The Blind Burro

4.0 stars 4.0 out of 5 15 ratings
$$Tacos, Tortilla Chips, Appetizers + 7 more
63% of 11 votes say it's Celiac friendly

639 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101 Directions

(619) 795-7880
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    4 ratingJuly 22, 2017

    I had the chicken guacamole tacos with the kale slaw. No dedicated fryer, but the meal was good!

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    3 ratingJuly 19, 2017

    Have a dedicated menu. Waiter was a bit cavalier when taking my very specific order. Still had stuff in it I can't really have. Tasty but obviously caused some issues post meal. Shared kitchen

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    5 ratingMay 30, 2017

    Many gluten free options. My dad is very symptomatic and had no trouble. The waiter was also very knowledgeable with the menu and the ingredients. Highly recommend.

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    3 ratingMay 21, 2017

    First for the food- pretty tasty, albeit a bit pricey but on par for the area. I had the al pastor tacos which were good, as I am a sucker for pineapple. Now for safety- I am celiac and tried really hard to vet places in San Diego, and after reviews tried out the Blind Burro. Everything looked good up front, the waitress knew about the condition, brought me a gluten free menu, the works. They were very nice about it as well, which was reassuring. However, despite these precautions, I still got glutened :( It might depend on who is preparing the food that day, which explains the mixed reviews from those with celiac. Bottom line- if you don't have celiac, I'd recommend, it was pretty good. If you do, I'd be cautious.

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    5 ratingMarch 31, 2017

    Yummy el pastor tacos with lots of quacamole, pinto beans, and margarita. GF menu with items labeled as GF or GF but with risk of contamination. I have Celiacs and did not get sick afterwards.

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    5 ratingJanuary 24, 2017

    They have an entirely separate gluten free menu and are very friendly and knowledgeable when you ask. I ate hear twice in one day. Tacos are beautiful and delicious. Great spot.

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    5 ratingDecember 10, 2016

    They are very gluten free knowledgable. Most items are gluten free. Sadly, the chips are prepared in oil that is used to fry non-gluten free items. The food is very good - a mix of California-Mexican and more traditional Mexican. My favorite is the Jicama Shrimp Tacos Frios. Very good fresh salsa - I always ask for extra. Update December 2015: Addendum to my above rating: I am back in San Diego and couldn't wait to visit my favorite Mexican restaurant. The food is still very good. Jicama shrimp tacos, Spanish rice, beans, kale/cabbage salad, and Mexican style corn. All just as good as before. December 2016: escaped to San Diego from the ice storm in the Pacific Northwest. Still have a GF menu, still wonderful food and service.

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    2 ratingMay 07, 2016

    No GF menu and server wasn't sure about GF ingredients. I found something safe after we checked with the cook. Small portions and high prices. No dedicated fryer.

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    1 ratingFebruary 15, 2016

    No GF menu. I have celiac & decided not to eat here.

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    4 ratingMarch 03, 2015

    Pretty good. Had the Jicama tacos per another review here and they are very good - silky smooth and filling. The shell is a slice of Jicama, which is like a root veggie. Very crisp but good. My husband had the coffee rubbed salmon tacos and they were good as well (I tried the salmon - yum!). We had the Harvest Sangria and it was great. I think the chips didn't agree with me - I had read other reviews that they were fried in the same oil but they were also just super FRIED and not very corn-chip like. I'm not celiac (and it was an occasion) so I'll admit to not being as careful this trip. Overall though, really quite good and worth a try. :)

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    3 ratingNovember 18, 2014

    While the restaurant won't guarantee any of their food is celiac friendly, there seem to be a lot of options. I enjoyed the tacos and a side of corn. Don't eat the chips- they're deep fried in the same fryer as everything else. They will tell you the chips are gluten free, but they are not. Eat here if you're comfortable with asking the right questions when you eat out.

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    4 ratingApril 30, 2014

    Very good food. However, a little disappointing that their chips are NOT gluten free. They say the chips are gluten free but after further questioning it turns out they fry them in the same oil and gluten ingredients.

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    5 ratingApril 13, 2014

    Awesome food, knowledgeable staff. Very good ceviche and tacos!

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    5 ratingDecember 10, 2013

    Lots of options. Mexican seafood. Friendly owner. Comfy decor. Delicious.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Appetizers
  • Tacos
  • Tortilla Chips


  • Brunch
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
11 am - 11 pm
11 am - 11 pm
11 am - 11 pm
11 am - 11 pm
11 am - 12 am
11 am - 12 am
12 am - 1:30 am, 10 am - 10 pm

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