an excellent decision. The menu had plenty of choices for pescatarians like us. We had the crudo sampler, salmon, fish tacos and queso fundito. All were delicious! Drinks were very tasty as well. Service was amazing. Our server gave us great recommendations, which we always appreciate. The restaurant was really busy that evening and all servers were moving quickly and working really hard to ensure everyone was happy. The decor is beautiful as well. Highly recommend this place. Thanks for a memorable holiday dinner!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Loud obnoxious Miami club vibes and terrible service - no bueno

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  33. karina

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a Lovely meal! Really enjoyed the food and service.

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  34. FlorU

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Hostess was cordial. We had a reservation, we arrived on time and waited to be seated just over 15 mins. After sitting, we were disappointed on how long it took for someone to take our order on drinks and appetizers. After our order was taken we had to follow up a couple of times and remind about our order, it was a long wait and after that, more than once we had to ask the bus boys twice in order to get the waiters attention to order more drinks. Waiter was cordial as well, but lacked service attention and delivery was slow.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Bad acoustics and chilly if it’s cold out but the food was very good.

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  36. msbunny

    Los Angeles

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service! Love the location the ambiance too! Perfect place to meet for great food that is not too expensive and near water...

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  37. monicah

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great ambiance and friendliest of service! Drinks could be stronger. Had the fish tacos … good but nothing special. Still would recommend and will come back to try other menu items.

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  38. 1SOUTHBAY

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been to the restaurant a few times now, and I think this was the best yet. Great food! And such a great space!

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  39. EarthA

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Ambiance is beautiful the food was pretty good I had the lobster shrimp enchiladas however a little salty. Service wasn’t the best! We made a reservation yet had to wait to be seated and our presence wasn’t even acknowledged until I spoke up. I believe everyone should be treated fairly and respectfully regardless who it is.

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  40. ShannonF

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, we shared the Halibut grilled tacos - some of the best I've had, and the carne asada salad was light and tasty. The Skinny Margaritas were amazing too. Thank you!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Esperanza offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (424) 422-0057.

Esperanza is rated 4.6 stars by 626 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Esperanza

309 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5316

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Manhattan Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed 12:00 pm–12:00 am Thu, Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 am Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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