About Border Grill - Downtown LA

445 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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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!

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH:

Monday thru Friday - 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.



DINNER:

Sunday through Thursday - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday and Saturday - 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.



BRUNCH:

Saturday and Sunday - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.



HAPPY HOUR:

Monday through Friday - 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday - 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday – 3 p.m. to close

Cross Street:
5th St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(213) 486-5171

Website:
http://www.bordergrill.com/

Catering:
Border Grill Catering

We’ll bring the party to you! Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger have been entertaining guests for more than 20 years at their popular and critically-acclaimed restaurants. Now you can bring their unique style to your next event.




Choose from an eclectic mix of flavors from the whole world with menus from Border Grill, as well as Mary Sue and Susan’s past restaurants City and Ciudad.




Call today for an unforgettable party! 213.486.5171

Parking Details:
LUNCH: Self park available in Union Bank garage, Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., first 3 hours for $3 w/ validation.



DINNER: Self park available in Union Bank garage, $5 w/ validation from 4 p.m. to 12 midnight.


FREE SHUTTLE: To Disney Concert Hall, Music Center, and Staples/Nokia, Tuesday - Saturday evenings.

Public Transit:
7th & Metro Station

Executive Chef:
Michelle Lainez

Private Party Facilities:
Throw your party at Border Grill DTLA! Border Grill was designed with parties in mind so we offer flexible options! Fountain Courtyard: Fabulous for parties of 50 to 75 guests. Bar/Cantina: Dining for parties of 15 to 40 people or cocktails for 75. Semi Private Dining Room: Seats up to 40 people. Private Meeting Room: Accommodates 45 people, A/V amenities available. Main Dining Room: Dining for 175. The Whole Enchilada: The entire restaurant accommodates 250 for sit-down dining or 400 for a cocktail party with tray-passed hors d'oeuvres and food stations. Outdoor Plaza: The neighboring Union Bank Plaza accommodates up to 1,000. Call today for an unforgettable party!

Private Party Contact:
Amber Craig: 2134865171x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For special event details on everything from cooking classes to margarita dinners, go to www.bordergrill.com or sign up for the newsletter by going to http://marysueandsusan.com/newsletter.htm.

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Border Grill - Downtown LA Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4

noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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fit for foodies (32)
hot spot (17)
neighborhood gem (17)
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vibrant bar scene (11)
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romantic (8)
kid-friendly (7)
scenic view (4)
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food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Excellent venue for a patio dining experience.

vip
Dined 6 days ago

Outside seating is ideal especially on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon.

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Reputation well deserved.

Dined on April 25, 2016

I have long wanted to eat at Border Grill and after over 20 years of life in Los Angeles I finally have. We were there on a Sunday evening when a major event was taking place on Broadway, so the place was atypically nearly deserted. No matter to us. My aged parents enjoyed the food as much as I did. Wonderful quality. I look forward to returning on a busier night.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Great lunch

Dined on April 20, 2016

Fun and interesting menu, well prepared food and attentive service. That's what makes for a good lunch spot.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

Great selection

Dined on April 20, 2016

The Border Grill has a great selection of different Mexican specialties. I was thrilled to find ceviche on the menu and had the two ceviche plate for dinner. It was super tasty and beautifully presented. The guacamole was fresh, nice and chunky and the service was attentive throughout.

Tags: good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5

The restaurant is a tastefully appointed ...

Dined on April 17, 2016

The restaurant is a tastefully appointed place. Greeted warmly by desk, busboy, and servers. We had an main dishes, with no alcohol, and the bill, with tip, was $30 each, so while not a cheap restaurant, it is priced very nicely for a downtown location. The food was outstanding. Very flavorful, not too spicy, and plentiful. We highly recommend it for pre- or post- event dining.

food5
ambience4
service5

Friendly service, delicious food - chips ...

Dined on April 17, 2016

Friendly service, delicious food - chips and salsa, plantain epanada, corn tamale, enchiladas, steak taco, shrimp taco, and pork rib tacos, and NH

food3
ambience2
service3

Dead at night. I thought it would have a ...

vip
Dined on April 16, 2016

Dead at night. I thought it would have a nice size crowd for a Friday night. We were the ONLY ones. And after we ordered, food took a long time till it was served- about 40 minutes. Ceviche good, but over priced for its size.

food5
ambience5
service5

Sautéed shrimp was outstanding!

