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Santa Monica
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1416 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2309 (Santa Moinca)
17:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Mon - Wed 17:00 - 22:00
Thu - Fri 17:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 23:00
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Lugano, Switzerland
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is my favorite restaurant in Santa Monica. Very good Mexican food (right portions, nicely displayed, freshly cooked), but they have the best signature margaritas ever. Even though it is located in a very touristic neighborhood, maybe the most touristic one of the whole LA, it is good to notice that it seems to accommodate also locals. Staff is very... More 

Thank ilariajuon
Los Angeles, California, United States
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were trying to find a place to eat walking down 4th Street and it was freezing cold. We saw Mercado and was pleasently surprised. We were seated right away in a cozy corner. Ordered their guacamole to start- awesome - enough to feed 4. Drinks and chips until the dinner came. I ordered the grilled fish tacos- absolutely delicious... More 

Thank Cheryl K
Manchester, United Kingdom
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377 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

We had a quick couple of small plates in here and a few wines, it was fairly busy and the guys behind the bar were friendly and interactive...good place!

Thank worldwide002
New York City, New York
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Margheritas were delicious, and I liked that there was a daily special. I also got a mahi entree that was the special of the day, and the sauce was to die for. Service felt a little rushed and our food arrived almost too quickly for my liking, but the atmosphere was cool and everything tasted great. Packed on a weeknight,... More 

Thank Allison D
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

If you want authentic Mexican food, this is the spot to go! We found it by checking reviews on Yelp. It was walking distance from our hotel (Huntley). Very friendly welcome by the host and our server Aleshka was wonderful. She had great recommendations and was complimentary of the owner. It's a good sign when the employees are visibly happy.... More 

Thank DreenieBaby
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Visited on a Friday night. Busy restaurant. Buzzing atmosphere, quiet loud. Service very good. Recommend the house margherita. Interesting Mexican food menu. Attendant was very happy to help us with our choices. The large plates are indeed large plates and perfect for sharing. We had a really good meal at a fair price. Would go back if staying longer!

Thank suebee202
London, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Mexican food with a fancy twist. We had a good night, friendly service and tasty food. Maybe only disappointment was the guacamole that was not as amazing as expected. But great and tasty food overall in a cosy atmosphere

Thank Clelia_SC
Akron, Ohio
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Visited on a Thursday, this bustling restaurant was hopping! Beautiful evening but patio area was full so sat in a comfy booth. Attentive server - delicious blood orange margaritas , best ever guacamole Food served hot and quickly.

Thank tennisfan44210
Irvine, California
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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Their Carne Asada and small portion steaks are great. The food is a bit pricey but it's of very good quality.

Thank maziarrostamian
Los Angeles, California
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40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

This is a nice new addition to Santa Monica. We were a party of 7 and had made a reservation a week in advance and watched as other large parties without reservations were turned away. They have large communal tables, but we were lucky and were seated at a large round table upstairs. We started out with multiple orders of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Mexican, Latin
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1416 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2309
    (Santa Moinca)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-526-7121

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Staying in Santa Monica

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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