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Diners' Choice: Mexican restaurants in Beach Cities

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Mexican cuisine in Beach Cities? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Palmilla Hermosa Beach Cocina Y Tequila restaurant
4.7
4.7 (870)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Hermosa Beach
About the restaurant
For birthdays, anniversaries or large parties, please call our Events Manager, Anjel at 310 977 7939 or email at reservations@palmillahb.com

Palmilla Hermosa Beach Cocina Y Tequila, an upscale chef driven restaurant, delivers regionally influenced gourmet Mexican food, engaging service, hand-crafted cocktails, and the best selection of premium tequilas in the South Bay. Located steps away from the Pacific ocean on the Hermosa Beach promenade, guests will enjoy an elegant market-fresh menu. The innovative space, designed by G+ Gulla Jonsdottir Designs, transports guests to a Mexican resort complete with a cozy heated patio, unique white stone walls surrounding an intimate dining room, and a stunning marble counter-top at the full service bar.

Top review
MichaelEvip
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Food was great; pleasant staff; a little busy; had to wait a while to order a second beverage.
A photo of Vida Modern Mexican + Tequila restaurant
4.7
4.7 (307)
$30 and under
Mexican
Redondo Beach
About the restaurant
Located in the cozy Riviera Village in Redondo Beach, VIDA is a modern-day Mexican restaurant that focuses on tequila and holds true to South-of-the-border fan favorites, combined with some creative twists on East Los Angeles comfort food.
Top review
LisaW
Dined 2 days ago
The hospitality at this establishment was A-1! I found this place on Yelp. I was trying to find a Mexican food restaurant to take my BF for his birthday & this place popped up. Based on the reviews, I was like, let me check it out, and I'm happy we did. The food and hospitality were good. We'll definitely go back.
A photo of Riviera Mexican Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (216)
$30 and under
Mexican
Redondo Beach
About the restaurant
Riviera Mexican Grill (better known by locals as The Riv) has been a staple in the community for the past two decades. Founded by the Williams Family, The Riv is Where We Live. South Bay legends are on our walls. Come and sit at the bar and don't be surprised to start talking to a professional surfer or paddle-boarder eating one of our famous fish tacos and washing it down with a margarita. The Riv is a place where locals meet to discuss our community and keep in touch with old friends. Bring the family. We are here and excited to serve you. #TheRiv

Come enjoy our two outdoor patios with full service food and drinks.

Top review
Ooma
Dined 2 days ago
Never disappoints. Food is uniformly delicious. Portions allow for leftovers! Service is friendly and attentive. The outdoor area is really great. It is a little bit too noisy at times.
A photo of Frida Mexican Cuisine - Torrance restaurant
4.5
4.5 (314)
$30 and under
Mexican
Torrance / Carson
About the restaurant
We are open for curbside pickup, takeout and delivery - we care for you! Take care of yourselves and eat Mexican food! We are open during normal business hours.
Monday-Thursday, 11am-10pm
Friday & Saturday, 11am-11pm
Sunday, 10am-9pm

Top review
JonHvip
Dined on Jun 18, 2024
Always a great experience at Frida’s. Service, food and ambience all great.
A photo of Esperanza restaurant
4.5
4.5 (681)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Manhattan Beach
About the restaurant
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.

Top review
Valerier
Dined 2 days ago
Went here for brunch . Everything from the drinks to the food was delicious.
A photo of Kalaveras - Redondo Beach restaurant
4.3
4.3 (77)
$30 and under
Mexican
Redondo Beach
About the restaurant
We're creating a new concept of modern rustic dining with a fusion of traditional and vanguard Mexican ingredients. Our food is chef-driven, using classic cooking techniques with fresher and healthier options.
We're elevating bold, authentic flavors and presenting a new way of eating. In the bar you'll find over 60 different tequilas and Mezcal spirits, as well as carefully crafted cocktails.

Top review
PVRayvip
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
Best burritos, best carne asada, nachos, and best Margaritas !! Best server Carlos.
A photo of Polanco Modern Mexican Steakhouse restaurant
4.3
4.3 (366)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Manhattan Beach
About the restaurant
Polanco Mexican Modern Steak House is a slightly elevated restaurant that will focus on fine dining touches with a lively atmosphere. Polanco features a prime selected list of steaks seared off and seasoned with an eye towards the ranches and cattle farms of northern Mexico. Bar operated by Miguel Valencia who is the head mixologist listing a cocktail selection based on agave varieties such as Mezcal, Ensambles and a unique selection of Tequilas.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 22, 2024
Our server was amazing! Thank you Victor for the recommendation and the great service. We will be coming back. Great knowledge on the steak cuts. Nos vemos pronto. Gracias
A photo of El Torito - Torrance restaurant
4.6
4.6 (259)
$30 and under
Mexican
Torrance / Carson
About the restaurant
The authority in great Mexican food for more than 65 years. Offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel like family.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
Experience was great one of the best since I’ve been back in California. One of the fewest servers and customer service that spoke to my daughter when she showed the server Eduardo/Edward her phone and had a little conversation with her even though he was busy. As we are from Pennsylvania and is one of the things my 3year old and us miss as a family is the ambience and great customer service we appreciate when they take the time to communicate and time to share with there customers but also small children.
A photo of El Torito - Redondo Beach restaurant
4.1
4.1 (346)
$30 and under
Mexican
Redondo Beach
About the restaurant
The authority in great Mexican food for more than 65 years. Offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel like family.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Good foods and nice service Our guests from Japan enjoy superior ambience in South California
A photo of CalMex Cantina restaurant
4.1
4.1 (38)
$30 and under
Mexican
Redondo Beach
About the restaurant
Think tacos & margs, but make it unique. celebrate with good company, innovative food & drinks, and a not-to-be-missed experience. A Mexican Gastropub that revels the many influences found throughout California infused into Mexican dishes. Our happy hour is where the party’s at and our taco Tuesday is the highlight of the week. Ocean views and good drinks are our vibe and our patio is the spot for those jealous-inducing selfies.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 19, 2024
Love the atmosphere, background Playlist and view. The food is delicious and well priced. Rhe staff is attentive but not intrusive. I would definitely reccomend.
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