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Border Grill Downtown LA

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445 S. Figueroa St., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (5th St.)
+1 213-486-5171
11:30 - 21:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Palm Springs
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Food was very tasty. Unique. Prices as expected downtown. Fun comfortable environment and clean. Service was perfect.

Thank TMXRBDesertTravelers
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very polite and friendly staff, nice beer, good wine. They have a nice and various collection of beverages. The tacos were original, kind of fusion cuisine, with citrus, etc... The place looks nice as well. I recommend

Thank Raefearless
Mesa, Arizona
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180 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was looking for a place near downtown that had a menu that was a little different. The Border Grill certainly fits that description. It's a little pricey but so is everything else in DTLA. The food was tasty and wasn't the normal Mexican bill of fare. There is a parking garage next door and the restaurant does validate.

Thank flyboy1946
San Diego, California, United States
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114 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our way to the L.A. Opera at the Music Center, we stopped here for a solid meal to fortify us for a 3 1/2-hour performance. Starting with the Peruvian ceviche proved the best choice of the evening--tender, succulent pieces of fish lovingly marinated and served on fried plantain strips. My shrimp tacos were beautifully made, served on small corn... More 

Thank Ken H
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334 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

By picking a number of items on the Happy Hour menu, we never did get to the regular dinner menu. Everything we ordered was quite good.

Thank markmd
Los Angeles, California
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70 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There is something slightly sterile about this place, like the sort of restaurant where white middle class people go who know nothing about Mexican food. Service was outstanding but both our meals were bland and lacking in character or flavor. Also, it's expensive for what you get - $17 for three tacos / $23 for a quesadilla. Margaritas are very... More 

Thank canyonmom
Portland, OR
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45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Border Grill was a great place for a casual Cal-Mex meal with teens in tow right in downtown LA. Service was prompt, if a bit hassled, and the outdoor seating was a welcome option on a warm evening. Chips and salsa, enchiladas, tacos, and margaritas all hit the spot, and the menu was well-marked with gluten-free options, always great to... More 

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Glendale, California
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

My wife and I enjoyed a cooking demo here a few years ago and enjoyed the wonderful smells, fun people and the Two Hot Tamales (Mary Sue and Susan). When my brother and wife visited Monday and stayed at the Westin Bonaventure across the street this seemed like the perfect place to meet. And it was. I think Monday night... More 

Thank Dale T
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

The Sunday brunch gives you the opportunity to taste about 20 of their menu items. The food is unique, delicious, and beautifully presented. The service is excellent. This meal was worth every penny of the $30 they charge.

Thank llheim
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Just arrived from a long haul flight and needed a good meal after all the rubbish the airline fed us(travelling cattle class), and we learned to look at TA and its nearest affordable but excellent recommendation. We found this mexican restaurant very near our Hotel and the taste really blew us away. I had the steak quesadilla and my wife... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 445 S. Figueroa St., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90071
    (5th St.)
  • Public Transportation: 7th & Metro Station
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 213-486-5171
Enjoy upscale, modern Mexican food in a vibrant setting at Border Grill, the hip, urban cantina from Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters" and 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown

Neighbourhood Profile
Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters. Many call the evolution of Downtown over recent years gentrification. New lofts, bars, hotels and restaurants are popping up regularly. Downtown is home to some of the very best restaurants in the city leading the LA foodie scene, plus it is the location of cultural and sports venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, and the Coliseum at the University of Southern California.
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