5 Commercial St, Braintree, MA | Directions 0218442.220366 -70.968571
Sun, 1pm - 10pm; Mon - Tue, 3pm - 10pm; Wed - Thu,11:30am - 10pm; Fri, 11:30am - 11:00pm; Sat, 12:30pm - 11pm
Good authentic Mexican – We've been here many times and always had a great meal. I always get the mole . . . rich deep and complex. Nice variety of tequila to choose from. Great margartias.
Area families and devotees of authentic Mexican cuisine head to suburban Braintree for some of the area's best. – The Scene
It comes as a bit of surprise that one of the area's most popular--and authentic--Mexican restaurants is found near the suburban Braintree-Weymouth border, but the gaggle of local families and couples that fill El Sarape nightly don't seem to mind. A pair of Mexican brothers oversees the congenial, hacienda-style dining rooms and helps out when the friendly waitstaff is over-extended. If there's a wait for a table, head to the small bar for an affordable pitcher of tasty sangria.
While the menu makes a few concessions to those weaned on Mexican-American fare (gooey quesadillas, sizzling fajitas), wise diners stick to the authentic homestyle dishes like Higaditos Mexicanos (spicy grilled chicken livers) and mole poblano (chicken cooked in a rich sauce made from chocolate and chiles). Most portions are large enough to share, especially after filling up on homemade chips and salsa, and prices are more than reasonable.
Great for all 10 years I've been going – Make sure to get Margaritas and Guacamole to start... Next try the Enchiladas Verdes or Enchiladas Poblanas. If your'e lucky enough to go on a night when they have key lime pie with tequila, get it... Otherwise Mexican canoli or the Flan. Prices are good too, around $12 for their "PLATOS TRADICIONALES". Don't expect Tex-Mex, this is Authentic Mexican all the way.
worst mexican ever! – Being newly transplanted Chicanos from So. Cal, my wife and i were longing for a taste of home. what a dissppointment. the chips stale and flavorless. salsa tasted like cold shrimp cocktail sauce. The appetizer carnitas was like no carnitas we've ever tried --orange flavored sauce? we then thought we'd play it safe with the tacos and burritos. what came out was a plate of beef, bacon, cheese quesadilla-like tacos w/a side of luke warm old spanish rice and a black bean paste. (black bean is not a common mexican bean accompaniment.) the burritos were filled w/ a bland, oily ground beef mixture, slathered in a thick layer of cheese and a bland red sauce. my wife almost lost her cookies after tasting this mexican delight. the only thing we enjoyed was the cold bohemia beers and lime.
BEST MEXICAN FOOD EVER – When I first starting going to El Sarape , 1988, it was more of a take out place. Over the years they have expanded and the food remains the best mex I have ever had. You have to try the carnitas and my favoriite, Pollo Ala Naranja. Service is always excellent, but the wait can be long on a Friday and Saturday night, but that is the price you pay for authentic mexican food. The Margaritas are also awesome.
Great food but unorganized – I tried this restaurant last weekend because of the high rating it got on CitySearch. I'm sure the large crowd could be attributed to it being a Saturday night but the wait was longer than it should've been. When I checked in I was told I'd have a 45 minute wait. My wait turned out to be closer to twice that. We were passed over several times by people who had gotten there after us because we were only a party of 2 and they wanted to seat larger parties. The food was excellent but this service was terrible. I probably won't go back because of this.
The Best – Pepe and crew have the best Mexican food in the Boston area. The Carnitas are phenominal wrap them in a nice spft flour tortilla. The Pollo Cilantro is excellent!
Calling all Californians... – Those fleeing from the west coast (such as myself) would do themselves a great favor to try El Sarape. Every bit of our first visit was fantastic - the waitstaff, though shortchanged, were very polite and quick to accomodate us. If you haven't tried mole yet, I highly recommend the Mole Pollo.
FABULOUS – This place looks decieving from the outside, but once you get inside it is like being transported to a little restaurant in mexico. It has wood tables, and the staff is curteous and very culturally diverse. The food is SOOO good. Your taste buds will thank you. I give it 5 stars. Now if only we could work on that exterior
The exterior is deceiving ... – I had second thoughts when I saw the the exterior for the first time. Lucky for me, I went in and enjoyed some of the best I've had since moving to Massachusetts. We were left standing near the door waiting to be seated for a fewminutes, but once seated our waiter was nice enough to offer us a free sample of one of the sauces that we were not familiar with, and accomodated my request for steak meat instead of ground beef in my burrito. We left stuffed and satisfied, which means a lot since we both have spent a lot of time in the Southwest. I will go back to try more dishes.
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