Lares Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 2909 Pico Blvd

    Santa Monica, CA 90405

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  • 310-829-4550

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Stay away from the "semi manager" named Jesse. He is a large man and he greeted us when we came in. However since our entire party was not there he said he could not seat us and recommended we wait at the bar. I understand THIS IS STANDARD

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★★★★★

Stay away from the "semi manager" named Jesse. He is a large man and he greeted us when we came in. However since our entire party was not there he said he could not seat us and recommended we wait at the bar. I understand THIS IS STANDARD

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we are regulars on friday nights here. I left my purse tonight, went back 20 minutes later and all the money was gone. what an embarrassment.

EWWWWWWWWWW

3
★★★★★

we are regulars on friday nights here. I left my purse tonight, went back 20 minutes later and all the money was gone. what an embarrassment.

EWWWWWWWWWW

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I've been here twice...sort of. A friend and I called on Cinco de Mayo to ask how long the wait was. We were shocked when they said there wasn't one, so we headed straight over (from 2 miles away.) After paying for the valet, we got inside

3
★★★★★

I've been here twice...sort of. A friend and I called on Cinco de Mayo to ask how long the wait was. We were shocked when they said there wasn't one, so we headed straight over (from 2 miles away.) After paying for the valet, we got inside

Pros: large portions

Cons: weird service, inconsistent food quality

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STAY AWAY! THEY CHARGE YOU 75 cents for WATER!

Went here for dinner a few days ago. Awful service, awful food.
Waiters treat you like you don't exist. They push alcohol and if you
don't order any they look at you like weirdos. Nickel and dime you for everything. Better to eat at a TACO truck than to go to a dump like this.

STAY AWAY.

1
★☆☆☆☆

STAY AWAY! THEY CHARGE YOU 75 cents for WATER!

Went here for dinner a few days ago. Awful service, awful food.
Waiters treat you like you don't exist. They push alcohol and if you
don't order any they look at you like weirdos. Nickel and dime you for everything. Better to eat at a TACO truck than to go to a dump like this.

STAY AWAY.

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STAY AWAY! THEY CHARGE YOU 75 cents for WATER!

Went here for dinner a few days ago. Awful service, awful food.
Waiters treat you like you don't exist. They push alcohol and if you
don't order any they look at you like weirdos. Nickel and

3
★★★★★

STAY AWAY! THEY CHARGE YOU 75 cents for WATER!

Went here for dinner a few days ago. Awful service, awful food.
Waiters treat you like you don't exist. They push alcohol and if you
don't order any they look at you like weirdos. Nickel and

Pros: awful service. Rip off

Cons: awful service. Rip off

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I really liked the atmosphere of this place, and with 40 years owned by the same family, wanted to love this place. The atmosphere is legit...dim lighting with interesting wooden tables and bar. By the time the chips and salsa arrived and the margaritas were on the table, my anticipation of a great meal was peaked. The chips were thick and made on site it seems and the salsa was spicy and tasty.

Unfortunately when my tamales arrived, there were beyond bland. When I requested hot sauce for them, the waiter brought some kind of goopy tomato paste instead of more of the fabulous salsa. It seemed to have no spice in it. Beans were flavorless as was the rice.

My boyfriend says Bill Cosby would have loved the Mole because it tasted just like Chocolate pudding. It was very sweet.

Service started out good but soured as soon as I asked for the hot sauce. Like I said, I really wanted to like this place, but would love to go back in time and not have gone. At least we didn't pay outrageous prices like we did at Border Grill. Poor Santa Monica. Is there any good mexican food here?

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★☆☆☆☆

I really liked the atmosphere of this place, and with 40 years owned by the same family, wanted to love this place. The atmosphere is legit...dim lighting with interesting wooden tables and bar. By the time the chips and salsa arrived and the margaritas were on the table, my anticipation of a great meal was peaked. The chips were thick and made on site it seems and the salsa was spicy and tasty.

Unfortunately when my tamales arrived, there were beyond bland. When I requested hot sauce for them, the waiter brought some kind of goopy tomato paste instead of more of the fabulous salsa. It seemed to have no spice in it. Beans were flavorless as was the rice.

