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477 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-3838
+1 617-369-7075
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“arepas” (23 reviews)
“criollo” (4 reviews)
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Latin, Venezuelan, Spanish, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
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477 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-3838
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Favorites: sweet plantains (maduros) with cheese, beef empanadas, arepas! (Pelua and Llanera) + passion fruit (maracuyá) juice! Authentic Venezuelan cuisine!

Thank PPG_MD
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Orinoco is a small restaurant with intimate and sort of squeezed seating. They have a limited outdoor space, which works well. This is noteworthy because it is very popular for lunch. The food is a little unfamiliar (Venezuelan cuisine) but is very accessible. The execution...More

Thank TimAshmore
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Great find. Our son lives about a block away and suggested we dine here..Everything was fantastic-meal included arepas-datiles- padilla caraquena- empanada appetizers. Eat inside or outside.

Thank tommyh760
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Love the food and waiter staff. The food is not complicated which makes it even better. Recommend their fish and chicken. The place is super small so be prepared.

Thank mdh95070
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

As one who has spent much time in Venezuela, this stylish yet relaxed restaurant serves authentic meals, sharing is expected, the drinks & wine selection fairly extensive & the servers are friendly & efficient. A nice place to go with a group of friends on...More

Thank JeremiahSSNS
Reviewed 28 July 2018

We had a craving for arepas and we were not disappointed! A really nice break from the standard tourist fare with good service and super reasonable prices.

Thank A B
Reviewed 21 July 2018

We visited Orinoco for a colleague's going away lunch. They didn't take reservations but were able to accommodate us immediately since we arrived right when they opened for lunch. Despite our large number, the single waitress was able to serve us very quickly and individual...More

Thank danimax2016
Reviewed 24 November 2017

Conveniently located on a quiet corner, (with heat lamps for an outdoor meal), this restaurant offers a variety of choices for both the vegetarian and Paleo palate. We ordered both their empanada appetizers and were offered a hot sauce from the house; amazing flavor! Then...More

Thank 123BucketList
Reviewed 6 November 2017

The food a service a notable. My son and his wife introduced us to this Venezuelan food. The lack of an exotic decor is more than compensated by the quality of the dishes. The four of us ordered a couple of appetizers and 3 entrees...More

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 5 September 2017

My daughter recommended this place for dinner. Never had Venezuelan food before but was willing to try it. The sweet plantains were very good - never had any before. We had the Asado Negro, Pabellon Criollo, Polvorosa de Pollo and La Primera burger. All were...More

Thank safety_princess
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 477 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-3838
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > South End
  • Neighbourhood: South End
  • Phone Number: +1 617-369-7075
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