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  • 5 Charlotte Place
    London W1T 1SF
    Fitzrovia
  • Transit information Bakerloo Central Circle Hammersmith & City Metropolitan Northern Victoria Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7580 5048
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  • Business website mestizomx.com/ElBurrito.html
  • “Also, they toss on enough jalapenos to give it some of the genuine character that Benito's Hat is lacking.” in 5 reviews

  • “Next time I will be taking the plunge and devouring a Chicken Mole which uses Mexicos most famous sauce consisting of 20 ingredients (even chocolate).” in 4 reviews

  • “The closest thing to a real burrito I've had since I was last in Mexico.” in 5 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    9/4/2014

    My Spanish colleague took me here, along with another colleague who lived in Spain for several years. So that says something.

    This is the perfect lunch place. It's run by all Spanish people and all goes very fast. You first choose the main (most of the people go for the burrito obviously) then the topping/filling. I had the Chicken Mole with almost all toppings (though did not really notice any chocolate like the menu says, which I think I'm glad for) including the beans, and was not disappointed at all. Chicken was really tender, and the size was perfect for lunch. We all had a Corona beer along with it, as you do at such a place.

    They have some basic chairs and tables in the back where you can sit cozy, but when the weather turns better, I'm pretty sure we're going for the take-away option to eat outside somewhere.

    One of the better burritos I've had in London so far!

  • 5.0 star rating
    15/7/2013
    2 check-ins here ROTD 27/9/2013

    What a find! I first saw El Burrito back in September when I had dinner across the street, but for some reason, it took all the way until July for Tequila Tuesday to make it here. I arrived and was pleasantly surprised to find several Mexican friends sitting outside eating. You know it's a good place when you turn up to a Mexican restaurant, and there are Mexicans outside, and the all say, "oh yeah, we love this place!" Score.

    I ordered too much food for my friends and I. I ordered: chicken __ (alamades?), chicken mole tamales, a chicken quesadilla, and chicken enchiladas. I do love my chicken, apparently. everything was great, but I wasn't a huge fan of the quesadilla. It was good, but unlike the enchiladas and tamales, it didn't taste like the Mexican I know and love from home. It had a much stronger vegetable flavor.

    They have a nice selection of tequila, too, as we sampled a couple different shots, and had margaritas as well. The drinks were all great, which is good coming from the Tequila Tuesday crew.

    We sat outside, which was frankly amazing, especially as it was pretty sweltering indoors. The guys working said it reminded them of Miami inside the restaurant, but hey, I don't live in Florida for a reason. The staff was all super friendly, and the owner of Mestizo/El Burrito was there and shared a drink with us. He was friendly and attentive, before he headed home. We sat around drinking for a while, which was a really nice way to spend the evening.

    Oh, and they have horchata. Hard to find that shiz in London! Must go back for it.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/3/2012
    2 check-ins here

    El Burrito is also owned by the same people at Mestizo, which happens to be the place that was recommended to me by a waitress (a stranger) who works at Wahaca.

    I had the mole burrito with refried beans, salad, a dash of guac, some salsa and i forget what else and it was good, next time I won't do a mole burrito but it was solidly good. The price attached to it was also great, cheap, delicious. I would definitely go out of my way for this place.
    The staff were really great and it was nice to see some latin flava behind the counter and not some gringos who think that because they're from the bay area that they are the authority on Mexican food. I'm talking about you Tortilla.

    Overall, delicious and good for what it is. Street food!

  • 3.0 star rating
    14/7/2009

    I was on my way in to El Burrito last week when I was stopped by an interviewer from the BBC One Show, who asked me on camera if I thought fat girls could be sexy. "Sure, but not as sexy as a fat burrito," I didn't answer.