My boyfriend says Bill Cosby would have loved the Mole because it tasted just like Chocolate pudding. It was very sweet.

Service started out good but soured as soon as I asked for the hot sauce. Like I said, I really wanted to like this place, but would love to go back in time and not have gone. At least we didn't pay outrageous prices like we did at Border Grill. Poor Santa Monica. Is there any good mexican food here?

Pros: Decent drinks, great chips and salsa

Cons: boring tamales and too sweet mole

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This place is highly recommended if you want a great meal with great service. There is an upstairs and a downstairs area (both are great), but no matter where you sit you get great service. I have been about 10 times now, and each time I am impressed. Any carnitas dish is excellent.

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★★★★★

This place is highly recommended if you want a great meal with great service. There is an upstairs and a downstairs area (both are great), but no matter where you sit you get great service. I have been about 10 times now, and each time I am impressed. Any carnitas dish is excellent.

Pros: Great food, Great interior, great service

Cons: Starting to get crowded

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With so many Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles, it's hard to stand out, but this place definitely does! Everything I've had on the menu has been wonderful - I recommend the huevos rancheros or the carne asada tacos - the meat is tender and very flavorful. Their margaritas are strong, but still taste good and I love their Mexican hot chocolate. Oh ... and they have the best guacamole!

2
★★★★★

With so many Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles, it's hard to stand out, but this place definitely does! Everything I've had on the menu has been wonderful - I recommend the huevos rancheros or the carne asada tacos - the meat is tender and very flavorful. Their margaritas are strong, but still taste good and I love their Mexican hot chocolate. Oh ... and they have the best guacamole!

Pros: great food

Cons: none

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My husband and I decided to try this spot out on Friday night. We didn?t have to wait long for a table. The food and salsa were great! Fast services and I loved their margaritas.
One weird thing?the bartender was our bartender, food server and he busses tables too. They all seem to help each other out and it works. Tiny bar area downstairs and no room to sit and wait. Up stairs has more tables and another larger bar. They have two waiting list: one for down and one for up-stairs. They had 2 string guitar players that move around the room. Over all we had a great time and I plan on going back and bring friends.

2
★★★★★

My husband and I decided to try this spot out on Friday night. We didn?t have to wait long for a table. The food and salsa were great! Fast services and I loved their margaritas.
One weird thing?the bartender was our bartender, food server and he busses tables too. They all seem to help each other out and it works. Tiny bar area downstairs and no room to sit and wait. Up stairs has more tables and another larger bar. They have two waiting list: one for down and one for up-stairs. They had 2 string guitar players that move around the room. Over all we had a great time and I plan on going back and bring friends.

Pros: Cheap, great salsa and food

Cons: No area to sit and wait

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This is a very friendly restaurant with great Margueritas and wonderful Mexican cuisine. My favorite dish is the Carnitas which is done similarly to the way it is prepared in Cuban restaurants.

4
★★★★☆

This is a very friendly restaurant with great Margueritas and wonderful Mexican cuisine. My favorite dish is the Carnitas which is done similarly to the way it is prepared in Cuban restaurants.

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I am not sure why others would write a review on their salads and streaks. Lares is one of the best of LA, with a great atmosphere, staff, and traditional down home mex (nothing fancy). Order the mole for some of the best in town. Great spot to meet friends.

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★★★★★

I am not sure why others would write a review on their salads and streaks. Lares is one of the best of LA, with a great atmosphere, staff, and traditional down home mex (nothing fancy). Order the mole for some of the best in town. Great spot to meet friends.

