About Blind Burro

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.

639 J St.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Lunch

Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner

Sunday- Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

*All discounts and specials are for in-house dining only. Amigo Happy Hour and Nightly Specials are not valid on special events or select game days.

Cross Street:
7th & J Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 795-7880

Website:
http://theblindburro.com/

Entertainment:
Friday and Saturday we offer live entertainment on our Ocho Stage starting at 9pm! no cover

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.

Executive Chef:
Todd Nash

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun 10:00AM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 11:30PM

Mon - Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 11:30PM

Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 11:30PM

Sat 11:00AM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 11:30PM

Blind Burro Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (10)
Bar Seating (6)
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Good for Groups (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Fun (5)
Great Beer (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for a Date (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Live Music (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Authentic (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined a day ago

This is actually the second time that I am writing a review for this restaurant. It's funny because in my last review I stated: "Next time we're in SD I'm going to return to try something else on the menu."

We decided to a take a train from LA for a day trip to visit the San Diego Zoo. Although I said it would be good to get back to the Blind Burro I considered a lot of different places based on their proximity to the Santa Fe Depot. After a long day at the zoo and discussing trying other restaurants we decided that we had to come back. Since we left San Diego our last time we had both said how good the food was. I have had some good food from great restaurants with some memorable service etc. and this place is just good. We were hungry because we saved our appetites for this meal considering we only ate early in the morning.

To start, we had chips and salsa and they hit the spot. As stated in my last review my intention was to try something else if I got back to the Blind Burro and so I did. I decided to order the Chicken Tinga Torta with street corn off the cob as my side. I was satisfied the first time I ate here and upon returning I can say that my opinion of the restaurant stills stands based on my first review. My girlfriend had the Power Bowl with chicken and she enjoyed it. She was describing how she would like to make it at home and that's when you know something is good because she doesn't necessarily enjoy cooking.


Long story short, I suggest that you try this place if you come out to San Diego for something casual, flavorful with a good vibe and service.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Bland, flavorless food. A disappointment. Surprising that it is rated 4.5 stars on Open Table.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I went here for a business meal. It was very nice. The server was very nice and took my allergy concern very seriously. She was knowledgeable about the menu and answered all the questions my associate and I asked. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Nice place, appetizer and dessert was really good. Service was ok. I would go for drinks and hangout but not for food so much.

Tags: Late-night Find, Tapas
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was awesome! Def will be visiting again. We went for restaurant week menu and it did not disappoint well worth the money.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Friendly service, yummy food!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

For girl's night last week I decided to pick a restaurant from the SD Restaurant Week menu. I love Mexican food and haven't been downtown in a while so I chose Blind Burro. The friends I was with said that I had chosen well; they've been here before and really like it. After my experience, you have another fan! Everything we ate was delicious. The Ceviche especially was unique and delicious.

The Restaurant Week menu items were plentiful and yummy. We purchased two meals from that menu, in addition to your salsa sampler, and had way more food than we could eat. I was still thinking of it the next day though and wish we would have brought the leftovers home! I will be back soon and also be introducing others to your establishment.

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Great Beer
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Restaurant seemed under staffed and the food took a long time to come out. Waitress only stopped at your table to bring food and the check.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Nice place, kinda loud. The service was very slow, but our servers were nice.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We stopped here because I wanted to try something that was within the Gaslamp Quarter but also Mexican styled.

We were waited on by a gentleman named Ivan and he provided great service. He kept the water flowing and checked on us while we were there. It's something that should go without saying, but some places and waiters seem to be waiting for the customer to leave.

For food I had the Pollo Asado Machete (a long quesadilla) while my girlfriend had the Pollo tacos with a side of street corn. We were both thoroughly satisfied with our food which was flavorful, plated well and great value for the portion sizes.

The place is definitely for a younger or young at heart crowd because there is a bar and music blasting throughout. It's not loud it just enhances the vibe and energy of the restaurant. I found myself singing along to a lot of the music. I could imagine the Blind Burro being great on weekends, happy hours, and during sports events. The food that we had was great, the energy of night was live and the service great.

