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Esperanza, Manhattan Beach, CA
Award-winning

Esperanza

4.6
4.6
645 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 51 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 645 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Beach Cities

    Lively

  • Beach Cities

    Mexican

645 Reviews
  1. KG000

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the fresh tortillas and honey butter/salsa to the entrees and margs— everything was amazing. We will def be back.

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  2. FrizzieBites

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food wasn’t very good. Menus were sticky. I had to ask to wipe down my seat because it still has food on it from previous party.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service, will be coming back soon!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We came twice this week for my birthday and neither time did acknowledge the celebration or offer any dessert. We were here for lunch on a Friday and it took 45 minutes to get our drinks and an hour to get guacamole. We also tried to add an extra taquito for our appetizer as we had 4 people, and our server stated, “we’re too bougie here— we don’t do that”. Same owners as Palmilla in Hermosa beach, would recommend going there instead.

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  5. Guy310

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an incredible time and Hunter was an amazing server who went above and beyond for us. Thank you for making my friend’s 40th a great and memorable day. Short rib tacos and chile rellenos are the best in the South Bay!

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  6. PVGal

    Detroit

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    WAY TOO LOUD! Won’t return for dinner when we can’t even have a conversation.

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  7. MitaliR

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Music is too loud and not enjoyable! Food and service is very good!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is great! And the place is beautiful but the food is not good at all. Neither were the drinks.

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  9. carter1a

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top notch food, service and atmosphere - we loved it!!

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  10. TaraR

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Starting with a beautiful open decor that feels like vacation. We shared the Queso Fundido Flameado, Shrimp Taquitos and Filet Mignon street tacos along with delicious Margaritas. It was all absolute perfection along with our very attentive waiter. We will be back and highly recommend.

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  11. MariaL

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The homemade tortillas served at every table with butter and salsa are a highlight for me!!! So good!!! I hade the relleno with langosta and shrimp and it was excellent.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great evening on a rainy Wednesday at the beach. Food and service were great. The restaurant was a little quieter than usual probably because of weather but it was nice. Order the ceviche! 

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They put us at the worst table in the back corner by the stairs. Hostess was not welcoming at all.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was mediocre, service was sub par. Table of 4 was given 3 waters. Server forgot multiple items when asked throughout dinner but did send out a birthday dessert. Ambience was great though and all drinks were good! Overall would not be my first choice for dinner in MB.

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  15. Stephen

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We found the music very loud and difficult to have a conversation.

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  16. RudyD

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time experience and I can’t wait to return with more guest. Uber recommended so you can let loose on the wide range of cocktails.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is good but the atmosphere and experience is amazing!

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  18. Kameron

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    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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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    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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  20. BrendanH

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    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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  21. Joey

    Los Angeles

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    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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  22. hckymarine4

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant! Food was delicious and service was great. Disappointed about the noise level and that we couldn't sit on the patio but enjoyed out time there.

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  23. Laine

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great staff and ambience. Enjoyable locations not too loud

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing servers and bartenders Kevin, Doug, Taylor and Aaron were spectacular. I took guests for the first time and they made it beyond memorable. We will be back!

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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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.

    1 person found this helpful

  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. xosonja

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    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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FAQs

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

Esperanza is rated 4.6 stars by 645 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 51 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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