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After passing by this two-story restaurant and always seeing a crowd outside its cool-looking Spanish colonial engraved wood sign, my fiance & I finally made it in. Upon first entering, we were graciously greeted by an older, heavily makeup-ed woman whose name easily could've been Dona Maria. Big plus. We were then seated by the window, which afforded us a good view of passersby as well as the trickling-in crowd on the first-floor dining area w/the white plaster walls & dark-wood sunken bar. Very cool. After ordering some soup de camaron (shrimp) and steak, I walked upstairs to discover the very lively & urbane dining/bar area that led to yet another rear dining area w/mariachis walking around. Fantastic! Then... the food arrived. The soup was competely impotent -- bland, blah, flavorless with shrimp that had THAT DIRTY LINE OF FECES ON ITS BACK VEIN!!! gross! And my fiance's steak? Let's just say he took one bite & said he may as well have had a rubber shoe on his plate. To the restaurant's credit, our server was very helpful and asked if everything was ok since he noticed our stil-full plates/bowl. We just said we were full and enjoyed a song from the mariachis (who had by this time made it downstairs) and left. Very unfortunate that the food sux so much cos we really wanted to come back -- but I am Mexican-American and this food is in no way indicative of what Mexican food should be. Tsk tsk.

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★★☆☆☆

After passing by this two-story restaurant and always seeing a crowd outside its cool-looking Spanish colonial engraved wood sign, my fiance & I finally made it in. Upon first entering, we were graciously greeted by an older, heavily makeup-ed woman whose name easily could've been Dona Maria. Big plus. We were then seated by the window, which afforded us a good view of passersby as well as the trickling-in crowd on the first-floor dining area w/the white plaster walls & dark-wood sunken bar. Very cool. After ordering some soup de camaron (shrimp) and steak, I walked upstairs to discover the very lively & urbane dining/bar area that led to yet another rear dining area w/mariachis walking around. Fantastic! Then... the food arrived. The soup was competely impotent -- bland, blah, flavorless with shrimp that had THAT DIRTY LINE OF FECES ON ITS BACK VEIN!!! gross! And my fiance's steak? Let's just say he took one bite & said he may as well have had a rubber shoe on his plate. To the restaurant's credit, our server was very helpful and asked if everything was ok since he noticed our stil-full plates/bowl. We just said we were full and enjoyed a song from the mariachis (who had by this time made it downstairs) and left. Very unfortunate that the food sux so much cos we really wanted to come back -- but I am Mexican-American and this food is in no way indicative of what Mexican food should be. Tsk tsk.

Pros: Fantastic setting, very friendly service, live mariachis

Cons: Dirty shrimp in soup, rubber steak, watery salad

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i love this restaurant. everytime i go, the staff is so friendly and prompt. the decor makes you feel like you're in quaint restaurant in mexico. the potato tacos are the best!

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★★★★★

i love this restaurant. everytime i go, the staff is so friendly and prompt. the decor makes you feel like you're in quaint restaurant in mexico. the potato tacos are the best!

Pros: good food, good service, good price

Cons: none

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Of the many Mexican restaurants that pepper Los Angeles like New York City Starbucks, this is very near the top of the list. The ambiance is comfortable and unpretentious, but nowhere near seedy. The energy spent at other restaurants forcing waitstaff to wear "authentic" Mexican dress is clearly aimed at making the food authentic here. Incredibly fresh chips and homemade salsa made their way to the table quickly, and came dangerously close to being too filling.

The menu is extensive, with many standard Mexican fares scattered among some more unique dishes. One that caught my eye was steak served with cactus. In the end I decided to go with the more traditional tamales. The texture was perfect, the chicken was roasted to an amazing tenderness, and the red chili sauce was a perfect spicy addition.

Waitstaff was kind and super attentive and the wandering flamenco minstrels were a nice touch.

Will make this a new West side dining destination, and will be sure to try a margarita next time.

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★★★☆☆

Of the many Mexican restaurants that pepper Los Angeles like New York City Starbucks, this is very near the top of the list. The ambiance is comfortable and unpretentious, but nowhere near seedy. The energy spent at other restaurants forcing waitstaff to wear "authentic" Mexican dress is clearly aimed at making the food authentic here. Incredibly fresh chips and homemade salsa made their way to the table quickly, and came dangerously close to being too filling.

The menu is extensive, with many standard Mexican fares scattered among some more unique dishes. One that caught my eye was steak served with cactus. In the end I decided to go with the more traditional tamales. The texture was perfect, the chicken was roasted to an amazing tenderness, and the red chili sauce was a perfect spicy addition.

