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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

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
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Fun (16)
Good for a Date (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Spicy (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Worth the Drive (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Healthy (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Romantic (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

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

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·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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·Dined on November 12, 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 9, 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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·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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 (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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·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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·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 13, 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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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I've been to Actitron for dinner several times in the last few months; Saturday was my first brunch there and it won't be my last. On the recommendation of our server I tried the Chilaquiles, and I was very glad I did, the dish was fabulous. A refreshing peach bellini (and great friends) put this brunch over the top. I believe our server's name was Adriana, and she was wonderful, but that's no surprise because everyone that I've met there has always been delightful and helpful.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Acitron is my new favorite Mexican restaurant! Their guacamole is FABULOUS. The friend I dined with can't eat cilantro, and the chef very kindly left it out of our guac; I missed it, but it was still delicious. The margaritas are sensational, and I've been steadily working my way through the margarita menu. Love the special on Thursday nights - all margaritas $7! Ladies Night (Monday) is a great value as well, a three-course dinner and margarita for $25. And finally, I don't usually have dessert when I eat out, but the Tres Leches cake is to die for!!! So so yummy, and very share-able.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Excelente! The food was outstanding...give it a try!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

Food was very good and excellent service. The server was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and ingredients. Nice ambiance and decor. Since it was a weeknight it was quiet enough to carry on a conversation. I would go back and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys authentic Mexican cuisine.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Good food and service, but I cannot exactly recommend it for a date as it is noisier than most restaurants.

Tags: Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Our very favorite Mexican restaurant in all of Massachusetts. The food is incredible, and the staff is always very warm, friendly, and attentive. The margaritas are delicious, too. This is our favorite place to take friends. Great for birthdays. Never disappointed. Be sure to make a reservation for dinner on weekends as the walk-in wait can be quite long.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Fun, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great real Mexican! , great house made chips and salsa, both margaritas very well prepared and our entrees were both delicious. Only problem was seating was a bit too close but won't keep me away

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Fantastic as always!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Creative, eclectic Mexican cuisine; great selection of exotic tequilas & handcrafted Margaritas; attentive service. We'll be back often.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Great food and service. We had a wonderful, magical time.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 20, 2017

It was a pleasure to take an out-of-town relative with us; she thoroughly enjoyed the food and the place itself. My husband and I continue to go back, because we are met with lovely servers, excellent food, and good value.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Quick Bite, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Healthy, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Very good food! And a great value -- didn't realize that Monday is "Ladies Night" -- skinny margarita, appetizer, entree (from the full/regular menu) and dessert for $25 - what a deal! The restaurant was nearly full when we arrived at 7pm, and there was a short wait by 7:30. The entire restaurant clapped along as the waitstaff (and a recording) sang Happy Birthday and presented a small cake (and sombrero for photo op) to a patron. Fun.

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 (Austin)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We've been here several times with our kids. They never let us down! Try the queso fundido...it's the best I've ever had. The variety of tacos is vast and every one we've tried has not let us down. Cadillac Margaritas are amazing!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Sports, Casual, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Had a great dinner at Acitron Cocina Mexicana on Friday night. It was busy but we had made a reservation shortly before leaving the house, and we were seated right away. Chips and salsa were soon delivered and we were off to a good start. Our waiter was terrific, polite and informative. We each had a margarita while waiting for our entrees, and they were very good. They have a nice selection of tequilas, any of which can be had straight up, on the rocks, or in a margarita. The margaritas are made with fresh juices, not a pre-made mix. For dinner we each had fajitas; my wife had shrimp and I had chicken. Both were great -- plenty of food and very tasty. We enjoyed everything about our visit -- the food, the service, the pace. We look forward to returning and trying other items on the menu.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 13, 2017

This is our favorite Mexican restaurant in the Boston area. This food is always amazing, and the staff is always warm and attentive. The very friendly owner/head chef is originally from Mexico, and she takes great pride in bringing authentic cuisine to her menu - everything from her grandmother's old recipes to her own more modern creations. The desserts are incredible, too. Make sure you make a reservation in advance on Friday's and Saturday's.

Tags: Spicy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on July 12, 2017

I go to Acitron Cocina often. It never fails to please. However, I do need to warn those used to "Tex Mex," this is an actual Mexican restaurant, not Tex Mex. It's authenticity is part of the reason I love it (my Mexican friends actually introduced me to it), but a few friends have been surprised that the offerings are a bit different than at Tex Mex places.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Best authentic Mexican food we've had in a long time. The margaritas were great, made fresh not from a machine.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on June 25, 2017

guacamole appetizer was served just as the dinner entree was served; no offer for additional drinks by server

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Acitron is the BEST Mexican food in the Boston area. I'm so sad that I didn't find it sooner!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Superb!
Always fantastic
You won't be disappointed

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 (New England)·Dined on June 12, 2017

This is a great place with tasty dishes, friendly waitstaff, and great Margarita's!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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