Locations Certified:

Downtown LA

445 S Figueroa St

Los Angeles, CA 90071

In 1985, Mary Sue and Susan packed a VW bug and took a road trip far south of the Mexican border. Never setting foot in a “fine restaurant,” they learned the recipes and techniques of market vendors and home cooks, from street corners in downtown Mexico City to back road family barbecues and taco stands along the beach. When they returned, they opened Border Grill and “applied the same intelligence,” noted Los Angeles Magazine, “to green corn tamales and cactus-paddle tacos that other chefs might to a lobe of foie gras.” Border Grill quickly established a new standard for gourmet Mexican fare in both its first location on Melrose Avenue and in its current home on 4th Street in Santa Monica, where it moved in 1990.


380 World Way
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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