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Polanquito Mexican Cuisine Es Cultura, Los Angeles, CA

Polanquito Mexican Cuisine Es Cultura

4.7
4.7
180 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
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2 people

19:00


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Steakhouse, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Sun 05:00–05:15
  • Phone number
    (213) 265-7085
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Area
    Little Tokyo
  • Cross Street
    Located where SPRING ST and MAINE ST meet and cross paths on 9th street.
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 180 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Mexican

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

180 Reviews
  1. pfinknyc

    New York City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious drinks; warm, friendly service and delicious food (big portions/enough to share).

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Although the dinner was enjoyable, I was surprised by the special Valentine's Day menu. The selection was excellent, but I had not anticipated the high cost of $95 per person plus a 20% gratuity. The quality of the food was good, but it was clear that the restaurant was unprepared for the Valentine's Day rush. The meal took over an hour to be served, which made for an interesting experience. Given my overall experience, I do not believe I will return in the future.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Gem! Great vibe and great food! I loved it…. Date night with my girl…

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and the most attentive service. We ate there before seeing a show at the Orpheum and we are so glad reservations

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  5. Happydiner

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative dishes that taste great. Good drinks and excellent service. All in a fun, comfortable space.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Anniversary and it was perfect!! Great food, service, and hospitality

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and very good service, will definitely go back

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  8. AmandaL

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The drinks were great! Everything else we ate was kind of smothered in things. I got an ahi tostada and it had red onions but needed cilantro and lime. Was more mayonnaise than anything and more like poke. My friend got the mole enchiladas and she liked that. It came with rice and beans. I should’ve gotten that. The other the sea bass and she was the dish was great but the rice too creamy. The elote is good. One thing is they take your plates and drinks without asking if done. I wasn’t a fan of that. I had also asked twice for the fan to be turned off above us since it was 59 degrees outside and the door was open right where we sat. Never have I had to button a jacket for dinner, but I did. Our server attempted to touch the fan, and he’s like “oh, too short” and moved on. I’m surprised he didn’t ask someone else or just get a chair to stand on and turn it off. Kind of disappointed that me as the customer wasn’t considered.

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  9. RafaelC

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you’re in town for a show at the Orpheum or just in town, you should definitely add this to one of your designated spots. This quaint, upscale, Mexican restaurant is amazing. From the servers, to the drinks, to the food, and ambience, Polanquito delivers. I opted for the enchiladas divorciadas after some convincing from our server, and he was not wrong. They were phenomenal. My wife and I will definitely be coming back!

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  10. CarloG

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time dining here. Our first time was an amazing experience. Sadly this time was a total disappointment. Service was horrible, our server left us unattended numerous times, drinks were so water down, the food was beyond salty. It was a horrible experience specially because I was celebrating my birthday.

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  11. JRiver

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in LA! Staff was incredibly kind and helpful. Drinks and food were delicious.

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  12. alexp

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place , great food ,great drinks ,great location and by far the best staff

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was late and overcooked. For being based on Polaquito restaurant theme of Mexico City, Music genre was very American and , gospel giving a contradiction to its entire modern Mexican theme. However, the Ribs and steaks are the go to plates.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We rarely venture into DTLA unless we’re attending an evening event, so finding a nice restaurant with great food and drinks can be challenging, especially considering that most everything closes between 5 and 6 on week nights. After perusing various establishments menus, we decided Polanquito would be a good choice. We were a couple of minutes late for our reservation due to traffic, but they graciously offer a 15 minute grace period due to this. When we arrived we were greeted warmly by the hostess and promptly seated. Within a minute or two we were offered water and fresh chips and a trio of delicious salsas. Our server took our drink orders( a Corona for my husband and a Polanquito cocktail for myself) while we made our dinner selection and returned in just a few minutes even though the restaurant was at capacity and the bar was hopping. My husband and I both ordered the Borrego Tatemado which consisted of birria, onion escabeche, Serrano chiles, radish, rice, beans and fresh tortillas. It was delicious and not as heavy as traditional birria which is usually overloaded with cheese. The rice was perfectly fluffy and the beans were very well seasoned and had a lovely creamy texture. Our server also offered a few other choices of house made salsas when he delivered our meal. My husband chose their habanero salsa and I chose their creamy salsa verde. Both were excellent. This was a great dining experience and we would happily eat here again.

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  15. CristinaM

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    GREAT food, took us right back to Mexico City and Ricardo our waiter was amazing!!!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was amazing. Good was next level. Didn't care much for the short ribs but the sea bass and ribeye appetizer was amazing. Cute place. Location to the Orpheum was the big selling point. Found street parking a block away. Great experience

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  17. Jojop

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I had been here once before and I noticed the menu was very different this second time around , not much variety it’s more like a place to go have drinks and appetizer , I took my baby and they didn’t have a kids menu or basic apple juice or orange juice , not going back

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The chairs at the bar upstairs are too short, which is weird. The tacos came cold. The lighting in the bar area is too bright. Having said that, I do like the place. Seems like some easy fixes, this isn’t brain surgery.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dining experience was awesome. Great ambiance and our waiter was excellent. Super cool and very helpful in terms of choosing dishes and providing recs.

