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Chefs/Owners Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken - Socalo, Santa Monica, CA

Socalo

4.7
4.7
798 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
SOCALO is a beachy, California canteen and Mexican pub from award-winning chef/owners Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. Located within the Gateway Hotel, SOCALO offers seasonal and organic SoCal Mexican fare with cocktails, Mexican wines and craft beers.

SOCALO has been named Eater's Superb Santa Monica Restaurants and Hottest Happy Hours, LA Times' 101 Best Restaurants, and among the Best Mexican Restaurants in LA by Time Out and Thrillist.

Open for indoor and outdoor dining, and counter service dining prior to 4pm (no reservations necessary nor taken). Takeout and delivery with plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available.

For groups of 7 or more, please call 310.451.1655 to discuss accommodations, or visit socalo.com. We offer semi-private spaces, private banquet rooms, long communal tables, and two spacious outdoor patios.

Mary Sue & Susan are the founders of Mundo Hospitality Group, including Border Grill, Pacha Mamas, BBQ Mexicana, SOCALO & Alice B.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Private dining

Private dining

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Californian, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat 9:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Tue 11:30 am–8:30 pm Wed–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (310) 451-1655
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Gio Lopez
  • Catering
    Breakfast meetings, office lunches, holiday parties and celebrations of all types - we can help with your next event.
  • Private party facilities
    Socalo is a California canteen and Mexican pub from award-winning chef/owners Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. Located within Santa Monica’s Gateway Hotel, we can accommodate groups of all sizes in our private dining rooms or beautiful outdoor patios.
  • Private party contact
    Donald Swartz: (310) 451-1165
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Cross street
    20th Street
  • Parking details
    First 90 minutes free parking, with restaurant purchase. Self-parking is available in the underground parking lot at The Gateway Hotel.
  • Public transit
    17th Street / SMC Station - Expo Light Rail Line
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Named best happy hour in Santa Monica! Walk-ins welcome for indoor, outdoor or bar seating. Reservations available 4PM and after. Join us every Wednesday - Friday from 3pm to 6pm and Saturday 3pm to 5pm for happy hour: - $5 tacos - $5 beers - $8 cocktails - $8 to $10 glasses of Mexican wine Dine-in only.
    Happy Hour Photo
  • Taco Tuesday

    Multiple dates available
    Join us all day, every Tuesday for $4 tacos, $5 beer, and $8-$10 cocktails and Mexican wines. Taco Tuesday menu is available from 11:30am to 8:30pm for dine-in only. Tacos include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options!
    Taco Tuesday Photo

What 798 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Westside

    Innovative

  • Westside

    Mexican

798 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I thought there were more options when I looked at the online menu, so felt the choice was a little limited when we got there. We were sitting outside in the laneway so ambience wasn’t quite the same as inside. The food was really good and the service was very friendly and efficient.

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  2. macbones

    Los Angeles

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a delightful experience at Socalo! The food is awesome and the staff is stellar!

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  3. JenniferA

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit and already can't wait to come back! Everything was excellent. Thank you for an amazing evening.

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  4. Sabo18

    Los Angeles

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Taco Tueday = 👍👍👍👍👍 Great tacos, service, setting

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  5. Tony

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the food, ambience, & service! We will return!

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  6. Kennedy

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely incredible! Food, service, ambience - all extraordinary. Love the menu! Thank you for an extraordinary dinner!

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  7. LDmmmm

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good but not superb. We went on Taco Tuesday and were from Chicago where our tacos are amazing!!

    1 person found this helpful

  8. Veniceeats

    Los Angeles

    64 reviews

    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Not impressed with the food. The open faced tacos were soggy. But....we ate on the patio and it was quiet. That is worth it to me.

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  9. lancew

    Western NC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time within a month and as was the first visit, solid. Hostess/waitress always smiling and efficient. Food runners pleasant and then some. Food is a knockout. Working thru the menu with wait staff (and big boss) help

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  10. claudiar

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the food was great!! the three salsa options also incredible! and one was incredibly spicy.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Socalo using the Order Online button. Socalo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 451-1655.

Socalo is rated 4.7 stars by 798 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 8 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Socalo

1920 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404-1909

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    20th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat 9:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Tue 11:30 am–8:30 pm Wed–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Californian, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    First 90 minutes free parking, with restaurant purchase. Self-parking is available in the underground parking lot at The Gateway Hotel.
  • Public transit
    17th Street / SMC Station - Expo Light Rail Line
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Gio Lopez
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (310) 451-1655
  • Catering
    Breakfast meetings, office lunches, holiday parties and celebrations of all types - we can help with your next event.
  • Private party facilities
    Socalo is a California canteen and Mexican pub from award-winning chef/owners Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. Located within Santa Monica’s Gateway Hotel, we can accommodate groups of all sizes in our private dining rooms or beautiful outdoor patios.
  • Private party contact
    Donald Swartz: (310) 451-1165
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