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Blue Plate Taco, Santa Monica, CA

Blue Plate Taco

4.6
4.6
752 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Blue Plate Taco is best described as fresh and light beachside Mexican cuisine. Our menu items consist of many organic and substainably farmed ingredients. We offer a variety of fresh crudo and ceviche. Our meat and fish are premium products sourced from some of the country’s best purveyors. Our masa and tortillas as well as all of our salsas are made fresh daily. The core of our beverage program begins with our daily house made agua frescas; In addition, we hand craft our cocktails and our beer/wine list was carefully selected to pair with our food. At 90 seats including a large patio that offers ocean and pier views, the vibe is lively and fun.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Latin American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch & Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (310) 458-2985

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Catering

    We have menu options for all of your catering needs. We can provide food and staff for your parties.

  • Private party facilities

    We have a large patio that can accommodate up to 60 people and we are available for private parties.

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Parking details

    Street parking, lots and valet available after 5pm

  • Public transit

    There is bus stop across the street within the same block.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 752 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Westside

    Mexican

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  1. SC

    SamuelC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outdoor dining was incredible, Food was delicious
  2. L

    Lita

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was tasty and Paige was a great server. Love the lettuce cups for the tacos. Please take a receipt in order to get the discount on hotel parking.
  3. j

    jrwfromphilly

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service, food really great! Love Blue Taco!
  4. RF

    RayannF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    It’s very over priced for not having good food. Yes the place is cool and you have a good view but the food is not worth it, Taco Bell taste better. Waiter was nice.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    The place is lovely but the beans were sweet. The rice was not good at all. I will not be going back there.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious food and drink! The lobster tacos were amazing and the Hibiscus margaritas were SO good!!!
  7. t

    tiramisu

    San Francisco

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Everything was delicious! Good service. Shared the 3 fish tacos and salmon salad. Would’ve been nice to have a larger piece of salmon. Love the lights and stars in the front patio. Nice view of the Santa Monica Bay and pier.
  8. AB

    AliB

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it all! Great views, food, and service. Will go again!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Okay food. Nice atmosphere. They were playing house & EDM that night
  10. EL

    ErinL

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Was not impressed with the food at all. It lacked a lot of flavor. Also the drinks were just average. I would not recommend this place.
  11. SS

    SaraS

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Loved the Queso and the bowls
  12. BF

    BillF

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Our second time dining at the Blue Plate Taco was not as successful as the first. Our waiter was lackadaisical throughout, although he did turn the music down a bit at my request (the speaker was directly over our table and turned up to full blast, it seemed). Food was good, if not great, but water service was poor; and on this warm day I had to have my son grab a bottle of water off another table because no one came around to provide more water. Staff just standing around chatting with each other - that was quite irritating. Won't be back.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite restaurant ever!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    It was just okay.
  15. b

    bostonvegetarian

    New England

    38 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    “Farmers market” vegetable dishes turn out to be greasy, cheese laden affairs with a few tiny pieces of green pepper, tomato and, although too small for definitive recognition, what may once have been a jalapeño. Shrimp tacos, similarly, contained a couple of shrimpy shrimp, plus the grease and cheese. Prices were the only way in which these dishes resembled their namesakes. Don’t get fooled — this is overpriced fast-food with a view of the pier.
  16. HD

    HeatherD

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Our food came out before our drinks. Will definitely go back!
  17. AG

    AstridG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place in Santa Monica, food was delicious, nice size plates, our server was very attentive at all times. Definitely we’re coming back 😋
  18. DK

    DanaK

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious as always and the view was beautiful. I suggest making a reservation, we were seated right away and our server was great.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The host was great at seating our party and the waiting staff were friendly and funny. Food was delicious and the ambiance was great.
  20. EJ

    EmilyJ

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    My boyfriend had to help protect one of the hosts from having her hair pulled out by a transient who was jumping over the cacti-ridden planters, and then another transient marched in between the tables and proceeded to scream while the other poor host had to deal with him. Other than that, it wasn’t too bad.
  21. KB

    KatelynB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was good, our waitress was very friendly. the hostess was so sweet. The bathrooms were a little grody
  22. B

