Best Mexican Restaurant in Boston

2015 Best Mexican Restaurant

Tu Y Yo

Somerville

For years, Tu Y Yo has been a well-kept secret among in-the-know Somervillians. Now word is out that the restaurant serves the most authentic regional Mexican cuisine in town. Not…Read More

2014 Best Mexican Restaurant

Angela's Cafe

East Boston

Owner Angela Atenco Lopez’s rich, complex mole poblano is one of the dishes you must try before you can claim your Boston food-geek merit badge. On second thought, actually, perhaps…Read More

2013 Best Mexican Restaurant

El Centro

Boston

Chef-owner Allan Rodriguez, a native of Sonora, serves up mostly family recipes at this color-splashed South End spot, which translates to flavorful (and authentic) Mexican fare with a sophisticated touch….Read More

2012 Best Mexican Restaurant

El Centro

Boston

Boston isn’t known yet for great Mexican fare—perhaps we’re a little too far north of the border for the spicy stuff. But things are looking up now that El Centro…Read More

2011 Best Mexican Restaurant

Casa Romero

Boston

With a rash of Mexican and Latin-inspired restaurants invading Boston in recent months, there’s finally some competition in this category. But sometimes shiny and new can feel cold or corporate….Read More

2009 Best Mexican Restaurant

Ole Mexican Grill

Cambridge

In the quest for great Mexican, of which Boston has little (relative to, say, El Paso or San Diego), much recent praise has been heaped on the champions of ‘authentic’…Read More

2008 Best Mexican Restaurant

Tu y Yo

Somerville

Tu y Yo With nary a taco or burrito on offer, Tu y Yo serves traditional recipes from southern Mexico, all prepared according to strict slow-food standards. The mole sauces…Read More

2007 Best Mexican Restaurant

Ole

Cambridge

The only variety to be found at a lot of Mexican places is in what gets stuffed into the chimichangas and enchiladas. Not so at Ole, where chef Erwin Ramos…Read More

2007 Best Mexican Restaurant, North

Mexico Lindo

Melrose

Assuming the hyperfestive décor at this family-owned joint hasn’t already knocked you on your heels, there’s no doubt the powerful, wide-ranging flavors will. Surrounded by a rainbow of serapes and…Read More

2006 Best Mexican Restaurant

Ole

Cambridge

Don’t write off Olé for its unremarkable exterior. Inside you’ll find a peppy atmosphere and Boston’s most bona fide Mexican fare: In place of sloppy enchiladas, chef Erwin Ramos serves…Read More

2005 Best Mexican Restaurant, Affordable

Taqueria La Mexicana

Somerville

For muy delicioso and auténtico Mexican food north of the border, make a beeline for this Union Square hot spot, featuring colorful woven tablecloths and walls bathed in warm yellow….Read More

2005 Best Mexican Restaurant

Olé Mexican Grill

Cambridge

Delicious proof that true Mexican cuisine rarely involves either the words “chimichanga” or “Tabasco,” Olé’s menu is weighted toward seafood with authentic and traditional dishes full of superior ingredients. Don’t…Read More

2004 Best Mexican Restaurant

Casa Romero

Boston

With so many tacky taquerias representing what in reality is an extremely graceful cuisine, it’s little wonder Americans rarely give Mexican food the credit it deserves. Which is where Casa…Read More

2004 Best Mexican Restaurant, Affordable

José’s Mexican Restaurant

Cambridge

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…Read More

2003 Best Mexican Restaurant, Affordable

Tu y Yo

Somerville

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…Read More

2003 Best Mexican Restaurant, Affordable

Tu y Yo

Somerville

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…Read More

2003 Best Mexican Restaurant, Upscale

Olé Mexican Grill

Cambridge

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…Read More

2002 Best Mexican Restaurant

Tu y Yo, Mexican Fonda

Somerville

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…Read More

2001 Best Mexican Restaurant

Casa Romero

Boston

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…Read More

2000 Best Mexican Restaurant, Gourmet

Ole Mexican Grille

Cambridge

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…Read More

2000 Best Mexican Restaurant, Affordable

Taqueria La Mexicana

Somerville

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…Read More

1999 Best Mexican Restaurant

Ole Mexican Grille

Cambridge

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…Read More

1998 Best Mexican Restaurant

Forest Cafe

Cambridge

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…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

1990 Best Mexican Restaurant

Mexican Cuisine

Cambridge

The Tex-Mex, Mex-Mex, Mass-Mex craze has subsided, but this hole-in-the-wall restaurant in the Forest Cafe still serves the best Mexican food within God-knows-how-many hundreds of miles…Read More

1989 Best Mexican Restaurant

Mexican Cuisine

Cambridge

Yes, it’s a hole-in-the-wall. And yes, the din is almost unbearable on occasions. But who cares when you can get the best Mexican within God-knows-how-many-hundreds of miles?

1988 Best Mexican Restaurant

Mexican Cuisine

Cambridge

It looks like a neighborhood bar, but the food is the Best Mexican north of south of the border. We recommend any of the tuna-steak dinners…Read More

1986 Best Mexican Restaurant

Sol Azteca

Boston

Good mole sauce, good salsa, good sangria, and a pleasant setting…Read More

1983 Best Mexican Restaurant

Sol Azteca

Boston

Porco en adobo, great molé sauce. Does nicely in a Mexican-food wasteland…Read More

1981 Best Mexican Restaurant

Sol Azteca

Boston

Pork with chilies is the dish here, along with (wonder of wonders) pitchers of decent sangria…Read More

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