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Dec 26, 2007 12:04 PM

Mariachi band restaurant recs please

My father is visiting from Canada. He has a long love affair w/ Mexico; especially the mariachi bands. I'd welcome suggestions on where to take him for dinner w/ mariachi. Westside preferred but I'll drive anywhere in LA county. Ambiance is more important than food (he is not a picky eater and I can suck it up if necessary). Thanks much

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  1. La Serenata de Garibaldi in Boyle Heights has mariachis most nights (call first, because I haven't seen then EVERY night). It is right next to Mariachi Plaza.

    1. Lares in Santa Monica has mariachi playing Thursday-Sunday. When they come by, be sure to make a request for "Volver, Volver".

      1. There are several 7 Mares(Seven Oceans) chains throughout the LA area (small franchise) of Mexican seafood dishes, most play live Mariachi on certain days. Very good food and Mariachi, there is also the Guadalajara Grill off the 10fwy(Puente Ave exit), in Baldwin Park, although the food is not the best in authentic Mexican, it is adequate as it does serve several specialty dishes and. They have live Mariachi a few days a week.

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        1. re: b0ardkn0t

          Casa Sanchez on Centinela is rather good and the place that starts with a G (I cannot spell it) on Olympic-not sure if it is Mariachi but it is very entertaining and if you like mole and a very friendly communal atmosphere, it's very nice.

        2. Paseo Cantina in Pasadena has both Mariachis and Folklorio dancers.

          1. Thank you all for the recs; very helpful.