Acitron Cocina Mexicana
Acitron Cocina Mexicana

Acitron Cocina Mexicana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://acitronrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7817772839x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch;
    Friday & Saturday 11:30am to 2:30pm
    Dinner;
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;
    Brunch;
    Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Mexican, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Gualberto Ramirez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Medford St
  • Public Transit: Massachusetts Ave @ Medford St (350, 77, 79)
    Medford St @ Mass Ave (350, 80)
    Massachusetts Ave @ Broadway (350, 77, 79)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: On-street parking or there is a public parking lot at the corner of Mystic St ( Rte 60 ) and Chestnut St also ( Rte 60 ) for 0.50 cents an hour pre-paid.
A word from Acitron Cocina Mexicana
Acitron Cocina Mexicana, located in lively Arlington center, combines the simplicity of authentic family recipes with fresh, high-quality ingredients to bring diners unparalleled, delectable Mexican cuisine.
With a focus on fusing authentic Mexican flavors and classic sauces with local produce, meats and seafood, we are committed to building each dish from scratch to create delicious, healthy fare for our customers. The bar boasts mouthwatering drinks such as margaritas, mojitos and classic tequila cocktails infused with fresh fruit. Our desserts are made in house and include flan, tres leches and warm chocolate tamales with a scoop of Mexican vanilla ice cream.
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Acitron Cocina Mexicana reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (53)fit for foodies (35)great for lunch (15)kid-friendly (12)great for brunch (12)good for groups (11)special occasion (9)romantic (7)hot spot (5)late-night find (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Birthday treat
    GrtDin3
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Celebrated birthday with a fantastic dinner. Waitstaff friendly and very helpful with food decisions. Had lots of good food to take home for another treat the next day.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific value for the money
    MetalOxVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Acitron's friendly staff serves up some of the area's best Mexican food - I recommend the ceviche and the shrimp with cilantro sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Taco Tuesday
    frank1234
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Ate there on Taco Tuesday $3.00 each. Good Tacos, good Margaritas, good time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your average Mexican
    Puppygrammy
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We've eaten at Acitron before, and was greatly surprised by the quality of their food. It's not the usual Mexican fare!! Have recommended it to friends. Will go back more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Cynny
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Acitron continues to delight. The food is consistently delicious and the staff is wonderful. We are so lucky to have this wonderful restaurant in Arlington center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Birthdaypal
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    First time I went, it was fantastic. This time it seemed that everyone had run out of speed. There was no passion in the food. Everything was blah.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty, atypical Mexican
    hungrylucinda
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Acitron features very tasty regional Mexican dishes in unusual preparations, such as a delicious large crepe stuffed with corn and peppers and smothered with a spinach sauce so good we asked to buy some to take home. The waitstaff are friendly, helpful, and competent, and the dining experience is delightful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sophisticated. Not Tex-Mex
    SoupFairy299
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Upscale, sophisticated yet with a relaxed atmosphere. Food we delicious - especially the shrimp with mole sauce. The chips (thin andnot greasy) and salsa (fresh and spicy) set the tone and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fantastic'
    BbvisVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Acitron never disappoints! Food and service terrific! Will keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    GraceVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We've been to Acitron 4 or 5 times and have always enjoyed it. The people are warm and friendly, the margaritas are excellent (each of us had a different kind and tasted each other's), and the food is delicious. Love the fish tacos! One of the sides was a very tasty grilled corn on the cob -- wonderful addition to the menu. Definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sangria
    TriksiVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Acitron's is my favorite sangria, perfectly balanced. Food was terric, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Viva Mexico
    Carlislecat
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Fun and interesting menu: portions big enough for two people and great sangria to boot. The ceviche was excelent the appetizer tacos were really delicious and the crepes stuffed with poblano pepper strips and covered in green pipian mole were a ReAl treat. I'll be back for more. Added plus was our server, a Salma Hayek lookalike and sweet as she was knowledgeable
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mexican fan
    spicyfan
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Food was VERY good! Only negative was that water was warm.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How did. we miss this for so long?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This place was simply incredible. The margaritas are a showcase for sure. However, the food is what had us. My wife and I had a bit of everything. The corn on the cob is not the corn on the cob you know, this one's all spiced up and with cheese. A trio of sopes with different toppings was perfect for people who can't make up their mind AND who love powerful flavors contrasted. The guacamole was nothing out of the ordinary, but was just great. Some kind of steak rubbed with adobo. It was all simply amazing, and what was surprising was how reasonably priced it was!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Margaritas
    Okie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Hi, the food is always great as is the service We r big margarita ppl and it seems no one gets them right Masa does not either Simple is better. The best real one so far has been the painted burrow in Davis sq Not all juice. So many look like oj is added At home it's just simple syrupy, fresh lime and tequila , a little work but worth it
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inconsistency
    nelmVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This visit to Acitron was our second time dining there. The food was excellent on our first visit but this time we were extremely disappointed. The mole sauce lacked flavor, the chicken did not taste right, and the rice seemed dry, not fresh. We both felt that the food was lackluster.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rosie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Tasty food, attractive presentation, reasonable prices, lively atmosphere - a fun place to eat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your usual Mexican fare
    JeffB
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I've been here a few times now, and I've always been satisfied. This time, I had the fish of the day with a cilantro/onion/garlic salsa which was tasty. My wife had the shrimp in a tamarind sauce, also terrific.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best Mexican food
    Yury1080
