Border Grill Santa Monica

★★★★★
  • 1445 4th St

    Santa Monica, CA 90401

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  • 310-451-1655

About Border Grill Santa Monica

Hours
Monday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM Sunday 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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Yucatan Pork is achiote pork slow roasted in banana leaves, caramelized onion, orange, cinnamon served with sauted plantains, rice, black beans, guacamole, and handmade corn tortillas. OMG, this is absolutely fabulous! Banana leaves are a

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Yucatan Pork is achiote pork slow roasted in banana leaves, caramelized onion, orange, cinnamon served with sauted plantains, rice, black beans, guacamole, and handmade corn tortillas. OMG, this is absolutely fabulous! Banana leaves are a

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After reading a review in the LA Weekly, we were looking forward to a tasty and unique twist on Mexican food. We were quite surprised at the prices when we arrived, but made the assumption it would be perfectly spiced with a unique

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After reading a review in the LA Weekly, we were looking forward to a tasty and unique twist on Mexican food. We were quite surprised at the prices when we arrived, but made the assumption it would be perfectly spiced with a unique

Cons: overpriced,

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Best best place for a late night happy hour on Fridays and Saturday after 10pm (they also have regular happy hour mon-fri from 4-7pm). Their salsa sampler they bring out with the chips have a little of every taste to satisfy your craving. They have sangrias, margaritas and mojitos that start at $4. Their appetizers start at $3. Best deal on the westside and their taste is top notch. The bartenders and servers are friendly and fast. The seats fill up quick during the late night ones so grab one by the bar when you can.

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Best best place for a late night happy hour on Fridays and Saturday after 10pm (they also have regular happy hour mon-fri from 4-7pm). Their salsa sampler they bring out with the chips have a little of every taste to satisfy your craving. They have sangrias, margaritas and mojitos that start at $4. Their appetizers start at $3. Best deal on the westside and their taste is top notch. The bartenders and servers are friendly and fast. The seats fill up quick during the late night ones so grab one by the bar when you can.

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I love alcohol. I love happy hours. Shoot, I sound like Asher Roth. Let's start this one over.\r
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Who doesn't love happy hour? Exactly. So on Friday, me and some friends got off of work early on the Westside in Los Angeles and wanted to

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I love alcohol. I love happy hours. Shoot, I sound like Asher Roth. Let's start this one over.\r
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Who doesn't love happy hour? Exactly. So on Friday, me and some friends got off of work early on the Westside in Los Angeles and wanted to

Pros: Drinks

Cons: Food, Decor, Ambience, Lighting

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After wandering around the promenade for a bit for something new, we found the Border Grille a block away. The Carnitas Nortenas were good, with the full complement of sides- guacamole, serranos, house-made tortillas, and other stuff. I

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After wandering around the promenade for a bit for something new, we found the Border Grille a block away. The Carnitas Nortenas were good, with the full complement of sides- guacamole, serranos, house-made tortillas, and other stuff. I

Pros: ambience

Cons: value

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Just went to this restaurant for the first time even though I have walked past it countless times. What a gem! My party tried 3 different appetizers and 1 entree dish and everything was both unique and delicious. The shrimp ceviche was

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Just went to this restaurant for the first time even though I have walked past it countless times. What a gem! My party tried 3 different appetizers and 1 entree dish and everything was both unique and delicious. The shrimp ceviche was

Pros: Morrocan Eggplant

Cons: Set up and ambience isn't terribly cozy.

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Deplorable for an upscale restaurant. The male (age 40s) waiter was insincerely fake as he approached our table. When he realized that we were not ordering drinks (only food) his entire demeanor changed. He was no longer nice. Didn't check

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Deplorable for an upscale restaurant. The male (age 40s) waiter was insincerely fake as he approached our table. When he realized that we were not ordering drinks (only food) his entire demeanor changed. He was no longer nice. Didn't check

Pros: Cons outweigh the Pros

Cons: The waiter became insincere & neglectful. He ignored us. Very high priced bill!

