La Brasa
La Brasa

La Brasa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.labrasasomerville.com/
  • Phone: (617) 764-1412
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:30pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm;
    Late Night: Tuseday - Saturday: 10:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,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: Street Parking
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
136 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (99)neighborhood gem (86)good for groups (77)hot spot (59)special occasion (30)vibrant bar scene (28)romantic (15)late-night find (13)kid-friendly (10)great for brunch (9)notable wine list (9)great for lunch (5)Show More
  • A menu designed for sharing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I enjoyed the food, and really like being able to sample a number of different plates. Each plate arrives from the kitchen as it is ready, so it is a menu designed for sharing. We added a couple more plates as the evening progressed. Our server was excellent, made great suggestions and I never felt rushed. It is a bit loud. We arrived at 6:30 on a Friday night to a mostly empty restaurant, by the time we left at 8:15 it was packed. There was plenty of on street parking when I arrived.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Your Average Eating Experience
    BetsyLenora
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The food was interesting, unique, new flavor combinations, yummy! Good choices for vegetarians and meat eaters. I recommend going in a group of 4 at least in order to share more tastes. Everyone in MY group of 4 was happy with everything we ordered. I would go again, and recommend it to my friends (already have). Bon appetite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant in surpising place
    LloydVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Who'd have thought it was now necessary to come to East Somerville for a great meal. La Brasa is a spectacularly good restaurant that's actually fun to go to. My friends had hanger steak, which they loved, but my juicy, tender, delicious roast leg of lamb was the supreme choice. This is as good a lamb dish as I've had anywhere. The carrots in mole sauce were great as always. The desserts included sublme butterscotch pudding and amarvelous hazel-nut ice-cream doused in espresso. East Somerville, here I come!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food but needs managing!
    Willreturn
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was great and the drinks tasted great. Problems with management of wait staff were pretty bad. Everyone was super kind and pleasant but we had at least 7 people wait on us so of course it wasn't coordinated. Either we were asked the same question 5 times or were forgotten because someone assumed someone else had our order. My drink had double the ice of my wife's drink and my dinner came 10 minutes before her dinner. We still loved it and want the best for the restaurant. You don't need 30 people on the floor if tables are assigned and everyone has specific jobs. Management seems the problem. The waitstaff and hosts seemed to wonder around throughout our whole dinner. Hope you fix this but we will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Everything about this restaurant was great, the prices seemed a little much for what you actually got but that's probably more my problem for not making more money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place in Somerville
    bostongirl
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We live in Somerville and it is so great to see awesome restaurants like this popping up. This place is quirky and wonderful, the kind of place people will drive to go to. We loved the décor, the bread was awesome (if not free), and our food was great. We especially liked that our server was able to make great recommendations about the menu and drinks list; so many places we go the servers haven't even tried the food! I also liked that the menu had a small number of excellent options. Overall it was great- definitely a new spot for us!
    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.
  • Worth a second try?
    ChocolateMousse
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I enjoyed the atmosphere of my first visit to La Brasa (Nov. 2014), which is somewhat loud and casual. Waitstaff couldn't have been nicer. The option to have roasted beef (pork?) carved tableside was intriguing. However, my my cod entree with couscous and saffron mussels was lackluster. My friend greatly enjoyed the hanger steak, which was a larger proportion than my cod. Desserts stood out: my flan was dense and topped with salt- maybe the best I have ever had. My friend's coconut rice pudding with ginger compote was delicious. Menu seems to change frequently, so I may return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Lots of anticipation, great service, pretty cool room and terrible food. For a destination location this team better up their game as doesn't compare to most of what's out there.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Atmosphere nice - Food not so good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The place is very nice. I loved the atmosphere. The staff tried to be attentive. They ran out of the prime rib before 7:30pm on a Saturday night (after offering it to us as a "snack" 2x). I had informed them I was ordering the prime rib as my main course and would prefer to order when the others in my party did. The vegetables arrived about 20 minutes before the main dishes. They informed me my order of prime rib was no longer available about 5 minutes before delivering the table's other main dishes. I was very disappointed. They substituted another main, at the spur of the moment, and did not charge me, though. The rice was bland. The chicken was excellent. The beet salad lacked something. The bar is limited. The staff were gracious.
