good cuban food, worst service, great place, delicious appetizers, fun staff, great server alex, great seafood
location is great. even that gets cool, as am becomes pm. service is marginal, mostly bad. Food is different but not better. Bar is small. management is uninterested! nice breakfast choices, mostly over rated.
The Coolest Place in Venice.
"Attention All Travelers," if you're out of town or across town and want to hang out on the best beach in Southern California and want to dine for breakfast, lunch or dinner looking outrageously good food with a cool vibe, you MUST COME HERE!
Mercedes Bar & Grille - Cuban Fusion Cuisine will take your taste buds to the Moon and back! Dress casual and sit outside for breakfast with their famous Cuban egg dishes with black beans and plantains. I had lunch off the beach still wearing a bathing suit top and a wrap, sipped on a Mojito and Salmon Salad - delicious! After the sun went down we showered and went back for Happy Hour and had a great glass of wine and shared their "Tuna Pica" - I have never had anything like it, a light dish of Ahi in an orange sesame sauce on a lightly baked wonton.
A week later I brought friends from Europe back for dinner and they said the alfresco dining made them fell at home, so relaxed and the staff was personal and made us feel we were at someones house. Everyone was festive and we ate their "Surf Your Own Turf" dish, a delicious filet with our chioce of jumbo shrimp and shared a beautiful bottle of California Cabernet. Then we decided to go next door to BIN 73 the wine bar adjacent to the Grille and had tghis chocolate tapa, can't remember the name with a glass of Port.
We then all took a moonlight walk on the beach, laughed and felt transported to a beautiful place far away, but wasn't - It's right in our back yard - make your day at Venice Beach and Mercedes, you won't be dissappointed!!! It's the top!
Had a fantastic experiance!!!. I took my wife to this cuban restaurant for our 10th anniversary a couple weeks ago and i just felt compelled to write about my experiance. I was sent there by a colleague of mine who hangs in there all the time. I have never been but i will for sure be going back. Our waiter was a very well knowledged young man who said he had been working there for about 10 years. He told me that i had to try a pork dish that they had that was still on the bone and very tasty. Well i agree with him now and i apologize to anyone reading this but i cant remember the name of the dish. The busboy was always there to fill up my water and give me the free plantains that i would have to say were tasty and very different from anything i have ever gotten for free from a restaurant. The manager was very eager to know how everything tasted and how everything went everytime he walked by our table. Cant wait to go back again!!! Chuck
I have been a regular here for about 4 years. the food has always been consistant, but the service, cleanliness, and attitude is like riding a roller coaster.
i used to go to merecedes about twice a month, then in October I met the new GM, who was knowledgable, funny, warm, but most of all was proud of the service he provided his customers.
I started going in about once a week because the GM made me feel that this was a place I should spend my money and it was appreciated.
I had gone on an extended christmas cruise and by the time I got back into town and went over to Mercedes, I didnt see the GM but thought nothing of it, until I was seated.
The waiter was more interested in what was on TV then taking my order . I sat with empty drink glasses when I wanted another. My food took 38 minutes to arrive and my spouses dish was luke warm.
We asked is Stevie was around and was told he was not with the restaurant any longer and that there was no manager for us to complain to. We asked for the owner and was told that she was not around and really doesnt deal with complaints too well.
Guess what Mercedes Grille will not get any of our hard earned dollars again.
If anyone knows where the GM went, post it, and we will be at his place in no time flat.
set the record straight..... Ok so i'm reading these reviews and i'm finding it real amusing that people are writing about someones social life, THE OWNER IS A WOMEN BY THE WAY!!!! Her name is Mercedes. Go on city search and write about the food and the ambiance. Not some guy who works there or worked there, that perhaps dumped you. The food is great! The prices are great. The ambiance is great.
Fab food and my favorite CALAMARI. I love this place for the Sangria, the people, the patio, and the CALAMARI!!!
A place very dear to me..
About 4-5 times out of the year, 4 to 5 months out of the year I'm filming in LA and away from my family. I could get a place closer to wherever we film, but I won't. I'd rather be at the beach and close to my "Mercedes". It's my home away from home. Sometimes I eat here 3 times in one day.
Every drink is made with love. The bar is like "Cheers", everyone will eventually know your name. The food always hits the spot. I have never had a bad meal here in the 6 years I've been coming here. I had one experience of a drunk that come in, and decided to toss there cookies on the way to the bathroom. I think that had more to do with the Cabo Cantina 2-for-1 tequllias. This is truly the only place that can compare to an east coast restaurant. I'm consistantly disapointed with the other restuarants in LA, unless It's a 5 star place, with 5 star prices. This place is a good place, especially during hard times.
" the god father"
Best. mojito. ever.. This is a great spot to relax for brunch or on a sunny afternoon. Everything on the menu is great but it's a craving for the tuna pica that usually gets me out. Even before it was the drink du jour, Mercedes made the best mojitos. We often sit at the bar while waiting for a table at other nearby resturants. Parking is a hassle and service can be slow but if you're not in a rush and able to enjoy a leisurely and creative dining experience, Mercedes won't disappoint.
My Home away from home!. My home away from home, better known as Mercede?s Grille is what I hope Heaven to be like?A never-ending menu of delightful dishes, endless beverages, full of unique people, and a guaranteed fabulous time. After my first visit to Mercede?s on a Sunday afternoon I was not quite able to put my finger on what I found so intriguing. About three visits later, each with a different first date and restaurant of their choice; I finally made my conclusion. No matter how horrible the date, I was pleasantly fulfilled with my experience. The menu consists of an array of seafood, meat and vegetarian options; which are uniquely accompanied with delectable sides. From appetizing starters, out-of-this-world salads and indescribable entrees I struggle to this day when deciding what to order. However your experience is just beginning with the food, the service is renowned. Attentive, friendly, almost like they are your long lost friends; you will never leave in need. The restaurant offers an outdoor experience even when inside, open to the patio when the Southern California weather is at it?s prime and behind lovely glass doors that act as a barrier from foul weather while still providing a beach like experience. My favorite aspect of my hidden little treasure is the people. Now a seasoned regular, I have been blessed to meet a spectacular range of people varying from tourists to my personal favorite the locals. Being a transport to the Los Angeles area I struggled finding a place that reminded me of home, Savannah, Georgia. Where I come from we are welcoming, very fond of our food and booze and always out for a good time and this is where I come to get mine. The first place a take a visitor, new friend, or colleague is Mercede?s Grille because it is here that they make you feel like you are the most significant person in the Universe!
Good food but service a bit slow. We came here for breakfast when visiting Venice Beach. The place has a nice terrace and looks nice inside. The service was a bit on the slow side, even getting coffee took a while. Their prices are a bit much for breakfast. The food was good. The french toast with fruit has a bit too much fruit sauce; it would taste better if the bread wasn't soaked through. The eggs had a lot of oil. But overall, a nice breakfast experience. Would come here again.
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