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This is definitely one of the cooler Mexican places in Santa Monica. The food is great (Try the empanadas), but the bar scene is also pretty lively. They have a great selection of beers on tap and have everything else you would expect from

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This is definitely one of the cooler Mexican places in Santa Monica. The food is great (Try the empanadas), but the bar scene is also pretty lively. They have a great selection of beers on tap and have everything else you would expect from

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Having periodically eaten here for many years, I finally have to say farewell. Never liking any of the entrees, I always enjoyed the starters and salads -- these, too, have become what one would expect from a mid-level nationwide chain of

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Having periodically eaten here for many years, I finally have to say farewell. Never liking any of the entrees, I always enjoyed the starters and salads -- these, too, have become what one would expect from a mid-level nationwide chain of

Pros: Good service

Cons: Food

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This place serves up one of the best margarita's I have had. I also tried the Mexican skirt steak and it was delicious. Place is a bit noisy and usually serves the beach crowd.

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This place serves up one of the best margarita's I have had. I also tried the Mexican skirt steak and it was delicious. Place is a bit noisy and usually serves the beach crowd.

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The food at this place taste good and the service is good. The place is so cute and the food is deco/suave mexican food so if you're looking for the authentic stuff you will not get it but the food is great and they do somethings with food you would not imagine.

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The food at this place taste good and the service is good. The place is so cute and the food is deco/suave mexican food so if you're looking for the authentic stuff you will not get it but the food is great and they do somethings with food you would not imagine.

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The Two Hot Tamales from the Food Network, chefs Miliken and Feniger have created a great restaurant with a friendly atmosphere and good hearty Mexican food and drinks.

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The Two Hot Tamales from the Food Network, chefs Miliken and Feniger have created a great restaurant with a friendly atmosphere and good hearty Mexican food and drinks.

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Service: our waiter was friendly and even took one of our bad-tasting dishes off our bill without us having to ask. also, they were good about keeping our drinks filled up.\r
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Chips: they were yummy. however, the salsa was sub-par. the

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Service: our waiter was friendly and even took one of our bad-tasting dishes off our bill without us having to ask. also, they were good about keeping our drinks filled up.\r
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Chips: they were yummy. however, the salsa was sub-par. the

Pros: better than starvation?

Cons: see description of rating.

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I love this place. The food is yummy. The waiters are great. The only thing is this place can get really busy, so make sure you make reservations before going. However, if you didn't make reservations, you can always try to eat in the

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I love this place. The food is yummy. The waiters are great. The only thing is this place can get really busy, so make sure you make reservations before going. However, if you didn't make reservations, you can always try to eat in the

Pros: Food, Service, Ambiance

Cons: Busy - make reservations or eat at the bar

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This place is great. The margaritas are awesome, the food is top notch and the service is super friendly. I had a great time and would go back in a heart beat. \r
The only thing I didn't like was the shrimp ceviche had too much mint. Other

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This place is great. The margaritas are awesome, the food is top notch and the service is super friendly. I had a great time and would go back in a heart beat. \r
The only thing I didn't like was the shrimp ceviche had too much mint. Other

Pros: Great service-Tasty food-Great margaritas

Cons: Expensive margaritas- Not sooo cheap.

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The Border Grill has been a favorite of mine for years. The food, drinks & service is still top notch. Happy hour is also the best in Los Angeles.\r
This is a great place to take out of town guests, get a quick bite & drink for hapy hour

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The Border Grill has been a favorite of mine for years. The food, drinks & service is still top notch. Happy hour is also the best in Los Angeles.\r
This is a great place to take out of town guests, get a quick bite & drink for hapy hour

Pros: Food, Drinks, Service & Happy Hour

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The first time I went to Border Grill was for there Happy Hour. When we first arrived at around 5:30 nobody was there, but by 6:30 it was packed! Margaritas were $3.50, and although small, they were at least strong. Chips and 3 kinds of

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The first time I went to Border Grill was for there Happy Hour. When we first arrived at around 5:30 nobody was there, but by 6:30 it was packed! Margaritas were $3.50, and although small, they were at least strong. Chips and 3 kinds of

