Today is: Monday, December 04, 2023
Border Grill, Santa Monica Restaurant Review
Covering the bottom third of North America and made up of thirty-one states and
one very large capital, Mexico is probably the best neighbor a food-lover could
have, when you consider the natural bounty of this rich and varied country.
when we talk about Mexican restaurants, then you have to discover:
in Santa Monica.
Margarita & Trio of Salsas
Front Bar Area
We loved this restaurant, Great Mexican food, and awesome salsa! Fast, friendly
service, in casual atmosphere and the most important, reasonable prices!
Service was fast and friendly, they let us talk without interruption: A fair compromise
would be to have appetizers at the bar along with that their signature Margaritas
and or their Premier Mojitos made with Zaya Gran Reserva rum muddled with mint,
lime, and sugar cane, so good that I could have drinked them all night long!
also tried the Mojito Ocho with aged Bacardi 8, muddled with
fresh mint, lime, and
They have the best Margaritas and the best
Mojitos, and an incredible selection
of wines. Nice surprise: a thorough
selection of wines by the glass and very reasonably
You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
These variety of Bocaditos
(little bites) are indeed the most
delicious Bocaditos to warm your appetite.
Empanadas, Lamb and Carnitas Tacos, Corn Tamales
We start with their special Crab Tamale, served with tomato sauce and celery remulade
simply phenomenal, I would say the best one I have ever eaten in my entire life,
then the Border Classics, 2 green corn tamales, home made empanadas, they were delicious
chile cheese tamale with tomatillo salsa and Guatemalan chicken tamale with achiote
sauce, can not say which one I loved the most. Then we had a succulent selection
of Ceviches; the Rock Shrimp marinated in lime, cilantro and jalapeno, the Scallop
Ceviche; jumbo scallops marinated in lime, cilantro and jalapeno, yes! Truly hot
and spicy and delicious, and the Peruvian Ceviche, this one is served hot in a limejuice,
these are truly a can’t miss, you must have it. We also tried the Sea bass Amarillo
Ceviche served with yellow chiles, ginger, lime, red onion and tomato.
Another flavor sensation are the Roasted Lamb Tacos these were absolutely perfect
and deliciously spicy also we recommend you consider their Carnitas Nortenas a slowly
braised pork with Serrano chiles, red onion, and cilantro served with citrus slaw,
salsa fresca, guacamole, and handmade corn tortillas.
Trio of Salsas and Chips
Pear and Endive Salad
The salad we choose was the Grilled Pear and Endive Salad, a delicious salad, with
pickled jalapenos, blue cheese, delicious spiced pistachios, which gave this a very
unique taste to the salad on a chipotle honey vinaigrette, this is a truly treat
and what I could call, a meal for those who were not so hungry like us! This salad
is superb and has a unique taste, and it is very large as well.
Special Crab Tamale
With creative marvelous seafood choices and meat choices abound, there’s
a trained Executive Chef Chandon Clenard in the kitchen, I will just
say one word:
He is a great new chef with a magic talent for creating
the most amazing Mexican
food in town!
Shrimp, Scallop, Peruvian Ceviche
He was not only gifted by his talent, but he took his time to talk
to us and to
explain each of his specials of the night and
gave us suggestions of what we should
There were a variety of Platos Especiales / Special Plates; and we were told not
to miss the Grilled Skirt Steak, which was such a tender meat, marinated in garlic,
cilantro, cumin and lime, served with charred corn relish, Persian cucumber and
sweet pepper salad, along with black bean and hand made flour tortilla.
I also tasted the special of the night, the Sea Bass, a great choice for this delicious
and light fish served on a very esquisite and delicious mushroom sauce, and very
picante to your palate!
We also tried the Sautéed Rock Shrimp grilled; a delicious with toasted ancho chiles,
slivered garlic, parsley and lime served with braised green and rice often a difficult
act to perfect, but this one is incomparable!
Sautéed Rock Shrimp
Tame your sweet tooth with their lovely selections of desserts, we choose the Mexican
Chocolate Cream Pie; a meringue crust lined with sliced almonds and filled with
whipped chocolate mousse, and the Pastel Rufina; layers of puff pastry, sweetened
cream cheese, chocolate chunks, and fresh berries.
Pastel Rufina and Chocolate Cream Pie
Wonderful food and attentive service and unbeatable people watching in an imaginative
setting, with a great bar area, where it was very happening, full of great looking
This is an incredible Mexican Restaurant that will make you addictive of their drinks
and food! We will definitely be going back!"
Chef Chandon Clenard
Our special thank you to Brian Strasburger the general manager,
and our thank you
to the wonderful Chef Chandon Clenard who made
this a very special night, also thanks
to our waitress Bryan and to the entire team
that made our dinner at Border Grill
For map and location click Here!
For more information please visit their website at www.bordergrill.com
Article By: Mary Adams
Photos By: Chris Marx
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