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Red Burrito

1700 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N4A3
Tel: (604) 707-0877
Neighbourhood: Grandview-Woodland

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By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 10:10am [Dine in]

After coming back from Vegas and having awesome burritos at Chipotle, I was definitely craving one. I returned to Red Burrito anticipating the yumminess of rice, beans and chicken. I was completely disappointed and don't think I would go back ever.
Could be my imagination, but have the prices gone up??

The rice was a tomato-based rice which wasn't really mexican tasting and over-powered the taste of the other ingredients. The chicken, like the other reviewer posted, was over 50% fat and skin. Not a pleasant texture.

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Tasty Tacos
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 13, 2006 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

Red Burrito is a new restaurant on the corner of First and Commercial. You order at the counter and have the choice of tacos, burritos and a few others with 4 different types of filling including beef, chicken, shrimp and veg. The chicken was the best as it was cooked shwarma style and was a little crispy. Overall, the tacos were pretty good although I didn't find it to be the best value.

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Great Value
By chartwell of port moody (58 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 9:01pm [Dine in]

Went there for lunch today & there was a huge line so I was going to exit but noticed how well the three servers moved the line. It cost me $ 5.95 for a huge Burrito which was very filling and tasted just great. I am glad I only ordered the medium hot sauce as it was quite zesty and was just the right choice. I will return the next time I am in the area

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Great Fast Food in Van
By darthphaidra of East Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2011 - 10:53am [Dine in]

After reading a couple of the most recent reviews, I decided to weigh-in as another long time patron myself.

In my experience with multiple visits over the years to both commercial dr and robson red burritos, yes, the size of the burrito does vary. It's hand-made, with real ingredients. I still can't make a burrito that big without it breaking at home. Most of the time I don't care, since when they are enormously stuffed, I know I am overeating anyway. Even a moderately stuffed burrito is enough to completely fill me, and is a godsend when I don't want to cook, as it warms up my hand within 5-7 minutes of walking in the door.

Most Mexican joints are skeezy and give me the creeps--not Red Burrito. Clean (except for the garbage left from lazy patrons), well decorated, and welcoming is this small local chain.

The food is rich and fills you up, and I don't object to the price raise of 50 cents to $1--gas is outrageous, the HST sucks, so what do you expect? Shwarmas are 6-7 bucks with additional toppings, so a larger burrito for the same is fine with me--I think the value is MUCH better. Perhaps these people can make a little more than min. wage, even. I can't speak to the cuke-guac, because I haven't seen it and I always get guac. Even if it was cut with cukes a little, no big deal. It's incredibly fattening and probably doing me a favour!

I rank the quality of the burrito as #1 beef, #2 pork , #3 chicken. (If you like chicken, do yourself a favour and get a shwarma instead.) Soup is very cheesy, but I wouldn't order it again. Dos Equis Dark is a real treat to have available--can't get that in McDonalds, or most other restaurants in town, either.

Service is quick and efficient. I'm not asking for fake-smiles in this fast food joint, as long as my food is made right (the glass windows on line make this a breeze). I like that they support hiring Spanish-speaking people in the Vancouver community who probably need some help with ESL. Still, I have had no problems with the staff, ever.

This isn't Las Vegas, folks, this is East Van. We're a long way from Mexico, but Red Burrito is a stand-up joint, and practically healthy compared to other mass-market fast food options. (For a truly authentic experience, try the Mexican joint beside Mr.Sub on Renfrew and Broadway) Ole!

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Bland
By semipicky of Vancouver (42 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 4:22pm [Dine in]

People working behind the counter seemed authentic but food sure didn't taste like it. It was so bland, no spices or anything. I ordered the soft shrimp tacos, 3 it listed. 3 TINY TINY tacos. You could finish each taco in two bites. I ordered a side of sour cream since they didn't offer anything! I can understand if they wanna skimp on sour cream but it was so watered down, they weren't even trying. The ratio of the sour cream to water must have been 1:4. Overall, I ended up using a lot of hot sauce at the condiment section and left hungry

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Disappointed
By kp of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 4:55pm [Take-out]

I've been getting Red Burrito from Commercial for a treat at lunch for the past year or so. After a little break, I've been sorely disappointed to see that they're using cucumber to help 'fill in' their once decent guacamole. I understand that food costs have gone up in price, but I get my guac for the avacado...not cucumber?!?! Please change it back. Otherwise, I'll be heading for new pastures for my mexican fix.