    Sadly, my actual boring answer didn't make me a TV star. El Burrito, however, may make me fat and sexy real soon. While this burrito by no means matches up with the sloppy deliciousness I that I left behind with the Pacific Ocean, it is the closest thing I've had here. The meat is not as juicy and flavorful as it could be, and is really the main thing holding this place back. The rest is done pretty well, with the sloppy salsa and the sloppy guacamole providing sufficient sloppiness. Also, they toss on enough jalapenos to give it some of the genuine character that Benito's Hat is lacking. As a bonus, the folks who work here are super friendly and once gave me two stamps on my free burrito card! This has become my burrito of choice in the neighborhood.

    A burrito in which everything is good except the meat is still an incomplete burrito, I'm afraid. But these burritos do have some personality, and personality is what's really important in the end anyways, right?

  • 3.0 star rating
    11/2/2010

    I'm from California so have had a lot of mexican food, and am generally critical of mexican food in the UK. El Burrito is good for what it is. It reminds me of a hole in the wall taqueria that's good for no nonsense quick food, as opposed to a fancy sit-down mexican place.

    Their assembly line is like a subway sandwich shop. They have lots of seating with folding metal chairs in the back. We came in around 13:30 and had no problems finding a seat. I had the chicken mole burrito, and it was nice but not something I'm going to keep coming back for. Their burrito construction skills were not that great, and they only had white rice (normally I prefer spanish rice).

    The best mexican I've found in London so far has been Wahaca, but if you're in the TCR area looking for a quick bite El Burrito will do just fine.

  • 2.0 star rating
    26/2/2010

    Was pretty good the first couple of times I ate here.  I'm writing this after I just had a burrito there for a 3rd time and was disappointed.  They just didn't seem to care.

    London's first Chipotle opens up on Charing Cross Road in April.  This place needs to shape up fast if they wish to survive.

  • 3.0 star rating
    2/11/2010

    I've been to El Burrito a few times, but it's not worth going there in my opinion, because Benito's Hat is around the corner.

    El Burrito serves up a pretty authentic burrito, however they are assembled inconsistently, and the last one I had suffered a burrito containment failure of epic proportions. I can eat a well-prepared burrito with one hand, but I found myself having to scoop out fillings with the supplied tostada chips to try and prevent containment failure. Suffice to say this failed, and I was left with sauce everywhere.

    In terms of taste, El Burrito is a little bland. They have some work to do if they want to be top of the burrito league.

    • Qype User deCabb…
    • London
    • 334 friends
    • 515 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    26/9/2008

    This place is fantastic! We went for a team meal here having failed to get a seat for us 5 at Benitos Hat and we were not disappointed!

    Generous portions for both nachos and burritos left us all absolutely stuffed. The food is yummy, the speed of service is fast and they make it just the way you want it.

    I would highly recomend going here early though - when we left at 1:30pm there was a huge queue!

    • Qype User Sian…
    • London
    • 415 friends
    • 752 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    28/10/2008

    Yep, another burrito place. God this town is full of them. but here's the thing, this one is pretty damn good. i mean, it's completely souless, but the food is damn good.

    I'm impressed - decent sized burritos, without being watery and fatty so gunk goes everywhere. They don't overfill them which is important, I think. As stupid as it sounds. Plus, you get cutlery, which you don't get at the mexican stall at the food market over the road.

    I really like it here. I really like being able to sit outside and watch posh people in Charlotte Place. I like only paying £5 for my lunch (although, don't charge me extra for gaucamole, that's taking the piss - it's a burrito for goodness sake).

    I don't like the nachos that were nothing else but dull Dorritos (in fact, I'd rather they'd serve dorritos'), and I'd really like a smile behind that counter - we didn't want to stay inside really. It was frosty.

    Better than Benitos hat? No. Yummy? Yes.

    • Qype User -adam…
    • Bedford
    • 41 friends
    • 123 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    23/4/2009

    Until today I though my relationship with Mexican Food was doomed thanks to the bland, flavourless chilli con carnes and and torillas which plagued my University days. Thanks to El Burrito though i'm all 'loco' over their spicy cuisine once again.

