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La Posada

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1312 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
781-316-8300
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Description: Mexican food varies by region, because of local climate and geography and...
Mexican food varies by region, because of local climate and geography and ethnic differences among the indigenous inhabitants and because these different populations were influenced by the Spaniards in varying degrees. The north of Mexico is known for its beef, goat and ostrich production and meat dishes, in particular the well-known arrachera cut.The six regions of Mexico differ greatly in their cuisines. In the Yucatán, for instance, a unique, natural sweetness (instead of spiciness) exists in the widely used local produce along with an unusual love for achiote seasoning. In contrast, the Oaxacan region is known for its savory tamales, celebratory moles, and simple tlayudas while the mountainous regions of the West (Jalisco, etc.) are known for goat birria (goat in a spicy tomato-based sauce).Central Mexico's (DURANGO where we are from.) cuisine is largely influenced by the rest of the country, but has unique dishes such as barbacoa, pozole, menudo and carnitas.Southeastern Mexico, on the other hand, is known for its spicy vegetable and chicken-based dishes. The cuisine of Southeastern Mexico has a considerable Caribbean influence due to its location. Seafood is commonly prepared in states that border the Pacific Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico, the latter having a famous reputation for its fish dishes, à la veracruzana.
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  • 17
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    Very good
  • 0
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Mexican family restaurant

Fresh fruit drinks, great food, family servers, great decorations and objects on the walls, friendly atmosphere.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Herb912
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Fresh fruit drinks, great food, family servers, great decorations and objects on the walls, friendly atmosphere.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Awful food. They randomly close the kitchen 2 hour early if they are having a slow day. Then I figured out why things were slow in there. Got very sick after eating a salad . It's like going to Mexico. Don't get ice or any uncooked food. Very bad service to boot. My doctor called to talk to the manager... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My husband and I went to this restaurant for New Years eve. I t is small but cozy. The food was delicious and the service was really good too.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Went to La Posada for the first time with work friends and from the moment we arrived felt like we were family. la Posada is a family owned small but very welcoming and comfortable restaurant. We tried an appetizer plate and we dove into it and thought each item delicious. The homemade salsa had a nice heat and was very... More 

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Virginia Beach, VA
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7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This was a good find for tasty, unpretentious, and affordable Mexican. The tacos were very good and the service was fast and professional.

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16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Stale tacos straight from Stop & Shop, bland salsa are an apt warning that a passionless dining experience awaits you at this noisy storefront restaurant in Arlington Heights. Indifferent, clueless waitstaff seem unwilling or unable to answer our basic foodie questions. "Is anything spicy", we ask. "Nothing spicy here" is the reply by the hostess/manager. That about sums it up.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We brought my parents here for Christmas vacation and we all enjoyed it. I ordered the Verde Burrito and the beef and seasonings were good, but it had a lot of beans. My mom had the chicken burrito and it didn't have many beans. The salsa was good with a strong Mexican Oregano flavor and some jalapenos. The Guacamole was... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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139 reviews 139 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

It was not fancy but it was absolutely delicious. I had their appetizer platter for my main meal and my husband had enchiladas. Everything was wonderful. I could see into the kitchen when the door was ajar and it was very clean as well. BYOB beer and wine and it was less than $30 including the tip for the two... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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108 reviews 108 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

When you're looking for a great Mexican food and want to save on your overall bill, bring your own beer or wine to this little hidden jem. Recently enjoyed dinner with three other friends and not only was the food great it was very reasonable. The staff is friendly and caring as if you are a guest in their home.... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Run by a family, this is my favorite kind of restaurant: small, simple with great food. Try the scallops or the enchiladas. They have terrific fruit juices, like guava, tamarind, or lemon-lime. Fresh hot chips with a slightly spicy salsa. I could go once a week!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1312 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: 781-316-8300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

Mexican food varies by region, because of local climate and geography and ethnic differences among the indigenous inhabitants and because these different populations were influenced by the Spaniards in varying degrees. The north of Mexico is known for its beef, goat and ostrich production and meat dishes, in particular the well-known arrachera cut.The six regions of Mexico differ greatly in their cuisines. In the Yucatán, for instance, a unique, natural sweetness (instead of spiciness) exists in the widely used local produce along with an unusual love for achiote seasoning. In contrast, the Oaxacan region is known for its savory tamales, celebratory moles, and simple tlayudas while the mountainous regions of the West (Jalisco, etc.) are known for goat birria (goat in a spicy tomato-based sauce).Central Mexico's (DURANGO where we are from.) cuisine is largely influenced by the rest of the country, but has unique dishes such as barbacoa, pozole, menudo and carnitas.Southeastern Mexico, on the other hand, is known for its spicy vegetable and chicken-based dishes. The cuisine of Southeastern Mexico has a considerable Caribbean influence due to its location. Seafood is commonly prepared in states that border the Pacific Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico, the latter having a famous reputation for its fish dishes, à la veracruzana.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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