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  • Very good service and food
    foodforthought
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Delicious food made by people who love what they do, clearly. Many delicious meat dishes. Service was very good. The bread and the butter with sprinklings of vegetable ash on it were out of sight. If I could make two suggestions, add more vegetarian or fish options and also, don't charge for bread, as amazing as it is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bland food
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Over hyped. The food was bland my chicken and dplings were terrible and soggy. They bring the food out as it's prepped so of you wait for the rest of your party you have cold soggy food. wine list short. Only good thing was the $6 valet (if you could catch his attention!).
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Inconsistent
    Maryor
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food sounds and looks better than it tastes. Skirt steak was beautifully seasoned but almost impossible to chew. Carrots w mole were tasteless but we were expecting just the opposite. The chicken dish was very dry. The servers seemed disconnected from the food as though they just started work that day. However they were unfailingly polite and pleasant. Hope they find their groove as the food sounds really interesting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome food
    romkeyVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Creative unpretentious food with awesome service. Always happy to have a chance to eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated
    SomervilleVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were unimpressed with La Brasa. The food did not deliver. The food was not flavorful. We will not be returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • East Somerville gem
    ChappydinersVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The experience is perfect from start to finish. The ambiance from the rustic wood tables and wildflowers in glass jars, to the shared small plates to the very friendly waitstaff and managers. From the menu, the food seemed to be all over the place, but we went with it and wasn't disappointed. We shared 4 plates of excellent dishes from the roasted carrots with mole and sesame to the saffron smoked mussels. Delicious. The market was closed, but we took a peek and it has everything a small market should have, farm fresh eggs, homemade sausage and organic milk and fresh produce. I am excited for La Brasa and the neighborhood. We look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    AFoodExperimenter
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Saw this on the phantom gourmet and it looked amazing. In the end it was just ok. had the mexican fried rice - it's a really small portion but incredibly tasty. Phantom gourmet was right about that. Also had the prime rib that they serve tableside and it was cold; will not get that again. We had the thai fried chicken which was incredible and definitely worth going back for again. Also they had mackerel and fennel; not so good because lacked a real pop of flavor. Overall, I'd go back again for the thai fried chicken and mexican rice if I were in the neighborhood but wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to go there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and with a heart
    Geepsie
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Have been several times now. Service always personable, efficient, friendly. Food is great. Inventive, just enough zing where appropriate. Not tapas but good sharing concept. Love the Mexican fried rice and the ribeye on a cart sold by the ounce. It has become our date night place.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, still working out kinks
    Dingbat
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We made a reservation for 8:30 on a Saturday night but had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated. The food was good overall, but not entirely consistent. The Spanish mackerel and the green curry rice dish were both excellent, but the harisa skirt steak was tough and chewy. Also, the waiter forgot to bring us our menus for about ten minutes, and it was almost impossible to hear him over the background noise, even after we asked him to speak up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food outshines service--by a lot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were looking forward to trying La Brasa, having heard that it was excellent. The food was excellent--an eclectic menu with some innovative flavor combinations, but service was woeful--our server admitted to being new, but restaurant management should have trained her. Portion sizes were small--two quarter-sized pieces of cauliflower accompanied my roasted cod entree, which was quite delicious--but they charge extra for bread, and their by-the-glass wine pour was also less than generous. Bottom line: the food really shines, so I wouldn't dissuade anyone from coming, but I found the overall experience less than satisfying.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had the carnitas taco and fry bread to start, and then the hangar steak and fried chicken thigh, and ended with the flan. All of the food was very good. I also tried the Eight Line Poem drink - very tasty as well. They also have a cart that comes around with meat by the ounce. Unfortunately, when they ran out of the special pork leg, they didn't tell us about the rib roast that was still available - we might have ordered that if we had known. I guess we'll have to try next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We want an encore at La Brasa
    sayThatAGAINVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Unpretentious, unfussy, understated excellence, unbelievably fragrant and delicious, unmatched mixed drinks (the Campari drink is amazing), and we are eager to return. The items on the menu seem familiar, but they are conceived with imagination and flavor that is superior and surprising. Definitely go and enjoy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not great
    lss4VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have eaten at this restaurant twice now and will not be going back. I know most people love this new hot spot, but I am not impressed with the food or the service. Complaints from the second visit-pork was served very rare and was inedible-all gristle and fat and bone and charged by the pound. I asked the waiter if the chimichurri sauce on my dish was spicy and he said no, but it was very spicy. Almost everything is served spicy-drinks included. While, I like spicy food, I was looking for one milder dish but appetizer, drink and main course were spicy. We had to complain about the quality of the pork and the restaurant substituted, but at the prices they charge, the wait staff should be able to identify spicy foods, and meat better
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  • cozy and tasty
    lvd50VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We went on a rainy Thursday evening, and felt immediately felt cheered when we walked in. Our friendly waitress suggested cocktails that were exactly what we wanted. We shared a bunch of dishes, and we really enjoyed everything. Our favorite was probably the Mexican fried rice. One tip: meters on the street are in operation until 8, so bring quarters!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, amazing service.
