La Brasa

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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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EY
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

TB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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CN
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

KW
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful staff.
Loved it

LT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

LR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

C
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

LO
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Asbsolutely loved this place. Great ambiance, and even better food! Service was excellent. Literally my ONLY qualm was the cost. Highly recommend it, but be aware that is can be a bit expensive.

MM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Cocktails delicious, Brasa Burger (brunch) was a tad greasy and the side salad was a little strange....wish I knew it would contain jimaca - not a fan.

TP
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my local favorites. Food and service is always terrific and I love the vibe.

La Brasa
Responded on July 20, 2019

Thank you so much for the shout out TheParsippanyStrange! We are happy when our guests are happy :-)

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MM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
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!

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.

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.

OT
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!

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.

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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s
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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OT
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!

L
New England
48 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.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
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.

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

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

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!

s
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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OT
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

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.

OT
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.

s
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.

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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T
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
4 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!

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.

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

Service was excellent. Creative cocktails and dishes

OT
Portland
2 reviews
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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