Border Grill - Downtown LA

4.3
1832 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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The Infatuation
7.7

All-around solid Mexican food with a slight corporate vibe.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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Cleveland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in for a quick bite in the cantina and the server (bartender) was fantastic

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Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the restaurant and Pablo! I would definitely return in the future when I’m in town

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Parking is a problem .It cost you $10.00 plus the food cost .

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was very good. Service took way too long.

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PM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a wonderful mother’s day brunch at border grill! It was a little later than we would have liked - 1:30pm- since we waited til just a few days before to make the reservation but it turned out for the better since we had children with us and had plenty of space out on the patio to enjoy our meal.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day!

Food was good but came Luke warm

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Y
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good service from all the staff. The brunch is a good deal. Loved the ceviche.

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MN
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service and friendly waitress. Good food and comfortable environment.

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G
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Visited Border Grill on Cinco de Mayo so it was pretty crowded and loud but that just added to the ambiance and was expected on that evening. The food flavors were authentic and flavorful, the only reason they only got a 4 star review from me was because the food temperature could’ve been higher, my tortilla soup was lukewarm when it was placed in front of me, and the tortilla with my taco was a little stiff,, it felt as if it had been made and sat there waiting to be picked up and brought to me... which leads to the service that was a little slow - again,, expected for a holiday evening like that. Overall a good and tasty choice.

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PH
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The $10.50 margaritas were the worst I have ever had anywhere. This was the consensus of the 3 people in my party that had the same drink. There was a really off taste that we could not identify. We asked the server if he had any suggestions and he said “If you don’t like these margaritas then you won’t like any margaritas.” I have had many margaritas at other restaurants that I have enjoyed but these were the worst. We asked for sangrias instead and they were also almost undrinkable. It tasted like a cross between Hawaiian Punch and cough syrup. Again, I have had sangrias at other restaurants that I have thoroughly enjoyed, but. It these. The food was mediocre and overpriced. I had such high hopes for this well known, high end Mexican restaurant for our dinner on Cinco de Mayo but was incredibly disappointed.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

The noise was horrible it gave me a headache service was terrible we had to keep calling random waiter's for napkins straws and our food took forever and it was cold

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S
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food!

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Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is incredible. I love the food, service, and atmosphere. Pablo, our waiter, he was fantastic. Professional yet funny & light-hearted. Great guy.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Absolutely love the Brisket Tacquitos ... great happy hour pricing on food and drinks

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R
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dining experience!

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J
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Easter brunch . Great food, good service !

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Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Service was slow considering that there were only a few guests. The ceviche was delicious, but the quesadilla was inedible. My husbands shrimp diablo was fine, my pork in banana leaves was way too salty (and didn’t actually come in a banana leaf). All in all, it wasn’t a great experience.

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y
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Haven't been to BG in a few years, used to LOVE it. But for some reason the food was just MEH. Not great I have to say. But the salsas ... they stand the test of time. LOVE! I will go back, but just without the memories of how AMAZING I used to think the food was.

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MN
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A friend and I had lunch at Border Grill in DTLA! The food was outstanding and the service was quite good. I had the steak salad and my friend had the halibut fish tacos with black beans and Mexican slaw. The food was cooked to perfection and was displayed on groovy dishware. I recommend the churros with chocolate, carmel and cream highly!

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C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Food was unique and delicious

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k
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I have been a big fan of the Border Grill since it opened eons ago, so it is a little sad to see it as quiet as it was when I had lunch yesterday; hopefully this is not indicative of its getting lost among the multitude of excellent eateries that now exist and keep opening every day. Our waiter was cheerful and pleasant and paid attention to the details of our orders which were a little out of the box. My order came exactly as requested. My dining companion never got quite what she ordered, even after a couple of tries, so she ended up eating the second try and not fussing to get it as she had ordered it, while continuing to nudge to get her ice tea to become the Arnold Palmer that she had ordered. That was also disappointing, The food is so good, I want this restaurant to continue to be part of my downtown experience. Please keep the rest of the experience at the same level as the food!

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The manager Trevor was great and really made us feel
Welcomed. The food was delicious!!! Drinks were great!

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was spectacular. I wish I knew our servers name but he was so nice and did a fabulous job. Food was amazing. We are from Chicago but whenever we get back to LA we will definitely eat here again.

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FJ
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server and staff were very accommodating to our need to get to a 7:30 show at the Music Center. And our server made sure that our parking was validated for the whole night. An excellent experience.

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JB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was very noisy such that it was hard to have a conversation. The portions were very small. The food was good but overpriced.

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j
Los Angeles
98 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were a large group that needed a number of separate checks. The waiter did not like that. The food, as always, was very good. Some of the order was wrong and had to be re-done.

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SS
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is not as good as it used to be. Some items that I used to like are no longer in the menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best brunch I have ever had! The service and food/drinks was amazing. Our waiter Evan and the other staff was attentive, patient, and all around amazing. This was the best food and service we had while on vacation. This will be the first place I visit whenever I come back to LA.

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JG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Chips & salsa & guac were good, as were the drinks. Tacos were underwhelming & disappointing. Restaurant was very empty on a Sat night.

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e
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good waitress, nice ambiance

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R
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I expected so much more of this place, given the legendary pedigree of the chef/owners. On the service front, we were initially seated outside (at our request) but were seated next to a very loud and inebriated crowd of people and received literally no service for 15 minutes. We finally got a hold of someone to move us indoors, which was much more conducive to a normal dinner. Service was decent from that point forward.

Foodwise, the chips and guacamole were fantastic; nice warm chips and a fresh guac with a nice zingy heat that lingered after you ate it. The carnitas tacos were, meh, not bad but nothing I couldn’t get anywhere else at a much cheaper price point.

Bread pudding dessert was legit good.

So, a few high points, but overall, an unextraordinary experience, especially when one considers the cache of the place.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 5

Party of 9 traveling from Maryland, DC, and Chicago. The service was extremely poor. It was impossible to get mimosa refills for the bottomlesssss brunch

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k
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Border Grill has always been a favorite. Used to go to Santa Monica before it closed, now we brave LA traffic downtown once in a while but probably never again for Border Grill. Hit a super busy night, some convention. Noise was unbearable. Service was super slow but we could see they were trying. However menu has changed, portions are now tiny, 2 of our party wanted to order more after starters and entrees cause portions were so small, but we didn’t want to wait again on kitchen! Very unsatisfying.

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DD
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service! The steak was a bit too fatty, but everything else was delicious! The servers and host staff were super friendly.

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TG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing. There were a lot of delicious vegan options.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Corina, was just wonderful and, Trevor, the manager came by our table as well and he was lovely too! And the food and drinks were AMAZING!

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O
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was good food for the price. The initial wait time to be seated was a bit long considering we had a reservation. Once we were seated, all was great. The waitress was very nice and the food was of good quality.

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AH
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Border Grill has spectacular food and really wonderful staff. The tacos and the chicken enchiladas were truly exceptional. Our group tried many different menu items, and we liked the food a lot. The margarita were also well made. The guacamole was amazing. I would highly recommend a visit if you’re in Downtown.

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BJ
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing! The churro tots and guacamole were the best I have ever had. Highly recommend the brunch all you can eat small plate menu!

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e
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food with good service but VERY NOISY. Don’t even try to have a conversation in a normal tone of voice.

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