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Zocalo Cocina Mexicana

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203A Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 643-2299
Saturday
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Quite a nice surprise

We went to Zocolo, which is under new management. Our first impression was that the prices were higher, but when our order was served, we were in total agreement that the meal was a great value. A most delicious experience and worthy of many return visits.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Vernon B
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We went to Zocolo, which is under new management. Our first impression was that the prices were higher, but when our order was served, we were in total agreement that the meal was a great value. A most delicious experience and worthy of many return visits.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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108 reviews 108 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This restaurant has been here for years but is recently under new management and boy it's fantastic. We started with the Ceviche and was delighted with it. Served with mango, avocado, onion, cilantro and tuna or shrimp. For our main dish we had one order of the Piramide - grilled hanger steak which was cooked to perfection, and the Grande... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We used to enjoy Olé for its unassuming but delicious food. When it became Zocalo, though, it reverted to the typical pseudo-Mexican food of junky American restaurants. A gift certificate took us back there (with little enthusiasm). We’re happy to report that the restaurant is back to its original quality. The interior is still the same – cozy and comfortable,... More 

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Watertown, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Our kids have only ever tried tacos and we all had a taco/Mexican craving Saturday night. I found this restaurant through a Living Social offer. We went early, arriving around 4:30. There was only one other couple when we arrived but several more people were dining by the time we left. My kids both ordered tacos with only beef and... More 

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Havre, Montana
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102 reviews 102 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I want to start by allowing that my Mexican palate has been horribly blunted by years living in rural northern Montana. Still, me & my wife used to make regular visits to this place while we lived in Boston and nothing had really changed in the years between then and now. Chile Rellenos is the measure I use to judge... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

My wife and I used to go every week. For years we would go for a trusted delicious meal. Hadn't been for a while and stopped by for the old stand by. Inside is the same but when we opened the new menu it was on. All new selections. Fresh salsa and a small container of tortilla chips (so you... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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47 reviews 47 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I love going to Zocalo, usually for take out but it is a great place to spend some time and relax with friends. Couples to small groups seem to have a great time here. The food is excellent and I would suggest adding hot sauce when you can. Burritos are the best deal. Beer and wine is served. An Arlington... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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124 reviews 124 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

El Zocalo, is Mexico City's main plaza, and as I found, the name of many Mexican Restaurants, around the world, two of which are in the Boston area alone! So we found Zocalo Cocina Mexicana in Arlington by pure serendipity, given that I was actually intending to go to Zocalo in the Backbay, which was at a considerably farther distance.... More 

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Maynard, Massachusetts
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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

Good solid place across the board- will continue to return. Can be a bit loud if crowded. Food is very good, would like to see more generous servings.

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New England
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323 reviews 323 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
231 helpful votes 231 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

I have now been here twice, once for lunch, once for dinner, and I can say with certainty that I am officially unimpressed. I find the food to be very bland - I wonder if the chef prepares food from the perspective that 'gringos' don't like or can't handle, spice? Not sure.......... The food was nice in that it seemed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 203A Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: (781) 643-2299

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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