Pros: Grilled Chicken Chilaquiles and appetizers

Cons: Couple dishes fell short

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The setting and enviroment is a Neat and colorful a blend of latin America with 70's modern design, but , If your in the mood for authentic Latin cuisine this is not the place. Found Menu to be very descripitve and inviting to try

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The setting and enviroment is a Neat and colorful a blend of latin America with 70's modern design, but , If your in the mood for authentic Latin cuisine this is not the place. Found Menu to be very descripitve and inviting to try

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I?m just a valley girl, but I was visiting friends in Santa Monica all day last weekend, and decided since I was at the beach all day, I wanted seafood for dinner. So we went to a Mexican place? I was skeptical when my friends first

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I?m just a valley girl, but I was visiting friends in Santa Monica all day last weekend, and decided since I was at the beach all day, I wanted seafood for dinner. So we went to a Mexican place? I was skeptical when my friends first

Pros: Environmentally Friendly

Cons: A little noisy

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My husband and I had high hopes for BG...just walking in it looked like a fun place. However, our experience turned out to be pretty negative in all areas. We had to wait forever to be seated, and to get a drink in the bar. Granted,

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My husband and I had high hopes for BG...just walking in it looked like a fun place. However, our experience turned out to be pretty negative in all areas. We had to wait forever to be seated, and to get a drink in the bar. Granted,

Pros: fun decor

Cons: food, service, cost, etc.

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Just tried Border Grill?s Brunch for the first time last weekend. The place was pretty crowded, but the food was so good we didn?t mind. I had the delicious Banana Pancakes, they come with this amazing coconut syrup, wow! My friend had

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Just tried Border Grill?s Brunch for the first time last weekend. The place was pretty crowded, but the food was so good we didn?t mind. I had the delicious Banana Pancakes, they come with this amazing coconut syrup, wow! My friend had

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Cool place to pop in for a quick lunch. Dropped in about 12:30. The place was half empty, still had an energetic vibe. I had carne asada tacos and a side of flour tortillas - all for about $15. Really good, fresh food. Tortillas were

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Cool place to pop in for a quick lunch. Dropped in about 12:30. The place was half empty, still had an energetic vibe. I had carne asada tacos and a side of flour tortillas - all for about $15. Really good, fresh food. Tortillas were

Pros: Fresh, quality food; good atmosphere

Cons: A little on the expensive side for lunch

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I was pretty disappointed. The tamales were undercooked, the fish wasn't very fresh and the margarita was far too syrupy without enough lime - I couldn't even finish it and it was only about 8 ounces for $12. The salsas were very watery

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I was pretty disappointed. The tamales were undercooked, the fish wasn't very fresh and the margarita was far too syrupy without enough lime - I couldn't even finish it and it was only about 8 ounces for $12. The salsas were very watery

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The food here is creative upscale Mexican and it did not disappoint. The cocktails are equally creative and interesting and tasted great. The restaurant is a bit loud but that wasn't as much of a detractor as our service was when my

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The food here is creative upscale Mexican and it did not disappoint. The cocktails are equally creative and interesting and tasted great. The restaurant is a bit loud but that wasn't as much of a detractor as our service was when my

Pros: Food, Drinks

Cons: Service

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We have eaten at the Border grill for Father's Day, Mother's Day, evenings and weekends. The menu is great, the prices are not too high. The parking structure on 4th Street across from the restaurant.

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We have eaten at the Border grill for Father's Day, Mother's Day, evenings and weekends. The menu is great, the prices are not too high. The parking structure on 4th Street across from the restaurant.

