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Polanquito Mexican Cuisine Es Cultura, Los Angeles, CA

Polanquito Mexican Cuisine Es Cultura

4.5
4.5
145 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Steakhouse, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (213) 265-7085
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Little Tokyo
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Come and have fun with us!

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - Thu - 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM,Fri - Sat - 5:00 PM - 10:15 PM
    Happy Hour from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Tuesday to Sunday. Come and enjoy of our most popular drinks and appetizers at an incredible price. Margaritas, Diablito and Palomas $10, Tequila and Mezcal Shots $7. Get $2-3 off our most popular appetizers Corn, Guacamole, Ceviche and our Ribeye Chicharron.

    Come and have fun with us! Photo

What 145 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Neighborhood gem

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Mexican

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

145 Reviews
  1. christinef

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    our waiter was so warm, friendly and a great mixologist!🍹excellent service, food & ambiance! can’t wait to go back😋

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  2. HectorR

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The food needs vast improvement for how great the location and the layout and the service was. On the menu it said empanadas and they definitely were not and they were oversalted. I expected better for my Ribeye tacos. The meat was good but that’s about where the flavor stops. I felt I could make better tacos at home. My wife and I loved the down stairs patio and we were thinking about coming back for my birthday but it’s most likely we don’t unless they get a new chef and change some of the menu. The drinks and service and the chips and salsa were great and that’s the only reason at this point we would come back.

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  3. JamesM

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A bit too dark and too loud. Food was descent as was the service. A weak tequila selection and very high prices for what it was.

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  4. EZ2Please

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Very convenient location if you are going to a show at the Orpheum Theater. You can walk there in like 3 minutes. The staff is attentive and helpful. The food is good, but not excellent. The short ribs were very tender and the carnitas was crispy. The chips are way too hard. The rib eye appetizer was too fatty for my taste. They do create dishes with bold, spicy flavors. The restaurant itself is OLD and in need of a makeover.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVED! Would 100% come again. Came for my father’s birthday and the service was incredible! We had the enchiladas, the filet mignon, and a few other plates. Started off with the chicharrón appetizer and even the chips and dips were nothing short of delicious. INCREDIBLE. The drinks weren’t too heavy, they were just right, I recommend the Tiki drink. So good! But the service made this place stand out 100%. Not only did our server make the best recommendations, but he also made our night.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to have a nice dinner in DTLA. Food was excellent. Service was outstanding. Ambience was lovely.

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  7. MartinO

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great location and the food was amazing Service was great!

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  8. Klaws

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We ordered meat and sea food. Because it’s summer the AC is blasting, which is nice when you come in from the outside. However, when ordering hit food it gets cold in a minute. I would suggest to go for cold seafood during the summer if you don’t like to eat you hot food cold (like me). The drinks were good, I thought they were going to have a dessert since it was a bday dinner with friends but did not paid attention to my request. Overall, if you are missing Mexico City’s ambiance and friendly customer service, then go for it.

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  9. Foodiefun

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a fantastic experience here I wish I took pictures but we scarfed it down too quickly since it tasted so great. The rib eye chicharrón was absolutely fantastic and we had the aguachile and lobster enchiladas with Palomas to drink. Service was great and so was the music. The space is super cute where the New Orleans restaurant used to be I can’t remember the name of it.

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  10. steakguy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was very friendly, professional, and welcoming. The food was so good! The ribeye chicarron was is a MUST. If you're into spicy, ask for their habanero salsa. It's not on the menu but it can be requested. It tastes so good but be warned, it is spicy ! I love the aesthetic of the place and the patio areas are great for sunsets. Will def be coming back for the great apps and steaks.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite places to go in DTLA! Great atmosphere and service with even better food and drink!

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  12. Rogue

    Los Angeles

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This place is a gem. The building is funky and beautiful. Our waiter and wait staff were wonderful. The food was better than I thought it would be, and I expected it to be good. No question I’ll go back and bring others. I didn’t partake but it looks like they have a string bar scene as well.

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  13. JohnK

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic restaurant with great food, great ambiance, and great service all around. Our waiter (may have been the owner) was helpful, engaging, and entertaining. Only small negative was that the music was a tad loud (definitely too loud downstairs) to hear ourselves. But we all really enjoyed the meal and will definitely be back.

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  14. FoodieFamily

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful dining experience at Polanco"s DTLA! As we've come to expect, the atmosphere, service, and cuisine were all superb. Such a treat, and such a great value as well! Shout out to Ivan and Alex, who made things perfect. Can't wait for our next visit!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my fave restaurants! I discovered Polanco 3 days after they opened and I’ve been comign ever since. It’s soooooo good and very consistent! That’s when you know! I can’t wait to be back!

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  16. SandraP

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I absolutely loved POLANCO Modern Steakhouse . From the moment we walked in and we’re greeted by the friendly staff we were impressed. My friends and I celebrated my birthday here ! Service , Drinks, Food, Ambience were all phenomenal!!!! Definitely will be back !

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Most of the drinks and dishes were good. However, the Surf and Turf was unbelievably salty.

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  18. DELISH

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    A MUST VISIT!!! The food and staff are amazing! !

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El restaurante esta decorado “moderno” muy padre! La comida y las bebidas muy ricas, y el servicio de los meseros excelente!

