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22 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445-7905
+1 617-232-9505
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
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Sun 11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:00
Tue - Wed 17:30 - 22:00
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
Thu - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The title says it all: I ordered the Orinoco salad, which being a signature dish ought to be excellent, right? The greens were good but it came with a mound of white chicken meat, not tossed with the salad, but on the side, and it was dry. I barely touched it. Also: they were out of the Malbec... an Argentinean... More 

Thank Dad_from_the_Midwest
Monument Beach, Massachusetts, United States
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593 reviews
315 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 301 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small and crowded for the dinner crowd. Wait staff were friendly but somewhat rude in that they would 'bump' you rather than ask you to move (we were with a large crowd having drinks at the bar). Food was just okay in my opinion. Drinks were good. Tables available for mostly smaller groups

Thank Peter R
Boston, Massachusetts
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101 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

It gets the full 5 stars because the food was unbelievable, the margarita was delicious, and the server was friendly and reliable. I got the Pabellon Criollo, which I learned is considered by many to be the official dish of Venezuela, and it was definitely the right choice. It's shredded beef, beans, white rice, and plantains. I'd never had beans... More 

Thank Steve L
Boston, Massachusetts
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266 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Have been wanting to go here for a while, but it was always too busy. Stopped in on a Saturday around 6pm on the way to Boston and it was not that busy. We asked for a different table but since it was just the 2 of us we were restricted to a specific area which was kind of unfortunate.... More 

Thank Jill W
Brookline, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

This is a wonderful South American restaurant with a nice variety of dishes. The restaurant doesn't take reservations so best to try your luck if you're not in a rush or come a little earlier. The bar is a nice place to sit and relax with some great cocktails

Thank Paul R
Boston, MA
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84 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

We are a family of 4 with 2 meat lovers and 2 who eat seafood only. Everything that we ordered was freshly made with quality ingredients: from soups to traditional Venezuelan Arepas and Empanadas to 2 dishes of ribs. The vibe is casual and fun and the service is very friendly. We will definitely be back.

Thank kazuzu111
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62 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

I was on holiday in Boston, staying in Brookline and came across this Venenzuelan restaurant by chance. As someone who lives in a London suburb, I haven't come across too many restaurants from Venezuela, so we though we'd try it. The place was so dimly lit that at first I thought it was closed. I'm glad we went in because... More 

Thank indiancamp
Boston, Massachusetts
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101 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Visited here for early dinner on a friday evening with family (wife, 2 small children) Service: We arrived a bit before 5:30 but the manager/owner offered to seat us while they finished setting up. He made thoughtful suggestions (my son wanted a soda and I wanted to find something a bit healthier and so he suggested passion fruit juice with... More 

Thank travelingman979
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Went for dinner right when they opened at 5:30pm on a Friday. Not problem getting a seat, although it had filled up by the time we left at 7pm. Great food with interesting flavors, and the Venezuelan cuisine is a nice change from the many generic Mexican places in Greater Boston. Good service, too.

Thank Brian M
Brookline, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Orinoco is an inviting restaurant with good service and authentic Venezuelan cuisine. We always enjoy our meals here at this little neighborhood gem.

Thank 718Susan718

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Latin, Venezuelan, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445-7905
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Brookline
  • Phone Number: +1 617-232-9505

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