Check Out the Debut Menu at Burro Bar, Coming Soon to Brookline

The lively sibling to the Painted Burro opens early February with creative tacos, quesos fundidos, seafood, and more.

Burro Bar Washington Square

Photo by Alex Wilking

UPDATE, January 26, 1 p.m.: Per a rep for Burro Bar, the Washington Square taqueria officially opens on Monday, January 30, at 5 p.m.


February might be fast approaching, but things are looking bright in Washington Square. Burro Bar introduced itself to the ’hood last week with a magenta facade and shiny new signage, and chef/owner Joe Cassinelli says it’s now on track to open by early February.

It’s the sixth concept from Cassinelli’s Alpine Restaurant Group, and the first ownership collaboration with restaurant veteran Marty Bloom (though Bloom owns the Alpine Group’s Rosebud building).

Burro Bar is “a more eclectic, colorful version” of its Davis Square sibling, the Painted Burro. That applies to the interior—the former Ribelle space has been repainted green, and adorned with original art by Raul Gonzalez III, a local illustrator who has designed several of Aeronaut Brewing Company’s best-known beer labels. Orange banquettes and other furniture will seat 52 in the dining room, and 12 at the bar.

Burro Bar’s menu is smaller than Painted Burro’s, but offers many favorites, like chorizo de la casa, Baja-style fish, and short rib double-stack tacos; squash and cauliflower queso fundido, and shrimp al ajillo, with garlic, chipotle butter, and stone ground grits. The new spot adds a couple small bites (bocadillos), quesos fundidos, and seafood options, like a grouper and scallop ceviche; and red snapper Veracruzana, a classic eastern Mexican dish with Spanish influence evident in its spicy tomato sauce with olives, saffron, and potatoes. Check out the full debut menu below.

To start, Burro Bar will be open nightly from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday and Sunday brunch kick off once things get ramped up. Follow along on social media as the Burro Bar gets ready to open.

1665 Beacon St., Washington Square, Brookline,