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Santa Monica
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2909 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-2001
+1 310-829-4559
08:00 - 01:00
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London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Only a 10 minute ride from the beach is Lares. An authentic Mexican restaurant, serving very traditional Mexican cuisine in a relax environment. Live music in the evenings which adds to the ambiance. highly recommend for all.

Thank HonestHornet
Los Angeles, California
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So good! Place is so cute. Musicians are so cute! Skinny Margaritas so good. Had potato tacos. Loved this place.

Thank amranja
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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141 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

This is becoming an annual event when we visit Santa Monica. Great Mexican food as it was meant to be. Who could ask for anything more.

Thank Riskm
New Richmond, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Stopped to have lunch after flying in for business. We eat here every time we come here and have never been disappointed. For lunch there usually is immediate seating and very fast service. Dinner is usually a wait and parking can be an issue like most places in LA. Great food and drink. Best in LA. We do not have... More 

Thank handy1950
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

I live around the corner so decided to check this place out. Delicious Mexican food but a little pricey - $12.95 for a bowl of albondigas soup is a bit steep, but otherwise great! The staff is friendly enough but also straight to the point when waiting on you - don't expect any warm and fuzzies to get to know... More 

Thank ClairesTravels92
Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

I don't know why all the "old school" Mexican restaurants in Santa Monica gravitate towards Pico Boulevard, but they do- Don Antonio, Gilbert's El Indio, and our favorite- the venerable Lares! Every one of these establishments has their fierce defenders (and maybe detractors) and we are no different. Lares is the classy option, with slightly higher prices and a little... More 

Thank wmount2016
Queanbeyan, Australia
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing authentic mexican food, and superb margaritas. The place is decorated like a traditional restaurant in mexico and two gentlemen played guitar and sang in Spanish while we ate. Excellent staff providing wonderful, friendly service - great experience all round!

Thank DoctorGodzilla
Pasadena, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

I shared a chicken combo plate. The food came out luke warm. The taco was actually cold and the tortilla wrapping the burrito was stale. The chicken tasted gamey and old...Blech!!. Other than the strong taste of old chicken the food was extremely bland I also ordered a green salad as well. It was boring and made out of that... More 

Thank kas235
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Our family has been going to Lares for decades. Great margaritas and fantastic food! I like the fish tacos and also love the 7 mares seafood soup. My wife is a carnitas fan. We always eat upstairs. You will not be disappointed.

Thank eddieneiman
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98 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

My friend and I stopped in for breakfast this morning. This place is always consistently delicious. They just know how to do it and it's been going on for many years. Can't tell you how much I love the Carnitas because they always come out beating my expectations from the time before. I always order them extra crispy. Nice and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2909 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-2001
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-829-4559

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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