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By Jane29 of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2009 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

I been there a few times since they opened the first one ,and what I really like about this place, is that even ,that the burritos are not really a mexican food (burritos are tex mex food) the taste was very similar, the salsas and the meat was very good.Maybe because it is the same owner and they have almost the same people working there , so it is the same taste!
I normally buy a chicken burrito with guac and the bill is under $10 dollars but portions are so generous, that I never can finish the whole wrap ,it is so big!
One of my best burritos place!

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Good burrito
By victory66 of Burnaby (35 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 23, 2007 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

I went to the Red Burrito on Commercial Drive at the request of my Mom and tried one of the chicken burritos. I found that the service was decent, but nothing to write home about. The food was also good and I found that the ingredients that they used were actually quite tasty. I liked the fact that the fillings were what you wanted, not just whatever the restaurant wants to put in them. I had the hot and spicy salsa and also had the guacamole (which did cost more, but well worth it). The burrito was pretty big with all of the ingredients, but it was truly tasty. It was on the expensive side ($7.50) but I felt that it was worth it. Will I be back? Only if I am in the area, or maybe I will try the Red Burrito on Robson Street.

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New Management= downhill for this Red Burrito
By Gastroc of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 12:45am [Dine in]

I frequented this place quite often when it first opened. Great Burritos, tortilla chips and salsa dips, good value and service. But since this place was taken over by Asian owners things aren't the same. Food is not as tasty, skimpy portions, and attitude. I guess good things don't last long...damn it.

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Don't read this rating if you are easily grossed out...
By honey915 of Kitsilano (16 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 10, 2007 - 10:51am [Dine in]

I've heard some good things about the Red Burrito and decided to try it. I ordered the chicken burrito and was looking forward to it because it was a good size for dinner. The first bite was good, lots of fillings. My second bite was full of chicken fat and skin. Ok fine, I understand there's some fat and skin, it's chicken. However, the more I ate of the burrito, I noticed the chicken was all skin and fat with small pieces of actual meat in it. Pretty much ruined my appetite since other burrito places I've tried around the city do not include that in their food. So, unless you enjoy eating chicken skin don't get this menu item.

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Good but a bit pricey
By cododd of east van (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 24, 2006 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

As a new place on the Drive I had to check it out and recently did that. I enjoyed my burrito (chicken) as did my husband (chiken/beef mix). Having worked a short stint at 'Steamrollers' years ago I have come to appreciate good 'fixin's' and this place has them. I'd say it's worth it to pay extra for the guac. but not that much. I found the food in general to be a little over priced but a good meal none the less. Staff here and at thier new Broadway location (which I happened to visit on opening day) were both great.

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Quality has declined
By DriveGuy of Vancouver (Commercial Drive) (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 11:13pm [Take-out]

Their chicken is skin and fat, basically no actual meat in it. I don't think I have ever been served chicken of this poor quality before, except for in Chinese restaurants where they actually eat chicken skin as part of a normal meal. The sour cream is also very watered down, and the burrito is mostly filler - rice and beans.

Being charged extra for cheese and guacamole shows what the owners think of their customers. I've been to other Mexican restaurants and they would never dream of charging you extra for ingredients that are part of a standard Mexican dish.

Charging people 25 cents to use debit on top of the $10 for the burrito is a substandard practice for chain restaurants, especially one as established as this. This is clearly a cash grab. Not to mention they have a tip jar out. Who wants to tip if you're already being so overcharged for a substandard product?

I suppose a lot of people eat there because they don't know the difference. Canada isn't known for its diversity of Mexican food stops. I can forgive Red Burrito for offering a cheap version of Mexican - what I can't forgive is the price gouging for the poor quality.

At least the staff were friendly.