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I work with a handful of vegetarians, so it's so hard to grab a bite with co-workers and satisfy the crowd. That's why Border Grill is a lifesaver, the food is delish and there's enough to please the vegetarians and keep the carnivores

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I work with a handful of vegetarians, so it's so hard to grab a bite with co-workers and satisfy the crowd. That's why Border Grill is a lifesaver, the food is delish and there's enough to please the vegetarians and keep the carnivores

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The best margaritas!!! So delicious. This place has a great vibe that is matched by friendly and prompt service. I was excited by the variety that I had to choose from as a vegetarian. The food was excellent-especially the Border

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The best margaritas!!! So delicious. This place has a great vibe that is matched by friendly and prompt service. I was excited by the variety that I had to choose from as a vegetarian. The food was excellent-especially the Border

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I love this place. We went for my birthday and the whole staff was so sweet and made it such a special day. The manager brought us out their three ceviches-so good. Our waiter was so sweet and seemed to know everything about tequila. I

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I love this place. We went for my birthday and the whole staff was so sweet and made it such a special day. The manager brought us out their three ceviches-so good. Our waiter was so sweet and seemed to know everything about tequila. I

Pros: Great Drinks & Bass Ceviche

Cons: Super Crowded

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Recently had a girls night out with a group of friends and started at Border Grill...we started off with a couple of the shaker margaritas (perfect start to the evening) and an appetizer sampler with the tasty green corn tamales which are

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Recently had a girls night out with a group of friends and started at Border Grill...we started off with a couple of the shaker margaritas (perfect start to the evening) and an appetizer sampler with the tasty green corn tamales which are

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I've been here a number of times - the first time I went I fell in love - food was amazing, drinks and wine were good, and the dessert was good. Every time since it has gotten worse in terms of food quality, preparation, and even bathroom

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I've been here a number of times - the first time I went I fell in love - food was amazing, drinks and wine were good, and the dessert was good. Every time since it has gotten worse in terms of food quality, preparation, and even bathroom

Pros: Great food (if they can get it right), drinks, good location

Cons: HORRIBLE SERVICE, inconsistency, gross bathrooms

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I've had better food at little holes in the wall. The carnitas were dry and I've never seen a place to be so stingy with tortillas. Also no beans and rice?!?, this is suposed to be mexican no? I know it's gourmet but it's not supposd to be

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I've had better food at little holes in the wall. The carnitas were dry and I've never seen a place to be so stingy with tortillas. Also no beans and rice?!?, this is suposed to be mexican no? I know it's gourmet but it's not supposd to be

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Some friends and I went there last night for dinner. Luckily we had made reservations for 8 pm otherwise the wait would've been an hour and a half. At that time, the place was packed and really loud. I liked the communal table in the

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Some friends and I went there last night for dinner. Luckily we had made reservations for 8 pm otherwise the wait would've been an hour and a half. At that time, the place was packed and really loud. I liked the communal table in the

Pros: Tasty dishes...

Cons: Overpriced dishes, very loud, salsa tooo mild

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Border Grill has a great vibe - it is always bustling and crowded, and the decor is beautiful and interesting. The menu has great selections, and it's a good place to get stuff you wouldn't order at more typical restaurants. For brunch, I

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Border Grill has a great vibe - it is always bustling and crowded, and the decor is beautiful and interesting. The menu has great selections, and it's a good place to get stuff you wouldn't order at more typical restaurants. For brunch, I

Pros: ambience, food

Cons: price

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The decoration's neat, the murals were nice and colorful. The service was excellent. We made reservations online for 5, but for some reasons the system recorded it for 2, nevertheless the hostess was kind enough to accomodate all 5 of us

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The decoration's neat, the murals were nice and colorful. The service was excellent. We made reservations online for 5, but for some reasons the system recorded it for 2, nevertheless the hostess was kind enough to accomodate all 5 of us

Pros: Service, Ambiance and Drinks

Cons: Awful food and too pricey

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We've been huge fans of the Border Grill for years, but have found the preparation of the food a little indifferent of late. Our most recent trip was a new low. Drinks were ordered and never delivered. Dishes arrived at the table cold,

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We've been huge fans of the Border Grill for years, but have found the preparation of the food a little indifferent of late. Our most recent trip was a new low. Drinks were ordered and never delivered. Dishes arrived at the table cold,

Pros: The margaritas still rock

Cons: You'll need to drink lots of them so you won't notice your order is all screwed up

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Very consistent, modern Mexican dishes. They bring out tasty tortilla chips with three different salsa (my fav is the green one). I recommend the steak, the sampler that's listed as an appetizer but makes a great entree, and a really

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Very consistent, modern Mexican dishes. They bring out tasty tortilla chips with three different salsa (my fav is the green one). I recommend the steak, the sampler that's listed as an appetizer but makes a great entree, and a really

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The food here is excellent....definitely not your typical Mexican food, a little fancier. The margaritas are very tasty and unique but also too pricey for what you get. Go for the food, not the drinks.

