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Esperanza, Manhattan Beach, CA

Esperanza

4.6
4.6
215 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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Booked 63 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

Popular dishes

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 215 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
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Beach Cities

    Hot Spot

  • Beach Cities

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Beach Cities

    Mexican

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  1. JC

    JeanneC

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated a friends birthday at 11:30 and the restaurant was not full. We had a delightful time!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    The beans were dry , fresh tortillas need to be cooked . Raw does not go with the great tasting butter . Shrimp was fresh and tasted spicy and delicious. I may give you another chance . Waiter was great

  3. J

    Jfinrb

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Terrific food! Great ambiance. Looking forward to another visit.

  4. MR

    MRMP

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    We really enjoyed our margaritas and enchiladas! The restaurant is pretty loud, not great for an intimate meal but it’s a fun spot.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Got seated immediately upon arrival (with reservations), love that the restaurant was ready for us and didn’t have us wait. Busy Sunday but food and service was very prompt and efficient. Food was great and reasonably priced. Will come back again.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    PHD Graduation

  7. PF

    PatrickF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Amazing drinks. Ok good for the price but a great spot overall we will return to.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this r

  9. MB

    MBMOM

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Great food, good vibe. Service was slow, but it was a busy Saturday

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had an issues but management was able to correct the problem in a timely matter

  11. TH

    TaylorH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great gem in Manhattan Beach. Food is amazing and the service was spot on.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the restaurant! Has been in our backyard this entire time and had no idea it was such a cute place! The staff were all so wonderful and sweet! Food we had only nachos but were delicious and big portions as well! Drinks were AMAZING! All of it combined made the experience so much nicer! Will definitely come back soon!

  13. j

    jm88

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Overall good however ordered the guacamole trio and never received it Didn’t realize I was charged for it until following day.

  14. CP

    CelindaP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    A very lively spot with good food and amazing margaritas!

  15. j

    jeffoz12

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Lively atmosphere, extensive drink menu as well as interesting food options. This is much more than just a "Mexican" restaurant. Great fish options as well as Vegetarian. We enjoyed it a lot

  16. AJ

    AlyssaJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Food was delicious, the restaurant is beautiful. It's very loud if you're seated toward the back

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great experience with our family and will definitely be back!

  18. DL

    DeanL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4

    We wanted to check out Esperanza for a while, but there are so many other great restaurants around in the area that we kept skipping this one, but now we know why. It looks fun and festive from the outside, but that's about it. First encounter, the hostess was very nice, love her. but then, it went down hill quickly from there. We put in our drink order, simple Bloody Mary, and we kept waiting. The waiter came around and took our food order. We wanted to try out 3 small plates at first, and thought we'll order more after. We kept waiting for our drinks. The drinks came finally came and so did the 3 plates. We didn't ask for it all to come out at the same time. The table is so small, they stacked one of the plates on top of our dipping sauce. It was so uncomfortable navigating with so much food stack on top of each other. The water glasses and cocktails were at the rim of the table. We thought any minute now something will drop to the floor. The Bloody Mary was the worst ever, we barely touched it. The food was good, nothing earth shattering, but with this kind of service it just leaves such a bad taste in our mouths. The waiter disappeared and never once came back to check in on us. No one else checked in on us in fact. We were so turned off that we just waived him down and gave him our credit card. We made such a quick exit like never before. Safe to say we won't be back. That was a waste of money and the hour plus of our time we can't get back.

  19. C

    Cookiemb

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great place for lunch! We are here for the first time on a Monday for lunch. Great time to come: less crowded, less noise, no problem getting a reservation. Delicious food!

  20. K

    Klarissa

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful service and food was amazing. I’ll definitely be back for another visit!

  21. RL

    RobertL

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, drinks and service with a great ambiance. They have great vegan options as well as an extensive menu of fish and meat.

  22. JT

    JanetT

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and amazing service!!! Our waiter was simply the best and made the best drink recommendations.

  23. AR

    AgnesR

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great outdoor patio. Fantastic food. Selection of drinks is amazing.

  24. JR

    JustinsRestaurant1

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Food wasn't fantastic for the price. The server was good. I don't think I would return though.

  25. JP

    JenniferP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, amazing cocktails!

  26. RL

    RobertL

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, atmosphere and service. The drinks were excellent and the food is great and creative. In addition to the usual entrees, they have a selection of vegan items.