Next time we're in SD I'm going to return to try something else on the menu.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Had the shrimp tacos. Fantastic!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I wanted something hot and with fish. The waitress recommended salmon tacos. They were fabulous. They came with a hot sauce

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Our meals were wonderful and the service was very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (London)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Lovely dinner with good quality food and menu choices. Restaurant was a bit on the empty side so ambience was not great (although it was mid week so probably better on weekends). Service was attentive and knowledgeable. Good for a quick dinner.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

I went to try this restaurant with my family, we celebrated my parents bdays. I wish I remember the name of our server. his service was so good and professional, food was good and for the right price. I am not from San Diego, but I will go back to The Blind Burro next time I Visit SD.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great place off the beaten gaslamp path, offering unique takes on Mexican and southern California favorites. The coffee rubbed salmon taco is a must!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Margaritas were great! Food was ok, no burritos
Tex mex not Mexican. Very loud

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Pretty good service. Weak drinks. Soggy tortillas.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We have been there several times l. Everything was excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

If you are going to do street tacos for $15, they have to be really exceptional and these weren’t very impressive.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

What a nice surprise! Chill atmosphere,really good and reasonable meal and a super nice waiter.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Casual Mexican seafood dining here. Nice location in the gas lamp and LARGE portions of food so easy to share many meals or taking some home for sure.

Tags: Live Sports, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was excellent. We had the shrimp taco which was was outstanding .

It's a lively vibe. The music was a bit too loud for me.

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I frequent this restaurant and enjoy the variety of tacos on the menu. The food is very tasty and everything on the menu is worth trying. I’ve been there during very busy times and not so busy times and have to say the service is very inconsistent. It can a long time to get your order and the servers aren’t always that attentive, although , I truly believe they try to be. As long as your patient, eventually it all comes together.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Amazing food I couldn't decide and went with the power bowl with salmon and it was perfection!! My husband got the taco special and we didn't leave a bite! Great value for the food and ambiance was perfect!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Great place to eat before a game at Petco Park. Awesome chips, wonderful salsa, yummy guacamole and Taco Tuesday menu. They take reservations which is much appreciated.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 12, 2017

When I checked in for our reservation the hostess was really rude. Not smiling, had a tone like we were an inconvenience. I honestly thought about leaving at that point. She told us that we needed to wait for our whole party to get there to be seated and that we could wait at the bar, which was totally fine and understandable, but the tone was as if she was annoyed. It was strange. Not a good first impression of the restaurant. Food ended up being great so I'm glad we stayed. Waiter was good too.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The food is so great! Love the menu options and creativity. Staff is friendly and very attentive. Can't wait to come back here.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The food, drinks, and service were all amazing!! We will be recommending them to all of our friends!

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Great environment for a group of girls celebrating a bachelorette with a variety of drinks and food options! Great service and very accommodating!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 9, 2017

The service needs improvement. Service and experience makes a huge difference. We should not have to wait 25 minutes after being seated to be greeted by our server and another 15 to get water and ASK to see a menu. Because what happens is the entire night we spent more than 80% of our time looking for our server to fill our water and another wondering why it's so slow here on a Wednesday with only a half filled restaurant. Nothing more than a mediocre experience. I will not be returning. The reviews on Yelp are true.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Blind Burro has an incredible taco Tuesday menu! Very creative tacos, great drink specials, and a great restaurant bars. Located downtown near the stadium, it is a great pre-and post game location!

Tags: Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 3, 2017

The Blind Burro was amazing. We will be coming back for sure. The service was incredible and the food was amazing. They have a Tiki Bar too that I can't wait to check out. I had the Lengua Tacos and trust me... just order them.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Great food, less than average service,

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Chips way too salty. Very loud. Barely saw our waiter.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Our waitress wasn't very friendly and we didn't see her our entire visit except when she took down our orders. She didn't bring us our food, didn't check on us or even bring our check. We had to speak to the manager and he was very kind. Food was also disappointing. I got carne asada tacos and my first bite was a HUGE piece of pure fat. I couldn't even finish my meal it was so disgusting.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Great Beer
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 29, 2017

It took SO long for the food!! It wasn't busy but it took almost 45 minutes for us to get our lunch.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Nice little restaurant. Good food. Nice drinks. Good service. We would recommend if you are in the mood for Mexican.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 24, 2017

I took my friend here for brunch when she was in town visiting. I figured it would be packed since it was after all a Sunday but we were the only ones there, not complaining though! Service was great, food came out fast, and the food was oh my sweet baby Jesus delicious! Especially their corn! I will have dreams about their corn, it was just that good! And their mimosa flight was really awesome with delicious fresh juices. Overall loved this place!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 23, 2017

I was very excited to try the Blind Burro. The service was great, drinks and chips were good, but the tacos were underwhelming. The food was fine, but not really worth the price. We probably won't return.

Tags: People Watching
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