    Blake

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    When the first words you hear at a restaurant are "there's a 90 minute time limit", your impression drops. When you are next told to use your phone to view the menu, but the QR code is only available at the reception desk and not the table, not are guests offered the option of a printed menu, your impression drops. Food is great, prices are reasonable, ambiance is not welcoming.YMMV
  23. MG

    MelloG

    Key West

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Red snapper fish tacos were out of this world. Beautiful view if the ferris wheel at Santa Monica Pier. We loved it.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great meal - service was slow
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super netter Service, direkt an der Promenade. Draußen sitzen ging super, da es Heizpilze gab. Auf jeden Fall für nen entspannten Abend zu empfehlen.
  26. JV

    JonathanV

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Mexican food at a affordable price.
  27. SW

    StanW

    Los Angeles

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Getting together with long time friends for a great early dinner! It was, as usual, great food and a great evening!! Thanks
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food took a really long time to get there. Our server was really busy and we didn’t see her for awhile. Other tables around us that had ordered right before or after us had their food but ours took a really long time for some reason. The food was ok.
  29. JW

    JudyW

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Prices right and great patio with ocean view.
  30. A

    Amanda

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed spending our 4th of July lunch dining at Blue Plate Taco. With a beautiful ocean view, drinks and meals packed with flavor and amazing waitstaff, we will definitely continue coming back.
  31. BG

    BrianG

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Excellent service, fun atmosphere, but the food was very bland. If you’re looking for Mexican with more flavor, try red-o Cantina a couple doors down.
  32. PL

    PLinLA

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great place been going for years. Sad to see the street peeps taking over the park across the way. Will not take my young one there again till area is cleaned up!!!
  33. JK

    JakeK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The staff was very pleasant, the salsas were tasty, the rest of the food was mediocre
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for taco Tuesday!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great , the food was great .
  36. JB

    JordanB

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food. Service was initially slow as we waited about 10 minutes after being seated for a server, but after the server introduced himself everything went quickly. Will definitely go back.
  37. A

    Ashley

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Great spot, but I think they are understaffed. Everything took forever.
  38. LB

    LaurenB

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Ambience was great. Drinks were delicious. Food was just ok nothing amazing. Server
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Our reservation was 6:15pm, and we ended up being taken to our table at 6:30pm while we waited to the side. We had a good dinner, and got a pitcher of margs. We paid for our food and we’re enjoying the pitcher. At 7:45 ON THE DOT, someone came up to our table and told us we have hit the 90min mark and they are sorry to do this but could we please get up and leave as they had reservations waiting. We weren’t even at the table for 90 min yet as we had to wait 15 min for our table to sit, and weren’t given any notice or anything. He stood there and watched us until we started to get up. One of my friends said oh we still have some of our pitcher left, we’ll finish that real quick. The guy told us he can get us paper cups to take it to go but we’d have to get up and leave. We said we’d be really quick and as we were pouring the drinks he started clearing the table in front of us and took the drinks we just poured. She pointed it out and said she was finishing it and he apologized… but overall we were in shock! Not even 90min, and even if it had been it was so rude the way they went about it. If they needed the table that badly they could have asked for it back and for us to start making moves. We would have gladly finished our drinks quickly and gotten out of there. I’ve never experienced that in a restaurant before. It was such poor management, we live down the street and stop by Blue Plate all the time. Very disappointed and won’t be rushing back after that awful service.
  40. WT

    WaltT

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Service was good , food was ok but nothing great. Hostess wanted to put our party of 3 at a table designed for two even though plenty of other larger tables were open - reluctantly moved us after request. Don’t plan on speaking to anyone at your table either. The music is cranked up so loud it’s impossible to have a conversation. While you might not be across the steer from the ocean, there are plenty of other Mexican restaurants in Santa Monica with better food and the ability to speak to your friends.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Blue Plate Taco using the Order Online button. Blue Plate Taco also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Blue Plate Taco also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 458-2985.

Blue Plate Taco is rated 4.6 stars by 752 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


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for Blue Plate Taco

1515 Ocean Ave. Suite A, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch & Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Latin American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking, lots and valet available after 5pm

  • Public transit

    There is bus stop across the street within the same block.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (310) 458-2985

  • Catering

    We have menu options for all of your catering needs. We can provide food and staff for your parties.

  • Private party facilities

    We have a large patio that can accommodate up to 60 people and we are available for private parties.

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