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Blind Burro, San Diego, CA

Blind Burro

4.6
4.6
663 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern
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. Hope to see you soon in the unique, airy and comfortable environment we have created for you in downtown San Diego.

**All checks will have a 4% pandemic recovery surcharge due to the additional costs associated with the impact on our business and operations. This is not a gratuity and will be used to help us offset the additional product, labor, overhead and other costs.**

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (619) 795-7880
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Todd Nash
  • Catering
    Pick-up: On the go? We'll have your food curbside ready for easy pick up Delivery: Just send us an address and we'll come to you! Full Service Catering: Don't stress about a thing! Tell us what you want and we'll take care of the rest. Ask more about our services. Catering@theblindburro.com
  • Private party facilities
    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Blind Burro can accommodate all of your special event needs. info@theblindburro.com We have private event space for up to 60+ people and complete venue buy outs upto 300ppl
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator: (619) 501-4600
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    7th & J Street
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Entertainment
    Friday and Saturday we offer live entertainment on our Ocho Stage starting at 9pm! no cover
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 663 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Good for business meals

  • San Diego

    Good for business meals

663 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It’s good, not great Mexican food. Above average guacamole and house made chips. Clean restaurant and good service. A bit noisy for a Sunday night. BUT it’s in the Gaslamp district which is to be expected. Our waitress was very attentive and kept chips and drinks filled the entire night.

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  2. Dana

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had dinner here with a few coworkers during an event in San Diego and definitely recommend trying The Blind Burro if you have the opportunity. Note only is the name cool, but they have the best street corn I have ever tasted in my life! The food was delicious, the drinks were great, and our server was very nice and attentive. Two thumbs up!

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  3. MatthewS

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My go to for tacos and margaritas when in San Diego!

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  4. ShannonA

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a large group of 12 for a client luncheon. The staff were excellent and made every effort to ensure everyone was comfortable, and service was timely. Food is excellent. Extra thank you to our server, Shannon. She was great.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, drinks, staff, ambiance, EVERYTHING was amazing! Ian C. is a top notch server and should be recognized. We stayed at Margaritaville but didn’t like the food nor the drinks. Blind Burro saved us and we couldn’t have been more pleased. The next time we visit San Diego, we will stop in. Thank you Blind Burro - you made our getaway a success!

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  6. Ellen

    San Diego

    142 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was fast! Food was pretty good. Especially the queso dip and guacamole.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been here twice. Good customer service. Noise level isn't too bad. Lobster tacos are my favorite! I'll be back for more tacos!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service. Fun environment. Came here with some business guests that we were looking for some food and drinks in a casual atmosphere. We weren’t disappointed!

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  9. Adrianko

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Overpriced semi-decent food served on sticky and smelly bar top, but friendly bartender...

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  10. TCullen

    Phoenix

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We dined during a Padres game so it got a bit loud, but our table was quiet enough to talk. The food is amazing and the accommodated requests for changes. Our waiter was super. The street corn and pozole were to die for!

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  11. RickiB

    Houston

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The overall atmosphere was nice. The street tacos were excellent along with the kale slaw. We also tried the wings and they were a bit undercooked - they needed to stay in a little longer. The cocktails were on point.

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  12. AlyssaS

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved dinner at Blind Burro!!!! Food was well done and the energy is lively. Margs were excellent. Power bowl is well done. Loved their take on quesadillas.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    I didn’t like it. Flavor was bland, not very many options , inside was way to loud. Wasn’t worth eating there for us.

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  14. LovesFood

    Manitoba

    122 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Noise level is very high inside, so eat outside if you prefer to hear what your companions are saying. Service was prompt and friendly. Portions are huge!!!! I could only eat half of mine even though it was delicious and I arrived starving. My companions fared about the same....loved the food but couldn't it it all. Of the plates we saw being served, all looked tempting. Thank you!

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  15. TomK

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Will be back for sure. The best Mexican food in San Diego.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot to hang out before the game. Food was really good, especially the churros!!!

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  17. DeniseG

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's our go-to place before or after a Padres game. Service is quick and friendly. Food is delicious and so is the sangria!

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  18. Paul

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a really great stop for good value food and only a block from Petco Park. Service was awesome. I really liked my torta but could use a little more meat. I think two sides would be appropriate also and it looked like all the entrees only came with one side. House made chips and salsa were really good. My wife is vegetarian and loved their veggie tacos. We will definitely be back.

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  19. Elizabeth

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was outstanding, especially the street corn. Drinks were weak and mostly ice and we ended up being charged for an extra drink. Would definitely return because food was delicious. Skip the margaritas and check your bill. Great energy.

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  20. BenjaminD

    Kansas City

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Just not a good experience across the board. Plenty of better places in the area.

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  21. AdrienneE

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the food presentation, taste was excellent, very good service from everyone

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lobster tacos = DELICIOUS! Was going to order the nachos but decided last minute yo try the lobster tacos. Try them! You won't regret it!

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  23. alexxandriaa

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, good service. It was packed because of the concert but everything came out fast and together.

