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About Acitron Cocina Mexicana

Acitrón 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 a delicious, healthy fare for our customers.

Our full bar boasts mouthwatering drinks such as margaritas, mojitos and classic tequila cocktails infused with fresh fruit.

Our deserts include flan, tres leches and warm chocolate tamales with a scoop of Mexican vanilla ice cream.

Join us and try some of this delicious Mexican food and drink we have created for you

Iraiz Y Gotu

473 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington, MA 02474
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican, Latin American, Latin / Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Sunday Dinner
5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday Brunch
11:00 am to 2:30 pm

Cross Street:
Medford St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(781) 777-2839

Website:
http://acitronrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Mexican food is great for sharing at your family or company event. Whether a simple gathering at home, office luncheon or a large holiday party, we can cater for any occasion. Please visit our website for further details.

Parking Details:
On-street parking or you could park a block behind at the Russell Common Parking lot for 0.50 cents an hour pre-paid.

Public Transit:
Massachusetts Ave @ Medford St (350, 77, 79)
Medford St @ Mass Ave (350, 80)
Massachusetts Ave @ Broadway (350, 77, 79)

Executive Chef:
Iraiz Valdez

Additional:
Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Acitron Cocina Mexicana Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (21)
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Fit for Foodies (12)
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Casual (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Spicy (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Special Occasion (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Cozy (5)
Healthy (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (2)
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Quick Bite (2)
Business Meals (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

A lovely restaurant that makes you feel like you’re a guest in the owner’s home. Excellent, authentic Mexican cuisine - not greasy or mass produced. High quality presentation and ingredients, precise attention to detail, and unmatched service.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Love this place. In my hood. And they found my gloves and kept them for 4 weeks till I returned....seriously, who does that? xoxoxoxoxoxo

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date, Healthy, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We love Acitron! It is truly authentic and takes me back to my time living in Cuernavaca!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Two friends and I had what can charitably be described as a baffling meal. We went for a birthday brunch on Super Bowl Sunday -- not dinner, during game time, but brunch. There were only two other tables with customers, so we expected great service, but the opposite was true.

It looked like there were 3 employees on duty: our very sweet server, a woman who may or may not have been the bartender (sometimes she was behind the bar; sometimes she was at the bar, on her phone) and a man in the kitchen.

We thought it was taking a surprisingly long time for our drinks to come, but they did. We thought our guacamole order had been forgotten, but then it showed up -- and was really good. We half-joked that the pre-game show must be pretty good, b/c what else would explain the delays?

Two of us ordered eggs benedict. Our potatoes were cold while our poached eggs were overcooked, more like hard-boiled eggs without the shells. The dish was quite good, but c'mon -- eggs benedict means runny egg yolk for more flavor.

The third person was served a dish other than what she ordered, but she kept it b/c she really liked it. By now we wondered what the heck was (or was not) going on in the kitchen.

After waiting around some more (with no other customers in the restaurant by now), our server finally re-appeared with a small scoop of ice cream with whipped cream out of a can (OK, it was free ) + the bartender with a big sombrero for the birthday girl. They sang "happy birthday" while our friend smiled gamely (OK, nice gesture). But it was awkward as they left b/c the bartender was laughing hysterically. The birthday girl couldn't help but wonder if she was being laughed at.

All in all, good food that should have been even better, with inexplicably bad service.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

A really great local Mexican restaurant.
Very tasty food and nice service.
The margaritas were good too.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We went for a birthday celebration and discovered it was Margarita night. Excellent drinks! Food was pretty good too. They sang Happy Birthday to my son and brought out our cake. Many people sang along so my song was very happy.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Spicy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The meal was fine, but very disappointed that host did not acknowledge my birthday even though it was included in the reservation notes.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Loved the food and the service!! It was great!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Went there for a birthday, the food was delicious. the drinks were freshly made and came out right away. food was good- i got the tacos (taco tuesdays, $3). :)

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I always enjoy eating here. The food is consistently good... Mexican with a bit of an upscale twist. Their margaritas are fantastic and the service is always excellent with friendly, attentive wait staff. My date and I sat around talking until just before closing, well after the check was paid and everyone left. They didn't bother us at all, which we appreciated.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

HOLY MOLEY What a Mole'
Acitron is a great local gem that provides innovative Mexican cuisine at a reasonable price with attentive, friendly staff, and a nice cozy vibe. We were there for my son's 8th birthday prior to a Regent Theater show on a Friday night. Although they don't have a "kids menu", they were very accomodating in finding something that worked for our son....The Guacamole was delicious and fresh, and I'm a Mole' freak and they make a great Mole'. My ex wife's Poblano Chile Rellenos were delicious for her. The drinks were reasonable....and the flan was a favorite of our son.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

My friend and I had the tamel de chocolate

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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We love it!! Great food and drinks!! Thank you!!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I just love Acitron. Most authentic Mexican restaurant in the area. The mole takes me back to some of the small eateries I visited throughout Mexico

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was so-so. One of the sides for my order was wrong and the corn on the cob was cold.
The tres leche cake was not as good as usual (we dined there for the past two NYE).

