1814 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA | Directions 9027733.816460 -118.379649
I cant eat here enough... – I used to live in Redondo Beach, now I live in Burbank. This is a problem for me because I cant get my Ortega 120 fix easily!! This is Mexican food done with culinary flare and will work for foodies and Mexican food purists alike! ie: duck confit tacos. Their margaritas are so good they have to pour the tequila into your drink table-side so you don't think you got stiffed on the booze. Great ambiance too. Day of the dead themed, great bar, old Mexican caballero black/white films are projected onto the wall. Its just a great spot! GO!
good place – Halloween is just around the corner, so what better way to get into the spirit than with a spirit? From a deadly but beautiful Marigold Margarita at Ortega 120
GREAT Food – Just can not stop going to Ortega 120!
The food has exceptional flavor. I have tried most of the items (really) and can not tell you my favorite! I love it all!
Drinks are pretty amazing, too!
Lots of potential hope it improves. – We have been to this place twice and I am very concerned. It has so much potential, but it is earning failing grades with me. The food is wonderful when hot (see below) and is a novel twist on the standard Mexican fare. The Tequila list is extensive and the menu is just as extensive although poorly designed...hang on to those pages. They are attractively designed but they are hinged at the top of the page. If you try to fold them over to the back so you can see the following pages, have a strong grasp on them because they will fly back and bop you in the nose. The rice and beans are served family style and the portions and quality (less one issue see below) are fantastic, HOWEVER!!! We went when they first opened during the summer and the waitress forgot to turn in the appetizer. We gave them another chance and went this past week. The plates where hotter than the food and we had to ask twice for a spoon that should have been delivered with the soup. I fear for this place. With businesses closing left and right, it needs to get the service issues cleaned up including making sure hot food is delivered hot.
Redondo Beach's upscale Mexican restaurant serves authentic regional cuisine in a dramatic, welcoming space. – In Short
The South Bay has lots of upscale Mexican restaurants, most serving cantina food at hacienda prices. But Ortega 120 earns points for real regional Mexican cooking, albeit with presentations that owe more to culinary school than Mamacita's kitchen. Chef Thomas Ortega tones down the spiciness a bit to please his Caliornia clientele, but his sauces have the intense, complex flavors of the real thing. The taco sampler is most popular, but try the lamb birria or any dish that includes mole sauce for a more authentic taste of Mexico. The decor lends to the experience with a theatrically lit space festooned with Mexican folk art and old posters that may be the most stylish this side of the border.
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