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1416 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2309
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“flan” (20 reviews)
“carnitas” (37 reviews)
“guacamole” (55 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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1416 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2309
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

My son and I went on the recommendation of a friend and we weren't disappointed. Terrific Mexican fare. Staff was great. Definitely going back next time we're in the area.

Thank Edward R
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We came here for lunch and drinks after reading many great reviews about this place, but left very dissapointed. The happy hour margaritas seemed like a good deal, but were very small and tasted like a splash of cheap tequila was added to a glass...More

Thank tryittobuyit
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Went for a post wedding brunch and the staff was super attentive and provided an out of the way place for the group. Service was fast and food portions were large. Guacamole was fantastic and the burrito was gigantic and tasty. Chilaquiles were a only...More

Thank clairann2000
Reviewed 1 September 2016

We - a middle-aged couple - ate before attending a show nearby, had plenty of time, and a rez at Mercado. The food was pretty good, nothing special, typical high prices of SM eateries that think they're special, so not bad, but - not great,...More

Thank drfertig
Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Loved the food and the ambience. Cool Mexican spot with awesome tequila drinks! I don't recommend going with little kids but it is okay if you do - I took mine and they were very accommodating. I would describe the restaurant as romantic and yet...More

Thank KSKapoor
Reviewed 23 July 2016

The inventive, well prepared mainly Oaxacan-based dishes at El Mercado are great! Unfortunately, the refashioned space where La Seranata was previously located is pretty noisy. So, if you are over 35 and aren't into the buzz that the mainly young crowd seeks but want some...More

Thank Sherna Zelda B
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

Our kids (11 and 13) struggled more with the menu as many of the dishes came with lots of different sauces and garnishes but I thought the food was fantastic. It was a buzzy place and we could only book for 6.30-7.30 but they got...More

Thank twoplustwoMidlands
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Came here for happy hour and was placed in the bar. Ordered the guacamole with chips and it tasted great - warm chips with real, nice guacamole. Yummy. We also tried the tamales - I liked it and it was ok, but the flavours were...More

Thank Mandyx0
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Looked on the internet and settled on Mercado. Only to find out it wasn't settling at all. We made reservations and this is a busy place. Most of the tables are the new long community tables variety. The Margaritas flow like crazy and they're good....More

Thank wasntme58
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

I wish I'd taken photos. The food here was fantastic. I've eaten a lot of Mexican food, and this is hands down the best. Be aware that much of the dining is done at communal tables, so you need to request a private table to...More

Thank Susan G
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
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do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?
4 June 2016|
Response from imoobear | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure about that.
Do you sell eGift cards?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, 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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