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The Blind Burro
The Blind Burro

The Blind Burro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://theblindburro.com
  • Email: info@theblindburro.com
  • Phone: (619) 795-7880
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch

    Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm


    Monday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Wednesday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Tuesday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Sara Polcynski, Todd Nash
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th
  • Public Transit: There is a trolley station that stops on Broadway, which is 6 blocks northeast of us. The main bus route comes right down Market Street which is two blocks away.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We are located in the heart of the East Village neighborhood just of the Gaslamp in downtown San Diego. We are one block from the baseball stadium. There is pleny of metered street parking and alot of both private and public pay lots.
A word from The Blind Burro
The Blind Burro specializes in fresh, coastal Baja Mexican cuisine. Our emphasis is on quality, from the customer service, to the ingredients we use in all of our hand crafted food and drinks. We want our guests to enjoy Baja Mexican fare right here in East Village, San Diego. Come in and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere where you can meet over a carafe of spicy margaritas or on tap house sangria. . Or try us for lunch with clients while enjoying steak tacos and a quinoa mixed green salad. We are also steps from Padres baseball stadium, so come in before or after the game for some Craft Beer straight from Mexicali and a terrific local craft selection! Hope to see you soon in the unique, airy and comfortable environment we have created for you in downtown San Diego. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Good burger but bad service. Would think twice before returning"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I made my reservation several weeks in advance because it was my first time in San Diego and I wanted to make certain I had lined up some interesting places to eat. I had wanted a place to meet someone I hadn't seen in awhile. I did not know that it was opening night for the San Diego Padres. Initially, there seemed to be confusion as to whether I could have a table because they were so busy. However, I was seated in the back, which seemed to be the quietest spot possible. I settled in and had a good drink and some coffee-rubbed salmon tacos. They were very good. If it was a different night, I would have loved to stick around and try some new tequilas and mescal from their extensive list."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My date and I loved all the cute pictures of donkeys on the wall, and the friendly service. My only issue was how both my food, and my dates food was very hot & spicy. We just might have gotten unlucky and picked the spiciest plates on the menu. We will be trying this place again in the future to see if The Blind Burro has less spicy food."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had a great time here. They have nice variety on the menu including things you don't find many places. I had the yellowtail fish collar which was very good. The chorizo taquitos were a great appetizer too. Service was good but could have been better. Wait was too long for drinks and water refills plus a waiter spilled some soda on me but no big deal. All in all good place and would go back!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Food is great, bartenders are very friendly - awesome vibe and best margaritas in downtown."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We went out to Blind Burro for a mini bachelorette party dinner and this was the perfect spot. Fun scene, great service, killer drinks, awesome food. (The girls were still talking about the nachos the next day.) One of the girls was pregnant thrilled that they had a non alcoholic beer on the menu so she could semi-participate. My salad came out wrong and the waitress was AMAZING about taking it back and getting me a new one very quickly. (We had the best server ever. She was super sweet, the exact right amount of attentive and even though they were slammed- she never let us feel the stress.) The bar next door even hooked us up with a celebratory Scorpion Bowl. All in all, great spot for a fun night out."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The service was great and friendly, but we found the menu a bit limiting. No burritos and no enchiladas. I ordered tacos and my husband, a sandwich/tortas. We dined with friends on a Saturday night-- the restaurant was busy and loud which made it kid-friendly for us with our toddler, but a challenge to chat over dinner."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We love The Blind Burro! They've added a few great items to the menu! The coffee rubbed salmon tacos and the Mexican salad are great additions!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food is pretty solid, at the Blind Burro, but don't go there for an intimate evening. It's great for a group of friends looking to be rowdy and whoop it up, though. Second time there, and both times I had the hamachi collar. Small enough for two but big enough for four. I've had their pozole, ceviche, skirt steak tacos, and the carnitas. All were delicious."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We were promptly seated and they found our reservation instantly. The place was full and vibrant with a nice beat playing in the background. The food was very good and extremely tasty. Great tacos. The service was good."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Dinner was only ok. Oysters were tasty, tacos were soggy. Vegetarian options were limited and not cohesive flavors. Margaritas were good, but quite small. The best part of dinner was the churros. If you only go here for those it's worth it."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We went there since it was around the block from the hotel where we were staying. The drinks and food were great! It's conveniently located if you're in the downtown area."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Food was very average.. Ambience was good. Service was very slow. The salsas and guacamole for a mexican restaurant was rather flavorless."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I'm pretty sure I've dined here now at least 10 times. I have enjoyed every morsel and every bite! Lobster tacos, garlic-chile crab claws (amazing and not spicy hot, but spicy great!), collar, bacon wrapped jalapenos, tacos of every kind. What I love the most about The Blind Burro is the clean and fresh taste of the food. Chef Sara has a true gift to make every flavor pop in your mouth without being audacious and snotty food. It's true the menu reflects the ethos of the every day .... I could eat here every day and that is saying A LOT for this diner."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Awesome quality food !! Wait staff is very slow and no attentive ."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food and drinks. Service was sometimes slow and the noise level really made it difficult to talk with everyone at our table."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The vegetarian items were awesome - Kenoa salad, a stuffed pepper dish (forget the name) with mole sauce - How do you guys make the sauce? and the desert Crepe!! It was amazing!! The carafe of margarita was good as well. I stopped counting calories right after my salad.. Will be there again definitely!