La Brasa

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603 reviews
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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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Fri - Sat 6:00PM - 7:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rarely does a restaurant have all the qualities of a friendly casual atmosphere, an amazing array of delectable plates in both vegetable and meat/ fish dishes, beautiful interesting decor, and an approachable owner. Couldn’t recommend this place enough!

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BD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and ambiance were excellent, but on the whole overpriced.

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EH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice ambience and terrific service. The food was a mix of truly excellent and "fine but not memorable", with the taco and dumpling appetizers being truly exceptional but the roast chicken (kinda dry) and fish entrees (under-seasoned) clocking in as a solid average. We might again to see if the kitchen was more on their game for the mains, as it seems like a nice place with excellent staff.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome time at La Brasa brunch! Food was killer, service was welcoming and attentive and the ambiance fit the brunch vibe perfectly. Definitely one of the best brunches in town!

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M
New England
23 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I really wanted to like this spot. We had a 7:30 reservation and by the time we ordered they do not have available either of the entrees that we wanted to order. There was not a huge selection of options to begin with. We ordered the rib eye to split. Initially they gave us only one steak knife, huh??? My order was to be non-diary and then a side arrived with cheese on it. The plates were tiny to eat on... we requested another couple of side plates for the side dishes. The waiter was nice enough, but I think very inexperienced. There were just two many moments that didn't help make a great dining experience. The place itself had a nice vibe, I just wished the food and experience matched that.

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JT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Brasa is a wonderful gem in East Somerville. It has high quality food and an open space with large wooden furniture to make you feel cozy. And the servers are attentive.

La Brasa
Responded on June 28, 2019

Thank you so much Justina! We aim to feed everyone well, feel welcomed and taken care of.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This was my third time there. The second wasn't very good but I opted to try again and was disappointed. The food was over salted and over sweet. Several of the main options where gone (including burgers). Bread took a long time in coming and the service was weak. No drink orders asked for. Given it was only 20% full, I was a bit surprised we didn't get much attention.

La Brasa
Responded on June 20, 2019

Hi Somervilleeating - I'm sorry your experiences warranted this type of review. I will certainly speak with staff regarding your points, and I hope to use your review as example for improvement. Best Wishes, Katelyn

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1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 4

The waiter was not attentive and didn’t make us feel welcomed. I’ll think twice before heading to this establishment for Father’s Day

La Brasa
Responded on June 20, 2019

Hi Anonymous, I'm sorry to hear your server didn't make you feel welcomed. This is certainly not the impression we wanted to give, especially on Father's Day. I will make sure to speak with my staff as I'm seeing a trend from the day of your visit. Best Wishes, Katelyn

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LM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The empanadas were AMAZING! And who would've thought a whole branzino can be elevated to a make your own fish taco dish? SO SO SO GOOD!

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L
New England
47 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I really like the food and the hip atmosphere. I think the selections are limited and ambiance almost too hip and not warm, but that is okay for certain types of get togethers.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious!

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D
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Brasa is truly a hidden gem of Somerville. Attention to detail in the flavoring of every dish, quality ingredients, and great service make this pricier venue truly worth it. While I can only speak to the dinner offerings, I would confidently attend brunch service as well.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible for and service

La Brasa
Responded on June 22, 2019

Hi Anonymous, I'm sorry to hear you had a terrible experience. If you would be more specific, I would love to take this as a chance to receive some constructive criticism, and use it to improve next time. Thank you so much!

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Mostly food was just 'meh' and too salty. Felt overpriced.

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KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team at La Brasa prove how amazing service can elevate a world class menu into a remarkable evening. From the moment the hostess greeted us, to being seated at a comfortable, rustic table in the beautifully lit space, we knew we were in good hands. Beautiful dishes from the kitchen arrived quickly upon ordering, with the deftly-trained staff sliding and removing plates without interrupting the table's conversations. The cocktails (one of which was non-alcoholic) were next level - the bartender exhibited a superior knowledge of flavours, texture, presentation. And the FOOD - each dish was a delightful surprise, where standards like nachos and loaded sweet potato came with exciting twists, enhancing the flavours amidst generous portions. I cannot recommend La Brasa enough - go! go! go!

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I wanted to like La Brasa so bad and maybe we just caught them on a bad night. Walked into an almost empty restaurant and had to wait for a table, even with a reservation... and there was no one else there. Sat at the bar. Waited 10 minutes for a drink. Finally get a drink. Hostess tells us our table is ready but we have to close out at the bar before going to the table. Again, there were about 20 people in the entire place, why couldn't they transfer this drink to our table? Waited 15 minutes for the waitress to give us menus. Waited another 20+ for her to take our order. Food came out fast. Except dessert, which took another 20 minutes. Thank god I had good company that I was looking forward to catching up with, otherwise I probably would have left. It was laughably bad service but I don't even think it was the server's fault. She was honestly the only person taking orders in the whole place. Maybe all the other servers and bartenders called out that night. Not sure it's worth trying again.

