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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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4.5

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4.6

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4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 22, 2013

We have been here twice recently and both times enjoyed it very much. The food is very good and so is the service. We have not been there on a busy night and can see that it might be noisy when crowded.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 17, 2013

We went on a quiet night, so not many patrons. The menu and presentation were really quite spectacular -- this is not your neighborhood taco bar (think Tu Y Yo with more space and better parking). We felt that the flavors were not as sharp and clear as we might have liked -- the mole, which was quite nice and offered a mix of subtle flavors, might have had just a bit more tang. Overall a fine experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 16, 2013

We were seated quickly. After that it was down hill. Poor service from the wait staff. After an hour the hostess came over and offered to check on our meal but never came back with an answer. We needed to call her over to find out what was happening. I don't blame the waitress for the slow kitchen service but I do blame her and the hostess for not being more attentive and informative of what was going on. The food tasted plain. The chicken mole was drenched in chocolate and very unappetizing.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 16, 2013

Great food, and extremely friendly and attentive service. We were recently in New Mexico, and Acitron had some of the same dishes on the menu as we had at an excellent Mexican restaurant in Taos, and Acitron's food compared favorably.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 15, 2013

Food and service excellent as usual. Great margaritas. The specials are always good.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2013

great food only problem very small and seating was so close to other parties.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2013

The food is always excellent and the service is always on point. We have been here several times and have never been disappointed.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2013

Very mediocre old style Mexican food. Heavy, no finesse . 1bar tender for bar and entire restaurant made drinks come out extremely slowly. Margaritas were all ice. When asked for one with no ice they gave my husband a TINY one. It was embarrassing . Good if you dont feel like going to one of the much better options in Boston.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2013

We really enjoyed our night out at Acitron. Great food, great drinks, and friendly service. We especially enjoyed the appetizers (sopas and guacamole) and margaritas! We went with a group of six people and it worked really well. They were very accommodating and the fact that it is not too noisy made conversation possible. We will definitely add it to our list of places to go back to. In fact, after looking over their brunch menu, I have added to my list of Must Try Brunch Spots. Always good to have another one of those!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2013

This was our fourth? fifth? visit. The food, service, and over-all experience is always top shelf.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2013

Food was absolutely amazing. I haven't had enjoyed Mexican cuisine this much since I lived in Mexico City many years ago. The service is outstanding. Every dish we ordered was excellent. The restaurant was rather quiet the night that my family and I went, but my oldest daughter has been there on a weekend night when the entire dining room was filled. A must try for dessert is the chocolate tamal served with ice cream and whipped cream. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Acitron Cocina Mexicana and cannot wait to return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2013

Once again, everything was amazing! The margaritas are fantastic! We had the beef stuffed poblano and the fish of the day (mahi mahi) and both were excellent! We will definitely come back to Acitron...again!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 17, 2013

Excellent entrees and appetizers. Did not get to dessert as the food was so filling. Two people had the Chiles En Nogada and one had the Camarones en Mole de Tamarindo. I had the Tacos de Pescado which were the most delicious things I've ever tasted!!! Highly recommended. The Sopas Surtido appetizer gave you a taste of three unusual fillings.
Wish we had gotten to the desserts.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2013

loved it!! had a great meal with awesome service. Will definitely be back

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2013

We were disappointed. The food was OK, just not very tasty. Service and ambiance were very nice.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2013

Very authentic, nice ambience, creative menu. Waitress was very charming!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2013

High end authentic. not Tex mex. Shared a pitcher of Sangria filled with fruit a perfect complement to their yummy food. Party of four and we all kept eating - sooo good . THe corn is amazing. I had the three tacos and loved them. Two were pork, one was beef - soft tortillas, wonderfullyspiced. No grease or gloopy cheese.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2012

Thsi is not a Tex Mex place-this is the real deal- lots of wonderful choices for refined tasty food from Mexico. The staff is so friendly you wish they would pull up a chair and join you. Good wine choices complement the food. We went 94 of us) on new Years Eve and it was busy, but no slip in service or quality. I wish I lived closer- this would be a regular neighborhood spot.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2012

We went here with 2 different sets of friends (all foodies) both Xmas Eve & NY eve. The food was fabulous! Everything we ordered was great with lovely wait staff & terrific service!