    My only criticism is the quandry that their menu puts you in with Burritos, Tacos & Quesedillas all on offer with a mouthwatering variety of fillings. Today I opted for Quesedilla filled with Cochinita (melt in your mouth pork cooked in a sauce of achiote and orange juice) which really hit the spot with intense flavour and juicy tomatoes. Next time I will be taking the plunge and devouring a Chicken Mole which uses Mexicos most famous sauce consisting of 20 ingredients (even chocolate).

    All I was missing was an ice cold cervesa but hey, thats the pitfall of the working lunch.

    • Qype User Jonla…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 103 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    22/10/2009

    Good value and great for a quick lunch, despite the queue - took us about 5 minutes to be served.

    The burritos themselves were pretty big and really nice, actually - definitely a nice change from Eat/Pret around the corner.

    • Qype User mofgim…
    • Manchester
    • 60 friends
    • 248 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    3/5/2010

    I like Mexican food. I like it a lot. So when a pal suggested we go here for a bit of lunch, then I was rather pleased.

    Initially, my heart sank as I arrived as there was a queue out of the door, making me think that this was going to be one of those hellishly busy places that made my head explode.

    Alas, this wasn't the case. El Burrito was busy because, well, the food was cheap enough and very good.

    The system is weird however. A man in a cap darts out of the door and issues you with a polystyrene tray (much like the tray you'd get a kebab in) and asks you what you'd like to eat before you've even got inside. This is an attempt to speed the whole process up.

    However, once he'd written my order on the tray, I found myself repeating it to the people inside anyway, making Cap Man seem a bit superfluous.

    That said, this is pretty small-fry because once I got my food, I wandered into the back and got a seat and got stuck into a gigantic burrito that could've fed a football team (granted, a football team of very tiny humans, but you've got to play along with analogies like that without taking them at face-value, okay?).

    It is advised that you stock up on napkins however because, unless you're made out of magic, there's no way you can plough your way through a burrito without getting it all over you. I'd barely opened mine and I had half a chicken and 40 ladles of guacamole in my hair.

    That probably says more about me...

    Suffice to say, this is a great little place and worth repeat visits. Next time I'm in the area, I'll certainly be paying El Burrito a visit.

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/12/2011

    LOVE El Burrito! Delicious food, great people, wonderful experience.
    They also host many fun classes, such as making sugar skulls or pinatas.

    • Qype User DuBos…
    • London
    • 13 friends
    • 15 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    15/5/2008

    After reading reviews on here about El Burrito, my need for Mexican food in London drove me to check it out. I have to say that I absolutely loved the beef tacos.
    The place reminds me of a taco bar style chain back in the US called Moe's which I wish would make it internationally, though I know it never will. This place improved on the feeling I got from Mexican restaurants such as that in the states by having a clean and quick atmosphere and some truly amazing food.
    I would recommend going at an off-lunch time as I've managed to avoid the rush doing so, but the service has always been quick, so a line isn't that bad.
    While I wish they had ground beef as a filling option, something I can't find most places around here, for a good taco I highly recommend this place.
    After seeing someone else get the nachos and the burrito, I can't wait to go back and try both, as they looked amazing as well.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/12/2010

    Had the vegetarian burrito. Simultaneously light and filling. Only found out afterwards it is an offshoot of Mestizo restaurant, which explains why it was so good. There were two other vegetarian options I want to go back to try.

  • 3.0 star rating
    13/8/2009

    pretty decent, not spectacular. similar to other reviewers of this place, i recognize that i have a high standard for burritos. that being said, a vaguely burnt and slightly stale tortilla chip is the same whether you are Mex-pert or not.

    chicken mole was actually pretty good, not the insipid crap that sometimes passes for mole. mole has about a bajillion spices, so if it tastes like dishwater than they are doing it wrong (obviously). i like that they have al pastor and they serve it with pineapples, but tossing a few chunks from a plastic bucket on some dry slivers of pork doesn't really do it for me. i do appreciate that they grill the tortillas.

    also, carrots and corn are slightly weird burrito options in my opinion, but points for veggie-friendly creativity...

