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Santa Monica
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1416 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2309 (Santa Moinca)
17:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Wed 17:00 - 22:00
Thu - Fri 17:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 23:00
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Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We wanted to have some Mexican food but did not want spend too much. This place is a very cozy room with prompt service. We started off with Guacamole & Chips. I make my own and their Guacamole was wonderful. Fresh and loaded with large chunks of avocado. We had the scallops and the pulled pork carnitas. We were stuffed... More 

Thank mscott2017
Auckland, New Zealand
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very busy but very yummy! We had a great dinner here, not that we ate the whole menu, but I bet you couldn't fault one dish in this joint. It's not cheap. Great Margaritas too!

Thank Kattherat
Marina del Rey, California
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I have been to Mercado several times and it is remains one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Monica. We have always made reservations for a table, but do know that there is communal seating in the middle of the ground floor in the restaurant if you want to stop by and walk in. We have some... More 

Thank Shanna s
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, I can't intelligently comment on the "authenticity" but the carnitas here are pretty damn tasty. An order of chilequilles w/ carnitas and one or four margaritas is a superior way to start any weekend! ....but do be prepared to spend some $$$

Thank BadBadDog
Atlanta, Georgia
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57 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Busy place but the service was great. The guacamole was nice and rustic and the chorizoqueso was a yummy appetizer. The drink menu was fun and delicious. I had the carnitas stuffed tamales. We also ordered carne asada but they brought something else with cauliflower and immediately fixed that for us. The spices were just right and the food was... More 

Thank ScrappyGuy
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here on Friday after reviewing trip advisor and seeing the great comments. We arrived to a busy, vibrant restaurant with an excellent atmosphere. Greeting by the hosts was excellent and they seated us promptly in time with our reservation. As we sat a waitress came over to ask if we wanted any drinks, we ordered and asked a couple... More 

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Baytown, Texas
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Found this place as we strolled down the street. Had a bit of a wait, but so glad we waited. Food was delicious, I am currently drooling wishing I was in front of their queso dip. IT WAS AMAZING. I loved that they had Mexican Coca Cola styled drinks. And my husband loved trying out their different margaritas. The service... More 

Thank DgFont
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 March 2017

There were long queues when we arrived without a booking. We were going to leave, but the lady at the front desk convinced us to wait, and we glad we did. The food was simply delicious, not only the best Mexican food but also the best meal of our trip. The service was fantastic despite the restaurant overflowing with customers.... More 

Thank Albert H
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Friends of mine said, "don't bother going to Santa Monica for dinner," as it's too touristy and there's no good restaurants. But boy am I glad I went anyway! The vibe, the decor, the service, and especially the food - ohh it was all so good. Even strolling around the mall area was nice. Highly recommend!

Thank Mrsmallo
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

We were really looking forward to this restaurant but left a little disappointed. The margaritas were the biggest let down. The salsa and chips were ok and then I went with the pork tacos. The pork was very good. Great flavour. We will continue our quest to find the best margaritas in Santa Monica

Thank Jeremy K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1416 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2309
    (Santa Moinca)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-526-7121

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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