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The food here is excellent....definitely not your typical Mexican food, a little fancier. The margaritas are very tasty and unique but also too pricey for what you get. Go for the food, not the drinks.

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This restaurant was not up to par. Eventhough reservations were made, my party still had to wait an hour and a half to be seated. We were seriously contemplating on going elsewhere but decided to stay instead.\r
The restaurant is too

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This restaurant was not up to par. Eventhough reservations were made, my party still had to wait an hour and a half to be seated. We were seriously contemplating on going elsewhere but decided to stay instead.\r
The restaurant is too

Pros: There are no Pros.

Cons: All was Horrible!!!!

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Portions were huge. We had the border classic which is an appetizer platter. The plantain empanadas were my favorite. The main dishes we ordered were really hearty and satisfied the soul. It was really good. I like the guacamole and the

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Portions were huge. We had the border classic which is an appetizer platter. The plantain empanadas were my favorite. The main dishes we ordered were really hearty and satisfied the soul. It was really good. I like the guacamole and the

Pros: Plantains, Guacamole

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The $10 margaritas were DISGUSTING. THe Food was ok, but not worth the price they asked for! The abience is the only fun part and even that is not worth the $5 dollar parking.

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The $10 margaritas were DISGUSTING. THe Food was ok, but not worth the price they asked for! The abience is the only fun part and even that is not worth the $5 dollar parking.

Pros: Cool art inside

Cons: everything else

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Really great food and drinks, especially for Happy Hour. Fun crowd - mostly locals (one the the benefits of not being on the promenade) \r
One of my very favorite places in SaMo.

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Really great food and drinks, especially for Happy Hour. Fun crowd - mostly locals (one the the benefits of not being on the promenade) \r
One of my very favorite places in SaMo.

Pros: Happy Hour

Cons: Can get very crowded

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This restaurant is worth every penny. I had the most delicious salmon plate the other night. Try the dessert sampler if you're feeling really decadent. Great ambience and consistently good.

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This restaurant is worth every penny. I had the most delicious salmon plate the other night. Try the dessert sampler if you're feeling really decadent. Great ambience and consistently good.

Pros: The Food, Drinks, Dessert

Cons: Parking

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I went there with my husband and a couple friends. The appetisers are yummy, this a good place to go with a fun group. It has a festive atmosphere and the drinks are delicious; albeit more expensive than just about anywhere I've been in

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I went there with my husband and a couple friends. The appetisers are yummy, this a good place to go with a fun group. It has a festive atmosphere and the drinks are delicious; albeit more expensive than just about anywhere I've been in

Pros: Nice Atmosphere

Cons: expensive drinks

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This place is great. The happy hour is a fantastic bargain.
The food is yummy. I love the chile quesadilla.
The service is top notch.
Susan F. (one of the owners) actually comes around the tables and checks on her patrons.
I love this

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This place is great. The happy hour is a fantastic bargain.
The food is yummy. I love the chile quesadilla.
The service is top notch.
Susan F. (one of the owners) actually comes around the tables and checks on her patrons.
I love this

Pros: Food excellent, Great Margaritas, Great service

Cons: Too noisey, Crowded

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Loved it! Went here with a friend who insisted on Mexican, which I have gotten kind of tired of lately. Really surprised to have fresh ingredients, creative, fun menu with organic rice and beans, and awesome margaritas. We had a total

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Loved it! Went here with a friend who insisted on Mexican, which I have gotten kind of tired of lately. Really surprised to have fresh ingredients, creative, fun menu with organic rice and beans, and awesome margaritas. We had a total

Pros: Margaritas, Great fresh food!, Good service

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