Border Grill - Downtown LA
What Insiders Are Saying
All-around solid Mexican food with a slight corporate vibe.
Went in for a quick bite in the cantina and the server (bartender) was fantastic
Loved the restaurant and Pablo! I would definitely return in the future when I’m in town
Parking is a problem .It cost you $10.00 plus the food cost .
Food was very good. Service took way too long.
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.
Food was good but came Luke warm
Very good service from all the staff. The brunch is a good deal. Loved the ceviche.
Good service and friendly waitress. Good food and comfortable environment.
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.
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.
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
This restaurant is incredible. I love the food, service, and atmosphere. Pablo, our waiter, he was fantastic. Professional yet funny & light-hearted. Great guy.
Absolutely love the Brisket Tacquitos ... great happy hour pricing on food and drinks
Always a great dining experience!
We had a wonderful Easter brunch . Great food, good service !
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.
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.
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!
Service was excellent. Food was unique and delicious
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!
The manager Trevor was great and really made us feel
Welcomed. The food was delicious!!! Drinks were great!
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.
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.
It was very noisy such that it was hard to have a conversation. The portions were very small. The food was good but overpriced.
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.
It is not as good as it used to be. Some items that I used to like are no longer in the menu.
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.
Chips & salsa & guac were good, as were the drinks. Tacos were underwhelming & disappointing. Restaurant was very empty on a Sat night.
Good food, good waitress, nice ambiance
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.
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
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.
Great food, excellent service! The steak was a bit too fatty, but everything else was delicious! The servers and host staff were super friendly.
The food was amazing. There were a lot of delicious vegan options.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Great food with good service but VERY NOISY. Don’t even try to have a conversation in a normal tone of voice.