Border Grill

445 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Critics' Pick


  • 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
Is it possible that owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, who fused Mexican cuisine and New American grill cooking a full decade before the guys who are thought of as pioneers did, just opened a new Border Grill? They did — a thorough revamping of their old Ciudad space downtown, new Huntley-Muir murals on the Easter-marshmallow walls, and the old pan-Latin menu swapped out for the grilled-tongue tacos, green-corn tamales and sizzling panuchos familiar from the Santa Monica restaurant. There is no shortage of high-end Mexican restaurants downtown now, but Border Grill's roasted-plantain empanadas, potato rajas tacos, long-braised carnitas and pan-seared halibut crusted with pumpkin seeds are still worth a visit. Try the goat-milk flan for dessert.

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