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Viva Mi Arepa

$$ - $$$
West Roxbury / Hyde Park / Roslindale
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5197 Washington St, West Roxbury, Boston, MA 02132-6341
+1 617-323-7844
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 19:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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New Haven, Connecticut
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

This little hole in the wall is the real deal if looking for authentic Venezuelan food, and the prices are very low. The cachapa stuffed with pernil and cheese was the size of a flattened football. The arepas can be grilled or fried, and the passion fruit juice was to die for. The only issue we had was with parking... More 

Thank Kim G
Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

I want to this small family owned and run restaurant last week in West Roxbury on the recommendation of a friend and I'm really glad I went. It's a small unassuming place with very limited seating(most people order their dishes to go) but the food is great. Their cachapa (traditional corn pancake filled with cheese and meat) is worth the... More 

Thank jane w
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

This is a great spot for an authentic Venezuelan arepa. I enjoyed mine grilled with shredded beef and a second with pork carnitas. The garlic hot sauce is a MUST as well. Buen Provecho!

Thank Trip W
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153 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

It looks like a dump from the outside. Inside doesn't look a whole lot better. But wait until You get the food - fantastic! Large portions of really tasty food. Prices are low. The people who run the place are very friendly. Overall a great eating experience!

Thank aussieinmo
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

Found this place by mistake once driving in the neighborhood. The place is small yet welcoming and food is delicious and always fresh. Gotta try the arepas and empanadas here. Huge plus!!!

1 Thank Cleryson H
Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
1 review
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I was driving by in West Roxbury to see the sign with familiar word "Arepa", and decided to try. It was amazingly good food for the price, decor and small size of restaurant. I enjoyed the food, and was able to pay with Amex card which was another surprise.

1 Thank Amanych
Boston, MA
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2013

Quick is relative though. It takes a little while because everything is made fresh; but it is faster than a trip to Caracas. But in the time it took to get my food, I was transported back to my childhood in Venezuela. The most authentic Venezuelan restaurant in the Boston area. I have tried the others and their food is... More 

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54 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2011

A small, unpretentious storefront houses this "find" in West Roxbury. The staff speak limited English but serve wonderfully filling, tasty Venezuelan food. Come for the food, not the decor, and be prepared to wait. Its BYOB and you might even need a corkscrew. But the wait is worth it. Many corn and cheese-based dishes with large portions and a welcoming... More 

2 Thank sbeme
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2009

Great specials and I never miss an opportunity to eat an empanada with the special sauce.

1 Thank claudolga

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 17
Latin, Spanish, Venezuelan, South American
Open Hours
12:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5197 Washington St, West Roxbury, Boston, MA 02132-6341
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > West Roxbury / Hyde Park / Roslindale
  • Neighbourhood: West Roxbury / Hyde Park / Roslindale
  • Phone Number: +1 617-323-7844

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?