Party Earth Review Since first opening in 1974, Baja Cantina has been dishing out Mexican food and margaritas to surf bums, tourists, and rowdy sports fans from the minute doors open till the last free bowl of chips and salsa spills on the... ... read full review
311 Washington Boulevard
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
M–F 11am–2am, Sa–Su 10am–2am
Venue opens earlier during football season
Venice, Los Angeles –
Since first opening in 1974, Baja Cantina has been dishing out Mexican food and margaritas to surf bums, tourists, and rowdy sports fans from the minute doors open till the last free bowl of chips and salsa spills on the floor.
Considered a local landmark by many liquored-up locals, “The Baja” oozes history – from the vintage surfboard décor and the rusted wheelbarrow that somehow ended up on the roof to the Friday nights many patrons no longer remember.
The sprawling restaurant benefits from its location just two blocks from the ocean, but weekly tequila tastings, lobster, and barbecue nights certainly don’t hurt business, either.
Packs of dudes pile in at the central bar for cheap beer and whatever game is on the flat-screens, while the main dining area, swimming in beach scenes and photos from 80s volleyball tournaments, brims with twenty-somethings slinging pitchers of fruity cocktails and families recouping from an afternoon on the sand.
The expansive Grill Patio and Bar in back is the real draw for the party crowd, offering loads of outdoor seating, a big fireplace, and another bar where day drinking is celebrated and, on busy weekends, even three bartenders can’t keep up with the margarita orders.
Pretty cocktail waitresses and guests in bikinis and tank tops are the norm at Baja Cantina, a Venice cultural landmark that’s wonderfully worlds away from cultured.
Mix of relaxed area business types, casual Venice locals, and beachgoers of all stripes by day, and a clamorous young party crowd at night, especially on the Grill Patio, 20s+.
More than a dozen TVs tuned to sports.
Live indie rock music most Thursday nights, ambient rock and surfer hits other times.
Barbecue night on Mondays, lobster night on Tuesdays, prime rib night on Wednesdays, and tequila tastings on Thursdays.
Special events for Cinco de Mayo.
Menu of traditional Mexican and Oaxacan cuisine including tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tamales, seafood, and free chips and salsa with every meal. Brunch on weekends. Happy Hour M–F 3:30–6:30pm.
Brunch menu $6–$10, appetizers and bar snacks $4–$11, entrées $9–$22, desserts $4–$5.50. Beer $6–$8, wine $7–$12, margaritas $7–$26, tequila $9–$65, brunch cocktails $4+. Valet $4 after 5:30pm.
Casual: tank tops, board shorts, flip-flops, sundresses, bikini tops, shades.
Warm days to booze it up under the sun on the patio, or Friday and Saturday nights, especially in the summer, for a rowdy singles scene packed with young partiers pounding margaritas.
Even closer to the beach is The Venice Whaler (10 Washington Boulevard), which offers loud music, karaoke, and a similar young crowd.