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Is it legal?
By Indocanuck of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 12:16am [Dine in]

I am a huge fan of the Red Burrito in North Van, so my wife and I decided to stop by this one on Commercial.
The burrito was not special, I've had better. They charged us extra for cheese and the guac. Just like the other guy said. The bill came to 20 bucks for the two of us. Now this is where it gets interesting. They make you pay 25cents extra if you wish to pay by interac.
So I can spend all the money I want there and still get dinged for paying them . I think it's a scam that needs to be looked into.

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Great burritos, cheap price
By nextnumberone of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 3, 2009 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

This place is great for customization of your burritos or tacos. Its kind of like subway for subs where you can choose your ingredients and they prepare it for you the way you like it, spicy of mild. Not enough space to dine in, but great for takeout. Very inexpensive for fairly good Mexican food. I recommend it.

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Solid for fairly cheap eats.
By Juddc of Downtown Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

I've visited both locations. The drive has more of that local hole-in-the-wall kinda feel with the car and foot traffic on Commercial & 1st buzzing around you. I quite like the feel. The Robson location is a little more cafeteria-like. Either way, the atmosphere isn't a typical slick franchise-type of feel. I'd say more home-spun and rustic.

The food and service don't deviate from the atmosphere too much. Its fairly assembly-line, and definitely a Canadian-Mexican experience, not a Mexican one. The food is pretty fresh, and the standout for me is the shrimp burrito with a splash of fresh lime overtop - a much better choice than the chicken or beef.

The chicken is donair-style, and I can't recall how the beef is done. I haven't had anything other than the burrito/burrito bowl. I will admit to craving the shrimp burrito on occasion and will go out of my way to get it.

I give it 3 stars for a place that serves up assembly-line food but still tastes fresh and good. Prices are ok by me. 2 burritos with guac - $15. Serving portions are generous.

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Ughhh...
By minimite of Surrey, BC (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

So, I used to go here all the time and I've always loved the food. Unfortunately, two nights ago my boyfriend and I decided to go and we both wound up being very ill. Since this was the only place that we both ate at in common, it's hard for me to believe that it could have been anything else but here.

I guess my warning would be to eat at your own risk...

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Great for Canadian Mexican food
By knurd of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 29, 2007 - 11:38am [Dine in]

(Based on Commercial Drive and Robson locations)
You can't compare this to Mexican food in the US. But it is pretty good for Canada and it's fast. The best way to describe it is a Mexican-style donair. HUGE burritos with whatever toppings you want. $7-$9 gets you stuffed. The quality of the chicken is hit or miss but still good. Pretty nice inside for a fast food place. Overall it's good seeing as there are no mexican fast food places in Vancouver...except for Wrap Zone (which is still awesome but not truly mexican).

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Decent place!
By sierraleone of Coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 12:21am [Dine in]

I heard about the famous Red Burrito and checked it out and ordered a chilcken burrito, but sadly did not satisfy me. One big problem I had was the price! I know the burrito was a fair size but it did not fill me up, and I am pretty sure i can find a place with decent food that could fill me up with 8 dollars. I haven't really gone to alot of "burrito" places but I really liked that taste of the burrito but i thought it didnt live up to the "8 dollars" that i spent on it.

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Yummy burritos
By hungrydog of Burnaby (20 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 15, 2006 - 7:50pm [Dine in]

Finally a success for the corner of First and Commercial! The burritos were absolutely delicious. We had a shrimp burrito and a chicken one. My friend reported that the chicken was superb while I thoroughly enjoyed the plump and spicy shrimp burrito. Together they were fifteen dollars but that did include the guacamole at $1.25 extra. Definitely worth the extra buck and a quarter.

We are big time fans of Budgies Burritos but this is another place we will definitely return to visit. Try it out.

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Not Impressed.
By A-C of East Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 8:56pm [Take-out]

I have been going to Red Burrito for over two years. At first it was amazing. The burritos were big, cheap, and fresh. The quality has dropped along with the size of the burritos. The only thing that has increased is the price. I was going at least once a week but it has gone so downhill that I will never go back.

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