La Brasa
La Brasa

La Brasa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.labrasasomerville.com/
  • Phone: 6177641412x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Late Night: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Bojorquez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live music every Sunday from 2pm-5pm by the B3 Kings
  • Special Events: Stay tuned to our website and social media for special events!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Glen st.
  • Public Transit: MBTA Orange Line: Sullivan Square (10 minute walk)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking for $6 and there is also street parking available.
A word from La Brasa
Chef Daniel Bojorquez and Chef Frank McClelland are excited to open La Brasa in Spring 2014. The food at La Brasa has culinary influences rooted in the same countries as many of the residents of East Somerville: Mexico, Peru, the Middle East to name a few. The heart of La Brasa is the wood on which this food will be cooked. Most people associate the smells of a wood-burning stove and an open fire with family, friends, and community.
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La Brasa reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (67)neighborhood gem (60)good for groups (46)hot spot (37)special occasion (21)vibrant bar scene (17)late-night find (10)great for brunch (9)romantic (7)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • It's great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I love this restaurant, recently and just after it opened. Scent of a wood fired grill, casual vibe, knowledgeable wait staff, and best of all, innovative, delicious, cuisine, and an excellent wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed myself!
    MedfordGal
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was unique and delicious, fresh and felt good about portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I would recommend La Brasa to anyone. The food was wonderful and the service was attentive and friendly. Please check out this great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem!
    lolo12
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Bright flavors, creative pairings, and insanely succulent meat. Friendly and efficient service, plus a great vibe for a cosy dinner for two at the bar, or a lively crowd at a long high-top. A real neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful new familiar flavors!
    GabeMVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    La Brasa brings you into a world of new flavors that feel warm and familiar. The ambiance is rustic elegance making one feel at home. As you enter the restaurant the first thing that hits you is the lovely smoke scent and your mouth begins to immediately salivate in anticipation. Chef Daniel Bojorquez has introduced great new flavors with layers of complexity while maintaining the food simple, comforting and familiar. The fried dough (empanadas) where outstanding and the fried chicken is a yum! I also loved the tacos, the pork was crispy, smokey and delicious. The service was excellent as the staff was friendly and helpful! I'm glad to have experienced this new place, it is now a new fav for moe :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly eclectic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This is a fun place. It's quieter than the wide-open dining room suggests, and the exposed wood and (seemingly) found-item flairs in the tables and place settings (assorted knives, forks, spoons and chopsticks all together) set the mood: things are going to be a little creative. That said, the food is seriously tasty, though it's hard to identify a unifying theme or intent. Just take each dish on its own terms and be ready for anything. Our server was excellent, attentive and forthright in his recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic mix of influences
    FoodBytesVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I'll be back again soon to try to finish everything on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • somervillelovesfood
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I am critical about food. @LA Brasa food is innovative, delicious, excellently prepared. ambience is friendly, approachable, staff remembered us! Bar is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open flame
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A new local restaurant claiming to specialize in open flame culinary traditions from around the world. I found the waiter pushy, the dishes pretentious and the whole place over-priced. We were looking forward to the experience and took a small group with us, but ended up disappointed. The leg of lamp was good, but the brisket was fatty, over-sauced and missing good snap and color. The chard pie was tasty but over-sweet, and the carrots (all the rage, locally) had an overwhelming mole sauce. The quinoa hush puppies were surprisingly tasty but came out underdone. The oysters were expensive at $3 with little to set them apart, the thin vinegar-like dip being fairly weak. In the sangria the alcohol covered the taste of the mix and fruit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good ambiance, hit/miss food
    Sunny
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We just moved to the neighborhood and had high hopes for this place but won't be rushing to go back. The interior is really cool- great design and art. We sat at the raw bar and watched the food prep, which is always fun. The food had a few bright spots but was overall just OK. The oysters were tasty but a bit overpriced (6 for $18). We watched as the pre-fried chicken was doused in the fryer again. it was very juicy but the crisped skin fell right off as a result of the repeated frying. The swiss chard pie was confused and forgettable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delish but pricey
