Tallula's bar area filled with guests


Tallula’s is a casual, neighborhood Mexican restaurant and bar that feels like a hidden oasis tucked between the beach and mountains in Santa Monica Canyon. It’s where big groups of beach-goers linger for happy hour, paletas and great music in the huge, outdoor “Beer Garden,” and parents soak up the sun with a tropical cocktail while their kids run around and play games. Tequila and mezcal fans grab a stool inside “Felix’s Bar” to explore the wide variety of small-batch spirits and locals catch up over beers while watching the latest sporting event. The aroma of handmade corn tortillas emanates from the kitchen during dinner and weekend brunch, while the margaritas are always flowing. Friends and family gather around heaps of cheesy nachos, comforting enchiladas, stunning platters of the freshest, local fish, and of course, incredible, seasonal tacos.

a refreshing cocktail in a green tiki glass garnished with fresh mint leaves


Felix’s Bar is where Bartender Mink Dang shakes and stirs with the seasons when crafting classic Mexican cocktails, tropical drinks and aguas frescas. He thoughtfully cross-utilizes ingredients from the kitchen to eliminate waste and to draw a delicious connection to Chef Juan’s food, while sourcing the best agave spirits from smaller producers who care about giving back to the land and their communities.

plating tacos in the kitchen


There’s also a reason “Hecho Con Amor” is painted on the side of our building. Executive Chef and Cuernavaca native Juan Robles’ cooking is pure comfort, and draws influences from throughout Mexico and Southern California. He and the team make nearly everything from scratch—moles, salsas, chile pastes, spice blends and even the masa for our heirloom corn tortillas, which made the “Fuerte Four” in KCRW’s Annual Tortilla Tournament in 2021 and 2022. Given our proximity to the Pacific, we feature beautiful, responsibly-caught, local seafood, while organic vegetables, fruits and herbs hail from the nearby Santa Monica Farmers’ Market.

Whether you live nearby, you’re sandy from the beach, or you’re just passing through, come as you are. We look forward to feeding you and making you feel at home.

fresh fish on top of a fried corn tortilla with a spicy margarita on the side


Tallula’s is part of the Rustic Canyon Family, a collection of beloved, chef-driven dining destinations which includes Rustic Canyon, Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe, Sweet Rose Creamery, Milo + Olive, Cassia, Esters, Birdie G’s, and The Dutchess. The group embraces seasonality and makes as much as possible in-house using classic craftsmanship and technique, sourcing the highest-quality ingredients from local farmers and vendors with sustainable practices. Each restaurant takes “family” to heart, by ensuring all guests, as well as employees, feel at home, and leave satisfied, nourished and inspired.

Since opening in May 2017, Tallula’s has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, KCRW’s Good Food, EaterGoop, Bloomberg News, Los Angeles Magazine, C Magazine, and more.

For media inquiries, please e-mail elise@rcrestaurants.com.

hands garnishing enchiladas in a red sauce with cabbage and micro greens


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