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  20. Alessandra

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for a birthday dinner and everything from the chips and salsa, to the tamarindo margarita and mar y tierra entree was flavorful. Only complaint is that the food was delayed and instead of my steak in my entree being cooked medium rare, it arrived well done and chewy :/

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  21. DMF1980

    Los Angeles

    54 reviews

    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Arrived at 5:30 for pre-show dinner. Took over 30 minutes to get drinks, despite an empty restaurant. Later, while I was still eating, waiter was reaching over my plate to clear other diners’ plates away. OTOH, food was outstanding. Excellent guacamole, garnished with pineapple and cherry tomatoes. Very good elotes. Among the best carnitas I’ve had in CA. One surprise: poor beer selection. Yeah, it’s a Mexican Cantina, but having only standard Mexican beers at a restaurant in downtown LA is just lazy.

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  22. karenH

    Southwest Florida

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner before a show at the Orpheum..2 minute walk! Great service, drinks, food..We sat on the outdoor porch off the second floor..great spot, highly recommend!

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  23. AdrianaS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    food was amazing and staff was very informative and attentive. Great service 10/10 recommend!

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  24. LoriL

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place before a concert. Staff really helped get us out in time to make it to the show.

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  25. JosephM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice option for a pre show meal downtown. Enjoyed the food, cocktails and every member of the staff was great.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible Adventure! Carlos's suggestion was absolutely perfect!

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  27. Flip161

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, Good ambiance. Good staff. Great experience.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Location is great before theater. Food & drinks were excellent. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. Bar service was poor… the first drinks took a long while to get and the second never came as we were told the bartender was busy. We had to leave for a show so we left without additional drinks or dessert. Will definitely try it again.

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  29. ravic

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Despite telling them we don’t eat beef, we were given beef appetiser. Servers were totally confused and serving wrong dishes and mixing up tables.

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  30. MonicaS

    Portland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was tasty and well prepared. The rice and beans on flat platter were not very warm. The lobster in enchiladas didn't really have much flavor. The ceviche was tasty (shrimp rather than white fish). The guacamole was so fresh and flavorful. Mole enchiladas were exceptional in depth of flavor. Our server was gregarious and friendly. The prices are fairly steep and menu not terribly large. But that's DTLA.

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  31. DarinB

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Incredible food and drinks. The elote is to die for. I had the felit mignon tacos and my wife had the Chilean sea bass. Both were wonderful

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  32. Kris90262

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Would have like to sit on upper deck. Request from open table was not reviewed or fullfiled

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  33. christinef

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    our waiter was so warm, friendly and a great mixologist!🍹excellent service, food & ambiance! can’t wait to go back😋

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  34. HectorR

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food needs vast improvement for how great the location and the layout and the service was. On the menu it said empanadas and they definitely were not and they were oversalted. I expected better for my Ribeye tacos. The meat was good but that’s about where the flavor stops. I felt I could make better tacos at home. My wife and I loved the down stairs patio and we were thinking about coming back for my birthday but it’s most likely we don’t unless they get a new chef and change some of the menu. The drinks and service and the chips and salsa were great and that’s the only reason at this point we would come back.

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  35. karinat

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I sat at the bar. Bartender and servers were very attentive, polite, and FUN! They had great music playing and the food and drinks were amazing.

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  36. Laura

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really like this place is such a dtla gem I’ll definitely be back

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  37. JamesM

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A bit too dark and too loud. Food was descent as was the service. A weak tequila selection and very high prices for what it was.

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  38. EZ2Please

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Very convenient location if you are going to a show at the Orpheum Theater. You can walk there in like 3 minutes. The staff is attentive and helpful. The food is good, but not excellent. The short ribs were very tender and the carnitas was crispy. The chips are way too hard. The rib eye appetizer was too fatty for my taste. They do create dishes with bold, spicy flavors. The restaurant itself is OLD and in need of a makeover.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    LOVED! Would 100% come again. Came for my father’s birthday and the service was incredible! We had the enchiladas, the filet mignon, and a few other plates. Started off with the chicharrón appetizer and even the chips and dips were nothing short of delicious. INCREDIBLE. The drinks weren’t too heavy, they were just right, I recommend the Tiki drink. So good! But the service made this place stand out 100%. Not only did our server make the best recommendations, but he also made our night.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place to have a nice dinner in DTLA. Food was excellent. Service was outstanding. Ambience was lovely.

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Polanquito Mexican Cuisine Es Cultura is rated 4.7 stars by 180 OpenTable diners.

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19:00


Google Map for Polanquito Mexican Cuisine Es Cultura

840 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Located where SPRING ST and MAINE ST meet and cross paths on 9th street.
  • Area
    Little Tokyo
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Sun 05:00–05:15
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Steakhouse, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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