La Ballona Mexican Restaurant

(310) 558-9336

3843 Main St, Culver City, CA | Directions   90232

34.024358 -118.394565

Open Hours

Mon, 11am - 2pm, 5pm - 9pm; Tue - Sat, 11am - 9pm; Sun, closed

 
Restaurants, Mexican  more

Neighborhoods: Downtown

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La Ballona Mexican Restaurant
La Ballona Mexican Restaurant
La Ballona Mexican Restaurant
La Ballona Mexican Restaurant

Reviews for La Ballona Mexican Restaurant

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great food and service at a reasonable price – I have eaten here on and off for 17 years, I live in NY and whenever I'm in LA I make a point of eating here. It feels like being part of the family in this family run restaurant.

The food is consistently good and the drinks terrific.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Worst Margarita ever! – My husband and I are new to the area and were craving mexican food on a Friday night. The only Mexican food place around Culver City, where we live and that looks decent seems to be LA Ballona. After waiting for a very long time for service, we finally ordered our drinks and food. The margarita that I had been craving since Thursday, arrived w/ 7 melted ice cubes and tasted of sugar water. Since the tequila seemed to have been missing from the drink, I brought this to the attention of my waiter, who then went to the bar and poured a shot on top of the drink with out bothering to mix it up. He should have remade the drink. I couldn't even choke it down. The food was not good. I think our server is an owner or the son of the owner...He is very preoccupied, not professional. Don't go there.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

CLOSED-out of business CLOSED – This place is family owned for over 50 years and the two charming blonde Spanish sisters serving here have been here the whole time. Service is warm, friendly, and inviting.

The margaritas are tasty and strong the way I like them. The food is fresh and delicious. I have only found one thing on the menu that was not delicious and that was because the highest price thing on the menu, the bacon wrapped fillet mignon, is very salty.

The chips are usually great, sometimes not so great.

Tacos are always excellent and irresistible.

Very reliable tasty food and excellent appreciative staff. Kitchen staff must be fantasic because this place is shiney clean and the food is consistantly delicious.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Flavorless, serviceless, awful – Seriously: the worst service, worst guacamole, worst salsa and even more awful attitude towards customers. The mole is good, and the decor is nice. It can easily be a great restaurant because of its phenomenal location if they just start to accept that they are not doing the guest a favor by putting food on the table -- they do get paid for it. And, seriously, if you can't even make decent guacamole with some flavor to it -- should you really even be allowed to open a Mexican restaurant????

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Wait, are you sure this is a Mexican food restaurant? – I think that this is by far the worst Mexican restaurant in Southern California. Unfortunately, there's nowhere else to go close by downtown Culver City. The food is bland and tasteless, I literally had to pour the salsa from the chips and salsa in my food so that it would have some sort of flavor. Their menu is short and all their sauces have a weird taste. They don't even have green enchiladas which pretty much you can get at any Mexican place. They add too much frozen lettuce and cheese to things. Service is slow and sloppy. This shouldn't be labeled as Mexican food...trust me, I am from Mexico City and I have never tasted something as bland, tasteless and far away from Mexican cuisine.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Mexican Food...Ever!!! – My family has been eating at La Ballona's for over 30 years! I grew up on it, and no other Mexican Food can ever compare!!!!! Their chips, salsa, & ground beef tacos are the best. I love their dinner salad, with house dressing, but the albondigas soup is yummy too!!! Someone previously mentioned that their food is frozen or out of a can. Definately not true. Their food is always fresh and deliciously greasy! This is what True Mexican food is. I will agree that the service can be slow at times, but the ladies will be friendly and try to help you as much as possible.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Locals Mexican Food Paradise – If you've never been to La Ballona you have to try it. The food is EXTREMELY reasonable and the Margaritas are fantastic! Just be careful before you drive they are stiff. I've tried nearly everything on the menu but I highly reccomend the shreded beef tacos, they are AMAZING.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Wonderful Margaritas and food – I don't get the other bad reviews. Juan and the ladies do work very hard to keep everyone happy. If you are impatient and rude they may sense that, but if you come in with a smile and 'hello', you'll be well taken care of. This isn't fast food, it's a dining room, giving you time to actually have a conversation with your dinner companion-which I think busy people forget to do. The food is great - we get Machaca, and Mole Enchilada's - YUM! Free parking in the structure right behind it, so enjoy your meal!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Bad Service... Rip Off! – The food was okay... service was horrible! The old ladies messed up my check and ended up paying three times for the same bill! They told me they'd void the transactions, but instead charged me once again! I had to dispute the charges with my bank. Will NEVER go back!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Margaritaz EVER!!!!! – The food is pretty good too, by the time you get finish with the drink the food is amazing, I go here whenever I have a friend or date from out of town or they just want a great drink

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