Dined on April 10, 2016

Sautéed shrimp was outstanding!

food5
ambience5
service5

Fantastic bar, delicious drinks by Steve ...

vip
Dined on April 8, 2016

Fantastic bar, delicious drinks by Steve and wonderful service. The slow roasted meats are exceptional- try the carnitas and yucatan pork- and the guacamole is legendary.

food3
ambience2
service3
value5

Border Grll Bonanza

Dined on April 8, 2016

Great ala fresco downtown, affordable on any budget, especially during Happy Hour. Suggest chcek first to be sure no private party has reserved the outdoor patio as the noise level during happy Hour can nullify the tasty $6 margaritas.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Always great food

Dined on April 7, 2016

No matter what you order at Border Grill you will always be pleased with your selection. We usually order from the Happy Hour menu. We share our orders so that we all get to taste the deliciousness of each item. We are always happy. Unfortunately, this will be the last time we come before our night at the Music Center. We usually take the free shuttle to our event but the shuttle service has been discontinued so we must look for another restaurant that provides shuttle service. Thanks! It's been wonderful for the past 3 years!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience4
service5
value2

Good choice for dinner pre-Music Center

Dined on April 3, 2016

Meh, it was ok. A little pricey for what it is, just basic gringomex on a nice plate. Best thing about this place is the free parking with a Music Center ticket.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Food is always delicious. Our waiter, E ...

Dined on March 31, 2016

Food is always delicious. Our waiter, Eduardo, is wonderful and always attentive. Thank you, Eduardo.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch
food5
ambience3
service4

Always a wonderful unique culinary treat ...

vip
Dined on March 27, 2016

Always a wonderful unique culinary treat when downtown L.A.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Awesome Mexican!!!

vip
Dined on March 21, 2016

Love their food and drinks! Service was so good that we went back for more the day after. Their chicken enchiladas and turkey tostada were incredible!

Tags: neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service5
value3

O.K.

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

Sorry, this is L.A. Got a ton of restaurants to choose from. Nothing really stood out. Our waitress was great, but as far as the ambiance or food, No. Wouldn't go out of my way to come back. As an example, their Guacamole. Just O.K. Nothing spectacular. ROSA MEXICANO's Guacamole stood out. Probably because of the presentation. ROSA would bring to your table a large Stone Mortar & Pestle. Whole Avocado's. Then in front of you they would peel, slice, & grind the Avocado's while adding their spices & sauces. Now maybe Border Grill does the same thing & then again maybe they pour it out of a Jar. At a restaurant, presentation counts for a lot.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Delicious Food

Dined on March 7, 2016

My friend and I were in a quandary as to what to order, because we wanted to try everything on the dinner menu. In the end I asked our waitress what she would recommend. She said the Yucatan Pork was very good with the most amazing brussel sprouts and honey lime yams. We were not disappointed. The food was delicious.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Hands down the best food in LA !!

Dined on March 1, 2016

Hands down the best food in LA !!

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Brunch!

Dined on February 28, 2016

We stopped by for the brunch before an afternoon show. It was incredible!! Chelsea, our server, was fantastic. Kind, quick and knowledgeable. The food, was delicious. It was definitely the highlight of the weekend, and we enjoyed it even more than the show !!

Tags: great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Love this place!

Dined on February 22, 2016

I love Border Grill. This visit confirmed all the food is delish! The servers are personable and all out awesome!!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
food3
ambience3
service3

The people were nice. Maybe my expectati ...

Dined on February 22, 2016

The people were nice. Maybe my expectations were high with the restaurant chef /owners being so well known, but it wasn't the best. I've had the same style food at mom and pop restaurants that I would return because they do a better job with the food they serve. Thanks!

food2
ambience4
service3
value3

Border Grill Boring

Dined on February 21, 2016

The Mexican brunch was reinvented but with lack luster execution. Servers were great. Presentation was great, but the food needs to deliver.

Tags: great for brunch
food4
ambience3
service4

Brunch was good value. Steak and huevos ...

Dined on February 21, 2016

Brunch was good value. Steak and huevos rancheros was great

food5
ambience4
service5

The fish and babe back tacos are really ...

Dined on February 21, 2016

The fish and babe back tacos are really good. Happy hour is a good way to start the evening....

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Yucatan Pork heaven!

Dined on February 16, 2016

My agent and I ordered the Yucatan Pork and we easily could have ordered seconds!! The service was prompt and courteous. I look forward to returning again and again :)

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food3
ambience2
service3
value2

Ehh..

