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Permanently Closed - Besito Mexican - West Hartford

4.3
1526 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican / Southwestern
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Besito (Little Kiss, in English) serves authentic Mexican food and is home to tableside guacamole and the Besito Patron Margarita. Besito serves lunch and dinner everyday. Food specialties include classic tortilla soup, tamales with shrimp and chipotle adobo, ceviche made daily, boneless short ribs of beef and enchiladas suizas. We serve over 60 world class tequilas in our Agave Lounge in an atmosphere of old, rustic Mexico and sophistication bringing back memories of your last Mexican vacation!

Blue Back Square is Besito's first location in Connecticut. Our two other locations are located in Long Island, New York. Besito - Huntington opened up in February 2006 and Besito - Roslyn opened in January 2007.
Buen Provecho!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
Brunch Sunday 11am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(860) 233-2500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Semi private area available. Please contact the restaurant for more information.
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Private party contact
Tim Dilallo: (860) 233-2500
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Catering
We can arrange catering including guacamole, passed hors d'oeuvres, taco stations and more. Besito can always tailor a menu to your speicifc needs.
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Cross street
TD Bank
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Parking details
Street parking and pubic lots available in Blue Back Square.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Great food, drinks, atmosphere and service. Very sad to hear that it is now closed!!!

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2017

I base my overall positive rating on my three visits to the restaurant. The last was a bit of a disappointment, however. First of all, there were no specials to choose from, which was surprising given that the menu is not that extensive. The entrees were good, but the accompaniments were mediocre.
When it was time for dessert we had neither a menu nor a platter from which to choose our selection - only the verbal descriptions given by our waitress. And knowing what the desserts looked like would have certainly changed our choices. The wait staff was polite but seemed eager to be rid of us, despite the fact that the place wasn't very busy. As for the ambience, we did go a little early for dinner, but they could have dimmed the lights. It was lit up like a cafeteria.

As I said, i have had better experiences there and I'm sure I will try it again. I don't think I'll bring friends next time though as the experience was a bit of an embarrassment after I talked the place up.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

I was very impressed with everything. The host was very professional, the wait staff was very knowledgeable. We were able to take our time and chat without being pressured to order and the food was excellent.
This is definitely on my list of frequent haunts.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2017

The food was excellent. In particular the Blue corn tortillas crusted Mahi. The dining room is extremely noisy and music is loud. Still had a great night.

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3.0Dined on June 29, 2017

Waiter was obviously preoccupied with a larger table and had to call other hosts over several times for basic needs. Food was very good as usual, steak was hard to portion for the tacos. Brought out bananas and avocados for children which was very nice. Repeatedly asked for items such as a line which were never received

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1.0Dined on June 25, 2017

Food was blunt., napkins and linen not very clean

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2017

Food and cocktails were great!

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2017

Food is creative and service was attentive.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2017

The restaurant wasn't really busy on this week night and it had been raining like the great flood. It was nice to have the restaurant quiet and intimate. The staff was very nice and helpful. We had a blast. Thanks Besito!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

My favorite restaurant. Never disappoints.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2017

Father's Day

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Food was incredible. Service was outstanding and fast.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2017

It was a great evening. They accommodated my reservation request for outdoor seating and it was perfect. I was able to treat my parents to a lovely meal out on their patio. They were both impressed with the
Food and drinks and both said they would return, which is a success in my book. The food looked great and tasted great. We all cleared out plates.

Besitos was even kind enough to compliment us with a lovey trea leches and churros (amazing!).

It was a great relaxing experience and I would be happy to go back.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Ambiance is special, great service, greatvfood

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2017

Love this place

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

Celebrating son's first job! Food was excellent

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Unfortunately food was mediocre as was service. Have dined in past with better experience. Enchiladas bland. Main course showed up as appetizers were being cleared. No apologies. Waitress was talking with co-workers several minutes before we could attract attention.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

We've been dining here since they opened in 2009. Always excellent food and service. Besides the staple menu items they always come up w imaginative specials. The ceviche is a great treat. Margaritas/ tequila top notch.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Employees were great, entrees were pricey for one dish with no sides. Noise level was high and the place was not full at the time

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Dined here for Mother's Day and it was very busy so took awhile for waiter to come to our table. Food was very good and we had the fresh guacamole made tableside which everyone liked. Overall it was a good trip.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

I always like to try something from the Specials for the evening. I've never had a bad one. And the Tres Leches cake is delicious!!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

The good is great and the service was good. I've been to Besitos numerous times and I've always been satisfied with their food.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

One of the best Mexican restaurants in the Hartford, CT area. Typically very busy on weekends in particular - so, use Open Table to make a reservation! Great table-side guacamole. Unique dishes as well.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Always a great experience. With amazing food.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

We had a very nice time. The food was great. Joe our waiter was amazing. We definitely would go back again.

