Mondo Taco is a tiny, order-at-the-counter spot near the promenade, so don’t come here looking for a scene. Instead, come for the less authentic but creative taco fillings like Thai chicken, hot dog, or coconut shrimp. A lot of them are pretty good - we like the Southern Decadence, which is a forced-fun way of saying fried chicken tacos.
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Mercado isn’t the best Mexican you’ll ever eat. But it's right downtown Santa Monica and after a day of misery at the pier, you simply don't care.
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Guerrilla Tacos used to be a popular taco truck, and now it’s a great Mexican restaurant in the Arts District.
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Aqui es Texcoco in Commerce serves lamb barbacoa tacos you need immediately in your life.
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Santa Monica Seafood
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Blue Plate Taco
Blue Plate Taco is a rowdy, but solid option for tacos in downtown Santa Monica.
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