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  20. Yolandie

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious we went to a Musical on Broadway then quickly ubered to Polanco's our first time there every one of us enjoyed our meal absolutely delicious. We will be back again the steak the pork the tortillas the drinks all excellent including the service

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  21. NancyM

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great drinks and overall loved the atmosphere.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    I truly believe it is overpriced and overhyped, it is the place

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Took forever to be acknowledged by a server until something was said.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband, his family and I had dinner here for his 30th Birthday! We had dinner upstairs for a party of 6. The seating and overall second floor is beautiful and a whole dinner vibe. The nice sized bar splits two dining areas which creates really portion making it feel bigger than it seems from the outside. We got there during happy hour and had the chicharrones and corn. I had the carnitas for dinner and honestly got full off appetizers and drinks. The appetizers were delicious, the corn was burnt just right so that it didn’t overwhelm the taste of the cheese, cream and chili on the corn. The chicharrón have this lime guac salsa which is so good. The carnitas was mixed with the same salsa mix as the chicharrón. Fresh and warm tortillas for apps and dinner. Had the Diablito drink, it had the Chile sweet flavor that made the drink feel extra special. For my husband’s Birthday, they brought out a delicious flan that had graham crackers crumble around it. Staff was super friendly and funny, they were attentive and thoughtful. So many other great things, but had a wonderful time and will be going back.

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  25. Coconut

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Drinks were excellent! Nice setting, however the open windows allowed for bugs in the dining room. Not all food was good. Aguachile had great flavor but prawns were tough. Guacamole was very different and delicious but chips/tostadas tasted stale. Salsas were excellent. Fish entree was very well cooked, perfectly moist and tender, however the sauce was nothing exciting. The chicken enchiladas were very spicy. Lobster tacos were excellent and the best entree of the group. There were more misses than hits, not sure if I would return for the price.

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  26. Kayy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    It was my first time here and overall the place was okay. We celebrated my birthday here and had to wait over an hour to receive our drinks and the food actually came before the drinks. They told us that it was because the bat was backed up however we walked up the bar and the bartender was able to take an order from us with no wait. The food was okay at best, but the waitstaff were all very friendly. Overall I probably wouldn’t go back

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  27. DV18

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service and waiter was really great overall. We ordered several items and the only item that was did not meet expectations was the calamari because the sauce and chips in the dish was very salty. Lastly, alcoholic drinks took too long to receive. In fact we had to cancel our last drink order since it seemed that it would never arrive and we were close to leaving.

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  28. ninag

    Los Angeles

    46 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We got there with plenty of time (1 hr, 30 minutes) before a show at the Ace Hotel. But after an hour, our main courses hadn't arrived (and our original server, who had mentioned that he was "new" was nowhere in sight), we asked another server about our food, and he asked us what was ordered and went to check. Came back and said food should be out in 5 minutes, saying something about the steak taking long to cook. 15 more minutes before food arrived, so we had about 10 minutes to eat (food was fine but not great) before we had to get it packed up to leave. We're pretty sure the order wasn't placed to begin with. No offers to comp or reduce anything!

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  29. DanyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place is amazing and the food even better I recommend this place 100% plus the happy hour is the best

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  30. AnaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my birthday here with friends. It was such a great time. Our waiter was attentive and friendly. They were flexible and accommodated additional friends who arrived. Drinks were great!!! The ambiance is amazing!

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  31. YvetteA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    I read the reviews so I ordered the lobster enchiladas…big mistake because the lobster smelled very fishy n yes I know duh it’s sea food but when sea food is fresh it doesn’t smell like that. Not only did it really smell it was tough and the taste was extremely fishy. The drinks were amazing tho n so was the service.

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  32. Flax

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Overall, the experience was fair. The staff was so friendly and kind, but the service was severely lacking. Drinks took forever, were forgotten entirely, or cream and sugar were served with an empty coffee cup that remained empty for much of the meal. Steaks were tough and we could not be sure they matched what we ordered because the staff was calling them different cuts. I really wanted to like this place and visit again, but for the price, we aren’t planning to come back.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful meal and a real find of a restaurant- was chilly inside - that would be my only point. Windows were open to add to the ambience which was wonderful. Definitely go but bring a layer just in case!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. All our drink selections were very good

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  35. Monarch

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food that is a new twist on traditional Mexican. This restaurant knows what it wants to be. Nice bar area with craft cocktails. Excellent service. Convenient to old DTLA theatres like Opheum, Ace Hotel, etc. Lots of parking nearby. We will return!

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  36. GrisselG

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, ambiance was great- playlist was perfect and the staff were so awesome. Celebrated my birthday here and it was the best.

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  37. LuvDiningOut

    Los Angeles

    395 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    395 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our third visit to Polanco's and its quality remains excellent. A warm, trendy and cozy ambiance and vibe fits perfectly with the creative and talented dishes, focusing mainly on incredibly tasty steaks with insanely delicious sauces and accompaniments, and also attentive and friendly service from all staff from the manager to the servers to the support staff. Always a delight.

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  38. JessicaU

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super cute inside. Amazing service! Very clean, good sized portions, the food & drinks were delicious.

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  39. TonyL

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding! Unique and fresh and incredibly tasty

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  40. CarloG

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience from Beginning to End. I took my spouse to Polanco for his birthday celebration as we entered we were greeted with a smile. Our server Ivan went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. He made our dining experience unforgettable. He made great recommendations for our wine and dine in experience. Even the manager came to our table and introduced himself and made sure we were having a wonderful experience. The calamari was to die for, our main dish was surf and turf, very succulent, the lobster and steak melt in your mouth, we had the Polanco Margarita with our appetizer and Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon for dinner that our server recommended. We are definitely going back and highly recommend Polanco to our friends and family. Thank you Polanco and Staff for such and unforgettable experience.

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Polanquito Mexican Cuisine Es Cultura is rated 4.5 stars by 145 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 3 times today
Google Map for Polanquito Mexican Cuisine Es Cultura

840 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Little Tokyo
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Steakhouse, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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