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La Brasa

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$30 and under
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Located near Tufts University, Assembly Row, and Partners HealthCare, La Brasa is an inviting and comfortable space to hang out for a delicious cocktail or to dine on a memorable meal from the wood grill. Join us for Date Night hosted every Wednesday, ESOM most first Saturdays of the month or for your special event such as Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Baby Showers, Birthdays, Corporate Events and more!

Chef Daniel Bojorquez has created a menu which has culinary influences rooted in the same countries as many of the residents of East Somerville. We invite you to enjoy old favorite dishes such as the prime rib meat cart and the fully loaded sweet potato or new dishes like the grilled lamb chop.

La Brasa is a Mexican Steak House and Grill, located on Broadway in East Somerville adjacent to its sister restaurant Fat Hen.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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Monique
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled pescado was amazing! We were served quickly and well waited on. This has been staple go to spot and continues to be so. Great food and service!

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vipLizbieH
New England
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love La Brasa! This was our first time dining indoors since March due to Covid and the team at La Brasa did an excellent job ensuring everyone was safe. The revamped menu was delicious – my favorite thing we ordered was the pollo. Don’t forget to get churros for dessert!

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Regina
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Brasa is always a great place to go. The food is delicious! Chef Daniel always has a new menu. We had pizza, and tacos and couldn’t decide which was better. Thank you for always knocking our socks off!

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CesarM
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Outstanding. I'm definitely coming back

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Perfect setting for a relaxed brunch! Menu isn’t too big but lots of options. Loved the cold brew mocktail! Service was fair, very friendly but extremely slow and somewhat inattentive. The food was tasty but my dish was listed as having chicken on top and I only had 1 small piece of shredded chicken in my dish. My egg was also undercooked. But overall would try again given the cute decor and bright open space.

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vipTheParsippanyStrange
New England
25 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been coming here for years and it was really on point the other night. Food was fabulous, great atmosphere and looking forward to being back soon!

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PeterS
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Everything looked and sounded great! However, the flavor palette of the snacks and appetizers left a bit to be desired - Filling, visually appealing but a bit pedestrian. Your taste buds may not be wowed. Dessert items are a bit better ...

Still a great place to ‘pre-game’!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
36 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Pros: beautiful place. Great decoration and industrial feel
Cons: extremely slow service. Food was very overpriced. Limited brunch menu. Steak and eggs is $20 at other brunch places, why $45?

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I came with my boyfriend on Valentine’s Day. The staff were very kind and tried to accommodate my boyfriend who was using crutches. Overall, a very good meal!

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Talia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite! From the exquisite cocktails, to the thoughtful menu, the whole La Brasa experience is simply wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!! Our waiter was amazing

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vipBergyfan
New England
30 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for Valentines day with my lovely wife. Had a very good meal. The food is consistently very good. the cocktails are excellent. The wine list is small but very good and very reasonably priced. The empanadas were fabulous. Avocado Chocolate mouse was really special. The wood grilled lobster along with the skirt steak were very very good. My only complaints were that the knuckles connected to the lobster claws weren't cracked. these were hard shell lobsters and there is a lot of succulent meat in there that we weren't able to enjoy. That said, we did have enough to eat. Also, if you are going to serve lobster you should have packaged handwipes or steamed towels and lemon for patrons to clean their hands. Otherwise we had a lovely time and look forward to going back

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Foodforthought
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a lively place but the music a little too noisy and temperature too cool. The food was interesting and very varied but very salty and we were offered additional. The service was very good.

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vipSarahK
New England
28 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding dining experience. Comfortable environment, pleasant, professional service, unique cocktails and wine list, flavorful, creative, well prepared food.

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PETRA
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious! Especially tasty cocktails and apps. Staff was attentive and helpful. Order the flan for desert!

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ScottV
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Really Interesting decor, arrived right when they opened at Five on a Thursday and we were two of about 5 people in the entire place the first hour.
Really excited to come here after seeing it on phantom gourmet but overall left disappointed. Very small menu designed to be a number of shared dishes which is fine but still smaller portions at high prices adds up fast. Also didn't really find it to be Mexican food. Dishes all had Mexican origins to an extent but were really just trendy chef plates. I would say go check it out but do yourself a favor and review the menu first.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food great atmosphere. We ordered lots of dishes all of them very good. Would definitely go again.

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vipAntonellaS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful staff wonderful food!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was poor but an 18 percent gratuity was still added to the check. When we told the server that the duck confit was charred, she completely ignored us and said that’s just what mole tastes like. Repeatedly told her no one in our party eats pork and asked for a burger without bacon and the burger still had bacon on it. Had to go up to her to ask for the check. Food was good minus the duck.

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VictoriaG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The empanada was all oil, which was disappointing. The cocktails were fantastic and overall a fun dining experience, just mildly disappointed in the vegetarian options.

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ElvyraW
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food was too spicey, too much of spices and whatever else they mixed in it. They overdid it with the hot sauce in everything.
Appetizers were great, but not the main dishes.

