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BEST Mexican Restaurant

2004 BEST Mexican Restaurant, Affordable

José’s Mexican Restaurant


If you find that the barmaid at this piñata-colored cantina doesn’t speak English, don’t worry—”margarita” is the same in any language. Friendly and laid-back, José’s draws a chatty family-type crowd from surrounding North Cambridge, from Harvard profs to techies. The… read more»

2003 BEST Mexican Restaurant, Affordable

Tu y Yo


The frills are few at the humble but festively colorful Tu y Yo, but none of that matters once you experience the authenticity of the expertly prepared food. Traditional family recipes are executed to perfection, from the shredded chicken breast… read more»

2003 BEST Mexican Restaurant, Upscale

Olé Mexican Grill


It’s hard to be unhappy when you dine at Olé. The vividly colored dining room sings in shades of orange and yellow, and the food begins with handmade guacamole—prepared fresh tableside—and ends with such authentic Oaxacan specialties as grilled marinated… read more»

2002 BEST Mexican Restaurant

Tu y Yo, Mexican Fonda


At first glance, Tu y Yo looks like a fiesta—as if someone broke a piñata and candy-colored tables and chairs spilled out. But what comes out of the kitchen isn’t child’s play by any means. This is serious Mexican food,… read more»

2001 BEST Mexican Restaurant

Casa Romero


A good rule of thumb for determining whether or not a restaurant serves authentic Mexican cuisine is to scan its menu for ceviche, pozole, flan, and café de olla. Casa Romero, tucked into a tiny Back Bay alleyway, has all… read more»

2000 BEST Mexican Restaurant, Affordable

Taqueria La Mexicana


Don’t let the hairnets scare you: This Union Square joint is the closest you’ll find to authentic Tex-Mex in Boston. It even saved one of our friends from moving back to the land of the Rio Grande. The red peppers… read more»

2000 BEST Mexican Restaurant, Gourmet

Ole Mexican Grille


Walking into this colorful Inman Square eatery is like entering the dining room of a spirited Oaxacan family. A five-piece mariachi band plays by the bar, and casually dressed waiters chime in with howls. As for the food, executive chef… read more»

1999 BEST Mexican Restaurant

Ole Mexican Grille


Hope at last for those who’ve tolerated the bland psuedo Tex-Mex prevalent in Boston. A warm yellow-and-orange dining room (in the Inman Square location) with Mexican tiled tales and a tin ceiling takes you away from New England. The tamales… read more»

1998 BEST Mexican Restaurant

Forest Cafe


This cafe’s a bit dark, a bit smokey, a bit of a hole in the wall, and a bit more country/western than Southwestern. But it has the most authentic Mexican food in the city— from old standbys like chiles rellenos… read more»

1995 BEST Mexican Restaurant

Tacos El Charro

Jamaica Plain

Owner “Pepe” Gutierrez recreates the dishes of his native Guadalajara. Superb sopes, tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and moles. No margaritas, but plenty of Mexican beers to keep you cool. read more»