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "There were 7 of us and we were seated but it took a long time for us to get drinks and just when we wanted to place our orders, another big table sat and we had to wait for our server. Our food took forever and when they finally brought it out, we got 6 orders and then the other big table started getting their food! We waited another good 5 minutes for the 7th meal and that meal was too salty to eat. We got the management to remove it from the bill but I think he only did that because we were seriously grumpy at this point and he didn't want to push it. It was 8 pm on a Thu and they were playing club music, LOUD, this is still dinner hours, right???? Between two other big tables and the music, we couldn't hear ourselves think."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "The popper tacos were perfect and I want more. The the steak torta had huge flavor. Don't believe me, just go and taste for your self."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "It was a very good value for Restaurant Week. We were especially impressed with the perfectly cooked pork tenderloin and delicious mole sauce. I liked have them separate so that I could dip the pork in the sauce. We also ordered the salsa flight and all the salsa were very tasty. We are sensitive to noise and this had a very well-controlled noise level."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "The noise level was ridiculous. Loud music with heavy base made it nearly impossible to converse. Requests to turn down volume were totally ignored. Service slow, food OK, not great."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "We ate at the Blind Burro during restaurant week. Our first impression was that we made a mistake - it appeared to be just another loud, dimly lit gaslamp bar. So we were surprised that the food was actually very good and creatively prepared - except for the tortilla chips which were very greasy and tough. It was so loud that we had a hard time hearing and communicating with our waitress, so that must mean that a lot of people were enjoying this place. We will probably not return, but others who like an energetic bar crowd and better food than most bars will find this place to their liking."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Food was very good, unique blends of great Mexican favorites with a twist of the unexpected. Our group thought it was terrific. The only issue we had was that it took over an hour for our food to come out - our reservation was at 730 and our food didn't come out until after 830. It was delicious however."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Casual atmosphere belies the gourmet Mexican cuisine. Took advantage of their Restaurant Week lunch: appetizer and entree for $10. More than we could eat! Warm goat cheese in a pepito seed crust on toasted baguette slices. Heavenly. Loved the chicken popper tacos…original…who woulda' thought! Warm reception and service. Will be back to try more of their unique cuisine. ."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Tacos were not very flavorful, we had chicken & shrimp, they tasted like they had been boiled not grilled, the fried fish tacos was very heavily battered..."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant in east village with great drinks, salsa, tacos, and happy hour. It is not a dive bar/restaurant, but an upscale, fun restaurant with great vibe and decor. I do have a complaint that I was not given my open table dining points recently when I specifically asked at check in."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Dined here for dinner. Great lively atmosphere. The food was just okay in our opinion. We both agreed that we would return for drinks and appetizers but not for dinner."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We love The Burro! Our favorite neighborhood go to. The Pozole is wonderful and all the food fun and different. Great cocktail list too!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "our group of 4 ladies was treated well and had a wonderful time !"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Drinks were great! Lots of variety and the food wonderful! It was a great night! We were celebrating our son's 21st birthday and they treated him in style! The chef even came out and asked us if we had any questions about the menu. We will go back! Loved it!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Example: I ordered shrimp scampi baja style street tacos. It was not a very big portion but you can fill yourself up on their tortilla chips which were pretty tasty. The kale/cabage side salad was pretty interesting too. Service was a little slow...."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "My family went to the Burro to celebrate a graduation. We had small plates and shared all around. I think we got to taste everything on the menu! We had a great time, a great server, and were treated royally! The food was excellent and the price was right. It's a wonderful place for groups."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Tried Blind Burro with a friend after sampling one of their tacos at a holiday mixer. The ambiance was fun and a bit on the trendy side, but it was a Sunday night so the crowd wasn't too rowdy. We ordered the tacos (shrimp scampi and lobster) and they did not disappoint! Maybe even better than the tacos was the off the cob street corn, yum! Just creamy and spicy enough to make me crave it. We ended dinner with some churros, which I swore I would not eat, and yet couldn't keep my hands off them. The prices were a bit higher than I expected, but that can be chalked up to quality ingredients and the location of the restaurant. Well worth it, if you ask me!"
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "We with a bunch of medical folks who trained out East and practice medicine West. We were well taken care of. Great food and great service. Many thanks"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "This place was on point! Love the decor and the indoor/outdoor bar, perfect layout in an urban neighborhood. Food was the highlight of the evening, especially the amazing thick-cut-chips and salsa. Service was impeccable. This place had great energy, we will be back."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "A group of us visiting from Philadelphia went here. Great food, great location, great service. Definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 9/30/2013
  • "Our group of 6 went to the Blind Burro for a reunion lunch during a recent convention. We enjoyed the restaurant until we noticed that service was at a crawl. Slow to take our order, the waiter contributed to the delay. It took 90 minutes for us to have lunch. This is time most of us do not have during a busy convention. The waiter and manager were nice and apologetic for the delay. Food was good when we got it. The place looks understaffed during a very demanding time. If you choose to come here, be sure to allow more than enough time. It was the wrong place for us."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "Food was really good! Upbeat environment. It was busy so service was a bit slow."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Hostess ignored us and talked on the phone when we arrived until manager came over several minutes later. Waited 20 mins for our table at 9pm, even though we had a reservation, and manager was extremely rude. Took forever for server to finally come to table, and refused to take our food order until she had time to go get drinks. Finally got food after an hr and a half, and server never once came back to the table. Had to track her down just to get out check so we could leave. Definitely would not recommend this place, food was decent, not great. But the horrendous service from multiple employees made it intolerable."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "This is the first time that I had barbecued yellow tail collar. It was delicious. The menu was a little more innovative that most Mexican restaurants. We had a good time."
    Dined on 10/27/2013