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Border Grill - Downtown LA, Los Angeles, CA

Border Grill - Downtown LA

4.1
4.1
1726 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Enjoy upscale, modern Mexican food in a vibrant setting at Border Grill, the hip, urban cantina from Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales”. Presenting the bold foods and flavors of Mexico, Border Grill has established a new standard for gourmet Mexican fare. With a menu of complex authentic dishes based on the home cooking of Oaxaca and the Yucatan, Border Grill takes Mexican food to a whole new level!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    LUNCH: Monday thru Friday - 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. DINNER: Sunday through Thursday - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday - 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. BRUNCH: Saturday and Sunday - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Phone number

    (213) 486-5171

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Gio Lopez

  • Catering

    Border Grill Catering <br /><br />We’ll bring the party to you! Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger have been entertaining guests for more than 20 years at their popular and critically-acclaimed restaurants. Now you can bring their unique style to your next event. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Choose from an eclectic mix of flavors from the whole world with menus from Border Grill, as well as Mary Sue and Susan’s past restaurants City and Ciudad. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Call today for an unforgettable party! 213.542.1102

  • Private party facilities

    Border Grill was designed with parties in mind so we offer flexible options! Whether it’s an office party in our bar or a family gathering in one of our semi-private spaces, we’ll help you celebrate in style with bold flavors and a festive, cosmopolitan vibe.

  • Private party contact

    Andrew Alvarado: (213) 486-5171

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    5th St.

  • Parking details

    LUNCH: Self park available in Union Bank garage, Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., first 3 hours for $3 w/ validation.<br /><BR><BR><br />DINNER: Self park available in Union Bank garage, $5 w/ validation from 4 p.m. to 12 midnight.

  • Public transit

    7th & Metro Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,726 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. s

    susanm

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Very, very noisy; that's my only criticism. Food is delicious and the service is great.
  2. AD

    AdamDayhoff

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just unbelievably wonderful. My husband and I loved Sunday brunch. Arturo, our server, was amazing. We will definitely be back. In fact, we can't wait!
  3. PK

    PriyaK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Most of the guests were disappointed by their food. We felt rushed to finish our food. Overall an average experience and probably won’t be dining again here.
  4. a

    amyw

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    The atmosphere is so sad here and felt old and stale. We left as quickly as possible. I only wish we hadn’t ordered and had just left instead.
  5. CR

    CarolR

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We were a group of 7 and sat outside. The restaurant was not busy and that should have been our clue. It took at least 10 minutes before our waiter came by. It took us a couple of times of flagging down our waiter to finally get water. When we were ordering, one person requested their meal without peppers and the waiter said the chef would not modify the menu. When she asked to speak with the chef, the waiter refused. I wish we would have all walked out. The food was mediocre. Will not be back.
  6. LL

    LuLu

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great tamales. Not your usual Mexican recipes. Very fresh and authentic.
  7. BD

    BDub

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The tapas took almost an hour to get to us. They ran out of champagne. Though our waitress was great, they were WAY understaffed and seemingly way behind in the kitchen, despite not being busy at all. The worst part: the food wasn't that great for all of that wait. Very sad, as they have vegan items.
  8. YF

    YankeeFan96

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    We arrived on 02/15 early to our dinner reservation and sat at the bar service was slow which wasn’t a problem until we finally were seated. Once seated no one attended is for at Least 20 mins and only after we asked to be serve. In addition we waited a very long time for our entree’s. We had to ask for water multiple times and just felt that we were being neglected. We Watched other tables be served promptly and with a sense of urgency without an apology. I’ve been in the service industry for 21 years and I rarely right a negative review as I understand the challenge of working with the public but I felt compelled to do so this time. I write this in the hope that management and ownership makes necessary changes so this doesn’t happen to anyone else, best of luck.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food, the service and vibe.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Pretty good food and service! We went there on Valentines Day and the restaurant was a bit disheveled, but otherwise I would definitely go there again.
  11. LD

    LaurenD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We came for a nice Valentine’s Day meal and it was obviously pretty busy. The food felt like it was prepared in a rush and it was lukewarm. Everything needed a little something extra to up the flavor but i understood the kitchen was slammed. I’ve been here before and the service and quality of food was delicious and as to be expected, a busy night like Valentine’s Day showed a lack in quality. I’d still return back to eat, just maybe not on Valentine’s Day.
  12. DO

    DanielO

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty food and excellent service. Great value for the valentine's event, because we got free flowers and a card!
  13. K

    Kenk

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I - along with many other of my table neighbors - were a little surprised, but very happy to receive a nice, tasteful bouquet of flowers; it was Valentine's Day. It came complete with unique gift cards we could personalize. It was a very nice touch. I liked the food and will likely go back again for the ambiance and menu selections.
  14. GL

    GeorgeL

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food with lots of options for every time of eater.
  15. LB

    LindaB

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food always tastes great but our waitress was outstanding! She had such a friendly way about her.
  16. RS

