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Lares Restaurant

Map & Directions 2909 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
  • Mexican
  • Daily 8am-1am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Private Party, Takeout
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking


LA Weekly's Description

Lares If I were on the Westside, I'd probably eat most of my carnitas at Lares, a serious, old-fashioned Mexican dining room just down the street from Rae's, all secret niches and crinkled plaster, and one of the few restaurants in this part of town more serious about its spicy shrimp plates and carne adobada than it is about its margaritas, which the waitresses just kind of slap together at the bar. There are mariachis on weekend nights, if that's your sort of thing. And the carnitas is very fine, the kind with frizzled crispy edges, a funky, developed pork flavor, and ribbons of fat sufficient to keep the chunks juicy and firm.

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  • Steve R. on 01/08/10

    Order the carnitas, best on the west side.

  • Buttercup D. on 12/26/10

    Margaritas rock here!

  • Jen R. on 04/02/11

    Whoa there, tiger! A word to the wise: the margaritas are stronger than they taste.

  • Troy D. on 07/04/13

    Ceviche con camarones

  • Jim A. on 06/04/11

    They have the best margaritas here!

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