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  24. RobertH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff was very friendly and flexible. Our large party arrived over a 15 minute span and we drank lots while waiting. The food was super. This will be my Taco Tuesday stop every time I am in San Diego.

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  25. NickW

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Solid food with excellent service! By no means a fancy spot and kind of overpriced for tacos, but that’s just a location issue. I had the grilled shrimp tacos along with the calamari and Mexican street corn. Every bite was delicious. Our server Kristen was super friendly, especially dealing with my colleague who isn’t the easiest guy to wait on.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the fish tacos and chips and guacamole. Everything was fantastic!

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  27. ClaudeS

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Simply amazing food and staff. Will definitely come back here when I’m in San Diego again.

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  28. DanE

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Took my kids to the blind burro before the Padres game. The outdoor seating was great and our server was awesome. Good vibe in and outside the restaurant. Would recommend for adults or if you have kids.

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  29. DebiB

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This food was not good. The quesadillas were mushy and not cooked enough. The Caesar salad was a $16 large plate of wilted salad. We would not go back here.

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  30. TrevorS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I've Never encountered a more waitress were leaving a cash tip and she insulted me

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Expensive and noisy. Quest was excellent, and so creative tacos.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We were looking forward to this restaurant, the food was average, service was unfortunately subpar, and overall we were ready to leave instead of staying for more food or drink. Atmosphere was cool, and we had high hopes. We were greeted by a host who was so bothered by his job that he walked you ti a table and mumbled something pointed at where we were supposed to sit…. So bizarre. We watched him do this time and time again, mumbling and pointing. The chips were fantastic and margaritas very good, but found our server was in a such a rush to move us along, and not interested in listening or answering questions about the menu. Her answer about having two different kinds of tacos was met with a scoff and dismissive comment on how it can’t be done unless I pay for both singly… a simple question that could have been answered helpfully or nicely. She never answered what “substreet corn was”… still don’t know. she seemed to just be a robot moving along. I would have possibly understood if the restaurant or the rest of her section was full, but it wasn’t…. she wasn’t trying to turn our table or serve others, she just wasn’t interested in her service job. Very disappointing. The queso was alright, the chorizo was the only flavorful part. The meats in our tacos were the best part, primarily the barbacoa in the burrito and the asada in the tacos were really well done and delicious, the carnitas was rather bland, but overall we were so unimpressed that we didn’t want to stay for more. We had been looking forward to a good Mexican dinner, and were bummed. Won’t return here again.

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  33. LMHorn

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Honestly, I thought it was going to be another overpriced place in Gaslamp, but the amount of food you get for your money is so worth it! One member of our party was super late and the server was super patient with the situation. We had a great time!

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  34. Vino4me

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very large quantities of delicious food. Don't be afraid to share entrees. Service perfect.

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  35. David

    Palm Springs

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for lunch. Try the fish tacos with the street corn. You won’t be disappointed.

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  36. BobbieP

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best grilled fish tacos I’ve had in a long time. Husband had the Carne Asada Cali Machete and loved it. Excellent service; super pleasant. We were here on a Thurs night so pretty quiet. My guess is that with the good food, lots of high top communal tables and a well-stocked bar, this place pretty packed on the weekends. We live downtown so this place is going on our go-to list.

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  37. Shane

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server Alison was nice. The tortilla chips were so hard, I thought I chipped a tooth so I had her take them back. So glad I didn’t get the nachos I was going to get because that would have been a huge waste of food with those extremely hard tortilla chips. Maybe they refried left over tortilla chips as that’s what it reminded me of. I got the chicken pozole bowl, and the broth was delicious, I’d get it again. They have great brunch deals and we enjoyed the champagne with juice flights! Overall, it was good vibes the whole time we were there. Will definitely be back.

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  38. ShanL

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great tacos, nice casual place to grab dinner. We went pretty late so it was quiet. Staff was very friendly and quick with our drinks and food. My husband loved his margarita.

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  39. Kristina

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the food, chips and salsa, margaritas and service at Blind Burro. We always bring guests when they are in town.

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  40. DashaD

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sooo when I say we were impressed! The asada wings were SO AMAZING.. the street corn was to die for! Every part of our dinner was awesome. We had such a great server, Jesus! He was so helpful and very attentive. So so sweet. Shout out to the cook, Victoria! Everything was truely amazing. The atmosphere was great. Would definitely recommend!

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You can order delivery directly from Blind Burro using the Order Online button. Blind Burro also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Blind Burro is rated 4.6 stars by 663 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

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Google Map for Blind Burro

639 J St., San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    7th & J Street
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Todd Nash
  • Entertainment
    Friday and Saturday we offer live entertainment on our Ocho Stage starting at 9pm! no cover
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 795-7880
  • Catering
    Pick-up: On the go? We'll have your food curbside ready for easy pick up Delivery: Just send us an address and we'll come to you! Full Service Catering: Don't stress about a thing! Tell us what you want and we'll take care of the rest. Ask more about our services. Catering@theblindburro.com
  • Private party facilities
    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Blind Burro can accommodate all of your special event needs. info@theblindburro.com We have private event space for up to 60+ people and complete venue buy outs upto 300ppl
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator: (619) 501-4600
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