El Centro Mexican Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant$$
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472 Shawmut Ave Boston, MA 02118
472 Shawmut AvenueUSMassachusettsBoston02118
(617) 262-5708
$$Mexican Restaurant, Latin American RestaurantMenu
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Mexican eatery serving regional classics & standards, with bar slinging beer, sangria & margaritas.- Google
"Premium priced below average Mexican food."
"The guacamole and sangria is not to be missed."
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Michael Meyer
a week ago
I was previously disappointed in Boston's Mexican restaurant selection. El Centro shows we are starting to make an effort. Fresh made guacamole and salsa for appetizer. Sangria mixed right. For a hungry appetite I suggest La Mejor del Mundo - Carne Asada al Carbon "Estilo Sonora" a charcoal grilled steak served Sonora style. I prefer my steak rare or medium rare. Make your own soft shell tacos with the refried beans, guacamole, and pico de gallo. Ask for the spice they hide for special guests. Churros with molten chocolate for dessert. Very friendly service, small footprint, and fast moving waiters.
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Brandon Kraemer
7 months ago
Very friendly staff! Warm, pleasant people, very hospitable. Really good margaritas and good inexpensive but quality food. I highly recommend it!
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Lisa Roney
a year ago
Our meal at the new Belmont location was expensive and very disappointing. Although we were told the margaritas were made with fresh lime juice we tasted only tequila, even when we asked for and added lime ourselves. Two of us had La Mejor del Mundo, and it was not the best in the world grilled steak. The meat was tough and greasy. The sides of refried beans, guacamole, and pico de gallo were in tiny condiment bowls and didn't go far enough to counter the taste of the meat. The third dish, a pork dish, was reported to be much better. Bottom line -- the food is definitely not worth the price. Maybe we ordered the wrong things but how can a Mexican restaurant not have good margaritas?
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Benjamin Sabatini
3 months ago
Premium priced below average Mexican food. I hear there is a lunch truck nearby that is far better.
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Rory Aronson
2 months ago
Yummy guacamole with chorizo and chips appetizer - enough for 4 to split. The beef poblano enchiladas were okay, not quite the flavor I was hoping for (the sauce was too sweet). Great location though and nice outdoor seating.
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Megan Kelley
a year ago
Great time here! Such an awesome atmosphere. They have strong sangria. awesome guacamole and delicious, affordable meals.
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Tom Harrison
a year ago
We just had dinner in their new Belmont location (El Centro Tres) and it was outstanding. The atmosphere was cool and fun, the prices reasonable, and the service was good. The food, however, was exceptional. It's a running joke amongst by Boston friends (the ones who have been to, say, California) that it's really impossible to get really great Mexican food here. The several places we have been to and loved, over the years were not able to stay in business. It looks like El Centro may have found the right combination of authenticity and atmosphere to make it. We live in Newton, having moved from Boston (Allston) when we had kids. There are really very few good restaurants in Newton, and the ones that have good food are far more expensive that the authentic and excellent "hole in the wall" places in the city, where you can get really amazing and unique food without walking away broke. The Chipotle Chicken with asparagus sounds like something you would get in some chain restaurant. But (oh my god) this dish was unlike anything I have ever had -- spicy, creamy sauce with perfectly crispy asparagus and beautifully cooked chicken. My wife had a fish taco with a brilliantly light sauce infused with cilantro and you could actually taste the fish. My daughter had the lorenzo taco which was also wonderful. Even the salsa with chips was great -- served warm. It was clear that the whole staff was happy to be doing what they do, and clear that they people out front and in back knew how to do it well. And now we'll have to try their other locations, but even so, it's no longer my opinion that there's no exceptional Mexican food in Boston.
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Jose Andres Passarelli
3 years ago
The micheladas at this place are spectacular, and everything I have tried so far has been excellent except for the burritos. The burritos are not really good. I highly suggest peple to stop by during weekends during brunch time for a michelada and some chilaquiles. Delicious