    Duncan
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I have been to La Brasa twice, and always leave wanting to come back. The food is delicious, and allows for a palate-exploring extravaganza that you won't find many places. If you have a friend visiting from out of town, come here. If you are looking for a great date night restaurant, come here. If you are hoping for a delicious meal, come here. From the moment you step in the door you feel like you're the most welcome person of the evening. The staff is incredibly friendly and courteous, without being overwhelming. They seem to actually care if you have a good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent find!
    Wniccoli
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We were just passing through the neighborhood, but La Brasa was an unexpected gem! Pork carnitas, carrots in molè, hangar steak, chicken and dumplings.... It was all an incredible taste experience. If we are ever back in town, La Brasa will be our first stop!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Sat in the seats at the kitchen. Had a front row view of the hard work it takes to make delicious plates. The drinks were interesting. I recommend the Sinner. The plates we tried included the taco carnitas, mackerel, carrots in mole sauce, the pork loin sandwich with chorizo and we finished off with the flan. The staff were super friendly and the swrvice attentive. There is plenty to choose from on the menu to try something new next time when we return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really worthwhile
    bhappy
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The restaurant is new and exciting. The menu is varied but filled with interesting and taste choices. The staff was pleasant and accommodating. Since it was a week night, they opened the gate to their back parking lot for which we are most grateful We were four and shared our plates. Don't look down on the chicken and dumplings. Really good- as were the lamb, the harissa steak and the fish.Oh, and don't forget the carrots with the mole.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Genius flavors
    monk
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Best new restaurant in Somerville. Friendly, knowledgable, and attentive staff. Food was so flavorful....wonderful combinations of sweet, spicy, smooth and crunch. Very creative and unusual menu with lots of choices for carnivores and vegans. Very reasonably priced. Will make this my new neighborhood place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not impressed
    KaleeaterVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I was really excited when originally hearing this place was coming to Somerville. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. I went for brunch recently. The decor is nice. The concept seems to have been completely stolen from Commonwealth (higher end local food with an attached market). My advice? Go to Commonwealth instead! The food was so-so, but the cocktails were terrible. It was as if the bar tended had never mixed a drink before. The market had a few things from small local producers, but mostly had things you'd find in Shaws or Stop and Shop.
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  • Packed with Creativity
    CibonistaVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have to admit that when choosing this restaurant I was a bit concerned with the small menu. I couldn't have been more wrong - this place was great! They had some off menu surprises as well that we're delicious (rib roast). The restaurant lends itself to guests ordering more and more food which was a unique experience based on the idea of sharing each plate. We got the rib roast, tacos, squid pancake, halibut, pork belly, carrots, and flan - I can't wait to go back to try the Thai fried chicken and the Swiss chard - among many other thifs that I'm sure will peak my palette!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thought I was in Brooklyn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    In a good way. Interesting, flavorful food, locavore-ish, relaxed vibe.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new spot!
    KrisVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I really loved the vibe at La Brasa and was really impressed with the service. Great selection of items and our waiter was so helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oyster Heaven
    MZ55
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great oysters, great cocktails - even if you don't order one of their specials. Staff, including host, Jack, friendly & fun!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Food, Amazing Rice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We enjoyed the atmosphere and friendly environment. All of the dishes looked interesting, and the food was overall very good, but the seasonal Mexican fried rice stole the show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem
    Gastronoma
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    What a find! Great, Great food. We were encouraged to share and chose 2 "snacks" 2 veggies and 4 proteins (for 4 of us) plus we chose to be served some prime rib from a cart being rolled around. The meats were the most tender and flavorful I've tasted; heavenly. The veggies and snacks were also meticulously prepared with a carefully chosen palate of herbs and spices. The sauce on the lamb was like no other and we cleaned the serving plate of it. Our waiter, Alex, was our informative guide, offered us tastes of wines we were unfamiliar with, and when we noted no chocolate on the dessert menu, accommodated that craving! We understand the menu changes daily, so a repeat appearance soon is definitely a must! Cost was totally reasonable.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.