    RedSoxCarlos

    Orange County

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Border Grill was a wonderful experience. The food was terrific, definitely a cut above your chain Mexican restaurant. The room is unique, the service is excellent, and the price is reasonable, especially for DTLA close to the Music Center. It is a manageable walk, if you're a walker, 10-15 minutes. I'd definitely recommend.
  17. T

    Traveler

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat to dine at Border Grill before an event at the Music Center.
  18. s

    socalgecko

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The food had really great flavor but our mains weren’t served hot. They were that shade of warm that’s frustratingly hotter than room temperature but not hot enough to feel like you’re eating an evening meal.
  19. HB

    HarrisB

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    always great food, drink and fun place. great Mexican food
  20. h

    hltr60

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We ordered from Dine LA menu. Each item was delicious. Highly recommend Border Grill
  21. h

    hardmarker

    Los Angeles

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I hadn't been to Border Grill in a while, and was enticed by the DineLA menu, which was appealing and an excellent value. The food was delicious (I had the Border Classics appetizer and shrimp bowl entrée), the service friendly and appropriately attentive, and the setting amusing. I'll try not to wait as long before my next visit.
  22. G

    robertG

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Good food inventive, fun
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Regina is amazing. The managers always recognize me so it feels like home. Just a great place for me after work. Will always come back and always tell others!!
  24. T

    Traveler

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    The service great and food was decent, but it was hard to actually enjoy anything with the drunken people at the bar yelling and screaming the whole time. What was worse is the bartender kept feeding them shots and at one point was taking shots with them. I get it, it’s DTLA I live here so I know, but this isn’t a bar or a sports bar and it was only around 8:30. Sad because I liked the menu and the art, but probably won’t go back. If you do go, the squash and the corn are excellent.
  25. d

    dodgers

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall2food3service5ambience3
    overpriced food. good service. maybe happy hour worth it but definitely not normal menu
  26. A

    Arrosto

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Not like the old days in Santa Monica unfortunately. Quality of the food was not what I had expected or hoped for.
  27. PG

    PrettyGreen

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Over the years, this has been one of our favorite downtown spots for a creative south-of-the-border menu. The last few times we've been here, at least one in our party was disappointed. The service is friendly and attentive enough, but seems the wait staff and kitchen are having a hard time coordinating getting a hot entree to the table while it's still hot. This has happened several times. Flavors are still great. Hope they can get thier issues worked out.
  28. AL

    AnthonyL

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  29. JM

    JulieM

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible meal! We'll be back whenever we are in LA!
  30. F

    Frito

    Orange County

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience1
    Food Quality has fallen Space is not warm or welcoming
  31. SS

    SusanS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is consistently good and delicious. Can't go wrong with any of their menu items.
  32. a

    annele

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    I have always loved Border Grill, so sad to report that the food was mediocre and also way too spicy - the server said mild to medium, but it was hotter than that. Soup was tepid. Table cleaner brought half-eaten food plate from another Table to ours, stacked soup bowls that were still half-filled on top of one another which resulted in soup splashed on table and then put dish from the other table on top. Yuck.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food was okay for the prices I had a party of 15 and we did not have a lot of hot food being served as apps. Other then that it was great service and we had a good time
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & service was great. Call if you're going after 8pm because they close early if its slow.
  35. CT

    CharityT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is outstanding! The staff was very friendly as well.
  36. WB

    WilliamB

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time checking them out and we loved it. Brunch was delicious, service was great and the place itself is beautiful. Can’t wait to come back!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Carina was great and enjoyable
  38. JL

    JudyL

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AYCE border brunch was so delicious. Service was awesome too.
  39. TF

    TwoFisted

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Loved the Sweet Potato veggie lettuce wrapped tacos!! The flavor profile was delicious. The guacamole was tasty plus with the addition of the fresh crispy chips. I definitely took my guacamole home but I ate all 3 tacos!
  40. KG

    KatieG

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great menu and able to accommodate gluten free.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    5th St.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    LUNCH: Monday thru Friday - 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. DINNER: Sunday through Thursday - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday - 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. BRUNCH: Saturday and Sunday - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    LUNCH: Self park available in Union Bank garage, Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., first 3 hours for $3 w/ validation.<br /><BR><BR><br />DINNER: Self park available in Union Bank garage, $5 w/ validation from 4 p.m. to 12 midnight.

  • Public transit

    7th & Metro Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gio Lopez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 486-5171

  • Catering

    Border Grill Catering <br /><br />We’ll bring the party to you! Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger have been entertaining guests for more than 20 years at their popular and critically-acclaimed restaurants. Now you can bring their unique style to your next event. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Choose from an eclectic mix of flavors from the whole world with menus from Border Grill, as well as Mary Sue and Susan’s past restaurants City and Ciudad. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Call today for an unforgettable party! 213.542.1102

  • Private party facilities

    Border Grill was designed with parties in mind so we offer flexible options! Whether it’s an office party in our bar or a family gathering in one of our semi-private spaces, we’ll help you celebrate in style with bold flavors and a festive, cosmopolitan vibe.

  • Private party contact

    Andrew Alvarado: (213) 486-5171

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