  • 5.0 star rating
    21/5/2010
    9 check-ins here

    Well priced, delicious, authentic Mexican food. The best in town.

    For starters, it's the only joint in town owned and operated by.., Mexican's!

    Menu
    I've been a loyal eater here at least once a week since they opened. The menu selection is genuine and they offer two sizes of burritos - a great idea, sometimes you don't have room for the big daddy.
    Food
    I love the Cochinita (pork slow cooked in aciote and orange juice), but will also often opt for the chicken tinga (chicken slow cooked with chipotle, tomato and onions) . Another big bonus is that they have proper soft corn tacos. A nice change up sometimes and a true mark of an authentic Mexican restaurant.
    Sauces
    I always have their guacamole for 50p extra. It's spicy with a bit of lime. LOVE IT. Their salsa are AMAZING. All homemade and from fresh n' chunky to hotter than hell.
    Drinks
    They even have Horchata and tamarindo! Give one a shot sometime.
    And...
    This restaurant is owned by Mestizo near Euston. Similar food, but with a large tequila menu.  A little upscale also awesome. Will post a review of that shortly.

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/12/2008
    First to Review

    If the line to get in to this place doesn't state how good it is, I don't not what! Burritos, just for the sake of clarification, are a staple of the North of Mexico, where they eat flour tortillas. The burritos we see here in London are a Tex- Mex version, with the cream, and cheese. , Ok now that we got that out of the way. I love burritos, and around this area there are so many establishments dedicated to this dish that I had to test them and find the best burrito. This restaurant is up there, fresh ingredients, perfectly seasoned meat and lovely spicy salsa. The search is on!

    • Qype User mwl201…
    • London
    • 16 friends
    • 144 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    27/1/2010

    El Burrito has a lot of options for fillings, and I went with the chicken tinga. They pack a lot into these burritos, including pickled jalapenos. Quite different from Luardo's, since the rice looks like basmati and the beans are more of a bean paste than individual black beans. Also not wrapped as tightly so they're a lot messier to eat. Still tasty though, and they come with a few tortilla chips on the side (helps to scoop up all the filling that will inevitably spill out). I still slightly prefer Luardo's but then again I haven't tried all of the interesting fillings here (they even have a chicken mole).

    • Qype User LaraCh…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 4 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    2/10/2009

    I was really disappointed. I've heard all these great things, but it was not really that great - didn't even taste very Mexican!

    I got a chicken tinga quesadilla; the chicken tasted more tomato-y than anything. They are REALLY stingy with the toppings/fillings; pretty much everyone kept asking for more. There is no sour cream - what???

    With Benito's Hat just across the road, I would MUCH rather go there - you get more for your money.

    • Qype User alread…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 5 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    27/4/2009

    Got handed a menu to this place as I was strolling up Goodge Street to grab something for lunch and decided to give it a go.

    Have to say, at first I walked and in and I wasn't impressed straight away. The staff were friendly but the place just felt a bit empty and lacking.

    I had a chicken burrito and I had to eat some humble pie, it was amazing! It was spicy, the chicken was tender and it wasn't absolutely stuffed to the gills.

    Only complaint I would have is that the nachos were really dry and bland tasting.

    Definitely going to check the place out again and explore the menu a bit more!

    • Qype User london…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 3 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/10/2009

    The closest thing to a real burrito I've had since I was last in Mexico. By far, my favorite burrito joint in London and apparently other people's favorite too (the queue was lengthy). Still, for American expats craving the Mexi-Cali tastes of Chipotle, go to Benito's Hat around the corner or Tortilla in Islington. Alternatively, Mexicali in Chelsea makes fantastic tortilla soup (and he tells me that the burritos are good, as well).

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  • 4.0 star rating
    22/4/2013

    great little "hole in a wall" type of place.  Very well priced and generally good food. ingredients are fresh, and while not providing for an "unforgettable" dinning experience, for Gbp 5.50 the chicken mole burrito was very, very tasty.  I use this place as a takeout so have not spent time in there to sample the atmosphere or drinks. (they have a few tables in the back).  would recommend for takeout.

