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Loteria Grill

1251 3rd St. Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Anne Fishbein


  • Sun.-Thur. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
When Mexico City native Jimmy Shaw opened the first Loteria as a tiny market taqueria in the 3rd and Fairfax Farmers Market next to the Grove, it was a revelation: cochinita pibil, moles and Mexican stews on handmade tortillas, small plates and aguas frescas in the middle of a busy market. Now there are four other locations, in Hollywood, Studio City, Westlake Village and Santa Monica, lovely sit-down restaurants where you can get Shaw's excellent food as well as great cocktails. May there be many more. —Amy Scattergood

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