Waitstaff was kind and super attentive and the wandering flamenco minstrels were a nice touch.

Will make this a new West side dining destination, and will be sure to try a margarita next time.

Pros: great waitstaff, fresh food, easy access, not overly crowded

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Lares has been one of my favorite Mexican Restaurants.I was their Hostess many years ago and my favorite dish is Chicken Chipotle. The best part of Lares is the family welcoming feeling you receive.

5
★★★★★

Lares has been one of my favorite Mexican Restaurants.I was their Hostess many years ago and my favorite dish is Chicken Chipotle. The best part of Lares is the family welcoming feeling you receive.

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Lares is a great. The food is great. The ambiance is terrific. The service is the best. The prices are adequate and I always go back. Never have a bad experience at this place, although it does get stuffy on Friday night. It's a happening place for being on Pico! Go and enjoy a nice relaxing night at Lares and ask for a special margarita.

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★★★☆☆

Lares is a great. The food is great. The ambiance is terrific. The service is the best. The prices are adequate and I always go back. Never have a bad experience at this place, although it does get stuffy on Friday night. It's a happening place for being on Pico! Go and enjoy a nice relaxing night at Lares and ask for a special margarita.

Pros: Street parking everywhere, and valet

Cons: gets a little crowded

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i was hesitant coming back after the fire... but, i am so glad i came back. THE CARNITAS ARE STILL JUST AS GOOD and the don julio margaritas are just as yummy! the ambience in this wonderful restaurant is just festive. and if you are looking for tex-mex type food -- this is not the place to go. and thank goodness for that! i will definitely keep on coming back.

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★★★★★

i was hesitant coming back after the fire... but, i am so glad i came back. THE CARNITAS ARE STILL JUST AS GOOD and the don julio margaritas are just as yummy! the ambience in this wonderful restaurant is just festive. and if you are looking for tex-mex type food -- this is not the place to go. and thank goodness for that! i will definitely keep on coming back.

Pros: carnitas

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Ambience is key at this hidden treasure of a Mexican restaurant, tucked away on Pico. From the old, world, rustic dining rooms to the roving mariachi bands on weekends, the place welcomes you into an inviting atmospehere of elegance and charm. And the food is good, too! Warm, fresh tortilla chips start off the meal followed by expertly prepared entrees that seem less touched by Americanism than at some of the other more well-known Mexican restaurants. For example, the fajitas come sans guacamole and sour cream, but they feature the most divine combination of ingredients! Parking can be tricky, though, so it's a good thing they offer valet service.

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★★★★☆

Ambience is key at this hidden treasure of a Mexican restaurant, tucked away on Pico. From the old, world, rustic dining rooms to the roving mariachi bands on weekends, the place welcomes you into an inviting atmospehere of elegance and charm. And the food is good, too! Warm, fresh tortilla chips start off the meal followed by expertly prepared entrees that seem less touched by Americanism than at some of the other more well-known Mexican restaurants. For example, the fajitas come sans guacamole and sour cream, but they feature the most divine combination of ingredients! Parking can be tricky, though, so it's a good thing they offer valet service.

Pros: ambience, food

Cons: crowded, long waits, lack of street parking

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The food was great, and they're open a little later than other restaurants in the area. I loved the chile colorado. Also, the atmosphere is wonderful and I received a serenade at my table the first time I ate their. Doesn't look like much on the outside, but it just makes you feel better about 'discovering' this gem. Average sit down prices for a sit down place, I think it was $10-$15 a plate. I wish there was better parking, though.

PROS: good food and open later
CONS: parking is valet

4
★★★★☆

The food was great, and they're open a little later than other restaurants in the area. I loved the chile colorado. Also, the atmosphere is wonderful and I received a serenade at my table the first time I ate their. Doesn't look like much on the outside, but it just makes you feel better about 'discovering' this gem. Average sit down prices for a sit down place, I think it was $10-$15 a plate. I wish there was better parking, though.