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My wife and I have gone every New Year's Eve for the past several years and have never been disappointed. The food, drinks, and service are always excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Mexican food at a whole new level. . . There is guacamole and fajitas for those who must have them, but venture beyond these staples to some of the chef's authentic creations like moles, Chile's rellenos, and lots more. . . Adventurous taste buds will be well rewarded!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We visited this warm, colorful place on a bitterly cold December night after seeing a movie at the Capitol Theater a mile down the road. I loved my CAMARONES CON SALSA CILANTRO: succulent, flavorful shrimp on a bed of spinach with a salsa on top prepared from roasted tomatillo, cilantro, jalapeño, onion and garlic. The beans and rice on the side were just fine, with the pinto beans neatly confined inside a small, boat-shaped serving dish. My husband enjoyed the CHILES EN NOGADA: poblano pepper stuffed with savory ground beef and topped with a delicious and unusual sauce of cream cheese with nuts. Drinks were fresh and tart. We'll be back. Next time I want to try the shrimp a la diabla.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Casual, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access
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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Third time eating here...very friendly staff...the food was outstanding and close to home!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always a great experience. Terrific food, excellent value, fantastic service. Get the corn (elote) as one of your sides! Also as a gluten free diner I can eat most of the menu--and everything is clearly labeled. Vegetarians will find lots here as well. Delicious margaritas too. Come on Thursday when they're all $7!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Everyone was so kind! The waiter went out of his way to make my husband’s birthday by surprising him with a margarita! We will definitely be back when I’m not feeling under the weather!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

This was my second visit. The food is very good and has lots of options - it's upscale Mexican but not too expensive. There is a good buzz of noise without it drowning the conversation. The decor is nice and the parking was not too bad. Quite a gem, I'll be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

This is on of our favorite date places. Best Mexican we have ever had.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great food, great service! One of the best in Arlington Center!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Had a delicious dinner with another couple. Staff was wonderful. I had 2 pomegranate margaritas that were excellent. Not sure how the noise level part of the rating system works, but despite being full, the restaurant never felt loud. Have been recommending to all my friends.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We always like Acitron, returning with friends. My friends liked everything they ordered - chili rellenos, chicken mole, etc. I opted for the salmon, that should have been a no-brainer. Alas, it was probably previously frozen and way over-cooked; too dry to eat. A disappointment.

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Loved their birthday celebration. Food was definitely worth every penny. Our server was very amiable and checked in regularly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Delicious! We love Acitron each and every time we go!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

One of my favorite places to bring an out-of-town visitor. The menu is just the right size, having enough options yet not overwhelming.
The service is wonderful. Attentive but not overwhelming. Always happy to explain and advise, and they were very gracious in correcting a misunderstanding in a prior visit.
PS- if you're unsure about sides, get the corn (elote). So good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was delicious. Best chile rellenos I’ve had! The service was very slow and a bit pushy. The food was fabulous but the service was enough to have second thoughts about returning.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

This was our first time at Acitron and we loved it! Will definitely be back!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The service was fantastic! ! We loved the food! Just soooo happy with our experience! We will be back again!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We came here for my birthday dinner. It was pretty crowded, but not too loud. The food was excellent as always. Took a little while to get and pay for our check once we were done with the meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great service, wonderful authentic food

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Delicious, creative and distinctive Mexican cuisine. Very pleasant, attentive and prompt service. The night we were there, the vibe was lively and welcoming. We plan to make this our go-to Mexican restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Delicious and very obliging. The quesadillas surtidas were outstanding; the carne adobado melt-in-your-mouth. Schedule limitations meant we were going to have to arrive not much before closing, but I was assured on the phone it would be fine, and it was. Great service, pleasant atmosphere. This is one of our new go-to places.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

I love dining at Acitron! The food is tasty, and authentic, the margaritas are delicious and the service is great! If you live anywhere near Arlington MA and you enjoy authentic Mexican food, Acitron is a must try!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

This is nice restaurant and I would go again. The food is very good. My only negative comment is that the waitress kept asking us if we wanted the check while we were still eating.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food and service! The margaritas were not as good as they could have been, but we are picky about our margaritas! We will be back

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Have enjoyed Acitron for several years, but was disappointed this time. The margaritas were not as good and the food not as high quality as in the past. We had to send the margaritas back to be remade, but they still were not good. The enchiladas were cold and the first basket of chips we got were stale. The service was very good; we had an excellent waiter. Atmosphere still lively! Hope things change as we really have loved this place!

Tags: Casual
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