SBP Guide: 10 Restaurants to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on LA’s Westside

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Smith & Berg Partners are huge fans of tacos and tequila. Heck, our blog is named after the epic pairing and our newest Taco Map offers the ultimate insider’s guide to the best tacos in town. When Cinco de Mayo rolls around, though, the SBP team takes things to a whole new level. We're excited to share our 10 top picks for an epic celebration on LA's Westside this Sunday, May 5th.

From vibrant cantinas to family run gems, these spots will have you feeling like you took a quick vacay south of the border.  Yes, chips, salsa, and margaritas are a given, but festive atmospheres and authentic Mexican flavors are what really set these places apart. Rather have a cozy night in? Check out our to-go section and throw a fiesta at home.

1. Qué Padre 

This coastal cantina in Palisades Village brings the spirit of Mexico to the Westside. With a menu featuring street-style tacos and shareable plates bursting with bold flavors, Qué Padre invites you to savor the authenticity of Mexican cuisine. The relaxed vibe sets the perfect backdrop for sipping margaritas and indulging in fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

Photo: Rebecca Mok

2. Casablanca

Step into this Venice institution and you'll be instantly transported to a lively Mexican hacienda. Casablanca has been serving up favorites like calamari steak, fajitas, and burritos for over 40 years. With live music, tortillas made tableside, and a roving margarita cart, this vibrant atmosphere is ready-made for any celebration. FUN FACT: SBP founders F. Ron & David filmed a now-legendary interview with owner Robert Lopez.

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3. Gilbert’s

This family-run restaurant has been a Westside staple for over 35 years, and it's easy to see why. Gilbert's serves up epic Mexican fare like burritos and potent margaritas in a lively, tchotchke-filled space that will make you feel right at home. Whether you're stopping in for breakfast (served daily) or a festive dinner, the welcoming vibe and tasty eats are sure to delight.

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4. Don Antonio’s

With its cavernous interior adorned with festive decor, Don Antonio’s transports diners to a cozy underground cantina. While you'll be tempted to overindulge on the chips and salsa, save room for the super burritos, enchiladas, and crispy tacos. The lively atmosphere and strong margaritas make it the perfect spot for a group celebration.

Photo: Don Antonio’s

5. El Cholo

For an iconic Cinco de Mayo experience, head to El Cholo — a Los Angeles institution serving up delicious Mexican cuisine since 1923. The crunchy tacos and juicy fillings are simply legendary, making this a must-visit destination. HOT TIP: Their Westside location in Santa Monica is fun, but for the full authentic-to-LA vibe, head to the original on Western.

Photo: Eater LA

6. Lula Cocina Mexicana

At Lula Cocina Mexicana, the party starts at noon and doesn't stop until late. This laidback spot draws a fun mix of beachgoers, families, and margarita aficionados who flock here for the signature cocktails and satisfying Mexican fare like taco trios and fajitas. The lively vibe and addictive Caesar salad make it easy to while away an afternoon or evening here.

Photo: Lula Cocina Mexicana

7. Atla

While its upscale sister restaurants Pujol and Damian garner a great deal of attention, Atla offers a more understated yet incredibly satisfying take on Mexican cuisine in a minimalist-chic Venice setting. Whether you're stopping in for lunch, craft cocktails, or a stellar dinner, the fresh, thoughtful dishes and breezy ambiance make Atla an essential Westside destination for Mexican food aficionados. 

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8. La Cabaña

Stepping into La Cabaña is like taking a trip back in time to old-school Venice beach culture. This 50-year-old institution delights with classics like the La Casa quesadilla and the mammoth El Verde burrito, best enjoyed on the lively back patio with a pitcher of margaritas in hand. Add in the occasional mariachi performance and special Cinco de Mayo menu, and you've got an unforgettable night.

Photo: La Cabaña

9. Chulita

For a taste of Oaxacan flavors, check out Chulita on Rose Avenue in Venice. The bright, cheery space sets the stage for digging into shareable starters like the guacamole with blue corn tostadas and tasty tacos served taqueria-style with double tortillas. While it may not replace your annual Mexican vacation, the fresh regional fare and convivial vibe make it a solid local pick.

Photo: Eater LA

10. Palmilla

If you're craving a resort-inspired Cinco de Mayo celebration, make your way to Palmilla in Hermosa Beach. From the custom Mexican decor to the succulent seafood and premium tequila selection, every detail evokes the upscale ambiance of a boutique hotel in Cabo San Lucas. Instead of chips and salsa, you’ll get warm, homemade tortillas with honey butter — long story short, your life will be changed. 

Photo: Easy Reader

Make Your Own Celebration: Cinco de Mayo To Go

Frida Tacos (Brentwood): Authentic Mexican cuisine at Brentwood Country Mart. Get the Tacos de Camaron — three soft tacos with sautéed shrimp, pico de gallo, and guac, served with rice and beans.

Teddy's Red Tacos (Venice): We come here for one thing, and one thing only: the rich & spicy beef birria with a side of delicious consome for dipping. 

Tacos Por Favor (Santa Monica): Family owned joint dishing out killer eats. Our go to is the Mahi Mahi Soft Taco with green and red pepper, onions, sour cream, lettuce, and pico de gallo.

Check out for the full taco rundown on LA’s Westside. Booking a table at any of these joints for Cinco de Mayo? Be sure to tag us in your fiesta fotos @smithandberg! 

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