The food here is delicious (I judge Mexican restaurants based on their tacos) and the service is so great. The servers are always wonderful- friendly and quick. Even on very busy ""$1 Taco Wednesdays"" they do NOT take out any stress on customers like some places would. They actually come out to you while you're waiting to take a drink order or place your name on the list. I MUST recommend the sangria (watch out!), spicey pickled carrots, and for dessert: sopapillas!! YUM!!! OH I should also add that it's my parents favorite Mexican restaurant when they visit... They say it reminds them of old-school Mex restaurants.
Wednesday night. 99 cent tacos. Not only that - amazing 99 cent tacos. You'll definitely have to wait to get a table, but grab a strawberry margarita while you're waiting. Or two of them. I just got back from Don Antonio's, and I am happy. You should go there too.
02/03/2008Provided by YP.com
We loved Don Antonio's! Wednesday night is $1 taco night. While it took us an hour to get a table, the food was well worth it and the service was quick. I highly recommend it.
01/10/2008Provided by Citysearch
I have been going to Don Antonio's for about a yr now and have always loved there food until now. I decided to try something new besides there burritos and ordered a asada soft taco with my bean and cheese burrito. First off they messed up on the burrito with topping it with the wrong sauce, which wasn't that big of a deal, but it was when I opened the foil to the asada soft taco is when the real problem started. I took a big whiff of the taco while opening foil and the smell about made the burrito come back up from my stomach. The meat smelled like cow manure. I had my girlfriend take a whiff just to make sure I wasnt crazy and she confirmed. So in short.. there is sh*t in the meat. I told her I was never coming back here. I then go out to pay the valet for my car after about 10 min my car shows up and I tip the guy $5 but only to find he left his gas in my car. The valet ripped one in my car! I was so disgusted with this experience I can never go back.
12/29/2007Provided by Citysearch
After entering the restaurant for the first time, it was awfully confusing where to meet the host or hostess. Once got there, it was like a grand central station... people passing back and forth while you are trying to talk to the host. Once that was over... food in general was reasonable. My Shrimp soup had more carrots than the Shrimp - small shrimp... main course... was good. Perhaps chips served could have had hybrid of salsa and pico de gallo... I must say, I am sorry to see Tia Juana close recently - was my favorite in West Los Angeles.
12/21/2007Provided by Citysearch
Santa Monica has a lot of choices that compete with Don Antonio's. All you need is solid dishes, a few specialties, good margies, and a nice atmosphere. This restuarant is average in all regards, and doesnt lead the Santa Monica pack in any. Just like all joints like this, there are the faithful regular customers. It is a HUGE step up from El Cholo, but it cant compete with the atmosphere of Lares.
11/13/2007Provided by Citysearch
On Nov. 11th I had my 21st birthday party at Don Antonio's. It was the WORST party I have ever had. The service was horrible, the food was cold and gross. I was one that had talked up this place like no other. I've eaten there plenty of times before I had my party, and was never really disappointed. I had met with Mr. T to talk about party plans. He made it all seem too good to be true, he had given us the whole back patio with no obligations. In the middle of our party he rushed over to me in a harsh way asking to use some of our tables and fill in the empty seats. It was a mess. He started seating people in the middle of my party. None of the servers or Mr. T spoke english well, and they were all rude. Nothing was in order, and they just seemed like they had no idea what was going on. We complained to the owner and they could care less about how we were treated. To him the customer isn't always right. In a nut shell, we were treated with no respect, and we all had the worst experience. All 50 of my friends and family will never eat there or recommend this restaurant to anyone. Sure it's romantic and a fun atmosphere, but I would NEVER put money in these peoples pockets.
10/22/2007Provided by Citysearch
I went to Don Antonio's on a Friday. It was very busy. Seating did not take too long, and the service and food were excellent. They ran into a bit of a power problem, and the credit card machine went down. The staff handled it wonderfully in the most professional way.
10/10/2007Provided by Citysearch
Love it, love it, love it. Even though we don't live in the neighborhood anymore, Don A's is nearly always the first choice of my wife and I when we want to head out for dinner. We've been going there for years and the wait staff has been the same the entire time. I'm pretty sure it's family-run, but I'm not sure. Just a fantastically comfortable place to eat. Oh, and the food is great! If you don't drink (although the strawberry margaritas are a must), a couple can escape there with a full stomach for under $20. It's a popular spot, though, so on weekend nights be prepared to wait because they don't take reservations. Oh yeah, Wednesday nights are $1 taco nights, jamming the restaurant with college kids.
09/29/2007Provided by Citysearch
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place! Being from San Diego, I haven't found too many great authentic Mexican restaurants, but this place was a great find. Service is always great, margaritas are excellent and the fajitas are my favorite. Don Antonio's is a great casual spot if you're looking great Mexican food. I've been there several times and have never been disappointed.
09/25/2007Provided by Citysearch
My experiences here have always been great, with the exception of one dish, which had a few chicken bones left in (I think it was a salad or something). All other items have been amazing-- GREAT chips and salsa, killer margaritas and excellent burritos. Their beans are old-school and really good. I like the atmosphere too-- kind of cave-like and dark like a mexican restaurant should be.
