Blind Burro

4.3
397 reviews
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$30 and under
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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. We are also steps from Padres baseball stadium, so come in before or after the game for some Craft Beer straight from Mexicali and a terrific local craft selection! Hope to see you soon in the unique, airy and comfortable environment we have created for you in downtown San Diego.
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Sun 10:00AM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 11:30PM
Mon - Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 11:30PM
Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 11:30PM
Sat 11:00AM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 11:30PM

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New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, as was the service. I have a feeling that we will go back before our week here is over.

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AR
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The grilled fish tacos were outrageously good. The chips were in abundance. I ate too many.

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Denver
77 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was attentive and the food very fresh! Had an awesome experience!

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MS
London
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Good food and excellent drinks. Atmosphere needs a bit of work. It’s too much like a sports bar at present. Weird in a place aspiring to be a quality Baja-cuisine restaurant. Also there was a very off-putting smell of cleaning product coming off the grill which filled the restaurant.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was awesome and the food was delicious! I just wish the drinks were less expensive considering they were $12 for a mostly ice margarita. Though I would say it was delicious!

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MS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed our dinner but were not blown away, although price was right. Music was too loud so made conversation difficult.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Blind Burro came highly recommended but I feel like maybe we came on an off night? It was Taco Tuesday so perhaps all the specials offered came with the substandard ingredients and service...? I don’t know but I really can’t say I’ll be rushing back there anytime soon.

The food and drinks were just not to the caliber of what I had heard described...with the exception of the street corn which was fanfriggintabulous and the only thing we had that wasn’t on special for taco Tuesday LOL! But seriously, why would they change the ingredients, preparation and portion size just for one day? I mean, that’s no way to inspire customers to return.

The service was also not up to par. Our server was nice enough but he seemed to often disappear and also kept forgetting stuff we asked for. So, there ya go.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great for our large group of 16

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The waiter was a little slow; at the same time I understood that she was busy because she was the only server but if there is only 3 tables ahead of us to give us 10 minuets to give my table one beer Ill get a little annoyed. At the same time the food was so worth it, I just hope next time the management doesn’t have one server for brunch time.

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Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The chips were a little over fried but I really liked the salsa. Delicious grilled chicken in the tacos I ordered. Loved the skinny margarita drinks!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable! Great atmosphere and reasonably priced dishes. The food was a little more upscale than what I was expecting and personally prefer more traditional Mexican cuisine.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service after my reservation went very smooth, we sat in a secluded booth & had a wonderful time, the tacos were second 2 none as the corn tortillas were homemade & really fresh.

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MN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first stop for my cousins bachelorette party and everyone had an amazing time! The food was delicious and the drinks were great!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wasn’t super crowded and we had a nice table in an area to ourselves. Food and drinks were great! Our waitress was good and hands on when we needed service.

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AA
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Baja Tuesday is the best! I will be back! The bottomless margarita option was so fun!

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good place to stop before baseball game due to proximity. Nachos are good but otherwise overall it is mediocre Mexican food.

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S
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nothing special about the place, however the service was exceptional!

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MD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We were early, as we had a show at a local venue to attend. Our server was also the bartender and was not able to be as attentive as he should have. Food was ok, although the carne asada and short rib taco meat was very gristly and we ended up able to chew through only about half of it. The guac and plantain chips were good, as were the margaritas. The prices seemed high for the value delivered.

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MK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a treat finding this place was! I had Carne tacos and she had Shrimp Tacos and we shared one of each. Carne was flavorful and tender. Shrimp was char grilled and delicious. Although they charge for chips and salsa both were fresh and homemade not store bought. Hope to come back soon.

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DG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not bad, just average. Service the same.

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LP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great dinner at Blind Burro. Their margaritas are delicious - although the house marg starts at $10, it is a great drink made of good ingredients and worth the price. The chips were still warm when served at the table and definitely a few steps up in quality from typical table side chips. I had the al pastor tacos which were well seasoned and the toppings nicely complemented the meat. The only part of the meal that I think could be improved was the street corn side. Something about the cheese came across as dry on my tongue.
All in, it was a delightful meal with great service; so good that I almost went back for brunch the next day. I will certainly return when next in San Diego.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Foods not that impressive. Prices are pretty high for why you get. It’s kinda like a over priced chipotle..