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    It is low key neighborhood gem with outstanding food. Everything is in balance: spices, flavors, portion's size. On the top of that the service is very quick and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BaileyVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Second time I've eaten here and it was fabulous! Will come again and will recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Somewhat disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Thought we'd be a bit adventurous and try something new: fried avocado appetizer. Batter not tasty and not something I'd order again. Sopas were pretty good, tho. Entrees: chile verde ala Baabs was very moist, well seasoned and good, whereas cochinita pibil was extremely dry...almost like a mound of pork cardboard....very disappointing. Sangria was ok...partner would've liked added splash of liquor or fruit juice to soften rough taste of red wine.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mexican- a cut above
    bostongirl
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Acitron has many dishes not found on the menu of your 'average' Mexican restaurant. Food was well prepared. Service ok. Priced well for a neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but no air conditioning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was delicious, but there was no air conditioning on a hot evening. Skip this place until the cooler months.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    Gera
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food was good. I will definetly go back. Drinks were very good. But the service was great. It was a busy Saturday night and our server ( I wish I could remember his name) took care of our hungry and thirsty party very efecientnly. Thank you from the 6 wearing peach!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hidden gem
    notafoodie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Amidst all the many restaurants in down town Arlington, Acitron Cocina is a stand out. The food is always good, and the menu interesting. I had salmon and it was cooked to perfection with a very nice sauce, not too saucy, just right. My friend had the shrimp with cilantro sauce, which was a real treat. The margaritas hit the spot. The service was fine, especially considering it was quite busy for early on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High hopes--but not fulfilled
    LloydVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We had high hopes for Acitron--great write ups and an interesting menu. So few really good and authentic Mexican restaurants left. Soem items were very good. We loved the roasted corn on the cob and the excellent quesadillas. But the salsa, though fresh, was a little tame, and the freshly made guacamole, though we asked for it spicy, was also bland. As main coursesd we had the steak fajitas (good), the chicken mole (shredded chicken in a passable mole poblano sauce but nowehre near as tasty as the old Forest Cafe's, and a very disappointing enchiladas verde--way too sweet. We were looking forward to a greart experience, but we probably won't go back.
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  • Delightful restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The food was beautifully plated and very delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great dinner
    YRUL84TVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Took two friends from Chicago here who raved about their dishes. The service from hostess to server is cheerful and efficient. Do not recommend having hostess describe fajitas "in case our server does not" in great detail (we all know what fajitas are by now), only to have the server arrive a moment later and have to politely listen while he re-describes what fajitas are all over again. So no more doing that and you'll be A-OK!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistenly Good Food and Service
    DreamplangoVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We always have a great meal here. The service is friendly and knowledgable and the food is always fresh with just the right amount of spice. The grilled corn is great as an appetizer or a side dish. We have been to Acitron several times and we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic and varied.
    JoeDiner
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great selection of taco fillings, and real Mexican, not Tex-Mex dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nelmVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food was terrific and the service was as well. Our waitress was able to answer our questions about several menu items and make suggestions to guide us in our choice. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and responsive when needed. We never felt rushed and appreciate this fact. Acitron will be at the top of our list for great mexican fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Time - Won't Be The Last
    TrySomethingNew
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Our party waited a bit longer than ideal to be seated for a 7:30 reservation - a previous large party lingered. We found out why. Our server was friendly & informative. Our margaritas & sangria were great. Salsa, guacamole & home-made chips were savored by all. Question of whether the "Chile Verde A La Baabs" would be too hot, or cilantro-heavy, brought a generous sample of the dish from our server. (it was "just right"). Mole Poblano, (chicken in traditional chocolate-infused mole sauce), Camarones Con Salsa Cilantro, & Carne Adobada were enjoyed by all (much delighted sampling from others' plates). For dessert, "Flan Del Dia", (flan of the day), and "Tamal De Chocolate", provoked much "Mmm" & "Oooh" reaction. We certainly plan to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great mexican
    aspi
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Really great mexican food, the drinks were stellar, and a great variety of tacos.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We love ACitron for dinner but brunch was excellent for Mother's Day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious real Mexican food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Food was not Tex-Mex, but had many touches from Puebla and elsewhere. There were six of us, we had several appetizers which we shared, ceviche was unexpectedly good, veggie enchiladas were exceptional, guacamole, salsa, etc. all excellent. Two of the six main dishes were a bit too heavy (Pulled Pork Pibil) and (Veggie Crepas), so take out bags were needed. Veggie stuffed peppers were extra good, as was corn on the cob.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Food is the highlight here. Everyone loved their meal especially the corn-on-cob side dish also avaialbe as an app that begins with an E? Tostada app was hearty enough to be a meal. Tres leche cake was interesting butni wish the frosting was whipped cream not the sugary vanilla butter cream but just a personal choice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    CARIBDIVA
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    While this place lacks in size there is abundance of good food and friendly people who provide superb service. Will certainly return with family and friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Great drinks.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Fish tacos were flavorful and plentiful. The margaritas are made with citrus juice and agave. No sour mix! Such a refreshing find.
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  • Great spot for delicious Mexican
    3sistersVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food is terrific and the wait staff attentive and friendly. I love the Chile verde a la Baabs. My kids love the fish tacos.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Acitron Cocina is great!
    Cynny
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food at this cozy restaurant is outstanding! The grilled corn is yummy;so are the drinks - try the skinny margarita or the sangria. Make a reservation on Open Table and GO!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 365 reviews are from the Acitron Cocina Mexicana reviews archive.