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Lares Restaurant

  • RatingAvg. Dinner Entrée
    $$$$$Greater than $25
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    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
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  • Mexican
  • 2909 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica CA90405 34.025006 -118.459393
  • (Btwn Yorkshire & Dorchester Ave)
  • (310) 829-4550
  • 0

User Ratings (Based on 10 reviews)

Food 4.2 Value 3.3
Service 3.4 Atmosphere 3.9

Other Restaurant Info

(310) 829-4550
(310) 828-4417
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc, DC
Daily: 8am-1am
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Catering, Late Night, Take Out, Wheelchair Accessible

User Reviews

  • Lares Restaurant

    Posted by A Fresser on 04/24/2014

    Mexamerican food

    If you like run-of-the-mill Mexican food served by waiters who think they are doing you a favor, bring the bill half way through the meal, remove plates with food still on it without asking if you're through in a charming faux Mexican decor, then you may enjoy Lares.

  • Lares Restaurant

    Posted by SM local on 09/27/2012

    Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant Around

    We love Lares because they seem to use better ingredients for their food, which leads to better results. They also have really good specialty dishes (e.g., Senor Maclovio Especial, Pollo con Papas, etc.). I agree that the night manager can be a little gruff at first, but he's very warm if you just talk with him a little. He's also surrounded by great veteran waiters -- I don't know how they are so consistently good at both food and service. Some seats are far better than others -- but either way, this place never disappoints for us.

  • Lares Restaurant

    Posted by Jeff on 06/13/2012

    My Favorite restaurant!

    I absolutely love this place! The food is great I've never had a single bad experience here. The atmosphere is very nice and cozy, even romantic. Its open late too! I highly recommend the place.

  • Lares Restaurant

    Posted by Anonymous on 11/05/2011


    Got take out, steak was chewy and a bit more $ than it was worth

  • Lares Restaurant

    Posted by Devo on 10/16/2011

    Cozy but weaker than water margarita

    Based on my charge bill, I was given a house margarita on the rocks. Considering I hadn't eaten since 11am, you would think the alcohol would hit. NOT. Tasted like brand X margarita mix. Since the visit was just to enjoy visiting with a friend, I didn't alert them that they appeared to have forgotten the alcohol.

  • Lares Restaurant

    Posted by anonymous on 04/04/2011

    poor service, such a shame

    I love this restaurant so much that i even got engaged here. The food is excellent, the atmosphere is great but the service is not good! The waiters are not so bad, but the night managers and the people behind the bar have a huge attitude, especially if you dont order the expensive tequila. They treat you like a burden. Have tried to complain and the night manager did not respond. However the lady manager during the day is very nice. I wish this place was better because it really could be a 10.

  • Lares Restaurant

    Posted by Renee Ainsworth on 03/22/2009

    bring ID if your over 30

    The evening didn't begin well for my friend who lost her wallet just before we met other friends there. She clearly looks of age and was denied a drink when she couldn't produce an ID when the 3 friends we met were clearly younger and weren't carded at all. Consistency would be more appropriate. Other than the lady at the front door who carded me twice (I'm 46) and kept changing her mind on weather she could or couldn't make the drink I request by yelling in my ear, the waiters were kind and attentive. The food while unimaginative was fine. The atmosphere was charming albeit crampt.

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