JS
vipJosephS
New England
35 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Unfortunately the recommendation only offers Yes or No. For the quality of the food it should be a maybe. Thus, this review will be a mixed bag.
I grew up in Somerville (1960s to 1990s) and remember this area as not dynamic. So I appreciate the investment the restaurant has made here.
Let me itemize my points.
- Parking is a challenge, but I knew this and it did not bother me. This area is up and coming but the competition for spots was not present.
- Upon entering the restaurant (on-time) we found our table was not ready despite what seemed to be a quiet setting. Maybe 20% of tables occupied.
- The staff were in-tune as we had a toddler with us and perfectly placed the child seat between 2 regular seats.
- We had a changeover in staff shifts that was smooth.
- We ordered appetizers and entrees. All the food was cooked well. Cudos to the chefs.
- Two of our party had previously dined here. They ordered what they thought was the rib-eyed that they had before. Each thought it was different compared to the previous visit. One claimed their steak was over cooked. The overcooked steak was picked at.
- One diner order medium hamburger and was delivered rare. Although they enjoyed the burger as it was.
- Ossobuco ordered by one party, loved it. It looked great and was quite superior to what I have seen in other restaurants.
- I ordered the Duck Confit. Enjoyed it, but it could have been less salty. Never had this dish before so I could be wrong about the salt. The frustrating experience with this dish was that it was delivered well after the other dinners.
- Portions were good but the pricing was too much of a premium.
- Service was spotty. We requested soda water 3x. After not ordering another drink my drink was removed before the last sips.
- The cocktails we ordered were very good.
- Really liked the interior. I like how it is laid out and comfy it felt. I did not check the bar. But if I lived in the neighborhood I would stop in for a drink.

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AmyS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

enjoyed another delicious meal at La Brasa, they didn't disappoint! Our waitress was prompt but not pushy and we had a great meal! Tried new foods, had great cocktails, it was fab.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great AGAIN. I’ve been to La Brasa over the years since they opened and it one of the few restaurants that I can always rely on. I’ve never had a subpar meal there. The menu has changed quite a bit but chef Daniel and his team hit homeruns again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The service was poor. The server didn’t interact with us as much as he did with other tables. We were charged a $1 more on an item that was was listed for $4 on the menu. After mentioning the discrepancy on the bill, the server then claimed it was the tax. This was incorrect since the tax was cleared itemized on the bottom of the receipt. He then proceeded to check with his Manager and they removed the entire dish. The server dropped the improved check without mentioning the change in the bill.

I chose this restaurant because of the great reviews but unfortunately did not receive the service I expected.

La Brasa
Responded on November 27, 2019

Hi anonymous, I am the manager referenced and remember the occasion. Thank you for pointing out the $1 discrepancy in price (this was unintentional). While it sounds like your server didn't handle some interactions ideally, I'm sure he didn't mean to single you out. It sounds as if he may have been a bit flustered and/or nervous, knowing your service hadn't gone as well as he wished. I hope you give us another try, and understand that everyone has an off night. Thank you again for your feedback!

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VinceD
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal food. Went for brunch and had the hash, avocado toast, burger, and the pancake. Incredible

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Brass’s staff was just as amazing as the menu. Our waitress offered personalized recommendations and elevated our experience! Will absolutely return!

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Jesiege
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my parents here for dinner. We had a lovely meal. All the dishes were delicious. The Mexican rice and the sweet potato starters are amazing. The chicken main was perfectly done. The food has been elevated and improved since it first opened.

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vipBradleyC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific farm-to-table restaurant. Informal atmosphere; craft cocktails; comfort foods that are novel in delicious ways

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Boston. The food is always creative and insanely delicious. I dream about salads I've had there years ago and their current menu is always out of control good. I can't recommend their cocktails enough either. It's a great space and always great service. I celebrate most occasions here and bring out of town guests to impress them and have a great time. 10/10 forever!

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EmilyY
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my perennial favorite restaurants. The menu changes frequently, but they always deliver innovative, outstanding meals.

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vipTeresaB
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there so we didn’t know the menu. We were seated right away and we got our water glasses filled right away. Took a couple of mins for the waitress to come over which was fine because it gave us a chance to take in the feel of the restaurant and look at our drink menu. The waitress was awesome! Genuinely friendly smile and very helpful. She has awesome suggestions which were delicious! She checked on us very frequently even though she had a couple of large parties. She comped us our dessert because we waited a bit for our food - we didn’t feel like we waited... but we appreciated the gesture. We tipped her 50% just because of the awesome service and thoughtfulness. We have already told some friends about the restaurant and we will definitely be back!!

La Brasa
Responded on September 11, 2019

Thank you so much for this lovely review Teresa! We value all feedback, and it feels so good to hear when we nail it! Looking forward to seeing you next time.

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CeciliaN
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff, service, food and drinks! Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place to share some tapas type servings. Very nice meals with friendly servers

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KiraW
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, but expensive for what you get. Beautiful restaurant, especially if you can sit outside.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful staff.
Loved it

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LindsyT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and drinks were creative and delicious! It was a cute spot and I look forward to going back

LR
LauraR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff very patient with us (we changed tables three times). Struck by hoe happy wait staff were to be working there, very nice and attentive on a busy night. Food was great.

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vipCrel
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 6 of us. We are foodies and cooks.

The service was great. The food was creative and spot on. We shared 12 apps, one dinner and 2 desserts with lots of drinks. The bill was beyond reasonable ($240 for 6 pp = $40/pp including tip)!

We will be back. Do not hesitate to eat here.

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Charlesf
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The $1.00 oysters before 6pm are a great deal, but apart from that the food is mediocre and the selection is very limited. We had the pork meatballs. They were so spicy as to be virtually inedible and the vegetable accompaniment meager and useless. And this was the best on the menu. We had eaten at the Fat Hen, their next door version and that was excellent.

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La Brasa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 764-1612 ext. 1.

La Brasa is rated 4.5 stars by 646 OpenTable diners.

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