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El Centro Mexican Restaurant

) #532 of 2,387 Restaurants in Boston €€ - €€€ Mexican, Latin, Spanish
472 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-3309
+1 617-262-5708
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good40%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“guacamole” (16 reviews)
“chimichanga” (4 reviews)
“tacos” (7 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish
€€ - €€€
472 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-3309
Neighbourhood: South End
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped by after a google search when we were in the area on a Friday evening around 6pm. We were greeted and seated almost immediately. Our server was attentive and our meal came in no time! I was surprised how fast it arrived, after...More

Thank 83aletab
Reviewed 22 April 2017

If you are looking for Mexican food in Boston, El Centro is the place! The menu offers a large variety of interesting, authentic dishes in appetizer as well as entrée sizes. The guacamole is fantastic! And my teenage sons and I love the horchata (sweet...More

Thank karenamullin
Reviewed 16 January 2017

I'm always so surprised that people haven't heard of this restaurant. My husband and I visit this restaurant multiple times a month. The empanadas, grilled corn, shrimp salad and tacos are always a hit. It can get pretty loud inside when it's busy, but if...More

Thank Kimmieryan
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Great food & margaritas! came in as a group of 7, called 10 minutes before and they were very accommodating and had the table ready for us upon our arrival.

Thank Kris10Sal
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Really great, reminded me more of an NYC style restaurant, smaller, less pretentiousness. Absolutely fantastic tortilla soup, and the tacos were all great. The flautas came out a bit burned. Would be 5 stars otherwise. Very good service.

Thank David P
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

My husband was super hungry and we ordered 5 appetizers and each one of us had a main meal. The appetizers were tasty but the main meals were truly disappointing. The rise was sweet, the beans were old, my steak had corn in it and...More

Thank MilakdM
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

I have never written a review before, but I really believe this place deserves one. As a Mexican living in Boston life can get a little bit lonely sometimes... but "El Centro" was the perfect place for a homesick person like me! The Cochinita reminded...More

Thank Re A
Reviewed 29 August 2016

The food is antithetical, tasty with a touch of north- Mexico charm just like the service, (smiling, alert and helpful) the quantity/quality-price are fair and good, the tamarind margarita is superb, decoration and sphere are great, the carnitas en salsa verde were awesome. Here you...More

Thank Mariana R
Reviewed 31 July 2016

Great time with friends. Kinda hard to find or park, so we Uber'd it over. Terrific and artsy atmosphere. Extremely authentic Mexican food. There were at least 3-4 tables of Spanish speaking customers...always a great sign that the food speaks for itself. Also, very friendly...More

Thank paul274Boston
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped by here for margaritas and nachos on a steamy hot day. The service was great and the premium margaritas were good, especially the one infused with jalapeños. The nachos were a great price for the large portion that was served to us.

Thank D8120KJmaryf
South End
Stroll down the beautiful brownstone lined streets
while capturing views of Boston’s tallest buildings
from a distance. Some of Boston’s best restaurants are
scattered around this neighborhood. There are many
gems to be found, from jazz clubs to classy bars and
restaurants. It is also home to art galleries,
interesting boutiques, artsy stores and SOWA open
market during the summer months. The South End is a
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 472 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-3309
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > South End
  • Neighbourhood: South End
  • Phone Number: +1 617-262-5708
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