La Brasa
Responded on June 1, 2019

Hi Shannon, I'm sorry to hear about your poor experience. I'm afraid I don't see your reservation for guest count, however we do seat complete parties only. If you arrived before your other party members, that could have been a reason for the wait. I will certainly speak to my staff regarding product wait times - I do know we were quite busy on Wednesday night per our cover count, so I will speak to the manager on duty that night about possibly adding staffing! Thank you for your feedback!

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1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location and the restaurant has great ambiance, cool looking.
Food was really good.
The bottle of wine we ordered is usually a $12 bottle in store. It was marked up to $40 !! A little overpriced
The cocktails were really good

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JP
New England
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is OK and service was mediocre. Ordered an Andian Spritz and got a regular Aperol Spritz and the server tried to convinced us that it was the correct drink.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, food, and atmosphere! Definitely want to come back to try dinner options.

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New England
21 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love La Brasa. It's great to just get apps or larger plates. Great flavors in the food. We had the stuffed sweet potato, always a fav. Fried chicken wings and tacos carnitas were excellent as well.

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KK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience!!! Everything from the service to the food and atmosphere was perfect. I will absolutely be returning!!

La Brasa
Responded on May 15, 2019

Hi KellyK, thank you so much for joining us on Mother's Day! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

I love bringing people to La Brasa whether for dinner or drinks. The staff is welcoming and offers great suggestions. The food is always excellent and the vibe is upbeat without overpowering

La Brasa
Responded on May 15, 2019

Hi Travelerham, Thank you for visiting us on Mother's Day and for your lovely review. We hope to see you again soon!

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place loved the food and drink would go again and tell anyone I know to go

La Brasa
Responded on May 15, 2019

Thank you so much JenniferC! Word of mouth recommendations are so important to our business, and we very much appreciate your kind review!

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PN
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Can you see why I didn't get points for this? we all arrived and on time for this reservation thanks!

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M
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious, but $3 a wing is ridiculous. And they weren't nearly as large as we were lead to believe. Otherwise though, everything was great.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Creative cocktails and dishes

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Portland
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish here is always out of this world good. I've never eaten anything that wasn't incredible.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service, but I did leave smelling like food exhaust.

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RR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it once again! Brussel sprouts and fried rice were superb, as was the chicken. Margarita with salted rim was perfect. Noise level was initially too high - difficult to hear conversation at table, but we requested they turn it down. Much better. Looking forward to returning!

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Very spacious yet somehow still cozy. My only knock is that the prices for the canned beer selection are pretty high :(

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1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was great place. Food was yum but quantity of the food served was too too low. As low as my entire team (party of 7), literally ordered 1 appetizer and 2 entree. Came out very expensive in the end.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Dinner was fabulous. In early so no issues waiting or parking., Many parent and millennial children. Why? Cool, hip environment ( all throwback 80s rock and roll music), in town vibe, but on the pricier side of dining out in Somerville.

Worth every penny.

Brilliant menu and service. Wonderful, memorable gathering over great food

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New England
31 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed our meal a lot. They have added a section of the menu to include full entrees with sides. My bronzini was very flavorful whole fish, deboned, with a pepper sauce, limes, avocado and tortillas . Mexican rice was delicious.

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a
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

On Wednesday, April 17th myself and 2 friends went to La Brasa to take advantage of their date night menu. We were possibly expecting a 4th but were there mainly for the cocktails. We had a few questions about cocktails and the server admitted that she was new—she answered all our questions and the cocktails were great as usual. We let our server know that the three of us would like to share the date night special—we’ve done this many times before without any issues. Due to allergies (2 of us) we asked for dairy on the side. The first course was sweet potatoes, and we were pleasantly surprised to see 4 small potatoes—2 with dairy on the side (normally you get 2 very large sweet potatoes). We figured our server had taken the initiative to divide the portions, which we were extremely appreciative. The food was excellent, the drinks were amazing, but in the end we were charged with 2 date night specials. That’s not what we asked for, nor did our server make it clear that she was charging us. We merely wanted to snack while we enjoyed company and cocktails. At the end of the night we received a bill for $225.00 which would have been fine, if that’s what we had requested. We paid the bill. Left a 20%+ tip and left disappointed in the service. IF we go back we won’t assume anything.

La Brasa
Responded on April 24, 2019

Hi aicinar, I'm very sorry you were disappointed with your service. I agree, the amount you were being charged for should have been discussed. I would be happy to send you a gift certificate for the amount of one date night if you would send me your email address. I can be reached at katelyn@labrasasomerville or 617-764-1412. Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon

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m
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Prompt, professional service. Food fresh & flavorful. Will definitely return.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall nice, but the completely open, industrial ceiling aesthetic is always too loud. Everything else was great!

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FE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! We got the branzino, bread with ricotta and shishito peppers, and brussel sprouts, and they all were fantastic. Their cocktail menu was incredibly fun.

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AT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Charlotte, our server could have been more pleasant. All else was great.

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SA
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Brassa has become a go to staple for us. They’re food is great, and the service is exceptional. All the servers we’ve had are very friendly. I would recommend La Brasa to anyone.

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h
New England
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The creativity behind these dishes is amazing! Our friends were so impressed with the experience!

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