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CM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food and atmosphere. Was kinda surprised that you have to buy chips and salsa. Free at most any Mexican restaurant in TX!

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BR
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Chips, salsa, queso were solid. Sweet corn was very good, but the surf and turf tacos were really bad. The short rib which is typically a tender piece of meat was chewy and not edible..seemed more like a skirt steak. Lobster was not great either.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Will definitely try this place again

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TS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

I love Blind Burro, their steak and egg tacos are to die. I think Blind Burro expects too much from their servers, this Sunday they had a food runner, a waitress and a bartender for the entire restaurant. They were swamped and I felt bad for the servers because their quality of service probably went down a bit. The football games are way too loud on Sunday mornings, I could tell no one was paying attention to the games, maybe turn it down a bit.

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Say right away. Server was great. I got there and my friends were 30 minutes late. Never felt rushed and the server checking in appropriately throughout. Excellent food as always.

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DM
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very loud, high energy kind of place. I'm sure it was busier than normal because of an event at the stadium next door. While the house margaritas tasted great with the muddled jalepeño, the glass was packed full with ice, leaving little room for the margarita itself, and making them a pretty terrible value. Modern Mexican isn't usually my thing, but I thought the food was good. Our waitress was friendly, though it was hard to get her attention at times as the place was pretty packed. If I were to do it over, I'd probably order beer and go when it's not as busy. I'm sure I'd have felt it was a better value and enjoyed an overall better experience.

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RB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good server, food was tasty (guacamole, salmon and swordfish tacos), but some stuff was quite spicy. Corn side with the fish was too hot for me to eat. Rice was tasty, salsa was really spicy.

Server was super busy but she kept things moving and didn’t forget about us.

Overall a solid place with good, not fancy food.

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San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and plentiful portions on food, great service, and nice, casual atmosphere!

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RD
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great downtown location for some superb Baja Mex food! As it was a weekday lunch, we got seated no problem and our wait staff, Mel, was ultra friendly with just the right smile and service!
My three out of town guests were delighted and wished it was margarita time.
The Surf and Turf tacos were munchaliscious!
Definitely coming back soon!

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GR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I really liked the ceviche. The menu was great because you could find healthy options (skinny margarita) or giant burritos! Our server was nice and customized my drink to make it extra spicy. Everything came out pretty quickly. There are only churros for dessert though, it would be nice if a few more options were added.

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SM
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Chips were awesome, guacamole awesome. Al pastor torts was way too much bread- wasn't enough meat on sandwich either. . Tacos were were great.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience and amazing margaritas

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RW
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This place came highly recommended and now I know why. Street corn wow. Tacos excellent they charge for chips and dip but it is worth every penny. I will definitely be going back. First time it was with a group of 8 next time will take family.

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San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Seriously the BEST guacamole (called Especial) I’ve ever had in my life. And living part time in Mexico AND being Californian, I know my avocado. Get it. Oh and order a side of the corn to add to it.

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HE
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Met some friends here for dinner and drinks. It was quiet when we first got there which was really nice. The atmosphere was relaxing and we received a warm reception. Our waitress was great. We ordered appetizers which were good. My meal was really excellent. It was delicious although the sauce was a bit took spicy for my taste.

Overall we have a really enjoyable time and would come back.

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LL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Referred by a friend for our Phoenix to San Diego New Years get away! We decided on having our New Years dinner here and reserved right away based off of menu selections, photos we saw on line and menu!
a couple of days before our trip we added our 10 year old grand daughter to our trip! Called restaurant to see if it was possible and Ryan the GM was most inviting and kind with our "little" addition to our event. Explaining that 10:00 PM was cut of for children we happily obliged and made our reservation for 8. The team made it very special for our grand daughter, the music/ambiance was perfect and the food exceeded our expectations! Madeline LOVED her hot dog and french fries!!! Not only was our New Years Eve dinner perfect, but I brought my incredible left overs back with an icepack the next day in my luggage and enjoyed another meal that night in AZ!!! Thank you for a NYE Dinner Celebration we will remember for many years to come:) PS: thank you for referring the bike carriage ride it was a huge hit too:):)

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Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good and the service was excellent.

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal. The Panzenella Salad was so good and the dressing was so yummy! Our waitress was great and the water/bartender was attentive tonite table too! If we make a trip back to SD, we will definitely go again.

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