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“Awesome food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Acitron Cocina Mexicana

Acitron Cocina Mexicana
473 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474-5103
+1 781-777-2839
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Ranked #2 of 90 Restaurants in Arlington
Price range: $14 - $19
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Medford St
Transit: Massachusetts Ave @ Medford St (350, 77, 79) Medford St @ Mass Ave (350, 80) Massachusetts Ave @ Broadway (350, 77, 79)
Description: Acitron Cocina Mexicana, located in lively Arlington center, combines the simplicity of authentic family recipes with fresh, high-quality ingredients to bring diners unparalleled, delectable Mexican cuisine. With a focus on fusing authentic Mexican flavors and classic sauces with local produce, meats and seafood, we are committed to building each dish from scratch to create delicious, healthy fare for our customers. The bar boasts mouthwatering drinks such as margaritas, mojitos and classic tequila cocktails infused with fresh fruit. Our desserts are made in house and include flan, tres leches and warm chocolate tamales with a scoop of Mexican vanilla ice cream.
new england
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Awesome food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

First time at this restaurant, the food was so good. It has the taste of western Mexican food, which is hard to find here. We will be going back. The salsa was so very very good. I had the chile relleno, it was different but yummy. Our waitress was less than attentive - not impressed.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Fancy Mexican in Arlington Center”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The best things about Acitron - reliably good food, nice atmosphere, decent service.

The prices are higher than you'd expect for a neighborhood Tex Mex joint, but Acitron is not trying to be a neighborhoos Tex Mex joint. There is public metered parking nearby.

The food is good, but not great. It tends to lack the spice and strong flavors of Mexican food, aiming instead for a Middle American palate. I've seen Mexican done high end and done much tastier. However, the food is solidly good and dialing back the flavors should make it better for groups with children or groups who wouldn't normally be able to agree on Mexican food.

The prices are very reasonable compared to similar quality places in Boston.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Highly recommend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

My friend is considered a regular here and I understand why. The food and service are always great. A bowl of salsa and chips are provided with every table and a great way to start as you review the menu. I recommend the corn on the cob and avocado appetizers and guacamole - YUM! They are extremely accommodating and extremely pleasant. Always a friendly and tasting experience.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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75 reviews 75 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Great as ever”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

This is our favorite place! The margaritas are a fabulous way to start. Starters: the fish ceviche is delectable. Everything is unique and tasty so you can't go wrong...

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
“Wonderful service, beautiful presentation and not much flavor.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Acitron has a nice, bright decor, excellent, friendly service, a comfortable ambiance... and bland food.

Our dishes were prepared from scratch, there is no doubt about that. The presentation was beautiful, the ingredients were fresh. But there was no seasoning. The chef could have used four times the spices and it would have approached flavorful. We wore out the salt shaker trying to get some taste.

The best part of the meal was the mango sorbet, it was really good.

The servers were very friendly and attentive. The others probably were also, they were all native Spanish speakers. Acitron could really have a good thing going if they'd only spice up the food. Penzey's, the fabulous spice shop, is less than a mile up Mass Ave, they should check it out.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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