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El Sarape
Mexican Restaurant$$
Today 12:30 – 11:00 pm
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5 Commercial St Braintree, MA 02184
5 Commercial StreetUSMassachusettsBraintree02184
(781) 843-8005elsarape.com
$$Mexican Restaurant, BarToday 12:30 – 11:00 pm
Monday 3:00 – 10:00 pmTuesday 3:00 – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 12:30 – 11:00 pmSunday 1:30 – 10:00 pm
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Established Mexican restaurant & cantina with classic dishes, live music on weekends & cozy digs.- Google
"Tip... Try the stuffed steak."
"Great Mexican food for the area!"
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LeonellGT
7 months ago
When we arrived, they let us wait for six minutes before seating us, while several servers passed us without even looking at us. The staff was very impolite. Also, don't expect toenjoy your meal at El Sarape when you are vegetarian. It is vegetarian unfriendly. Even the rice is cooked with turkey broth! That leaves you with a sad looking plate, and not much color or variety. Margarita's is way more vegetarian friendly, you can eat their rice, and their smoothies are delicious! We will never eat at El Sarape again!
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Alice Philbrick Potenza
3 years ago
Always great service and food. Best sangrias around. I can't believe anyone would not enjoy this local jewel. Verde sauce is not supposed to be sweet at all ever and they do it just right. We will be back!
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Sunkizzed Tanning
a year ago
Great Mexican food for the area!
A Google User
3 years ago
Pretty much what I expected. It's not bad, but it's not great either. We came in for an early dinner on a Sunday, which may have had something to do with the lackluster food. I had the tacos caseros. The tortilla was grilled nicely, but the cheese was really too thick and greasy, and instead of being spread throughout, it was just all at the bottom. There were scant onions and tomatoes, which in hindsight, I would have ordered a side of pico de gallo to throw in there. More bad news... There was chicken mixed in with the beef, which is either an honest mistake, laziness, or a cost cutting measure, hoping the dumb gringo won't notice. Talk about authentic Mexican! The wife had the enchiladas verdes, which wasn't great because of the verde sauce. The salt hurt it, but it was the cilantro/garlic combo that killed it. It was nearly inedible. The chicken itself was pretty tasty, but only if you could keep the verde sauce off of it. I may just be a dumb gringo, but I know that verde is supposed to be sweet and slightly tangy. I suspect that what she got had been sitting in the walk-in for the last few days. Now that's authentic! As for the sides, beans and rice. I'm not sure who told them that carrots and peas should go into the rice... But it wasn't fried, and went well with my tacos. The beans, standard issue. Also nice in my tacos. They look a mess, but they are tasty. The chips and salsa? I've had better in much dumpier places. The chips had that store-bought taste and feel , just thicker than the standard doritos, and warmed up. The salsa was a little disappointing as well. Too much garlic. If they're making it in-house, they need to tell Pedro to lay off the garlic, because otherwise it would be ok. I'm going to try it out for a lunch to see if maybe we just caught them on an off night.
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Randy Boback
a year ago
This place can be deceiving when seen from outside. Looks like it could be a dive, but once inside, it is the epitome of a Mexican Cantina. From the little bar with top shelf Tequila, the musicians, right to the menu, this is no Tex-Mex. The food is wonderful, and the service is great. Tip... Try the stuffed steak. INCREDIBLE!
Stephanie Spear
5 years ago
We went out with my fiance's parents to lunch yesterday expecting some decent Mexican cuisine. The place looked like a dive from the outside but fun on the inside. Of course then we got the problems. First, the menus we got were for dinner and not lunch, and the prices were TWICE what there was online. Then the food took over half an hour to get to us, which did not make us happy. The food itself was ok -if not a little cold- at first, but then an hour later we were all feeling kind of gross. To top it all off, the bill was $53 for just the four of us...and that was after ordering the lower priced items. All in all the experince was not fun at all and very dissapointing. I will not eat here again unless convinced other wise and will actively tell people NOT to go here.
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Chris Carrillo
4 years ago
Love the chicken mole.
A Google User
5 years ago
My family (three generations!) has been eating at El Sarape since they opened in the late 80s. I have tried just about everything on the dinner menu and have NEVER been disappointed. The same guys have been running the place and I don't think they have strayed from their dedication to the food and the service. I especially like the carnitas appetizer and shrimp w/cilantro sauce. Always love the banana for dessert. I think people who say the food is bland don't realize that you don't need to overdo the spices to make good food. This is truly authentic Mexican food. I last went there in the spring of 09 with a party of 14 and no one was disappointed! Since they have grown and added the big dining room, they get packed. We had to wait in a crowded (and fairly loud) area where we had to stand. I see some reviews that say it has gone downhill. Oh say it isn't so!
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