Border Grill

445 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
213-486-5171
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  • Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun.-Thu., 4-9 p.m.; Fri.- Sat., 4-10 p.m.
  • $$$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Catering, Delivery, Takeout
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
When Border Grill first opened a quarter-century ago, its premise was simple: classically trained chefs, with first-rate ingredients, cooking Mexican food. Not riffs on Mexican food, or chefly reinterpretations of Mexican food, but the real thing, chiles rellenos and panuchos, roasted lamb adobo, cochinito pibil and carnitas, all served in dining rooms — splashed with delirious paintings by Hudson Marquez — whose giddy geometry may make you believe that you're on your fourth Paloma before you've even reached the table. Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are unlikely Mexican heroes, and when Mexican-food purists lament the poor quality of beef used in local taquerias, it is most assuredly not to Border Grill's succulent, garlic-stuffed Wagyu rib-eye that they refer. But Border Grill is a place of charro beans, of wondrous ceviche, of hot tortillas made to order. The downtown location, in what was until recently Ciudad, has a great patio.

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