PROS: good food and open later
CONS: parking is valet

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Lares is a gem hidden on Pico that serves incredible Mexican food. Don't leave without trying the carnitas (insane!) or the fajitas which are made with potatoes (so delicious). Good margaritas as well. This is a great place for a group as it's a very fun, party atmosphere with mariachis. Expect to wait on the weekends.

PROS: Incredible food
CONS: Wait on weekends

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★★★★★

Lares is a gem hidden on Pico that serves incredible Mexican food. Don't leave without trying the carnitas (insane!) or the fajitas which are made with potatoes (so delicious). Good margaritas as well. This is a great place for a group as it's a very fun, party atmosphere with mariachis. Expect to wait on the weekends.

PROS: Incredible food
CONS: Wait on weekends

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I've been to Lares quite a few times for lunch with coworkers. It's a great little place, with a nice, friendly, atmosphere. I'd like to try it for dinner, as well, as the ambience seems to lend itself to a cozy evening with friends, or a date. The margaritas are excellent, as are the tacos...and you can't go wrong with the carnitas burrito! I've always had friendly, gracious service, and an overall good experience. I will continue to go back!

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★★★★★

I've been to Lares quite a few times for lunch with coworkers. It's a great little place, with a nice, friendly, atmosphere. I'd like to try it for dinner, as well, as the ambience seems to lend itself to a cozy evening with friends, or a date. The margaritas are excellent, as are the tacos...and you can't go wrong with the carnitas burrito! I've always had friendly, gracious service, and an overall good experience. I will continue to go back!

Pros: margaritas, friendly service, nice atmosphere

Cons: can be a little noisy

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After reading the reviews, thought I had found a great new place to try for our weekly Sunday dinner. I had the carnitas enchiladas, their "recommended" meat, and wasn't really very impressed. It was ok, but tasted like average greasy Mexican food. Cool hidden-away atmosphere, great service, and an excellent margarita round out the meal, deceide for yourself...

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★★★☆☆

After reading the reviews, thought I had found a great new place to try for our weekly Sunday dinner. I had the carnitas enchiladas, their "recommended" meat, and wasn't really very impressed. It was ok, but tasted like average greasy Mexican food. Cool hidden-away atmosphere, great service, and an excellent margarita round out the meal, deceide for yourself...

Pros: Great margarita, Cool atmosphere, Good service

Cons: Average food

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Decided to go here for lunch recently. After reading the reviews, I was pumped up. I was definitely not disappointed. I am a huge fan of Mexican food; I've been to El Chollo, Casa Vega, Border Grille, etc., and the bottom line is that Lares is one of the best Mexican restaurants in L.A. The carnitas were excellent, and all of the entrees seemed to be reasonably priced. If you want down home Mexican food in a casual setting, then this is the place to go.

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★★★★★

Decided to go here for lunch recently. After reading the reviews, I was pumped up. I was definitely not disappointed. I am a huge fan of Mexican food; I've been to El Chollo, Casa Vega, Border Grille, etc., and the bottom line is that Lares is one of the best Mexican restaurants in L.A. The carnitas were excellent, and all of the entrees seemed to be reasonably priced. If you want down home Mexican food in a casual setting, then this is the place to go.

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Without question the best Mexican restaurant in L.A.--food, drinks, staff, and the rest.

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★★★★★

Without question the best Mexican restaurant in L.A.--food, drinks, staff, and the rest.

Pros: family-owned, fresh salsa, fast service

Cons: limited seating

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Try the vegetable fajitas...they are the best...even if you are meat eater!

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★★★★★

Try the vegetable fajitas...they are the best...even if you are meat eater!

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We love going to Lares. It is definitely our favorite mexican food in LA. We have tried many things on the menu and they have all been wonderful. some of our favorites are mole, carnitas and carne asada. The margaritas are wonderful as well. Go there, you won't be sorry.

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★★★★★

We love going to Lares. It is definitely our favorite mexican food in LA. We have tried many things on the menu and they have all been wonderful. some of our favorites are mole, carnitas and carne asada. The margaritas are wonderful as well. Go there, you won't be sorry.