My new favorite local place ;)

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2012

We "discovered" Acitron Cocina Mexicana on Christmas Eve and were delighted with what we found: attentive service, excellent margaritas, and wonderful dishes -- mole poblano, tilapia tacos, and chicken enchiladas with salsa verde -- all far tastier and presented in more interesting ways than you usually find these classic dishes. We're definitely going back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2012

All I can say is FABULOUS! The food was wonderfully prepared with a combination of flavors I have not experienced in the past. Drinks were wonderful. Be sure to try the mojito! What a wonderful surprise.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2012

Wasn't expecting to find high quality Mexican cuisine--not to be confused with the normal Tex-Mex that appears everywhere--in a little storefront in Arlington Center. But that's what this is. Imaginative menu, good food, good bay, friendly (if slightly overextended) staff. Would definitely return.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2012

First visit. Waitress Service Excellent! Will return and recommend.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2012

I really liked what I ordered, however my dish was lukewarm, and there weren't that many people, so this was disappointing. However, the food was excellent, the quantity perfect and our server was very warm and efficient. Had a great experience! We tasted this food at the Latin Food event that El Planeta sponsored at the Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center. So happy to have discovered the restaurant!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2012

Delicious food creatively prepared...Unique menu.
The service is excellent. We were treated as if we were family.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2012

The food was better than I expected, not tex/mex. We will go back for sure soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2012

My husband and I enjoyed a delicious dinner with some friends. We really enjoyed the atmosphere and are comfortable saying we think it's the best Mexican restaurant around! The ceviche was great, as were the carne asada and fish tacos. Everything was reasonably priced and the portions were generous. A great find!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2012

This is higher end mexican fusion (for example, quesadillas with portobellos), expensive for mexican food, nice ambiance...but if you are looking for an inexpensive neighborhood place, this isn't it.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2012

We had a great time and food and service were excellent.

Thanks

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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2012

An exceptional wait staff! Thank you Ydaess (sorry about the spelling!), Elena, Sandrita.

One proviso - tell them not to add ANY salt to your dish. There's salt on the table if you need it. The chef has a very heavy hand with salt. I'm not just talking to people with blood pressure problems. My husband never notices salt (his mom used a lot) but he sure noticed it here last time.) To be safe, order things that are not already partially prepared. Our waitress this time, Elena, let us taste a bit of tinga before we ordered it. So thoughtful, & we didn't. The fish tacos were yummy. Also the guacamole (made to order).

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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2012

Many authentic and unusual menu items and ingredients. Many non-meat, high quality items. Just a real good restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 18, 2012

The menu looked good, but the one I ordered somehow tasted insipid.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2012

This is one of my favorite restaurants: wonderfully prepared, creative food and good, friendly service. I am a vegetarian and there are not many vegetarian entrees on the menu, but it doesn't matter because I love CREPAS DE RAJAS POBLANAS so much that I never want to order anything else--it's scrumptious. (My husband, not a vegetarian, tasted mine once and now he often orders that dish as well.) The homemade guacamole is fresh and delicious, salads are excellent, corn on the cob is prepared with a devine combination of cheese and herbs, and margueritas are strong and tasty with lots of fresh lime. I've also had the pleasure of meeting the owner, who is often at the door and could not be more helpful and service-oriented.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2012

Innovative Mexican food,.not the typical tacos and enchilada menu. Everything is very tasty.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2012

Acitron Cocina Mexicana was a great find. There was a wide range of authentic Mexican food, which was also absolutely delicious. I had the mole poblano. The shredded chicken smothered in the complex mole sauce was outstanding. My husband had the savory crepe with grilled vegetables in a spinach cream sauce. The sauce in and of itself was worth ordering that dish. For an appetizer we got the queso fondido chourizo which had the perfect about of heat, salt, and creaminess. It was hard to stop myself for eating all of it! For dessert we split the tres leches. The texture was perfect and the sauce that it sat it was delicious. All in all a great experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2012

Chile Relleno was excellent as was my husband's variation with a white sauce. Service was great as well. This was our second visit and we will return. Maybe try brunch?

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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2012

Excellent food. The most authentic Mexican I have had in the Boston area. Delicious margaritas. Lovely wait staff.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2012

The food was extremely good but the service was horrendous. The waiter actually came up to us a good 15 minutes after taking our order to ask if he took our order. When we said yes he responded, "oh yes, I put your order in" (when clearly he had not.) We were not offered more drinks and had to flag down another waitress for them. We sat and waited while people who sat after we ordered were served their food. We waited over an hour. Yes the food was delicious but the 3 of us will not be returning ever again.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2012

Food was good not great prices are too high

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2012

Food was very good, the avocado fries and the grilled corn are excellent. The food is pricey and the restaurant packed efficiently and consistently busy. Reservations are needed here.

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