    cheri
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    my husband and I loved it, but we also brought the kids. . this was a mistake. We found enough on the menu to sustain them but left nearly needing to sell a kidney on ebay to pay for it all. Mexican rice was fabulous. LOVED the halibut and the steak, the brisket was also delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impressive
    LeoRuiz037
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Host - greeted us with a friendly "hello", made a little joke, & sat us. Great way to start our dinner. Waiter - very attentive, gave great recomendations, & was all-around fantastic. Food - AMAZING. Tacos to start were tasty. I had the perfectly crispy & seasoned fried chicken. My girlfriend had the lamb leg...which was simply the best thing I've tasted in a long time. Even our side veggie dish of tomatoes & goat cheese was incredible. Simple food, with A LOT of flavor, cooked expertly & with great attention to detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    4 of us had a very good meal at La Brasa this week. Staff was friendly, well-informed and very into the Boston food scene. Menu is fascinating, a combo of Mexican, Southern and Asian influences. Small starter plates are substantial and the carnitas were exceptional. The advice from the staff is to order one meat/fish and one side, and that worked out well, with enough to share. Fried chicken was not the usual, with harissa flavored flour. Halibut was excellent, and the swiss chard pie a great mix of spices and greens. There is a meat that comes around each table, offering a roast meat of the day. When we were there it was a whole roast prime rib. The flavor was great and we all shared it. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant in East Somerville
    LloydVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Can't believe my good fortune--I can actually walk to La Brasa, though the nvalet parking is only $6.00 I love being there. It's a great place to be the momnet you enter. It's casual, slightly rustic, but elegant and airy. The service is friendly and helpful. The staff is uniforjly pleasant. And the food is marvelous. This time I tried the roasdted half-lobster. Sublime! Especially the knuckle and claw meat. Rich and delicious. The steaks are perfection--especially the one sprinkled with salmon roe! (Yes--it's an ainspired condiment.) The lamb is superb--I wish there were more lamb dishes on the menu at any given time. It's definitely worth the trip to East Somerville!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Imniverous
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I came to La Brasa last Friday for a pre-theatre dinner. Interesting food, great drinks, lots of energy. We're a bit tired of New American, so were attracted to the promise of latin/middle eastern/eclectic. Korean Squid pancakes--fantastic! Pork belly with spicy roasted eggplant and pureed cucumbers--a strange combination that worked really well. Chard pie--yum! Fried chicken with escargot butter...you get the point. Big open room with high ceilings, rough wood tables and monster windows looking out on Broadway, New Orleans funk filling the room, interesting mixed crowd, all made for a very good vibe. Our only regret--wish we'd stayed longer. Definitely coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La Brasa
    Eliezer
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The cocktails, starters, main dishes and sides were excellent to exceptional. We split a dish of the tiradito(fluke) which was truly remarkable Then had the chicken breast with harissa and the lamb kebobs - outstanding. The combination of influences, Mexican, peruvian, middle eastern and sheer creativity was surprising but entirely successful. The wine a beer list was short but the choices we made ( an Evil Twin smoked pilsner and a dolcetto) were delicious and very food friendly. The staff were helpful and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • la brasa review
    goodfoodlover
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great, interesting food, horribly noisy-you have to shout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    randyest
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great food and drinks with excellent service. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst brunch experience EVER!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Asked for decaf... decaf Americano was my only option... asked for Splenda to sweeten it, they only had sugar... I then asked for Diet Coke instead, but they had none, so water as my beverage... then asked for chips and salsa while I decided on something from their very limited brunch menu, but they had none to offer... what kind of Mexican brunch is this? Probably the WORST in MA, so I left and went to The Painted Burro for a real Mexican meal... I LOVE authentic Mexican food, probably won't come back to La Brasa.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great open space, delicious food
    KarlosBoston
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The ambiance here is very open and the food is very, very good and quite unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool scene, great food
    KayF
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Loved La Brasa from the moment we entered into the cool interior designed with reclaimed wood and industrial lighting until we left after having a great dinner. Took our son, a chef, here for his birthday. He selected our food and everything was delicious. The prime rib cart was a smart, delicious addition. They even added candles to our light and creamy cheesecake dessert!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great quality latin food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My husband and I went to La Brasa for dinner and were very excited by the food quality, creative menu and environment. Also, it is really refreshing to go to a restaurant with space between tables! We will certainly come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • really good