  27. CP

    CorryP

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful experience again. This was our second time visiting and even better than the first. James our waiter was great and shared with us this morning as his first day being alone. I had the braised rib taco and enchilada as my meal. My wife had the fish tacos. We will definitely be back.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Fun atmosphere for celebration, loud and hard to talk when it’s just two of you

  29. GA

    GaryA

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5

    We frequent this restaurant regularly as it’s in the neighborhood and have always had a great experience. They were off this time. Took too long for the waitress to first come to our table. Drinks took forever and the appetizer came after our meal. It was disappointing as we had out of town guests and I had been bragging of this restaurant.

  30. NG

    NormaG

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and excellent food. We’ll definitely be back!

  31. MP

    MPEBOSS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Great spot with a nice vibe and excellent food and drinks

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The foooood is amazing! Favorite Mexican restaurant in LA for sure!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    The headline: Came for my mother in law’s birthday dinner and we got someone else’s lipstick on our water glasses, yuck! Had booked way in advance for an 8pm reservation. Upon arriving just before 8pm, hostess was frazzled and told us to wait a few minutes while she seated someone else. Once she came back, she apologized and told us we had only 1 spot to sit at the front of the restaurant where it was cold and noisy and smoky, since people were smoking in front of the restaurant. We had a reservation! I don’t want the worst seat in the restaurant! They had plenty of walk-in’s that had better tables. We had no other choice than to sit. While we waited for our server, we found it to be chilly and windy, so asked 3 different people to turn the heating lamp on, finally one of the managers (maybe) came over and tried helping. 3 different staff members tried turning the heater on, it wasn’t working, obviously. At this point, finally our server came to take drink orders. Heater still wasn’t working and we were told to wait while they figured it out, but wanted to sit at another table. Which we insisted on and we moved. Finally comfortable, it took us probably 45 min to order food because a couple next to us got seated way after us and ordered their food before us, a little crazy. It took another 45 min to get any food. Our server seemed to have way too many tables for her to handle. It was basically the entire restaurant she was waiting on. Kind of silly. Staff seemed to have very little training. Half the time the servers are standing around, chatting or flirting with customers, lol. Not impressed by this place. New restaurant for MB, interesting vibe, but not good service. Food was OK, they loved putting their spicy green sauce on absolutely everything which didn’t help! Don’t come here if it’s a special occasion. Just come for some high priced drinks and good dessert. Don’t be deceived.

  34. MM

    MelissaM

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Food is good, nothing out of this world. Place is nice and clean but a little pretentious. Still overall, a good go to Mexican spot in DTMB.

  35. n

    narocan

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great decor. Great Food. Extremely loud for a 50+-year-old.

  36. KR

    KimR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    The noise level is extremely high and they kept asking us if we were finished with our plates. Everything else was amazing. Would come back at a quieter time.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Place for dinner drinks and fun

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4

    Very young and hip. Music playing. It is a bit tiny. Tables are also very small. To the point of not being able to have your appetizer, drinks without maneuvering stuff around. Def cannot have entrées with the other stuff I mentioned on the table. My server was very nice. Service however was a bit slow, no refills were given and it took sometime to get a second drink. I heard plates fall to the floor. No big deal until the manager came over to tell me it was my food. However my dates food was fine. They wanted to put it under a heater until they could remake my plate. I told them to please just serve my date his food. Nobody wants dried out food. The server was very apologetic and even offered dessert on him. My food did come out pretty quickly. Food was flavorful and I enjoyed my meal. Our server did bring out fried ice cream and it was delicious!! Drinks were also very tasty. I do have to wonder tho, The restaurant wasn’t at capacity and service was a bit slow as I stated before. So I do wonder if the restaurant was at full capacity would the service be terrible?? Just a thought…however I would recommend still checking this place out. I will definitely give them a second try.

  39. H

    Heather

    Los Angeles

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our sever Jade was absolutely adorable and on the ball! Loved our table in the center of first floor. Ambiance always says “party!” Guests were flowing in/out all night, the margaritas and food were sailing by as myriad servers buzzed around us. Lots of good energy and people watching. A little loud for older people.

  40. EB

    EmadB

    Los Angeles

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Great food, being busy the service was very slow. Sea bass was excellent.

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 215 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 63 times today
Google Map for Esperanza

309 Manhattan Beach Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5316

Additional information

  • 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

  • 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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