Pros: food, margaritas

Cons: none

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Lares is a really fantastic Mexican restaurant. Tastes like my mom's homemade Mexican food. The mole is amazing, the enchiladas are incredible. I just can't say enough great things about Lares. Go! You won't be disappointed. They also have amazing breakfast!

2
★★★★★

Lares is a really fantastic Mexican restaurant. Tastes like my mom's homemade Mexican food. The mole is amazing, the enchiladas are incredible. I just can't say enough great things about Lares. Go! You won't be disappointed. They also have amazing breakfast!

Pros: Food, Margaritas!, Ambience

Cons: None

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We just finished eating there for cinco de mayo. The atmosphere was beautiful and rustic with a band playing songs on their acoustic guitars. We started off with the shrimp cocktail. The shrimp still had the poop vein on them, and the dipping sauce was too watery-- it would have been more appetizing had the sauce been more chuncky. I then ordered the carnitas en chile verde, and it was over the top salty. We were pretty disappointed with the food, but the people and venue were fantastic!

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★★★☆☆

We just finished eating there for cinco de mayo. The atmosphere was beautiful and rustic with a band playing songs on their acoustic guitars. We started off with the shrimp cocktail. The shrimp still had the poop vein on them, and the dipping sauce was too watery-- it would have been more appetizing had the sauce been more chuncky. I then ordered the carnitas en chile verde, and it was over the top salty. We were pretty disappointed with the food, but the people and venue were fantastic!

Pros: ambiance, service, valet

Cons: salty food, cramped seating, very loud

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All the food we've tried here is good. What really stands out and makes me consider them one of my favorite places to dine, howver, is their carnitas. It's consistently been cooked perfectly to be crunchy on the outer pieces and tender on the inside. If you like chorizo, be sure to substitute the rice for their chorizo beans. The service can be a little slow at times, but not intolerable. The carne asada and the tacos are pretty good, but what keeps me keep coming back is the carnitas. Definitely one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

All the food we've tried here is good. What really stands out and makes me consider them one of my favorite places to dine, howver, is their carnitas. It's consistently been cooked perfectly to be crunchy on the outer pieces and tender on the inside. If you like chorizo, be sure to substitute the rice for their chorizo beans. The service can be a little slow at times, but not intolerable. The carne asada and the tacos are pretty good, but what keeps me keep coming back is the carnitas. Definitely one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. Highly recommended.

Pros: Best carnitas in town, Consistent, Generous portions

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This is the best Mexican restaurant I have been to in Los Angeles. It has a very nice atmosphere with live music. Great margaritas and the food is phenomenal. Excellent service with a very friendly waiting staff. No other Mexican restaurant even come close!!

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★★★★★

This is the best Mexican restaurant I have been to in Los Angeles. It has a very nice atmosphere with live music. Great margaritas and the food is phenomenal. Excellent service with a very friendly waiting staff. No other Mexican restaurant even come close!!

Pros: Good Food, Live music, Excellent margaritas

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I have been to tons of Mexican restaurants all over the country and this is by far the best one. Not only is the food out of this world, but the ambience is great and the service is fantastic. The only problem is that it gets a little loud, especially once the mariachi guys start rocking, but just a few sips from one of their fantastic margaritas and you'll be rocking with them.

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★★★★★

I have been to tons of Mexican restaurants all over the country and this is by far the best one. Not only is the food out of this world, but the ambience is great and the service is fantastic. The only problem is that it gets a little loud, especially once the mariachi guys start rocking, but just a few sips from one of their fantastic margaritas and you'll be rocking with them.

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I brought a few out of town friends of mine here the other night, including one friend whose family is Mexican and was rather skeptical about going out for Mexican food, and everyone was thrilled with their meals. The menu had a good range of American favorites (quesadillas, fajitas) and some more serious mexican food (good seafood, great mole). On top of that, the margaritas were the strongest I have ever had at a restaurant, and the entrees were priced right.