Dined on February 15, 2016

If you like Mexican and would like to see it done on a higher level , this is that. Other than that not much to say. Food was good.

food4
ambience5
service5

Great Service, nice place and very kind ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Great Service, nice place and very kind people

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Awesome experience

Dined on February 14, 2016

The food was very good. You can tell a lot of attention is given to how the food is picked, prepared, and presented. Everything was fresh and tasted great! This is truly a gem in Downtown Los Angeles.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Friday W/ Family

Dined on February 13, 2016

My family and I headed to LA on a last minute whim and needed a place to sit and visit. We are all foodies, especially my Uncle Steve (that is a whole other review) and wanted to try a new place. I used Yelp for the area and decided on the Border Grill. Good food, good drinks and the view from the patio was just amazing. I'm very glad that we asked for the patio seating for two reasons. One, the view and the beautiful LA weather, the second, the ability to visit with my family. I don't think we could've had such a good time sitting inside and the comfortable noise level. Good experience overall!

Tags: special occasion, scenic view
food2
ambience1
service1
value1

Won't be back!!

Dined on February 7, 2016

It took over 20 minutes to get our first apps and two drinks. Service was horrific! Only two or three tables in whole restaurant had people. $50 for apps four drinks! Although the parking was free since we're going to a show at Disney Concert Hall. Otherwise complete waste. The guy at the front desk with lovely and so is her man who answer the phone when I made the initial reservation. Sorry to say we won't be back.

food4
ambience2
service2
value3

best vanilla pineapple margarita and churros ever

vip
Dined on January 31, 2016

we love the guacamole and fish tacos! Great for a date night

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Always a great meal

Dined on January 30, 2016

I've always enjoyed my meals at Border Grill even way back when it was Ciudad. Tasty Mexican dishes that are presented out of the ordinary. The brunch menu offers the opportunity to taste over 20 different small plates. Dishes are always presented in a interesting manner and quite delicious. Also have gone for dinner before attending opera with a convenient shuttle.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
food4
ambience5
service4
value3

Love the decor

Dined on January 26, 2016

Loved the décor, wait staff very friendly, I had the trout and the food was good (portions aren't too large so don't think you will split anything, which is okay with me). Food took a little long coming out but we were at lunch and time was of the essence. It didn't help that a party of 12 was sat next to us right after we placed our order and our waiter had that table. I would definitely go back and would love to take my husband for a date night.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Quality Mexican Food

Dined on January 24, 2016

This was a nice spot in the midst of a bunch of chain restaurants in this particular area. A nice concise menu with some interesting options, tasty margaritas, friendly service, and pretty reasonably priced. I would definitely go back!

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

My Go-To DTLA Restaurant

Dined on January 24, 2016

My son and I love going to The Border Grill in downtown LA. The servers are very friendly and the food is supreme. It can be a bit pricey, but it's worth every penny. We especially enjoy the weekend all-you-can-eat brunch, which has a great variety of savory, sweet, meaty, and vegetarian offerings.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

Preconcert Dinner

Dined on January 23, 2016

We enjoyed every single course we had. Our server recommended we ordered off the happy hour menu for more food at a cheaper price. The brisket taquitos were delicious. Our jalapeño margaritas were the highlight of our night. The tacos were good, hard to mess up, but the chile relleno was mouthwatering. Our dessert really topped our dinner. We will be returning. Also our server, Chelsea was wonderful and knew what she was talking about!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Perfect place for a special lunch

Dined on January 20, 2016

I go to downtown LA almost never. This was the perfect place for a special occasion lunch. I would highly recommend The Border Grill-Downtown.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service4

Absolutely. Worth a visit!

vip
Dined on January 20, 2016

Absolutely. Worth a visit!

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Always a pleasure here

Dined on January 14, 2016

Everytime my friends and I go to the Music Center we always meet at Border Grill for dinner before our event. The food is fabulous and the service is great.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience3
service4
value5

Fun spot in Downtown

Dined on January 13, 2016

I live outside of LA but was meeting friends from out of town who were staying at the Westin. Border Grill was an easy walk for them & parking a breeze for me! We were seated promptly and our cute waitress was right there to take a drink order. We had questions about the menu and she had all the answers we needed. Everyone was pleased with their selections. I had the pork tacos & would have them again! Another gal had the grilled fish (salmon that day) tacos and she raved about them! I'm not too keen about spicy food so this was almost too much for me but I did enjoy my food very much. I would go there again when I am in the area.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot

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