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Lares

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2909 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-2001
+1 310-829-4559
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08:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 01:00
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New Richmond, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped to have lunch after flying in for business. We eat here every time we come here and have never been disappointed. For lunch there usually is immediate seating and very fast service. Dinner is usually a wait and parking can be an issue like most places in LA. Great food and drink. Best in LA. We do not have... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live around the corner so decided to check this place out. Delicious Mexican food but a little pricey - $12.95 for a bowl of albondigas soup is a bit steep, but otherwise great! The staff is friendly enough but also straight to the point when waiting on you - don't expect any warm and fuzzies to get to know... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't know why all the "old school" Mexican restaurants in Santa Monica gravitate towards Pico Boulevard, but they do- Don Antonio, Gilbert's El Indio, and our favorite- the venerable Lares! Every one of these establishments has their fierce defenders (and maybe detractors) and we are no different. Lares is the classy option, with slightly higher prices and a little... More 

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Queanbeyan, Australia
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing authentic mexican food, and superb margaritas. The place is decorated like a traditional restaurant in mexico and two gentlemen played guitar and sang in Spanish while we ate. Excellent staff providing wonderful, friendly service - great experience all round!

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Pasadena, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

I shared a chicken combo plate. The food came out luke warm. The taco was actually cold and the tortilla wrapping the burrito was stale. The chicken tasted gamey and old...Blech!!. Other than the strong taste of old chicken the food was extremely bland I also ordered a green salad as well. It was boring and made out of that... More 

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Thank kas235
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Our family has been going to Lares for decades. Great margaritas and fantastic food! I like the fish tacos and also love the 7 mares seafood soup. My wife is a carnitas fan. We always eat upstairs. You will not be disappointed.

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Thank eddieneiman
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83 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

My friend and I stopped in for breakfast this morning. This place is always consistently delicious. They just know how to do it and it's been going on for many years. Can't tell you how much I love the Carnitas because they always come out beating my expectations from the time before. I always order them extra crispy. Nice and... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This place is fabulous. AMAZING Mexican food, traditional recipes not 'tourist' Mexican food.... Absolutely delicious. I had the chicken Mole' Enchiladas and loved every mouthful. Great service in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Prices are very good for Santa Monica. Highly recommended.

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Thank Lynda_e_Miller
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58 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Really glad we found this friendly little place. We had a delicious meal and were serenaded by two musical maestros wandering by every now and then. Food was plentiful and delicious as was the house wine. Good ambience, extensive menu and very helpful and friendly staff. Would highly recommend.

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Thank 2brighton
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful food on an authentic Mexican restaurant . Margaritas to die for . Great value in a relaxed atmosphere . Last night we went in for a drink , the place was buzzing and extremely busy . We returned tonight with the other 2 members of our party and had a really lovely at a very reasonable price in a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 01:00
Monday
08:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 01:00
Thursday
08:00 - 01:00
Friday
08:00 - 01:00
Saturday
08:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2909 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-2001
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-829-4559

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Santa Monica

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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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