2
★★★★☆

I brought a few out of town friends of mine here the other night, including one friend whose family is Mexican and was rather skeptical about going out for Mexican food, and everyone was thrilled with their meals. The menu had a good range of American favorites (quesadillas, fajitas) and some more serious mexican food (good seafood, great mole). On top of that, the margaritas were the strongest I have ever had at a restaurant, and the entrees were priced right.

Pros: great margaritas

Cons: , noisy

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Lares is a small, discreet looking restaurant almost hidden away on Pico Boulevard. The food is delicious, the staff is unfailingly courteous and the ambience is lovely and mellow. On weekends, a mariachi band will walk around and serenade the diners. If you ever get a chance to eat at Lares in the evenings, ask to be seated upstairs. It feels much cozier and at Christmas, the Christmas lights they drape everywhere make you feel as if you've been transported elsewhere!

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★★★★★

Lares is a small, discreet looking restaurant almost hidden away on Pico Boulevard. The food is delicious, the staff is unfailingly courteous and the ambience is lovely and mellow. On weekends, a mariachi band will walk around and serenade the diners. If you ever get a chance to eat at Lares in the evenings, ask to be seated upstairs. It feels much cozier and at Christmas, the Christmas lights they drape everywhere make you feel as if you've been transported elsewhere!

Pros: Inexpensive, Great food, Great staff

Cons: , Sometimes crowded

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Background...I grew up in San Antonio and have traveled extensively throughout Mexico. I love both down-and-dirty and haute...

This place is one of (if not the) the worst places for mexican food I have ever been... The margarita was sweet and nasty. How hard is to mix only fresh lime juice, orange liquer, and tequila?

The chips were good but the salsa had so much garlic that i'm still scraping my tongue a day later. The service was friendly. The entres were awful.

The menu had some nice selections, but I was in the mood for something simple. I had enchiladas rancheras & wife had enchiladas asada. Both lacked depth and flavor. Hell, they just tasted bad. The carnitas at the next table were sereved like fajitas?

so far my LA favs are:
down-and-dirty Paco's Tacos (great margarita, solid food)..
haute seranta de garibaldi (sp?)...

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★☆☆☆☆

Background...I grew up in San Antonio and have traveled extensively throughout Mexico. I love both down-and-dirty and haute...

This place is one of (if not the) the worst places for mexican food I have ever been... The margarita was sweet and nasty. How hard is to mix only fresh lime juice, orange liquer, and tequila?

The chips were good but the salsa had so much garlic that i'm still scraping my tongue a day later. The service was friendly. The entres were awful.

The menu had some nice selections, but I was in the mood for something simple. I had enchiladas rancheras & wife had enchiladas asada. Both lacked depth and flavor. Hell, they just tasted bad. The carnitas at the next table were sereved like fajitas?

so far my LA favs are:
down-and-dirty Paco's Tacos (great margarita, solid food)..
haute seranta de garibaldi (sp?)...

Pros: Service is friendly, Menu

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The decor and the waitress dresses are Mexican style. I tried the vegetarian combo which includes chilli relleno, rice, and beans. It didn't taste any better than the average fare found in most mexican restaurants. May be the seafood and meat here are exceptionally better. Otherwise, I can't understand how people have rated this place so highly.

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★★★☆☆

The decor and the waitress dresses are Mexican style. I tried the vegetarian combo which includes chilli relleno, rice, and beans. It didn't taste any better than the average fare found in most mexican restaurants. May be the seafood and meat here are exceptionally better. Otherwise, I can't understand how people have rated this place so highly.

Pros: Mexican decor

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Great romantic Mexican.

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★★★★★

Great romantic Mexican.

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It's hard to believe that you did not include Lare's in at least the top 3 best Mexican restaurants!

I've been eating there for 25 years(+-), and have tried virtually everything on their menu with not one disappointing meal.

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★★★★★

It's hard to believe that you did not include Lare's in at least the top 3 best Mexican restaurants!

I've been eating there for 25 years(+-), and have tried virtually everything on their menu with not one disappointing meal.