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/1/2009

    Today was my second or third time enjoying an El Burrito burrito. My dining companion and I got there before 1, so there wasn't much of a line, but typically the wait can be outrageous (but that is true of any lunch place in this area). In the past I have not been very impressed, and not just because I did move here from San Franciso, where the mission-style burritos are amazing and set a ridiculously high bar. I think in the past I'd gotten the vegetarian and the chicken, which just weren't very exciting. Anyway, today I tried the chicken tinga, with everything on it, and I totally loved it. The chicken packed a lot of flavour and the generous heap of jalapenos gave it a nice spicy kick that had me running to the water cooler (in a good way). All in all a very delicious burrito (though still not in the same league as virtually any place in San Francisco, but you have to work with what you've got). Downsides? I could do without the three stale tortilla chips they toss on the side (what is the point?) and the 50p additional charge for guacamole.

    • Qype User mattt…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 6 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    10/2/2010

    Pretty authentic burrito, but the quality is variable, and there is a much better place over the road. Can't really recommend.

    • Qype User eminen…
    • Baar, Switzerland
    • 2 friends
    • 1 review
    4.0 star rating
    28/8/2008

    Typical Mexican street food, also known as taquería food. Found almost everywhere in Mexico, this is not intended to be fine dining, but rather a quick stop for lunch, dinner, or apres-outing. Mostly authentic Mexican, haven't found it in this format anywhere else in London. This is a venture by the same people who own and manage Mestizo, which is probably the only authentic Mexican dining establishment in London. Not always is everything available, but that only serves to prompt one to try something new. For a true taquería experience, order the Pastor tacos, a specially marinated and seasoned pork, normally served with pineapple. The sauces are all homemade, and you can taste the difference! Very much recommend, especially if you enjoy spicy foods!

    • Qype User lordbr…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 13 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    29/11/2011

    RECENT EXPERIENCE Poor service as usual. charged for guacamole when I never had any. The size of burrito has been reduced by 1/3. flavour is pretty good though. just be aware that u could be ripped off :-)Flavours are good and for me slightly better than benitos hat. The price is pushing on too much I think for a lunch. £6 for a burrito mainly filled with cheap rice. The service needs improving as I have asked several times for more of one filling than another. each time they just fill the same way. once I got a couple of tomatos extra, then they proceeded to try and charge me 50p more.

    • Qype User donTar…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 5 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    30/3/2012

    The closest thing to a real burrito I've had since I was last in Mexico. By far, my favorite burrito joint in London and apparently other people's favorite too (the queue was lengthy). Still, for American expats craving the Mexi-Cali tastes of Chipotle, go to Benito's Hat around the corner or Tortilla in Islington. Alternatively, Mexicali in Chelsea makes fantastic tortilla soup (and he tells me that the burritos are good, as well).

    • Qype User NorthL…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 1 review
    1.0 star rating
    6/8/2009

    I have been craving a burrito since I was last in California visiting home. I was given a reccomendation to go to El Burrito as they have the best burritos in all of London. Upon viewing the menu I was very excited. I placed my order and rushed back to work to consume my burrito. The first problem with this burrito is the lack of beans. Barely any at all! Another problem was the amount of lettuce, probably to make up for a lack of fillings. The only good part of the entire burrito eating experience was the guacamole. I spent 6 pounds on a less than sub-par burrito? Crap. Should have gone to Nandos around the corner. I've come to the conclusion that London, or even the entire UK, can't make a good burrito. I'm going on burrito strike until I go home again. Ah Taqueria CanCun on 18th and Mission Street in San Francisco. That's a great burrito, and for 4 dollars! Real life Mexicans too! Hot damn that's a deal. Everytime I've had a Mexican food experience here I've been let down. However if you'd like a burrito that costs less with less internet hype and tastes a bit better go to the cafe that serves full english breakfast on Clevland Street behind Fitzroy Square. That says a lot about El Burrito. pffft

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