    mymy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Delicious food, great service....a welcome addition to any neighborhood! Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant in East Somerville
    LloydVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    La Brasa is a great restaurant. The food is endlessly interesting and delicious. Imaginatively prepared and full of surprises. It's high end cuisine in a neighborhood that isn't used to such quality. If I could afford to, I'd eat there every night just to try all the things on the menu that I haven't tasted yet. Service is outstanding (though I wish our server hadn't referred to our main course as our "protein"). Since the restaurant is in my neighborhood, I plan to return as often as I can afford it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went to this restaurant for a date night with our friends. Great food, vibrant atmosphere , and the best part is the meat cart!! It was delicious and such a smart idea to offer it as an appetizer. The fried rice was also one of my favorites. I will highly recommend la Brasa!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The noise level was awful. So much so that we couldn't enjoy either the food or each other's company.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great concept
    JimboVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We visited on a Sunday and returned the following Thursday. Both nights the food was excellent. Limited menu, but everything we tried was extremely well done. The space and the service matched the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food
    Fish5VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I liked La Brasa. However, as someone that is not a huge "smoked" fan, this menu was a challenge for me. We started with the tiradito, which was excellent. The tacos were disappointing-dry, not very flavorful-how'd that happen w/ a Mex chef? The special prime rib by the lb. was very good, moist and flavorful. The arugula salad was overdressed and the potatoes were eh. Fried chicken was a hit. The pork milanese was NOT milanese style-it was not pounded thin but rather was pretty thick and really was a breaded pork chop. It was way too smokey and the arugula and grated parmesean on top was a big miss, while the succotash in a creamy sauce - was too much like the arugula side salad. Cheese cake was more savory. May try again but no rush.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Odd concept poorly executed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Nice interior design, though it could've been anywhere in Williamsburg. Cuisine stretched from Korean to Mexican, but the chefs flew over rather than stopped by. Cocktails were watered down by too much chrushed ice. Squid omelet was good as was the fried chicken. Hanger steak was tasteless and tough. Roasted carrots with mole was a bad attmept at Empellon Cocina's signature dish. Affogato melted down to sauce after the espresso was added. Service was uneven--silverware and napkins arrived after the food arrived. Food arrived in waves so that the tables piled up with dishes. Empty cocktail glasses remained for extended period before removed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No fuss with a lot of flavor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Chef uses quality ingredients that don't get hidden behind complicated applications!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good new place with style
    RodrigoATCG
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food was good, it is apparent the Chef is mixing foods, styles from Latin America with an Asian infusion. The desert menu is a bit simple compared to the rest of the food. A more extensive after dinner drink menu would be great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow. Amazing Dinner!
    Steinkkr
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We had carnitas tacos, roast beef, fried chicken, carrots with mole sauce and BBQ beef brisket. All of them were amazing and kept me wanting more! Service was great and very knowledgable of each entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but off-putting experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was wonderful and our waiter was a gem, but they messed up with the bill and created an awkward situation for all involved. The woman who brings the mobile meat station around did not properly convey the price of the extra meat, and also forgot to add it to our bill. After we paid, the waiter awkwardly told us we owed an extra $21 which we paid in cash. That was the price of another entire meal and we did not enjoy the embarrassing way the waiter presented it to us. We will go again but not for a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new addition to Somerville
    JoePi0105VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had read some about La Brasa in Boston Magazine, and drove by it daily on the 89 bus to work. Decided to head there on a Friday night with some friends and it was an inspired choice. The decor was outstanding, and the tables were big without feeling massive, offering plenty of space for our party of four. Beer/wine/cocktail list was expansive. Food was excellent, had the brisket, chicken, tacos, and lamb kabobs. Only reason for 4 starts was it appeared that most of the food had seeds in it (not all ingredients are listed on the menu), which was a slight problem for one member of our party. Kitchen was accommodating, and only had to change one order. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
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