Pros: inexpensive, short waits, great staff

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I've been going to Lares for over 15 years now, and overall, it's pretty much the best Mexican food in the immediate area. And I should know, since I've been to dozens of places in LA. I highly recommend the pork "Manny Layne" chile verde burrito. It is truly an exquisite taste experience. If I had one complaint, it would be their margaritas -- they're OK, but not great. Other than that, you'll have a hard time finding better Mexican than this. Try and not eat downstairs if you can, it's like a dungeon.

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★★★★★

I've been going to Lares for over 15 years now, and overall, it's pretty much the best Mexican food in the immediate area. And I should know, since I've been to dozens of places in LA. I highly recommend the pork "Manny Layne" chile verde burrito. It is truly an exquisite taste experience. If I had one complaint, it would be their margaritas -- they're OK, but not great. Other than that, you'll have a hard time finding better Mexican than this. Try and not eat downstairs if you can, it's like a dungeon.

Pros: great food, good sevice

Cons: Ok margaritas, Crowded at night

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After many "hit-and-misses" at other so called Mexican restaurants, we finally found one with a good variety of authentic Mexican Food equaled by taste. The staff was friendly and quick - ready with a fresh, cold cerveza by the time the last gulp was hitting your lips. This is not your typical Cal-Mex cuisine that runs rampant here in SoCal. Try the chiles rellenos or the enchiladas. For the price, you won't be disappointed.

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★★★★★

After many "hit-and-misses" at other so called Mexican restaurants, we finally found one with a good variety of authentic Mexican Food equaled by taste. The staff was friendly and quick - ready with a fresh, cold cerveza by the time the last gulp was hitting your lips. This is not your typical Cal-Mex cuisine that runs rampant here in SoCal. Try the chiles rellenos or the enchiladas. For the price, you won't be disappointed.

Pros: Wait Staff, Portions, Variety

Cons: Street parking

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Based on what I've read here, we went to check this place out. The decor & atmosphere are very nice, and the wait staff is excellent. But, the fish tacos were overly salty, the $8 nachos didn't even have any meat in them, and the 'camarones al diablo' the the ciysearch reviewer raved about were nothing special. With this atmosphere and prices you would expect much better food. I don't plan on returning.

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★★☆☆☆

Based on what I've read here, we went to check this place out. The decor & atmosphere are very nice, and the wait staff is excellent. But, the fish tacos were overly salty, the $8 nachos didn't even have any meat in them, and the 'camarones al diablo' the the ciysearch reviewer raved about were nothing special. With this atmosphere and prices you would expect much better food. I don't plan on returning.

Pros: great service

Cons: sub-par food, overpriced

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The best mexican food around. Lares is for those who want REAL mexican food, not homogenized "Gringo" fare so often offered up by the chain restaurants. Go out of your way to try it and you will get hooked. The waitresses are as charming as the food is good.

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★★★★★

The best mexican food around. Lares is for those who want REAL mexican food, not homogenized "Gringo" fare so often offered up by the chain restaurants. Go out of your way to try it and you will get hooked. The waitresses are as charming as the food is good.

Pros: Great food, Inexpensive, Cute Waitresses

Cons: lousy parking, Needs painting, and a good scrubbing

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I hope this place remains the gem that it is. Family owned and run, it's one of my favorites in all of the city. Fresh chips and salsa are addictive, not a bad thing on the menu, and I've had all of it. The more amazing things are filet mignon wrapped in bacon, carne adobada (marinated pork steak), carnitas in chile colorado, and gallina en mole. Beautiful furnishings, and quite a scene at the upstairs bar at night.

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★★★★★

I hope this place remains the gem that it is. Family owned and run, it's one of my favorites in all of the city. Fresh chips and salsa are addictive, not a bad thing on the menu, and I've had all of it. The more amazing things are filet mignon wrapped in bacon, carne adobada (marinated pork steak), carnitas in chile colorado, and gallina en mole. Beautiful furnishings, and quite a scene at the upstairs bar at night.

Pros: Authentic flavors, Friendly service, Reasonable

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In an atmospheric room with Mission-style furniture and a carved bar, this family-run place offers better-than-average Mexican food and polite, attentive service. Specialties include savanitas (thinly sliced steak in mild chile sauce),…

 

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