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El Centro Mexican Restaurant

472 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-3309
+1 617-262-5708
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good38%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“guacamole” (17 reviews)
“chimichanga” (5 reviews)
“tacos” (8 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
472 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-3309
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We were staying in the neighbourhood so thought we would give this a try as it always looks busy. We were given complementary corn chips salsa and guacamole to start. I wanted something a bit lighter so order the prawns wrapped in bacon on an...More

Thank Pam M
Reviewed 27 June 2018

I decided to this restaurant based on all of the great reviews. It was completely unacceptable. I have traveled quite a bit and have had my share of excellent and not so great Mexican food. This was by far the worst. The food was bland,...More

Thank Maria C
Reviewed 26 June 2018

We wanted a place for dinner near where we were staying and found this gem (partly based on TripAdvisor reviews). We were delighted. Margaritas were very good, strong and reasonably priced. It’s not Tex mex but authentic Mexican food, way more interesting. We had chicken...More

Thank swimmom1dc
Reviewed 19 June 2018

This is a gem in the South End - the decor, the food, the wait staff are all worth returning for. Some of my favorites include the elote, the oaxaqueñas, the churros and the queso fundido - ven a visitar!

Thank michellenovelle
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Great find. Tiny place, busy but friendly. Great margaritas. Tasty guac and tacos. Winner was the mole dish. Super efficient and good service.

Thank John T
Reviewed 1 April 2018

Great location, service and authentic mexican cuisine. Would have rated 5 stars had the batch of Guacamole been less salty...way way over salted.

Thank Ka6
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Nice place to grab a bite, great staff, homey environment. Reasonably priced and unlike the rest of the neighborhood you don't need to make a reservation two weeks in advance to get in. Always enjoy stopping in for a bite and a Margarita.

Thank carlojo
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

El Centro never disappoints. The menu is straightforward authentic. Try to go on taco Tuesday! The fish tacos are amazing!

1  Thank mainedish11
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

The mojito's were fantastic! Glad we had a glass of water, but I'd go back again just for another glass! The starters we had were guacamole with chorizo & pork empanadas were simply lovely & our mains of shredded beef flautist which was hot, not...More

Thank Honeymonster102
Reviewed 1 July 2017

We're in Boston for the week and craving guacamole! It was a bit of a walk from the university, but we made it and were pleased to find it was worth the walk. I ordered a vegetarian plate with tortillas while my husband had a...More

Thank Sandra M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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