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1.0Dined on May 10, 2017

First bite of food at a piece of hair in it. They did replace it and offered to pay for that entrée but the entrée was not very tasty. Ran out of plantains so substituted yucca fries. Yucca fries were extremely dense and tasteless. Guacamole was delicious!

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2017

Love the casual style and the variety in the menu for vegetarians and meat eaters. churros are the best

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2017

We have always enjoyed Besito , great atmosphere and good service . This time though the food wasn't up to their normal standards , my short ribs were very dry and my wife's salmon was over cooked . It was Cinco de Mayo and it was very busy but still a little disappointed.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Food at Besito is always excellent. But the bar service was SLOW. Yes its Cinco de Mayo, but being a Mexican restaurant, they should be able to plan for a busy night. We ordered food and 3 Coronas at the same time, and we got the food first. Then the bus person wouldnt allow me to keep my beer glass, saying I will get a fresh one. You guessed it, I did not. Overall nice evening, but when you get charged such a premium price for liquor it is annoying to have such terrible service.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2017

My husband's favorite place and literally the ONLY reason we go to west Hartford. Food is superb, always consistent and delicious. Good variety, although maybe could use a menu update as we've been coming for a few years and not a lot has changed.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2017

When making my reservation several days in advance, I indicated that we were celebrating a significant birthday and requested a booth. Open Table showed availability for a party of 4 at all times throughout the evening, so accommodating a request for a booth seemed reasonable.
We arrived 5 minutes prior to our 7pm reservation and checked in with the 2 hostesses on duty. The restaurant was no more than half full and that there were 5 open booths - 3 seating 4 patrons, the other 2 seating more. Instead of being offered a booth for 4, the hostess brought us to a table. When I asked to be seated at the booth for 4 right next to the table, indicating that I had requested a booth in the reservation I made on Open Table several days before, she told me "we try to accommodate requests, but tonight, this is your table, not the booth." When I told her about my request and our celebration, she was unwavering. I had to say that I would like to speak with a manager regarding our seating before she contacted the other hostess, and then agreed to seat us at one of the 5 empty booths. A very unpleasant start to our celebration.

We ordered the signature house drinks, 2 pomegranate Petron margaritas and 2 signature mojitos. The margaritas tasted like berry flavored water and had no trace of tequila. A real disapointment for $12 per drink! The mojitos also lacked flavor and were very light on the rum.

We ordered the spicy version of their "signature" table side prepared guacamole - it was very bland (I can't imagine what the mild version would taste like) and very dry - we watched the preparation and no fresh limes or lime juice was used. The complimentary salsa was also very bland and the portion was very small for 4 people.

The entrees and the dessert and coffee were very good as was the service provided by the wait staff. The decor is lovely.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Well seasoned food, good service and great drinks!

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2017

From photos I've seen I was expecting the ambience to be quieter. There was Mexican party music playing quite loudly similar to any other Mexican restaurant. On top of that our appetizer was undercooked and our entree orders were incorrect. The servers were able to correct both issues very quickly.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2017

Need to have bigger tables. We sat at a table for 2 and the table was tight with everything on there. Also our dinner came out really fast. Was in and out with in 45 mins.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2017

Food was great but our server was off.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2017

Dinner out with the girls and it was one of my best Besiti meals. I had two appetizers, fish tacos and the flautas which was more than enough and really good.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2017

The staff was nice and food delicious. Great for birthdays.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

My husband and I love Besito! We always have a great dining experience. Food is fabulous and unique, both the nightly specials as well as from the menu. Last night I had the skirt steak and blue cheese enchilada special which was outstanding! Service is equally as Impressive as the food. What truly puts Besito above other restaurants is the manager Bruce who is extremely welcoming and accommodating!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Authentic Mexican!!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Great time meeting friends after work for a drink! Table side guacamole was perfectly made! Tacos Asada and Flautas were delic and perfect for sharing! Our server Adrienne was wonderful! She made great suggestions and we went with the tequila mojitos and the apps she suggested too! Our glasses were always filled and we did not feel rushed at all! Great experience overall!

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