A couple months ago, I noticed that one of the buildings near the corner of La Cienega and Santa Monica Blvd. that used to house a horrible restaurant was getting a repaint...in bright pink. I didn't have to wait long to find out that this was the new Mexico Restaurante Y Barra, from the same guy who owns Nic's in Beverly Hills.
The restaurant has a huge patio and balcony, as well as an inside dining room where people party it up, fueled by exotic specialty margaritas and fresh gourmet Mexican food. I really enjoyed my meal(s) there, and wrote it up for LA.com. You will also see a little review of it in my upcoming WeHo restaurants roundup for Frontiers.
For now, you can find my LA.com review here: http://www.la.com/dining/ci_12877592