06/18/2007Provided by Citysearch
I was very pleasantly surprised by Don Antonios! After reading some of the reviews here, I was not expecting much from the evening, but we actually had a great time! I showed up at 7:30 on a Saturday night with a party of four, and we were seated immediately! We had actually walked over to the bar, expecting to have a few drinks while we waited, but before we could even order the host came over to tell us our table was ready! We had a really nice table at the back of the room, so we could do lots of people watching. There were all kinds of customers, everything from families with young children, to a guy celebrating his 21st birthday. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. The service was great, attentive but not rushed, and they didn't push us out the door like so many other places do, but instead left us alone while we lingered over margaritas. Our server was very friendly and always seemed to be around when we needed him. The atmosphere was really cool too, NOTHING like the loud, corral feeling of el compadre, or the tacky, frat party feel of el coyote. Prices were very reasonable; my husband and I had two rounds of drinks and a ton of food, and still got out under fifty, tip included. Even the valet was affordable, only $3! My only complaint was that the margaritas were a little weak, but I asked our server to make the second round stronger and he was happy to do so. And to cap it off, as we were leaving my slightly drunk friend asked for extra mints, and the bartender gave her two handfuls!
All in all, we had a great time! I will definitely go back!
06/02/2007Provided by Citysearch
The best thing about the restaurant is the hip decor (they have a strange Graceland-esque cave room). But the food doesn't live up -- a bland tamale caked in some tasteless ""red"" sauce, less-than-fresh Ingredients. The salsa is actually fairly good, as are the chips (a bit on the heavy and greasy side, but passable), so this place may be a nice bet for magaritas and chips after work. Otherwise, steer clear. The service is atrocious; the waiter took 10-15 minutes to take our order and charged us for a refill soda we never recieved. And the menu prices are much too high for L.A. Mexican -- $12 for a combination plate?!? If you're in the mood for Mexican food, I'd stick to other alternatives on the Westside -- Paco's Tacos on Cenitnela, for example, or (if you're in the mood for high-fat, high-calorie tacos and enchiladas with better rice , beans, and salsa) check out Tito's Tacos in Culver City.
05/24/2007Provided by Citysearch
If it wasn't for Spencer taking Heidi there, then cheating on her with Audrina there I would never find out about this great place. ""Braaaaaa Don Antonio's is the best Mexican food"". The hell with all you non Laguna/Hills fans. THis Place is Awsome. Can someone tell me how to get to the club LAX? I have to give spencer his cool car back.
05/19/2007Provided by Citysearch
Ever since this place was featured on the prestigious MTV show ""The Hills,"" the service has gone down and the prices have gone up. This used to be my favorite Mexican food place in town, but the days of an authentic hole in the wall restaurant are gone. Long waits, and poor service is what to expect as they accomodate all of the MTV followers. I was a loyal customer for the past 5 years, and am now looking elsewhere.
04/28/2007Provided by Citysearch
Avoid on Wednesday ( $1 taco night), Friday, and Saturday nights. Food and service used to be great a year or two ago, but the popularity has severely compromised customer service. Expect long waits in a cramped area. Be VERY weary of valet service. WIth the large amount of traffic on busy nights, prepare for your car to be returned damaged, with no explanation and only you to blame. The cooks seem to be the only decent remaining part of this restaurant.
04/25/2007Provided by Citysearch
Love this place! I lived in the area years ago and now whenever I'm in town, I still make a point to stop by - especially for Wednesday's Dollar Taco Night. The food is fantastic! The vibe is kick back, the waiters are friendly, the crowd - a lot of locals, ""after-work workers"", and college kids from nearby UCLA and SMC. The wait can get extensive, especially for the Wednesday special so plan to either arrive early or be prepared for a wait. It is definitely worth it though. All the tacos are superb - chicken, beef, pork, even the potato - I've tried them all and they're all delectable. Have the tacos with a few margaritas, bring a group of friends and you won't be disappointed. Only bad thing is the parking. Valet is available but I opt to park in the neighboring streets - just to save a few bucks...and to walk off the tacos at the end of the night.
02/08/2007Provided by Citysearch
I have been coming here every Wednesday night for a few months now and have never been disappointed! The $1 tacos are not just cheap food they are really good. The bean, chicken and potato are all delicious. If you go here make sure to get the sangria. At $6 you get a HUGE amount. Its a fun place to hang out at - The wait staff are all very nice and the atmosphere very cozy. I highly recommend it!
08/31/2006Provided by Citysearch
Good Food, if you like Mexican, a bit greasy, but the chips and salsa are great and pickled carrots are the best tasting. Prices are great, around $10 gets one a good meal (I can never finish mine). Nice romantic ambience, a little Gothic, with a cave like room and a big fish tank. Over all a nice place to eat.
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Parking: Street, Valet
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Family: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, Mexican, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Full Bar
Good for Kids: Yes
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
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